Homesteading In The Pacific Northwest

Thursday, January 23, 2014

This Is The Way We Wash Our Sheep ... Small Batch

Good things come in small packages ...

Washing to maintain lock structure ...

My favorite detergents.  About one tablespoon per wash pot.

Layer tulle netting between layers of locks in the pasta drainer.

Otoshi buta (落し蓋, literally: drop-lid) are Japanese-style drop-lids for use in Japanese cooking. These round lids float on top of the liquid in a pot while simmering foods. They ensure that the heat is evenly distributed and reduce the tendency of liquid to boil with large bubbles. This reduces the mechanical stress on the food and keeps fragile ingredients in their original shape. Otoshi buta are almost always made from wood, so they have to be soaked in water for a few minutes before use to avoid absorbing the flavor of the dish and disturbing the flavor of the next dish cooked using the otoshi buta. After use, the otoshi buta is washed and dried completely before storing. Wikipedia

2 washes; 2 rinses.  160 - 180 degrees; each pot slightly hotter than the one before it.  Put the oshi buta on top of  the layers of fleece and drop it into the pot of hot water.  Leave it there for 30 - 45 minutes.

"Twirl" (You've Got Mail!)  with the pasta drainer between baths to remove excess water and soap.  Twirl in one direction only.  There's a better photo of "twirling" in my "big batch" post .... you can see the water flying out of the basket as I turn.

Depending on the condition of the fleece, the wash water can be used more than once.  Dispose of the water OUTSIDE (pour it on a plant; it makes great fertilizer).  Do not pour down the drain.  
Wax (lanolin) + drain pipes = big plumber's bill!! 

2 rinses; "twirl" in between and after final rinse.

Separate layers of locks ...

And set out to dry.

A dehumidifier helps drying.

Deborah's washed locks!


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