Batter Bread is Eric's new project, and we talk about baking this bread into a good partial whole wheat sandwich loaf. Rick is skeptical and yes, a lot of whole wheat bread bakes up into a brick. But, we learned about a new small batch flour miller in L.A., Nan Kohler and her urban flour mill, Grist and Toll from a Root Simple interview. In that interview we discover there are whole grain flours that are more complex than your grocery store whole wheat flour.
Eric takes from the interview that it might be possible that some people with gluten intolerance may be able to use these flours and long fermentation times to create breads they can eat. No concrete evidence, but food for thought on how highly processed our baking flours are now.
Bill Gates funds a machine that extracts drinkable water from solid human waste that can be sent to developing countries. Wastewater treatment plants have been doing this for years, but to come up with a machine the size of a large refrigerator is pretty cool, we think.
Space X almost lands the primary stage of a cargo rocket on a barge in the Atlantic, and earns our high praise. "Close but no cigar" is still an amazing feat. The promise of recycling rockets would greatly reduce the cost of space flight.
Preparation for the Maple syrup season and tapping maple trees is underway at Eric's house. a new DIY maple syrup evaporator made out of a file cabinet, inspired by this Earth Eats story, will debut in late February.
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