Useful Info, Websites & Products

Whisky Types

I’m hunting for a birthday present at the moment, and I finally came up with the concept of Whisky. Since I don’t have the slightest clue about this type of booze, I tried to learn a little about that stuff that so many people really fancy a lot.

Here’s a helpful infographic (original here) and, as usual, Wikipedia (de|en).

Meanwhile, I even know what to buy. Cheers. (Edit: It’ll be the rather smokey, scotch-type variant for a grown-ass man with a well-developed taste).

Kitchen Countertop

Finally the top for the kitchen counter ist done and mounted – I even got it level! It’s a solid board of wood, 4 cm thick and 1 m long with the edges left natural.

Beef Cut Chart

Here’s a nice overview of beef cuts, displayed on the wall of a nice restaurant (“Beef Kitchen“) where we had dinner last night.

Preparing dried legumes

Although legumes (e.g. beans, peas or lentils in all their varieties, forms and shapes) are available ready-to-use and cheap in any given supermarket, many people don’t know how to prepare them from their dried state. Yet, for an old freaky prepper like me 🙂 they are very useful: Their shelf life is a felt eternity, they’re nutritious and, well, occasionally they taste really good.

100 Deadly Skills…

This Imgur post by User UndercoverTardis looks a little old-fashioned but it’s defintely interesting, fun and surely worth the read:

Review: “Leatherman Skeletool KB” Pocket Knife

I got this as a christmas present and I had the opportunity/obligation to test it really thoroughly over the last 3-4 days.

I really recommend this pocket knife to everyone! It is sturdy enough, sharp as hell and small enough to keep it in your pocket without even really recognizing it. It opens easily with a twist of your thumb, so it comes in  very handy when having to work with it. Available (of course) on Amazon, and indeed for a reasonable price.

Disclaimer: I don’t receive any donations, commissions or payments from amazon!

How to: Change Door Handles

After the windows were upgraded, I wanted to change the old-fashioned door handles for newer and little discreeter ones. Changing door handles is also not a big deal – a little bit more complicated than the window handles, but not much of a challenge and not much work either. You’ll need some more tools – I strongly advise a power drill – and a little more time.

How to: Change Window Handles

I’ve done some touch-ups in the northern germany refuge yesterday. One thing was changing the 20 year old window handles for new, lockable ones. It’s really easy, also for the inexperienced and here’s how:

Cooking Rice without a Rice Cooker

I don’t know anymore where this is from. I Did it once and it worked absolutely well. Nonetheless, I have a rice cooker now 😀

Notes on Flour

Stolen from here

(Updated) Stolen from here

Hey! In reaction to my recent post on yeast I’ve been asked “what about flour”? Well, I’m not a baker, I’m not into cake, cookies and pastry – just baking bread from time to time.

So here’s my (very condensed and one-sided) information on flour types that I have learned over the last couple of years, with special focus on the differences / translations between american and german. Good sources for more information are and

(Concerning that Image: I’ve actually never heard of “Flour Type 812” here in Germany…)



Common Slow Cooker Fuck Ups

Ahhh… tonight’s Dinner will be some hearty stew from the Crockpot! To me, my slow cooker is a hassle-free, easy and convenient way to prepare food. It’s really hard to completely ruin a slow cooker meal, it’ll most probably come out at least edible.

However, it’s not completely idiot-proof, so here’s a comprehensive but most certainly uncomplete list of “slow-cooker-don’ts” for information. Some of them are widely available on the internet (for example here) and some of them I’ve experienced by myself, purely and completely on my own 🙂

Notes on Baker’s Yeast

I like baking my own bread from time to time. Recently, I came across some useful information on baker’s yeast that I want to share here:

As you all know, there are two types of yeast being sold in supermarkets – fresh yeast and dry yeast. They’re to be handled a little different each since they come in different forms, but they’re both the same organism (“Saccharomyces cerevisiae” – which derives from its origin from brewing beer). They also both do the same thing: They give your dough fluffiness, airiness and volume by natural fermentation.

Fresh Yeast comes in the form of little cubes, always weighing 42g
Dry Yeast comes as a powdery substance in little packages, always weighing 7g

The Art of Manliness: The Prisoner Workout

 For everyone like me who is too lazy or too busy to hit the gym regularly, here’s an interesting article on how to exercise at home.It’s a bodyweight-workout, no fuss and effective and it doesn’t require any equipment (thus “The Prisoner Workout”). I’m doing this at the moment and I hope i will keep it up. 

I generally recommend that site: The Art of Manliness

Homemade Vicks Rub

Since I’ve been really sick as fuck with a tenacious cold these days, here’s a formula for a homemade Vick’s Rub (german: “Wick VapoRub”). I used fragrant oil that I had at hand at home and it works.

– 1/2 cup coconut oil
– 10 drops eucalyptus oil
– 5 drops peppermint oil

Mix thoroughly and store in a tight container. Found here.

6 Hints on camping for the first-timer

Hint #1: RV or Caravan?

A very basic decision… I’ve tried both and I, personally, came to the following conclusions: If you want to explore the surroundings of your campsite or destination extensively, a caravan should be the vehicle of your choice. You can just leave it on the campground and drive around with your car freely.

On the other hand, if you’re more of the “round trip guy” (as I am) an RV is clearly the better decision. It’s easier and faster to set up and dismount, it’s normally more spacious and often better equipped. But you have to take it with you every time you need a ride. Whereas, as a ride it’s far simpler to move and to handle than a car and trailer. Just take a bike with you for short distances.

Ketogenic Diet: Basic Information for Newbies

Let’s face the sad truth: I’m too fat 🙂 So I decided to try the so called “ketogenic diet” – my first diet at all. I’m into it for 8 days now and I’ll try to describe the basics and give some information as far as I can relate. To begin with: It’s not exactly a very funny thing to do in the beginning, if you don’t mind my saying.

The obligatory WARNING: Naturally, this diet is not for everyone. You decide what’s good and what’s bad for you. Consult your doctor first, and if you try this, you do so at your own risk!

So, here’s my summary and collection of information:

Indoor Growlight

I got myself an indoor growlight for getting my favourite self grown plants over the winter properly… Well, I don’t think this was my greatest flash of genius ever: First of all, the room looks like a cheap whorehouse now – I totally mis-estimated the light color. Second, it has a cooling fan with a low, but annoying sound. I’ll test it for a couple of days and then decide how I’ll proceed.








My favourite Kitchen Cheat Sheets

Here are the few cheat sheets / info images (from the millions you can find on the net) that I really used and that I really learned something from. I hope this helps a little. Categorized:



MySQL Cheat Sheet

Since I’ll need it again these days, here’s my favourite MySQL-Joins-Cheat Sheet. Found it some time ago here.

New EDC One Hand Knife

I’ve got a new knife for my pocket to carry everyday. Since the old one got a little wiggly over a two-digit number of years of (mis-)use and I generally wanted a new one, here it is:

I’ve got a beer tap!

So I got hands on a beer tap for my kitchen, for parties and when friends drop in for a drink. I’ve got a “Philips Perfect Draft HD3620” from (as usual) Amazon:










Some of my favourite german Campgrounds

Since I’ve been asked “where do you go camping“, here’s a small list. I’ve visited all of these and can verify they’re clean, nice and reasonably priced.

If you want to visit some pretty parts of germany by RV, these are good bets.




Trailer Weight Distribution

I don’t know where this video is from, but it’s very interesting, especially for campers.

Foldable Traveling Grill

Here’s the foldable travel grill that we used when we were camping these days. It’s durable, lightweight and space-saving. Also, it’s by far large enough for two people and absolutely no fuss to set up. I got mine from here.

Revised: RV Tank Cleaning: How-To and Product Review

Since I fucked up the last post on RV Tank Cleaning, I’ll try to correct that here and now. After 1 1/2 years of not using the RV I had to clean and disinfect the water tanks thoroughly and, while thinking I bought the product I used before, I actually got a different one. This was a little bit more complicated than the one used before, so I I’ll describe here how it worked:

RV Tank Cleaning: How-To and Product Review

In order to get everything ready for the road, I also had to clean the RV’s water tanks. I didn’t use it at all last year, so a thorough treatment is appropriate and important (nobody wants to have to deal with Montezuma’s revenge…:-) ) Here’s what I did:

Edit: It’s all Bullshit. I described the product that I used before (never post before you actually did it!), but the new product that I bought now works differently. I only realised when I had it in my hands. New review here

How does an Assault Rifle work?

I’m not really into guns – I don’t own one (and I surely don’t have a permit), I don’t know too much about them and I wasn’t even in the Army… But this video really got me with it’s super cool explanation of how that “magic”  works mechanically.

Road Trip Planning 2018

I’m planning to finally go on another road trip again this summer – I need this so fu***ing badly. So, in the progress of planning, preparing and organizing everything, I’ll try to post here what I do. Perhaps some of you can relate or even take the one or the other hint. This will be updated irregularly. 

Sprouting Glass – Results

The result after 4 days of letting them grow. Cool, I hope they taste good.

Sprouting Glass

So they sell what they call a “Sprouting Glass” for growing e.g. mung bean sprouts etc. in my local garden market. Basically, that gadget is not much more than a glass jar with a slotted lid and an attached stand. I think you could easily make one yourself, but it was only 5 bucks and I liked the idea, so I really didn’t care.

Prepping: First Aid

In succession to my recent post on reasonable prepping, here’s what I packed in my Utter Darknesss First Aid Kit. Additionally I have (and you should, too) a perfectly averagely stocked medicine chest for everyday use. Make sure you rotate the contained drugs on a regular basis in order to avoid spoiled medicaments!

Steak Cuts Overview

So this guy did a cool overview of steak cuts with descriptions on Imgur. Worth reading!

Kitchen Knife Overview

Found an interesting infographic on kitchen knives. Here it is:

My Form of Prepping

So, slowly I’m transforming into one of those quixotic and sometimes slightly weird SHTF-doomsday guys, right? Well, no. Not really.

I just want to be reasonably prepared for the mishaps of life and I like to have a backup for my wife and me if things go down the drain for a couple of days. At the end of the day it is (without overdoing it) not much more than what was ordinary household management for my gradmother’s generation back in their time: A little stockpiling, a little preparation and some common sense of not relying entirely on the everyday civilizational amenities.

Even the german government (!) recommends some disaster precautions (Frankly, I think they’re talking shit – hoarding bananas is not the first thing on my mind when thinking about disaster preparation…). Anyway, here’s what I think is useful and unexcitedly reasonable for two people in a calculated 72 hours of utter darknesssss:

Springlane Sous Vide Stick!

This is my Springlane™ “Henry” sous vide stick (it was a birthday present from my sister)! This was some time ago already and now I finally have the time to post an article on it…


First, that thing is large. In all the pictures that I had seen before, it looks rather small and handy but in reality it is 35 (!) cm long, so I first had to find a container that was high enough to fit 🙂

My Kitchen Conversions Cheat Sheet

This is what I put together for personal use (american ⇒ metric). It’s pinned to my fridge wall and I use it often. You might find it interesting too.

GDPR Checklist

Found a very good summary and explanation on the new european “General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)”.

It’s german language and you can find it over here. If you’re a website owner it’s really worth reading.

How a Torque Converter Works

This is a highly interesting (german language) video about the function of the torque converter that drives every car with an automatic transmission. I didn’t know that before and learned a lot! 

Parts of an Anvil

Another interesting info image with the english terms for a german DIY-er. Taken from here.

Zippo Tutorial

Everybody knows Zippo Lighters and I, personally, love them. Since there might actually be a non-smoker among my 5 – 7 frequent readers and I’m un-motivated to work at the moment, here’s a simple tutorial on Zippo lighters. I have to refill mine anyway.

Fishtank Weather

After changing some water today, I added a liquid filter medium to the tank that I heavily rely on (EasyLife flüssiges FIltermedium, on Amazon). Always looks like a cloudy november morning for some hours.

My Kitchen Equipment

Since I’ve been asked, this is my standard cooking equipment. Oddly, when digging through my kitchen cupboards I found that it is not so very much. Of course there’s some more, since kitchen utensils have a tendency to accumulate like old socks in your drawer, but I don’t use everything regularly. I do almost everything with a very manageable amount of rudimental, yet essential tools that I use everyday:

Metallurgy Facts

I found this post on metallurgy on Tumblr and thought I’d share. For me as an amateur knife maker, this is very interesting!

My Shopping Resources

Since I was asked “where do you get all this shit from?“, here are the Shopping resources that I use frequently for buying the consumables and supplies I need for doing my stuff (Attention: I live in Munich, Germany). I buy much from Amazon and eBay, and some from (occasionally really) local stores. These webshops are trustworthy, they deliver accurately and have good customer support.



Cyclone Dust Separator

…for the Shop Vacuum. I ordered this piece from Amazon for a few bucks and glued/screwed it to a wall-paint mixing bucket.

It’s desigend to separate larger grains of dust/debris from the airstream in order to keep the actual vacuum cleaner from clogging up. I hope my SO will notice. See the image for the principle.

As always when I do something, I realized AFTERWARDS that my vacuum’s hose it too small to fit on the connectors… 🙂 Let’s see if I can grab one for small money…

Finding North with a Watch

Although it’s overcast and cloudy today, I was able to locate the sun. I tried this out with a compass and hey, this Shit works!

A new Knife!

Just by pure chance I got myself a new knife today. To be honest, I don’t really need it in any way but I liked the form of the blade and the sturdy blade guard. The handle wood is really nice and it fits my hand perfectly.

Veggie Cooking Cheat Sheet

An interesting cooking cheat sheet that I found somwhere and that I use from time to time when planning meals.

Being more of a meat person who sees vegetables as sides primarily, I nonetheless don’t like them mushy or overcooked. So this helps me to time my cooking.

English Language Knowledge: Capitalization

Since I’m not a native speaker and my days of english lessons in school have long been over, I’m doing it just plain wrong sooo often: Fu***ing Capital letters in english.

Phonetic Alphabet and Morse codes

 Mildly interesting.

Boiling veggies

I stumbled upon this today. I’m cooking a lot but I didn’t know this simple rule!

Extra cool video on how a differential gear works

Melting cheese

Who doesn’t like melted cheese? 🙂 Here’s a useful chart.

Slow cooker conversions – Update

Here’s an update to my former slow cooker conversion chart. Unlike the old one it also mentions oven-time vs. the applicable slow cooker times. Loads of recipes there, too.

Product Review: Soil tester

I like bullshitting around about hatching seedlings and grow various plants indoors and in my garden. But the one with the real green thumb in this house is my wife. So I, for my part, have to rely on technical utilities in order not to either drown or dry out my windowsill greens.

This is what I use (available on amazon). It can tell you the soil’s moisture (cool and important), the ph-value (who cares?) and the amount of sunlight (couldn’t care less) for your plants.

Note: I don’t have any affiliate-link or something the like to Amazon (I suppose they would laugh out loud if I came up to them with that). I post this here simply because it’s useful to me and that’s where I got it from.

At least I’m trying…

And for someone like me, this is exhausting…

Product Review: Garlic Grinder

So I got myself this new little Garlic-Grinding-Machine-Application-Thingy. Works absolutely great! I like garlic a lot and this really comes in very handy, since it makes cool minced garlic in no time, is easy to use and easy to clean. No mess, no smelly hands and almost no work.

Kitchen Conversions

This is the kitchen cheat sheet that I often use. Since I’m used to the metric system this comes in handy for me. I don’t know anymore where I got this from.

My standard meat curing formula

So here’s my standard recipe for curing meat that I mostly use. It can be adjusted to personal needs in terms of herbs and spices, but I strongly recommend to stick to the directions concerning the curing salt.

Recipe (per kg of meat):
30-40 g curing salt (rule of thumb: 3-4%)
10 g brown sugar
1 tsp. freshly and coarsely ground black pepper
1 tsp. dried rosemary

How to reasonably load your fridge

Found an intersting article in the german Newspaper Die Welt on how to reasonably store your goods in your refrigerator according to the different temperature zones. I’ve taken the liberty of translating it.

How to store Mushrooms?

Day #6

Im ending my field test today, because a.) I’m hungry and b.) I won’t be storing mushrooms longer than 5-6 days anyway.

How to store Mushrooms?

Day #4

Almost no recognizable difference. They’re all a little dried, but none of them are spoiled in any sense. One Thing seems to be that you have to store them uncovered and on newspaper or kitchen towel. Let’s give ’em another few days.


Other Episodes:

How to store Mushrooms day #6
How to store Mushrooms day #4
How to store Mushrooms day #1


Not really sure if I should post this here, but I find it interesting… This is gunpowder.

How to store Mushrooms?

Day #1

So every other batch of mushrooms that I buy and that I don’t eat right away is spoiling 🙁 . Having read several hints and tips on how to best store mushrooms for a few days and each one contradicting the other, I have decided to do my own FIELD TEST!

Perspective drawing

Perspective drawing trick. This is SO cool!

Cooking Steak

I still have nice piece of rib-eye in the fridge that I don’t want to spoil, so that’ll be tonight’s dinner. Here’s my cheat-chart for the internal temperature. I’ve got a cheap meat thermometer to measure the temps because I’m not skilled enough to eyeball it and I don’t want to ruin a good piece of meat.

Electricity explained

That says it all – good explanation.

Jump starting a car

And since it was a thing these days as well, here’s a simple diagram on how to jump start a car.

“Red on dead, red on donor. Black on donor, black on metal”.

Additionally, I strongly recommend a power pack like this one for your garage. It is small, practical, affordable and easy to store. And it can really save your sorry ass when you’re in a hurry.

Nuts & Bolts conversions

Aaaand: this is another useful conversion chart that I use really often.

Slow cooker conversions

Since it was an issue for me these days: Here’s a conversion table for slow cooker settings.

My slow cooker really was one of the rather reasonable purchases for my kitchen. Especially when you don’t have too much time for cooking: Throw stuff in. Turn it on. Completely forget about it for a few hours and – bang! – Hearty meal! I love it.

Meat cuts

Fishing dough

My dough for fishing:

– Breadcrumbs
– Toast bread, diced
– Cooking Oil
– Water

Knead everthing to a firm but elastic dough. Stored best wrapped in kitchen-plastic. Pimp with: Vanilla / Anise / Rum-Aroma / Cocoa / Turmeric / Cinnamon / Curry…


Cast Iron care

So your faithful old cast Iron pan is a little rugged up? Here’s how you can re-season it after cleaning:

Manly hint:

A great help for every man like me who doesn’t have any clue how to wash his shirts… 🙂

Mushroom Info

All About Wild Mushrooms on Food52.

Skivvy roll

I found this great step-by-step to creating a skivvy roll. This looks like it would be great technique to use for packing a Bug Out Bag (or B.O.B.). Thanks to Creek Stewart for letting me share this with you all. Check out the original post in the link below, it has tons of other strategies for achieving a lighter Bug Out Bag.

Found here, so convenient!

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