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location Vico del Gargano, Italy & Minnesota
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Retired Letterpress Printer, Electronics/Electricity/Ham Radio/Bar Codes/Computers/Steam Engineer/Stock Options/Making Bread, 5 Grown children, Second wife, Love G-d.


Jan
19
comment How to reduce the heat on a gas burner
Turn the knob toward the off position and adjust carefully from that direction.
Jan
12
comment Cooking pot with regulable water boiling temperature
@gnzlbg another site suggests using a "Water Ejector" for the vacuum. homedistiller.org/equip/designs/vacuum An automobile "Manifold Vacuum Gauge" may work for reading vacuum. One of the advantages of "Vacuum Distillation" is no high temperatures to damage oils, as when making perfume.
Jan
12
comment Cooking pot with regulable water boiling temperature
Steam as a heat source sets a high limit of a processing temperature (even a double boiler). As for producing steam vacuum, Google Images of "Steam jet ejector", hydrocarbononline.com/doc/steam-jet-ejector-vacuum-0001 This may be well beyond any kitchen application, but worth knowing. instructables.com may give you some ideas.
Jan
10
comment Oiling wood handles
Use "Food Grade" mineral oil. Many cooking oils will go rancid. Answer to (1)ignore previous mistake. (2)seasoning exceeding 24 hours is not an issue. Seasoning a pot or pan cooking surface uses cooking oils, wood handles should not need seasoning.
Jan
8
comment Cooking pot with regulable water boiling temperature
A pressure cooker should work with a vacuum pump. Temperature and Absolute Pressure would have be monitored closely to achieve your desired results. Freeze drying needs to extract large volumes at low pressure, a steam vacuum system was designed and used.
Nov
28
comment What is the best marker for writing on glass?
A low priced electric engraver. Temporarily tape your text inside the glass container, trace the text on the outside of the container remove the taped text from inside the container and your done. This technique can be used to make personalize drinking glasses as gifts.
Nov
28
comment How can I fry leftover mashed potato?
Hash, or even Lefse come to mind.
Nov
8
comment How should I clean my metal mesh tea strainer?
Overnight Vinegar soaking, then rinsed off and dried well before use should eliminate any after taste. Soaking in Sal-Soda should loosen lime buildup, a tooth brush to remove loosened lime would help.
Nov
8
comment About 'sharpening"; do you PUSH OR PULL the blade across the stone?
Elliptical if removing a notch. Pushing the edge forward across the stone while sharpening. Drawing sideways across the cutting edge for a finishing polish. I finish on 3M Post It note pads, using a very small amount aluminum oxide powder applied onto the paper finish. I only sharpen one side of a blade, creating either a Right or Left handed cutting blade. Be careful, when sharp you don't feel when you cut yourself.
Oct
7
comment Can a blunt knife be sharpened?
A sharpening steel with fine lines in it works like a file and will remove enough metal to bring the edge back. Then if a smoother edge is needed, the bottom of a porcelain cup may finish the edge.
Sep
18
comment Why does oil reduce the effectiveness of Japanese waterstones?
Send it through the dish washer.
Aug
24
comment How do I properly use a ceramic honing steel?
An example, although you have to set the angle. dick.de/en/objectfiles/405/paragraph_104.gif
Aug
19
comment How to protect honey jar from ants?
The above suggestions are great. You might try a "Cream of Tartar" barrier. Also a "Zip Lock" bag, or a sealable plastic container large enough to stand the jar in.
Aug
4
comment Bamboo Steamer VS Normal Steamer
I have used a "mesh strainer" in a covered pan of boiling water. It seemed to work as good as a bamboo.
Aug
1
comment Additives to make bread soft and moist?
Gelatinization is achieved by scalding. Excessive temperature will damage the enzymes. A combination of Time & Temperature will allow for enzymes to develop complex flavors from the flour. howtobrew.com/images/f79.gif An article on Starch bakeinfo.co.nz/Facts/Bread-making/Bread-ingredients/Starch An article on Enzymes bakeinfo.co.nz/Facts/Bread-making/Bread-ingredients/Enzymes An article on yeast, shows the effect of Oxygen on the final CO² development bakeinfo.co.nz/Facts/Bread-making/Bread-ingredients/Yeast Pre sifting adds Oxygen to flour.
Aug
1
comment Additives to make bread soft and moist?
A closed forum, but with a lot of information breadtechnique.com/Forum
Jul
31
comment Additives to make bread soft and moist?
6% scalded flour by flour weight, helps reduce staling. food.actapol.net/pub/8_1_2006.pdf
Jul
2
comment traditional italian pasta: with or without eggs?
Semolina & water makes one kind. Flour & egg makes another kind. I have not tasted any difference.
Jun
25
comment What makes the difference between domed and flat cookies?
There is a site that may help, in 4 parts. handletheheat.com/2013/07/…
Jun
25
comment Will a small “breather tube” on my bottles harm the oil/vinegar/liquor inside?
Olive oil softens the ridges on the plug. Light effects the oil, wrap the bottles in colored foil like plant stores use. Color coding can help ID the contents. Keep cool, sealed in small bottles.