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Organic food in a can?

I stumbled on this website a while back while wandering aimlessly from link to link online and I was intrigued. Could it be possible that Batter Blaster is a truly organic product in a pressurised container, curiosity got the better of me and I delved into their site a bit deeper to find out.

I clicked the “product information” link and was pleasantly surprised to find not only a clear list of ingredients but also the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) definition of organic.

Amazingly it seems true, they have created an organic product, that ships in a pressurised can, just like that awful “cream in a can” stuff we see on this side of the pond. Oh but wait a second what’s those ingredients Sodium lactate (lactic acid from beet sugar) and DiCalcium phosphate (leavening agent)?

Sodium lactate is also known as E325 and…

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sodium lactate is commonly used in meat and poultry products to extend shelf life and increase food safety as it has a broad antimicrobial action and is effective at inhibiting most spoilage and pathogenic bacteria.

Sounds like a sensible thing to add if you don’t know it’s also known as E325 but not all E numbers are bad… are they?

So I dug a bit further and found this. So E325 is part of a family of E’s known as the “acidity regulators” Still none the wiser I put my faith in the fact that it’s something that was derived from an organically grown vegetable and move onto DiCalcium phosphate the leavening agent.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A leavening agent (also leavening or leaven, pronounced /ˈlɛvənɪŋ/, /ˈlɛvən/) is any one of a number of substances used in doughs and batters that cause a foaming action which lightens and softens the finished product.

I’m thinking Yeast, baking powder, baking soda that kind of thing but a bit of searching on DiCalcium phosphate reveals…

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dicalcium phosphate is mainly used as a dietary supplement in prepared breakfast cereals, dog treats, enriched flour, and noodle products. It is also used as a tableting agent in some pharmaceutical preparations, including some products meant to eliminate body odor. It is used in poultry feed.

Now I’m not so sure about this one, so I did a bit more searching and couldn’t find any thing conclusive either way about them being good or bad, I did find a list of possible side effects but nothing about where it comes from.

So I’ve decided that while Batter Blaster meets the USDA definition of “Organic” I’m gonna stick with my own pancake recipe for now because at least I know what goes into it :)

I did try to find an EU definition of “organic” and while I initially thought it was strange that I couldn’t, I did stumble onto this site and have come to the realisation that there is a lot more to “organic” food than can be summed up in a simple sound-bite…

Recipe: Yee-Haw Yankee Breakfast Pancakes

Dripping with Maple Syrup

Ingredients:

3 large eggs
115g plain flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
140ml milk
a pinch of salt
a knob of butter
a handful of blueberries
maple syrup

Serves 2 people.

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This recipe makes thick American-style pancakes, which are very light and fluffy – so you can easily eat a whole “stack”.

Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs and hold on to both parts.

Add the flour, baking powder, and milk to the yolks and whisk to a smooth, thick batter.

Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt, until they form stiff peaks, then fold this gently into the batter.

Heat a non stick frying pan on a medium heat, melt some butter into it and pour in some batter, enough to make the size pancake you require.

Then sprinkle on your blueberries (you can use almost any berry or mashed banana as an alternative if you prefer). When the pancake starts to look like it’s drying out on top, turn it over and give it roughly the same time on the other side.

Then serve in a stack of about 4, drizzled heavily with maple syrup and enjoy!