Category Archives: Food

Decorating with the EggLathe

Decorating with the EggLathe allows your egg to turn, while you can draw on it with a pen, or paint brush.

This EggLathe was built of laser cut corrugated plastic, and is an early iteration of the design. The first parts were cut of cardboard, but future parts should be cut from either acrylic or baltic birch plywood. Continue reading

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Bottling Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented drink, made of sweet tea and brewed over a period of a week or more. If you buy bottled kombucha, you should expect to pay $4 for a half liter. If you’re interested in having it on a regular basis, you will want to start brewing it yourself. The equipment for brewing your own kombucha consists of common items, and the process is not very difficult. You can buy brewing kits, but you can make your own out of things that are likely already in your kitchen. To get your first culture, you may be able to get one from a friend who is already brewing, buy one online, or make your own by adding a bottle or two of store bought, unpasteurized kombucha to your first batch. Continue reading

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Custom Baking Pans

You can use metal forming to create a mold for baking little cakes. These pans were developed for baking lots of Twinkies.

The technique for this project came from an Instructable. This showed how to make the pan, but didn’t go into the process for producing many of them. It also gave a good recipe for baking the cakes. In a separate session, I experimented with an angel food cake mix, which was not as good as the yellow cake mix indicated in the instructable above. For a baking instruction that does not use any mixes, see Hilah Cooking’s version of the project. Continue reading

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Growing Garlic

Garlic is a great crop to grow. It is really easy, and requires barely any work. Plant it in the fall before the ground freezes, cut the scapes in the spring, and then harvest the garlic in the mid summer. Dry them over the summer, pick out the best cloves for next year, and start again.

Garlic is a great crop to grow. It is really easy, and requires barely any work. Plant it in the fall before the ground freezes, cut the scapes in the spring, and then harvest the garlic in the mid summer. Dry them over the summer, pick out the best cloves for next year, and start again.

Growing garlic can introduce you to biology, ecology, soil, life cycles, agriculture, and you get to eat the project! Continue reading

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