How can I actually make a good soup/general use stock? I feel like I've tried a whole bunch of different recipes and none have ever been better than Swanson's from a box. Seriously I've made it 15+ different times, both chicken and veal. I'm pretty handy in the kitchen and can do most everything else, but not this, help me! [more inside]
posted by Carillon
on Mar 14, 2014 -
Help me make home made gummies/gumdrops/sweedish fish that have the same or at least very similar texture to store bought ones. It is my birthday next week. If you can help me with this you'd be giving me the best birthday present ever. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Feb 28, 2014 -
Made a deal with an Amish neighbor to buy, among other things, a pint of heavy cream a week. As a result I've been making a lot of ice cream. I've got a few good go-to recipes, but what I want to learn about next is flavoring with ribbons and ripples. I have this excellent salt carmel ice cream recipe, for example, but the carmel seems to turn to hard candy when frozen. What's the trick to keeping ripples and ribbons from getting too hard? Are there tricks to folding in fudges and caramels in ice cream? Do added gelatins or oils help? And while you're here, what's your favorite homemade ice cream recipe? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Dec 14, 2013 -
I would love to make my own non-alcoholic beverages. As hippy, from scratch as possible. Do you have favorite recipes? [more inside]
posted by anya32
on Nov 26, 2013 -
I've taken homemade butter mints
and homemade cheese crackers
to a couple of different parties among my friend group. Friend commented recently that she now associates me with unexpected tiny delicious homemade snack things. What other recipes should I know about? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander
on Nov 6, 2013 -
What food is only good when done the "right" way?
I don't really like store tomatoes, but fresh garden tomatoes are AMAZING. I don't like store-bought packaged chocolate chip cookies but know that nothing beats a warm homemade chocolate chip cookie. What other foods are like this??
(I got to thinking about this when thinking about yucky canned baked maybe
they are good when they are homemade)
posted by beccaj
on Oct 24, 2013 -
I know a woman who is extremely talented in making baked desserts. She wants to open a home-based business. How can she go about doing that in a city like Toronto? Are there any legal/accounting stuff that she needs to know about beforehand? Is there some sort of governmental health supervision program that needs to see the house where she does her work? Can you give me some tips on how she can go about selling her product legally?
posted by omar.a
on Sep 16, 2013 -
i have recently gotten into making natural homemade skincare products and i bought these cute jam jars
. i may well go crazy and start giving them as gifts to people. since this is for cosmetics i'm wondering are regular 1-piece lids available to purchase somewhere? i haven't found any so far. or, is there a way to make the lid stick to the band so it works in one piece? i'd like to not permanently alter the lid in case someone wants to reuse the jar for canning. as i'm sure you can guess i don't make preserves, or even cook really. thanks!
posted by wildflower
on Aug 30, 2013 -
I've been organizing and running a vegan bake sale
in my city twice a year for the past three years. It's a pretty manageable affair; over the course of five bake sales, I've raised just over $5,000, met some wonderful people, and had a lot of fun. While I am lucky enough to have an incredible standing venue and an amazing group of regular volunteer bakers, I keep getting stuck on one thing: PRICING
. I've run into problems with every approach I've tried to use so far!
Can you help me figure out a solid, reasonable pricing method for homemade vegan baked goods that will be 'sold' at a fundraising event? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio
on May 1, 2013 -
Homemade Easter gifts. Preferably edible - my friends and family are, like me, wretchedly gluttonous fiends but prefer the not super-processed or over-sweet stuff, so if it's got token fruit or something in then even better.
I just realised there's like a week to go and I have no idea what to make these people. HALP.
posted by greenish
on Mar 22, 2013 -
I absolutely hate baking. I really love good bread. No vendor in my area has good bread. Should I try making bread? [more inside]
posted by jaguar
on Jan 23, 2013 -
Do you have any recipes for soup that don't require broth or stock? [more inside]
posted by Ery
on Dec 26, 2012 -
I am having a New Year's Day brunch and I'd like to serve some fancy things that aren't typically homemade here in the US. [more inside]
posted by jph
on Dec 11, 2012 -
Candy-making wizards, help me save this date candy recipe that didn't set properly (or tell me I'm screwed and should start over from scratch). [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob
on Nov 13, 2012 -
I want to make homemade candy for holiday gifts but am traveling from a semi-humid place to a quite humid one. Help me avoid a sticky mess! +other travel-with-candy tips. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish
on Nov 2, 2012 -
I want to fall into the world of homemade mustard, as parodied in this Onion article
. I've spent today looking for dedicated mustard making sites, forums, communities, and have come up relatively dry. [more inside]
posted by gilrain
on Aug 27, 2012 -
What kind of thoughtful yet not-time-expensive gift can I make my sister for her new baby? [more inside]
posted by Liesl
on Apr 30, 2012 -
Please give me your suggestions for homemade holiday snacks that I can make and give to my co-workers. (Sorry, kind of long.) [more inside]
posted by methroach
on Nov 24, 2011 -
Say hypothetically, that you had half of a pigs worth of unrendered and raw pork fat trimmings in your freezer, apparently about 20 lbs, that your butcher handed you when they returned the rest of your, now disassembled, half pig. What would you do with it? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Nov 16, 2011 -
I'm looking for tried and true recipes for dog treats. I want to show my neph-dogs some love this holiday season with some homemade treats or biscuits, but I'm not sure I trust random googling. Any recommendations for doggie cookbooks or recipes that your pups have enjoyed? (I would also accept cat treat recipes!)
posted by firei
on Nov 13, 2011 -
I want to make home-made insoles for my Vivo Barefoot boots. What material could I use that's non-cushioned and thin? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied
on Nov 12, 2011 -
I'm trying to help a friend who wants to sell a self-made food product along with another name brand food product at farmers markets, co-ops, etc. What are the legal and /or regulatory questions they need to be ask themselves and where do they go for the answers. Hypothetical scenarios in the extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by phoenixphoenix
on Sep 28, 2011 -
We have quite a bit of homemade wine (esp. rhubarb and hawthorn) that is too 'rough' to drink, but we don't want to throw it away. Does anyone have ideas as to what we could do with it? I use it in cooking, but can only use a little otherwise it spoils the flavour!
posted by BobAndJoy
on Aug 16, 2011 -
I bought an ice cream maker! (The well praised Cuisinart
) Now what? Looking for tips, recipes, and all around homemade ice cream 101. [more inside]
posted by royalsong
on Jul 27, 2011 -
Can you recommend any good/amusing/simple fan-made online games based on genre franchises such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Lost, '80s Transformers/GI Joe, etc? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing
on Jun 8, 2011 -
DIY Liqueur: Cointreau.
I've finally run through the bottle left by a fellow MeFite. How do I make a rough approximation? I've searched around a little, and the "recipes" all involve stringing and hanging oranges. Why that technique? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston
on Jun 6, 2011 -
Someone gave me a bottle of homemade red wine. It was filled right to the top of a screw-top bottle. It's a little fizzy, and light in colour (not as light as a rosé- just not as deeply coloured as most red wines I'm used to). I had a little sip and it doesn't taste too bad. Why is it fizzy?
More importantly, should I drink it?
posted by pseudostrabismus
on May 9, 2011 -
I didn't get my limoncello started in time (which I'd usually let go for three or four weeks). Are there any homemade liqueurs I can start tonight that will be ready to drink by Christmas?
posted by mudpuppie
on Dec 13, 2010 -
I am making homemade vanilla extract for christmas presents. I was planning to use smirnoff, but money is tighter than I anticipated this month. If I use bottom shelf vodka, will it be terrible? What is the least crappy brand of bottom shelf vodka? I don't have a brita filter to purify the vodka unfortunately, but if there is another cheap way to make it better I could do that. Thanks!
posted by anonymous
on Dec 3, 2010 -
Can I craft homemade toys out of casein
? If not, what should I use? If so, how can I finish them so that they'll last? [more inside]
posted by grar
on Nov 3, 2010 -
Confectionery Filter: How can I cut a roll of candy into desirably shaped pieces without getting sharp corners? [more inside]
posted by purefusion
on Oct 30, 2010 -
What are some small, knitted or felted goodies that will prove to be popular at an upcoming (Christmas) craft sale? [more inside]
posted by kitcat
on Oct 18, 2010 -
I want to make tamales. From scratch. Including and especially the masa. My understanding is that NY Mexican food and tamales are not good because everyone uses bagged masa and apparently even the fancy restaurants use this. I want fresh masa and it seems that I can find everything I need online. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws
on Sep 15, 2010 -
I am interested in creating a serving dish (bowl) that I think would sell rather well... If i make a prototype and want to mass produce it and say sell on Etsy.com how would I do this? [more inside]
posted by matthelm
on Sep 11, 2010 -
Okay here's what I want to do. I have a plastic bin. I want to tilt it on a 45 degree angle, and fill the bottom corner with [insert substance here]. This substance would then dry, and I would repeat the process on the other side of my plastic bin.
When both sides are dry, I would have a homemade sluiceway in the bottom of the bin that would be able to effectively funnel liquid out through a spout I would put in the bottom of the bin.
That's what I want to do. I just don't know what would be a good substance to accomplish this. Ideally it would be light (concrete would be a pain), would adhere to the plastic bin, not absorb moisture and rot, and dry in a reasonable amount of time.
I'm also open to suggestions that would approach this from a different approach.
posted by Tbola
on Jun 27, 2010 -
I have a bad habit of buying lunch while at work. What can I make for lunch that will fulfill my super-strong cravings for huge burritos and greasy pizza? [more inside]
posted by sucre
on Jun 22, 2010 -
Help me think of some simple gestures of appreciation for a friend who is giving me free music lessons. [more inside]
posted by messica
on Apr 22, 2010 -
I have three big, lightweight, plastic spheres, and want to turn them into a three-light swag-type fixture. It would be cool to have all three controlled by one switch (kinda like a three-way floor lamp). Is there an easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Knicke
on Mar 31, 2010 -