Diatomaceous Earth, Beer or Dryer Lint

You must be thinking I have lost my mind.

Well, if you garden, you are probably already thinking about what you are planting.  You mentally have your garden plotted. 

If you are in an area with slugs and snails, they too are anxiously awaiting your garden.

There are several options:

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Purchase diatomaceous earth.  As the slimey critters crawl across the diatomaceous earth, it acts as cut glass or razor blades across their exoskeleton.  Their life is greatly shortened.

Use your husband’s beer.  Is that a very good idea?  If it’s okay with him, pour beer into jar lids, the little buggers crawl in and drown.

Dryer Lint.  This is very economical and my personal favorite!  Collect the lint from your clothes dryer lint tray.  I stash mine in a trash bag near the dryer. 

After planting your precious babies, take the lint and make collars around the base of each plant the slugs or snail visit.  Water the lint.  It stays in place!  As the plant grows larger, you will no longer see the lint.

How does dryer lint work?  With clothing fibers, its action is like that of the diatomaceous earth with large cost savings.

Happy Sassy Gardening this Spring!

Buns Up Tools

Yesterday the recipe for buns was a fun addition to your recipes.

If you didn’t see it, click here.

The buns can be formed and shaped freehand.

If you want a more consistent hamburger bun, try using a Muffin Top pan.

Chicago Metallicware Gourmetware Muffin Top Pan

The recipe makes 8 buns; therefore, there are two of these pans in my kitchen arsenal.

For the Hot Dog Buns, you can space them as pictured yesterday. 

You may also use a 9×13 pan.  Make 8 buns.  Roll 6″ long and place 2 rows of 4 each with a 1/2″ gap between each bun.  The buns will touch during baking or you can make New England Hot Dog Buns.

New England Hot Dog Bun Pan

Both the Muffin Top Pan and the New England Hot Dog Pan can be found at Amazon.  I am sure you can search online to find other sources.

Buns Up!

Buns are great!  Homemade, fresh, delicious buns!

As with any bread, it does not take long for the hands-on work.  You will spend more time waiting for the dough to rise.

Here’s a tried and true bun recipe. 

Whether it be for Hot Dogs or Hamburgers, they are soft and tender.  You will never want the store bought buns again.

Homemade Buns

Yield:  8 buns

1 cup water, lukewarm
2 Tbs unsalted butter, at room temperature and creamed
1 egg
3 1/4 cups All Purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tbs instant yeast (I use regular yeast)
1 egg yolk (+ 1 Tsp water)
Sesame seeds

 

Hamburber Buns:

1. Sprinkle the yeast into the water and leave for 5 minutes. Stir to dissolve.

2. Combine all the ingredients and mix well.

3. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured working surface and knead for about 10 minutes until you’ve made a soft, smooth dough.

4. Place the dough in a clean and lightly greased bowl.

5. Cover it with a towel and let rise for about 1 (or1-1/2) hour, until doubled in size.

6. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape each piece into a flattened ball.

7. Place the buns on greased baking sheets, cover with a towel and let rise 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re quite puffy and doubled in size.

8. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

9, Glaze the buns with the egg yolk and water mixture, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.

10. Bake the buns for 12 to 15 minutes, until they are golden brown.

11. Remove them from the oven and cool them on a wire rack.

Remarks:

If you wish, you can also add 1 teaspoon onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onions to the dough.

In the original recipe, the buns were not glazed nor sprinkled with sesame seeds, so that’s up to you if you want to add that kind of finishing or not.  You should feel free to experiment.

Serving suggestions:

Split and use for burgers or sandwiches.
When making hambugers, butter the split sides and fry them (buttered side down) until they are golden brown and warmed through.

Hot Dog Buns:

Divide the dough into 8 pieces.  Roll out each piece into a 6×4 rectangle.  Roll up on the long side.  Place seam down on the baking sheet.  Allow to rise and bake using the above directions.

Happy Valentine’s Day

May you have the sweetest day

Love those you hold close to your heart

Whether it be your spouse,

your child,

a parent,

your oldest, dearest friends

or even the new loves in your life.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

SassyCondiments

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