From: Just look. You'll find me eventually.
Here we are three days after Halloween, and THIS is the most terrifying thing I've heard all week!
"Concerning yummy burgers from a grill that's never cleaned -- there is a "restaurant" in Memphis called Dyer's (an appropriate name, you'll see) that has been in business over 75 years. Their specialty is deep fried burgers (just the meat, to be totally clear). No, that's not the killer part (well, yes, but it gets better/much worse). The killer part is that they deep fry the burgers in a big kettle of grease that has NEVER BEEN CHANGED in over 75 YEARS. They just top it off a bit if needed (probably not often, since the grease from the burgers adds to it). They just throw the patties in and they sink -- when they're done they rise to the top. I became aware of this a few years back from a newspaper article on them moving from their original location -- they were treating "moving the kettle" like they were shifting King Tut's collection. I can imagine a sample of that grease would contain an array of concentrated carcinogens unequaled by even the most outrageous of toxic waste dumps."
Hah, I live in Memphis and Dyers is the first thing I thought of when I read that strip. They seriously did transfer the grease like it was a stack o' gold. It's delicious gold, by the way.
Heh. I'll have to look them up ifn' I get to Memphis. I was amused to see that the rotating ad on this page was for Cherry-flavored Pepto Bismol!
Took a screenshot to prove it, too.
some part of me wants to throw up at the Dyers' story
...but the remaining 95% is urging me to drive hundreds of miles and get one of those burgers right now
Delicious burgers. Better even than In-n-Out. OBTW they do micro-strain the grease daily.
Carcinogens? Dunno but doubtful you'd get enough to bother you unless you ate two burgers three times per day for 30 years. You're more likely to get cancer from air pollution or sun exposure.
Botulism or e. coli? Not at 375 degrees for 5 minutes or more.
I never really clean my Weber's grill. I just heat it up and brush it off with the wire brush, then oil it up again with peanut oil (high smoke point). It gets hot enough to kill any food pathogens before I put on the burgers or steaks or ribs or chicken. Been using it heavily for 12 years now and not a single case of illness.
I'm the same way with my wok - in fact, the instructions that came with it say to lightly rinse it and brush it with this little bundle of bamboo sticks that came with the wok, but never to use soap or you'll ruin the wok's "seasoning".
Oddly enough, I do clean my grill with soap. Maybe I should stop.
I saw this "event" as part of an episode of "Hamburger Paradise" on the Travel Channel.
Or it may have been Food Network.
In either instance, can you imagine the environmental impact that could have occurred if there was a spillage of this kind of oil?
Dyer's: A transcendent burger experience.
If Mark Cohn had eaten a dyer's burger, that early '90's homage to Memphis he plagued AOR radio with would have been called "EATING in Memphis."
I used to work in foodservice and the fryer oil got pretty bad just from fries and the Friday fish fry. I can't imagine what the stuff Dyer's is using must be like. Still, if I'm ever in Memphis...
When you heat oil, it starts to break down. Oil is just a bunch of carbon-atoms in a row, and heating breaks down that row.
What you get after the big breakdown, are indeed carcinogens.
What do you think the little black particles are in the oil when it needs to be changed? Pure floating cancer I tells ya!
So I can only imagine the tumors regular customers are getting over there....
Still, sounds yummy!
Mark my words. When the Zombie Plague finally strikes us and the dead walk the streets, I'm pretty sure we're going to trace the root cause back to that vat o' grease.
Like many I thought both 'gross' and 'yummy' when I read about Dyer's. One poster wondered about the toxic spill which could happen but that got me thinking about my restaurant days. We dumped the oil at least once a week so Dyer's is actually helping the environment by never having dumped gallons of oil every week.
Well, I am ready to board a plane to Memphis. Dyer's sounds both sickening, and delicious.
Cast iron cookware is also not supposed to be scrubbed or cleaned with soap and water. I loves my cast iron. Each time you cook adds to the layers of flavor.
I'm more curious to look at this ancient pot of grease than to try the burgers, and that's the same part of me that wants to see a mangled body every time I pass a wreck on the road. Hearing some of the stories involving fast food cooking oil was enough to make me swear off KFC and McDonald's.
haha this must go down in the history of horrible things parents do to their children when they're still babies. I'd like to know what your child has to say about this picture in the future. XD