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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6700 on: January 12, 2019, 07:03:59 am »
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6701 on: January 12, 2019, 08:45:30 am »
Respect for the manual labour to fix that well!
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6702 on: January 12, 2019, 12:04:29 pm »
Glad you're doing okay. I guess the work helps keep your mind off missing your son.

You sure DON'T need to go to gym  :imaposer: - in fact you gym for 8-12 hours per day - every day.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6703 on: January 13, 2019, 02:47:47 am »
Saturday was good.

First off I went to Walmart where I got some supplies. I picked up some vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, a big Tupperware, and a sharp knife. And some beef roast.

Then I went to the post office to mail a couple of items off, and the bank to draw some cash. Then the pharmacy to pick up some meds for the flu. Then back home.

Back home I cut up the beef roast (it was the cheapest beef they had, $5 / pound) and let it lie in a mix of vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Yip, you guessed it  :biggrin:

  I'M MAKING BILTONG!!!!  :ricky:


You see, last week I was so terribly disappointed. When Tom arrived here in December he brought me a small vacuum sealed bag of biltong, around 200g. I immediately put it in the fridge to save it for later. Well, Wednesday evening was that later...  I could not resist the urge to eat some biltong any more, so I got the sealed bag out of the fridge, cut it open, and nearly puked from the stench  :eek7:  It was completely vrot  :'(  I was so heartbroken...  :'(

Anyways, I got paid Friday, so I decided to splurge and buy some meat and make my own. I have the biltong spice that I brought with me almost 3 years ago...

After prepping the billies and leaving it to marinade in the sauce in the fridge, I started on the old outboard motor.

But first, I almost forgot... I have found that pulling the boat trailer and the other trailer around the yard is a hard job. They are heavy, and the grass is thick. That makes pulling them around difficult. So I made a plan. I got an old tow ball that I wasn't prepared to use on the bakkie, but was good enough to fit to the lawn mower  :biggrin:  So now I just use the mower to pull and park the trailers. Lekker hey!  :imaposer:

Anyways, I stripped the carb off the old outboard and cleaned it out. Also took the plugs out and cleaned them off. Then put it all back together again, filled a tub with water and put the prop into it, and got the motor stared up. Then I took a bunch of pics and put an ad for it on Craigslist. Hopefully I can get it sold soon.I also put an ad up for the spare bakkie toolbox that I found on the street about 2 years ago... if that sells it will be free money  :ricky:

By then I was losing the will however. It was lunch time and I was tired. So I called it a day and came inside... watched a bit of TV and fed the dogs, and just chilled for a bit. But at 4pm I decided that 6 hours of marinating was enough, so I drained the meat, spiced it, and hung it in my biltong kas. You know, I think I made that kas over a year ago? Sad that it has taken so long for me to test-drive it...  Anyways, I had some help with the spicing and hanging...  :imaposer:

Now I can't wait for the first small pieces to dry just enough to try  :drif:   Maybe tomorrow  :peepwall:

Finally relaxing now with a rum & coke  8)
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6704 on: January 13, 2019, 10:18:35 am »
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6705 on: January 13, 2019, 10:33:55 am »
Tin foil is a great way to keep the box clean.

Not done that yet.

If you mounted the towball on the front of the tractor, you could push stuff much easier into spaces.
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« Reply #6706 on: January 13, 2019, 07:34:18 pm »
Finally  :biggrin: yes!!

Need to make a another batch when I'm back in welly. Popped out to Auckland for the weekend.  :peepwall:
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6707 on: January 14, 2019, 02:37:53 am »
Tin foil is a great way to keep the box clean.

Not done that yet.

If you mounted the towball on the front of the tractor, you could push stuff much easier into spaces.

Very true, and I would have liked to do it that way. Unfortunately there is no place in the front to mount the ball, and the whole hood flips forward to access things like the fuel cap, oil cap, etc. So if I wanted to make a bracket to mount the ball on the front it would end up being a really big affair...  maybe some day  :thumleft:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6708 on: January 15, 2019, 05:23:02 am »
Last night my computer told me that it needed to do an update.

Yip, you guessed it... the update KILLED my laptop.  :xxbah:

So, Mrs Zog and I spent about 3 hours googling (on her laptop) possible fixes for mine. Eventually all that I could do was a Reset. But luckily I was able to keep my files. The reset took most of the night, so eventually around 1am I just left it to do it's own thing, and this morning it was done.

Now I have to install all my apps again, but at least I still have my laptop and my files. I seriously need to backup my stuff...  :peepwall:

Anyways, when I got home this evening I grabbed a small sample from the biltong kas…


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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6709 on: January 15, 2019, 06:28:00 am »
Nice .... yum  :thumleft:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6710 on: January 15, 2019, 10:05:17 am »
Laptop .... good news, in fact great news.


Biltong....


I always make a few slivers that start to come out by day 4 onward.

I like mine moist inside, like yours.

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6711 on: January 15, 2019, 02:36:52 pm »
I just use a system of having all my data in a drive separate to the program drive.
Every month I copy that drive to TWO separate external HDD's.
I have a new folder every time I copy - so if I need to, I have previous version of files.
Update required...?
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6712 on: January 15, 2019, 03:38:13 pm »
How to find Saffers anywhere on the globe:

Somewhere in Antarctica  :imaposer:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6713 on: January 15, 2019, 08:32:23 pm »
 :drif: :drif: Biltong!!! Glad you braking in that box!
 

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« Reply #6714 on: January 15, 2019, 10:17:52 pm »
How to find Saffers anywhere on the globe:

Somewhere in Antarctica  :imaposer:
Nice. I have to ask why in a box though? Air down there is super dry. Hang it somewhere well ventilated and it is done in two days or so. We turned all the old steak we could get into biltong at Sanae.

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« Reply #6715 on: Yesterday at 02:36:51 am »
So this evening I took the biltong out of the kas and wrapped each piece in paper towel and then put them in a zip lock in the freezer.

That way I will have biltong for the next while... It was just at the wetness that I like, still moist and soft inside.

I did also have another piece while packing it away. Man it is good!  :drif: :drif: :drif:


I have a feeling that my "stash" won't last very long  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
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« Reply #6716 on: Yesterday at 02:44:32 am »
Mmmmh biltong ... little slices of botulism...  :pot:

Just kidding. I love biltong.
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6717 on: Yesterday at 05:50:42 am »
Mmmmh biltong ... little slices of botulism...  :pot:

Just kidding. I love biltong.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6718 on: Yesterday at 07:45:03 am »
How to find Saffers anywhere on the globe:

Somewhere in Antarctica  :imaposer:
Nice. I have to ask why in a box though? Air down there is super dry. Hang it somewhere well ventilated and it is done in two days or so. We turned all the old steak we could get into biltong at Sanae.

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6719 on: Yesterday at 09:37:23 am »
Ok, so to most South African born manne, I'm a philistine because I can't allow myself to like biltong.

I ate some once and yeah, it was ok I guess. But.

It's still raw meat and I just can't get my head around that.