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  • dianad1 commented on audreyobscura's instructable The Deleafer2 weeks ago
    The Deleafer

    What a great idea! I make kale smoothies several days a week. Sometimes I stock up on kale and freeze it, and I'd love a time saver stripping all the leaves. (Aside: don't forget you can use all those kale stalks. They make refrigerator relish!)

    Hope sharing the recipe is okay in this thread! Your Deleafer is good for this, too!I'm not much for cooking. I like things simple. I chop the kale stems into tiny bits, boil a basic brine, then submerge the chopped kale stems and soak them for 24 hours to a week (depends on who you read).1. Blanch the kale stems for a minute or two. (OPTIONAL) I nuked mine. You can use them raw. The pickling will soften them up a bit, but Kale is a little tough.2. Mix the brine ingredients together and bring them to a boil.3. Pour the brine over the vegetables in canning jars.4. Add extra flavorings. I use dill powder, red pepper, and a few cloves of garlic per jar5. Refrigerate for 24 hours to a week to blend flavors. I shake it up in the middle to distribute spices.4. Use within a month. Keep ref...see more »Hope sharing the recipe is okay in this thread! Your Deleafer is good for this, too!I'm not much for cooking. I like things simple. I chop the kale stems into tiny bits, boil a basic brine, then submerge the chopped kale stems and soak them for 24 hours to a week (depends on who you read).1. Blanch the kale stems for a minute or two. (OPTIONAL) I nuked mine. You can use them raw. The pickling will soften them up a bit, but Kale is a little tough.2. Mix the brine ingredients together and bring them to a boil.3. Pour the brine over the vegetables in canning jars.4. Add extra flavorings. I use dill powder, red pepper, and a few cloves of garlic per jar5. Refrigerate for 24 hours to a week to blend flavors. I shake it up in the middle to distribute spices.4. Use within a month. Keep refrigerated.If they ferment or develop a funny smell, toss them.You can use this brine to pickle just about anything, but I use it for my relish, which I then use as a healthy garnish on veggie burgers and other sandwiches.Basic Pickling BrineFor every pound of vegetable:1 cup vinegar (any kind except balsamic)1 cup water1/2 cup sugar1 Tablespoon kosher salt (I used margarita salt--hey, it worked)Extras: fresh herbs, red pepper flakes, mustard seed, cumin seed, peppercorns, cloves of garlic, or any other pickling spiceThis recipe is from http://www.thekitchn.com/cooking-basics-very-easy-pickl-83971

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  • dianad1 commented on Meglymoo87's instructable The (New) Duct Tape Challenge2 weeks ago
    The (New) Duct Tape Challenge

    I thought this instructable was sheer sarcasm at first glance. I'm glad I decided to take a look. Nice lesson (although I could not breathe, due to a functionless nose--maybe you need a warning--ha ha). And thanks for the tip about asbestos in early duct tape. I never knew!

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  • dianad1 commented on LindseyB44's instructable Clear Backpack2 weeks ago
    Clear Backpack

    Nice way to reuse packaging! Did you find that the keyrings tore through after a while? Could you distribute weight a little more by using 2 or 3 keyrings in a row at each attachment point? Thanks for the great tip.

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  • dianad1 commented on CHARLESCRANFORD's instructable PARK LIKE a BOSS WITH DUCT TAPE2 weeks ago
    PARK LIKE a BOSS WITH DUCT TAPE

    Sometimes the simplest things are the best.

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  • dianad1 commented on vanessal's instructable Porte Monaie2 weeks ago
    Porte Monaie

    I like the fact that you have added aesthetics and style to this duct tape container. Very nice!

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  • dianad1 commented on CabinetDoorGuys's instructable Image Transfer to Wood5 months ago
    Image Transfer to Wood

    Can't wait to try this on my new book cover art!

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  • dianad1 commented on SpecificLove's instructable 10 Places to Hide a Spare Key7 months ago
    10 Places to Hide a Spare Key

    I think you may be relying on sheer luck. Even in the early sixties in the rural Midwest, break-ins occurred. Plenty of people left their doors unlocked, but every few years, people would come around pretending to sell things or be part of some church outreach and use the opportunity to case houses by peering into front rooms, etc. Then you'd hear about a few places being robbed and they'd move on. The really dramatic ones would be robberies where they came with a moving truck, cleared out most everything while the family was at church or out for a Sunday drive.Cities have always been a issue. And since cities are where most of the jobs are, that's where most of us live.It doesn't take paranoia to realize that there are opportunistic people ready to prey on the careless. There alwa...see more »I think you may be relying on sheer luck. Even in the early sixties in the rural Midwest, break-ins occurred. Plenty of people left their doors unlocked, but every few years, people would come around pretending to sell things or be part of some church outreach and use the opportunity to case houses by peering into front rooms, etc. Then you'd hear about a few places being robbed and they'd move on. The really dramatic ones would be robberies where they came with a moving truck, cleared out most everything while the family was at church or out for a Sunday drive.Cities have always been a issue. And since cities are where most of the jobs are, that's where most of us live.It doesn't take paranoia to realize that there are opportunistic people ready to prey on the careless. There always have been. With 7 billion people occupying the same space now, the chances are just higher now. I appreciate this video and the creative ideas for placement of backup keys.

    That's one that I like. Someone breaking in is more likely to break a window or pick a door lock than to get into one of those combo locks. There is nothing to cut open with a bolt cutter. The combo lock doesn't have to be anywhere obvious, so this is an ideal way to keep a key handy if you lock yourself out.

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  • dianad1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 11 unusual uses for straws7 months ago
    11 unusual uses for straws

    What creative and excellent ideas! I'm quite impressed. I love the cord marker idea. I think the only one I can't see myself trying is the flute, and that's only because of poor musical aptitude on my part. Very clever.

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