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  • Wild-Bill commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Duct Tape1 month ago
    Unusual Uses for Duct Tape

    I always have duct tape in my kit when I cycle tour as it can fix anything but then I am Canadian. I have been using Gorilla tape where I need some repairs to last longer. I heard of using duct tape to remove warts. Sorry guys it does not work. It will soften the excess skin making it easy to remove (debraid) the external wart but the wart virus will remain and it will reappear.

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  • Wild-Bill made the instructable Backyard Shou Sugi Ban1 month ago
    Backyard Shou Sugi Ban

    I am finishing the exterior (I am very slow) of my sauna using Shou Sugi Ban but using a very non-traditional Tiger Torch. I don't use a metal brush. I tried a steal brush and a copper brush but I found them to hard. On the other hand, I found that, for me, a nylon brush works best because it doesn't remove any wood just the char. It raises the wood grain giving it a very nice texture. Dust wasn't a problem as I do the whole process very wet. I plan to finish all the cedar in boiled Linseed Oil (Tung Oil is traditionally used but it is very expensive). So far I have only used the Tung Oil on the coat rack in the sauna and the results, I thought, were gorgeous. Shou Sugi Ban is a very cool technique, so thank you for putting together this instructable.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on vspencer's instructable Quick and Easy Shoe Liner Repair2 months ago
    Quick and Easy Shoe Liner Repair

    I want to thank you for your instructable. I have an old pair of cycling shoes I love. Nobody makes a leather shoe like this any more. The insides are badly wore out. I am going to try some of your ideas to repair them, to keep them alive for just a bit longer. GOOP is a really good product for repairing the soles of shoes. It originally came only in Shoe GOOP but comes in a couple of different flavours and there are several copy cats. It will work better than hot glue on the outsides of shoes.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on djpolymath's instructable Hand Plane Restorations2 months ago
    Hand Plane Restorations

    They look too shiny to me (I have grown to like the patina that the metal gets with age) - beautifully restored. I have several very old planes in my work shop that I love to use. My favourite is a small pocket plane. When I picked up that pocket plane, I also got several other planes in very rough shape. I eventually gave them to a fellow who restored planes - I know they had a lot of value by the look on the guys face when I offered them to him for free. If I had seen this Instructable, I might have tried to restore them but I would never have thrown them away as I was aware of their uniqueness.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on TheCuttingBored's instructable How to Make a $20 Router Sled2 months ago
    How to Make a $20 Router Sled

    With a slight modification it would make a great plywood scarfer for edge gluing sheets of plywood but MDF might be too heavy.

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  • Wild-Bill made the instructable 9 Easy Ways to Distress Wood4 months ago
    9 Easy Ways to Distress Wood

    My favourite technique, at the moment, is Shou Sugi Ban or The Japanese burnt cedar technique, but then I am building a sauna and I am using it on the exterior. I like the way it raises the grain. I burn it with a Tiger Torch, put out the fire by soak it down with water, remove the char with a nylon brush and finally wash it off the loose char. I am going to finish it with boiled linseed oil (traditionally it is done with Tung Oil).

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  • Wild-Bill made the instructable Perfect Pizza Dough Recipe4 months ago
    Perfect Pizza Dough Recipe

    This is a master class in pizza making. This does not convey the idea that Pizza is dead easy to make. I do like pizza made with 00 flour as the texture is quit a bit different, then when it is made from bread flour, but it is hard to come by. When I find some in the big city, I will give your recipe/method a try.I am a "thin cruster" myself. For me it is a quick and easy meal. I do it a lot for house guest - I host on Couchsurfing and WarmShowers. I cheat. I use bread flour. I use instant yeast. I use tap hot water. I add garlic powder (well it is not powder as it is kind of courser) to the mix to make the crust tasty. Flour to pizza less that 2 hours. I cook on field tiles (unglazed tile - they are super cheap as opposed to pizza stone and when not in use they don't take ...

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    This is a master class in pizza making. This does not convey the idea that Pizza is dead easy to make. I do like pizza made with 00 flour as the texture is quit a bit different, then when it is made from bread flour, but it is hard to come by. When I find some in the big city, I will give your recipe/method a try.I am a "thin cruster" myself. For me it is a quick and easy meal. I do it a lot for house guest - I host on Couchsurfing and WarmShowers. I cheat. I use bread flour. I use instant yeast. I use tap hot water. I add garlic powder (well it is not powder as it is kind of courser) to the mix to make the crust tasty. Flour to pizza less that 2 hours. I cook on field tiles (unglazed tile - they are super cheap as opposed to pizza stone and when not in use they don't take up any space in your cupboard). My pizza peel is made from a scrape of 1/4" plywood treated with bees wax which I made on a cool and snowy night so I could cook pizzas in my wood heater (it has a small oven on top) and my wooden cutting board (which I had been using as a peel up until then) was too big fit. The recipe that I started came from the Joy of Cooking recipe, but now I accurately measure nothing and do it by feel aiming for a soft dough that is easily shaped by hand.

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  • Green Solar Powered Water Barrel Version 2

    Nice set up. I have seen those totes show up at auctions occasionally and they can be had for $50-$100. A friend picked up one for his son for $62.50 (all taxes and auctioneer fees). I am going to send him a link to this instructable.

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  • Wild-Bill made the instructable Sourdough Starter and Bread Recipe4 months ago
    Sourdough Starter and Bread Recipe

    Warning - it is wild yeast - for some reason I had a reaction to it. It wasn't in eating it but to its increased presents in the air when it was fermenting it. When I finally (it took a while) figured out what was causing my reaction, I though the starter into my compost. I sure loved the bread and I still use the sponge method when I make my bread now.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Best Ginger Beer4 months ago
    Best Ginger Beer

    Cream of Tarter, you say, I must try. I will even try the pepper and chilli. I have a beer making setup with kegs and CO2 and have been making Ginger Beer for quite a few years. Thanks for the tips to improve my recipe.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on Leviathan17's instructable $8.00 LED Shop Light5 months ago
    $8.00 LED Shop Light

    Ya the lights are cheap, I like your kiss approach. I picked up some hardware for doing a kitchen L/E.D.installation and it got me thinking of added more lights in my workshop and replacing some florescence lights.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on Robin Lewis's instructable How Make a Flattening Jig for a Router5 months ago
    How Make a Flattening Jig for a Router

    Very nice instructable and easily made jig . Your jig could be used to scarf plywood (to edge gluing plywood to make larger sheets).

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  • Wild-Bill commented on browneaction's instructable Brick and Polished Concrete BBQ Table5 months ago
    Brick and Polished Concrete BBQ Table

    Did a concrete slab using an upside down technique and used silly putty to round over the corners.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on ProjectPayload's instructable Raspberry Pi GPS Tracker5 months ago
    Raspberry Pi GPS Tracker

    Nice Project. You can remove intentional GPS Jitter by referencing to GPS data from a fixed location. It will not help with GPS reflection errors caused by buildings. I ended up looking at your project as I am in the process (V #1 working) of building a car computer using as Pi 3 and Pi touch screen. I thought of adding a USB GPS puck as there are some odd problems using GPS hats with the PI 3. Have fun.

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  • How to Build a Bi-Fuel (LPG & Unleaded) Trip Computer Using Arduino

    I have just started adventuring down this road of building a car computer with version 1 up and running. Your instructable is an inspiration - as I still have a long way to go and a lot to do.

    It is currently a bit Mikey Mouse. I was putting together a HiFi system to play my music from my PC via WIFI & NFS, and a Raspberry Pi 3 with HiFiBerry through my Stereo-Receiver. I thought, hey I could put it in my car less my PC, WiFi & NFS. and HiFiBerry. A two hour hack (I had to fix the lighter plug fuse, get ride of the video off the audio plug, move my music to a thumb drive and a clever use of "ln -s" so to the software the music is in the same place on all three machines (PC, Stereo Pi and the Car Pi)) and it is up and running and I can use rsync and NFS from the car at home to keep the music and play lists current, Well now I have an entertainment system in my car how about GPS and Open Street Maps (Adafruit has something it does yet work this the PI 3 no...

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    It is currently a bit Mikey Mouse. I was putting together a HiFi system to play my music from my PC via WIFI & NFS, and a Raspberry Pi 3 with HiFiBerry through my Stereo-Receiver. I thought, hey I could put it in my car less my PC, WiFi & NFS. and HiFiBerry. A two hour hack (I had to fix the lighter plug fuse, get ride of the video off the audio plug, move my music to a thumb drive and a clever use of "ln -s" so to the software the music is in the same place on all three machines (PC, Stereo Pi and the Car Pi)) and it is up and running and I can use rsync and NFS from the car at home to keep the music and play lists current, Well now I have an entertainment system in my car how about GPS and Open Street Maps (Adafruit has something it does yet work this the PI 3 no problem use my PI 2 B - put on a high gain WiFi antenna cool so I can keep my mail updated on the road) and why not capture, collect, manipulate and display car stats from the OBD. Everything you were doing is not so Mikey Mouse, most of the stuff I am doing is trivial by comparison as it is like plug and play but still a whole lot of fun. So far I haven't had to program anything though I might have to when it comes to the OBD (and I might hack a Python music project as I stumbled across some bugs) - I have been supporting Open Street Maps for years so I feel very confident that I will not have much trouble implementing it. Now, how about 3 Pi 0 W plus IR cameras to record the ride? Oh, a picture of my Pi currently sitting face down in the passenger seat would be a bit boring - I am thinking of a cool off the shelf mount though.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on mteasdale's instructable Bicycle Chain Whip6 months ago
    Bicycle Chain Whip

    Here I was wondering if wood would work. I am a wood worker not a metal worker and I see that plastic may be problematic. I have piles of used long chain and small lengths of new chain as I ride a bent trike. Once I make this mod (a spline retainer with a spring locking ring) to my Rohloff (the coolest internal speed hub ever made) I will never need a chain whip again so it is worth the try. My conversion parts, hopefully, arriving this week, if I succeed I will post it here. I could probably borrow a whip but I am up to the challenge. Thank you for showing the courage to try something different.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on AndrewC24's instructable Montreal Style Whole Wheat Bagels7 months ago
    Montreal Style Whole Wheat Bagels

    It has been years since I have made any bagels - my next batch of bread is going to be bagels. Oh Thank you.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on shapespeare's instructable Metric Bread7 months ago
    Metric Bread

    It would take me longer to defrost it then it would to make it. I take bread flour, instant yeast, garlic powder, salt, olive oil, hot water, mix, knead, rise, form, rest, dress, bake.

    I totally concur on using a digital scale for making bread as it makes everything repeatable. Everything but pizza - I having been making pizza for such a long time and it is such a small amount of dough, I just do it by feel.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on Joerg Engels's instructable Pure Rye Bread7 months ago
    Pure Rye Bread

    I thank you for your introduction to making rye bread. I will have to digest it as you have given a great deal of information. Just the way you talk about it, you sound like an acquaintance of mine who is a German Master Baker.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on Darthorso's instructable Easy Handmade Manitoba Bread7 months ago
    Easy Handmade Manitoba Bread

    The olive oil on the hands - great tip which I plan to use on my next batch. Here in Canada we just call it Bread Flour.. I get mine from a well known mill just down the road from where I live. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Wild-Bill made the instructable Easy No Knead Bread7 months ago
    Easy No Knead Bread

    I stumbled across a very similar recipe in a New York Times and gave it a try a few weeks ago. I used their method on the second rise of putting the dough ball on a non-terry cloth cotton dish towel generously covered with corn meal with ball seam side down. I felt I should have covered the top with a sprinkle of corn meal as well as the plastic wrap got a bit sticky. I think the corn meal ultimately gives it a great top crust. I am really glad you wrote this instructable, for those who fear the knead, congratulations.

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  • 6.3 kiloWatt Ground Mount Home Solar Array

    Great instructable. I dare say many of us DIYers have thought about going Solar. I have always questions whether to go ground or roof mount. Thanks. One thing I would always do is to put in roof mount hot water heat. These systems for direct heating water are very efficient and will work at -20f. I remember reading an article about a house in Germany where this had been done and there biggest problem was that their system made the water too hot.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on frenchguycooking's instructable HOW TO MAKE PERFECT BRIOCHE BREAD8 months ago
    HOW TO MAKE PERFECT BRIOCHE BREAD

    It is way easier and with more consistent results to use a scale. I picked up a digital cheap ($11) and it does pounds, grams and can measure water volume as well (though I never use it). A good addition to any kitchen. How to measure - you put bowl on scale and zero it out - add flour to the correct weight. Easy. I use to weigh with a triple beam balance scale ($300+) - not so trivial.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on audreyobscura's instructable How to make bread from scratch10 months ago
    How to make bread from scratch

    I do a lot by feel as well. When i knead my dough i know what it should feel like and if I have add more flour or water. No Zen, just confidence, and experience. I wish you the best in your bread making endeavours. And no fear can bring you some very interesting results.

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  • Wild-Bill made the instructable How to Make Bread From Scratch10 months ago
    How to Make Bread From Scratch

    Lovely looking bread. I have been playing around making bread for quite a few years. My last bread I made had pumpkin with some pumpkin pie spices which I named Wild Spiced Pumpkin Bread. I always use a sponge method where I let the 1/2 the flour and all the water and yeast bubble overnight as one would do with a sourdough and my loaves are rustic style. I really enjoy making bread and I love the feel of the dough as I knead. I hope your Instructable gets more people out there making their own. The photo is of my first wild yeast sourdough loaf.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on asergeeva's instructable How to spread kindness10 months ago
    How to spread kindness

    You made my day

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  • Wild-Bill commented on Garden Girl Recipes's instructable Braided Nutella Bread10 months ago
    Braided Nutella Bread

    It is a very pretty looking loaf and I love that you used Himalayan salt. Nutella may taste good but you really need to read the ingredients list. I am going to try your technique as It gives me an idea for a cinnamon-walnut-raisoin loaf.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on AvjonesV's instructable Greek Style Cheese Pies11 months ago
    Greek Style Cheese Pies

    Looks delicious. I use to make Spanakopita, spinach pie, folding it the same way as well as casserole style. I am going to have to get some filo and try your recipe. I haven't used filo in years.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on fixthisbuildthat's instructable DIY Concrete Top Coffee Table11 months ago
    DIY Concrete Top Coffee Table

    Ya, concrete is fun to play with. Nice job. It makes great garden furniture, as no one is going to run off with it. Except that it is a lot of work, colouring the concrete and adding some contrasting aggregate and then polishing it to a gloss with diamond pads with a variable speed grinder can make your project look super cool. My only real complaint about working with concrete is that it is so heavy even when only working with a cubic foot at a time.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on mucek4's instructable Finnish sauna11 months ago
    Finnish sauna

    I can see some knots in your pictures, you have to be careful of those knots as they can burn you. I don't know anything about linden wood, the Finns I believe use pine and I have heard that Redwood and Basswood are acceptable to use in saunas as well. Here in British Columbia Canada due to the availability, I have been using Western Red cedar and only the clear cedar where needed as it is nearly twice as expensive as the tight knot. I am still in the process of building my sauna and I am very impressed by how little it cost you, mine is a bit more of a money pit. I thought of building an electric sauna in my house, but for me, a wood fired sauna has always struck me so being the ultimate way to go.

    It is interesting that Linden and Basswood are related, we do not have either tree growing here, to my knowledge. I came across someone in the USA who was selling Basswood Sauna kits. Yes, wood heaters are expensive and it is expensive to ship them, especially across Canada. I like this one because it has a water heater and can be feed it from the change room. I will have to mention you to my neighbour, who came from Slovenian. If I knew how to work competently with metal and I had the tools, then I would have contemplated building my own stove probably out of a propane bottle.. Now I just need to get the doors built and installed, and I can start using the sauna. I have a Finnish friend who claims it is an excellent way to detoxify ones body, but me I just like taking saunas - the la...

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    It is interesting that Linden and Basswood are related, we do not have either tree growing here, to my knowledge. I came across someone in the USA who was selling Basswood Sauna kits. Yes, wood heaters are expensive and it is expensive to ship them, especially across Canada. I like this one because it has a water heater and can be feed it from the change room. I will have to mention you to my neighbour, who came from Slovenian. If I knew how to work competently with metal and I had the tools, then I would have contemplated building my own stove probably out of a propane bottle.. Now I just need to get the doors built and installed, and I can start using the sauna. I have a Finnish friend who claims it is an excellent way to detoxify ones body, but me I just like taking saunas - the last time I had one I was cycling through Europe. Cheers

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  • Wild-Bill commented on MichaelM2015's instructable Pumpkin Pie from Scratch11 months ago
    Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

    Yummy. Maybe it is time to make another pumpkin pie. I have a pumpkin on my doorstep and several containers of cooked pumpkin in the freezer. I have never grown sugar pumpkins but orange and white ones. My recipe uses any type of pumpkin or even Hubbard squash (my mother thought Hubbard squash made better pumpkin pies than pumpkin). 2lb of pumpkin makes about 2 cups of cooked pumpkin which is enough for a pie. I just cook mine in a pot on the stove with a little water skin side down. When processing a large pumpkin I freeze the cooked pumpkin in 2 cup units. I don't know pumpkin spice(?) but use grated nutmeg, ginger powder, ground cinnamon in equal quantities (1/2 tsp) plus a few cloves and a couple of cardamon pods (all ground up with a mortar and pestle). I use canned evaporated mi...

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    Yummy. Maybe it is time to make another pumpkin pie. I have a pumpkin on my doorstep and several containers of cooked pumpkin in the freezer. I have never grown sugar pumpkins but orange and white ones. My recipe uses any type of pumpkin or even Hubbard squash (my mother thought Hubbard squash made better pumpkin pies than pumpkin). 2lb of pumpkin makes about 2 cups of cooked pumpkin which is enough for a pie. I just cook mine in a pot on the stove with a little water skin side down. When processing a large pumpkin I freeze the cooked pumpkin in 2 cup units. I don't know pumpkin spice(?) but use grated nutmeg, ginger powder, ground cinnamon in equal quantities (1/2 tsp) plus a few cloves and a couple of cardamon pods (all ground up with a mortar and pestle). I use canned evaporated milk, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 eggs. I make pumpkin soup and bread. I save a few seeds for next year and, salt and roast the rest. I love pumpkin pie and pumpkin are very easy to grow.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on Josehf Murchison's instructable Cream of Giant Puffball Soup1 year ago
    Cream of Giant Puffball Soup

    I have two giant puff ball sitting on my kitchen counter. I just finished frying some of it up. What can I do with the rest of it. Soup? Thanks for the recipe. I am not good at following other peoples recipe but your recipe gives me a good place to start. Thank you for posting it. Oh ya, it is on the stove.

    I skipped the Crème Fraîche (might try serving it with a dollop of a local 6% fat yogurt), used double the (veggie) stock, used oregano as I am out of thyme, no flour but about 1/4 cup of butter, doubled the onion and added 1/2 a bubble of garlic. It is gorgeous. When it cools down I will throw a fair bit of it into the freezer.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on innerbubba's instructable 60-minute bookcase1 year ago
    60-minute bookcase

    A visually striking design. Too many exposed edges for me to use plywood but regular 3/4 wood combined to desired width and it all biscuit joined, I could see myself doing that. Your piece is inspiring.

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  • Wild-Bill commented on woodumakeit's instructable Cedar Glider1 year ago
    Cedar Glider

    It is a beautiful glider but you do not need a bunch of fancy power equipment to build one. The one he built here is gorgeous, if you put your mind to it you would be surprised what you can build with a minimal tool set. The biggest thing you need is space.

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  • Convert a chest freezer to kegerator or fermenter for $20

    I did mine many years ago during my Lagering phase. The freezer eventually failed. since then I have been using an all fridge where no electronics are needed. Oh, I keep my hops in an actual freezer. I never leave my kegs attached to the C02, as I find it totally unnecessary as I never put more that 16 litres into a 19 litre keg (I do 30+l batches). I really enjoyed your instructable. Prost, skál, sláinte, lloniannau, cheers

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  • Amazing Homemade Pizza Dough

    For you my sun-dried tomato walnut pesto pizza sauce recipe: Put 12-6 sun dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with boiling hot water and then turn them over once in a while for about an hour or so. Separate and peel the cloves of a 1/2-1 bulb of garlic. Put sun dried tomatoes (& soaking water), garlic, a grasping handful of walnut halves (warning chopped walnuts tend to be rancid), a small can of Italian tomato paste, 1/2 - 1 tsp of pureed Chipotle pepper (I puree a can of Chipotle peppers and then measure and freeze them in an ice cube tray) and a twist of a salt grinder into a small food processor. Run and add olive oil until it is spreadable. Taste and adjust. Freeze what is not used in a glass jar with olive oil on top.

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  • Real Cherry Popsicle With Added Trace Minerals

    Oh I know that tastes good because I pit and freeze my cherries (Lamberts) and eat them over the next few months. The next best thing to a fresh cherry is a frozen cherry. The only thing I need is a bigger freezer.

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