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by Odsox
Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:29 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: what do *you* feed your sourdough?
Replies: 1
Views: 545

Re: what do *you* feed your sourdough?

I tried this a few months back with absolutely no success at all ! As I make all our bread and having a very mean streak, I thought it made sense to produce my own yeast. But ...... I diligently followed the instructions I found on an American web site and totally wasted 1/2lb of flour. I too had a ...
by Odsox
Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: evacuated tubes
Replies: 8
Views: 1696

Re: evacuated tubes

That's an interesting link MKG and one that I will read more thoroughly when I have time. Two things caught my attention ... they supply a stainless steel cylinder (as per my other thread) The system apparently runs at 5.3 bar or 78 psi which to my mind is pretty high pressure. The other thing is th...
by Odsox
Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dehydrator hints
Replies: 22
Views: 2567

Re: Dehydrator hints

For me sun drying is totally out of the question. I lived on a peninsula about 500 metres from the sea and the humidity seldom drops below 75%, so anything put outside to dry would either rot or ferment. I can't even save my own pea seed as the peas immediately germinate in the pods before I have a ...
by Odsox
Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:18 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dehydrator hints
Replies: 22
Views: 2567

Re: Dehydrator hints

Mine is a Stockli made in Switzerland, details here ... http://www.ukjuicers.com/dehydrators/St ... drator.htm
This is the second season since I bought it, so still fairly new to me, so obviously can't comment on how long they last.
It is pretty foolproof though as this fool can testify.
by Odsox
Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions and wind damage
Replies: 9
Views: 1206

Re: Onions and wind damage

Thanks for that Q.Master. I live the opposite end at Mizen Head and I am almost certainly going to plant some hybrid willows for firewood, but I was a bit concerned about the wind. Your post has put my mind at rest on that score. Just got to find out if hybrids suffer from the willow rust that the l...
by Odsox
Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:35 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar heating cylinder
Replies: 15
Views: 3092

Re: Solar heating cylinder

Just thinking about what I wrote on the above post, I might have answered my own original query. If I have a solar panel on the roof, how do I get a header tank above the panel ? If it was a pressurised system it wouldn't be a problem ... hence maybe the need for a more robust cylinder ? Does that m...
by Odsox
Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:21 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar heating cylinder
Replies: 15
Views: 3092

Re: Solar heating cylinder

My system, if I do it, would just be a simple system. A panel of tubes on the roof with a small pump controlled by a thermostat pumping the heated water through the secondary coil of my copper cylinder ... full stop. I don't need any other coils as the back up for cloudy days would be an immersion h...
by Odsox
Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Water Chestnuts
Replies: 7
Views: 714

Re: Water Chestnuts

May I ask how you grow water chestnuts Wombat ?
Also where do you get the seeds/corms/plants ?

This just might be another use for hydroponics and the Portable Farms thread further down this list.
by Odsox
Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:41 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: When is butternut squash ready to pick?
Replies: 12
Views: 3066

Re: When is butternut squash ready to pick?

Sorry, not so MMM. Barbara butternuts stay stripey green even when they're mature. I agree other varieties of butternut are like that when young. I would also agree with 'baking' them in the heat of the sun, I have a small greenhouse (solar oven?) that I pile them in in the autumn and keep the door ...
by Odsox
Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:44 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar heating cylinder
Replies: 15
Views: 3092

Re: Solar heating cylinder

Thanks MKG. I have no knowledge of pressurised water systems although I know some central heating systems are pressurised. I have seen various sites that say you need a "special" hot water cylinder, but the only one that I could find for reference is http://www.kbf.ie/solar/cylinders.htm which links...
by Odsox
Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dehydrator hints
Replies: 22
Views: 2567

Re: Dehydrator hints

Corn kernels go well, so do potato cubes. I have read you can dehydrate soup..... Nev Nah, the soup would fall through the holes :lol: I have just done some broad beans (to go with the peas I did earlier). The thing about drying beans and peas rather than let them dry naturally is they stay a nice ...
by Odsox
Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:38 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar heating cylinder
Replies: 15
Views: 3092

Solar heating cylinder

Can anyone explain to me why you need a new cylinder for evacuated tube heating set up ? I am seriously thinking of installing a 20 tube panel and as far as the costs are concerned it is just about do-able, until you see the part about needing a brand new stainless steel cylinder costing well over a...
by Odsox
Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Apple Cider Vinegar
Replies: 3
Views: 827

Re: Apple Cider Vinegar

They certainly sell it in Tescos :lol:
by Odsox
Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:02 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: too many egg whites
Replies: 5
Views: 706

Re: too many egg whites

As you seem to have a dog, may I suggest feeding him/her the occasional omelette ?
Mine loves them and gets one now and again when eggs start to build up to silly proportions.
by Odsox
Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:43 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dehydrator hints
Replies: 22
Views: 2567

Re: Dehydrator hints

onions. i just did a batch and they are delicious. very sweet and smelly but lovely! i would also recommend tomatoes, pretty much any fruit. also a bit of an unusual one - try dehydrated potato crisps - slice them as thinly as poss, dip them in lemon juice to preserve the colour, (with your favouri...