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Google Doodle honoured Eva Ekeblad - Who Made Alcohol With Potatoes

Google Doodle honoured Eva Ekeblad - Who Made Alcohol With Potatoes

The image honors Eva Ekeblad, a scientist to whom we we owe many potato-based innovations.

In 1752 she reported a way to replace lead and other unsafe ingredients in cosmetics with potato flour, and discovering a method of bleaching cotton with soap. At the time, Sweden was suffering from a shortage of oats and barley grains and Ekeblad's findings meant that potatoes could be used as a substitute.

A report in The Telegraph reveals that back then potatoes weren't considered fit for human consumption and were given only to animals. Available on Android and IOS. In 1746, Ekeblad learned that the uncommon vegetable could be prepared, crushed and dried out to generate a type of flour. Starch is fermented to make alcohol, which is distilled and diluted to make Vodka. 4kgs will make about 1kg of flour, according to Real Foods.

It is claimed that Ekeblad learned that potatoes were being used in Germany to create alcoholic drinks. In addition to conducting her own research, Ekeblad was the mother of seven children and tended the family's estates.




Skin the potatoes, boil them until tender and then crush them. After mashing them properly, leave it for 12-20 hours until all moisture has been removed. An innovator for women, she was the first lady to enter the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1748.

There would not be another female member for 203 years.

Here's how you can make potato flour, courtesy Real Foods. This helped in reducing the number of famines in Sweden. And on Monday, which would have been her 293rd birthday, Google put out a Doodle to commemorate her achievements.