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  • benelum commented on timeforroblox2018's instructable Homemade Ginger Beer1 year ago
    Homemade Ginger Beer

    Looks great. I can't wait to make some for myself. Shouldn't it ferment longer, though ?

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  • benelum commented on solobo's instructable The Science of Biscuits 1 year ago
    The Science of Biscuits

    I seem to be contradicting your experiment. Just giving my side to your post, even though it is unsolicited. I am curious as to who looks for biscuits to be flaky ? Flaky is what you get from pastries. Biscuits are not pastry. What I look for in a biscuit is how much they rise , smooth consistency in the middle and nice and brown on the outside. And of course taste. I am 74 yrs. old and the second youngest of 12 children in my family. My mother made biscuits every day for her children to eat, toast was out of the question, we could not afford store bought bread. Anyway, I always wanted to know how my mother made her delicious biscuits. There were times that I would wake up in the middle of the night and get up and make the biscuit that was keeping me awake. I came close but never perfec...

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    I seem to be contradicting your experiment. Just giving my side to your post, even though it is unsolicited. I am curious as to who looks for biscuits to be flaky ? Flaky is what you get from pastries. Biscuits are not pastry. What I look for in a biscuit is how much they rise , smooth consistency in the middle and nice and brown on the outside. And of course taste. I am 74 yrs. old and the second youngest of 12 children in my family. My mother made biscuits every day for her children to eat, toast was out of the question, we could not afford store bought bread. Anyway, I always wanted to know how my mother made her delicious biscuits. There were times that I would wake up in the middle of the night and get up and make the biscuit that was keeping me awake. I came close but never perfected her results. I kept playing around with it after I retired 16 year ago. My latest, which may not be my last was as follows.: Needed; Kitchen Aid, 2 cake pans, 2 Cups Self Rising Flour, 1/4 Cup Lard (I keep it in the fridge), 1/2 as much Buttermilk as Flour, in this instance 1 Cup., 1/4 Measuring cup. Water & cooking spray.Instructions: put flour into kitchen aid add lard and mix until it looks like corn meal, add milk a little at a time and keep mixing until dough separates from the sides of the bowl. Spray 1 of the cake pans with cooking spray. At this point the dough is going to be very sticky. Instead of adding additional flour as you would if rolling out the dough, wet the measuring cup and your hands , also a spatula. Using the spatula fill the measuring cup with the dough. Now using the kitchen faucet I transfer the dough to my hands and form it into a ball under the running water .Put into 1 of the cake pans .Repeat until all dough has been used. When the cake pan if full take the other cake pan and wet the bottom. Lightly press down on the dough in the other pan. Bake in a 350 deg. pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes. As my sisters grandson says " Nana, if they are brown, they are done."" No mess, No Guess, These biscuits are the BEST.

    Scones are a totally different bread. If I remember correctly, scones contain yeast.

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  • benelum commented on solobo's instructable The Science of Biscuits 1 year ago
    The Science of Biscuits

    Replying to my own post. I , after posting, saw that the posts are 3 years old. Therefore, i have wasted my time. Also to the author, i meant no ill will to your experiment. Sorry if it came across that way.

    You have wasted a lot of time proving nothing. To make biscuits there are only 3 items needed, there is no need to knead, you do not roll out, no biscuit cutter needed. If anyone has a desire to make biscuits that are easy to make, less clean up, and that taste great. Rising higher than any biscuit you have ever made. Just ask.

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  • benelum commented on Radical Geezer's instructable Easy Fill Storage Bag Filler3 years ago
    Easy Fill Storage Bag Filler

    Very nice, i love the idea. I am not being critical of your work. But, the first thing that hit my mind was. Instead of making it with 2 boards as wide as they are, ( I don't think they need to be that wide to do the job). why not split the board to 1/2 the width. Put a rod (the size of a clothes hanger) thru the bottom end. They could then totally fold dddown into the base, then when needed, raised up and slid to the c

    cont'd. and slid to the center . And make the base thick enough so that it could all fit into it. Excellent idea. thank you for the idea.

    In response, I was not indicating that it be made of wire. The only thing i was suggesting is that the bottom would swivel up and down and slide across on a wire thru the end. Thanks for the reply.

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