Saturday, March 07, 2009

You know you're a cooking geek...


...when you buy 50 pounds of wheat gluten at once.

And when someone thinks your name is "Watt", I guess.

As an aside, how can anyone make any money on this? It came from freakin' GERMANY. So you've gotta grow the wheat, rinse out the gluten, package it, ship it across the Atlantic and most of the US, and then sell it to the end user (me) after going through several middlemen for $85?!?

Not that I'm complaining, but that's astounding to me. I guess the fact that I can buy 25# of flour (which I also do on a regular basis) for $6 is equally amazing - that's what, 70,000 calories or so? For $6? Crazy.

4 comments:

jon said...

Some kind of geek anyway. I have the very same thoughts all the time. I guess it points to the huge economies of scale in mass production and shipping. Those middle men only need a few pennies per bag to make it worth it.

The next logical step is, if 70,000 calories only costs six bucks, why is anyone on this planet hungry. I think the answer is basically greed and politics. Also that Africa is probably not suited to support the population it has. (At least when greed and politics are also present.)

Cycling Phun said...

WTF!? Where are you getting 25# of flour for $6?! I NEED TO KNOW! :-P

Walt said...

Dude, Costco. Word.

Joshua Stamper said...

What do you need that much Gluten for anyway? Starting a pizza dough company?