News Bites: The Science Behind Matzo, A Zillion-Dollar Grilled Cheese And More

News Bites: The Science Behind Matzo, A Zillion-Dollar Grilled Cheese And More
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News Bites: The Science Behind Matzo, A Zillion-Dollar Grilled Cheese And More

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Passover Matzo

An NPR correspondent visited a matzo factory to learn more about the signature Passover product. Turns out, the way the matzo is charred has a lot to do with its taste. Charring the matzo in different degrees yields different flavors. The holes in matzo are also an important factor in keeping the dough together. When baked, the water in the matzo dough becomes steam. As the steam expands, bubbles form which pull layers of the matzo apart. The more holes the matzo has the denser it will be, according to Dan Pashman of the podcast The Sporkful.

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The Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese

While the Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese won't set you back a zillion dollars, it'll still put you out $100. The luxurious sandwich is filled with 40-year-old aged Wisconsin cheddar, Iberian ham, 100-year-old aged balsamic vinegar and white truffle aioli. The grilled cheese is also topped with foie gras!

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The AromaFork

This impressive gadget is brought to you by the science of molecular gastronomy! The AromaFork is meant to enhance your meal by letting out scents on to the fork. The experience of flavor is 80 percent smell, so this could be a fun addition to the dinner table.

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Walmart Goes Organic.

Walmart plans to create its own line of organic products. The company hopes to create a line that is both healthy and affordable.

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Cows and Global Warming

Strange as it seems, methane from livestock accounts for nearly 39 percent of agricultural greenhouse gases. The emissions from livestock seem to be rising, most of them coming from cow belches! Researchers hope to make the land more efficient to help contain the methane.

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April 14th is the first night of Passover. Whether you're avoiding leavened bread this week or not, you'll be interested in the science behind matzo. Even though matzo isn't known for being flavorful, it is prepared in a distinctive way that sets it apart from both crackers and bread.

If you are eating bread this week, you'll be pleased to learn about the brand new "Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese." Debuting at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, the Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese is actually more affordable than you're imagining.

In other news, a unique fork enhances your dining experience with scent, Walmart plans to sell its own organic food and cows contribute to global warming.

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