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  1. Hi So almost 3 years down the road, I finally finished making the last product out of this hog. When cutting him down hanging from the Volvo front loader, I (we) had a minor incident . My friend helping out, was supposed to lift the hog a bit up, accidentally he lowered it in stead, so the front loader hit my head. I almost passed out and was left with a 2inch bleeding cut on the top of my scull. After a bit swear & curse, and a duct tape bandage on my head, there was tossed a few jokes, about the need for me to get a hardhat, as part of my butchering kit. I said I would make one out of the hogs scrotum, as it seemed to have the propper shape/form/size in every ones opinion. I carefully cut it of for that purpose in mind, stuck it in the freezer and forgot all about it. Then last summer it popped up again, so I found a diy instruction on how to preserve pig skin and got on with the job. Then I stuck it on the loft for drying up. When getting the Christmas lights down from the loft the other day, I found it again. Turned out great Perfect fit cheers
  2. Hi How do you guys make/cure bacon ? I resently butchered, 2 free land pigs, for a neighbour that dosent know how to, I recived half a pig+, in return for the job. I made used 1.5g nitritsalt, a mix of 10g sugar to 30g fine table salt (pr kg meat) and rubbed it in. Then I put it on top of a layer of rock sea salt , and finaly coverd it with the same, left it in for 2-3 days. After 2-3 days in salt. I put it in running water (trinkle) for 5-6 houres,(I cut of test tastes, untill I was happy with the salt) then I left it, hang to dry for 3 days. I chipped some juniper branches yesterday, dryed in my oven, over night, to day I'll cold smoke it. I'm not sure for how long ? I'm excited to taste the final product How do you guys do it ? cheers
  3. Hi toppy007 Welcome to APN/HQ Nice diy-build and instructions The tank looks a bit small to keep any number of fish in IMO Have you tried to grow any thing in it yet ? cheers
  4. Hi Nice tool cheers
  5. Hi brushhippie OK like this ? cheers
  6. Hi Toga Whilst waiting for your thoughts experience on the matter, I'w been searching a bit on the web to try get a better understanding on the matter. Seems there is a massive opposition towards the use out there. Found this cheers
  7. Hi DrCoffe Welcome to APN/HQ cheers
  8. Hi Sheana Welcome to APN/HQ One of my favorite systems on here is located in South Africa cheers
  9. Hi again Well I don't think it's dead, but it is like most other forums effected by various "new" social media platforms I do belive you get faster responses on questions, if you put in some "key words" in the heading of a thread, and choose the "proper" forum section to post in, So to attract other forum members with the same interests, to your post. We have a lot of members from across the world, with various experience and knowledge to share, however there is a huge difference in climate, laws, regulations, codes...etc. So if you for instance put in your State, city and/or climate zone in your profile it's so much easier to identify with your specific circumstances, and thereby come up with a relevante answer or suggestion. When you list USA as your location, all it tells me is that you are in anything from a arctic to a tropic climate zone, and I have no ideas wich regulatory regime you work under as they differ from state to state. Same goes with your preference of aquatic species, plants, indoors, outdoors.............etc. Some members will only read posts made in specific under forums, that adhere to their interest experience , and knowledge. Also there is a lot of "old" posts, Q/A and a downloads page for you to harvest from, whilst awaiting engagement in your posts. Good luck ahead cheers
  10. Hi brushhippie Welcome to APN/HQ cheers
  11. Hi This was on October the 28. (new snow ) And these sweet potato I harvested on October the 31. (snow all gone again ) Not a lot, however I really didn't except any as the slips was put in the soil July, about 2 months "to late" Tasted great with homegrown sweet potato chips cheers
  12. Hi Toga They keep fresh for about 4-7 days in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge , and OK for another week. So I fold them up further once they have cooled, I then put them in separate plastic bags (my ex stock 4 in each bag, with a papper between to separate ) in the fridge for further cooling, before pressing out air, sealing and freezing to avoid condense. If I freeze for longer storage, I usually vacuum pack. The trick is to thaw completely and slow in the fridge before unpacking this way they taste just like fresh. Back in the old days they would let them hang to dry then wet/moist them again before use a special technique this way they could be stored for +/- 6 months. Then there is also another variation (flat-bread or flattbrød as we say) you use the same recipe/dough, but you roll them much thinner and you finish up with a special roller that pokes tiny holes in it, to vent out all moist whilst backing it. These are baked slow and on low heat, to dry and get crispy. This way gives about double/triple the number, and you usually need some practice to roll them out this thin. These can be stored for years. Usually both variations would be made at the same time. cheers
  13. Hi I'w started preparing food for the Christmas holidays, more specific baking "lefse" with my ex-wife. I haven't done it for 10 years so it was about time I picked up on that tradition again. We had a grate time chitchatting, whilst producing a good load each. So we secured what's needed for the holidays , and "a little" extra with a total use of 15kg potatoes cheers
  14. Hi again Forgot to give our recipe (there is loads of different local variations) 2 kg mealy potatoes, 1/2 cup melted margarine or butter, 1/2 cup whole milk, 1tsp salt, About 200 g all­purpose flour Cook the potatoes, chill under cover to keep moist, then peel & rice them. Mix all the ingredients together but save about half of the flour for the rolling. Divide into about 10 pieces. Roll out very thin and cook on a high heat. As it cooks check the underside to see when to turn it over. There should be some light brown spots. Fold the lefse and cover with towels to keep it moist while cooling, keep stacking on top of each other like in the shown in pic. cheers
  15. Hi ansihkgt Take a picture, then count the number of fish in the pic, this way the fish is not moving around and can be marked of when counted cheers
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  17. Hi WillroyG Welcome to APN/HQ (a bit late ) I think there is a lot of "old" backyard AP systems just humming along. The owners often quit posting/participate, as their systems are built/established, and they have nothing "new" to show or need for assist. Some have also either moved on to other type social media groups, or found a "new" section in their "local" (old) gardening forum called AP/HP. When I signed up here, there was no such "AP section" in the local (national) gardening forums, nor any AP/HP forums, now there is both, they all have experienced members/growers, with "local knowledge" (that's important/useful) ,and in your respective native language I belive that has a big impact on new recruits (members) , and also plays in a bit, with "old members" ? Any how this is not the first time this Q have been raised, we have a few old threads on the theme here Nice system(s) you have, and good luck with your new builds cheers
  18. Hi VKN + 1 Been thinking a lot about you, when watching the news cheers
  19. Hi mamakat Welcome to APN/HQ cheers
  20. Hi vkn I'm not familiar with bottle gourd, it's not grown around here but you can buy them. Eating the fruit meat, is known as a lactation remedy here ? Using google I found this spooky news article from India, amongst numerous health benefit promotions, on the fruit like this article cheers
  21. Hi fm7777 Welcome to APN/HQ I would stick to the blue drums (price), If you look in the comments (scroll down) in this link you will get a flow capacity figure on the blue drum. You should also look in to multiple outlets of the fish(shrimp) tank, bottom drain/midwater pickup/surface skimmer. Use the RFF primarily on the bottom drain with aprox 20% of the total flow (increase at feeding time). Also remember until the filter is drained of solids, it represents a potential bio foul hazard, with the solids standing in the water column. IMO you should drain out the filter(s) as daily routine in any high density setup. If that is a practical problem, maybe look in to rotary drum filter or parabolic screen filter, where the solids are automatically taken directly out of the water column, as it passes thru. There are multiple threads on diy versions of all the filters on the forum, also koiphen forum has a great diy section cheers
  22. Hi Travis Welcome to APN/HQ Exciting operation you are taking on I wish you the best of luck on this journey There is numbers on tomato yield to fine in studie/doc. #5 in this post Also you should ask the Q's in separate posts, some forum members never read the welcome wagon forum, but will likely read posts with the theme (questions) adressed in the post headings cheers
  23. Hi HamiltonAP Welcome to APN/HQ Nice mess you got hope you find time to share your upgrade, as it happens. cheers
  24. Hi I thought I'd post a nice video to clear up some misunderstandings elsewhere on the forum, enjoy VEGETABLE-PORN MYTHOLOGY: OEDIPUS REX AS TOLD BY LEGUMES OCTOBER 07, 2014 BY FAENA ALEPH POSTED IN: ECCENTRICITY Warning: this piece contains scenes of vegetable sensuality. cheers
  25. Hi A special issue with 12 articles on aquaponics Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI. Quote : Special Issue Information Dear Colleagues, Aquaponics is an emerging method of local food production worldwide, using closed integrated production systems to grow vegetables and fish in a variety of contexts, including urban environments. It may be defined as an integrated, quasi closed-loop, multi-trophic food production system, comprising a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and a hydroponic unit, ensuring high levels of water reuse and nutrient recycling. Aquaponics is typically a multidisciplinary topic, covering several domains, such as aquaculture (fish feed, fish health, fish yield, fish wellbeing, sludge waste, sludge mineralization, sludge reuse, etc.), hydroponics (plant yield and growth, plant nutrition, plant nutrition through sludge recirculation, plant protection, etc.), water (water quality, water waste, water recirculation, etc.), microbiology (biological properties, microbiota characterization, population dynamic, quorum sensing, etc.), engineering for industrial and domestic uses (elaboration of production systems, sizing, modelling, monitoring of the systems, monitoring of water and water quality, automation, etc.). A successful development of aquaponics could insure, in the next decades, a substantial part of human food while having a neutral impact on the environment. The aim of this Special Issue is, therefore, to summarize and disseminate recent scientific findings in aquaponics. A special attention will be paid to scientific progress leading to the development of a sustainable production system. Prof. Dr. M. Haïssam Jijakli Guest Editor full issue. 1. Strategic Points in Aquaponics 2. Commercial Aquaponics Approaching the European Market: To Consumers’ Perceptions of Aquaponics Products in Europe 3. Influence of UV Treatment on the Food Safety Status of a Model Aquaponic System 4. Nutrients and Energy Balance Analysis for a Conceptual Model of a Three Loops off Grid, Aquaponics 5. Tomato Productivity and Quality in Aquaponics: Comparison of Three Hydroponic Methods 6. Potential for Combined Biocontrol Activity against Fungal Fish and Plant Pathogens by Bacterial Isolates from a Model Aquaponic System 7. Survey of Aquaponics in Europe 8. Lettuce (Lactuca sativaL. var. Sucrine) Growth Performance in Complemented Aquaponic Solution Outperforms Hydroponics 9. Evaluation of Dicentrarchus labraxMeats and the Vegetable Quality of Beta vulgarisvar. ciclaFarmed in Freshwater and Saltwater Aquaponic Systems 10. Navigating towards Decoupled Aquaponic Systems: A System Dynamics Design Approach 11. Fish Welfare in Aquaponic Systems: Its Relation to Water Quality with an Emphasis on Feed and Faeces—A Review 12. The Development of Sustainable Saltwater-Based Food Production Systems: A Review of Established and Novel Concepts Enjoy cheers