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  • CourtneyS4 commented on mattaw's instructable Deep Fried Turkey7 weeks ago
    Deep Fried Turkey

    Great Instruct-able. I've been frying at least a couple of turkeys a year for thirty years, and I will never go back to roasting. If you haven't tried it you are missing out.I think the author touched on all of the basics. In particular, turning the flame off when dropping the bird in the oil is the is the most important safety tip. This will stop a large percentage of the turkey frying accidents that you hear about. Its common sense but you should do that anytime you move the turkey, whether inserting it, checking its temp, or removing it when done. To prepare the turkey, I recommend that you brine or flavor inject the bird. You can get good results without, but either process will definitely enhance the flavor and moistness of the meat. One note, if you do inject, use a butter o...

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    Great Instruct-able. I've been frying at least a couple of turkeys a year for thirty years, and I will never go back to roasting. If you haven't tried it you are missing out.I think the author touched on all of the basics. In particular, turning the flame off when dropping the bird in the oil is the is the most important safety tip. This will stop a large percentage of the turkey frying accidents that you hear about. Its common sense but you should do that anytime you move the turkey, whether inserting it, checking its temp, or removing it when done. To prepare the turkey, I recommend that you brine or flavor inject the bird. You can get good results without, but either process will definitely enhance the flavor and moistness of the meat. One note, if you do inject, use a butter or oil based injection to avoid the risk of boil up and splatter.Finally, I would like to put in a good word for the Butterball/Masterbuilt indoor electric turkey fryer. This fryer works very well. The results are essentially identical. It is safer and requires less oil than an open flame burner. And it can be used safely indoors. I still use my open flame setup for outdoor events, but for Thanksgiving and other home events I use the Masterbuilt.

    Brining is not necessary, but you will get a better result with it.

    I agree. 100% peanut oil... or at least a 50-50 mix using peanut oil gives the best result.

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  • CourtneyS4 followed 3D-Printing channel 1 year ago
  • Bombproof Shop Storage - Miter Saw Station Base

    BTW JackmanWorks, I love this workshop 'bombproof' storage you've made and will probably try to build something like it for my shop. Great work!!

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  • Bombproof Shop Storage - Miter Saw Station Base

    Several years ago I worked in a shop where we had a so called 'bombproof' cabinet. It was very heavy duty, made out of cement and steel, but hardly looked like it could survive a bomb. But then an old-timer told me that it was at one time used to store blasting charges. It wasn't wasn't designed to survive a bombing. Rather it was supposed to resist an external blast and resulting fire from a single charge; enough so that the charges inside wouldn't go off. Since then I have often heard of heavy duty steels cabinets and desks referred to as bombproof. I believe it probably stems from a time when this type of blasting device storage was more common.

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  • CourtneyS4 commented on bmbowke's instructable Roasted Pumpkin Seeds1 year ago
    Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

    As you stated its hard to get the salt to stick, leaving the pumpkin seeds very bland... So when we cleaned the seeds, we always let them soak in strong saltwater for about an hour before drying and roasting them. It makes a big difference.

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  • Easy Pickled Eggs (No Canning Required)

    I bet this is great. I use a very similar recipe. The difference is that I use a lot less sugar, a bit more salt, and I substitute crushed mustard seed instead of ginger. I also sometimes add turmeric, which adds an interesting flavor and turns the eggs yellow.

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  • CourtneyS4 commented on Rcmaster06's instructable Awesome Tennis Ball Mortar2 years ago
    Awesome Tennis Ball Mortar

    We made these as a kid using the older sturdier pre-aluminum soda cans. After much experimentation, the common design in our area used four cans. One was left intact with the pop top removed and a small (~1/4") hole punched in the side at the bottom. The rest were hollowed out, top and bottom. Enough lip was left on the top can to only allow the tennis ball to drop inside that can. As with your design they were joined with duct tape and the joints were reinforced with electrical tape. Then we just put in a small squirt of lighter fluid in the bottom hole and a small squirt in the top; followed by a vigorous shake to distribute the liquid. Then we popped the ball in the top and touched off the hole with a match. KABOOM!!... and the tennis ball would rocket ski-ward. This design w...

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    We made these as a kid using the older sturdier pre-aluminum soda cans. After much experimentation, the common design in our area used four cans. One was left intact with the pop top removed and a small (~1/4") hole punched in the side at the bottom. The rest were hollowed out, top and bottom. Enough lip was left on the top can to only allow the tennis ball to drop inside that can. As with your design they were joined with duct tape and the joints were reinforced with electrical tape. Then we just put in a small squirt of lighter fluid in the bottom hole and a small squirt in the top; followed by a vigorous shake to distribute the liquid. Then we popped the ball in the top and touched off the hole with a match. KABOOM!!... and the tennis ball would rocket ski-ward. This design was much sturdier and we never used a blast container (PVC). Dozens were made by the kids in my town and I never heard of a mishap. Alas, this type of can is long gone... but I have heard that there are certain spray cans (like WD40 and whipped cream) that are the proper size and just as strong or stronger. Might be a better, safer alternative to the Pringles design.

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  • CourtneyS4 commented on adamf135's instructable Wooden Cube Puzzle2 years ago
    Wooden Cube Puzzle

    There is a seven piece version of this puzzle called a Soma cube, which was quite popular in the early 70's. There are multiple solutions and multiple shapes to solve. You can find several web pages devoted to it. I loved mine and have always wanted a good replacement. It could be built in exactly the same manner that you made yours. I think I'll make one using your example. Thanks!Here is Soma on Wikipedia -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soma_cube

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