January 30, 2008
Now You’re Talking!

As if cheeseburgers were something we should be promoting, a German company is offering them in a can. For a mere four euros, you too can open a tin can and remove a squashed cheeseburger, complete with bun, after a week-long trek into the wilderness. (h/t William Gibson; yes, that William Gibson)


Civilization, Ho!


Posted by Chuck Dupree at January 30, 2008 08:48 PM
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Gee Whiz!! Did that can include the pickles, onions, fresh tomatoes, mustard and ketchup, too??? Or does the camper have to pack those in his knapsack?????

Posted by: mfd on January 31, 2008 11:57 AM

This stuff is freeze-dried, so I guess you just pour in a cup of hot water and - bingo! The same company is also offering red wine powder with 8,2 % alcohol, 3,95 EUR per glass. I mean, it's so much easier than having to carry around all them bottles.

Posted by: Peter on February 1, 2008 6:39 AM

The wine deal sounds reasonable, and I've carried enough wine bottles up the San Francisco hill I live on to appreciate the value of omitting the liquid and the glass. But what kind of a hamburger bun will you get by pouring hot water on it???

Thx, Peter!

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on February 1, 2008 3:01 PM

Hi Chuck,

I guess the kind of hamburgers we used to mean in the 1970s when we said: If the salad's not wilted, it's not a burger ...

Actually, the best hamburgers ever I ate at some nondescript restaurant in Merida, Venezuela, operated by a Chinese, packed earth floor, swarming with cockroaches, but an immaculately clean kitchen, where two Chinese boys (or maybe a boy and a girl) were fighting a constant, valiant and probably non-winning fight against the cockroaches.

Which reminds me of a meatloaf my mother once found in the oven with one of those huge cockroaches (big as your hand) sitting right on top of it. She removed it, served the meatloaf to the unsuspecting family and told them later ... aaargh!

Might explain my altogether mixed feelings about minced meat, freeze-dried or not ... if you didn't mince it yourself, you never know.


Posted by: Peter on February 2, 2008 9:06 AM

You might have seen the recent New Yorker cartoon with the mother serving the casserole to the father and child, saying "If anyone asks, I didn't hear about the beef recall."

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on February 2, 2008 9:12 AM
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