I make many fermented products; Kombucha tea, coconut milk yogurt, beet kvass. They are very inexpensive to make from ingredients most of us have in our kitchens. And I am not buying packaging!
4 cups organic long grain white rice
10 cups water
6 cups white sugar
½ teaspoon yeast
2 egg whites
1) Place white rice in a mixing bowl and soak them in water for about 4 hours. Cover the mixing bowl. After 4 hours, strain the rice using the clean cloth and leave the water in the mixing bowl. Refrigerate the water overnight to let it set.
2) Prepare the mixture. The next day, measure the rice water that you prepared. For every cup that you have, add ¾ cup of the white sugar to the rice water. Mix the sugar in the water well until the granules have completely dissolved.
3) Cook the mixture. Prepare your double boiler and cook the rice water and sugar mixture. This should take only about 20 minutes. Afterward, let the mixture cool. When it is cool enough, transfer the mixture into a glass container.
4) Add the yeast. For every 4 cups of the mixture that you have, add a quarter of a tablespoon of yeast. Mix it well with the other ingredients.
5) Ferment the mixture. Now you have to allow the mixture to ferment so that you can have rice vinegar. This takes about a 5 days to a week. Check the mixture to see if there are still bubbles. When the bubbles are gone, the mixture is ready.
6) Finish fermentation. You need to ferment the mixture for a second time. Before doing this, transfer the mixture into another glass container and allow it to ferment for another 4 weeks. The time for the second fermentation varies according to your taste.
7) Store the rice vinegar. When the rice vinegar is ready, strain the contents using a clean cloth and then allow it to boil again in your double boiler. The mixture may be a bit cloudy. If you want the mixture to be clear, beat in 2 egg whites for every 4 cups of the mixture before you reheat it in the double boiler.
Here’s a bunch of ways you can make trellises for both vegetable gardens and flower beds, many are simple in design (and to make) while others are more detailed and fancy (with a bit of woodworking skill required). Quite a selection of materials used such as bamboo, wooden poles and sticks, lumber, wire mesh, etc. A couple of the projects below have been featured previously on Tipnut and moved here for better organization. Enjoy!
With Wire Mesh: Shares a tip to install panels of welded wire mesh along fencing.
Wood A-Frame: With some plywood, hardware cloth, fasteners, basic tools, and a little time, you can fashion a hinged A-frame trellis to support peas, beans, tomatoes, or other vining plants.
Invisible Tip: Eyehooks screwed into siding or walls and networks of medium-gauge wire hold delicate vines. (Heavier climbers, such as roses, will need heavy-gauge wire.) Grid design examples included.
DIY Bamboo Project: Made with several canes of bamboo in different diameters and lashing cord.
Portable Design: Made with lumber and chicken wire. Free pdf tutorial download available.
Rustic Design: Simple project made from prunings or substitute 1-by-1 stakes from the nursery or lumberyard. The finished structure is 7 feet 4 1/2 inches tall and 3 feet wide.
Topper Plans: Three different designs to choose from to top a classic design trellis, free pdf downloads.
For Roses: The instructions are for an eight-by-four-foot trellis with a three-quarter-inch thickness, the strips of wood are spaced three inches apart.
Easy To Store: When the season ends, either untie and store the trellis or leave it in place year-round for visual interest.
Rustic Ti-pi Tutorial: Made with three to six poles, 1 1/2″ to 2 1/2″ in diameter and 4′ to 7′ long, copper or galvanized steel wire and grapevines or flexible willow branches.
With Lattice Fencing: Here’s how to turn lattice fencing and 2x4s into a three-panel focal point. Plan diagram included.
Bamboo & String Tee-Pee: Made to accommodate peas and cucumbers using scrap bamboo sticks tied together with cotton string.
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