Here's How Astronauts Cook Spinach In Space (Video)
Ever wondered what life is like in outer space? How do astronauts eat, sleep and shower?
We wonder that too, and while we don't have all the answers, we are pretty psyched to find out how it's possible to cook in zero gravity, thanks to a video from Canadian astronaut and International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield, uploaded to YouTube by VideosFromSpace.
In the video, Hadfield outlines how vacuum sealed dehydrated spinach turns from a very unappetizing dry brick to something that looks pretty decent and ready to eat in a matter of seconds, and it's super cool.
In the beginning, Hadfield first picks out his vacuum-sealed bag of dehydrated greens, grabs it, and sends himself gliding through the space station towards the "kitchen," also known as the rehydration station.
He attaches a little spout on the spinach bag to what he calls the "water distributor" and then selects the amount of water that he wants to come out so that he has just enough to moisten the spinach, but presumably not too much, or that would make it slimy and soggy.
When he pushes the button, we can see the water move into the bag, turning each bit of spinach it touches the signature bright, dark green color. It is oddly satisfying to watch the dark color spread through the formerly light, chalky green contents.
Once it is done, he squeezes the bag a couple times to make sure all of the spinach is well hydrated, and that's it! All that's left is for him to suck the spinach through the little spout in the bag.
Honestly, it doesn't look half bad.