Don't wait until December to buy fresh olives to brine at home, because that's late in the season. This is the first of a series of blog posts on curing olives in brine solution at home.
Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.
Experiments with Spike Your Juice, a product that turns juice into a fizzy alcoholic beverage.
In this ice experiment, I compare large blocks of ice frozen at the highest and lowest freezer temperatures to see which is more clear vs. cloudy.
I bought a stalk of sugarcane at the farmer's market and tried to extract the juice from it at home. It's not easy!
In my last set of icesperiments, I froze, melted, and refroze (tap) water to see if it became clearer on successive refreezings. It did not. This time I compared tap water with distilled water to see if one would freeze more clearly than the other. I froze it, then melted and refroze it four more times. Though neither froze super clear, there were differences: The tap water seems to freeze either clear or not clear, where the distilled water freezes in more of a bubble starburst. But in the end I'd say there's not enough of a difference to matter....
I am trying a series of experiments to find the best and most practical way to make clear ice in my home freezer. Future experiments include distilled vs. tap water, boiled vs. not boiled, hot vs. cold water, different shapes of containers, etc. For this experiment, I started with plain tap water. I then froze it, took a picture, let it thaw back into liquid, and repeated the process. The test was to see if freezing and refreezing tap water would make it become clearer on successive freezings (due to the release of oxygen trapped in the ice) each time....