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Video Preserve a Whole Fast Food Meal with SCIENCE


  • In today's video, we're going to see
  • what happens if we take two popular fast food meals,
  • and pull all of the moisture out of them.
  • What's going to be left?
  • [Music]
  • Guys, we have a new freeze dryer,
  • and you have seen this do at least one really
  • weird thing with it so far.
  • We have freeze-dried steak.
  • But we want to take it to the next level.
  • That was just one thing.
  • So now, we're going to try an entire meal
  • from two different places and see what happens.
  • Here's the basic idea.
  • We'll get a meal from Wendy's, including a Frosty,
  • and a meal from Panda Express.
  • We'll throw them both in the freeze dryer,
  • and let it run for about 48 hours to really remove
  • every drop of moisture.
  • We've all had fast food, and we know what they're like,
  • but we are curious to see what's going to happen
  • if we extract all of the moisture
  • from an entire meal.
  • And not just like a burger,
  • we're talking the burger, the fries, the shake,
  • and the drinks on the side.
  • Like what are those going to do?
  • The orange chicken, the chow mein,
  • the fried rice, let's do it.
  • All of it.
  • We want to try it.
  • So we've got our freeze dryer,
  • so next step, we need some food.
  • [Music]
  • All right.
  • Let's go with a junior bacon cheeseburger,
  • a medium french fries, and a small chocolate Frosty.
  • Get it in the first order?
  • Yeah, that's all one order.
  • [Music]
  • We've got fried rice,
  • Chow Mein noodles, orange chicken,
  • beef and broccoli,
  • and with that,
  • we've got a cup of Pepsi with some ice still in it.
  • We've got a Wendy's Frosty,
  • a junior bacon cheeseburger, bacon is somewhere on there.
  • There you go.
  • That's got lettuce,
  • and tomato, and mayo as well,
  • and we've got some french fries.
  • [Music]
  • Alright.
  • Now it freezes.
  • So is this what we're going to do for just like the next 48 hours?
  • Yeah.
  • It's been two days of freeze-drying.
  • So I think our food is about as dried out as it's going to get.
  • Now, I want to see what happened to it.
  • We can see that something has definetely happened.
  • We had a Frosty in there,
  • and now we have an explosion of Frosty foam all over everything.
  • And some soda, a little bit of soda in there.
  • Soda, I think has also escaped the confines of its container.
  • We got a side-by-side meal here...
  • To compare the before and after.
  • Yeah, exactly the same meals.
  • Got a laptop with the footage uploaded from our GoPros.
  • It goes pretty fast.
  • That--
  • Whoa ! Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing.
  • >> Boom. >> Gone.
  • Wait, wait, wait.
  • What's the other one look like?
  • Nothing.
  • You can kind of see a little bit of change.
  • The letuce, and then just a lot the Frosty
  • and a little bit of soda.
  • She's gone.
  • I kind of watched the--
  • Oh, okay.
  • There it is.
  • Right there.
  • Wow.
  • Holy cow, that escaped its container.
  • Oh and look at the mayo on the burger.
  • Scrub forward just a little bit.
  • There you go.
  • The mayos inflating the same way as the frosty.
  • You can see our soda is starting to bubble up as well,
  • not as much as our Frosty, not even close.
  • That is just everywhere,
  • and it does look like it also got
  • on our Panda Express food at the back.
  • So we may have to dig
  • through some Frosty to find the Panda Express food.
  • :Let's open it up.
  • No, it really is all over.
  • Oh, and it's cold.
  • Let's try and see if there's any smell.
  • Ice melting off the sides.
  • So it's more snow everywhere.
  • Is there supposed to be snow everywhere?
  • That's pretty normal.
  • Okay.
  • In fact, I think there used to be more ice there,
  • and then some of it sublimates off
  • as it vacuums.
  • You know what we have to do now.
  • It's too cold.
  • It's actually good.
  • Kind of is.
  • Like, I like fries crispy.
  • I usually ask them to be cooked extra crispy.
  • This is more extra crispy.
  • This is crunchy.
  • Hopefully, I don't--
  • Cold.
  • Oh no, our poor Panda.
  • That was in the frosty to start with.
  • The soda is pretty much just done for.
  • That I like.
  • That's really good.
  • Dehydrated soda starts out as a crunchy candy,
  • and then it goes gumming, kind of like a now and later,
  • and it's so good.
  • And we put soda in our regular dehydrator before.
  • This is a fancier process.
  • Similar result.
  • Not quite the same.
  • All right, Frosty.
  • [Music]
  • It's pretty good.
  • If you've ever had astronaut ice cream,
  • it's very similar to that.
  • I'm just wearing Frosty.
  • This is so light and puffy.
  • Like this thing weighs less than a marshmallow.
  • Yeah, we should definitely taste...
  • We should taste the individual ingredients here.
  • [Music]
  • That still tastes just like lettuce,
  • just--
  • Just crunchier?
  • It's paper lettuce,
  • but the fact that it still tastes like lettuce is bizarre.
  • We need to try some of this.
  • [Music]
  • This is freeze dried beef and broccoli.
  • Well, just the beef part.
  • Regular.
  • So this is bought about 20 minutes ago.
  • [Music]
  • Yeah, it's still really good.
  • When we freeze dried the steak, those were very very thick,
  • and we didn't really seasom them that much,
  • so it wasn't a lot of flavor.
  • Almost none.
  • Now, of course,
  • fast food is known for just having a ton of chemicals in it.
  • This stuff, even though it's been freeze-dried,
  • is still delicious.
  • [Music]
  • How is it?
  • Good.
  • Still tastes good.
  • [Music]
  • I would eat these as chips.
  • Just make straight vegetable chips.
  • >> I'm gonna cut our cheeseburger, >> Oh, no.
  • our a junior bacon cheeseburger in half.
  • All right, here we can see bread, burger, bacon,
  • cheese, lettuce, tomato,
  • and I think there's some mayo on top of that,
  • or there was.
  • Well, this has cheese as
  • much as fast food burgers have cheese on them.
  • Completely freeze dried.
  • I'm going to try dipping it in cool water,
  • and see if it comes back to life at all.
  • Let that absorb for a bit.
  • Here's a comparison of our not freeze-dried.
  • So you can see most of the same pieces,
  • the cheese is definitely a different texture.
  • Oh, yeah.
  • If I wasn't touching this,
  • if I didn't know that it was crunchy,
  • this actually looks more appetizing to me.
  • That just looks slimy.
  • This looks fluffier.
  • Would you like a cup of water?
  • There's some Pepsi behind you.
  • How's that working out?
  • I'm gonna see what happens
  • if we put a freeze dried french fry
  • into some hot water.
  • [Music]
  • I don't know
  • how long french fries should take to rehydrate.
  • [Music]
  • The inside is more of the normal French-fried texture now.
  • The outside,
  • I don't think has quite finished absorbing the water.
  • The outside of a french fry is gonna have a lot of oil in it.
  • So it may be repelling the water a little bit.
  • Still crunchy.
  • So, so far I would say that other than the Frosty,
  • Panda is holding up better, I think.
  • Looks like that so far.
  • Okay.
  • Let's add some chicken.
  • [Music]
  • Should we had some broccoli?
  • [Music]
  • Delicious.
  • Let's see what that looks like in ten minutes.
  • The freeze dried noodles have a very styrofoam like texture.
  • It has a crunch, and then like a--
  • Freeze dried reconstituted chow mein ramen with orange chicken,
  • and broccoli and beef.
  • [Music]
  • Okay.
  • So we had to switch out the water,
  • because it got a little bit cold.
  • And I think all of the flavor ended up in the water just
  • like it would have like a Ramen broth.
  • That was a problem
  • that we had when we freeze-dried our steak again.
  • We lost all the flavor when we tried to reconstitute it so...
  • Yeah.
  • Basically the same problem.
  • [Music]
  • Starting pretty small.
  • That is not much water,
  • and it's just sucking it down in.
  • No mixing.
  • No stirring.
  • Just dissolving it.
  • [Music]
  • All right.
  • Let's try this rehydrated Frosty.
  • Now, it's not going to be frozen,
  • because we weren't mixing it with frozen water.
  • That's kind of hard to do.
  • But let's give it a try.
  • [Music]
  • It's not bad.
  • It's a chunkier than I like my Frosties.
  • Little tiny bits of the frosty definitely aren't mixed in.
  • So it tastes kind of
  • like you made it from a powder mix,
  • which we basically did.
  • Yeah.
  • And just didn't mix it quite enough.
  • I'm going to blend up a Wendy's meal into dust.
  • Margarita.
  • [Music]
  • Soup.
  • [Music]
  • That is part of a junior bacon cheeseburger,
  • and several french fries.
  • Hmm, might as well.
  • Spoonful of cheeseburger and french fry powder.
  • [Music]
  • Yeah, I'm sticking to my panda.
  • That's really weird because nobody's ever thought,
  • what does the powdered cheese burger look like?
  • But that's probably what you would guess.
  • While I'm eating it,
  • it doesn't really feel like I'm eating cheeseburger,
  • and maybe that's just because the texture is two different,
  • that I don't really
  • notice the flavors are similar or something like that.
  • But I got to say,
  • what's a little strange is after I'm done eating,
  • I'm just like...
  • That, you see the cheeseburger?
  • Like it feels like I ate a cheeseburger afterward.
  • So it does have all
  • the same flavors and components in there, of course.
  • The experience is very different as you're doing it.
  • So weirdly enough,
  • I would say that out of everything,
  • the thing that reconstitutes best is the broccoli.
  • This actually turned out pretty good.
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