There’s a saying that tells us necessity is the mother of all invention. I’d take that another step further and say that boredom is the drunk uncle of invention. In today’s episode of “Why would you even try that?” we see that where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you are so inclined, you are actually able to deep fry water. Why you would want to do that though is another question entirely.
We can’t be completely sure what caused Jonathan Marcus to try this culinary feat. Did he want to somehow make water less healthy? Was he testing the adage that everything is better fried? Was he really just bored and looking for something interesting to do? We may never know.
In his YouTube video, Marcus first encased the water in a very thin skin of calcium alginate, which according to Wikipedia is:
…a water-insoluble, gelatinous, cream-coloured substance that can be created through the addition of aqueous calcium chloride to aqueous sodium alginate.
If that doesn’t sound appetizing I don’t know what does! I joke, but calcium alginate is actually used for culinary purposes. It’s also used for dressing wounds as a hemostatic, but we absolutely eat worse things every day. It’s derived mostly from seaweed, so it can’t be all bad. Anyways, I digress.
After encapsulating the water in its calcium alginate shell, he carefully dips the orb into some flour, followed by an egg wash, and finally into some panko bread crumbs. This process should be pretty familiar to anyone who has fried anything. A few minutes in the fryer, and then comes the moment of truth…
Yes, it worked, but what purpose did it serve? Marcus himself even says that it’s the blandest fried thing he’s ever tasted. Sometimes we’re so worried about whether or not a thing CAN be done that we don’t stop to think about whether or not that thing SHOULD be done. Deep fried water is one of those things. If you’ve made it this far, I feel I should note that this article is loaded with a heavy dose of snark. This is honestly pretty cool, albeit relatively pointless.
Are you going to run right out and deep fry some water? Tell us how it goes in the comment section below or on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.Via: Vice
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