The saga of the dessicator goes on and on, and gathers momentum like a great big snowball of opinions as it does so. To recap - for those of you not aware of the story so far: The other day I was talking to Max about making one's own dried tomatos and raisins, and he mentioned in passing that he had a friend with a dessicator. That very night I drank the first alcohol I had drunk for ages because I have been on antibiotics, and got mildly sloshed. Whilst looking for something completely different I saw a dessicator remarkably cheap on eBay and - feeling remarkably pleased with myself - tried to tell Corinna about it, despite the fact that she was fast asleep and it was three in the morning. She was not impressed.
Sadly she was not impressed the next day either, so I wrote about it on this bloggy bit, and then forgot about it. However I received a whole wallage of comments some of which I reproduce here.
- Naomi writes: "A student suggested that you make a profit by selling "homemade raisins." That's a classic American answer."
- Steve writes: "Can't think why you'd want to make your own raisins, but I'd imagine a desiccator could be used for drying and preserving any fruit, so if you always have a glut of tomatoes, you could make your own dried tomatoes for use on pizza topping or in sauces. On the whole though, I'd have to say that a desiccator sounds like a gadget which gets used twice and then put in a cupboard and never used again."
- Dan writes: "Do not, if you happen to have access to a -80 degrees freezer and a freeze dryer, attempt to make freeze-dried banana slices. They taste and feel like banana-flavoured plastic".
When Dave B-P came over yesterday evening he was massively supportive of the dessicator, as was Graham and Max when I told them. Corinna still thinks it was a stupid waste of money, and - although I am looking forward to playing with it - I have to admit that as my evening of revelry fades into the vague interstices of my memory, I can think of fewer and fewer practical applications for it. However, don't tell my lovely wife, or I shall never hear the end of it.
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The Beltane issue is here so T Rex, The Who, Stonehenge, Steve Miller Band, Flaming Groovies, John Blaney, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out! After what has been a long and peculiar week, this issue features Doug musing on the spiritual message of The Who, Jeremy going to see The Flaming Groovies, Alan on the Free Stonehenge Campaign, John on the thorny subject of money,
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