Freeze Cranberry Sauce and Gravy for The Best Thanksgiving Croissants Possible

Making Thanksgiving croissants is a three-day process. I started making the compound butter two days ago. I paddled together butter and Thanksgiving spices: dried sage, dried thyme, granulated onion, onion powder, salt, sugar, pepper, and a little turmeric for color. We developed the recipe from looking at the ingredient list for Stovetop stuffing.

Source: How to Make Thanksgiving Croissants

Lots assume that there will be a lot of leftover gravy. In my experience, gravy always runs out long before the turkey does, and I often have to cobble together substitutes for that first yummy batch with the meat dripping and carving juices.  So if you run out:

Roast and then simmer the giblets with veggies to get some flavorful broth to add to the pan drippings. Start with a (I know, it’s horrible) store-bought stock, dissolve flour or cornstarch in water, add it to the boiling stock, then add the giblet stock and pan drippings. If you use decent quality store stock, you won’t notice the difference and you can make half a gallon of gravy.  Or buy a couple of turkey thighs or legs and roast them a few days ahead and store the deglazed pan drippings in the freezer until the big day.

It’s the Flour, Not Just The Yeast, That Makes for Perfect Bread

Why do some wheat dough balls rise well and bake into perfect loaves while others are flat and hard as a brick? A new study says it’s as much about the flour as the yeast.

Source: It’s the Flour, Not Just The Yeast, That Makes for Perfect Bread

What about the water?  J. Kenji López-Alt from SeriousEats (and previously Cook’s Illustrated) wrote about performing a test concerning the effects of water on pizza crust.  They used multiple bottled waters, with different levels of dissolved solids as well as NYC tap water in the introduction of his new book. His panel of judges weren’t able to detect a significant difference between any of the crusts made with the different waters. At this point, I think it’s safe to say this is a myth or at least a very large degree of self-induced bias.

Deleting Genes Could Boost Lifespan by 60%

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.

Source: Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

Don’t get excited just yet – they’ve only done this with yeast.  But claim the genes deactivated were specifically mammalian related.  Not even mice yet…

13 Facts Every Self-Respecting Beer Drinker Should Know

There was a time in (very recent) history where the depth of knowledge required to order the perfect beer for you was knowing whether you wanted it in a real bottle, or one shaped like a bowling pin. We now live in the midst of a beer renaissance, though, and between all the sours, lagers, stouts, Belgians, and reds out there, getting the right beer means expanding your knowledge.

Source: 13 Facts Every Self-Respecting Beer Drinker Should Know

Skunking prevention has been covered before.

No, You Can’t Make Moonshine Out of Vegemite

News broke this weekend that the Australian government was concerned about Indigenous communities using Vegemite to brew alcohol. The government even floated the idea of banning the spread in some places where alcohol was already banned. Can you really brew alcohol using Vegemite? In short: No.

Source: No, You Can’t Make Moonshine Out of Vegemite

Why?!  As healthy as vegemite (or marmite) can be, both tastes like sadness

Scientists Have Hacked Yeast to Produce Narcotics

Yeast, that magical microorganism that provideth bread and beer, can now make narcotics, too. In a much-anticipated update, a team of scientists from Stanford University has engineered a strain of common brewer’s yeast to turn simple sugars into opioid drugs.

Source: Scientists Have Hacked Yeast to Produce Narcotics

I was glad to see the article addressed my concern – that illegal drug manufacture would benefit.  But the yield is claimed to be so low, it’s only a proof of concept at this point.  But now there’s reason to investigate if the yield can be improved.  The article did not cover what the resources needed were for this, to help determine if it is a better means of producing medications.  There is opioid overdose reversal medication – this article covers how it came to be, and the social implications

Brewing Booze And Animal Husbandry Have More In Common Than You Think

Brewers of alcoholic beverages aren’t just making drinks — they’re managing, and sometimes even breeding, specialized herds of tiny lifeforms which perform specific functions: yeasts.

Source: Brewing Booze And Animal Husbandry Have More In Common Than You Think

Different strains of yeast can also add flavour to beer by producing different esters and phenols along with alcohol and CO2. Which is weird because we’re basically cultivating yeast with the best tasting digestive products.

Why Wine Can Trigger Your Food Allergies (and How to Avoid Them)

Here’s a fun fact you may not know: not all wine is vegan. Some wine is clarified with “fining agents” that are made from animal products.

These fining agents help eliminate proteins, yeasts and other molecules that give wine a cloudy appearance. They can also eliminate harsh tannins, helping the wine taste smoother at a younger age, wine blog VinePair says. As The Kitchn explains, the fining agents attract molecules. By collecting around the fining agent, the molecules form larger particles that are then easier to filter out of the wine.

Source: Not All Wine Is Vegan, And Here’s Why

The amount of the fining agent left in the wine (or beer) might be minute, but some people are extremely sensitive to any amount.

Another wine production thing I was not aware of.  I would expect this to be an issue for the large scale wine production outfits.  It never came up when I was working for someone who was transitioning from accounting to wine making.  My recollection was wine makers were interested in good grapes, and what you got in the bottle was it for that year.  It depends, but a lot do not grow all the grapes themselves.  They’ll have some of their own, but source a fair bit from local wine grape growers.

The article mentions the wine bottle label.  I don’t know what or if anything changed since I last looked into it, but there was no standardization whatsoever as I knew.  I get the impression that hasn’t changed.

Truth in advertising

Would You Wear a Wedding Dress Made from Fungus?

After the recent dress discussion, give it time – this will grow on you…   I’m itching just thinking about this disaster.

Would you wear clothing grown from a mixture of yeast, bacteria and a sugary green tea solution? How about from a combination of plant matter and microscopic mushrooms? These odd materials may sound like something out of the Jetsons’ wardrobe, but they could have an influence on how fashion is manufactured.

“I think the ability for us to grow our own clothing could have great positive potential,” says Erin Smith, artist in residence at Microsoft Research who brewed her own wedding dress. “Growing clothing from scratch could both eliminate carbon emissions caused by transportation and allow for a garment that can be grown to your precise dimensions and specifications.”

Source: Would you wear a wedding dress made from fungus?

It’s over. We’ve been out-lentilled.  We can all pack up our elopements, thrift store wedding dresses, locally-sourced hand-hewn engagement ring made out of 100% recyclable materials, vegan wedding cakes and go home.

The article is an interesting read, giving some perspective on biomaterials for clothing.  That said, I’m a bit leery about the lack of photos. Pret A Portabella 😉

…but I can’t help with the snark:

  • the mushrooms are retaining water
  • what does the groom wear?
  • that‘s not a mushroom
  • that’s not a dress you can recycle…  Traditionally you were supposed to use the fabric to make your kids’ christening outfits.  Now I understand why all those old christening outfits looked like doilies…
  • you can saute the mushrooms the day after
  • no mention of colour?
  • whip cream would probably do the same job
  • If you wanna cut down on fabric, go with the hotpants dress
  • Lady Gaga quote anyone?

Plug for The Brides Project – they accept donated gowns from brides, salons, and designers. These gowns are sold to brides-to-be at approximately half the retail value with all profits going to cancer charities.