Eric Thomas

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Rebecca Norman wrote:It seems to me that the issue is not just the specific additive. Even if it's organically produced, when people buy "King Arthur Flour" they think they're getting plain flour. Wheat ground up to a powder, with more or less of the bran and germ retained or removed. That's all.

If their additive is so great, let them market an improved bread flour with it. But please still sell just plain flour.

100% agree.  I don't think the actual substance is bad, it's a naturally occurring enzyme.  We wouldn't have life on Earth without those biocatalysts.  But if you're going to add it, tell me.  
6 months ago
I'm confused (I'm also an avid baker and sell my wares to the public.)  I use KAF Organic Bread Flour, and I can see the "Enzyme*" additive on the ingredients.  Researching the Aspergillus oryzae enzyme, I see that it's also the same as kōji mold, used to make a lot of different products including soy sauce and saki.  On the outside, these substances seem eminently natural and well-accepted by most.  

I do not understand where this is a problem and hoping for some enlightenment, as I want to make the best (healthiest) bread possible.  At what point in the 'processing' does this otherwise naturally occurring mold turn into a harmful substance?  

7 months ago
Time is the critical factor.  Under the Fair Credit Billing Act Act (12 C.F.R. § 1026.12).  With ATM or debit cards, you must act quickly to avoid full liability for unauthorized charges when your card is lost or stolen. Under the federal Electronic Fund Transfer Act, your liability is:

$0 if you report the loss or theft of the card immediately and before any unauthorized charges are made.
up to $50 if you notify the bank within two business days after you realize the card is missing
up to $500 if you fail to notify the bank within two business days after you realize the card is missing, but do notify the bank within 60 days after your bank statement is mailed to you listing the unauthorized withdrawals, or
unlimited if you fail to notify the bank within 60 days after your bank statement is mailed to you listing the unauthorized withdrawals. (15 U.S. Code § 1693g).
If you can convince the bank that your notification failure was due to extenuating circumstances, it must extend the notification timeline for a "reasonable period."

Note that if the theft involved only your ATM or debit card number—and not the card—you're not liable for unauthorized transactions if you report them within 60 days after your statement is sent to you. It's important to review your statements.

I work with three different banks for different commercial reasons, and all three have an 'alert over x amount' feature.  They're worth their weight in gold.  
And to think, down here in OK we just jump in the river and yank 'em out with bare hands.  I know, I'm off-topic but I couldn't resist....  
1 year ago
We've had some warm days, some cold days.  I'm cleaning up the storm/root cellar for what I think is going to be an active storm season.
Comfort my soul with the 'aptly' named, Robert Frost.  

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.
1 year ago

Pearl Sutton wrote:Robert:  Explain how this thing works?

 Apparently,  it makes a sound similar to that of a feeding catfish, causing the intended victim to emulate the behavior and going for the proffered bait. My guess is Oklahoma cats would yawn.
1 year ago
It's called a "Madcat."  It's a Danish catfish lure.  Madcat Catfish Lure

And I've gone catfishing for over 65 years, I have absolutely no idea how it works.
1 year ago
A fellow who sees a sign outside a house that reads: “Talking Dog for Sale.”

The fellow walks up to a dog sitting on the front porch, and the dog says, “May I help you mister?”

“You really can talk!” says the man. “You’re amazing!”

“My life has been amazing,” says the dog. “My talking skills helped me communicate with human authorities and other dogs to save avalanche victims in the Alps, as well as earthquake and hurricane victims all over the world. Now semi-retired, I spend my days telling jokes at the local children’s hospital.”

The fellow, flabbergasted, asks the dog’s owner, “Why on Earth would you want to sell an incredible dog like this?”

“Because he’s a compulsive liar!” said the dog’s owner. “He’s never left the yard!”
1 year ago
I only seem to get sick on weekdays.

I must have a 'weekend' immune system

1 year ago