March 16, 2013

Did You Know. . .

that Irish Soda Bread is called that because it uses baking soda instead of yeast as its leavening agent?

that before thermometers were invented, makers of beer would dip their thumb in the brew to determine if it was time to add yeast?  If it was too hot, the yeast would die, of course. This is where the phrase "rule of thumb" comes from.

that about 4,000 years ago a bride's father would give his son-in-law all the mead he could drink for a month after the wedding?  Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar-based, this time period was called "honey month" or what we call "honeymoon" today.

that the Irish introduced oatmeal to America?

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