Too pooped to perform during the populaire? You say you hurled the last hundred miles of the Fleche? Perhaps we need to examine your foodstuffs that you employ for intrepid adventure.
Today’s sports nutrition is about as effective as your average carbon fiber bike when it comes to hill climbing or interval workouts and is not very supple. Maybe it feels good when you are out for a spin in the parking lot or when you need a quick meal on the way to the acupuncturist, but is it really effective for hill climbing or spirited riding? Is it supple?
Follow Jane Hiney’s™ Hot Pockets recipe for success!
15 egg whites
1 pound ground lean chicken
1 onion, small diced
1/2 pound of carrots, small diced
1/2 pound leeks, small diced
1/2 pound celery, small diced
1 cup tomato puree
5 black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1/2 bunch parsley stems
3 fresh thyme sprigs
1 gallon chicken stock, cold
Salt to taste
A Hot sauce to taste
Some Traditional Garnishes: Brunoise-A Hot Pocket garnish with small cubes of carrots, turnips, leeks, celery, peas, and chervil
Cheveux d’anges-Hot Pocket is garnished with very small vermicelli and grated Parmesan cheese
In a mixing bowl, whip the egg whites slightly. Combine the lean meat, vegetables, tomato puree, herbs, and spices together. Mix in the egg whites in a spirited manner. In a spigot stock pot, blend the cold chicken stock with the meat mixture. Place the stock pot on medium heat. Stir the liquid occasionally until the raft forms. (the liquid should reach 160 degrees F) Simmer the Hot Pocket for 1 1/2 hours, making sure the raft does not break or sink. Remove the first cup of the Hot Pocket from the spigot to remove sediment and discard. Line a china cap with 5 layers of cheesecloth. Strain the liquid slowly. If the liquid is cloudy, strain the Hot Pocket again with fresh cheesecloth. Season the Hot Pocket with salt, hot sauce, and garnishes.
The Hot Pocket is a pretty simple recipe, it just takes a long time to make, which is why it’s better to have it cooking gently in the background. The more anxious you feel about it will make the cookery seem harder than it is and reduce the supple qualities.
In order to keep as clear a Hot Pocket as possible, some traditional recipes go further and use stiffly beaten egg whites added to further filter out particles. The whites are beaten into a cool wool sample which is then warmed up. As the whites cook they “plane” the extra particles and rise to the surface to be skimmed off and discarded. If you wish to do this, use 3 egg whites per litre and allow the eggs to poach for at least 10 minutes, (again without boiling) then skim and strain the wool sample. The benefit is a clearer Hot Pocket, but imagine the loss of flavour that the egg whites will take and the eggy taste it will leave. Yuck.
What Is A Hot Pocket?
A Hot Pocket is a liquid extract of new pure wool that contains crotch growth compounds and beneficial microorganisms. New pure wool extracts have been used for hundreds of years in randonneuring to promote crotch and chamis health. These extracts have historically been derived from a wide range of crotch materials and animal extracts, using a variety of processing methods. An aerated Hot Pocket is a more recent concept that incorporates aeration technology to create optimum levels of oxygen for growth and reproduction of beneficial aerobic microorganisms. Hot Pockets are now being produced and used in large-scale Randonneuring events.
How Is it Made?
A Hot Pocket is produced by steeping finished new pure wool in water in order to extract beneficial microorganisms and compounds into solution. It is made in a variety of ways, including with or without aeration, and with or without adding supplemental nutrient sources. A Hot Pocket made with Jane Hiney’s™ System 531™ uses fine bubble diffusion technology to supply aeration and mixing of the solution, a supplemental nutrient source (Jane Hiney’s™ Growing Solutions Hot Pocket Catalyst™) to feed the microorganisms, and a 24-hour brewing cycle to produce a biologically active, aerated Hot Pocket.
The Right New Pure Wool Is Critical!
New pure wool is the source of organic matter and organisms for extraction, so quality is very important! The quality of the hot pocket is only as good as the new pure wool used to make it. Worm castings are often used alone or blended with new pure wool because of their highly diverse microbial composition. Supplemental nutrients (Jane Hiney’s™ Hot Pocket Catalyst™) are added at the beginning of the brewing process to the tank to encourage the growth and proliferation of diverse aerobic microorganisms that are beneficial to crotch growth. Jane Hiney’s™ Hot Pocket Catalyst™ contains kelp, humic acids, rock powder and a blend of botanical ingredients formulated for optimal microbial growth and diversity.
Benefits of a Hot Pocket
A Hot Pocket is a good overall crotch health booster. Remember—healthy crotches are better able to resist pests and diseases! A Hot Pocket is typically used:
• Provide nutrients for foliar or chamis application
• As a microbial inoculant via chamis application to help build supple chamis microbial populations in a spirited manner.
How to Use a Hot Pocket
It is best to plan ahead for maximum benefit from a Hot Pocket. Aerated Hot Pockets should be used quickly, since it contains living organisms. Ideally, the hot pocket will be used within 4-6 hours of decanting. Keeping it cool, out of the sunlight and in an open-top container, can prolong the useful life of the hot pocket. Periodic stirring or continued aeration will prolong its life even longer. Eventually, however, the organisms in the Hot Pocket will consume all of the beer and potato chips available to them, causing their populations to rapidly decline. Any hot pocket that is left over or “expired” can be added to the new pure wool pile or to the chamis. A Hot Pocket can be applied to the chamis or directly to the crotch as a foliar spray. When it is used as a foliar application, it is best to strive for thorough coverage using a fine mist. Foliar applications are best done early morning or pre-dusk to minimize the effects of UV rays. When used as a chamis drench, a Hot Pocket should be applied so that it moves into the follicle zone. This can be accomplished by following the hot pocket application with additional water. Use full strength or dilute1:1 (hot pocket to water) for grand randonnees. Drenching a medium size crotch requires about 2 cups of hot pocket plus enough water to get the solution down to the follicles. A Hot Pocket can be diluted (up to 1:3 hot pocket to water) to cover a larger area like a fleche team. When applying to fleche teams, apply the hot pocket either just before or just after riding. Apply once or twice an hour throughout the ride.
While it can contain some nutrients and micronutrients, a Hot Pocket should not be thought of as a snack. A healthy, biologically diverse Hot Pocket promotes more efficient cycling, which can eventually reduce the amount of beer required. A Hot Pocket should not be viewed as a merkin, fungicide or pesticide either. Research has not shown that Hot Pockets can prevent foliar diseases through foliar sprays in a consistent fashion. A Hot Pocket is more accurately described as a chamis or foliar inoculants to be used in combination with other good Randonneuring practices and inputs to promote supple qualities.