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    Re: Adding Propolis to Lip-Balm / Lotion

    Label appeal counts as much as anything else. I use propolis in my 'winter' balm, which also uses heavier oils that stay on the lips longer. It seems to help cracked sore lips more quickly than my...
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    Re: teaching a class on lotion/balm making?

    I did this last year as part of a Herb Fair. I got a flat fee for my one hour presentation, plus a certain amount per person for the materials. The organizer charged a fee to each participant for the...
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    Re: What happened to 'Tailgater'?

    I feel differently. I prefer 'talking' about current events with people that I have other interests in common with, moreso than with the random public. I like knowing the political opinions of...
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    Re: What happened to 'Tailgater'?

    Even though I seldom posted, and only checked in a few times a week, I'm a big fan of Tailgater. I will miss it, and hope it comes back soon.

    I've enjoyed the links posted to support various...
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    Re: Lotion Makers..... please read....

    If you used your mixer, that may have been the reason it separated. I use a stick blender. The only time I had lotion separate was when I used the mixer instead. YMMV.
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    Re: canning with honey

    If you use Pomona's Universal Pectin instead of Surejell, the package includes recipes for jams and jellies made with honey.
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    Re: Lotion Makers..... please read....

    Take my advice with a grain of salt. I don't make lotion very often because I don't really enjoy the process.

    Beeswax emulsions are more finicky than ones made with commercial emulsifying wax....
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    Re: which one is more potent?

    Which has more taste, vinegar or garlic? (sorry, couldn't resist)

    Seriously, though, there are hundreds of different plant based essential oils. There are thousands of manufactured fragrance oils,...
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    Re: which one is more potent?

    Explain what you mean by 'potent', please? Are you talking about usage rates?
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    Re: Lotion Makers..... please read....

    I use a disposable pastry bag to fill lotion bottles. It works best if you fill before the lotion has cooled.

    In general, both lotions and creams are emulsions of oil in water. IIRC, though, if...
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    If good mileage is your concern, don't get a full...

    If good mileage is your concern, don't get a full size van. They average around 10 mpg. If you are interested in a used vehicle, I highly recommend Chevy Astro vans and am on my second one, after...
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    FYI, some varieties of commercial sunflower seed...

    FYI, some varieties of commercial sunflower seed are treated with Imacloprid. I found this out when I signed up for free seeds through a conservation organization.

    I've planted the black oil...
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    Zinc oxide is what Burts Bees uses in theirs,...

    Zinc oxide is what Burts Bees uses in theirs, IIRC.
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    I like either vinyl dishwashing gloves or the...

    I like either vinyl dishwashing gloves or the thin surgical gloves. They can be a bit hot, but are thin enough that I'm not clumsy, and offer more protection than going gloveless. Bees can sting...
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    We've substituted freshly ground skin-on turkey...

    We've substituted freshly ground skin-on turkey thighs and boned legs in pork sausage recipes.
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    We do use a nitrate cure. We cure under...

    We do use a nitrate cure. We cure under refrigeration and are also careful to freeze them as soon as they're done smoking.
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    It works fine in place of sugar in homemade yeast...

    It works fine in place of sugar in homemade yeast bread.
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    There's a product called Pomona's Universal Pectin that you can use in place of Sure Jell, and that works with honey. It's sold at health food stores, and one box will make several batches of jam or...
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    Do you use honey in your brine? We do when we...

    Do you use honey in your brine? We do when we smoke chickens and are pleased with the results. We just subbed honey for sugar in the cure recipe.

    We cold smoke, so we don't use any kind of glaze,...
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    I have used in for baking with good results. I'd...

    I have used in for baking with good results. I'd avoid adding it to any foods that wouldn't be heated enough to kill any remaining yeast.
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    Another source of sausagemaking supplies is...

    Another source of sausagemaking supplies is Alliedkenco.com They have a huge selection and I've ordered from them for years.

    I've never been able to resolve the problems with tough hog casings...
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    If you dilute the honey as part of the water...

    If you dilute the honey as part of the water phase, you will lose any benefit of anti-microbial properties. Think mead. I would strongly recommmend using a preservative if you are going to add honey...
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    What properties do you expect the honey to add to...

    What properties do you expect the honey to add to the finished product? Will this be an oil based product or an emulsion?
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    www.fieldforest.net These are the folks who...

    www.fieldforest.net

    These are the folks who wrote the 'Continental Climate' book. Get a print catalog, where they offer many more varieties than listed on the website. I get the thimble spawn,...
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    Gifts DH has given me that I loved: 22 rifle...

    Gifts DH has given me that I loved:
    22 rifle
    folding buck knife
    a ditch with a water line to my chicken house
    cordless drill
    food processor

    Gifts that have been less appreciated:
    sweatpants...
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