Bucket List

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For an upcoming project I need some food safe, water tight buckets.
Now I could go to Home Depot and buy a few Homer Buckets and call it a day: but that seems ridiculous, especially since they don’t need to be orange and I don’t want to pay to advertise for someone. (When I bought my Wrangler I removed all traces of the dealer, even the hitch cover which in hindsight I wished I had just spray painted, but oh well.)
I have a few buckets that I use for my recycling and dog food and kitchen laundry, which I figured I could use in a pinch, but first I figured I’d see about acquiring a few.

Did You Say Free?

Now you can get buckets from lots of restaurant and catering places that order large amounts of food supplies, especially pickles, croutons, protein powder and teriyaki.
I have had the best luck acquiring buckets from sandwich shops.
All you need to do is call (or stop in) and ask, now don’t do this during the lunch or dinner rush or they might stomp ya.
It is a good idea to call first because a lot of places don’t keep around what they don’t need, so you might need to ask them to save them for you. A smaller place may go thru a bucket a week or so, so if you need multiple call around.
Be sure to let them know if you need lids as sometimes they get separated.
I have run into places that charge a small amount for their buckets, if it is a mom and pop type place I am ok with it, if it is a chain, forget about it!

What’s that smell?

It is important to note that these buckets are plastic (not BPA free as far as I know), so they will most likely smell like whatever they were originally used for.
Generally a little time in the sun will remove significant smells and over time the smell will dissipate, so keep this in mind and time things accordingly.

I am super happy about my acquisition and after they sit outside for a day or two I will get some good use out of them!

Recipe: Yogurt Cheese

Years ago I was at a friend’s house and looked in her fridge and discovered something strange. When I asked her what it was she said that she was making yogurt cheese. It was something that her grandmother had taught her how to make.

I had not really thought of it until recently, when this website (bzzagent) I am a member of asked me to review and give feedback on FAGE Greek yogurt. Since I was getting three 17.6oz containers of yogurt I figured this was the perfect situation.

You are going to need:

1 ½ teaspoons dry dill

1 teaspoon freeze dried garlic

¼ teaspoon salt

The zest of one lemon

2 cups of Greek yogurt

The non-food items you need are:

32oz wide mouth canning jar with lid

12oz wide mouth canning jar (you can use the same lid as above since you only need one at a time)

Cheese cloth 1’x3′

A rubber band

A small mixing bowl and a spoon

In the bowl combine the ingredients and mix in thoroughly. If you are impatient you can stop there and use the mix as a delicious dill dip for veggies or chips or on salmon.

Take the cheese cloth fold it into a 1’x1′ square and set it in the 32oz jar so it hangs about halfway down the jar and secure it below the jar threading with the rubber band.

Spoon the yogurt mixture into the cheese cloth net. Be sure not to press it in too hard so that it doesn’t press the mixture out.

Secure the lid and let the mixture refrigerate overnight.

When it is ready it will have lost about a half cup of liquid. Carefully remove the cheese cloth net, remove the yogurt cheese from the net and place it into the smaller jar.

Serve on crackers, toast, or bagels with lox or whatever you think is delicious.

Enjoy!

Urban Garden to Basil Pesto

Today I decided to trim back my basil and with garlic I got from my Boston Organics Dogma Box this week, make some pesto for lunch.
I am not going to pretend I invented this recipe or insult you will loads of details, I am just going to show you some pictures of the process… enjoy.

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the 15 minute rule

I am not one for New Year’s resolutions. Not the over inflated easily breakable ones many people make that is. Instead I make simple and often mildly amusing resolutions.

One year my new year’s resolution was to honk more. As an east coast transplant it was plain to see that people just do not honk often in Seattle. I have seen people sit through multiple green lights while the car in front of them is busily chatting on their phone, applying make-up or otherwise lost in something other than driving.

Apparently you can even get a ticket for honking. So one year I decided I was going to resume my old ways and not hold back on honking. Seriously, if I am honking because someone is not paying attention, how is that wrong?

Anyway. This year my New Year’s resolution is simple. 15 minutes, 4 days a week. That’s only an hour. For 15 minutes when I get home from work, I am required to clean, or tidy. If a task takes longer than 15 minutes, I have to finish it. So far I’ve done good.