Information graphics or infographics as they are more commonly known today are visual representations of data or facts. An effective medium, they’ve been around for many years, although they’re enjoying a particular renaissance at present. Studies show that people are 80% more likely to read something if the text is accompanied by colour visuals; that along with the fact that most people today have short attention spans and prefer to absorb their information in byte size chunks has helped this visual tool gain huge popularity over the last while. Fun and informative, it’s an easy way to glean and retain information across the widest variety of subjects and there’s no shortage of food-related infographics, especially on Visually – a platform that delivers highly engaging and beautiful visual content.
Topics range from the Kitchen Cheat Sheet which covers weight and oven temperature conversions from imperial to metric, and Fahrenheit to Celsius respectively; Cuts of Beef which covers the different sections and the best cooking methods per cut; a very handy The Shelf Life of Food which covers the various food groups and their longevity from countertop to fridge to freezer; and the quirky A Survivalist’s Guide to Eating in the Wilderness with tips on what you can eat, and what’s best to avoid – to mention but a few.
One of the most informative is 50 Culinary Hacks to make you a Kitchen Master – tips include: if an egg is fresh it will sink in water, if it’s off it will float; grill your fish on top of a bed of lemons to infuse the fish and to stop it from sticking to the grill; to keep Guacamole from turning brown, put it in a container and add water to the top, when you’re ready to use it, simply drain and serve; and to prevent water from boiling over, rest a wooden spoon across the pan of boiling water.
One the most unusual is The World’s most Dangerous Foods – foods to avoid include: the liver and internal organs of Japan’s Pufferfish which are deadly poisonous; in Namibia the bullfrog, particularly the young frogs which are the most lethal; and then worldwide raw cashew nuts which contain a chemical found in poison ivy and in high levels can be fatal (the ‘raw’ cashew nuts we typically find on supermarket shelves have in fact been steamed to remove this chemical); and Elderberries which contain cyanide in the leaves, twigs and seeds, and if eaten unripe or only partially cooked can cause severe diarrhoea and seizures.
Visually alone offers a few hundred food-related infographics to choose from, but there are many more out there, so if you’re in the mood for an easily digestible soupçon of foodie know-how, let Google take you on a fun and informative meander – enjoy.