面粉从何而来? 又是如何制成的呢?
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Where did the flour come from, and how was it made?
面粉从何而来? 又是如何制成的呢?
There are several kinds of flour—such as oat-flour, barley-flour, rice-flour, and maize-flour or corn-flour.
面粉的种类有很多, 例如燕麦粉、大麦粉、米粉、玉米粉。
But most of the flour used in Great Britain is wheat-flour.
然而, 英国使用的大部分面粉都是小麦粉。
Wheat-flour, of course, comes from the plant called "wheat. "
The farmer sows the wheat in his ploughed fields in the late autumn or in the early spring.
晚秋或早春时分, 农民们在犁过的农田里种下小麦。
When the wheat plant comes up, it looks like a little blade of grass.
小麦破土而出时, 看起来就像是野草一样。
During the summer the plant grows tall, with a long, hollow stem, and a head or ear of little green scaly1 flowers.
到了夏天, 小麦就已经长得很高了, 带着一个长长的中空茎干以及一簇或一穗绿色的鳞状小花。
They do not look much like flowers, as they have no brightly-coloured leaves.
它们看起来并不像花朵, 因为没有颜色明亮的花瓣。
Each flower turns into a seed or grain, which becomes hard and round as it ripens2. When it is ripe, it turns yellow.
每一个花朵都会长成种子或谷粒, 一旦成熟, 就会变得又硬又圆, 而颜色则会泛黄。
Then the farmer cuts it down, or "reaps" it.
随后, 农民们就会将其割下, 或者说是“收”麦子。
He carries the wheat to his barn, and there he thrashes it, or beats all the grains of corn out of the ears.
农民将麦子运到谷仓并打谷, 也就是将谷粒从麦穗中敲打出来。
The corn is then put into sacks and sold to a man called a miller3.
随后, 农民将这些谷物捆装在麻袋中贩卖给磨坊主。
The miller grinds the corn between two large fiat4 stones which are called mill-stones, or between steel rollers.
The husks or skins of the grains of corn are first rubbed off, and then the white inside or kernel5 of each grain is ground down to a fine powder.
谷物的外皮首先掉落下来, 然后, 里面的白色谷粒就被碾磨成了精细的粉末。
This powder has to be sifted6, to separate the husks from the flour.
然后, 人们利用筛子将面粉与外皮分离。
The husks are hard and coarse, and they would not be good food for us, for we could not digest them.
外皮坚硬且粗糙, 我们消化不了, 因此不适合用作食物。
Last of all, the miller puts the white flour into sacks, and sells it to the baker7.
最后, 磨坊主将白色的面粉装在麻袋中销售给面包房。
Shall we try to find out what wheat-flour is made of?
Put a handful of the flour into a small bag made of fine muslin:
拿起一把面粉, 放入精致的棉布中;
tie up the mouth of this bag tightly, and then squeeze it for about five minutes in a basin of water.
将棉布做成口袋装并收紧袋口, 然后在一盆清水中用力挤压五分钟。
You will see that the water becomes quite white.
Something must be coming out of the flour and passing through the muslin into the water. What can it be?
肯定有什么东西从面粉中分离出来, 透过棉布进入了水中。到底是什么呢?
Let the water in the basin stand for an hour, and you will then find a white powder at the bottom.
将盆中的水静置一小时, 就会看到水底有一层白色粉末。
Pour off the water, and put the white stuff into a saucer to dry on the hob or in the oven.
将水倒掉, 把白色物质放入浅碟之中, 利用铁架或火炉进行烘干。
If you mix a little of this dry white powder with a spoonful of boiling water, it swells8 up into a jelly just like starch9;
如果你将少量这种干燥的白色粉末与一勺开水相混合, 它就会像淀粉一样膨胀成胶状物;
indeed, the white powder is starch and nothing else.
实际上, 这种白色粉末正是淀粉。
So we see that flour contains a great deal of starch.
由此我们知道, 面粉中含有大量的淀粉。
Now open the muslin bag in which you washed the flour.
现在, 打开那个冲洗过面粉的棉布包。
Is there anything left inside it ?
Yes; there is a small quantity of a yellowish-white and very sticky substance.
有, 我们可以看到少量黄白色的粘稠物质。
The proper name for this sticky stuff is gluten.
We may say, then, that flour consists of starch and gluten.
由此我们就可以说, 面粉中包括淀粉与小麦蛋白。
But it also contains some water, and a very little lime which the roots of the wheat plant sucked in from the soil.
不过, 这其中还有一些水分以及小麦的根部从土壤中吸收到的极少量碳酸盐。
Of what use is flour? Every child knows that it is made into bread and puddings and pastry10.
面粉有什么用处呢? 孩子们都知道, 面粉可以用来制作面包、布丁与糕点。


1 scaly yjRzJg     
  • Reptiles possess a scaly,dry skin.爬行类具有覆盖着鳞片的干燥皮肤。
  • The iron pipe is scaly with rust.铁管子因为生锈一片片剥落了。
2 ripens 51963c68379ce47fb3f18e4b6ed340d0     
v.成熟,使熟( ripen的第三人称单数 )
  • The sun ripens the crops. 太阳使庄稼成熟。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Then their seed ripens, and soon they turn brown and shrivel up. 随后,它们的种子熟了,不久就变枯萎。 来自辞典例句
3 miller ZD6xf     
  • Every miller draws water to his own mill.磨坊主都往自己磨里注水。
  • The skilful miller killed millions of lions with his ski.技术娴熟的磨坊主用雪橇杀死了上百万头狮子。
4 fiat EkYx2     
  • The opening of a market stall is governed by municipal fiat.开设市场摊位受市政法令管制。
  • He has tried to impose solutions to the country's problems by fiat.他试图下令强行解决该国的问题。
5 kernel f3wxW     
  • The kernel of his problem is lack of money.他的问题的核心是缺钱。
  • The nutshell includes the kernel.果壳裹住果仁。
6 sifted 9e99ff7bb86944100bb6d7c842e48f39     
v.筛( sift的过去式和过去分词 );筛滤;细查;详审
  • She sifted through her papers to find the lost letter. 她仔细在文件中寻找那封丢失的信。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She sifted thistles through her thistle-sifter. 她用蓟筛筛蓟。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 baker wyTz62     
  • The baker bakes his bread in the bakery.面包师在面包房内烤面包。
  • The baker frosted the cake with a mixture of sugar and whites of eggs.面包师在蛋糕上撒了一层白糖和蛋清的混合料。
8 swells e5cc2e057ee1aff52e79fb6af45c685d     
增强( swell的第三人称单数 ); 肿胀; (使)凸出; 充满(激情)
  • The waters were heaving up in great swells. 河水正在急剧上升。
  • A barrel swells in the middle. 水桶中部隆起。
9 starch YrAyK     
  • Corn starch is used as a thickener in stews.玉米淀粉在炖煮菜肴中被用作增稠剂。
  • I think there's too much starch in their diet.我看是他们的饮食里淀粉太多了。
10 pastry Q3ozx     
  • The cook pricked a few holes in the pastry.厨师在馅饼上戳了几个洞。
  • The pastry crust was always underdone.馅饼的壳皮常常烤得不透。
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