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  1. Or, here I used a small blower, ready to cook in a few seconds. A hair dryer will work well also. dcarch
  2. Bull S h * t! Speaking of compost, I often wonder why is cow manure better than regular compost and more expensive? A cow eats grass, makes beef. What cannot be used to make beef is dumped. So cow manure is grass without the beef. If you compost grass, it has everything, including the ingredients that makes beef. dcarch
  3. Important: Never use charcoal fire indoors. CO kills silently. I have an outdoor fire pit I use. After I don't need the fire anymore, I empty everything into a metal can with a tight lid. The ember soon extinguishes. The next day, I use a sieve to separate the ash and leftover charcoal. The ash makes a wonder fertilizer for your garden. dcarch
  4. Charcoal can get hot with air blowing. Very hot! hotter than hot. I made this simple furnace to make a few knives. Not only that it melt the steel, it actually melt the cement tiles into glass. It can vaporize your wok and stir fry. :-) dcarch
  5. Ramps: The Topic

    I will alocate more real estate to my allium tricoccum in my garden. Trying to ramp up spring time harvest. dcarch
  6. I was told that people who follow kosher diet can enjoy fake shrimps, fake lobsters, and fake pork. dcarch
  7. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Asparagus Aspiration I decided to post this here, not on the Garden Forum. The very first thing that you can harvest from your garden is probably asparagus. Depends on what zone you are in, I am in z6, it is never early enough. Here is what you can do easy and cheap to push it to at least a month sooner. Cover your plot with a sheet of greenhouse plastic. Let the sun warm up the soil quicker. I have been enjoying fresh pick spears for a couple of weeks now. dcarch SV salmon, fresh asparagus and last winter's kabocha squash.
  8. The Food Photography Topic

    Yes, and no. :-) Consider using artificial light instead, Set it up once in a way that works for you. Use that for breakfast, lunch and dinner, winter and summer, everyday. Turn the switch on, snap, and you are done picture taking and ready to start eating. Natural light is not available half the year for dinner and breakfast, and everyday it is at a different angle. Unless you work for a food magazine. dcarch
  9. The Food Photography Topic

    Corel Draw. dcarch
  10. The Food Photography Topic

    Like DDF said. dcarch
  11. Sanitize all you want. But when you go outside to eat, restaurants and food trucks, travel to different countries, don't count on they sanitize the way you do. dcarch
  12. It seems that I am the only one in the whole world who microwaves cutting boards and UV boards. 1. Wood boards - Depending on size of board and power of MW, less than a minute or you can start a fire. 2. Plastic boards - a wet towel on top and bottom then MW. 3. Wood or plastic, germicidal UV lights for a few minutes, if I have to cook for other people. Interesting that microwave and UV lights are on the two extremes of the electromagnetic wave spectrum. . dcarch
  13. Seems the blade should face the opposite way for a right handed user. dcarch
  14. I don't know if a convection fan for a countertop oven is of much practical use. Convection is to facilitate conduction. In an electric countertop oven most of the heating is done by IR radiation. Convection has no effect on IR. dcarch
  15. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Baked trout with crispy skin. dcarch