How to Make an Ooho the Edible Water Blob
Whats an Ooho?
An Ooho or water blob is an edible water sack made of calcium chloride and brown algae. This water container is made through the process of spherification which is the culinary process of shaping liquid into spheres. The Ooho is a completely eco friendly alternative to plastic water bottles. The reason we are not seeing this new invention in stores yet is because they have not found a sanitary way to ship and store them. The good news is that you don't have to wait for this problem to be solved before you can try one. You can make your very own Ooho at home.The materials are inexpensive and they are fairly easy to make.
What You Will Need
One cup drinking water
Quarter tsp or any spoon
One gm or a quarter tsp of Sodium alginate
Four cups water
One and a quarter tsp Calcium lactate
Three cups water
Making an Ooho
- Fill three bowls with water. One with four cups into one, One cup in another and the third with three cups.
- Fill the last bowl the Calcium lactate.
- Pour your Sodium alginate into the bowl with the one cup of water.
- Mix the powder in with the electric mixer.
- Wait fifteen minutes for the mixture to settle.
- Add your Calcium lactate to the bowl with four cups of water and mix well.
- Now carefully dip a spoonful of the Sodium lactate mixture into the Calcium lactate bath.
- Gently stir the solution for about three minutes.
- Carefully remove the now formed Ooho and gently set it in the last bowl of water to rinse.
- Now remove and enjoy your water blob.
More about the ingredients
What is Sodium alginate?
Sodium alginate is brown seaweed extract. Brown seaweed grows in cold water regions. This seaweed gets thick when agitated and turns into gel when it comes into contact with calcium. Sodium alginate is often used to thicken tasty treats like ice cream and yogurt. Brown seaweed itself is grown in Korea parts, of Europe and Ireland to harvest and eat.
What is Calcium Lactate?
Calcium lactate is calcium in a salt or powder like form. Calcium is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in milk cheese and even our own bodies. In the medical field calcium lactate is used as an antacid and given to patients with calcium deficiencies. Calcium lactate is also used in sugar free foods and used to prevent tooth decay.
Some Fun Ideas
Oohos can be used for all kinds of fun activities try some these ideas for some extra fun:
- Use them instead of water balloons in an Ooho fight
- Find out what happens when you freeze them
- Try to make them in different colors
- See if you can add flavors
- Make an Ooho contest and see who can make the biggest one
Would you send your child to school with an Ooho?
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About the Author
Brittanie Pervier is a college student studying journalism in Seattle Washington. In her free time she loves learning about the environment and all its wonders. Brittanie also writes articles under Brittanie2216 about natural hair care and beauty tips. Join her adventures read her articles as she learns more about nature in all areas of life.
This article was originally published 7/3/2014
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