Cool thread.. I have a few things to add.
1. When making of cakes and adding the verm barrier, heap the verm well over the rim of the jar so that you have to push down on the lid a lil so you can screw it on. The cakes shrink slightly and this will keep your barrier nice and full so it doesn't shift when you move the jars around; more protection.
2. When you flame a needle, start from the back and move towards the tip so that if there is contamination in the tip, it doesn't get shot back into the syringe with steam (not a huge deal since heat is involved, but why even risk it?)
3. You can get your fruits cracker dry in a paper bag/tyvek envelope in the crisper in your fridge if you're having troubles getting them that way mid summer when ambient humidity is really high. Esp. If you use only a fan to dry them.
4. You can clean dried fruits super fast and easily in a gallon sized ziplock bag. Fill the bag 1/2 - 3/4 full with dry fruits and zip the bag so only a lil bit of one end isn't zipped and blow some air in the bag... quickly zip the bag closed the rest of the way and push and pull at the bag for like three straight minutes. The fruits rub against each other and clean themselves like a rock tumbler. Hold the bag by either top corner and lightly shake the bag so all the debris falls to the opposite bottom corner. Grab onto the debris from outside the bag so it stays and the empty, clean fruits fall out. :)
5. When pc'ing syringes with water in them, put the needle tips into a quart jar with a few inches of water in it. That way if the water gets pushed out from pressure, the water will sucked back up into the syringes during the cool down because the needles were submerged; never get an empty syringe again during pc'ing. Works every time.
I'm sure there's more but, I can't think of any more right now.
Edited by fahtster, 18 March 2017 - 05:34 AM.