How to clean a flat top grill, restaurant-style

This vaguely comports to the methods I saw and knew in 1990s London. The proper way was to start with oil and use a grill brick [Amazon], but the reality is you will still need lots of environmentally unsound liquids. The mystery degreaser is Swisher but Ecolab is exactly the same stuff and widely available. Wear gloves. Never eat out. Read the rest

How to cook a turkey

Yup. Read the rest

This is one seriously bunk magic lamp

While it seems awfully unfair for the rabbit I guess this is how most 'genii in a lamp' interactions go. I thought said rabbit was sufficiently specific in its request and yet it still gets nada. Read the rest

Build your own A-Frame cabin for "around $8,000"

At Field Mag, Andrew Szeto explains the fundamentals of building a basic A-Frame cabin. He writes that you can get it done for about $8,000, not including land.

The most major lesson learned is I should have gone bigger. Don't get me wrong, the cabin is awesome, but heck, an extra 5-10 feet in both directions would have been a game changer and made it a little more habitable. But to see a thing you built come to life is the greatest gift you can give yourself in my opinion.

A strong theme is not to go cheap on materials: don't use thin plywood for the interior, don't use polycarbonate roofing, don't build without properly levelling the land under it. Read the rest

How the Crest Team kept the Cavity Creeps under control

I never felt any affinity for a toothpaste brand. Read the rest

Why restaurant burritos are better

In this video, Internet Shaquille explains why even downmarket restaurant burritos beat your homemade ones. In brief:

• Supermarket-brand tortillas are too small and thick.

• You fail to warm your tortilla first, or you overcook it.

• Your fold is wrong or insufficiently tight.

• You fail to sear the seam to seal it shut.

• You fail to wrap the finished burrito in thin foil. Read the rest

30 minutes of whetstone sharpening tips

I have a whetstone, faucet and a knife, but never quite get the results I want. So Cook with E's guide to using them ("the only time I've ever seriously hurt myself in the kitchen was using a dull knife") has sent me right back to the kitchen.

Ethan recommends a fancy japanese model, but I have a less expensive Whetstone-brand stone [Amazon, but I got it from Williams-Sonoma] with both 400 and 1000 grit sides. Read the rest

How to get through these trying times

The legendary Mavis Staples. Read the rest

How to rhyme "oranges"

Not a good way to steal a magic flute from a lost child, however. Read the rest

Unhealthy coping mechanisms

My life is missing a quasi-sarcastic robot to follow me around and point out the shit I've carelessly missed.

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Make: a solar hot-dog oven (then learn the science)

Making a solar hot-dog oven is a science fair standby, but JohnW539's CNC-milled Sundogger Instructable really digs into the classroom portion, drawing on the creator's experience as a physics/astronomy/computer science prof at Middle Tennessee State University. Read the rest

Old plumbing trick: stuff dripping pipes with bread to keep solder dry

You can't solder a leak! "Take freash bread, take out the core, roll it into a tight ball, stuff it into the pipe, and it'll stop the leak long enough to let you solder the pipe."

"I'm going to post this on a site called Reddit."

"Oh my God." Read the rest

How to remove a common Amazon-bought car boot

The Lockpicking Lawyer saw a report about an illegal car-booting outfit in Chicago (embedded below), and decided to see how hard it is to remove the Amazon-bought car boots that scammers use.

It is easily defeated in a few seconds... so long as you have a screwdriver and a lock impressioning tool.

Looks like an angle grinder would make short work of it, too! Read the rest

How to: make a hackintosh

Ernie Smith has produced a spectacularly complete guide to making a "hackintosh" -- that is, a Mac OS computer running on PC hardware, giving users the option of more RAM, different screens and keyboards, and many other axes of freedom otherwise denied to Mac OS users. Apple doesn't make it easy, but the community's extensive work has put the seemingly impossible within your grasp. Read the rest

Quick how-to on making great scrambled eggs

As a graduate of the "rubbery mutilated omelet" school of scrambled egg preparation, I am mocked by this chef's obvious yet perfectly successful method. The secret ingredient: staying with the eggs from pour to presentation so they never congeal. Read the rest

How to open a walnut with your bare hands

The key appears to be having something other than bare hands to crunch it against, such as concrete. But commenters insist this can be accomplished with just the palms of the hands by pushing against the shell's seam. Read the rest

How to draw a cowboy in 10 numbers

This is as thrilling as when I learned to draw a dog face in third grade! (via r/intereatingasfuck)

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