New Social Media Photo Sharing App Is Just for Foodies

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a photo of your breakfast can be so much more. A new smartphone app called Nom is giving gastronomes more than just the ability to share their food porn. According to Fast Company, the app allows users to tell stories and share their experiences of cooking and discovering new and fun dishes, all while building a community of foodies and award-winning chefs.

YouTube co-founder Steve Chen and former YouTube engineering lead Vijay Karunamurthy created Nom to give users a way to share their love of fine food by putting together a series of photos, short video clips, and live broadcasts in one story to share and discover recipes, new restaurants, and food experiences. Think of it as a sustenance-only Instagram Story.

Though it’s only just launching, the app has already curated an impressive lineup of contributors, including Vice’s Munchies, ABC’s The Chew, and professional chefs like Corey Lee, Tim Hollingsworth, Brandon Jew, and Michael Tusk. So if you have a question or comment about a recipe or meal from a how-to video, the chef can respond to it in real time.

"Food touches people of all different cultures and backgrounds, people in different parts of the world," Karunamurthy told Fast Company. "It's become an important part of people's lives and what they want to share online about themselves."

Nom is free and now available for iOS and Android.

[h/t Fast Company]

The Simple Way to Reheat Your French Fries and Not Have Them Turn Into a Soggy Mess

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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