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Food/Recipes/Health / Re: Easy to peel hard boiled eggs
« Last post by Pina on Yesterday at 08:24:48 PM »
........ I use (the minimum) 1 cup of water, Manual at low pressure, for 6 minutes. Here's a link to the instructions.


Margy,the link to the instructions is a hip Pressure Cooking link.  :)
In Reply #77 in this SG topic are hip Pressure Cooking “Pressure Cooker Recipes”,”Pressure Cooker One Pot Meals” and “Timing adjustments for Electric Pressure Cookers”. I read,“Hip Pressure Cooking: Fast, Fresh, and Flavorful” by  Laura Pazzaglia.
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Fabric for French jacket muslin
« Last post by sewsy on Yesterday at 08:08:22 PM »
Miranda, I'm reading Mary Funt's posts about her making a Chanel type jacket. She wrote about using a particular type of fabric from JoAnn's for making muslins. I'd not heard or read of this previously, but I'll be looking for it when I need more muslin fabric.:

" I’ve started using Osnaburg fabric, available at Joann Fabrics in the utility fabrics section, for jacket muslins. It’s heavier than regular muslin and since it’s 100% cotton, shapes easily. I wait for the discount coupon and buy 10-20 yards.... This fabric can be eased and shaped much more than regular muslin. I feel it mimics a soft wool better and gives a better read as to the final fit."
Chatter / Re: Great British Sewing Bee 2016
« Last post by Lisanne on Yesterday at 08:04:16 PM »
Sounds like the new judge is more of a designer than a technician.

The show wasn't dropped - Claudia Winkelman is now one of the presenters on a key prime time show which goes out live on Saturday evenings from September to Christmas (our version of Dancing with the Stars), so they couldn't film GBSB at that time.
Food/Recipes/Health / Re: Easy to peel hard boiled eggs
« Last post by fzxdoc on Yesterday at 07:44:56 PM »
Thanks, Margy! See my comments to you over on the Instant Pot topic where I cross-posted to ask for Instant-Pot-specific info. :)

Thanks, Margy, for the additional information, and for inspiring me to try to hard boil eggs in my Instant Pot. My DSD had mentioned it to me a few months ago, but didn't provide any details, so I must have shuffled it into the recycle bin of my brain, apparently. Your post brought it out of the brain recycle bin.  :)

KarenAnn, I appreciate your detailed comments--thank you.

Here's a bit about why steam works better with hard/soft boiled eggs as far as removing the shells goes (from

“Hard Boiling” Fresh Eggs
Why are fresh hardboiled eggs so difficult to peel? Eggs have an air cell at the wider end of the egg, between the shell and the white (albumin).

When the egg is freshly laid this air pocket is very small and only located at the bottom – the rest of the white remains in close contact with the shell.  If a fresh egg is boiled using conventional cooking methods and peeled, much of the white will come away with the shell in uneven chunks leaving an unattractive hard-boiled egg. Culinary experts recommend aging an egg for at least  week in the refrigerator prior to boiling to achieve an easy peel.

Aging the egg increases the air pocket to include the areas around the whites creating a distance from the shell that results in an easy peel. Unfortunately, as the egg ages, the size of the air cell at the bottom also increases resulting in a hard-boiled egg with a flat area in the whites, reducing the quality of the egg and negatively affecting the color of the yolk.

Pressure Steaming A Fresh Egg
Steaming a fresh egg at low pressure, creates a pressure difference between the exterior of the egg and the air pocket – inflating it and separating the white from the shell. Making a pressure steamed fresh egg, easy to peel.

When we are referring to low pressure we mean 6 to 8 PSI (40 to 55 kPa, or .4 to .55 Bar). Pressure steaming an egg at higher pressure, will result in the cracking of the shell prematurely, causing the whites to ooze out and be immediately cooked as they exit the shell – resulting in an unattractive, but still very usable and easy to peel egg.

This is's chart for egg-cooking: (Bold for stovetop and faint for electric)

Pressure Cooker    Accessories    Pr. Cook Time    Pr. Level    Open
4 L or larger        steamer basket       3-6 min.           Low(1)           Normal or Natural

See above table for exact cooking times for both stove top and electric pressure cookers. The same procedure and cooking times can be used for up to 6 soft and medium-boiled eggs or as many hard-boiled eggs as can comfortably sit in the steamer basket.

Wow, thanks to you all and to the website, I'm ready to steam some eggs!


ETA: Margy, just after I finished posting this, I followed your link to the other hard boiled eggs topic on SG and guess what! You had already provided a link to! Great minds, I imagine, oh Great One!  ;D  Thanks again. K.
Chatter / Re: The Winter Fireside (Summer Gazebo in S. Hemis.)
« Last post by Laurie H on Yesterday at 07:22:58 PM »
Guess what?  Maine has had 4 small earthquakes this week and one of them was at 8:47 or so this morning, right here.  Not right here as where I am sitting here at school, but here's the thing.  I work 9 1/2 miles from my house.  The earthquake was in Sangerville.  I live 1/4 mile from the Sangerville town line and I travel mostly through Sangerville before I cross another town line and then drive the last 2 miles or so before I get to the school.  Yeah, it was pretty close.

Only thing is, we didn't feel a thing.  I guess one secretary's dad did feel it when he was at the store.  There are only a couple of stores there and I didn't catch which one he was visiting at the time.  We did hear a huge bang when it happened, though.  Just the bang and nothing else.  No idea what banged though.  It was weird and not interesting in the least.

Rene, DSisIL does get out.  She has a full time job at a bank and she sees loads of people every day.  She did give up her part time job at the grocery store, though, because it was harder to find people to be with DFIL after hours and on the weekends.  She's always worked 2 jobs because she shops all the time.  There is nothing moderate about her personality.   DMIL was her best friend and she never hesitated to tell others that and said she didn't know what she'd do without her.  Well, she doesn't know what she's doing without her.  Even if she didn't have DFIL or DH to worry about, she'd be depressed because she doesn't know how to function without DMIL to talk to each day and her girls do have lives and children to deal with themselves.  Because she has DFIL and now DH who she worries about and afraid of losing, I truly think she can't deal with it, even though there are a lot of positives and reasons to be optimistic.  She can only see the bad.  I feel it's all a bad sign.

Congratulations on having Emily come home.
Chatter / Re: Cats
« Last post by Garden Girl on Yesterday at 07:20:37 PM »
Well, I did a lot of praying last night and Emily will be coming home this afternoon. They said her blood looked great.

Lynda, last night I looked up liver failure in cats. The long term prognosis is that there is no long term. The symptoms are often very subtle, like becoming finicky about food, small changes in sleep or activity patterns, etc, that might come and go. She had been doing that recently. Last night I wished to God that when you told us about your sweet kitty becoming ill that I had looked it up then.

I'll find out this afternoon what the Vets best guess is. With animals it's always a guess.
Yes!  Very innovative!  I could have used this a couple of years ago when I was seriously thinking about starting a clothing line.  I would have given my right arm for a one stop shopping kind of experience like this.  Starting a clothing line is not for the faint of heart!  I would love to see her concentrate on that part.  But I'm sure there is a market for the home sewer as well. 

I will continue to check out all the stuff on this site.  Thanks for calling my attention to it!! 
Chatter / Re: The Winter Fireside (Summer Gazebo in S. Hemis.)
« Last post by Garden Girl on Yesterday at 07:14:40 PM »
Emily is coming home this afternoon and they said her blood work looks great.  ;D
I might be remembering incorrectly, but I think it was Louise Cutting who told a class I was taking that another difference between European and American is that the European pant is cut for a bit thicker torso than an American pant. By that meaning thicker from front to back, not including or allowing for booty or belly, but the actual body. This makes sense to me for many of us. Since in the US 1/3 of population is now normal weight, 1/3 overweight and 1/3 obese, the majority of us have a thicker torso, though a lot of that is excessive tissue, but it's everywhere, not just backside or belly.

What I found interesting last year was sewing up some of the Tina Givens (oddball) pants patterns and how awesome the fit is on me. She is self taught and believe me it shows, and her pants are frequently of the "one'seam" type with no exterior leg seam. She uses an identical crotch curve front and back which turns out to work well on me. Note: these are not fitted pants, they are elastic waist and a bit drop crotch. I take a couple of inches off at the waist and add back at the leg hem so they have a more "normal" looking crotch height and they hang right on me. Plus, since I have nooo backside and a belly I don't need to manipulate the patterns to get the side seam where it belongs.
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