Useful Info, Websites & Products

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 (Recipe)

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.


“Mixture”

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


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!