7 Ways to Make Things Taste Better (with Zero Extra Effort)
Here's what a few unusual taste perception experiments found about getting more bang for your bite.
Know Your Taste in Solid Metals
If you love bold flavors, go for copper or zinc utensils. These relatively unstable metals can enhance a food's dominant flavor
, found a blindfolded taste test at the University of Oxford. (You're effectively eating copper or zinc atoms along with your food.) The results: Salty cream tasted saltier (and bitterer) than when eaten off the usual stainless steel cutlery. Sweet cream tasted surprisingly sweeter. The best plating for purists (with Midas's assets): gold
. With no metallic taint at all, flavors rang true.