My they get big quick


Posted by kat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 26-07-2012

My ten surviving duckling are now about 4-6 weeks old and the sure have gotten big.   They are starting to get their feather’s in and loose their baby fluff.  I think I ended up with more females than male’s, which is what I wanted.


What do you get????


Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees), House Projects, Uncategorized | Posted on 17-07-2012

What do you get when using this

On 12 ft of this

To do this

You get THESE


I have a total of 8 blisters, four on each hand.  That’s what I get for not wearing gloves, but at least it’s all done now.

Step By Step Directions For My Tin Can Cheese Press


Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, Hobbies, Uncategorized | Posted on 10-07-2012

Base – 8 1/2 x 11 Plastic Chopping Block.
Find center and drill a 1/2 inch hole, then take a dremel and clean any rough edges.

Center – 1/2 in x 12 inch Thread All rod and 1 /2 inch Acorn Nut
Take  thread all and on one end, stick acorn nut, stick other side through the base.

Mold – #10 Tin can ( Coffee Can)

Drill 1/8 inch holes in bottom of can, as well as a 1/2 inch hole in the center.  Take a dremel to any rough edges of the holes.  Then slide thread all through the center hole until bottom of mold is resting on base.

Mesh-  Sheet Of Plastic Canvas 10.5 in x 13.5 in
(one sheet is enough to make two mesh screens)   (This step is Optional)  I did it as I was worried, cheese would press out the bottom and I also made one for the top. See Note with the Follower

Using the top opening of the mold, trace a circle and then cut out.  Find center and cut  1/2 inch hole.  Slide over thread all and place over the bottom of can.

Follower –  Plastic Chopping block 8.5 in x 11 in
Place top opening of mold on the chopping block trace and then cut out.  I used a jigsaw.  The follower should be just smaller than the opening of the mold.  Clean off any rough edges with a dremel.

NOTE:  If you make the follower too small, cheese will be pressed around the follower. This is why I am adding a top mesh screen under the follower, as I made it a little too small.

Top –  1/2 Wing nut

The wing nut goes on top and is what is used to put pressure on the cheese.  You know you have the right pressure when no more whey runs out.

Now that your done with your press, you can enjoy making cheese.

I will try and get a video or pictures of each step and post them.

My cheese press


Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, Hobbies, Uncategorized | Posted on 06-07-2012

This is image is of the mesh, to help with keeping the cheese from pressing through the holes in the mold. The cutting board is the base that the mold(tin can) sits on.  The Thread all is for adding the pressure.

This image is of the inside of the mold, the holes is so the whey can drain as pressure is added.

This image is of the wing nut that is used to apply pressure to the cheese.  The other nut is what holds the base and mold together.



I do need to remember to use a non-stick cooking spray to grease the mold so that it comes out easier.   I also need to fix the way the pressure is done, so that it is more even as my cheese came out lopsided.  I am thinking that if I use what is left from the cutting board I made the follower out of, that I can make two cross pieces and us that to help even the pressure out.

Here is a list of what I used to make the press and their prices( Pre Tax)
1 #10 can ( coffee can) I had several on hand
1 sheet plastic canvas $1.00 ( you only need one sheet but you can use the rest to cure your cheese on, a 6pk at Walmart was $4.46, again I had enough to make two presses and it left me 4 sheets as cheese mats)
1 plastic chopping block 8 1/2 x 11 for base $2.97 ( You will need two, if you don’t have one you can already use.  I had one that broke so I cut it down for the follower.
1 wing nut to fit 1/2 inch thread $.98
1 Acorn nut to fit 1/2 inch thread $.98
1 length of thread 1/2 inch  12 inches long $1.52( I bought 24 inches at the time for $3.21, as I didn’t know how long I needed it. I ended up with enough to make a second press)
Total cost of the parts to make one Cheese press $5.45
NOTE: Depending on where you shop and your city’s tax rate you might spend less or more to build this.

Duckling Update


Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 04-07-2012

Hatching out this batch of ducklings, was an interesting thing.  First off, I didn’t know how many of the 32 eggs would hatch and then make it.    We had 15 of 32 hatch, but we only had 11 survive.  Some of the survive rate was due to me, not thinking about how hot it was during the day and leaving the heat lamp on, even though they had plenty of water and a way to get out of under the heat lamp.  They need temps of 100 for the first week, then you can drop the temp down 5 degrees each week.    Part of it was also, a few that were sort of on the small side and just acted weak and I wasn’t sure that they would have made it, even if I hadn’t had to much heat.  I am still thrilled with the 11 that did hatch as that is still more than I thought would hatch

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