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  • Super Easy Raised Garden Bed

    I already have these blocks and boards stored waiting to be put in place. I have to dig up some old PVC irrigation and reconfigure for the new beds first but almost there. Just a note. Locally the boards are cheaper at Home Depot but the blocks are cheaper at Lowe's. They are called Old Castle.They recommend using 2x6 boards as that is the same height as the blocks. Also putting rebar in the holes in the center of the blocks for stability. I'll be using three blocks and then putting a board flat across the top to finish and provide a seat when I garden. I'll be building two 4x8 beds and two 4x10 beds in my front yard as a Victory Garden. I want to run PVC under them to come up in the beds and then transition to drip irrigation so I can run them under one timer. I'll have a mix of vegeta...

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    I already have these blocks and boards stored waiting to be put in place. I have to dig up some old PVC irrigation and reconfigure for the new beds first but almost there. Just a note. Locally the boards are cheaper at Home Depot but the blocks are cheaper at Lowe's. They are called Old Castle.They recommend using 2x6 boards as that is the same height as the blocks. Also putting rebar in the holes in the center of the blocks for stability. I'll be using three blocks and then putting a board flat across the top to finish and provide a seat when I garden. I'll be building two 4x8 beds and two 4x10 beds in my front yard as a Victory Garden. I want to run PVC under them to come up in the beds and then transition to drip irrigation so I can run them under one timer. I'll have a mix of vegetables and native flowers for the bees and butterflies. With four beds there will be a pathway between the four and I'll have a birdbath at the intersection. I'm hoping to be done with the fourth by the end of the summer but the first bed should be in by the end of the month. With the PVC in the next three should go faster.While I am taking out the grass underneath I've read it isn't entirely necessary. You can place cardboard down, then some weedcloth on top and a layer of compost. Then fill with dirt. I'm skipping the cardboard. I love these blocks. The moment I saw them I knew they were what I was looking for for my raised beds. Ease and sturdiness of construction, plus low cost, was what I wanted but the fact I can take them apart, move them, reconfigure just makes them all the more perfect for my needs. Can't beat the convenience and price.

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  • 10 Minute Dog Boots

    Try an olefin carpet doormat and put it sideways with the bowl at one end. Room for her to stand and her claws can dig into the carpet a bit to give her traction.

    If they're coming off that easily they are too big. You need to work up to them wearing them. You can't put all four on at once or when they need them. Start with introducing them with lots of treats. Let them sniff them, touch them to the tops of their feet, then rest their feet on the shoes. After a few days put them on just the front and then take them off. A few days, put them on both front feet and walk them around with lots of treats. After they can do the front, add the back. Expect the hopping as the back legs seem to be more sensitive to footwear. But if you go slow and use lots of treats they should be able to walk around normally in them in a week or two. Then practice with them at least a few times a week BEFORE you need them for the snow. Once it snows they should have no p...

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    If they're coming off that easily they are too big. You need to work up to them wearing them. You can't put all four on at once or when they need them. Start with introducing them with lots of treats. Let them sniff them, touch them to the tops of their feet, then rest their feet on the shoes. After a few days put them on just the front and then take them off. A few days, put them on both front feet and walk them around with lots of treats. After they can do the front, add the back. Expect the hopping as the back legs seem to be more sensitive to footwear. But if you go slow and use lots of treats they should be able to walk around normally in them in a week or two. Then practice with them at least a few times a week BEFORE you need them for the snow. Once it snows they should have no problems with the shoes and might even understand that the shoes help. I know my dog understands that the booties help her walk on slick floors.

    I don't live in snow but my dog does nosework and she objects to certain types of flooring. She would not walk in the lobby of the humane society or a local high school where we do some practice runs. I bought her some Hott Doggers from Muttluks and she took to them right away. Now she wears them on all of her trials that take place inside. That way I don't have to worry about her refusing to enter a room because she doesn't like the floor. They are quite like, similar to this instructable only they use vinyl on the bottom and the top of the toe. The velcro strap goes all the way around the back. They are pricey and I've wondered if I could make a pair for when these wear out. I'll need to price the materials to see if it's economically feasible.If she needed boots for snow, ice, mud or...

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    I don't live in snow but my dog does nosework and she objects to certain types of flooring. She would not walk in the lobby of the humane society or a local high school where we do some practice runs. I bought her some Hott Doggers from Muttluks and she took to them right away. Now she wears them on all of her trials that take place inside. That way I don't have to worry about her refusing to enter a room because she doesn't like the floor. They are quite like, similar to this instructable only they use vinyl on the bottom and the top of the toe. The velcro strap goes all the way around the back. They are pricey and I've wondered if I could make a pair for when these wear out. I'll need to price the materials to see if it's economically feasible.If she needed boots for snow, ice, mud or hot pavement, I'd look at some of the other Muttluk styles.

    Try hot dogs and go slow. I had my dog sniff them and every time got a hot dog. Then touched them to her feet, hot dog. That was day one. Repeat as necessary. Stages one day at a time: Put the feet on top of the shoe, hot dog, touch the shoe to the top of the feet hot dog, sniff shoe, hot dog. Next: put them on front foot and take off, hot dog, etc. Next: Put them on both front feet and give hot dog. Take a step, hot dog. Take them off. Work up to all four feet and more steps. My dog got all four on her feet and walked the length of the front walkway and back in a week, but then she is very foot oriented and hot dogs are a high value treat for her. Patience, lots of praise and hot dogs and go very slow. Backtrack if necessary. But you should have your dog in them in at least two weeks.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on djpolymath's instructable French Polish
    French Polish

    The advantage to a shellac finish is that it is completely non-toxic if food is involved. I restored a vintage coffee table this way. It already had a shellac finish so I read up on it and was able to restore it with a few passes of the pad with alcohol and then adding many thin coats of shellac the same way. Looks awesome now. I was not aware of the use of a drop of oil so I will try these instructions on my next project. Thank you.

    The advantage to a shellac finish is that it is completely non-toxic if food is involved. It is also easier to restore as you do not need to completely strip the finish but sometimes just go over it with some alcohol and then add a few more layers of shellac.

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  • Dog Waste Bag Dispenser

    This is the best design for a poop bag dispenser I've ever seen. I am so making one! Thanks.

    Is it possible to get an eye bolt with a long threaded end to use as the "axle" and eliminate the bolt at the bottom and the need to cut it short the top short?

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on DanPro's instructable Beef and Bourbon Pie
    Beef and Bourbon Pie

    You can keep all of your flour, not just the pastry flour, fresh by putting it in the freezer. It does have a small amount of oil in it and can go rancid after 6 months. It if's not used by then should be tossed and replaced. I would use all of the butter that the good Dr. requires it provides moisture and flakiness as well as flavor. You could also do 2 TBSP butter and 2 of lard. My Mom uses the half and half for her scratch for both flakiness and flavor. You can freeze the fat, then grate it to make it fine, thus avoiding the pastry blender if you don't own one.Love your trick with the springform pans. I'll have to try that.

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  • Building a Cottage Style Dog House

    That's a great dog house for a Lab or Great dane or Newfoundland but for those little dogs it is way too big. Dog houses should be proportional to the size of the dog, with doors just big enough for them to get through and a footprint large enough for them to turn around and lay down. They are supposed to retain some heat to help keep the dogs comfortable. The little dogs, even if they were all in there at the same time, won't produce enough heat to keep warm. The door is too big for them. A flap or some strips might help with that if they are used to a doggie door.Rather than that fake ridge cap, a real one would have provided some ventilation, just like a real house. My Lab had a house a bit smaller than that. The door was just big enough for him to get in, the inside just big enough ...

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    That's a great dog house for a Lab or Great dane or Newfoundland but for those little dogs it is way too big. Dog houses should be proportional to the size of the dog, with doors just big enough for them to get through and a footprint large enough for them to turn around and lay down. They are supposed to retain some heat to help keep the dogs comfortable. The little dogs, even if they were all in there at the same time, won't produce enough heat to keep warm. The door is too big for them. A flap or some strips might help with that if they are used to a doggie door.Rather than that fake ridge cap, a real one would have provided some ventilation, just like a real house. My Lab had a house a bit smaller than that. The door was just big enough for him to get in, the inside just big enough for him to turn around and lay down stretched out. It doesn't have a functioning ridge cap but it does have a small louvre window similar to the gable end vent on my house. He spent many enjoyable naps in that house. The sled with pulls is an excellent design as you want the house up off the ground for both ventilation and to prevent rot and insects. The decorative shingles are a nice touch as real asphalt shingles should never be used as they generate too much heat.

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  • Make Your Own Stuffed Hobbes (Free Pattern!)

    For hand stitching I'd use a buttonhole stitch along the edge. It gives a cleaner finished look. For the white parts on orange use white thread, for the black stripes use black thread.

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  • Awesome English Breakfast Muffins

    Awesome. I am going to try these. The number one reason? You have the same guinea pig salt and pepper shakers that I just gave my sister. But I also like English Muffins.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on kelleymarie's instructable Dog Pill Pouches
    Dog Pill Pouches

    I've found the easiest and cheapest way to get my fussy dog to take his pills regularly and sure fire is to use liverwurst. He loves the stuff, I can usually get more than a week's worth out of one tube. A lot more cost effective than the store pill pockets and a lot easier than making my own pill pockets every day.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on mark7alex8's instructable Dog Wheelchair
    Dog Wheelchair

    Wow, the photos, diagrams and detailed drawings are so useful in helping me to build a wheelchair for my dog. NOT. Not exactly an Instructable. What would this be? A braggable?

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on sgpope's instructable Dog Wheelchair
    Dog Wheelchair

    I notice lately people have turned INSTRUCTABLES into PAYABLES. No longer generous in sharing their personal creations, now they advertise here and you have to buy detailed instructions if you can't figure it out from a photo. Really too bad. I used to like this site.

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  • Tiny House ~ the Bacon Bungalow!

    Excellent choice of materials and lovely design. I hope you post the finished or work in progress interior shots as that is where a lot of design decisions make or break and where the innovative use of materials shines. I look forward to an update with the interior.

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  • Lemon and Blueberry Scones

    If you make a thicker glaze you can pipe it in designs instead of it running all over the place and having to do it twice.

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  • How to Fix Corroded Battery Terminals

    This is what I was going to say. We know this because you use vinegar and baking soda to make elementary school volcanoes.

    I don't always have an emery cloth, plus some of those spots are really hard to get into. I've had some success using a small nail file such as a Diamond Deb.

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  • How to Make a Circular Saw Crosscut Jig and Router Guide 2 in 1

    No, it's not. I watched enough of the video to hear there are no measurements given.

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  • Teardrop Camper Made of Wood

    No kitchen? I wanted to see that kitchen from the photo you posted under the chapter "Design". Can you post a link to where you got it?

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on mmmelroy's instructable Tiny Tiny Betta Tank
    Tiny Tiny Betta Tank

    He needs a minimum of 10 gallons. I have a "large" fish bowl similar to yours. 2.5 gallons maximum. Even with weekly thorough cleaning it's not big enough. Your fish is surviving, but not flourishing. Even dogs can survive chained to a post their entire lives. But it's not a good life for a dog. Take your fish home and give him a 10 gallon tank. You will see a big improvement in his behavior.

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  • Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars

    Yes, you'd melt everything together in the pot on low heat until melted, then mix with the Cheerios. Might be slightly less sticky than the honey but you'll still be licking your fingers (and you'll like it.) About 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 6 oz package of butterscotch chips, four cups mini marshmallows and half stick of butter. I usually use a microwave to make sure I don't burn anything. I microwave a minute at a time, stirring in between. I've never done it with Cheerios so you might need less marshmallows. This would be for about 6 cups of Rice Krispies. There is just something about the peanut butter and butterscotch combination that is just awesome.

    I'd leave out the honey and add butterscotch chips and a bit of butter.

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  • Leather Tooling: a Beginner's Beginnings...

    There is a "rubber" mat you can buy to put under the marble slab to absorb the blows so it doesn't bounce. Plus if you do any hole punching, you can put the mat on top to protect the points of your tools so it does double duty. I'm going to be getting one of these soon.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on kojis92's instructable Leather Glamp Chair
    Leather Glamp Chair

    Do they make grommits that big? If they do, I'd use those to make sure the leather was protected and make a nice finish.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on jessyratfink's instructable How to Cut Leather
    How to Cut Leather

    It would depend on your machine. I have a Bernina that has a regular and low setting (like the gears on your car) and can sew thin leather and thick denim. You will need a proper leather needle and thread. If your machine doesn't have a manual you should be able to find one online that will tell you if it's capable of sewing leather. There are limits to how thick the leather can be though. With a home machine, I wouldn't sew anything really thick. I made a nice case for my watercolor palette with some really thin leather but it is tricky. I marked the stitching lines, then trimmed it after it was sewn as the leather would slip even with the walking foot. Practice on some scrap pieces first.

    Gum tragacanth and a glass slicker. You use the glass slicker like an edge burnisher only across the flesh side so smooth it out.

    Tandy. If you don't have a shop in your area, try online. There are some other vendors for leather as well but mostly online.

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  • Making Braided Leather

    This is *EXACTLY* what I was looking for. I want to weave my on bolo cord and the four strand round is exactly what I needed. I actually know how to braid this but didn't know I need a core or to an an extra third to my measurements. Now I know. Great job!I've also been intrigued with that magic braid. It still doesn't make sense to me in my head but if I do it, maybe it will.

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  • How to Make a Leather Bolo Tie

    This is all well and good and I will be making this (and adding an extra concho to my order for that purpose) but I really wanted to learn how to weave the bolo tie cord.

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  • Organizer for Leather Working Tools

    I would suggest putting small feet under the two front corners to tilt it up slightly. Easier to see the tools and at that angle they won't slide out as easily.

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  • Notched Beam Construction Set

    I agree. I’d keep it all wood if possible.

    This is so cool. I loved playing with Lincoln Logs as a child but you’re right. They are not sized to go with any sort of figures. They sure weren’t at the time. Another problem is we didn’t have enough logs to finish anything so my cabin would get above the door and stop. Couldn’t build the peak for the roof. (Same with our Legos, or rather American Bricks). This way not only can you use your other toys to play with your log creation but you can always make more so your construction will never be stopped by lack of building materials. (Do they even make Lincoln Logs any more?)

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  • Ultra Violet Lilac and Wild Rose Jelly

    Well, that makes perfect sense. It could be since there is absolutely no fruit in this at all that pectin simply won't work. I'm not familiar enough with chemistry to know. Since you're not processing it this is basically a refrigerator jam/jelly so I suppose it doesn't matter. I would use a much larger pan. I have a real copper jam pan and only fill it a bit over half full when I'm making anything. Although since you aren't reducing this recipe, it probably doesn't matter that much.As long as you're experimenting, try Rose Geranium flowers. I have a jam recipe (strawberry rose geranium) and it is awesome. You just have to remember not to put in too many.

    If you're adding gelatin this is more like Jello. To make real jam or jelly, wouldn't you add pectin instead? I do love the color and the concept of flower jelly. I would have to see if I could source any edible flowers as lilacs don't grown locally. I do have plenty of roses and have that on my list to try. I love violets, I drink violet soda and eat violet candy, but again, there's no where I'd be able to source enough violets for a recipe such as this. I can get the butterfly pea flowers dried edible organic on amazon but am at a loss to source the violets and lilacs. I might be able to try this by using Bigolette violette syrup and cutting some of the sugar. I'd have to experiment. But it does look awesome.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on jessyratfink's instructable Bacon Fat Pie Crust
    Bacon Fat Pie Crust

    I imagine it works just as well with lard when you don't have the bacon grease. I'd make it partially butter just for flavor.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on Natalina's instructable DIY Butterfly Wings
    DIY Butterfly Wings

    If you use Derwent Inktense pencils or blocks they *are* dye. They allow for some nice detail work. Once dry they are like a dye. It's permanent ink. Daniel Smith makes some lovely Duochrome and Iridescent watercolors but then you couldn't wash it afterwards. I'm sure there's a product out there to bring some sparkle to it that is waterproof.

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  • Science of Meringue

    You're right. The ice cream was the treat I ate in Italy as a child. All of the ice cream parlors at the time stocked the merigue shells and you could have your ice cream in a dish with a cookie or in a meringue shell. All gone now. You get your ice cream in a cone, like Americans.

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  • Lemon Curd Pavlovas

    And a great way to use the yolks after you've make the pavlova. I love how you've done Swiss meringue instead. I'll bet these would be even more awesome with Italian meringue. I love mine dry and crunchy.

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  • Science of Meringue

    I've researched a bit on meringue, trying to recreate a childhood treat from a trip to Italy. Turns out I was eating Pavlova. A few suggestions. Get a copper bowl. A copper bowl is supposed to eliminate the need for cream of tartar as the egg whites react with the copper of the bowl. For the environmentally fussy, it is fine to use a bare copper utensil as long as you are also using sugar. That is why pots for cooking on the stover are tinned on the inside. Try hand whipping rather than a mixer. Use a very fine sugar rather than the regular stuff in the pink bag. This helps it to dissolve better for the meringue. There are three types of meringue. You are making French meringue with is just mixing stuff. That's usually the stuff that's on the top of lemon meringue pie. There are two oth...

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    I've researched a bit on meringue, trying to recreate a childhood treat from a trip to Italy. Turns out I was eating Pavlova. A few suggestions. Get a copper bowl. A copper bowl is supposed to eliminate the need for cream of tartar as the egg whites react with the copper of the bowl. For the environmentally fussy, it is fine to use a bare copper utensil as long as you are also using sugar. That is why pots for cooking on the stover are tinned on the inside. Try hand whipping rather than a mixer. Use a very fine sugar rather than the regular stuff in the pink bag. This helps it to dissolve better for the meringue. There are three types of meringue. You are making French meringue with is just mixing stuff. That's usually the stuff that's on the top of lemon meringue pie. There are two other types of meringue that are increasingly more stable: Swiss and Italian. Both involve heat. For one, you put the bowl over a pan of boiling water as you beat your whites and add your sugar. For the other, you actually make a sugar syrup on the stove with water and sugar until your solution is supersaturated, then as you beat the eggs you drizzle a stream of the sugar into the egg whites as you beat. A thin drizzle so as not to cook the whites as you're beating. Look up Swiss and Italian meringue. Hopefully some of those articles will also mention the copper bowl and the super fine sugar. Another note about sugar. Don't use confectioner's sugar. It has cornstarch in it to keep the fine sugar dust from clumping. When you experiment with your Swiss and Italian meringues you might want to try making a disc of meringue and then piping a short wall around the edge, sorta like a nest. Then when they are baked and hard, fill your nest with vanilla ice cream. That's Pavlova. Embellish to taste, then dig in. I think Pavlova is my favorite desert of all time. Unfortunately you don't see it on many restaurant menus any more.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on solobo's instructable The Science of Biscuits
    The Science of Biscuits

    Nope Scones use baking powder. Also flour, sugar, egg, milk or cream and fat, usually butter.

    I read somewhere that to get them to rise and be flakey they must be put close together enough to touch edges. Something about the steam released from the biscuit layers helps to puff up the adjoining biscuits. Also pre-heating the oven and putting the biscuits in the refrigerator while it is preheating so they are kept cold.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on solobo's instructable The Science of Biscuits
    The Science of Biscuits

    What about lard versus shortening?

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  • How to Cook an In-N-Out

    Visually it looks like a typical "pat" of butter. Just slice the end of the butter about as much as you'd use to butter a slice of bread.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on Natalina's instructable DIY Butterfly Wings
    DIY Butterfly Wings

    Since I doubt you’ll ever be laundering these wings, have you considered using Inktense pencils and blocks to color the silk? You’d get the ease of paint without the downside of dye since his is ink. I used them to paint cotton for a quilt and combined with the resist you should get pretty good results. Daniel Smith makes some pretty good irridescent watercolors that could be used for highlighting. Sapphire and Electric Blue or Pearlescent Shimmer would do the job. Putting them on the veining wouldn’t effect the drape or movement much.

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  • Stress-Reducing Weighted Blanket

    I wouldn't put a blanket filled with fine sand in my washer.

    Yes, but the weight may play havoc with the actual machines. I might put it in my top loader washer but never in my front loading dryer. Even the washer I would worry about. If I ever washed this blanket, I'd take it do a laundrymat and let them worry about their machines after I'm gone.

    If you can drive a car, you can do this. Sewing machines use a foot pedal, much like a golf cart. Press to start, lift off to stop and the harder you press, the faster you go.

    I wouldn't put this in my dryer. Might be too heavy. Even the washer is iffy, but if you have a top loader at least you can distribute the weight. Rather than take a chance on washer or dryer repairs, this is one item I would take to a laundrymat to clean.

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  • Best Way to Season Cast Iron Pans - Flax Seed Oil

    The reason you have to keep reseasoning it every few years is because you use olive oil to season it and you scrub it with Dawn or detergent often.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on a-morpheus's instructable Undead Pan
    Undead Pan

    Excellent. Yes, repeated layers of Flaxseed oil is the way to go. It is the edible form of linseed oil. You can find food grade flaxseed oil at some grocery stores or you can order from amazon. I got mine at either Sprouts or Windmill Farms. Whole Foods might carry it too.I would suggest you use a clean cotton rag rather than paper towels as the towels can leave paper lint behind. The rag should be sealed in a ziploc bag before discarding to avoid spontaneous combustion in the trash. Repeated layers on high heat for several hours, then allowing to completely cool before next coat, and several coats until you achieve that deep black glossiness and the beading. I'm about to attempt the exact same thing with the exact same wire brushes. I'll just do some sanding afterwards rather than the ...

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    Excellent. Yes, repeated layers of Flaxseed oil is the way to go. It is the edible form of linseed oil. You can find food grade flaxseed oil at some grocery stores or you can order from amazon. I got mine at either Sprouts or Windmill Farms. Whole Foods might carry it too.I would suggest you use a clean cotton rag rather than paper towels as the towels can leave paper lint behind. The rag should be sealed in a ziploc bag before discarding to avoid spontaneous combustion in the trash. Repeated layers on high heat for several hours, then allowing to completely cool before next coat, and several coats until you achieve that deep black glossiness and the beading. I'm about to attempt the exact same thing with the exact same wire brushes. I'll just do some sanding afterwards rather than the orbital thing. Congrats. That looks like an awesome pan. And you have the lid too!

    You are so lucky. I had to buy a new pan after searching thrift stores and garage sales for years. Finally gave up and bought a pan.

    Food grade flaxseed oil is the edible version of linseed oil. It is a drying oil as the linked article explains. Mineral oil is what you use to maintain your cutting boards. Make sure that is food grade as well.

    NOOOO!In fact, if seasoned well you really only wipe it out. You never use soap unless you want to eat soap in your food. You can use water for an occasional cleaning, even with a bit of salt for scrubbing but if seasoned properly you probably won't even need to do that. But never soap and never the dishwasher.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on mxx's instructable Coke Bottle Wind Turbine
    Coke Bottle Wind Turbine

    Nice. But what's the point? Are you measuring wind speed or charging batteries?

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on bekathwia's instructable Mini Concrete Planters
    Mini Concrete Planters

    I've done some concrete stepping stones and I used vaseline as a mold release. Worked pretty well.

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  • Steampunk Raspberry Pi Laptop

    That is absolutely fabulous and I love it. As for the rest, it's all Greek to me so not something I would ever attempt to build. But kudos to you for a beautiful and thoughtful gift. It is a thing of beauty and a wonder to behold.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on shapespeare's instructable Metric Bread
    Metric Bread

    I see no reason to bypass any safety elements built into an appliance. If your stove is limited then there are always work arounds. If you can't build a pizza oven in your backyard, you can practice baking bread in a backyard grill, but I would use wood charcoal, not briquets or propane.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on shapespeare's instructable Metric Bread
    Metric Bread

    Also delicious doggy cookies.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on shapespeare's instructable Metric Bread
    Metric Bread

    U.S. ovens don't do metric so we are stuck with Fahrenheit. One trick you can try is if your oven won't go hot enough, you can turn on the broiler. This does depend on your oven. I have a gas oven with the broiler in a drawer under the oven. While my oven theoretically goes up to 550 I haven't taken the temperature of how high it would go if I put it on broil and left it for 30 min. So you might want to see if you can get your oven over 230c. by using the broiler.

    The downside of modern appliances. I have a vintage O'Keefe and Merritt gas stove. No automatic anything. The pilot light is always on so the oven box is a toasty 100 degrees even when the oven is off. Perfect for everything bread from activating the yeast to rising to baking.I love this stove so much I may have them bury me with it.

    There will also be differences depending on the type of bread. Baguettes versus focaccia. Some require a softer dough and more water, others less. And sweet doughs add sugar, which messes with the amount of water and can also effect the amount of yeast. Milk and eggs too.

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  • Authentic Bavarian Pretzels

    I would at least mostly bake them before freezing. Then put them in the oven to warm up and finish browning. Otherwise you may not get that shiny lye finish to your pretzels.

    Thank you for those links. I can use Chrome or google translate to translate them. This is the recipe I use for my pretzels. https://www.thespruce.com/brezel-the-soft-pretzels-with-old-world-taste-1446685

    Food grade can be had from that major online vendor with prime shipping if you have it. I bought both food grade lye and pretzel salt from them.

    Always add lye to water, never water to lye. It could splash. Excellent. My Mother had a yearning for real Bavarian pretzels and I ordered some food grade lye online and we went to work. Came out great. We mix the lye in a glass bowl and we dip our pretzels, then remove to a rack to rest for 20 min, then bake on parchment paper. I would highly recommend buying real pretzel salt. While you can use coarse sea salt or kosher salt in a pinch, if you're going to go through this much trouble, you might as well get the real stuff. It does make a difference. I notice you didn't slit yours. We roll ours with very skinny arms and a thick bottom; at least 12-14 inches long before twisting.. After twisting I take a lame and I slit the bottom so it opens when baking. I'm getting good enough so you c...

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    Always add lye to water, never water to lye. It could splash. Excellent. My Mother had a yearning for real Bavarian pretzels and I ordered some food grade lye online and we went to work. Came out great. We mix the lye in a glass bowl and we dip our pretzels, then remove to a rack to rest for 20 min, then bake on parchment paper. I would highly recommend buying real pretzel salt. While you can use coarse sea salt or kosher salt in a pinch, if you're going to go through this much trouble, you might as well get the real stuff. It does make a difference. I notice you didn't slit yours. We roll ours with very skinny arms and a thick bottom; at least 12-14 inches long before twisting.. After twisting I take a lame and I slit the bottom so it opens when baking. I'm getting good enough so you can't tell the difference between mine and the real thing. And they do taste great. There is no substitution for lye. If you're planning on making pretzels again, you can save the lye (in a glass bottle or jar) and reuse it. Just make sure to clearly label it! Store in a cool, dark place.

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