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by Odsox
Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:41 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: When is butternut squash ready to pick?
Replies: 12
Views: 3398

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: 3974

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: 3192

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: 3974

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: 1063

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: 878

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: 3192

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...
by Odsox
Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dehydrator hints
Replies: 22
Views: 3192

Re: Dehydrator hints

Peas!? How interesting; what do you use dried peas for - do you use them just like 'dried green split peas' for soups and things? delish! Ah .. you must be young then ! Dried peas used to be a common winter vegetable before the freezer took over. Just soak and cook like any dried bean (haricot or c...
by Odsox
Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dehydrator hints
Replies: 22
Views: 3192

Re: Dehydrator hints

I can add mushrooms and pineapple to the list.
Mushrooms I dry till they're really brittle then crumble into soups/stews, pineapple till it's leathery .. keeps for ages.
Peas I did this year, mainly because I was overwhelmed with them.
And tomatoes ... just as good as 'sun-dried'
by Odsox
Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:32 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: tomatoes and blight prevention ...
Replies: 20
Views: 2301

Re: tomatoes and blight prevention ...

Sorry I can't help you on this other than to tell you to keep an eye on the humidity. What I would like to say is that it is interesting the difference between England and Ireland. England is of course an industrial society and all the interest is in commerce. In Ireland it is still very much an agr...
by Odsox
Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Hugh F-W fights back against T@sc@!
Replies: 35
Views: 4618

Re: Hugh F-W fights back against T@sc@!

Oh well, that fell a little flat .... the S's are actually dollar signs but they don't show up very well.
by Odsox
Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:55 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Hugh F-W fights back against T@sc@!
Replies: 35
Views: 4618

Re: Hugh F-W fights back against T@sc@!

Shouldn't that be Te$$co ?

Maybe all Te$co customers should now shop in M&S and help them out of their troubles.
by Odsox
Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:52 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: MINK!!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 2930

Re: MINK!!!!

They are really nasty creatures and I would have no qualms at all about turning them into coats. My first encounter with a mink was several years ago when one got hold of my last remaining duck. It had sunk it's teeth into the ducks neck and was trying to drown it in a small pond. The only weapon I ...
by Odsox
Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:26 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: MINK!!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 2930

Re: MINK!!!!

So that's it ... I give up. Mind you it just fed my chicken obsession - last year I had 4.....now I have 12 :lol: You're right ... my insistence that I would have no more chicken lasted overnight. The next morning I was given 3 sets of garden furniture for free. Well and truly 'shop soiled' but I h...
by Odsox
Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Mystery plant??
Replies: 7
Views: 999

Re: Mystery plant??

Not necessarily fat hen.
If you bought or were given the seeds (as opposed to plants that just came up on their own) they could well be Quinoa.
I'm growing Quinoa for the first time this year and the plants are identical to fat hen.

At least I hope I'm not cultivating fat hen by mistake :smurf: