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#41 Just Add Pepper

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 03:14 PM

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 03:39 PM

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 04:57 PM

View PostSpunky Foonerism, on 15 June 2017 - 02:45 PM, said:

Recently I've been struggling to make vegetarian suet to put in my birdfeeder.* Normally I buy manufactured suet cakes from the birdseed store that's up the hill from my house, but when I went there on Saturday they were completely out of them. Now I knew that suet is basically solid fat plus various healthy bird treats like nuts and seeds and stuff, so I figured maybe I could make some with coconut oil in place of the usual beef lard that's in most store-bought suet cakes. I'm sure some of you are rolling your eyes at me right now, and I know what you're thinking. The melting point of coconut oil is barely above room temperature, and you want to put it outside? In Atlanta? In the SUMMER? I obviously already knew that, because I'm not an IDOIT, but I found a suet recipe online and somebody in the comments said they substituted coconut oil and it didn't melt even in southern Louisiana, so I figured I'd be ok. It called for a 1 to 1 mixture of fat (coconut oil in my case) and peanutbutter, plus some flour, so I guessed maybe that formed some sort of matrix that kept the cake from melting, i don't know. What am I, a food chemist? So anyway, I followed the recipe, except I put flax seeds into it instead of nuts. Not for any special reason, I simply happened to have a bag of flax seeds in the pantry. I froze the suet in a plastic tub to give it a nice brick shape that would fit the feeder. Long story short, a few hours later I took the suet block out and put it in the feeder. The birds found it within a couple minutes, which was encouraging, but less encouraging were the droplets i could see all over the suet brick. Well...turns out that was condensation because the suet was still cold from the freezer, so I thought maybe I was in the clear. No such luck. Once the block thawed out, it totally melted and fell through the wires of the feeder, and made a nasty barf-looking puddle on the ground below. Man oh man, can I tell you something? I was very discouraged. I was starting to think my whole homemade suet project was a failure and that I'd have to wait until the birdseed store got a new shipment of suet cakes, which could take an entire week. That's a whole week of pissed off birds landing on the empty feeder and glaring in at me, and who needs that kind of hassle?

To make matters worse, I went up to the seed shop today, and they still hadn't restocked. The owner said the suet cakes probably wouldn't arrive till next week! I don't mind telling you, that put me into a bit of a panic. But then I remembered something a good friend once told me: "if you simmer flax seeds in a little bit of water, they secrete a thick gelatin-like substance, maybe try to use some of that as a binding agent to keep the coconut oil cake from dissolving." I remember it like it was yesterday, but in reality she gave me this suggestion back on Saturday and I ignored it at the time. :P With new resolve, I threw two tablespoons of flax seeds into a pot with about 1/4 cup of simmering water and stirred it until it began to thicken. In the meantime, I took my remaining coconut oil cake from the freezer and melted it in the microwave. It was only a few minutes before it was time to mix the original recipe with the flax seed gelatin-like goop. Then I packed the resulting soft doughy mixture back into the mold and put it back in the freezer. I was sweating bullets when I put the new version of the suet into the feeder about an hour ago, but damn if it isn't holding up like a champ! So even in these trying times, some stories do have a happy ending!**

*I know birds don't care about eating animal products. They are voracious little monsters with no conscience. BUT, I am vegetarian and so I don't keep beef lard in my house. I could have bought some at the grocery store, but I felt weird about it even though I wouldn't be eating it myself.

**Oh, also if the flax seed gelatin subsititute failed I was going to try again using agar. I bet that would have worked equally well, so if you have agar but no flax seeds, you may want to give it a try. If you do, please post your results here, I'll be interested to know how it works for you.

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Edit: i just checked the outside temperature and its only 74 degrees fahrenheit. Now I'm super worried that the reason the cake isn't melting is because its cool out, and not because of my awesome flax-seed invention. When it warms up outside I'll update this. Keep me in your prayers! :unsure:

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:00 PM

btw too many non-episode threads this week new bees. plesae to try to keep all talk in the episode thread, so shannon doesnt ban us
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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:16 PM

View PostJust Add Pepper, on 15 June 2017 - 03:08 PM, said:

vegetarian? more like vege-SISSY
sorry, but i'm a little bit EDGY and seeing beta cucks feeding flax to birds pisses me OFF B)
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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:27 PM

The only suet cake I'm interested in is plastered on Lin Manuel Miranda's face as the chimney sweep in the live action remake of Mary poppins, the only vomit pile lookin thing below him is actual upchuck from the haters his flow so sick

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:33 PM

mary poppins was live action in the first place, if theyre going to remake it it should be a cartoon now.
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Posted 15 June 2017 - 09:52 PM

a cartoon version of Mary Poppins?

r.i.p. my childhood
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Posted 16 June 2017 - 11:22 AM

The live action/cartoon remake of "Mary Poppins" should be one where the humans are animated and the dancing penguins are real penguins.
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Posted 18 June 2017 - 12:19 PM

happy fathers day sean hayes, andy and kevin and brett and sam too. hell, happy fathers day even to all the lady engineers
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Posted 18 June 2017 - 05:30 PM

yes, and also a very happy father's day to cody and dalton, dana, colin, josh, ryan, frank, bob koepka and plus to the lady non-engineers too. on behalf of all those miserable and forgotten, we salute you

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:49 PM

Wasn't there an engineer who was an unconventional father? Let's not leave this fine gentleman out of the discussion. Anal warts and all.