Wednesday, April 26, 2006

cooking with beakers

Not sure what I think about this. Check out http://www.sciencey.com/

which had links to: http://www.orangemagazine.com/article.php?aid=202&a=p
and: http://organicglassware.com/

I like the idea of using labware in the kitchen, I always want the 70% Etoh spray bottle, the gloves, the kimwipes, the timers, etc. Finally broke down and bought a scale but the really precise ones were way too expensive (sob!). BUT, this site looks like it's designed for people cooking up things they'd like to snort or inject. What do you think?

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9 Comments:

At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they sell parafilm for the kitchen? That would be cool. Also, I have been tempted to make cocktails using 100%EtOH (ACS grade)instead of vodka.

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger Milo said...

When I got married, all our flowers were in 500 mL beakers that had bows on them. We have some round bottoms (the flasks!) at home for wine...

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger Sandra Porter said...

I always thought a magnetic stir bar and a hot plate would be great for heating up spaghetti sauce or making soup.

 
At 2:44 PM, Blogger MouseModeler said...

Reminds me of that old SNL skit. "You put your weed in there!"

 
At 6:08 PM, Anonymous kate said...

i like it! i also use a scale, thermometer, timer, grad-cyl-like cup, etc just as Alton Brown suggested. It's great for baking where being precise is important

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger Milo said...

Careful anon,

100% EtOH has traces of benzene and toluene, not stuff you want to injest. Seriously. EtOH is dried via azeotropic distillation.

 
At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your concern Milo, I should have included that in my comment as part of the reason I don't actually drink lab alcohol. But, traces of benzene are in just about everything. I'm sure you read in the papers about the latest "benzene sighting" in soft drinks; aspartic acid is apparently reacting with benzoate to produce -detectable- levels of benzene. Now you have me curious as to what the actual levels of benzene are in the pure ethanol reagent.

 
At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite a few avid bread bakers use lab equipment. Rose Levy Beranbum, author of _The Bread Bible_ (great book) uses among other tools an Omega 2-channel digital thermometer.

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At 10:01 PM, Blogger carolina wolverine said...

Before I had a wine stopper, I used to take pieces of parafilm home to cover opened wine...not very efficient, I don't think, but I was proud of myself for the creative factor.

And I also really want a magnetic stirrer/hot plate for the kitchen!

The closest science-y thing I have in my kitchen right now is the UGN measuring cup from Ikea - it's kind of beaker-ish...

 

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