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Making a cheap cheap projector?

I know that it's possible to crack open a "oldish" laptop or even a new one and remove the shielding around the lcd itself and shine a special light through it that's bright enough where you essentially make a lcd projector. I have a old toshiba satellite 2520cds with specs like a 2mb vid card, 96mb of ram, 4 gig hd, and a 300mhz amd processor. It runs somewhat fast, even for windows xp that I installed on it and plan to upgrade the hd down the road, but I wonder, would I be able to do the same thing with this? The screen is an older lcd that has that "motion blur" effect to it, so would it be worth it? Is there some way I could connect this lcd to my video card on my pentium 2 I have that would allow me to actually watch movies?

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Is $15.00 "cheap"

I want to know: is $15.00 "cheap" enough, or not, please

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cheap slingshot? Answered

Anyone know where i can get a godd lsingshot im looking along the lines of the barnett black widow?

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Cheap smartphone

Hi , i found a really cheap android smartphone here ... but im not sure is scam or not. http://www.funbookes.com/mysaga-c3-android-4-2-dual-core-smartphone-4-0-inch-wvga-capacitive-screen-wifi-gps-bluetooth-black-white.html Anybody here know about this brand or this phone?

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cheap mythbusters

Does anyone know where to get all of the mythbusters episodes at a resonable price like: Season 1 part 1 Season 1 part 2 (is there a second season!?!) season 3 season 4 to buy all of them off of discovery it's 200 bucks!

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Cheap projects

I just recently joined Instructables, and I'm looking for cheap (not necessarily simple) projects that involve mechanics or making anything out of easily found materials. Something like LostRite's hidden blade or this Mechanical Hand. I'm in high school and don't yet have a job, so many of the projects i find are out of my budget. Thanks for any of your suggestions!

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Cheap equpiment?

Are there any decent, really inexpensive equipment of: metal/cnc lathes cnc mills by cheap i mean under 300 dollars each, even cheaper is better! they don't have to be really expensive, actually for the mill, I'm only looking for something that can mill like 4"x4"x2" or something like that. And for the lathe I'm looking for something that can mill like 3 inches in diameter and a foot long. Thanks!

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Cheap Pcb? Answered

Is it possible to create a pcb with cheap common household items and if true what can i use? I already have blank pcb but i was wonder can i substitute the etcher and acetone with other materials. 

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Cheap Heatsinks

Does anyone need heatinks? If so I have some that I am willing to sell for a very reasonable price. I have them in many shapes and sizes just look at the pictures. Any that are pictured in pairs can be sold in pairs. I don't have a large amount of any type, but I have enough for your typicall electronics project that just needs a little extra cooling. These heatinks are salvaged but are still in good uncorroded condition. All come with screws. If you need more pictures or info on a certain one let me know. I accept secure payment through pay-pal. I prefer to ship to the continental US but if you are somewhere else we can work something out. Post or PM me if interested. Enjoy

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cheap Legos? Answered

Where can I get cheap Legos they don't have to be sets

Question by watts78    |  last reply


Cheap ideas

Looking for cheap ways to make something out of tension wire spool.

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Cheap sites?

Could someone put together a guide or something to cheap sites. so that it would be easier for people to find what they want and dont need to spend so much time on google. if u know a some good ones that is

Question by Qsam    |  last reply


Cheap microcontroller?

I'm looking for a cheap microcontroller that i can use to control at least 3 led's. All they have to do is flash very quickly at different speeds. I dont have any experience with microcontrollers but i do have limited programming knowledge. Suggestions?

Question by robbienakata    |  last reply


Cheap accelerometer?

Hello all, I'm building a textile interface using LilyPad Arduino and accelerometers to catch the movement and acceleration of points on this interface. As I intend to use a relatively high number of accelerometers (5), I've been wandering if there is any DIY accelerometer, or any cheap solution to it (as I'm brazilian, lilypad's accelerometers have a pretty high cost) . Thanks,

Topic by lgguts    |  last reply


Cheap Electric Gokart??

Anyone know how to make one? I would like to know how to build an actual one. 2 passenger. Budget under 200

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Cheap DVD rack

Hello, I have been searching for a dvd rack storage system but all the nice wooden ones are in the range of £80 for the number of DVDs that I have (about 500). Could someone please tell me how I can make my own stylish one or where I can find something stylish buy cheap that is currently on the market? Thank you!

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good cheap microcontroller?

Does anybody know a good cheap microcontroller that has at least 5 outputs, programmable via usb, and a fast clock (1000 ticks/ second)

Question by coleyy    |  last reply


Cheap LEDs in Bulk?

I use Light Emitting Diodes for nearly every project I make. I have been looking as my receipts for the last six months at Radioshack, and found that I've purchased over 400 LEDs, and I have none remaining. I obviously go through them quite quick. Therefore, I am looking for a reliable website that sells LEDs in bulk for cheap. It is, quite obviously, expensive to buy 20 packs of LEDs from Radioshack (I've spent nearly $100), so I'd like to buy in bulk (which usually results in lower prices). Thanks in advance!

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Make a banner for cheap ?

Hi! I'd like to make banners for a fundraising event. I have a 60cm plotter I'd like to use with a pen to do the strokes, something I've already done in the past, but the problem is not here. After that, I'd like to fill the stroke region, like letters and logos, but I don't want to use 10 marker pens just for one letter, do you know what I could use to make nice, cheap and fast fillings ?

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cheap LED sources

Hey everybody, I've been looking for a good source for cheap LEDs for a project I'm working on. I want to replace 14 different 60W halogen bulbs with home-built LED lights. The reason for home-built is that the halogens burn out like crazy, but the light fixture looks nice, and isn't going to be replaced. The halogens put out an estimated 500-700 lumens (from the google research I did)So.... I'm looking for the best deal for white leds per lumen. the best deal I've found so far is:http://www.phenoptix.co.uk/Ultra_Bright_White_SUPERFLUX_LEDs_3000mcd_p/whi-flux-3000.htmat .021cents/lumen from the brightness calculator http://led.linear1.org/lumen.wizbut considering the quantity I want.... there's not even enough room to fit those LEDs on the fixture (due to the large case size)or if I buy 1000 of them (about the quantity I'm looking for) I'd be getting a slightly better deal, but still coming in at $120, not to mention they still don't fit. The physical space for the leds is a cylinder with a diameter of about 30mm and a height of about 70mm. Any Ideas/suggestions for cheap white LEDs?Thanks!-Zaen

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Good cheap camcorder? Answered

Hi there im looking for a cheap camcorder that is around 300$ give or take some for say... small vlogs and or to start filmmaking please respond thank you.

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Which cheap mobile?

Hi, I am interested in getting a 'smart' (ish) phone, wifi, java etc.. I have found two, and wondered, 1. Which one would you pick? (of the two below) 2. Why? 3. Do you know where to get any other cheap <$100 phones? http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.31634 http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.39625

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Testing a Cheap Multimeter

It's been years since I had an expensive meter. These days, I have meters in the $5 to $20 range. Usually they're accurate enough for my purposes, but what if I want to be really certain? Is there a way without a pricey meter to test em?  Perhaps calibrate the meter by checking v  coming out of a v regultor. Would that be accurate? Perhaps the 7805 regulator which is supposed to output 5v.  y?n? M?

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Are there cheap Airsoft sites? Answered

Are there any airsoft sites similar to those jewelry sites where $400 things are sold for $20-$30? Furthermore, I'd like to ask if hobbytronusa is a trusted site.  I've heard things about sites similar, but wasn't sure if it was that one. Thanks.

Question by bighead5454    |  last reply


Cheap Compact tripod Answered

Ok, so I have asked a question like this before, but I never did get a compact tripod, and i am going on a trip in a few weeks and could really use the tripod. So I'm going to ask this again, but a little differently I need a tripod, preferably; Less then 16" when folded. I'd very much like 14" or even 12" if possible Extends to 50" minimum. Preferably >52" Costs less then $50, around $35 Weight is not really an issue, but lightness helps :) I am going to be sticking it in like the waterbottle holder on a bag- maybe a clip or something so i could hook it to the strap Stability is not a huge issue, as I am only putting an FZ100 on it (19.9 oz), so it doesnt need to support a DSLR, just a heavier P&S-; I do plan on some longer exposure shots however I think thats it... I do feel kind of sorry asking this question, but I really dont have the time or resources to find this completely on my own, and I am asking for a pretty strict set of rules. Thank you all so much in advance- Sincerely, A907

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Cheap Source Of Propane?

When I got a new can of propane, for my torch, it was $9. At wally world, it was $4. Then, when I went to get a can of cooking stove propane from the camping department (at wal-mart), I notice that the tank was $3. After getting home, I noticed that the threads were exactly the same, and that the torch head would screw onto the neck of the "camp propane" bottle. So, as anyone would do, I fired it up, and it worked! Of course, it would shut off it you tilted it too far, but what the heck! $3 for a can of propane. But then I thought "Why is this so cheap, and why haven't I heard of this before? Is ther something wrong with this? Will I blow myself up?!?!?! Anyway, I'm all for saving $2, or $6 (depending on where I go), so is this actually a reasonable way of saving money?So what I'm asking:-Is this way safe? I haven't fired it up since, in case it did something bad.-Why is it so cheap to but it that way, and so expensive to buy regular tanks?-Has anyone else done this?If anyone can help, it'd be appreciated.

Topic by John Smith    |  last reply


cheap tracks for robaots

Does anybody know were to buy or how to make tracks for cheap

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Cheap digital DVR?

Can anyone tell me how to turn an old computer into a DVR?   I'd have to do it on the cheap.

Question by Hubiewan    |  last reply


Large cheap breadboards?

I need some large breadboards for free or very cheap. Is there a company that gives free samples, or someone here who has some they don't want? I also need a way to cut them.

Question by XOIIO    |  last reply


Cheap scooter or moped?

I really want to get a cheap scooter or moped... Mainly because most get around 100 mpg!!! But idk where to get one that cheap. All of the ones ive seen on craiglist and such are newer and well over a thousand which, in my financial state now is just too much. Any suggesestions on where i could get one?thanks!

Question by nitsuaustin    |  last reply


Cheap PIC microcontroller?

What is the cheapest PIC microcontroller with an analog input(a2d capability) and a few digital outputs?? and how much does it cost?? Thanks!

Question by Chris414    |  last reply


Cheap Jet Engine.

What Jet engine can I build for $50-$200 in price? And that is small? it could be any type of jet engine, I just want to start building one.

Topic by koolsk8ter111    |  last reply


Cheap Christmas presents

Hey.... any ideas for christmas presents that aren't for your close friends... (parents of b/f, b/f's frieds... etc.) I need some crafty cute inexpensive ideas.

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Need a cheap Multimeter?

Anyone in need of a cheap multimeter should click this link, print it out and get thee to harbor freight, where they honor the online price. It's their $40 multimeter on sale for $20, Has 30 function inc. freq. to 20kHz and temp to 1000 celsius. I've several of their $3 ones so i couldn't resist this one at this price.

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Cheap phono preamp? Answered

Hi, I have a record player which I would really like to play through my home entertainment system. So I need a phono preamp to run it through. Does anyone have instructions on how I could make one or where I can get one really cheap?

Question by David97    |  last reply


Underwater Photography on the cheap

I'm trying to 3D print reliable underwater camera enclosures. Here's where I'm documenting my progress: https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Underwater-Camera/ What do you guys think? (first post ever :D )

Topic by MoonLanding  


Cheap casting compound?

I´m on a budget and looking for a compound that can either be poured into a mould like plaster or is at least very soft and hardens in a short time without massive shrinking. (low temperature melting metals -> too heavy, plaster -> not rigid and hard enough, epoxy -> too expensive)

Question by Fypsigon    |  last reply


Microbial instructable on the cheap

I'm interested in this instructable on isolating plastic degrading bacteria but the author doesn't appear to be active at the moment.I have no experience in this area. Any ideas on if/how could perform a valid experiment on the cheap? The only two prohibitively expensive items seem to be an autoclave (I'm assuming I could use a microwave or pressure cooker) and the Hass Broth: The solution used to feed the bacteria containing all their required elements except carbon, which they get from the plastic.Would it still be a viable experiment if I gave the microbes a banana peel or something and hope they're still hungry for plastic? Also can I get away with using a cheap milligram scale?I know this isn't a typical type of question but any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Cheap IR illuminator

I have been wanting to make night vision for a while and I get the question. How do I make an IR illuminator? Well I can buy 15 long range IR LEDS or I could buy a pre-built one for under $20. I have searched everywhere and still can't find what i'm looking for.

Topic by ry25920    |  last reply


Cheap GPS Unit

Where can I find an incredibly basic GPS? I am looking for bare minimum, something that just showed its location or that had an LED that got brighter as you got closer to an entered point. I am just trying to determine if simplistic GPS units are still available amidst the flurry of moving map, full-color, talking, computerized models with built-in A/C and a fridge. I would like to get into Geocaching, and just have a cheap GPS, but the cheapest ones I can find are still LCD screens with moving maps that cost $200. I'm hoping for well under $100, but I'm not holding out. I'm a geeky high schooler with no budget to speak of.

Topic by CameronSS    |  last reply


cheap hammock stands

I want to make a relatively small hammock stand no more than 6 to 7 feet in length for my dorm room. It should also be able to collapse easy for storage purposes. done any one have any plans that would allow me to do that? i was thinking about building it out of 1-11/4 PVC but that might be too flexible and break. ( i weigh around 170 lbs). thx guys

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Cheap colorless oil?

I like making these snow globe thingies, or just oil and glitter in a bottle. They fall slower when you use oil rather than just plain water, and I saw someone recommend baby oil. However, its a bit expensive just for this use, especially the colorless one. So I'm looking for any type of oil I can use for this project, that is cheaper than baby oil. As long as its clear/colorless.

Topic by Mikki G.W    |  last reply


Aluminum casting on the cheap?

For my woodshop class I am making a cane/"pimpstick" and I am making a custom head for it. I want to cast it in aluminum using the lost wax technique. would normal plaster of paris be a good material to use for the mold? the peice is about 3 cubic inches. I was thinking about having two "fires" one to heat my aluminum and another to heat  the mold so it doesnt shatter. Is that workable? P.S. It would be a one use thing so no need for anything expensive. I have literally 10 dollars to spend on this. Thankyou,   bud

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Cheap calculator hack

I put together a Solarbiotics Magbot Pendulum and it has a period of one second. I measured this by using a stopwatch and counting the swings for five minutes. . What I would like to do is count the number of times it swings back and forth over an extended period of time, for example 24 hours.   I came across an article showing how to use a cheap calculator to count the number of turns a shaft makes. A cam attached to the shaft presses the "+" key each time the shaft turns one full turn. to use it, you clear the calculator and press the "1" button. Then every turn the cam presses the "+" button and 1 is added to the sum being displayed. Every cycle of the pendulum causes the LED to flash (pulse)  once. I'd like to use these pulses to do the electronic equivalent of pressing the "+" button.  It might be possible to count these pulses using electronic circuitry (decade counters) but electronic calculators only cost about a dollar of two and I'd like to give that a try. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Cheap calculator hacking

I put together a Solarbiotics Magbot Pendulum and it has a period of one second. I measured this by using a stopwatch and counting the swings for five minutes. . What I would like to do is count the number of times it swings back and forth over an extended period of time, for example 24 hours.   I came across an article showing how to use a cheap calculator to count the number of turns a shaft makes. A cam attached to the shaft presses the "+" key each time the shaft turns one full turn. to use it, you clear the calculator and press the "1" button. Then every turn the cam presses the "+" button and 1 is added to the sum being displayed. Every cycle of the pendulum causes the LED to flash (pulse)  once. I'd like to use these pulses to do the electronic equivalent of pressing the "+" button.  It might be possible to count these pulses using electronic circuitry (decade counters) but electronic calculators only cost about a dollar of two and I'd like to give that a try. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Topic by koyescha    |  last reply


Cheap plexiglass alternative

So i was going to make a desk. I was gonna make it about 2x3 and make the top out of two pieces of plexiglass, with about a 1 inch hollow area between them. I was gonna put some lights in that area. However, Plexiglass is costing a bit more than i want to spend. so I found this: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202653810/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId;=10051&catalogId;=10053 Its ALOT cheaper. However, can it support a decent amount of weight probably? No ones gonna be sitting on the desk or anything. I would say NEVER more than 50 pounds on it, but 25 is probably gonna be the maximum, and not even that most of the time. (just gonna have my laptop and stuff on it, maybe some textbooks). And im assuming a blue light LED would shine through it fine..I kind of want the frosted look (would sand it down a little bit to get rid of the "bubbles") to give it an effect similar to the lights in this: https://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Glass-Desk/ except without the notifications and stuff.

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Headlight Restoration on the cheap.

How to restore your dull plastic headlamps to like new, for about $4.00 (if your lamps are dirty on the inside, that is a whole other instructable): Step 1 - Wash the headlamps with common dish soap and allow to dry thoroughly, this will remove the dirt and oils from the lamp. Step 2 - Using regular rubbing compound or silver polish (I used Silvo brand silver polish (about $4.00 a can here in Canada), it may work with copper polish as well) Apply a small amount of compound or polish using a soft cotton cloth (an old t-shirt or sheet cut into manageable size) gently rub the lamp in a circular motion (the amount of pressure is determined by the severity of the dullness, you may need to repeat the procedure more than once) allow the polish or rubbing compound to dry to a haze, usually by the time your done both lamps the first one will be ready to perform the next step. Step 3 - Using a clean dry cotton cloth buff the lens to remove all of the haze, if the lamp still looks dull repeat step 2. Step 4 - Once you are satisfied that the lenses are as polished as they will get, wax both lamps with a high quality auto wax, (a wax containing carnuba is the best) Mother's or Maguires works great. The wax will prevent bugs, dust and dirt from sticking to the lamp and it will retain it's clarity for a long time, if the lamp starts to look dull simply apply a new coat of wax. Step 5 - Stand back and admire your newly restored headlamps - you will be amazed at how much further you can see at night. *The attached photo is of my headlamp on my 1998 Suzuki Esteem - The before picture is from another 1998 Suzuki Esteem, my lamps were almost as bad as the one pictured here.

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Needle valve on the cheap?

I need a needle valve or similar to adjust some pressure with more or less precision. Problems I am facing with commercial solutions at the moment: Needs to withstand about 300psi max pressure, must survive contionous exposure to concentrated ammonia vapour. I already wasted too much money on stainless steel valves claiming to be chemical proof and capable of 6000psi only to find out they use seals that turn to goo in the ammonia vapour and fail. And since the stuff is not really healthy, not easy to get, I would prefer something safer. Real problem is also that the thing should be able to allow for good flow rates when opened fully. Modes of operation: During the active cycle ammonia vapour needs to pass through an opening as big as possible while after that the flow must be shut off. The reverse cycle needs to be adjustable from closed to fully open with great detail to control the flow rate. Current ways to compensate: With a ball valves and extra piping I could seperate the two cycles so I won't have to bother with tiny openings but I would prefer to use only a single connection. With a bypass around the needle valve this could be accomplished better but still looks ugly. Materials out of the question: Copper, brass, normal seals based on rubber, nitrile or similar. Questions: I know fully sealed in.line valves exist for LPG system and similar. Are any of these magnetic valves available for the use with ammonia? And if so: Can they be operated with a neodymium magnet instead of the coil? Even stainless steel valves rated for chemical use and high pressure fail quickly on the seals. Is there anything available that does not use soft seals but for example aluminium instead? Thinking spray pump here... One way ball valve systems like used in simple spray pumps are a great thing. With some aluminium tubing I was able to make a simple valve that with some more attention to detail might even work. But of course there no other way of moving the ball then to use a magnet and with sufficient back pressure even neodymium ones fail to get the ball in the open position and keep it there. Now getting this combine with a needle... If, instead of the ball, a magnet in a teflon shell is used on a spindle I could spin a magnet around the outside to turn the valve with great precision. Has anyone already designed such a thing or would I have to start from scratch here?

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Cheap beef jerky

At least around here you will be stung painfully in your hip pocket if you want some half decent beef jerky.For some a snack, for others a survivial pack on long hikes, or just fun to eat....I like to do things differently from time to time and where possible save a buck or two.So a few years back I decided to invest in a food dehydrator that doubled up for other projects.There is a lot of traditional ways of making jerky, from selecting the right meat, over the right cutting down to marinating or seasoning the meat.But I did not find too many people using a dehydrator for the final step.A quick run down on my preparations:Meat cut into thin slices, then strips.Marinating for a day or two then a gentle air dry.Optional because I might be the only one who likes it: Covering with salt for a few hours to get a really salty taste.One problem when using a dehydrator with meat is that things can get messy.You only want to air dry on a wire rack or similar until the meat is semi dry on the surface but not until it already starts drying out.I do it inside and only for about 3 hours or so.Doing it for too long can mean much longer drying times in the dehydrator as a crust has formed on the surface already.To prevent excessive mess I cover my trys with non stick baking paper.This means only the top side will be dried until the meat starts to wrinkle up a bit.I dry at around 40°C and do a quick check on the meat every 30 minutes - each time a different tray.Once the top side feels dry to the touch I turn the meat over.If the paper got quite soggy I give it a quick wipe with a paper towel, otherwise I leave it all on there and hope some of it will stick to the meat when turning it over.Depending on the thickness of the meat the entire process can take 8 to 10 hours, thin slices dry in around 5-6 hours.What is the right moisture content for the finnished jerky?That is a question only you can answer!Some people prefer a mild jerky that is firm but easy to chew.Others, like myself, prefer the jerky bone dry and able to be kept fresh in an airtight container for years to come.I found the best way still is to properly age the finnished product before use.By aging I mean putting into a sealed container to even out the moisture level.Unless you rotate in very fancy ways a multi try dehydrator will always produce some pieces in corner areas that are less dry.The key is to have a large enough container so you can shake it all through once or twice a day and giving it a replacement of the air inside.Really hard and dry pieces will soften a bit while those really soft pieces will give their moisture away.Like this the meat is good for about 2 weeks from the day you dried it.Leaving it open in a well ventilated area with very low moisture level will fully dry the meat while it ages and prolong the best before date.Keep in mind that you don't want soggy meat to start with here, the overall moisture level should be well below 10% in the meat when done.If you fully dry it, especially with a bit of salt in it then the meat last for like forever.A nice way to figure out if the meat is fully dry is a digital scale.Take a sample pieve and check the weight, write it down.Place it in the dehydrator for another 30 minutes and check again.Less weight than before means moisture was lost and the meat you sampled was not fully dry yet.Same weight as before means it is dry.As a final step some people might want to put the meat outside on a sunny and dry day.If you do then please not into the direct sun and with a mesh cover to keep insects, dust and other things away from the meat.Cheating on the softness...Some of my friends like their jerky with a consistency more like chewing gum.Or like a slice of good, smoked ham if you don't like chewing gum.The meat selection and cutting direction are vital here.Think of it like bying a steak, the cheap, crappy one means it might be tough one to chew, the quality cut from the butcher will almost be certain to be a great experience.Sizzle or minute steaks are a quicky way to save some time making jerky but not so good for a nice and soft jerky.Of course, if you are on a budget you can cheat with manual labour and tenderise the meat the old fashion way before seasoning or marinating it.The marinade is another way you can cheat.Meat soaks up the marinade to some extend, especially if you tenderised the meat and got rid of the excess fluid that come out of it.Oil should be avoided for obvious reasons but you might have noticed that some commercial jerky always feels greasy.Plant or vegetable fats that melt below about 45°C can be used in a warm marinade to add some softness and in some case a better taste as the fat binds better to spices and seasoning.The downside is that you also need a drying temperature below the melting point of the fat and that it seals in a lot of moisture, which means much longer drying times.But you get a nice and soft jerky in return.The right cut...When you cut your own meat it helps to know what to look for.You want the meat fibres going in the right direction in your jerky slices!If you take a long piece of sirlion as an example than the fibres will run lenghtwise through it.Since you want to be able to rip or chew a piece off the jerky you want these fibres going sideways through your slice, not lenghtwise.In the sirlion example it means you cut thin slices of the "sausage" and from those you cut the strips.The wrong cut...If your fibres run lenghtwise through your jerky strips it will be very hard to get through them.Not only when you want to rip a bit off but also when you chew on it, it can be a very long chew...Some people though prefer it in short strips that are a bit thicker than usual.Like with tobacco in the old days they chew on it until the taste and flavour is out and discard of the rest.

Topic by Downunder35m  


Is there a cheap, easy way to fancify cheap hand soap?

I don't want to delve deeply into soapmaking. I just thought it would be easy to add sugar or salt (for that scrubby feeling) and old body spray (for scent) to my generic refill hand soap. But I've been playing around and I just wind up with completely unsuitable textures.  Basically it gets really runny and no matter how much sugar/salt I put in there, it doesn't flow through the dispenser so it doesn't get used.  Thanks. 

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