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Display Name: JobyOne
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After owning two, I've come to the conclusion that manual stovetop pressure cookers aren't all they're cracked up to be. They're persnickety to get the heat right, and in some recipes require an awful lot of baby sitting.

I would advise almost anyone to get an electric one instead. They're great. You just set the time you want it to be at pressure for, push the button and walk away. Mine even has a countdown timer, so you can set a timer for long until you want it to be done and depressurized, and it will hold off starting

I've got one that was $120 on Amazon, and it was pretty far and away the best $120 I've ever spent on kitchen tools. The key feature to look for is one with a stainless pot, not a non-stick one. Those tend to have saute modes, which are helpful.

Mine is called called an "Instant Pot" and it's awesome

Kuhn Rikon Duromatic 5-1/4 Quart Pressure Cooker Product Review
3/7/14 11:13 AM

It's just a wooden dowel hanging from a couple hooks, yes.

The trick is that I found a particular size of S-Hook at Home Depot that can slide over the end of the bar, but not lift off it. That makes it all much more secure and much less frustrating.

The dowel seemed inclined to slide around, but once you have several pans on it the weight of them keeps it in place quite well, even when you're adding/removing one. Even so I wrapped a couple zip-ties around the dowel, right up against the hooks that connect it to the ceiling. They're the translucent white ones, so you can barely see them, and they keep the whole thing extremely steady.

Cree & Joby's Vibrant, Energizing Kitchen Small Cool Kitchens 2013
8/3/13 10:52 AM

I just made one that has a QR code, and the SSID/password written below it. Also it has the Earl of Lemongrab on it.

Share Your Wi-Fi Password With Guests With a Framed QR Code Tixeretne
7/30/13 10:00 PM

Not really. Keys weren't terribly secure to begin with. If you have a high-ish resolution Facebook photo with your keys somewhere in it there's a good chance I could copy a good portion of them with a few hours, photoshop and a dremel.

Take a Photo, Get a More Perfect Key Copy
7/30/13 06:07 PM

That just makes it about as secure as your keys already are. Since if any evildoers get their hands on your keys long enough to remove one and take a picture of it they could just take it and keep it. Or take your whole key ring.

They could also trace it on a piece of paper and cut a copy by hand later with a dremel and a blank key. Hell, it's been demonstrated as possible to reconstruct a working key from a badly angled photo, like if your keys were hanging out of your pocket in a sufficiently high-resolution Facebook photo. It just takes a little patience and cleverness.

It would have been wise to never let your keys out of your sight before this, too. They're really not terribly secure, and this is just one more reason we should really move toward RFID or ideally biometric locks. RFID can be cloned, yes, but not by just taking a picture of the card. Good biometrics are even harder to fake.

Take a Photo, Get a More Perfect Key Copy
7/30/13 06:06 PM

I'd like to address everyone's safety concerns briefly: They're pretty much entirely unfounded.

Stainless steel is safe as can be, that's why they make surgical instruments and dentists' tools and silverware and a million other things out of it. If you're afraid of stainless steel you're probably having a hard life.

The material inside: there are two phase change materials I know of that have the right melting point: beeswax and sodium acetate.

Beeswax is - well - beeswax. It's harmless.

Sodium acetate may sound scary, but it's just what's left over after vinegar and baking soda have reacted. It's also harmless as harmless can be. It's actually the same thing they use in most of those chemical hand warmers.

As a side note, I actually made some sodium acetate once with the intention of filling the empty space between the walls of a tervis tumbler with it. Then I forgot about it though...

Coffee Joulies: Keep Your Coffee or Tea Hot For Hours
4/26/11 05:21 PM

This is why even when I see something being marketed as "green" I still read the label. Seriously! It sounds like this is basically the same toxic crap as any other Raid product, but now they put some freakin' flowers on the can and people buy it and think it's safe.

This should be a crime. It might actually be more dangerous than the regular Raid, because people will assume it's safer. At least people who buy regular pesticides are under no illusions that they're safe.

Greenwash: Raid Earth Options | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/10/10 09:08 AM

1. EnergyStar appliances? That's green.

2. Low-BTY gas cooktop? That's green, but not really a different feature from #1.

3. Ecoshield zero-VOC paint? Green, I guess when you're dealing with traditional construction.

4. Energy efficient lighting? Sure, that's awesome.

5. Reverse-osmosis? Healthy-ish, but I'd debate whether it's actually "green" to use extra energy like that.

6. Bamboo cabinetry? Sure bamboo grows quickly, but they used an awful lot of it to make their giant kitchen.

7. Glass/porcelain/hardwood floors? Sounds like a lot of energy went into making this floor.

8. Caesarstone counters? Meh. A lot of energy still went into the production of them, even if the raw materials are less than most.

9. Skylight ventilation? I doubt it's used properly. Few builders understand passive climate control and features like this are often mis-designed and wind up causing more harm than good.

It looks slick, sure. It's also good for publicizing that green*er* (not green) techniques can still produce nice things. Ultimately though I imagine it's in a McMansion. It's probably an unusually efficient and thought out McMansion, but it's a McMansion none the less.

Life can't continue on this scale, and sooner or later something is going to give.

What's Great About This Room? | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
5/18/10 12:53 PM

Without a doubt. Just last weekend I replaced a broken plastic handle on a garden trowel with a (rather imperfect) hand carved wooden one. Could I have bought a new trowel for $5 instead of spending an hour carving a new handle? Sure.

But it would have just been another consumed object, not something that we have years of memories attached to and now we will treasure for years more to come.

Now we can dig in the garden with something beautiful and unique instead of just another piece of plastic crap.

Green Inspiration: Wabi-Sabi | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
5/10/10 03:51 PM

I clean my Sigg by shaking it with straight vinegar and dry rice. Nothing else I've tried has come close to that level of cleaning. It gets the inside like new.

How To Keep Your Reusable Water Bottle Sparkling Clean | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
5/10/10 01:45 PM

I would love to build like this. Unfortunately I live in a city where the contractor-run building code enforcement basically makes it impossible to build a house out of anything but expensive sticks.


The 6 Million Bottle House | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
4/13/10 11:31 AM

Wall mounted shelves above other furniture.

When I lived in a really small basement this was a lifesaver. That way you can have a couch and shelves share the same floor space (which is at a premium).

What Is Your Best Design Tip or Strategy for Small Spaces? | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
4/7/10 05:56 PM

Those of you wondering about splintering: it's not looking like it's going to be a problem.

I like that harbor freight one, and great job on the rebuild, id_mike. I really prefer the look of the bamboo though, I don't generally like things made out of plastic.

For those of you wondering about the delicious chickens: it's a stencil I made a long time ago, and just recently put on my work bench. Here's a photo of the full image:

It's inspired by one particular local organic free range chicken farmer I know.

Thanks everyone for liking what I made! I've got another kitchen DIY project in the works, I might try to wrap it up this weekend.

DIY Universal Knife Block | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/30/10 12:36 AM

I have no problems with this whatsoever. It might be inconvenient, but we already make decisions that prize other ideals above convenience all the time.

Wouldn't it be convenient if I could just dump my used motor oil in the storm drain in front of my house? It would also be quite convenient if I could just dump my trash in the river rather than taking it all the way to the landfill or recycling center. We, as a society, have decided that that environmental impact is not worth the convenience.

Banning bottled water, or plastic bags, or whatever, is no different.

Survey: Banning Products for the EnvironmentIs It A Good Environmental Policy? | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
2/4/10 11:01 AM

Once Gizmo5 reopens (might just become a part of Google Voice) I would suggest a VoIP landline tied to your GV number (which also points at your cell phone).

That way you can give people one number, and it will ring your "land line" and your cell at the same time.

They're Calling But Nobody's Home | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
12/11/09 10:52 AM

Personally, I can't get enough of garlic.

I shred it with my Microplane grater, and almost every meal winds up with a half a head of garlic finely grated in it, often more.

Whole, Crushed, or Minced Garlic: What's the Difference? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/4/09 02:35 PM

I used to have an 8x10 basement bedroom, with about 5 foot ceilings, and I found a few little things to be invaluable:

1 - A futon couch/bed. The one I had was a couch by day, but big enough to sleep on alone. I could pull it out to make a full bed if I weren't sleeping alone, even though that only left about 2 feet between the edge of the bed and my desk.

2 - Wall mounted shelves. If your shelves don't take up floor space you'll be a LOT better off. The ones I had were a set of steel strips that screwed to the walls and had brackets that meshed with them to hold up boards. The hardware was free at a university salvage yard, and the boards were dirt cheap at Home Depot.

3 - Shelves, not drawers. In a space that cramped you'll want to keep as much as possible on shelves, because you will easily find drawers becoming cluttered, and living in a small space clutter is a terrible thing. Shelves keep everything right out in the open where you have no choice but to face it and keep it tidy. Mine was so small a single pair of pants on the floor made the whole place feel like a dump.

4 - Light on a timer. I had a big bright light pointed at my bed that was attached to a timer. It turned on every morning at 8:00 and turned off at midnight if I still had it on. Without windows to cue your body about the time your sleep cycles will easily get horribly out of sync with the rest of the world.

Good luck, it's tough living in a cramped basement, but it can certainly be done. When I did it I still had a CRT, and it would feel practically luxurious these days with my LCD.

The key to making it work will be learning how to be exceedingly tidy and organized. Trust me, cleanliness is the only way you'll make it through comfortably.

Help Arranging Cramped Basement Studio? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy DC
12/4/09 09:43 AM