Archive for February, 2011

Creative Reuse: Juicer Pulp =

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Ah the juicer.  Is there a more underutilized kitchen appliance out there?  Not for most people, I’d reckon.  I’d also venture that when one actually is in regular use it’s one of the best appliances out there.  In my kitchen we’ve got literally the Champion of juicers (thank you, craigslist), and it single-handedly gives us more kitchen cred than any other thing in there.  One minor problem that anyone with a juicer has experienced, however, is what to do with all of that excess pulp that’s leftover.  Well, as we’re accustomed to doing around here, we’ve got the solution for you, thanks to the great minds over at The Kitchn:

7 Ways To Use Juicer Pulp

They’ve got everything from cakes to muffins to crackers to pasta covered.  Having experimented myself, I’m personally a fan of putting it in salads and making it into veggie burgers, with the addition of a little egg white to keep things together.

Image: Emily Ho for The Kitchen


Creative Reuse: Glass Bottles = Terrariums

February 25, 2011 1 comment

Last year the New York Times declared “Terrariums Make a Comeback” which begs the question: were they ever “here” in the first place?  That said, I’ve always been an admirer and desirer of a terrarium but haven’t quite made the jump to make my own.  Thankfully, Re-Nest is here again to show us how to make our (realistic) dreams a reality, with a post on how to turn any old glass bottle into a terrarium:

Make Your Own Terrarium With Recycled Bottles Terrarium Man

Image: Robert Wright for The New York Times

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Creative Reuse: Old Windows = Cold Frame/Greenhouse

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve been salivating over making my own cold-frame for a while now, and I think I just drooled a bit after reading Re-Nest’s post on using old windows for cold frames.  The idea isn’t anything new to me, but they do a great job of putting together a lot of great resources on building your own cold frame, including this great article from the great Mother Earth News magazine.

Unfortunately, despite my landlord’s willingness to let me fool around with her gardens, I think building a cold frame is out of the question, not to mention the fact that she doesn’t really have any south facing beds.  Alas, I’ll just have to live vicariously through these articles for a while longer.

Re-Nest: Seed Starting: Old Windows as Cold Frames.

Image: Ashley English, Design*Sponge

Create Reuse: Wooden Crates = Kitchen Cabinets

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Continuing today’s theme, here’s an article from Recyclopedia favorite ReadyMade via Re-Nest (another favorite):

How To Make Wine Crate Kitchen Cabinets

While I think this is a really interesting look, I can’t help thinking it would take me months to distinguish crate panels from the actual drawer faces.

Creative Reuse: 5 Ways To Upcycle Wooden Crates

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Apropos of today’s earlier post on wine crates, I thought I’d find some ways to channel that inspiration into practical projects.  Conveniently, the folks at Apartment Therapy have an article in their archives on their five favorite reuses for wooden crates, covering everything from pet feeding stations to storage to shelving:

Five Favorite Re-Uses For Wooden Crates

Personally, I love some of the shelving/storage ideas in there, but they’ll all get consideration next time I find myself with some wood crates.


Reincarnation Inspiration: 1,500 Wine Boxes = Wine Store

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Old wine boxes and food crates are always inspirational to me.  I’ve currently got a couple of old cranberry boxes being used as planters right now but there are a ton of different uses for them.  INHABITAT gives us another with a look at a Swiss wine store made from 1,500 wine boxes.

Perhaps not the most practical project for your weekend upcycler, but certainly inspirational.

via INHABITAT: Pixelated Swiss Wine Store Made from 1,500 Wine Boxes!.

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Creative Repurpose: Hotel Room = Kitchen

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Thanks again to geekosystem, I bring you hotel room as makeshift kitchen as a Brit shows us how he makes an entire meal from the appliances in his hotel room, including an electric kettle and an iron. But if you’re expecting grilled cheese and tea prepared to be impressed:

I’m actually headed to the Caribbean this spring on a tight budget and we’re looking for ways to divert our precious resources from expensive hotel dining.  Maybe I’ll give this a shot.

SLASH/FOOD via geekosystemCooking in Your Hotel Room