Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Though if someone could just make an easier to clean blender, I might make smoothies more often. For some reason, cleaning the blender puts me off of making smoothies very much.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:This is all I could grind without resorting to a face mask yesterday. (Do people do that?!) Had to grind outside so I would cough less. Lips were still burning hours later.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:I had bone broth in our haybox cooker for 9.5 hours. SO much better than simmering in the house on a hot summer day!
Took it out this morning and the pot was still hot to the touch.
Candy thermometer showed the broth was still at 150 degrees F!
(By the time I could wrangle my phone camera the mercury had gone down a bit in this still kinda crappy pic.)
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Here's a few comments about what works and doesn't work for me.
My favorite stock pot is an old pressure cooker where the pop-up thingy broke and fell out and it lost its little pressure release bobber, too. It's a heavy, good stainless pot and the rubber lid seal is still excellent.
When this pot was put in the unwashed wool in the haybox (I know, we should wash that wool or give it a higher purpose - it's quite beautiful!), without covering the two holes in the top, and with the wool on top, well...the oats or beans tasted like unwashed wool. D'oh. And blech.
This put me off of using this handy thing for over a year.
In the picture, I have an old CLEAN blanket that I used on top. The blanket has big holes in it, though when folded this size, they don't matter. And, I taped over the holes in the pot lid.
Voila! Excellent heat retention and no tainting of flavor!
I took this picture also to show that I like that Sam built this at deck rail height. It's so much easier to move a heavy stock pot at rail/counter height than to bend over with it to a low box.
Sean Pratt wrote:Man oh man am i glad them pumpkins got put to a good use! we had a good time here as well. missing you all! you are all defiantly in my thoughts.