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Food Unwrapped

Food Unwrapped

Channel 4 2012

The food and science series that travels the world to explore the industry secrets behind our favourite produce, industry secrets, and how foods are really made.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Food Unwrapped

Food Unwrapped - S3E3

#1 - Milking It


Season 3 - Episode 3

Kate visits France to find out if a glass of red wine a day keeps the doctor away. Venison is traditionally the meat of kings. This lean, healthy meat has become hugely popular over the last decade. Jimmy investigates why we seem to be importing some of it from New Zealand and discovers how to keep UK venison on our supermarket shelves. Matt lifts the lid on skimmed milk. How do dairy farmers get exactly the right amount of fat in every pint of milk?

The episode was rated from 18 votes.

Food Unwrapped - S3E1

#2 - Cheesy Creatures


Season 3 - Episode 1

Jimmy discovers that there's more to traditionally-matured cheese than meets the eye, thanks to a microorganism that helps give the likes of pecorino their distinctive hard rinds. Matt meets a team of researchers to examine why re-heating rice can make you ill, and discovers what makes the pre-cooked rice stocked in supermarkets safe to eat. Meanwhile, Kate heads to Malaysia to find out how vanilla is grown and how vanilla extract is produced.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.

Food Unwrapped - S4E2

#3 - Liquorice, Mushrooms, Beansprouts


Season 4 - Episode 2

Kate wants to know where liquorice comes from. She's not a fan, but will she be converted once she's seen the experts in Calabria, Italy turn bitter-tasting liquorice roots into sweet treats?

The episode was rated from 19 votes.

Food Unwrapped - S3E5

#4 - Wasabi Plant


Season 3 - Episode 5

Jimmy gives supermarket fish a sniff to discover how fresh the stock really is. Kate investigates how asparagus can be grown all year round in one of the driest places on earth - the Ica Valley in Peru. Matt travels to a secret location to track down UK-grown wasabi plants, managing to sting his nostrils in the process.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.

Food Unwrapped - S13E1

#5 - Ice Cream, Olive Oil, Airline Food


Season 13 - Episode 1

Jimmy jets off to the USA to find out how those big chunks in American ice cream stay so crispy. Kate investigates a rise in olive oil prices, and discovers a disease wiping out olive trees in southern Italy. And Matt finds out why Bloody Marys are so popular on planes - and why airline food tastes very different at ground level.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.

Food Unwrapped - S4E3
#6 - Black Pudding, Watermelons, Rock Candy
Season 4 - Episode 3

Jimmy finds himself being inspired by one of an old favourite, black pudding, to learn about the properties of blood, and how it is being increasingly used in gastronomy. Kate finds out more about a city of greenhouses in the Andalusian desert where millions of watermelons are grown every year.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
Food Unwrapped - S6E9
#7 - Crabs, Greens, Gummy Sweets
Season 6 - Episode 9

Jimmy explores new ways to get crabs to come out of their shell. Kate finds out how to get children to eat their greens. And how are gummy sweets made? Matt investigates.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
Food Unwrapped - S9E7
#8 - Parmesan, Paprika, Hard-Boiled Eggs
Season 9 - Episode 7

In Italy, Jimmy looks into why Parmesan costs up to twice as much as supermarket Cheddar. Kate's been puzzling over paprika and travels to Hungary and Spain to find out exactly where it comes from. And Matt looks at hard-boiled eggs - it can be fiddly enough getting the shell off in the comfort of your own kitchen, so how do the big players manage it now that hard-boiled eggs are popping up everywhere in supermarkets?

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
Food Unwrapped - S3E4
#9 - Caviar Conversation
Season 3 - Episode 4

Jimmy investigates whether manuka honey has any medicinal properties. Kate discovers why some varieties of caviar are so much cheaper than others. Matt visits a Scottish distillery to find out the surprising truth about what gives whisky its distinctive flavour.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
Food Unwrapped - S12E2
#10 - Orange Squash, Maple Syrup, Biscuits
Season 12 - Episode 2

Jimmy Doherty, Kate Quilton and Matt Tebbutt reveal more secrets about our favourite food and drink. Jimmy visits Spain to investigate how much orange is in orange squash. In snowy Canada, Matt finds out why maple syrup is so expensive. And Kate reveals the surprising reason why so many of our favourite biscuits have little holes all over them.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

Last updated: jan 10, 2022

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