We’re always doing experiments and tests. Holly says I’ve corrupted her into scientific thinking. She says that is a good thing.
This research was, “Are the higher priced, fancy tech, hollow fiber socks better than the cheaper cotton and wool socks?” It was single blind test. That is the subjects didn’t know which was which but the experimenter did. To do the test we each wore one of each type of sock on different feet. Kavi, pictured on the right, chose to be the control subject and wear no socks. He only counts for two feet.
After much sweating and hard work everyone rated their subject sensation of which sock was better. The overwhelming conclusion was… drum roll… there was no noticeable difference!
The fancy dancy socks cost twice as much. Guess I won’t bother wasting money on those! So I bought a bunch more pairs of the cheaper socks. Dry socks, changed twice a day or more, are important when working and playing out in the cold weather. Not only do they make life more pleasant but they can help prevent the dreaded bite of frost. The damp ones hang by the fire or on a string rack to dry.
As an aside, when I was shopping for socks I saw a display with socks all from the same vendor. The cotton ones were made in the USA. The wool ones were made in China. Same color and look. Same company. Same brand name. Same price. Interesting.
By the way, the New England Culinary Institute (NECI) is having a WinterFest open house this Saturday, January 26th from 10 am to 1 pm on the green at Vermont Technical College on the Quad Commons on the Montpelier Campus in Vermont. They’ll be roasting one of our pigs and serving it up with a variety of other local foods from area farms. You may remember that I had mentioned NECI twice before, once in the Wellspring Farm CSA post and the Dining At the Chef’s Table post and the Pastured Pork Poster post. They teach chefs to do the most amazing things with food… Oops… Sorry. Mind the mess… I’m salivating at the thought…
Outdoors: 25°F/2°F Mostly Overcast, 1/4″ Snow
Farm House: 59°F/45°F
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/52°F