4 Levels of Buffalo Wings: Amateur to Food Scientist | Epicurious


BUFFALO WINGS have become a staple in American cuisine. Whether you’re watching the big game or just looking for a spicy snack, these wings are sure to satisfy your craving. But did you know that there are actually four levels to enjoying a plate of buffalo wings? From amateur to food scientist, here’s how to level up your wing game.


We all have to start somewhere, and for many of us, that means ordering wings at our local sports bar or fast food joint. For the amateur, the goal is simple: find wings that are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. And of course, there’s the all-important choice of sauce. Whether you opt for classic buffalo, honey BBQ, or something more adventurous, the amateur is content with keeping it simple and enjoying the taste of a good wing.


As you develop your wing palate, you’ll likely start to seek out higher quality wings and sauces. You might be willing to pay a little more for wings from a specialty restaurant or visit a famous wing spot. You’ll be sampling unique flavors, such as jerk seasoning or Asian-inspired sauces, and you’ll be experimenting with dipping sauces and rubs. Your appreciation for buff wings will grow, and you’ll start to recognize differences in quality and flavor.


When you’ve reached aficionado status, you know your stuff when it comes to wings. You’ll be making your own wing sauce recipe, cooking wings at home or air fryer, and making sure the wings are cooked to perfection every time. You might experiment with brining or marinating the chicken before cooking to add extra flavor. The aficionado takes pride in his or her ability to perfectly balance the levels of heat and acidity in a homemade sauce, and they will probably have a variety of sauces on hand to suit every mood and occasion.


Finally, for those who want to take their buffalo wing game to the next level, there’s the food scientist. This type of wing lover is truly passionate about creating the perfect recipe, and they’re willing to experiment with every element of the wing-making process. They’ll use molecular gastronomy techniques, such as sous-vide cooking or liquid nitrogen-infused sauces to create flavor combinations that are truly out-of-this-world. They might even consider plating their wings in a fancy way like in a gourmet restaurant.

Whether you’re an amateur looking to explore the world of buffalo wings or a food scientist seeking out flavor combinations that will blow your mind, one thing is certain. There’s no better way to spend an afternoon or evening than with a plate of spicy, delicious wings. So grab some friends, turn on the game, and enjoy the delicious ride!

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  1. Daniel learned how to fry chicken during his frying practice, but he didn't learn how to differentiate between a leg and a wing. Also I laughed when he said I will do my sauce from the scratch and used premade mayonnaise. Daniel is literally me pretending I know how to cook. Although his legs look delicious (pan intended)

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