My first buckwheat pillow was years ago, when we were just out of collage and all our belongs could fit in the back of the car. We didn’t really know what to do with it. If it was chilly at night we often heated it up in the microwave.
It didn’t take very long for our buckwheat pillow to start giving off a barbecue smell. A strong smell of wood fire might sound nice, but it really isn’t (unless you’re actually sitting around a campfire with some s’mores!).
What happened to our buckwheat pillow? Buckwheat hulls are the dry shell around buckwheat seeds. Heating them up in the microwave or putting them in the dryer will cause these dry hulls to burn. They won’t all burn at once, it’s more of a slow roast.
Check out the photo above - can you tell which pile of buckwheat was microwaved for just two minutes? If you guess the pile on the left - your right! After just 2 minutes they are noticeably darker. You can't smell through the internet yet, but if you were here, you'd know the windows are open in the kitchen to let out the burned smell.
What have learned so far?
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