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Alton Brown's 'Potentially Deadly' Cooking Segment on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 6th 2010 3:30PM
Foodie Alton Brown is a mad scientist in the kitchen. To prove that point, Brown creates avocado ice cream using a stand mixer and a canister of liquid nitrogen on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC).

Having a flair for the dramatic, Brown intentionally pours some of the liquid nitrogen on his hand and splashes Robin Roberts in the process, but apparently he causes neither of them harm. Then, he chills the ice cream mixture and creates a plume of vapor that completely obscures the cooking area.

"You know, I like science when it's dangerous and potentially deadly," he said.

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Why would a person want to mess around with that stuff anyway? It absolutely makes no sense to me. Isn't it easier to buy it in the supermarket, or get an ice cream machine and use the ice cream salt they sell for ice cream makers?



October 09 2010 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alfred Schrader

I actually built rockets for 19 years. What Alton did is very dangerous. Liquid nitrogen can frost burn the cornea in your eye & result in blindness. Also, enough of it in your room & it will displace the oxygen (O2) and you will suffocate. Never do this, buy an ice cream machine....Al-

October 09 2010 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And what was the purpose for all of this, shown on TV? for copycat's? Now I know why we are number 26th in the world, smart....NO.....dumb and dumber....yes

October 09 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LMAO!!! "Lick it!!" This was crazy funny.

October 09 2010 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you can also use dry ice. put bowl of ice cream mixture in a larger bowl with crushed dry ice and water.this will set up in a few minutes.

October 09 2010 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, that was sure exciting.

October 09 2010 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought liquid nitrogen would cause frost bite . It gets real cold when released into atmospheric pressure as it boils to a vapor. I suppose it could be deadly if released in a confined space and depletes the oxygen.

October 09 2010 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Mark's comment

That's right. Once handled for too long in the incorrect way, it can cause frost bite

October 09 2010 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Liquid Nitrogen can be used safely as shown in the video, but it CAN also be very dangerous if you're in contact with it for several seconds. It's like dry ice -- if you handle it quickly, you're fine. But if you touch dry ice for more than 12 seconds, you'll start to get frostbite. Likewise, if you transfer liquid nitrogen into a non-insulated container and hold it for few seconds, your hand will start to freeze. I'm speaking from personal experience -- it can be very painful. So if you're going to use it, be sure to keep it in the insulated dewer it comes in.

October 09 2010 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How is LN2 potentially deadly using it like that? The media needs to stop trying scare the $#!T out of the American public daily.

October 09 2010 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've seen this done at our local children's museum. The kids loved it and eating the ice cream, lol. Funny how adults can be fascinated same as the kids but cautious enough to miss out on the whole experience.

October 09 2010 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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