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How to Make a Homemade Whey Protein Shake aka How to make Whey Protein

Ever wonder what the nursery rhyme means when Little Miss Muffett is eating her curds and whey? Well, a lot of the hardcore lifters and exercise folks out there should know; they’re drinking copious amounts of it after all their workouts.

The basics behind a protein shake is that they help your muscles heal and grow after you’ve been working out; it also is claimed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. So, it’s usually a good idea to have this after your workout routine.

Whey protein is actually surprisingly easy to make, a lot cheaper than the stuff you buy in the stores, and the leftover ingredients can be made to make fun things like cheese.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 quart or liter of milk (you can add more or less depending on how much you want to make… just adjust the ratios)
  • a saucepan
  • vinegar or lemon juice (about 2 tablespoons)
  • strainer
  • paper towels or a cheese cloth
  • Any flavoring or spices you want

1) Get your milk and start to boil it on a medium to low heat. Keep a close eye on it because you don’t want it to get too hot.

2) When you start to notice a bunch of bubbles around the rim of the sauce pan add the vinegar or lemon juice and stir it around. The mixture should separate pretty quickly into curds and whey. If it doesn’t just add a little more vinegar or lemon juice until it does. The curds are the solid looking things and the whey is the liquid.

3) Get a strainer (cover it in paper towels or cheese cloth if you want to keep the curds and make it into cheese). Separate the curds from the whey. Let the whey cool down in the fridge for a while and then add any ingredients. Some suggestions for flavoring: Nutmeg, cinnamon, honey, chocolate… just test it out and see what works for you. The taste might be different for some people if it is, just dilute it with something else like water, or juice.

This is the same stuff you’ll buy in the store except it’s not dehydrated and probably won’t have any weird additives that’ll give you a gorilla back. Enjoy!

*Editors note: According to this blog post, “Whey is the fluid by product of cheese manufacture. It is produced in far greater volume than cheese, the ration of whey to cheese being about 10:1. For numerous reasons, whey is underutilized and not more than half of the United States production used. The rest, amounting to billion of pounds represents a waste disposable problem.

Considering the growing rate of cheese production and the ever-tightening constraints in the disposal of processing plant effluents, the problem of what to do with whey is one of major proportions. Whey comprises about 5% lactose, 2% other milk components and 93% water.”

So, a majority of the liquid is water and 2% of it is probably the proteins you would normally get from a whey protein shake. Still makes an easy drink, but it’s definitely not as strong as the concentrated form you can get at the store. According to Wikipedia (I know, I know…), “whey protein can be simply processed by drying…” There are other more complicated ways as well. Anyone have any ideas on the best way to make a concentrated form of this?

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How to make Homemade Eggnog! And some resources about it.

For all of you freaks out there who like eggnog as much as I do, here are some sweet resources for you.

Believe it or not there is a person out there more obsessed with this strange drink than I am. They have a whole website dedicated to this beverage.

NPR does a good show on eggnog and how to make it and some other treats and then goes on to say why homemade eggnog is the bomb and the store bought stuff is plain ol’ nasty.

Allrecipes.com as always has a great list of recipes for eggnog related things.

Learn how to make homemade cheese, butter, curds, and whey.

Or how to make homemade soda.

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How to Make Homemade Soda (Rootbeer, Orange, Ginger, Cream…)

Homemade soda’s are not too hard to make. They just require a bit of time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Sugar, Water, A bottle, A funnel, Flavoring (I recommend Vanilla extract), and Yeast (preferably Champagne Yeast if you can find it. You can get this at a homebrew shop, but if you can’t baker’s yeast will work as well), cheese cloth (optional)

1) Find a normal sized 500ml soda bottle. This is the small one, but you can double, or quadruple the ratios if you’re using a 1 or 2 Liter bottle.

2) Put a 1/4 cup of sugar into the bottle with a funnel.

3) Take 1 tablespoon of a flavoring of your choice and put it through the funnel.

4) Now put 1/16 of a teaspoon of yeast into the bottle. Careful to not put too much or too little. If you put too much it may taste like bread, and if you put too little it won’t carbonate very well.

5) Fill the bottle up with water leaving about an inch on top and then tilt the bottle up and down to mix everything together.

6) Store the bottle in a warm area for 24-48 hours. Careful if it’s very hot out because the bottle might explode. Test the pressure on the bottle by squeezing the sides. If it feels like a normal soda would, it’s done.

7) If you have a cheese cloth you can filter out the yeast. If not, you can just drink it as is. The yeast won’t kill you, it just looks weird.

8) Refrigerate to stop the yeast.

9) Enjoy!

Some Good Guides to Specific Sodas:

Root Beer Soda

Cream Soda

Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer

Make your Own Syrups and Flavorings including sarsaparilla

Go here for a tutorial on how to make cheese, butter, curds, and whey!

And here for to learn how to make homemade eggnog.

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How to ride a Streetcar in Germany

Rules to look like a local in Germany on a streetcar:

1) If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, you must have a cell phone that is playing music. You will speak loudly and laugh at everyone you see.

2) If you are homeless, extremely aggressive, or drunk, you will sit next to the most innocent looking person on the tram and start to harass them.

3) If it is earlier then 10:00 am, you assume a glazed zombie look in your eyes and a severe frown.

4) If you are over the age of 60, please follow rule #3. Also, mumbling about “degenerate youths” and “foreigners” is acceptable.

6) If you are a university student, you must be reading something serious and look annoyed.

7) There is no smiling unless you are drunk, or under the age of 18.

8 ) If you are a tourist, you look around suspiciously whilst trying to ride the streetcar illegally. Inevitably, you will be caught and resort to your native tongue pleading that you are a tourist. This does not work.

9) If you are a ticket checker, you have a sadistic pleasure in demanding fines from tourists because this of course promotes the tourist industry in your wonderful city.

10) If you are a tram driver, you look to stop and start at unexpected times to make people fall over. Also, you never wait for a person running to catch the streetcar. Instead you wait until are an arms length away, and you close the door. You will then smile and wave while the helpless victim misses their 100 euro train ride and flight.

11) If you are under the age of 6, you must scream for as long as you can.

12) If you are sick, you will sneeze and cough on everyone within a 10 foot radius.

These are some rules for riding a streetcar in Germany.

Know of any others?

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Music Resources for Music Lovers and Musicians

Whilst roaming the internets I’ve stumbled across some fun sites and decided to share them with everyone.

  • For you music lovers. I highly recommend Last.fm. This site creates a profile based on the music you listen too and recommends similar artists and lets you know about concerts in the area. Also, you can listen to streaming music of really good quality. Another good streaming site is Grooveshark.  And lastly there’s always Pandora.
  • Another really cool resource for hardcore music aficionados is the cylinder project. This site is dedicated to converting all old cylinder recordings to a modern format and putting them on the internet. These are some of the first recordings ever made; it’s realllly cool.
  • To stay up to date on the latest trends this is a good site. It provides the top plays on college radios across the country.
  • There are ways to use Google to find your music. These sites use advanced search options to search directories where you can… listen to music… or maybe right click.  One here one here aaaaand one here
  • For you ukulele lovers out there. Uke Hunt is fantastic.

Know of any others?

*UPDATE* Thanks Will and Woodshed for the additions. Take away shows from blogothegue and Spotify. Thanks

*UPDATE 2* Couldn’t help but add 2 of my go-to sites…the hype machine and elbows.  they’re both great websites that scour the internet for blogs that might have posted mp3 files or links to various songs and artists…truly fantastic  — L

*Update 3* Thanks Jeff for the fairtrade music site!

*Update 4* Thanks Phil for filtermusic

*Update 5* Amar for 8tracks.com. Also, thanks Brad for Rate your music!

*Update 6* Thanks Steve for Audacity.

Also, plugging some new contributors to the blog. Check out Mike’s Fitness Blog and Laura’s Etsy Shop and Blog

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How to get a visa in Germany if you’re an American

Dealing with German bureaucracy may be one of the most daunting things a person can face. It may be worse than sitting through Gigli and Glitter back to back. Many people in the face of it, run away and give up. I honestly don’t blame them. After spending a few years in Germany, I’ve experienced the worst of it. So, here is some advice and tips on how to move to Germany temporarily and get a visa to stay on for a longer, and maybe even make a bit of money in the process.

  • The first thing you should know is that your Tourist visa (that stamp they put in your passport) will last you for up to 3 months from your arrival. You are not allowed to work, but it’s a good basis to get your feet on the ground and get settled.
  • An easy way to get a visa is a student Visa. You can apply to a University, see if your school has an exchange program, or apply for a scholarship. P.A.D. has some where you can work as an english teaching assistant in a school, Fulbright has many programs, and the DAAD in Germany has some scholarships. To obtain a visa you’ll need proof that you’ll be able to support yourself (a notarized letter from a parent or someone saying they can support you financially… I think the number is about 800 euros a month that is required), A bank statement showing you have the money, or proof of an income or scholarship. You will also need to register with the city (anmeldung) by the Rathaus in your Town or City. You’ll need to get an address to do this, and most likely a bank account. You will also need proof of insurance, and a passport picture where you aren’t smiling (I know.. it’s messed up).
  • All of these things will take about a day or half day to do since you’ll be waiting in line or talking to bureaucrats. The order which you probably want to do this is 1) proof of income, get passport pictures 2) proof of insurance 3) find residence 4) Open a bank account 5) Anmeldung (or registration with the city) 6) Go to the foreigners office in your city or district and apply for a visa
  • Tips for a student visa – Get a student ID asap. It’ll give you numerous benefits within Germany. Including a discount in a Bahncard 25, or 50, which gives you a huge price savings when traveling by train. You are allowed to work part time with the student visa. Ask them at the office how long you’re allowed to work. I think it’s something like 180 days in the year part time.
  • To get a work visa. The easiest way will be to get sponsored by any company. You’ll have to go through all of the same steps as the student visa except you won’t need a proof of income since you’ll be (presumably) making money to support yourself. The easiest way to get a work contract is to apply for a Sprachschule. This is a private language school. What to do is type “sprachschule city or town” into google. Then look at the company listings. Spam these listings with your resume and you should get a decent amount of responses. Most of these schools look for some kind of teaching experience or certification, but you can usually find something somewhere since English teaching is pretty sought after. Once you get a contract from a school. Bring it to the foreigners office and you’ll be set.
  • Tip for all visas: Bring all of your papers with you wherever you go and about 5 copies. It may seem excessive, but if you don’t have the right papers or documents and certain copies they’ll make you come back and start all over. This can take a lot of time.

Living and working in Germany is a cool experience once you’re beyond the bureaucratic stuff. I hope this helps.

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How to make cheese, butter, curds, and whey

I’ve been making my own cheese and butter over here in Germany. (Yes, I know that sounds horribly perverted). But really, it’s interesting and a lot of fun. So, here’s how to do them both; cook and enjoy at your own risk. This is the first in a few how-to’s. Check out the latest on how to make homemade soda! or Eggnog!

Simple Farmers Cheese:

  • Get some whole milk (about a liter… or a quart if you’re from the US). Boil it in a pot until little bubbles appear on the side.
  • Add vinegar or lemon juice to the milk (about 4 tablespoons). The milk should turn into curds and whey. This should happen fairly quickly; if it doesn’t wait a minute and add a little more lemon juice or vinegar until it turns into curds and whey. (Wondering what to do with the whey? Click here. It’s an article from 1910 from the New York Times. Saying that the whey is a most refreshing drink served chilled and with a bit of nutmeg. Personally I think it tastes like a horses ass, but one must try for themselves).
  • Take a strainer and line it with a cheese cloth if you have one, and if not a crap load of paper towels works just fine. Wrap up the curds in and squeeze them a bit, and then tie it to a stick or a large cooking spoon. Let this dangle over a pot for about a half an hour or an hour or so. By the end you should just have the cheese.
  • Add a bit of salt (it really helps the flavor) any herbs or spices you want. I did a garlic one that tasted really well (a bit of olive oil mixed with pure garlic).  You can eat it right away or wait a day or two for it to age. It should last a week or so and when it’s not good anymore it should be pretty obvious.
  • There’s some photos below of the process. How to make butter is below the pictures. EAT!

For an even simpler cheese you could just put some yogurt in a cheese cloth or some towels and strain that. It’ll give you a really light yogurt cheese.

If you get really into it you can make some more elaborate cheeses like cheddar, Parmesan, or mozzarella. You’ll need to by some enzymes though (renet is the enzyme you’re looking for). You can get these at a specialty shop or order them online. For some cheese recipes go here or here.

How to make butter. This man down here does a better job at explaining the whole process than I ever well. Enjoy watching. He’s crazy.


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