Jennie Little

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Joshua Frank wrote:I want to give bottle beekeeping a try and I think the closest thing we have in the US to what he's doing in the video is 5 gallon water jugs.

I don't want to actually buy water, but to divert a few empties from the waste stream. These bottles are generally reused, but at some point they probably get worn out and recycled, and I'd to access them then. I don't mind paying a few bucks each, but not more than that.

Does anyone know how one might obtain these?

Our food coop puts them out for the taking. They get them with soy sauce (used in their hot foods), etc. Ask at your local food coop what they do with such things, if they get them? Or a local market with bulk that includes liquids?

3 months ago
I"m trying to get away from the need to either grease bread pans or line them with parchment. (Although we reuse the parchment til it's downright crispy.)

Have you used silicon mats instead?

Would you recommend this? Not?


3 months ago
This year, we're baking bread again, as usual. I'm low on garlic salt too, so I may just make a double or triple batch and give some of that away as well. It takes next to no time, it's cheap, and oh boy does it show up the supermarket tasteless junk!
6 months ago
We give the neighbors home-baked bread for Christmas. Two loaves for the people with kids, 1 for the families without. We've been doing this for 20+ years now, so it's a tradition. We bake a single-rise yogurt bread. Takes about 1.5 hours start to finish, usually takes 3 rounds of 4 loaves each round.
6 months ago
That's ultimately what I did. This is what happens when you read old cleaning books like I do. Since I've read books from before the Civil War to present, I have asst. bits & pieces of cleaning suggestions lodged in my brain. It wasn't until after I posted this and kept trying to remember wtf it was...? that I remembered it was to clean furs. Since I own 0 furs that's not helpful. Could also be rugs, but again, the problem with it being rancid... so it went into the compost.

Thanks for the comment. If I ever actually find (again) the reference, I'll post it in this thread.
6 months ago
I have this tickle in the back of my brain telling me I can store (something) in the 1.5 pints of rancid wheat germ I have in my back pantry, labeled "discard 11/2020". I've been trying for a few days now to remember wtf it was I was supposed to store in old wheat germ, without luck.

Do you know?

TIA !!


Edited to add: I seem to remember it was used to clean furs. Not very useful, as except on the cats, we don't have any. Any other cleaning ideas?
6 months ago
I persuaded a local farm to sell me a bushel of hardened onions, with tops. There are now 2 onion strings in my kitchen. Yay! This maybe nothing to all of you, but it's been something I've wanted to do literally for decades. Badge or not, since it's so "basic," to me it's an accomplishment because I had to find a farm who'd sell me what I needed, look up the instructions (Wartime Farm, Series 1, episode 1, the instructions last oh, 30 seconds or so) and follow them. Then I found a YouTuber who had instructions, but I'd already made the strings.

Accordingly, this year, instead of buying 50 lbs of onions and trying to store them, I will only buy one 25 lb bag and I'll share it with friends and neighbors. Hopefully, that will reduce the waste to 0.

We have a good shop vac. DH makes sure the tools he uses can be hooked up to it for dust removal. Given what you already have and budget, which I don't obviously know, can you adapt some of your tools to connect to a vac/dust collector?

I've always wondered if something like the in-house grill fan have would work. The grills a neighbor has have a provision to remove smoke or whatever right at the grill level. I've wondered for a long time if you couldn't do some sort of workbench vac scoop that after a project is done and the tools removed you could just turn on and then brush the bits into?

I don't know if the ideas here are practical or useful? I'm just brainstorming.
9 months ago