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Grow your own Mushroom Oyster Mushroom kitBack To The Roots – Oyster Mushroom Farm

As low as $19.99 and free shipping options

  • One Certified Organic Oyster Mushroom Kit: Grow at Home Mushroom Farm by Back to the Roots
  • Three simple steps: open box, mist with water, harvest the crop
  • First crop in as little as 10 days; grows multiple crops
  • Fun for kids, families, foodies & chefs; makes a great gift!
  • Kit contains agricultural, plant-based organic waste products, oyster mushroom spawn (seed), and spray mister

Grow your own Shiitake mushroom farm home mushroom kit9-10″ Shiitake Mushroom Log

A slow as $22.95 plus shipping

  • For Holiday Shipping Use the Scheduled Delivery Option. Logs are living organisms and can’t stay closed in the box.
  • Grows Shiitake Mushrooms every 2 months for years in room light or garden shade. Fully guaranteed.
  • A great gift for mushroom lovers, gardeners, gourmets and cooks!
  • Add the Shiitake Sampler Cookbook, with 51 delicious recipes
  • Your purchase supports Mushrooms in Ghana, our project to promote mushroom cultivation as a means of alleviating poverty in West Africa. Thanks!

Morel Mushroom kit grow morel mushrooms at homeMorel Habitat Kit – Backyard Morel Mushroom Growing Kit

As low as $32.95 and free shipping options

  • Grow Morel Mushrooms in your yard. Start any time your soil is workable – Spring, Summer, Fall and even Winter (in areas with a mild climate).
  • Create an earth friendly, sustainable, organic, outdoor Morel Mushroom garden & grow morels in your backyard.
  • We provide Guaranteed* to produce spawn (seed), of our unique morel strains which will allow you to grow pounds of morels.
  • Customers have found morels in their Habitats 25 years after they were established!
  • Complete instructions for your Morel Habitat are included. Use spawn immediately or store for up to six months.

Chicken of the Woods Mushroom Kit Grow Chicken on the woods at homeChicken Of The Woods Mushroom Log Kit

As low as $26.50 plus shipping

Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus conerificola) grows on softwoods including hemlocks, Douglas Fir, true firs, and spruce. Stumps, rather than cut logs, are the recommended candidate for inoculation; logs can be used and buried vertically in sand, sawdust or gravel after incubation. Producing a multi-layered, shelf-like mushroom (sometimes called wood conks), Chicken of the Woods has an easily distinguished orange mycelium. Given the right conditions, mushrooms will form in 6 – 12 months; the stump will begin to decompose, and mushrooms will fruit for several years thereafter. Note: We give you enough spores (plug spawn) to impregnate a 6-12″ long log 2-4″ in diameter. you can do smaller logs if you want. Wood Log is not included.

Portabella Mushroom kit grow portabella Mushrooms at homeSeasonal Giant Heirloom Portabella Mushroom Growing Kit

As low as $39.99 plus shipping

  • Mushroom kit 12″L x 10″W x 9″H
  • The Portabella mushroom is one of the tastiest mushrooms ever grown. .
  • Portabella mushrooms are thick and “meaty”.
  • Best Temperature for Growing: 63 – 68
  • Keep out of direct sunlight. AVAILABLE OCT – APRIL ONLY

 

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Dental MedicAdventure Medical Kits Dental Medic Kit

As low as $12.70 and free shipping options 

  • Ultralight, waterproof, and pocket-sized
  • Dryflexmedic pouches weigh next to nothing, fit just about anywhere, and keep water out of your kit
  • Clean and close wounds
  • Irrigation syringe and wound closure strips to clean and close wounds

Nothing brings a person to his or her knees like a dental emergency – be it an infection, a lost filling, or fractured tooth. The Dental Medic contains the essentials for treating dental pain and injury when a dentist isn’t available, from basic supplies like floss, cotton, and oral aesthetic to more advanced components like temporary cavity filling mixture and dental wax. A must have for any trip where access to a dentist may be hours or days away. Each kit in the Medic series features proprietary DryFlex bags for the ultimate in ultralight, waterproof storage.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM US TO YOU – No matter where you are

 

troopA special song (somewhat true) that basically took place during WWI. No matter what type of music you listen to this is a very good song. Belleau Wood

 


The battle is true, the place fought is not, to read about the battle click here. But the idea of what took place is a moment I am sure all of our brave men and women all over the world would hope that took place. May our troops far and wide feel peace this Christmas Day. We all love you and pray for you.

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2Big Mouth Toys Toilet Mug $11.40 and free shipping options

  • A Toilet Bowl shaped ceramic coffee mug
  • This is a ceramic product
  • Toilet shaped coffee mug
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • This product does not carry an extended warranty

3Big Mouth Toys The Recycling Bin Mug

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  • Great gift for coffee addicts
  • Holds 12-ounce
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  • Microwave Safe
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Well it’s Matt. My whole life I have been the type to try and figure things out for my self. I love trying to make things that many think is too hard. Well about 6-8 years ago I was watching a show on making cheese, and I thought – I can do that. So I searched the internet and found a kit to make cheese from home. It is actually pretty easy to make mozzarella cheese. Every now and then I break out the kit I bought 8 years ago and make a pound of cheese for pizza or cheese on tomatoes, or just for fun.

DIY - mozzarella cheese

DIY – mozzarella cheese

To make one pound of cheese you need one gallon of milk. We had two different milks that were both about half full that I added together. They were close to expiring and I had just bought new milk. So in the pot they went.

Here is how:

You need a cheese making kit. The one I have had I have made about 6 pounds of cheese and I haven’t even used 1/4 of the ingredients. It keeps well in the back of the fridge.

One cheese making kit - Rennet, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid, Mild Lipase Powder, Flaked salt

One cheese making kit – Rennet, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid, Mild Lipase Powder, Flaked salt

The one I used is from Leeners – $24.95
Leeners Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit
And there are many others to choose from as well.

Follow the instructions but basically you need:

  • pot large enough to hold a gallon of milk,
  • One Gallon of milk (whole milk is best – cheese needs high fat content)
  • One cheese making kit – Rennet, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid, Mild Lipase Powder, Flaked salt
  • large spoon with holes for draining
  • 5 small bowls to have everything pre-measured
  • a large microwave safe bowl
  • thick rubber gloves (I used 5 pair of latex gloves but the thick rubber kitchen gloves would work too, clean)
  • one cooking thermometer

 

Start by pouring 1 (one) gallon of milk into the pot. Whole milk is best cheese is better with higher fat content. I have even made it from raw milk at Sarah’s parents house, they are dairy farmers. Some risk involved with raw milk.

Slowly warm the milk on low to medium heat. Slower the better, scalded or burnt cheese probably doesn’t taste that good.

While the milk is warming start preparing the additives

In one small bowl add

1/2 tsp of Rennet with 1/4 cup of distilled (I use tap) water

Next bowl :

1 tsp calcium chloride liquid mix with 2 Tbs of distilled (or tap) water

Next Bowl:

Measure 2 tsp of citric acid powder

Next Bowl:

Measure 1/2 tsp of Flaked salt. To be added while stretching the cheese in the last process

Next Bowl :

Measure 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of mild lipase powder. Optional if you are vegetarian.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Milk with Citric Acid, curd forming

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Milk with Citric Acid, curd forming

Closely watch the temperature of the warming milk. Add the citric acid while it is warming. Stir the citric acid for 30 seconds.  You will begin to see the milk separate and form curds. Continue to  stir once every minute or so. Once it reaches 88 degrees F add the calcium chloride mixture and the lipase powder. Stir the mixtures slowly for 30 seconds. Let the mixture continue to warm to 105 degrees F.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - 105 degrees, Citric Acid, Rennet, Mild Lipase Powder

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – 105 degrees, Citric Acid, Rennet, Mild Lipase Powder

Once 105 degrees F has been reaches cover and turn off the heat. Let the whey and curd mixture sit at 105 F for 15 minutes to allow the curd to fully develop. The curd is the white clumps and the whey is the greenish clear liquid in the pot.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Cover and let sit with heat off

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Cover and let sit with heat off

After 15 minutes gently take out the curd with the slotted spoon. Put the curd into your microwave safe bowl. Try and remove as much curd from the whey as you can.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - After 15 minutes remove the curd, place into microwave safe bowl

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – After 15 minutes remove the curd, place into microwave safe bowl

Gently press the curd mixture with your gloves on. Pore the whey back into the pot. Press and pour this step until not much is being squeezed out.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - press out as much whey by hand

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – press out as much whey by hand

Now place the bowl with the curd mass into the microwave. Heat on High for ONE minute. Remove and press the mass to try and remove any more whey liquid as you can. Repeat this pressing and pouring till no more whey can be removed – about 30 seconds or so.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Place in microwave, cook on high one minute

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Place in microwave, cook on high one minute

Place back into the microwave for ONE minute again. Remove the cheese and press and pull the cheese similar to making taffy. Add the remaining flake salt while you are pulling and stretching the cheese. The more you pull the firmer and stringing it will become.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Continue to squeeze the whey out, place in microwave again for one minute

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Continue to squeeze the whey out, place in microwave again for one minute

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Add the Flaked Salt and stretch and pull cheese

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Add the Flaked Salt and stretch and pull cheese

This is where I stopped microwaving it, but for a more firm cheese repeat the microwave step again.

At this point the cheese is very hot and this is where thick gloves comes in handy. I wore 5 latex gloves on each hand and it was still VERY hot.  Stretch and pull the cheese just like taffy makers. The more you pull and stretch it the more stringing and firm it becomes. For a softer cheese only pull and stretch for a short time, maybe one or two pulls then form your cheese ball.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Stretch and Pull the cheese and work the curd together

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Stretch and Pull the cheese and work the curd together

Form the cheese the way you want, place in an air tight container. In the fridge it is good for about one week, and in the freezer for about a month.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Form a tight cheese ball with the flat of your palm and press your fingers upward on the bottom middle of the cheese mass.

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Form a tight cheese ball with the flat of your palm and press your fingers upward on the bottom middle of the cheese mass.

If the cheese is too soft to grate, place in the freezer to firm the cheese for grating. ENJOY!

How do you like your cheese?

 

DIY - Mozzarella cheese, Tomato, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper, Basil

DIY – Mozzarella cheese, Tomato, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper, Basil

 

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One of the best things you can do is spend alone time with the person you love. A great example is a fun camping date night – even if it’s on the floor by the TV. Add a two person sleeping bag and a great tin foil dinner over a campfire or oven and you will always remember it! Whether it’s the fall cool weather or spring flowers – a great date night will really bring you closer together!

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2 person airbed air mattressIntex Classic Downy Queen Airbed with 2 Pillows and Double Quick Hand Pump

Normally around $50 – Right now it’s 49% off – As low as $24.99 and free shipping

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