Thursday, July 26, 2007

inner dork: all things salty

...that are innocent and condiment-like in nature. (but that does pose an interesting question, doesn't it?)

Did you know...

Salt is the only rock humans can eat. (That would mean that someone has actually tried to eat some other type of rock. Yawza! Me, teeth!)

Only 5% of salt produced ends up on the table. The rest is used for packing meat, building roads, feeding livestock (mmm, bloaty moo-cows) tanning leather (mmm, salty-moo-cows.) manufacturing glass, soap, ash, and washing compounds. (mmm, salty clean clothes.)

Salt is one of the few spices that is all taste and no smell.
(I tried to prove this, but I was only successful in inhaling salt up my nose. mmm, melty salt.)

Tabasco sauce is made by fermenting vinegar and hot peppers in a French oak barrels (German barrels are not allowed and could not be reached for comment on how resentful they felt about this snub) that has three inches of salt on top and is aged for three years until all the salt is diffused through the barrel.
(mmm, bloaty, salty, hot sauce.)

Worcestershire sauce is basically anchovy ketchup.
(And it tastes mmm, so good.)
(Do you all say, Worcestershire sauce or do you say, Worcestershireshireiiires sauce?)

I feel all edumacted, but I also feel all bloaty.


Nick said...

"Salt is the only rock humans can eat."

I have to disagree with this. Salt is not a rock. It's a crystal. A rock is either sedimentary, igneous, or metamorphic. Salt doesn't qualify as any of those.

Now how's that for dorky? Your "inner dorks" do end up causing some interesting coversations at work. For instance, are you able to taste anything when your tongue is completely dry?

limpy99 said...

That's just great Nick. Now I'm going to spend the rest of the day toweling off my tongue and then trying to eat stuff.

Thanks. Thanks a lot.

And for the record, I pronounce it "Woostersure" sauce.

Bre said...

OOK here's my question then - why does salt water have a distinct scent that regular water does not?

Nick said...

We were discussing this at work as well Bre... and someone said they read that it was actually a result of bacteria in the water eating rotting plant waste... not the salty water itself.

appletini said...

You sure do know some interesting facts ;)

Party Girl said...

OKay, love the fact that blogger didn't send me any of these comments. I was so disappointed. I thought no one liked all the bloaty-ness.

Nick: Really? Really my little factoids bring about discussions at work? Yay!

On the dry tongue front, I don't know, but I am completely curious about this now.
If taste is triggered by sight and smell, I would also think a wet tongue would play a part as well.
So, if a person is blind, has no sense of smell AND has a dry tongue, where are they on the food appreciation line?

Limpy: I am right there with you on that one. Where's my towel?

Bre: I am going with Nick on this one. I think it would be the same reason pond/lake water smells, but hopefully your tap water does not.

Apple: Ooooooooooooooh, you have no idea!

Joefish said...

I'm all about the salt. Have you read Mark Kurlansky's book "Salt: A Wolrd History?" Great read.

Party Girl said...

Joe: As a matter of fact, I have and it is on my bookshelf that is devoted to useless information. (Gotta love the orginization of books.)