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Stop your apples going brown and keep your loo nice and white!

High-angle close-up of a lemon, natural source of vitamin C and citric acid, with shadow on white background

For a long time, I have used citric acid as part of my wool dyeing process but it has some other uses as well.

Citric acid is a weak organic tribasic acid. It occurs naturally in citrus fruits. Here’s wikipedia’s entry on the subject.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citric_acid

If you find that, when making stewed apples or apple pie, your apple slices are discolouring before you can get them in the pan/pie dish, then add a sprinkle of citric acid to some water and drop them in there until you are ready to cook them. Drain the water off, you don’t need to rinse, and you are good to go.

Citric acid is used commercially in many foodstuffs but don’t use massive amounts of it in cooking.  Small amounts are sufficient. As with most things too much of anything is not good for you.

I also discovered that it makes an amazing toilet cleaner. First of all I dissolved about three quarters of a cup of citric acid crystals in a litre of boiling water. After skooshing most of the water out of the toilet bowl with the brush, I very slowly (don’t want to crack the toilet) poured the hot water into the toilet bowl. I left it for a couple of hours, overnight would probably have been better though. Then I gave it a quick scrub with the loo brush and after flushing the toilet it was sparkling clean. Yay! I had previously struggled to remove the limescale in there, even with commercial cleaners.

I also chucked half a cup of the citric acid into my empty washing machine and put it on a hot cycle. It had previously had a musty smell and the citric acid got rid of that so now it smells nice and fresh!

Apparently you can also use it to make cheese, although I haven’t tried that yet.

Here’s a link to a couple of pages describing the process:

https://www.cheesemaking.com/howtomakemozzarellacheese.html

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/jul/22/homemade-cheese-recipes-fearnley-whittingstall

I am sure that there are many more uses for this stuff, please tell me if you know any of them.

Wrap up your mug…

Crochet mug cosies
Crochet mug cosies

The snow is starting to melt today but I think that you might still need to wrap up your mugs.

I have had a bit of a mug cosy crochet binge lately. It’s fun trying out new stitches and sorting through the button box to find suitable buttons. I made the grey/plum coloured one so that it is adjustable, there are 3 buttons altogether on it, so you can tighten it up or slacken it off to suit the size of your cup.

If you are like me and are always leaving your cup of tea unattended, only to find that it has gone cold because you left it too long, then these cosies are ideal to keep your drink warm.

I will be adding these to my Etsy shop. I intend to make a serious attempt at stocking it with more stuff this year!

Welcome to the new blog, website, thingy!

Well, I finally took the plunge and decided to update my website. Whilst I was at it, I also decided to incorporate my blog into the same place.

In recent months, I have completely neglected my website in favour of my blog. I decided that it will be simpler to have just the one site. My old blog, www.doricdragons.wordpress.com is still there if you want to look around old posts but I won’t be adding any new posts to it, apart from one to say that I have moved it here.

I also intend to write more frequent posts to this site, hopefully at least once a week, maybe twice, so get ready for some random stuff coming up soon. Please let me know if you spot any typos or odd things, although there may well be odd things that are supposed to be – well odd! 🙂

I have added a few gallery pages that will showcase my work. There will be a lot more stuff added to it as time goes on, so make sure and come back to check it out over the next few weeks.