Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Since 2004, Italian law insists Neapolitan pizza must include wheat flour, flour yeast, mineral water, peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sea salt & olive oil to be considered pizza. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
Acorns are edible with a little prep, and can eaten roasted, turned into flour, or even used as a coffee substitute. woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog…
Sliced Bread was banned in 1943 with the intention of bringing the cost of bread down after it increased due to flour prices going up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
In Argentina, the 29th day of each month is Gnocchi Day, with almost all families eating gnocchi. The tradition started because the 29th of the month was just before payday, so money was tight, and only potatoes and flour were left. For extra luck, everyone gets a peso under their plate foodrepublic.com/recipes/…
The longest continuously-operating mill in the United States has been running since 1740 in Annville, PA. First used to grind flour as a grist mill, it also functioned as a saw mill and a fulling mill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
The Great Wall of China has stood for centurie thanks to it being made of a unique mortar made of a mix of rice flour and slaked lime ripleys.com/weird-news/gr…
Pound Cake gets its name because of how it was made in the 1700s. Originally, the recipe called for one pound each of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. ourstate.com/true-pound-c…
Flour distributors used to make their sacks more colorful during the Great Depression to help the people who often made clothes out of them remain at least somewhat fashionable. winkgo.com/1930s-flour-sa…
Today I learned of the Nazino affair - the mass deportation of 6,000 "socially harmful" people to Nazino Island in the Soviet Union in May 1933. They were abandoned with only flour for food, and little in the way of tools, clothing, or shelter, and those who attempted to leave were killed by armed guards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
An Australian restaurant called Pablo's Escoburgers came under fire for their burger called "The Patron," a double patty with candied bacon topped with a line of white powder (garlic flour) and a rolled up fake $100 bank note. They announced that people were "lining up for a taste." insider.com/pablos-escobu…
The pollen of the cattail plant is a good source of protein that can be mixed with flour and used in baking. Young cattail shoots and roots can also be eaten. gardeningknowhow.com/orna…
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, women turned their flour sacks into into dresses, underwear, towels, curtains, quilts, and other household necessities. So flour companies started packing their flour in bags with pretty patterns. slate.com/human-interest/…
A Portuguese castle enduring a prolonged siege broke the enemies resolve by, in a fake show of plenty, throwing freshly baked bread made from the very last flour in the castle with the message, β€˜if you need any more, just let us know’. Fearing a much more prolonged siege, the Spaniards withdrew. lonelyplanet.com/portugal…
In 1878, a spark ignited airborne flour dust within the Minneapolis Washburn A Mill creating an explosion that killed 18 workers. The ensuing fire killed four people and destroyed five other mills. The explosion made national news and led to reforms in the milling industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned about "water sandwiches," a Great Depression food consisting of bread soaked in lard and water. It was sometimes served with "bulldog gravy," a mixture of milk, flour, and grease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Tempura was introduced to the Japanese by Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century observing abstinence rules for Catholics surrounding the quarterly ember days (Quattuor Tempora). Earlier Japanese deep-fried food was either simply fried without breading or batter, or fried with rice flour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
The Samians came to Sparta seeking aid and made a speech to show their need. The Spartans rejected them for being long-winded. Later the Samians came a second time with a sack, and said β€œThe sack wants flour.” The Spartans replied that they were over-wordy with β€œthe sack”; but resolved to help. perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
The McCormick brand bacon bits are primarily made up of soy flour making them vegan. myrecipes.com/extracrispy…
50% of the calories Americans consume come from nutrient-depleted, ultra-processed foods, including refined flours and industrial seed oils. A recent study indicates that US children and adults have high rates of deficiency of vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and folate, as well as the mineral iron kresserinstitute.com/well…
During WWII flour and feed bag manufactures made their bags in bright colors and fun designs because women often used them to make clothing for their families. americanhistory.si.edu/co…
Today I learned of Cannibal Island - a small island in Siberia where the Soviet Union forcibly deported 6,000 citizens. They were abandoned with few supplies and only flour for food. Disease and cannibalism quickly ran rampant and after 13 weeks, 2/3 of the original deportees were dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
During World War 2, an edible explosive was created under the code name β€œAunt Jemima”-it was a mixture of flour and the powdery explosive HMX. It could pass for flour and even be used in cooking. It was smuggled by Chinese guerrillas to bypass Japanese checkpoints. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Pringle is not a potato chip. Procter & Gamble argued that Pringles were only 42% potato flour, with the rest mostly a slurry of wheat starch, corn and rice flour, and vegetable oil. They made this argument because according to Britain's 1994 VAT Act, potato products was subject to a 17.5% tax. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Wheeling Gaunt, a slave who bought his and his family's freedom in 1845 before moving to Yellow Springs, OH. At the time of his death, he bequeathed a large portion of his land and estate to the village under the condition that each widow be given flour annually, which continues to this day ysheritage.org/wheeling-g…
Some early forms of corn were only edible as popcorn. The Aztecs were making popcorn from wild corn prior to making flour from corn. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Astronauts eat flour tortillas instead of sliced bread. education.jsc.nasa.gov/ex…
Today I learned about William Onyeabor, a Nigerian funk musician and businessman. He ran a flour mill, put out 8 self-published albums from β€˜77 to β€˜85, then became born again Christian and never spoke of his music again. He died in 2017. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The DR Congo government encourages families to include insects in their children's diet. A health centre offers daily courses on how to cook insects and mothers are encouraged to supplement the diets of their breastfed babies after six months with a porridge made from caterpillar flour newvision.co.ug/new_visio…
Because rice noodles are made with rice flour rather than wheat flour, they contain no gluten. This is important for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance or allergy. The main health benefits of rice noodles are that they contain no gluten and are not made with eggs. healthyeating.sfgate.com/…
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, flour manufacturers saw women turning their flour sacks into clothing, diapers, dish cloths, and more, so they started packing their flour in pretty patterns. littlethings.com/flour-sa…
Noel Gallagher was expelled from school for throwing a bag of flour over a teacher en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noe…
The Ru of RuPaul comes from the culinary term 'roux', a mix of flour and fat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RuP…
Today I learned of the Nazino Affair, a brutal USSR plan in which 6,000 political prisoners and criminals were rounded up and deported to an isolated island in Western Siberia, surrounded by guards and left only with flour. The society soon descended into anarchy and cannibalism; 4,000 died after only a month. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
Graham crackers came about because of an early American Christian doctrine founded by Sylvester Graham. He believed Christians should be vegetarian and eat whole grain foods. The crackers, along with flour, etc. was developed to he sold to his followers, the Grahamites. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylves…
Refining cocoa beans into chocolate gets rid of all the moisture, so the final product is actually very dry. Melted chocolate can be considered a β€˜dry’ ingredient despite its liquid state. Adding water to melted chocolate has the same effect as adding water to flour; turning it into paste. thekitchn.com/food-scienc…
Stalin once sent 6,000 people to an island now known as 'Cannibal Island'. They were given no food except flour, with no ovens to make it into bread theaustralian.com.au/news…
Bruce Lee avoided baked goods and refined flour, describing them as providing empty calories which did nothing for his body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
An estimated 15 – 21% of bakers have Baker’s asthma, which they develop following sensitization to cereal grains like wheat, rye and yeast. Guidelines have been set to limit the amount of flour dust per cubic metre and bakers employ strategies to minimize their exposure to flour dust. theconversation.com/how-b…
During the Great Depression, companies would print colorful patterns onto flour sacks so that women can make dresses out of them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Today I learned of Coffee Flour. Made from Coffee cherries, the discarded fruit surrounding the coffee bean. Gluten free, high in fibre and protein, and produced from a source which is currently being discarded at a rate around 75% of production. coffeeflour.com/
The flour in raw cookie dough is the reason you should avoid eating it, not the eggs. mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
During the Russian famine of the 1920s, Government officials advised starving residents to dig up the dried bones of animals, grind them into flour and bake a β€œbread substitute [that has] a nutritive value of 25 percent more than rye bread, in spite of its unpleasant smell and taste”. alphahistory.com/russianr…
During the Great Depression, companies would print colorful patterns onto flour sacks so that women can make dresses out of them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Chicken fried steak is actually a piece of beef coated in flour and pan fried. It's named this way because the way it's prepared is similar to pan fried chicken breast. I also learned that country fried steak is the same as chicken fried steak. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Flour is incredibly explosive scribol.com/science/chemi…
A man raised $275,000 for disabled veterans in 1864 by repeatedly auctioning the same sack of flour over and over again en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reu…
In the 1930's, amidst wide spread poverty, flour mills realised that some woman were using sacks to make clothes for their children. In response, the flour mills started using fabric with flowers printed on for their sacks. kindnessblog.com/2015/05/…
Today I learned of Baker's Math: flour weight is always expressed as 100%, and sets the foundation for every other ingredient- 66% water, 2% salt, etc. thefreshloaf.com/handbook…
It’s called a β€œpound cake” because the original recipe called for a pound each of sugar, eggs, flour, and butter. leaf.tv/articles/the-diff…
Linoleum is made of only natural ingredients, like flaxseed oil, pine resin, wood flour, cork dust, calcium carbonate and natural pigments, which makes it a very environmental friendly flooring, on the contrary to vinyl with which it is often confused. designlife-cycle.com/lino…

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