http://durgan.org/2018/March%202018/7%20March%202018%20Garlic%20Processing/HTML/ 7 March 2018 Garlic Processing
Garlic has been in storage in the root cellar for six months. It was decided to use it. Method was to process, crush and place in daily bite size pieces for ingesting. Garlic must be crushed and eaten raw to obtain the maximum benefits. Pictures delineate the process.
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Spring, time to start seeds. The containers are plastic cups with four holes around the bottom periphery to drain. A coffee filter placed inside to prevent soil from running out the drain holes. Soil was prepared and screened during the summer. The pots are placed in a container to facilitate bottom watering. Seeds are germinated on a wet paper towel. After germination they are placed in the pots. Economic and simple.
http://durgan.org/2018/March%202018/3%20March%202018%20Tempeh/HTML/ 3 March 2018 Tempeh
A new batch of tempeh was made. A slice a day keeps the Doctor away.
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Two jars of tincture were made and set aside to condition. One jar was material and alcohol in a jar and set aside to brew for 30 days. The other jar was using a freezing method that has material ready for use in about five days. Alcohol used was Everclear, purchased in Niagara Falls USA, but Bacardi Rum can also be used. The method of use is drops under the tongue. This is more effective than smoking, and is more environmental friendly.
http://durgan.org/2018/March%202018/3%20March%202018%20Cannabutter/HTML/ 3 March 2018 Cannabutter
Cannabutter is made using the decarboxylated material. Two ounces were mixed with two pounds of butter and 500 ml of water and simmered in a double boiler for three hours. The finished material is used as is or used for cooking as desired.
http://durgan.org/2018/March%202018/3%20March%202018%20Decarboxylation%20in%20Pressure%20canner/HTML/ 3 March 2018 Decarboxylation in Pressure canner
Eight ounces of fresh plant material was obtained. One ounce was placed in seven 500 ml jars and pressured canned at 15 PSI for 70 minutes to Decarboxylate. The jars are well sterilized, and material be stored until required. This material will be used to make cannabutter and alcohol tinctures.
http://durgan.org/2018/February%202018/27%20February%202018%20Trichomes%20Plugable%20USB%20Microscope/HTML/ 27 February 2018 Trichomes Plugable USB Microscope
Purchased a USB digital microscope to view trichomes. It appears to work well. The material was removed from the plant and the small device was hand held to take the pictures. It is well made and ideal for my application.
This is the unit.
Trichomes still all clear coloured.
http://durgan.org/2018/February%202018/28%20February%202018%20Trichomes/HTML/ 28 February 2018 Trichomes
28 February 2018 Trichomes (Practicing)
http://durgan.org/2018/February%202018/23%20February%202018%20Tempeh/HTML/ 23 February 2018 Tempeh
Tempeh showing the whole process in pictures. From start to finish it takes about thirty hours.
http://durgan.org/2018/February%202018/20%20February%202018%20Marijuana%20Trichome%20viewers/HTML/ 20 February 2018 Marijuana Trichome viewers
https://www.amazon.ca/Carson-60X-120X-Lighted-Pocket-Microscope/dp/B00LAX52IQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519158556&sr=8-1&k Carson Micro Brite Plus 60X-120X LED Lighted Pocket Microscope
https://www.amazon.ca/Happy-Hydro-Loupe-Magnifying-Lens/dp/B01M8MDTAN/ref=as_li_ss_tl?tag=comparaboo038-20&ascsubtag=260708250-312-171411323.1517352335&SubscriptionId=AKIAJO7E5OLQ67NVPFZA Happy Hydro LED Loupe 30x & 60x Magnifying Lens
Apparently deciding the time to harvest marijuana is decided by the color of the trichomes, which are too small for detail with the naked eye. A magnifier of 30x to 60X is required. Economic viewers of this sort have a small depth of focus, which make using tedious and difficult. My improved method is to use a white background, place a sample to be viewed on top, covered with a flat plastic piece. This produces flat plane making focus easy. A glass slide would be ideal if one has access. Two types of readily available hand microscopes are shown which are 30 and 60 times magnification.
http://durgan.org/2018/February%202018/19%20February%202018%20Sourdough%20Bread/HTML/ 19 February 2018 Sourdough Bread
My first strong attempt to make sourdough bread using information from the various sites on the internet. The bread is essentially my own ground whole wheat flour, starter using wild yeast from the air, bottled water, and a bit of non-iodized salt. A cup of gluten was added when making the final dough for no apparent reason.
Day 1. Whole wheat flour 120 grams and water 120 grams put in bowl mix and set at room temperature for 24 hours.
Next day 2. Repeated again.
Day 3. Repeated.
Day 4. Repeated.
Day 5. Repeated.
Day 6. Remove two cups about 500 grams to make dough. Feed the starter again for the next batch. To slow the action store in the refrigerator.
Two cups of starter about 500 grams, tablespoon of salt, 500 grams of water. Mix.
Add enough flour to make dough. I added about 240 grams of gluten since I had it, but not necessary.
Cover ball of dough and allow to set until about double in size. This can take up to 12 hours.
Shape into two batches and place in buttered cooking pans. Allow to rise to fill pans and even overflow a bit. This can take up to 12 hours.
Set oven to 400 F, time for one hour and bake.
Remove from oven, cool and enjoy.
Another batch of Sourdough Bread. Attempting to get more rising in the pans.
http://durgan.org/2018/February%202018/21%20February%202018%20Sourdough%20Bread/HTML/ 21 February 2018 Sourdough Bread.
Still experimenting with making sourdough bread. Desire more rising in the pans. The loaves weigh about 500 grams each and are good quality. Probably a little heavy but still good flavor.