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Homemade cat food

My neighbour would like to/needs to make her own catfood for her ageing cats. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Jun 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me actually achieve a good chicken stock

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 - 38 answers

Homemade gummies with the same texture as storebought

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 - 9 answers

Ripples, Ribbons, and Fudge: Help me make better ice cream.

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 - 12 answers

Roots in my root beer: do you have a favorite homemade soda?

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 - 14 answers

Small delicious homemade snack food?

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 - 31 answers

What food is only good when done the "right" way?

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 - 71 answers

Opening a home-based business in Canada

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 - 3 answers

jam my jam jars please

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 - 7 answers

how to set prices at a bake sale fundraiser? [difficulty level: vegan]

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 - 28 answers

Homemade Easter gifts. 3...2...1... GO

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 - 13 answers

Under-the-sink booze is my favorite kind of booze

Several months ago, the Washington Post had this article about homemade slivovitz. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on Mar 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Should I bake my own bread?

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 - 51 answers

Soup Without Canned Broth

Do you have any recipes for soup that don't require broth or stock? [more inside]
posted by Ery on Dec 26, 2012 - 35 answers

Brunch: My Favorite Team Sport

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 - 19 answers

I'm going nuts trying to figure out this homemade date candy recipe, hope me?

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 - 8 answers

Sweet travel tips

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 - 5 answers

Home-made tatami air fresheners?

Can I make aromatic oils that will diffuse through tatami sticks myself? [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Sep 19, 2012 - 10 answers

The Nitty-Gritty of Grainy Mustard

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 - 10 answers

Hello Pasta!

Pasta from scratch and recipes that compliment it? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jul 12, 2012 - 15 answers

Babies Galore!

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 - 23 answers

Suggestions for holiday noms

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 - 15 answers

Anonymous and BF make a porno

Advice/best practices for homemade sexytime photos and videos? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2011 - 4 answers

What do I do with a 20lb bag of raw unrendered mixed pork fat?

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 - 19 answers

Can't count on Santa Paws to bring good treats...

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 - 12 answers

What thin material to use for homemade insoles?

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 - 13 answers

Selling a Brand Name Product at Farmers Markets/Co-ops

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 - 8 answers

Using up poor homemade wine

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 - 9 answers

In Soviet Russia, they make this crazy drink out of bull balls...

What kind of crazy and obscure drinks can I brew at home? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Aug 11, 2011 - 23 answers

Homemade Ice Cream: What do I need to know and where should I start?

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 - 40 answers

Fan-made genre online games

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 - 3 answers

Homemade Cointreau?

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 - 15 answers

Rinsing my hair with beer?!

Give me your best homemade beauty concoctions! [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on May 26, 2011 - 32 answers

Rizzy fed wine

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 - 17 answers

Food-safe fabric for a bread bag

What material to make a reusable bread bag (that keeps it from drying out)? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on Jan 18, 2011 - 25 answers

Homeade liqueur for procrastinators?

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 - 17 answers

Can I use cheap booze for my homemade extract or will it be terrible?

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 - 25 answers

Homemade Gifts for Boys

What kind of gifts can we make that our nephews will enjoy? [more inside]
posted by Dojie on Nov 5, 2010 - 15 answers

Delicious Homecooked Toys

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 - 4 answers

How to cut a roll of candy into desirably shaped pieces

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 - 14 answers

What are some ideas for little knitted and felted wares?

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 - 27 answers

I like doing things the hard way.

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 - 27 answers

Mass Produce Homemade Pottery

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 - 7 answers

Broken emulsion? Brokenhearted.

Help! My mayonnaise broke! [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Sep 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Something like concrete, but lighter.

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 - 19 answers

Unfulfilled lunchtime.

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 - 34 answers

drumroll your own

Help me "make" a "DIY" "drumkit"! [more inside]
posted by threeants on May 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Maybe I could sell it to a bar as pre-made lemondrops?

Help! My limoncello is too sweet! [more inside]
posted by lizjohn on Apr 26, 2010 - 5 answers

If you won't let me pay you, you better like cookies...

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 - 9 answers

There...Are...THREE...Lights! (hopefully)

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 - 3 answers

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