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General Discussion / You know you're a Montanan when....
« Last post by Old Philosopher on January 18, 2019, 07:43:19 PM »
Duplicate post, but I wanted to share in public:

Speaking of Montana.  It's not a place, it's a State of Mind.

My son has a new lady friend. We just met her today.

"You know you're a good Montana Girl when....."

You drive 13 hrs, over 500 miles, in a blinding Montana snowstorm, and when asked how the drive was your only reply is, "There sure were a lot of deer."
When it's suggested you should dress accordingly for a fondue dinner, you respond, "If I have clothes that can't get food on them, I don't wear them."
You meet our 13 year old reclusive Border Collie for the first time, and she doesn't bark or growl at you.

Yeah...she's a good'un.  ;D
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Fire! / Re: Light my fire
« Last post by xj35s on January 18, 2019, 07:42:10 PM »
Reviving an old thread rather than starting a new topic. I have found these cool little HSS cutter bits at harbor freight. They are designed for cutting tools for a mini metal lathe. These are as good as carbide I think in getting sparks off a ferro rod.
There are four corners and they can be cut down and handled for some excellent scrapers. I found them in our local store for $2.99. The ones in this link are more but they might be bigger for a larger lathe? My kit had a thin and wide peice as well as the square and one round.

Just thought I'd share.
https://www.harborfreight.com/5-piece-m2-high-speed-steel-mini-tool-bits-for-metalworking-lathes-40641.html
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General Discussion / Re: Weather whether you like it or not
« Last post by wsdstan on January 18, 2019, 06:06:18 PM »
We did not get much snow out of this one, it all went further east from what I see on the weather report.  We will get into low double digits tonight with a 20% chance of snow and then back to the high thirties and low forties for a few days.   8)
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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: I do as well...
« Last post by wsdstan on January 18, 2019, 12:50:50 PM »
No loss there Wolfy, it was probably gathering data so telemarketers could nag you about car warranties, credit card debt repair, and a host of other things you don't need or didn't have a problem with in the first place.

I, for one, am wondering why the do not call list is so damned ineffective at stopping the lowest form of scum except for some members of congress we have in this country.
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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: I do as well...
« Last post by wolfy on January 18, 2019, 10:27:25 AM »

  Yet another spam bot, did we register somewhere ?

Pretty accusatory of you, Moe.....what if Yashihiz is just a poor, homeless Hobbit legitimately looking to improve his lot in life? :shrug:

 I have little compassion for homeless Hobbits,  they have other options,  that's what Face Book is for.
Since I refuse to succumb to joining Facebook, I fear that I shall never again hear from my new friend, Yashihiz. :-\
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Food and Cooking / Re: More pickle magic
« Last post by wolfy on January 18, 2019, 10:19:58 AM »
My brother made several 5 qt. ice cream bucketfuls of those refrigerator bread & butter pickles every year.  When things like zucchinis and cucumbers start producing overwhelming numbers of fruits, pickles are about your only hope of keeping ahead of them.  We just leave them in the buckets in the fridge and they keep for months without canning. :shrug:
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Food and Cooking / More pickle magic
« Last post by Moe M. on January 18, 2019, 07:37:01 AM »
 In my thread on Deli Styled pickles I mentioned that I was experimenting with making Bread & Butter pickles and also sweet pickled Vegetable Salad, for the salad I used sliced pickling cucumbers, thin sliced carrots, celery, strips if red and green bell pepper, thinly sliced yellow onion, green string beans, and bite sized pieces of cauliflower.
 I made a batch of each a couple of days ago and they turned out fantastic, the taste is great striking a perfect balance of sweet & sour, for the Bread & Butter pickles I used a combination of English Cucumber and medium sized pickling cucumbers, I also added some thin sliced onion and some red bell pepper sliced in thin strips, there wasn't much difference between the two types of cucumbers in the finished product.
 For me the magic about these pickles is that they are easy to prepare and are ready to eat in anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days, the dill Deli Styled will keep in the fridge for several weeks and the Bread & Butter pickles and salad will keep for over a month in the fridge, and they don't require a lot of work, no pressure cooker or water bath methods or clean up to worry about.
 If anyone is interested in the recipes for either or both I'll be happy to post them here,  there didn't seem to be much interest in the Deli Styled pickles.
 Winter is a great time for these kind of projects especially if you like to cook and experiment with different types of foods. 

 I've been reading about the process of fermentation pickling and preservation using salt and filtered water as the base pickling agents (no vinegar or other acidic ingredients), the benefit of the fermentation process is that it preserves foods as well and as long (from what I read) as the more labor intensive canning methods do but doesn't destroy some of the nutrients or probiotic qualities of the foods being processed.
 There is some small amount of attention that must be given to the foods being preserved by fermentation in the first week or two depending on the foods, the fermentation process give off gas which builds pressure in the containers that have to be released at least once a day until the initial process is complete, this is referred to as burping, but there are burping valves on the market for that specific part of the process.
 Once the food has gone through the initial fermentation process you just screw the lids on hand tight and store in the fridge, if long term storage is your goal you can use the same process but put the appropriate jars with the food included through a simple water bath process at the end of the fermentation period and store them on a shelf or in your pantry for up to a year or more.
   
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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: I do as well...
« Last post by Moe M. on January 18, 2019, 06:28:27 AM »
I doubt that the powers that be are paying too much attention to ANYTHING posted on this forum.  They would eventually die of boredom waiting for a new post some days!  Your name is on that list just below mine, I suspect.....I got put on the list when I called Eric Holder the largest member of the weasel family. 8)  :cheers:

You're my dissident.  How do you think I get away with my unruly behavior? It is just another farse.I'm here to keep an eyes on your muzzleloading  ( I just go along at this stage. I'm sure there is some connation I don't getwhen I say that ; muzzleloader)

  Hey Unk, you're wandering again.

  BTW, I never considered you unruly,  confusing a little at times, but otherwise pretty civil.
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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: I do as well...
« Last post by Moe M. on January 18, 2019, 06:18:45 AM »

  Yet another spam bot, did we register somewhere ?

Pretty accusatory of you, Moe.....what if Yashihiz is just a poor, homeless Hobbit legitimately looking to improve his lot in life? :shrug:

 I have little compassion for homeless Hobbits,  they have other options,  that's what Face Book is for.
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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: I do as well...
« Last post by Unknown on January 17, 2019, 07:28:00 PM »
I doubt that the powers that be are paying too much attention to ANYTHING posted on this forum.  They would eventually die of boredom waiting for a new post some days!  Your name is on that list just below mine, I suspect.....I got put on the list when I called Eric Holder the largest member of the weasel family. 8)  :cheers:

You're my dissident.  How do you think I get away with my unruly behavior? It is just another farse.I'm here to keep an eyes on your muzzleloading  ( I just go along at this stage. I'm sure there is some connation I don't getwhen I say that ; muzzleloader)
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