Self Freezing CocaCola The trick that works on any soda!
With this one simple trick, you'll be able to take any bottle of soda, and pour out an instant slushy on command. Now if you don't believe what you're seeing, that's ok, but it is real, and in this project you'll discover the insanely easy secret to making an instant soda slushy. For this project, grab a bottle of room temperature soda, and start shaking it violently. We want as much pressure to build up inside as we can get. Now I've done this with these 500mL bottles, and set them in the freezer for 3 hours and 15 minutes. This is the point when.
They're colder than freezing, but not actually frozen. Now you can show your friends that it's just a normal soda, but watch what happens if we simply release the pressure, tighten the cap, and turn it upside down. In just 3 seconds, the entire bottle has turned to an icy soda slush. Pour it in a glass, and you'll get a good idea of how thick the slush really is, and when it starts pushing up at the top you can see it's a light and fluffy, delicious carbonated ice. Now let's try removing the pressure very slowly. This is going to.
Take a bit of patience, but when you get the cap off, you might notice, your soda didn't freeze. If you pour it into a frosty bowl that just came out of the freezer, it'll ice up right before your eyes. There's one chilled soda ready to be served. You could try keeping your soda liquified by pouring it in a clean bowl, then freezing it by dropping in one flake of ice. These crystals will grow rapidly, until your entire bowl is filled, and now we have another chilled soda, ready for your enjoyment. On a bigger scale, like in a glass,.
You'll notice that the crystals collect at the top. To get them to spread out, just take a spoon, or a straw, and give it a little swirl. You should see the whole drink quickly ices over. Now, if you're wondering why this works, it's because the liquid is supercooled and actually wants to freeze. It just needs some help getting started. Now this works with every soda, and sports drink that I've tried because it's the water in the drink that's actually freezing. As the ice forms, the syrup gets trapped between the ice crystals, so.
The slush keeps its flavor. If you try this yourself, keep in mind that every freezer is a little different, so just play around with the time it takes to get your best results. I tried supercooling canned soda and found that they work as well, but you have to release the pressure very very slowly or they'll ice up in the can. When you do get them open, you'll see the trick works exactly the same as the others. Well now you know how to superchill, your favorite soft drink, and master the art of the 3 second slushy. If you like this project,.
Container Grown Fruit At Home With P. Allen Smith
Figs are delicious, and they were actually considered the first form of clothing, if you know what I mean Let me tell you how you can grow them in a small space. You know, something I hear a lot from folks is that I would really love to grow some of my own food, but I have much room at all, really no space. Hey, it doesn't take much space to grow some of the most delicious things you've ever eaten in your life. I'm crazy about blueberries. Look at all these blueberries. And guess what They're growing in containers.
I have 5 containers of blueberries here, 3 different varieties. And look at the fruit set. I'm giving them a little feed. I fertilized them just as they were coming out of their winter slumber. But I'm giving them just a little bit more, as these blueberries began to ripen. You see, about a month and a half ago they started swelling, or the buds did. And you can see these beautiful flowers. And then the honey bees showed up and they started pollenating. And what you have to have to produce blueberries like this isyou need.
At least varieties that flower at the same time, so you get that cross pollination going on. And what I like to do is make sure I plant them in large containers, and I set them down in saucers. And I got a drip irrigation system here. This keeps the soil consistently moist. And you can see just how well they're producing. In the fall, the foliage on these plants, well, it's just outstanding. They're beautiful plants. Hey, in my fruit production, in this little space, doesn't just stop here. Come on over here, let me show you. Now take a.
Look at this big guy. This is a fig. It's actually a Brown Turkey Fig. And I don't bring these in in the winter, even though you might think that's such an Italian thing to have. Actually, I got the idea of growing them in containers on a trip to Italy, where I was sitting out at a restaurant in a little patio area, and they had big pots of figs. And it was really beautiful. But just look at all the fruit on this fig tree, it's just fantastic. Now, as I said, this one's Brown Turkey. And I don't have to take these containers in during.
The winter. There are some varieties that can really take much colder temperatures. For instance, there's one called Chicago Hearty that is hearty up to Zone 5Chicagoand it can take temperatures as low as zero. Now, I wouldn't say it would survive in a container exposed like this, but it would in the ground. But anyway, it just looks great as a landscape plant. And just look at all these gorgeous figs. Hey, if you're enjoying these segments on how to grow some of your own food in the tiniest places, tell a friend about them.
How to Arrange Herbs in Containers At Home With P. Allen Smith
Who says you have to have a lot of room to be able to grow lots of herbs You know, sometimes when you think about herbs and growing herbs, you think about this idea of, well, you gotta have an herb gardena whole space dedicated to growing herbs. Well, that's really not the case at all. So many herbs do so well in containers. For instance, here, and I have them integrated here on these steps that go into the house, so they're very convenient to the kitchen. And when I say integrated, I have other things growing around them. So.
The herbs aren't just not these plants of utility, they're actually integrated into the design of this entryway into the house. This happens to be a wonderful basil that grows very tall and colanderlike. So the vertical accents here at this entryway, well, they're just gonna enhance it even more. And I'll be able to harvest basil off of this throughout the entire growing season. Now, if you wanna grow basil or most other herbs, you're gonna have to have full sun or at least halfday sun. And you wanna make sure that.
The soil drains well and that you're soil stays consistently moist. You don't want them to sit in standing water. And I always like to use a saucer underneath my containers. It really helps with the wateringit cuts it in half for me. I also like to keep the tags. And I slide them down just along the side of the container like that, so I can remember what varieties I have planted in what containers, because I use herbs in containers all around the garden. Let me show you another example, come on over here. So take a look.
At this display This is on one side of my tool shed. Rather than just having a blank wall, I took advantage of very limited space. I have a shelf that sticks out about 18 inches here. One that only sticks out about 6 inches here. And just look at all the herbs that I can grow here in containers. I have all kinds of mints that are cascading down as well as thyme and chives. And what I've done is I've staggered them at different heights by turning a container upside down. I can sit this one up a little higher, so it makes.
It rather artistic. And get this All of these were planted from a single container that's this size. This is spicy oreganooh, I just wish you could smell the aroma. And it, too, will cascade down. You can see down there on the far end, one of them is already growing very well. Now the thing to remember with herbs is the more that you clip them back and use them the more of these delicious leaves they will produce. If you're enjoying these tips on how to bring beauty and flavor into your life, make sure you subscribe to eHow.
How to Repurpose Milk Jugs At Home With P. Allen Smith
Good morning everyone. My name is Ben. What I can do is I can take empty bottles, empty glass bottles, and I can turn them into other useful things, things that you wouldn't exactly be used to seeing an empty bottle look like. For example, drinking glasses. I've also made jewelry and things for the home. Today, my friend Allen has asked me to come over here and show you something about repurposing or what you could to repurpose at your house. That being said, I have an empty milk jug here, a few of them, and I'm gonna show you.
How to make it into a lunchbox container. This is a really good idea for families with kids. If you're interested in finding a way to make something cool, like, make memories with your kids with something not only sustainable, but it's just a good idea. I mean, everything about this just makes sense. So we're gonna get started with this And what you're gonna do is take an empty milk jug that you've washed out, and you're just gonna make an outline of where you're gonna cut all around the bottle. One end is gonna be longer than the others,.
And I'll show you why. You start cutting along the outline. I got this idea for the lunch boxes off of Pinterest, actually. I set up a Pinterest page for Freehand Jones as well as many other like media sites, social media sites. So once you have the rough cut, you're just gonna wanna go along and finish out the cutting by taking off all of the marker on the main piece. So this is where the detail comes in. This is a great idea if you have colored markers at home. At that point, like, the creativity is really up to the individual.
Like, how cool can you make your lunchbox, you know Almost finished. Then you're gonna fold the small sides in. And the bigger flap goes over. All you need is a piece of plastic tape and you have yourself a mini lunch box right there. All of it made out of an empty jug that most people would have looked at it and once the milk's out of it they're like, Oh, okay, it's trash. Well, it doesn't have to be trash, unless we want it to be. And that's the point. Right now, like, I see sustainability becoming a big, big market. Like, there's.
Worlds largest container ship arrives in the UK
The world's largest container ship has docked at a British port for the first time. On Wednesday, the 400 metre long CSL Globe, which carries 19,000 standard containers, docked at Felixstowe port in the east of England. The vessel, which left China in December, arrived at the Suffolk port sometime after 1230pm. Hundreds of spectators lined the coast to watch the ship dock, which is carrying a large range of consumer goods including food and drink, clothing, electrical goods and furniture. This vessel's tongue is the biggest in the world. 19,000 units. Ten years ago, 9,000.
How to Make an AllNatural Air Freshener At Home With P. Allen Smith
So, if you don't like those spray air fresheners, let me show you a natural and easy way to make your home smell really good for guests. One of the easiest ways to make your home smell really great, particularly if you have guests coming over, is to create a simmer pot. It's really very, very easy. You can start these simmer pots a few hours before you have people come over. Sometimes, I'll do them just because I want the house to smell really great just for myself, or like around the holidays. So, let me give you an idea.
Of how to just put one of these together. All you have to do is start with about 4 cups of water, and you want a good size sauce pan. Just pour the water. In this case, what I'm using are some dried lavender blooms 1 cup of those. And then, I'm using 1 cup of fresh rosemary out of the garden. And half a cup of eucalyptusits really got a great aromatic oils, in fact, all of these botanicals have. It's gonna make your home smell really fresh. I'm just gonna stir this around just a bit, and then I'm gonna turn the stove on. You.
See, the idea here is you don't want to boil this, you just want to want it to simmer for a very long time. And as the water begins to recede, just add a little more water. And this will permeate your entire house with a lovely, lovely aroma. Now, one of the things that I've learned over the years is that if you use these dried herbals and few fresh ones, like we did here, the essential oils in those plants is really concentrated as opposed to using fresh. Now, I'm not saying don't use fresh, because they're lovely. I'm.
Mean, look at this thyme. Here's some oregano. Fresh rosemary. Basil. All of these can be used, but they're not gonna have as much punch, so you're gonna need to add more. In fact, you're gonna have to add twice as much as you would if they're dried. The great thing about this approach is you can come up with your own concoction, and that's what I really encourage you to try. This is just sort of a basic starter. You can go to just about any grocery store and find these dried elements, combine them and come up with something fun.
How to Plant Gourds At Home With P. Allen Smith
If you've never grown gourds, you've never really lived. They're a lot of fun. Let me tell you about the hanging gourd gardens of Moss Mountain Farm. They start right here. You see this big long arbor Well, it's perfect for growing a fast growing vine. And when I talk about a fast growing vine, gourds you will not believe. I got some seed down here, and you'll see, I kind of worked up this area. Gourds love lots of sun and they'll grow in just about any kind of soil. I've enriched this with some good potting soil, so there's.
Lots of humus in here. And as soon as the soil begins to warm up, you see these irises Well, they're just about finished so that tells me that it's time to plant the gourds. The chance of a frost has passed and the soil is beginning to warm up. And gourds really like it hot. Now, what's amazing is they come in all different shapes. Last year, we had big long Dipper gourds. Different shaped gourds hanging from here, and it worked out really well. And this year, I want to make sure every inch of this is covered with leaves of gourd.
Vines and all kinds of gourd blooms, as well as the gourds themselves. And we have another one of these arbors on the opposite side, I'm going to do the same thing, for the same effect. So what you do is you take the seed, and they're really big, interesting seed. And you see, they're big, flat seed. Basically, what you're gonna do is just kinda sorta space them about a foot apart, like this. And I'm just gonna push those in and cover them up. Now, I've worked up this soil to about 12 inches deep, and I'm planting one variety.
Here. This Dipper gourd, the old fashioned Dipper gourd. The kind that they used to have by the well, where they would dip out of a bucket, some water, and drink from it. Now, what I'll do is, once these come up they'll have a primary set of leaves, and then the next set will be these big round leaves. These will germinate in about 10 days. And you'll see these great big leaves on them within two weeks. And then they start putting up runners. And that's when I'll lay some little sticks along here, and that'll give them a.
Leg up, so to speak, so they can began to climb over this entire arbor. Now, last year I actually took some string and kinda tied it along, and I may do that again this year. All you need is just something to kinda assist them, they have little tendrils to hang on to each of these metal supports that make the arbor. One last step. I fertilize generously with an organic fertilizer because you really want to make sure they're well fed, so you can growing the biggest gourds in the neighborhood. Hey, if you're enjoying following these tips.
Growing Zinnias At Home With P. Allen Smith
I'm squeezing the last bit of color out of my garden. I wanna show you how. Just look at all this color in my garden, and I'm embarrassed to tell you how late in the season it actually is. You see, these were just planted about 45 to 50 days ago from seed in the ground. You see, if you wanna grow Zinnias like this, you wanna make sure the soil is warm and you give them plenty of sunshine. And they just need moderate water. And when you water them,.
You don't wanna water them overhead it's better to run like a soaker hose or something or deep soak the ground because you can get powdery mildew on the leaves of Zinnias if you over water them. Plus, it doesn't make the flowers last as long and they're not as good for cutting. When I planted these I wanted just to have a mixture of colors, so what I did is I just got some packs of seed, mixed them all up together, and sowed them down this long row. And if you'll look closely you'll see the myriad of colors we have here.
there's apricot and there's peach, there's red, there's yellow, even creamy whites in a wide range of pinks and red. Now the other thing to look closely at is I also have some different flower forms there are doubles, there are singles, and those that are considered a cactus form because they look like a cactus bloom with their slightly rolled leaves. I think the flower buds are equally fascinating. If you look closely, they almost look reptilian in that they have scales. It's really hard to tell what color it's going to be. But the.
Form of that, when you examine it really closely, you can see it's quite beautiful in it of itself. The other interesting thing about Zinnias, like so many cut flowers, is that the more you cut them the more they put off side shoots and produce more and more flowers. So you're not hurting anything buy coming out here and gathering up a bouquet like this every other day or so. And it also makes sense to come along and cut off any spent blooms. What you're doing is you're telling the plant that it needs to produce more flowers. You.
See, the plant is programmed to produce seed, so if you're loping off these blooms where the seed pods are the plants thinking I've gotta produce more and more and more. That leads me to one other thing You see, each one of these as they dry are great for saving because you can plant the seed next year. One other thing to keep in mind Before the blooms get too old and tired, you can actually collect them and dry them by just putting them in silica gel, and over about a week they'll dehydrate and you could use these.
Harvesting Potatoes At Home With P. Allen Smith
On average, an American eats 125 pounds of potatoes a year. You think you exceed the average I do. Now I know this my look catastrophic, but, actually, what's going on here is exactly what I want to have happen. These are potato vines. And about a 100 and some odd days ago, we planted potatoes here of a particular variety, and I'll get to that in just a moment. But what the vines are doing now is they're dying back, and that's the indication that it's time to come out here and dig potatoes. And it's like digging up buried treasure, because.
What you do is you just fold back this dry soil like that, and you can see these beautiful potatoes hanging onto the roots. Look at that just gorgeous. And I love these little tiny ones like this. They're excellent for boiling. This variety of potato is called a Kennebec. Growing Kennebec potatoes has been a tradition in our family since the 1940s. And you know what Currently, there's a real craze for them among foodies and chefs, and for good reason it's a great potato. Just look at the yield on these. Look at this clump.
Here Probably 7 or 8 potatoes of this size. The skin is very thin on them, so you wanna be careful when you harvest them. I don't like to use a shovel I like to use a fork like this, because you're reducing the chance of actually piercing the potatoes. Any of these potatoes that I pierce, those are the first ones that go into the kitchen for us to use. Look at that bingo! Solid gold. You can see that the soil is really dry, which is what you want you don't wanna dig potatoes when the soil is wet, because it'll just enhance.
The chance of them rotting. So what I like to do this time of year is come out here and just gather up a few at a time, until we're ready to harvest them. What's amazing to me about potatoes is that you can start with just a piece of potato. I bought 50 pounds of seed potatoes and took them and cut them up so there was an individual eye on each piece. What I'm trying to do is get into the base here, and see if I can find that original.
Piece of potato there it is, right there. So there was a single eye, and that eye grew out and made this sprout here, you can see. And under it, over the course of 100 or so days this was in the ground these potatoes began to grow. Now what you don't wanna do is leave the potatoes in the ground too long, or they'll begin to rot. This is a rotten potato it's soft, squishy, and it smells really nasty. You don't wanna harvest potatoes and put them together with potatoes that have a piece of rot on them or any kind of damage,.
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