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You say Potato...

I'll get right to the point: I LOVE Hash-browns. Whether they are made from leftover potatoes, from scratch, or even the bags of frozen ones. For camping though, the frozen ones are a bit of a challenge. Keeping them frozen is not easy, and they take up lots of space. I thought about dehydrating some frozen ones, and a little Googling found it to be a common practice. Not a real efficient solution though, taking frozen hash-browns and spreading them out on a dehydrator tray, drying them for hours on end...Ignorance abounds here of course, as I stumbled on a possible solution completely by accident. Apparently, our neighbors to the south have solved my little dilemma. Why is it that the U.S. seems to have all the things I want? but I digress. Anyway, a little nagging of my seemingly Americanized niece, and said parcel of goodies arrived. This shot for scale, but keep in mind that my noggin is 24" in circumference...Yes I'm pretty much a size 8 if you're looking to get m…

Of Ammonia Absorption Refrigeration & the Like...

It's interesting that I have not written anything here yet this year, not even a Happy New Year. I must be busy. During this season, I do much thinking about snowstorms, power outages, survival etc. I like to think that most bases are covered. I have enough firewood to last me into next winter, so a power outage is really only an inconvenience at worst. Of course winter helps in that the only real electric dependency, Refrigeration, is offset by the fact that it's cold. However, and to get to my point, I'm a little obsessed with the whole concept off "off-grid refrigeration". It's actually a childhood throwback on two fronts. Let me explain, first I remember going to our "camp" in the summer. Routinely, considerable quantities of Soda Pop (we just called it "drink") were lugged to the camp. Sometimes it was Co-op brand tin cans, Pepsi, or even green bottles of Mountain Dew complete with the hillbilly exclaiming "it'll…