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by iwannabeapirate
Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:26 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Vinegar Crock
Replies: 13
Views: 6561

Re: Vinegar Crock

Just a word of warning, the stainless steel used for stock pots is not corrosion resistant enough to stand long term eposure to weak acid solutions like vinegar. You may not see any effect on the pot, but it is enough that you will get metals from the pot leaching into the vinegar. The metals that m...
by iwannabeapirate
Sun Jul 05, 2009 1:58 am
Forum: Cheese and Dairy Recipes
Topic: MAKING PANIR (PANEER) CHEESE
Replies: 16
Views: 14362

Re: MAKING PANIR (PANEER) CHEESE

It's quite possbile that a change in pH could help to dehomogenise, but it's not something I know enough about to tell off the top. It does seem that you can do it with plain homogenised milk (though some swear by the raw product). I have done it with shop milk, but it wasn't great mozzarella either...
by iwannabeapirate
Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: Cheese and Dairy Recipes
Topic: MAKING PANIR (PANEER) CHEESE
Replies: 16
Views: 14362

Re: MAKING PANIR (PANEER) CHEESE

I am certainly no great cheese maker, but I would be surprised if you had trouble getting shop bought milk to separate into simple curds and whey. The basic chemistry is that proteins have charges that repel each other, like magnets if you put the wrongs ends together. pH (lemon juice is the acid) a...
by iwannabeapirate
Wed May 13, 2009 9:53 pm
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: Step by Step Making Homemade Butter
Replies: 2
Views: 2126

Re: Step by Step Making Homemade Butter

Cheers for the info on making butter. I have never done it, and not sure I have a motivation to for now. Tell me, does it taste much different to the commercial product? I have no dairy excess, and am not aware particularly of any health problems associated with commercial buttermaking, but I might ...
by iwannabeapirate
Wed May 13, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Cabbage White Butterfly
Replies: 11
Views: 4403

Re: Cabbage White Butterfly

Vicki, sorry, I had not considered effect of climate variation, I guess my advice is limited to the southern part of australia. Used to grow them for a living, so I know something about it there, but have no experience of warmer climes. Netted garden beds sounds like a good investment Kathleen. What...
by iwannabeapirate
Wed May 13, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Cabbage White Butterfly
Replies: 11
Views: 4403

Re: Cabbage White Butterfly

Know just a little about growing brassicas (to say the least), so might have something to contribute to this one :) Basically grubs in Brassicas are a summer problem. Brassicas are not really meant to be grown in summer. You can grow great brassicas in summer if you spray a lot for the grubs. Don't ...
by iwannabeapirate
Wed May 13, 2009 12:07 am
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: Kefir
Replies: 5
Views: 2867

Kefir

Anyone out there making Kefir?

J
by iwannabeapirate
Mon May 04, 2009 8:07 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Vinegar and ...
Replies: 12
Views: 4600

Re: Vinegar and ...

I can think of about a million uses for a good crock (or 6), especially as I recently threw out most of my plastic coz I hate it so much. Hmmmmm - miso, fish sauce, olives, maybe tabasco sauce.... where do we stop! I was thinking of having some custom made. These look pretty reasonably priced though...
by iwannabeapirate
Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: raspberries
Replies: 17
Views: 5060

Re: raspberries

Cheers,

that puts me in a similar situation to Kathleen. pity.

J
by iwannabeapirate
Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: raspberries
Replies: 17
Views: 5060

Re: raspberries

A kind offer indeed.
what state are you in?

J
by iwannabeapirate
Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Baked beans
Replies: 12
Views: 11856

Re: Baked beans

OK, I have had time to have a fiddle with a few of these. Result seems to be this: While the flavours of mustard, vinegar etc are nice, the kid's don't really believe it is baked beans. Maybe when they get a bit older I might be able to swing that one, but for now I am outranked by Mr Heinz and othe...
by iwannabeapirate
Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: microwave preserving
Replies: 8
Views: 2346

Re: microwave preserving

Your reply is right. Microwaves heat because they are absorbed by water molecules in food. This means that microwaves have poor penetration of watery substances. For large items only the outer few centimetres are actually cooked directly by microwaves, the hot outer layers then transfer their heat t...
by iwannabeapirate
Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Gotta A Snail problem?
Replies: 7
Views: 4622

Re: Gotta A Snail problem?

well, I do hate to see wasted food, so eating has that advantage. Have tried it before from out garden flock, but would need some extra impetus to make a habit of it. The product they stock in bunnings is called multiguard (http://www.multicrop.com.au/HAmultig.htm) There are other products which use...
by iwannabeapirate
Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Gotta A Snail problem?
Replies: 7
Views: 4622

Re: Gotta A Snail problem?

There is a new snail bait on the market now which is very different from the old methiocarb sort. It uses iron as the active ingredient. It is in the form of an EDTA chelate, which also happens to be a common form for iron as a fertiliser. The EDTA keeps the iron soluble. It works because the iron i...
by iwannabeapirate
Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:28 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving Olives
Replies: 12
Views: 6786

Re: Preserving Olives

Anyone live near the sea?
I read that various traditional producers of olives have been known to brine them by putting them in cloth bags and throwing them over the side of the jetty.
Jeremy
by iwannabeapirate
Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving Olives
Replies: 12
Views: 6786

Re: Preserving Olives

Hi Vicki, I did a batch of olives a couple of years back. I did a brine cure (loved the smell while they were curing), and then packed them in a pretty strong vinegar brine with a layer of olive oil on top. They have kept really well, and I just pull out enough to fill a jar or two as we use them. T...
by iwannabeapirate
Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:54 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Fact Sheet - Canning fish
Replies: 5
Views: 2281

Re: Fact Sheet - Canning fish

great info, thanks!
I note one of them says to cook after canning just in case of botulism.

I know one should be careful, but is this necessary if tamper evident (pop-top) lids are used on the jars? I would have thought that would settle it.

J
by iwannabeapirate
Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Baked beans
Replies: 12
Views: 11856

Re: Baked beans

wow, what a wonderful lot of replies.
Thanks.
J
by iwannabeapirate
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:42 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Baked beans
Replies: 12
Views: 11856

Baked beans

Hey all,

would love to see a tried and true recipe for baked beans.
I have tried before (though not canned), but have never been able to convince the kids that it is comparable to the commercial variety.

Cheers
Jeremy
by iwannabeapirate
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:19 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Sardines
Replies: 6
Views: 3164

Re: Sardines

Hi Kathleen, thanks, I will be glad to hear any info.
How did the tuna work out?
J

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