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Honey Badger

Member Since 17 Aug 2016
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#1582317 Coolest Ripening Pics...

Posted by Honey Badger on 16 September 2018 - 04:54 PM

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#1582229 Coolest Ripening Pics...

Posted by Honey Badger on 16 September 2018 - 11:16 AM

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#1581998 Apple Cider Vinegar question

Posted by Honey Badger on 15 September 2018 - 06:35 AM

I think the easiest for me is to go ACV route and forget about hard cider*. I'll just wash the apples, juice them and mix juice and pulp together in the bucket and leave it few months to slowly turn to ACV.

 

I'll have to look for some vinegar making threads...

 

*hard cider = American for alcoholic cider if I'm not mistaken? In UK a cider is always alcoholic, otherwise is just an apple juice. 




#1581730 Strange beetles chewing my chillies

Posted by Honey Badger on 13 September 2018 - 02:49 PM

Ringo, my least favourite Beatle after being sprayed with a good Neem oil solution:

 

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#1581651 Harvest

Posted by Honey Badger on 13 September 2018 - 07:34 AM

Just picked few before neem spray:

 

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#1581628 Strange beetles chewing my chillies

Posted by Honey Badger on 13 September 2018 - 04:37 AM

You have a wicked whitefly infestation under those stink bugs, too.  That white crud in your last picture is whitefly.  They are a royal bitch to deal with.  Suggest you get started right away, and know that it's gonna take a few weeks to completely eradicate them.  At which point, you'll want some sort of preventative.  Whether that's chemical or biological, is up to you.

 

My season is nearly over and it looks like I have a decent crop still to harvest, whitefly or not. I was spraying neem/soap solution on regular basis and still a lot of pests but my harvest was OK.

 

I will make semi-arsed attempt to overwinter some plants as in, I'll place them next to the house on raised pallets and if they survive the winter, they'll get another go at producing.

 

I don't even know where to start eradicating whitefly.




#1581363 Bottling Fermented Hot Sauce

Posted by Honey Badger on 11 September 2018 - 01:00 PM

I've never tried to bottle an uncooked fermented sauce, although I think tabasco is made like that right, it's never cooked before bottling?  In my state you can get what's called a home-based micro-processor license that allows you to make certain low risk foods at home and sell them at farmers markets, but not in retail stores or online.  People who go that route are mostly selling jams and jellies.

 

Isn't tabasco stabilised with vinegar, that's where it gets it's long shelf life (also scorn-it's too vinegary for a lot of people)?

 

I never cooked fermented sauce, something to try for sure.




#1581321 Red ferment

Posted by Honey Badger on 11 September 2018 - 08:07 AM

I started this few days ago; 3.5% brine, lots of nagas, few serranos and handful of chiltepins together with a large clove of garlic and some mixed peppercorns and regular sweet peppers.

 

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I'll give it couple of weeks to a month before blending, straining and bottling. 

 

Gotta start working on label designs. :)




#1581193 Labels for your jars/bottles etc...

Posted by Honey Badger on 10 September 2018 - 03:44 PM

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Just made another batch of apple jelly, this time with only fatalii chillies. Beautiful colour, sweetness and good amount of heat. Quite chuffed with it. :) 




#1580930 Labels for your jars/bottles etc...

Posted by Honey Badger on 09 September 2018 - 03:16 PM

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This is latest version and I think this is it. Thanks everyone for your help. :)




#1580883 Labels for your jars/bottles etc...

Posted by Honey Badger on 09 September 2018 - 12:00 PM

This may just a be a stylistic note - I guess I can't find a reference for what I'm thinking of right now, but consider making the word 'with' in 'with select chillies', slightly smaller. I think it seems to add a little something. I'm picturing a serif font for some reason, idk italian food like tomato sauce or something. Not sure what I'm thinking. Great label, I like it a lot.

 

I hear you and agree. Also it could work with the word 'and' instead of 'with'. I'll play with it for another day or two before printing them anyway. I still don't have the printer, hopefully tomorrow and labels will be with me on Tuesday the earliest. Haven't ordered charcoal drawing fixer spray yet... So much to do...

 

I'm cooking another batch of apple jelly and making some apple butter as well right now. Loads of apples in my garden this year. Happy days. :)




#1580872 Labels for your jars/bottles etc...

Posted by Honey Badger on 09 September 2018 - 11:44 AM

I was going to say antipasti or charcuterie :lol: you read my mind, nicely done.

 

But c not k right? Maybe British.

 

It's c in UK too. I corrected it. :)

 

It's all French to me. :D




#1580867 Labels for your jars/bottles etc...

Posted by Honey Badger on 09 September 2018 - 11:31 AM

Thank you very much, I totally agree and I've made amends already:

 

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I'll list the ingrediens on another piece of label which will go at the other side of jar. It won't be as loud as this one though.

 




#1580775 Labels for your jars/bottles etc...

Posted by Honey Badger on 09 September 2018 - 03:43 AM

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This is my spicy apple jelly experiment and it's label. What do you guys think? 

 

This is not for sale, just as a gift to friends and family. :)




#1580392 Labels for your jars/bottles etc...

Posted by Honey Badger on 07 September 2018 - 04:21 AM

You can use a craft spray like what is used for chalk or charcoal drawings.


Also, you can do your designs yourself using a template, add all the color you want, kick it to a flash drive and take it to your local print shop.

We have a small business print shop in town. I buy a packet or box of 100 sheets of labels from the shop. I can take my labels on the flash drive and they will print one page, 30 pages,,,whatever I need because I bought the label stock there.

What's great about this option is that I can get great looking short run labels for limited edition or test batches.

They have the high quality color printer, using the AVery stock and templates...Easy peasy!

When the sauce is finalized and ready to put into production, professionally produced labels is a must. But that is down the road.

Avery isn't the only brand. Check it out, have fun!

 

Thank you salsalady, much appreciated. Charcoal drawing spray is a neat idea, seems like a way to go, at least for now. I still want to buy my own printer, I'll need it for other things, not just for labels. I work from home sometimes and my old printer has died some time ago and needs replacing anyway.