Is your name also an apparatus?

I've always been fascinated by devices named after girls--the spinning jenny, the catherine wheel, the lazy susan. As a child, one of my favorite things to do was to spin the lazy susan--I mean really leaning some torque into it--when my parents weren't looking, causing all of the condiments and ceremonial objects of decoration to fling across the room. Some theories claim Thomas Jefferson coined the term after his daughter, Susan, and her protestations at having to lift a finger at dinner. The wheel, of course, doesn't have as plucky a background, having served as the intended instrument of death for St. Catherine of Alexandria (her touch apparently broke it, and she was instead beheaded). The spinning jenny likely made life easier for scores of 18th century textile laborers. Legend has it that a young girl named Jenny accidentally knocked over a spinning wheel, but the wheel, though vertical, remained working. I'm sure I'm forgetting some great ones...Would love to be reminded. If there's a great device out there that shares your name, please do chime in.

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The Simple Way to Reheat Your French Fries and Not Have Them Turn Into a Soggy Mess
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Some restaurant dishes are made to be doggy-bagged and reheated in the microwave the next day. Not French fries: The more crispy and delectable they are when they first arrive on your table, the more of a soggy disappointment they’ll be when you try to revive them at home. But as The Kitchn recently shared, there’s a secret to making leftover fries you’ll actually enjoy eating.

The key is to avoid the microwave altogether. Much of the appeal of fries comes from their crunchy, golden-brown exterior and their creamy potato center. This texture contrast is achieved by deep-frying, and all it takes is a few rotations around a microwave to melt it away. As the fries heat up, they create moisture, transforming all those lovely crispy parts into a flabby mess.

If you want your fries to maintain their crunch, you need to recreate the conditions they were cooked in initially. Set a large pan filled with about 2 tablespoons of oil for every 1 cup of fries you want to cook over medium-high heat. When you see the oil start to shimmer, add the fries in a single layer. After about a minute, flip them over and allow them to cook for half a minute to a minute longer.

By heating up fries with oil in a skillet, you produce something called the Maillard Reaction: This happens when high heat transforms proteins and sugars in food, creating the browning effect that gives fried foods their sought-after color, texture, and taste.

After your fries are nice and crisp, pull them out of the pan with tongs or a spatula, set them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil, and sprinkle them with salt. Now all you need is a perfect burger to feel like you’re eating a restaurant-quality meal at home.

[h/t The Kitchn]

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