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When You Think There’s Nothing Left, Deep Fried Water

Anyone who has ever been to a state fair has faced the onslaught of deep fried everything. Deep fried Oreos, deep fried pickles, deep fried butter, and just when you think there’s nothing left in the world that you haven’t already fried, now there’s deep fried water.

Our place is not to question why… well, actually it is, so here’s the why, Boing Boing features YouTuber Jonathan Marcus who created these crispy balls of moisture for an event in San Francisco called the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon 2.0 where people “Work diligently on projects that make no sense at all. Come make something we will all regret.” Indeed.

Just how did Marcus achieve this seemingly impossible task? He used frozen reverse spherification (calcium alginate membrane) to create a solid mass of water. This liquid orb was then breaded in flour, egg and panko crumbs and then ever so gently placed into a deep fryer.

deep fried water 3-05262016
deep fried water 4-05262016

Fried to a crisp golden brown, when cut open you guessed it, the water bursts into nothingness. Is your mind blown? Well, it could be worse—pairing water with oil is generally a big no-no, because it could go very wrong very quickly. The warning on Marcus’ video even says, “This is potentially very dangerous. If water leaks out while the sphere is frying in hot oil, it may explode, sending scalding oil everywhere. Do not attempt without proper safety precautions. Do not consume until cooled down or you may get burned. Also they don’t taste particularly good. You have been warned.” In other words, kids, don’t try this at home. Just drink water like a normal person.

Marcus’s comment upon eating/drinking the first deep fried concoction of it’s kind? “Yep, that’s water.”

Does deep fried water sound cool or ridiculous? Let us know in the comments and tag @nerdist and @justjennrecipes on instagram to show us your favorite fried foods!

IMAGES: Jonathan Marcus
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