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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Food Prep and Preservation

For this badge bit, you will make 2 different dairy products!


Minimum requirements for this BB:
- Dairy - do two of the following (no duplication - ie. not two butters):
  - Vegan cheese
  - Nut milk
  - Hard cheese (counts as two)
  - Butter
  - Powdered milk
  - Yogurt
  - Cream
  - Cottage cheese
  - Ice cream
  - Soft cheeses
  - Kefir
  - Whole milk buttermilk

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide proof of the following as pictures or video (<2 mins):
   - give the recipes for each things you are preparing
   - ingredients to make the dairy products
   - making the dairy products
   - finished dairy products (meeting the above stated requirements)
John Weiland,
I have merged your topic into this topic. I hope that helps.
13 hours ago
I merged your stuff with the following thread. I hope that is okay by you.
13 hours ago
Alright after about 4 weeks of it being in the fermentation Jug. I have racked it into 750ml pop tops.

I tasted some of it and to be honest it is a new taste to me. It somewhat reminds me of pineapple juice. It had some unfermentable sugars in it. So it is still sweet and with a hint of acidity. It is pleasant and i imagine it will improve over time!

Heres to trying something new!
16 hours ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Rocket.

This BB requires you to start and operate a j-tube rocket mass heater for one hour. You are not required to build your own rocket mass heater but you will need access to one. The j-tube rocket mass heater used for this BB must be a different one from the rocket mass heater used to complete the first Start and Operate J-Tube Rocket Mass Heater BB. Otherwise, this BB is the same as the first one.

The following video will help you with the task of starting a j-tube rocket mass heater and operating it.

From the video description:

Ernie Wisner is going to show you the proper way of starting a rocket mass heater.  He explains what the process entails as he goes about the task.  First he explains that the heat riser and chimney need to be warmed up by lighting some paper balls and some small dry kindling wood.  He adds kindling to the wood feed and once it's well lit, he explains that these stoves work best when they are well fed and full of dry wood.

It takes about a minute and thirty seconds to get the stove lit, then Ernie talks for a bit about the bypass system that this particular stove has, which allows it to be exhausted out of the roof or through a chimney exiting through the wall.  He then goes on to explain the signs of a good burn and what kinds of temperatures you can expect from a system like this one.  Ernie is tinkering with the stove as it's still new and he makes some minor adjustments and explains how there's a breaking-in process for a new rocket mass heater.  

Once the heater is all warmed up, Ernie takes a look outside at the chimney where there is no evidence of smoke, telling him that the rocket mass heater is performing the way it should be.  It's burning clean!

How to Certify That Your BB is Completed
  - Post a reply to this thread with the following 5 pictures
       o pic (or 2) showing the 1st and 2nd rocket mass heaters to clearly show that you used 2 different rocket mass heaters.
       o pic of starting materials before fire
       o pic of fire started
       o pic of additional wood added
       o pic of more additional wood added
1 day ago
Beau Davidson,
I have merged your topic into this topic. I hope that helps.
1 day ago
I merged your stuff with the following thread. I hope that is okay by you.
1 day ago
Beau Davidson,
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moving to correct BB
1 day ago
May those from under our feet
breathe the warmth of community unto us
so that the peace we seek
mounts our bodies and sits on the chairs of our hearts,
sprinkling love and joy around us all.

-Prayer of the African Medicine Man
Koubaterzie 'Dabire 'Guinian
1 day ago

Jay Angler wrote:Jordon Barton wrote:

And we all know no one likes the jowls HAHAH!

So does this mean they are a delicacy or to be avoided at all costs?
Many people would avoid eating cow's tongue, and yet slow cooked, I find it lovely.

oh i cherish the jowls! They make great bacon.  They are also know as Guanciale.


1 day ago