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Tag: Plans & Info

Wild Bee Hotel

I learned a little about wild bee hotels the past few days and decided it would be a nice winter project to make one for later installation in spring. My personal little “green hell” is presumably already pretty suitable for bees, but I like the idea of supporting the little fellows a bit – also against the (only just a little selfish 🙂 ) background of facilitating the pollination of my veggie plants.


Farcyde’s Food Vacuumizer

I watched a couple of interesting YouTube Videos (e.g. here) on vacuuming food in jars (instead of the more common bags) lately, which I found interesting since my wife likes various grains and seeds in her daily breakfast Müsli and she was looking for a way to preserve the rests of a bulk buy and only use portions in her kitchen storage jars.

So I made my own contraption which seems to work fine and the first result is promising – now I’ll wait a week or so, monitoring the vacuumed jar and see if everything meets the expectations.


Onigiri Mold

I found a variety of fresh onigiri in the fresh food counter at the local asia market and of course I had to get myself one. They’re yummy little snacks, just the right size and convenient to eat on the road. I like those, I want more!

I made an oshibako for making molded sushi a couple of years ago (slightly under-used as I have to admit), so I crafted another mold, just for onigiri.


Dry Ager 2.0 – First Tasks

Tentative progress on the new Dry Aging Chamber. I finished designing/planning the electrical wiring and now started the realization. I also made the necessary installations.

Made a fan and an air vent:

A 12V ⤷ computer fan will hopefully do it’s job inside the fridge, mounted with an angle of 45° and engabeable from the future control board on the top. A closeable ventilation hole with a mesh weave in the fridge’s door will allow for internal as well as external air flow.

 

 


Dry Ager 2.0 – A new Approach

Gathering Materials

A new project begins! Unfortunately, the last dry aging chamber I made didn’t even see real action before the second hand fridge I used to build it put it’s feet up. I found another pre-used and reasonably prized one on eBay classifieds now and I want to try again.

To ease things up a little I will omit some of the functionality the first one was planned to have, but rather keep the option of upgrading it later. A materials list will follow as soon as I have an idea on how to implement everything in detail. So here’s the state of play so far:


Solar Power for the Greenhouse

It was already last year that I started planning a simple solar power system for the greenhouse, since the next power outlet is a tad bit away. After much back and forth, I finally dug up enough time and nerves to complete it by the end of may.


Compost Tumbler

I’ve read about rotating compost bins already two or three years ago, but had neither time nor energy enough to dive into the matter more deeply. There is a vast variety of makes and models available, but they’re all super-sphisticated and expensive and I didn’t want to spend this money for a first test.

Now I found a cheap plastic drum from a marine equipment store on eBay and decided to give it a shot – not much effort and a simple homemade construction. I don’t have any experience with this type of composting, but since I expect to have ample need for compost this summer, the project is worth the time as well as the (little) money to me.


More Viking Chairs

Several people liked the viking-style chair (→ click here for images and measurements) that I made for a friend of mine, so I had to make some more 🙂 I’m happy about that!

It’s an easy, yet rewarding project. Click the link above to see how to make your own! Also, here’s a link on how to make a matching viking-style table.