Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been taking the Water Bobble for a test drive.
If you are like me and haven’t heard of the Water Bobble, essentially it is a self filtering water bottle. The water passes through the carbon-based filter as you drink it removing chlorine and organic contaminants from tap water.
As a (travelling) fitness instructor I drink the tap water in a lot of different locations. Some of it tastes great (go Woodville!) some of it tastes like I’m drinking bleach. I was pumped to give the Water Bobble a try to see if it made the bleach-y tasting water better, and it certainly does. I’ve been known to fill my water bottle Thursday nights after my classes in Woodville so I’ll have good tasting water for my Friday morning classes in Kentville. I often don’t think of doing that though so it’s great to have the Water Bobble to take to those classes where the water has a bit of a “ick” factor without having to worry about it.
At home we always use a water cooler for drinking water. Our tap water is hard and has a very metallic taste to it, one that the Brita has never been able to clear out. I tried the Water Bobble on our tap water and actually made it through a whole bottle (which is otherwise unheard of)
But there was still a faint metallic taste. I would say it reduced the taste by at least 50% though making it drinkable, but at home I’ll be sticking mainly to the water cooler. It is nice to have a portable filter to use though, when we run out of water in the cooler and it’s tap water or nothing!
Overall I was really impressed with the water booble. Before your first use you need to fill the bobble and squeeze out the water to clean the filter (you’ll get discoloured water as the filter clears of any lose particles) but after that initial cleaning it’s clear sailing for 300 refills! Obviously you need to wash the bobble (they recommend hand washing in warm soapy water) to keep it clean, but there isn’t any other upkeep besides replacing it after 300 uses.
Based on 2 bottles/day they calculate that each water bobble filter should last approximately 2 months, and even have a reminder program you can sign up for on their website to have an email sent to you to remind you when it’s time to replace your filter!
So who wants to WIN their own Water Bobble? The awesome people at Water Bobble Canada have offered to give not one but two of my Canadian readers a Water Bobble of their own! One of you will win a 1 litre water bobble with replacement filter, the other will win a 550ml water bobble (this is the size I received) along with a replacement filter.
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Someone let me know this morning they couldn’t find my pizza dough recipe on the blog this morning, I guess it was lost in the great hacking of 2012 and I didn’t notice or think of it so it never got re-added to the site.
That’s quite shocking really since it’s my favourite thing to make, and I’m a bit of a pizza making super star even if I do say so myself.
I don’t make a whole grain or whole wheat pizza crust because J can’t handle whole grains with his UC but you can certainly substitute the white flour in this recipe for the flour of your choice.
I usually let the dough rise for 10-15 minutes while I cut up all of my topping and shred the cheese, and then let it rest for about 5 minutes after kneading it. The longer you can let it rise the better the dough will be.
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 1/2 tsp quick rise yeast (or one packet)
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- 2 tbsp oil (I use extra virgin olive oil)
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 tsp salt
- Put hot water in bowl and add quick rise yeast and sugar. Let sit 5 minutes
- Add oil, flour and salt and mix
- Once dough has come together I drizzle a small amount of extra virgin olive oil (probably 1/2 tsp) over the dough to lightly coat the dough
- Cover the bowl and place somewhere warm (like by a sunny window) and let rise for 15-30 minutes.
- Gently knead dough 15-20 times then let rest for another 5-10 minutes
- Grease pizza pan and stretch out dough to fit pan (I usually make 1 large pizza and save a small portion to make garlic fingers)
- Top with your favourite toppings and bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 10-14 minutes (check at the 10 minute mark)
We look forward to pizza night every week, and by making it yourself you can save SO much money. It makes my heart hurt when I see people using those boxed pizza dough packages to make pizza dough, or the pre-made stuff in the tube (you know what I’m talking about). Those types of dough make both me, and pizzas sad! If you’ve never made homemade pizza dough give it a try – it really isn’t difficult at all!