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Tips and tricks – finding and harvesting nature's resources
Thu 12-Aug-10
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Suz
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Oh yes, please start baking Danny - that way I won't be the only beginner. Plus Fiona can post yummy photos too smile

 

 

ooh maths 2 + 2, hurrah!

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Thu 12-Aug-10
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Suz said:

Oh yes, please start baking Danny - that way I won't be the only beginner. Plus Fiona can post yummy photos too smile

 


 

We didn't do much baking until recently. We don't do cakes very often but we really like home made bagels and pretzels (the old fashioned bread pretzels, not the hard salty snack ones). We were surprised at how easy they were - apart from several stages of kneading and resting, it wasn't too complicated i_am_hungry

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Thu 12-Aug-10
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bobbyW said:

I'm all for saving money Danny, and the pressure cooker is a good way to do it. All the veg in under 6 minutes, a gammon joint in 35mins and a beef stew in 25mins.

Add the table top halogen cooker and the conventional oven is redundant.You can even watch your creations as they cook.

Give it a go


 

We've got a pressure cooker but don't use it very often - admittedly it cooks things quicker but it can take ages to get up to pressure. Most of the time I use it as a giant saucepan but I occasionally use it to make chicken stock. I once used it to cook raw beans - I read somewhere that they only need 10-15 minutes of cooking instead of an hour or so of simmering.

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Thu 12-Aug-10
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My pressure cooker steams quite quickly, to speed things up I will put boiling water in first and bring to the boil, add the items to be cooked then secure the lid, it starts pressurising immediately. 

 
 As there are just the two of us, we only need small amounts, so I invested in the cheap mini pressure cooker seen here. Now this is a really fast little cooker, it takes half the time of the big one to get going from cold. My favourite is the gammon joint (sometimes cooked in coca cola), just 12 minutes per lb and it's done to perfection.

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Thu 12-Aug-10
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Danny said:

Bob, I think that you are one of a diminishing breed who still use a pressure cooker. Can't think why that should be the case but they appear to have fallen out of favour these days.


 

I dug mine out to sterilise some tomato sauce thingumygig and pickled beans. I am a bit cautious of using ours as our gas stove can be a bit fierce but I used to use it ever such a lot when the kids were younger. I do miss our partitioned insert and a proper trivet for it to stand on, the steel one I have now has a wire trivet. I wonder if it was the aluminium pans that fell out of favour?i_am_hungry

Thu 12-Aug-10
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Maybe you are right, Joanna. The one my mum used 40 - 50 years ago was indeed aluminium.

Is yours stainless steel Bob? Where did you find it? I may go and gave a poke around at what is available these days. It does seem so economical and it would be a shame to ignore them just because of apparent trends and fashion.

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Thu 12-Aug-10
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I bought the mini cooker from the internet, I see they are on Amazon at around £22. Probably some better offers to be found, also here 

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Thu 12-Aug-10
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just whilst i think about it

whilst delivering a boat last november i saw huge amounts of crab apples on the toe path of the grand union canal and i meen loads from around miltonkeyns they were thick and fast for miles

sorry back to presurecookers

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Thu 12-Aug-10
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I forgot, my two are aluminium, hence the tarnishing.

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Thu 12-Aug-10
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I think we got our pressure cooker from Argos. I can't remember how much we paid for it but it was about £25. It's a prestige and they have a similar looking one for £30 at the moment.

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Fri 13-Aug-10
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MOS said:

 .........  on the toe path of the grand union canal  ..........


 

Ah, bless, MOS.  Images of lots of little toes along the path.

Perhaps you meant 'tow' path ????   big_hug   big_hug

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Fri 13-Aug-10
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She's back! tongue

Hiya Val  big_hug

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Fri 13-Aug-10
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hi there

back on track with this post; 

today I found 3kg approx of blackberries close to my home and then also 3kg of wild red plums

 

here is the photo

enjoy!

Fri 13-Aug-10
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Shelley, you are a month ahead of us as regards ripening. What a lovely haul.

But I will show you waht a really great haul looks like (if it's the same as last years!) tongue

C'mon, England and English weather, step up to the plate! doh

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Sat 14-Aug-10
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Any prizes going in the Blackberry competitioncheers?

I have a little too much of them - too the point that I have to get rid of them big time (will keep some of course for the free bounty).

I  can only visit my smallholding half a dozen times a year as I am working elsewhere. It has taken me 20 years to realise that there is no easy way to exterminate a few acres of these monster. They are as not as bad as the world's worst weed, Equisetum, but are very diifficult on a large area. As I will not use nasty chemicals, I have tried the following for triffids on fertile ground:

- cutting them down (doesnt work as you need to get all the roots  and seeds out of the ground and then work full time for a year digging all the roots out)

- covering them with old carpet or black plastic (doesnt work as you need to get all the roots  and seeds out of the ground ...)

-pouring vinegar on them (doesnt work as ....)

-setting fire to the whole valley (doesnt work)

 

What does work is the following:

-Let the ground regenerate into woodland. The trees will then shade out the blackberries.

-Use a bulldozer and replant with a species to compete with the triffids. After a few passes at getting rid of the wild blackberries that still come back, eventually they are defeated.

 

I haven't tried eating the whole plant. So if anyone has used goats or pigs on brambles, I would love to hear about their experiencessmile

 

Paul

 

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