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Another episode in the series of edible products being heated forcibly by the application of 240V across them. This time it's the turn of corned beef. But can it beat the 4kW record set by Spam?
This experiment involved exposed electrical connections at a dangerous voltage. Let me do these experiments so you don't have to.
For reference, the corned beef made less smoke, but it was very irritating. My eyes were watering after the experiment.
(Peak corned-beef-power 2.6kW)
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Having passed a significant amount of electrical current through the contents of a tin of spam, i get requested if i could do it with corned beef. So here is a tin of sainsbury's corned. Beef here are the forks of death. Let's do that experiment and keep in mind that the corned beef has to beat the four kilowatts that the spam managed.

Now, how do you open this? Can i've not one of these in a very long time? Oh, this is how it opens. Oh delicious. Oh, you can already see the fat. That's a very exciting start.

I wasn't really planning on opening the tin in the video, but hey it started so i'll finish. Oh, this is probably the most like i've ever had opening one of these tins. Oh there we go mmm juicy right, i'm gon na get that onto a tree. Stick the forks in and we'll see how much current it passes and we're ready to begin the experiment - and i will be wearing gloves for this.

Please keep in mind that if you work with electrical stuff and to be honest, i really don't recommend emulating this experiment. Let me do the dangerous stuff, so you don't have to, but if you're ever working the electrical stuff, a pair of dry gloves, is an extra layer of safety, because this this here this is what you're like inside the only thing between you and that meaty interior Is a layer of dead skin cells and they're, not very good for electrical insulation, so tell you what i'm going to get these uh implements stuffed and i'm gon na stuff this fork in here and i'm gon na stuff. This fork in here i'm not gon na zoom in this time, because the whole seam was obliterated by spam smoke last time and i'm gon na get this glove on now and i'm going to activate the experiment. So i shall give you a running commentary on the power involved.

Are you ready uh only two kilowatts so far? That's not quite as good as the spam. That's almost disappointing! Oh we're up to and there's and there's lots of smoke again right say what it doesn't smell as bad as the spam did, but it smells more burnt. Tell you what let's put these in diagonally so that it is unplugged um. Is someone giving a tractor? How much power has gone very juicy inside? Oh, this is gon na be delicious.

I just know it's gon na be delicious and meaty right, i'm going to shove those forks right in let's see if we can get any harder this time, so the power is going on 1.5 kilowatts, one kilowatt, no, it really! Oh, that is making my eyes sting that is actually very unpleasant. That is not the same type of smokiness comes out as spam. Oh, that is very, very irritating to eyes right. Tell you what the experiment has been done, i'm going to have to look at the uh the results after to see what it peaked at, but it did not beat spam.

Oh look at the fork has gone all golden colored with this meaty smoke. That's come out of that reptile, i'm getting the gloves off! This is probably a bad idea. I've got my knife here. Let's uh get the forks out the wings light into my meaty.

Goodness here see that that's your that's you're made of this you're juicy and conductive inside this is why it hurts so much when you get electric shock. Is it hot? It's it's crumbly. It feels worm-ish. I don't think it's as hard to spell it is not.

It is not as hard as the spammers, i would say: corned beef has probably got less fat than the spam. Oh, you know what i'm gon na go and check that right now. One moment please well live and learn uh. It turns out that corned beef has approximately what less than half the fat of spam it's full of meaty goodness and smoke.

Apparently, so that's what happens when you stick 240 volts across corned beef. It passes a fairly decent amount of current. Actually, you know what i've not done: i've not sliced it i'll get hold. I'm just going to eat this, but beefa where's the bit that it burnt it's not burnt the same way as a spam.

Did the spam was distinctly burnt. This hasn't done it in the same way. This kind of this is kind of burnt cleanly. Yes, there you go corned.

Beef is much better for passing tons of actual current through than spam.

16 thoughts on “Corned beef vs 240v – do not try this yourself”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars C S says:

    Woohoo! Another electrocookery vid!
    Hey Clive, will you by chance hono*u*r our North American tradition of Thanksgiving (Canada's is first of Nov, and US' is 25th) but……………… electrocooking a whole Thanksgiving meal?!? 😀 I even spelled honor with a u, as an olive branch! lol (edit: YT's shoddy markdown ruins my day yet again)

    Maybe not on the grand scale of a TG meal.
    A small whole Chicken instead of a Turkey could do.
    A small tub of Pumpkin Pie (sans crust, to make it easier), like the cake/bread vid.
    Maybe some Stuffing?
    Could even do some mashed taters mixed with milk… however, mashing raw potatoes would be arduous as hell, but a thanksgiving staple so I had to at least toss it out there! Hmm mayhaps just fauxtatoes (powdered) and use the electricity to get it all warmed up??

    That's about all the wet-enough-to-be-viable food items I can think of that relate well enough to Thanksgiving. 😛

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thor says:

    Not sure why watching you absolutely nuke a blob of meat with the help of your local utility provider made me really flipping hungry, but it did. On the other hand, I'd crawl on my face through a lake of rubbing alcohol and broken glass for good corned beef, so that may have something to do with it. Lol.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars d. t. says:

    I completely allow you to take all that risk if you like. A serving of DIY electric beef isn't on my menu! 😀👍

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Fergerson says:

    Apparently the Japanese bake a special kind of bread to make panko crumbs out of, by passing electric current through the dough instead of baking it in an oven- supposedly that prevents a crust from forming so the entire loaf can be used and the end product is homogeneous.
    You've done electrocuted meat-ish products, time to move on to bread?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Randy AB9GO says:

    Also try dropping the current through an incandescent lamp. Only apply 50 or 100 watts. More of a controlled heating effect!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nathan says:

    I believe your electrode design needs reworking. May I suggest a pinching motion from either side of the victims? One electrode on either side. A 3D print may be able to assist you with this fancy fruitful feat of fried food rations.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Grammer says:

    Clive, these videos are, I think, the best way to explain why one does not want to get electrocuted. Not only that, they're entertaining as hell! Well done sir – if you'll pardon the pun.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brendan White says:

    Would the forks work better if stuck in from the end instead of stuck in at the top? Obviously have to make sure they don't touch in the middle

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mini GP Racing says:

    Do you have a large variable transformer? Just wondering if you can make the ultimate electro-cooker by turning the voltage down to where it might heat better without blowing the meat up. The opposite would be to increase the voltage to the point where the example erupts in a shower of meat.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars getyourkicksagain says:

    Dammit, Clive! How do I stop the runaway saliva generation now? I feel like Pavlov's test subject!

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DashCamAndy says:

    Will you be cooking one of those horrid fruit cakes for [insert winter holiday of choice]?
    I assume the smell of 240 VAC through candied fruit could be… Interesting…

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mulgerbill says:

    I'm keen to try this at home with 100mm square steel sheet as sandwich electrodes

    Can somebody please talk me out of it?

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! jason says:

    So there are old school electric hot dog cookers that cook the hot dogs by passing current through them

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Xeraser says:

    "juicy and conductive" is the new "submissive and breedable" and you can't tell me otherwise

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GreigerBDragon says:

    Welcome to the modern age. Where we can electrocute a chunk of meat for science and entertainment. Clive is a modern day Andrew Ure.

    P.S. If he did it in public he'd probably get just as many horrified passerby too.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ats89117 says:

    I think you would get better results if you used graphite rods pushed all the way through the longest dimension rather than the metallic forks…

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