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cab



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 12:15 pm    Post subject: Wheat Bag  Reply with quote    

My better half wants one of those bags you stick in the microwave, with wheat in it. The wheat warms up and stays warmfor a while. You've probably all seen them.

Am I right in assuming that they're just wheat in fabric? Therefore a doddle to make?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have a feeling the wheat may be cooked because you can pop wheat like popcorn, try it my missus loves hers.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

These are the only reason I would ever consider getting a microwave! I have one, but I don't know what's in it - it definately smells of wheat (gorgeous) but I don't know if it's treated. I have asked retailers before, and got very blank looks, but I would love to make them if possible, so would be interested if anyone knows

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Look at the ad this post brought up:

http://store.yahoo.com/bromwell99/old-fashioned-popcorn-poppers.html

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Call me an old fuddy-duddy, but I've always used a saucepan for popcorn.

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Me too, but it was worth a view

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have a popcorn maker that the chidlren use - the Rayburn is rarely hot enough for popping corn. It's a basic model, about 8 years old now, and very good. It's a plain model, not shaped like a penguin or anything daft!!

With the wheat bags, as far a sI know, it is ordinary dried wheat inside. I don't think you would have it in the microwave long enough for it to all pop out! (Don't quote me on that one, but I think it's right)

To make one, take a rectangle of thin cotton, muslin, cheesecloth, etc. Fold in half, and seam one short side and one long side, so you have a longish tube open at the end. Fill with wheat (not completely stuffed, though, it has to remain flexible enough for eg draping around the neck)and securely stitch /hem the end to totally enclose the wheat.
Now make a cover for it in exactly the same way, but leave the short end open; sew on press studs/poppers/button and loop etc. The muslin bag of what is heated up, then placed inside the cover. This way, the cover can be removed for washing.
Simple to make, and very cheap - much cheaper than you can buy them. Hope this helps.

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And they do smell lovely

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I wouldn't know - I'm a hot water bottle lady myself..............
And I don't have a microwave. If I put it in the Rayburn oven I would only forget about it for 14 hours, as is the norma round here..............

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The missus is a belt and braces kind of gal, hot water bottle AND wheatie bag

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cheers guys; looks like a needlecraft project of such simplicity that even I can do it.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Where would you get wheat from? I'd go scavenging, but I've never seen wheat anywhere round here - the only thing that grows is horses. Have their uses, but not keeping my feet warm. Having said I generally make do with a dog!

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Assuming you don't want to go into industrial production, health food shops often have wheat. Generally next to the gluten-free products

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You should be able to buy organic wheat in bags of 500g/1kg from your healthfood shop. If not, ask them to get some in. I get mine wholesale in sacks, so it is available in larger sizes if youwant to make 76 wheat bags...............

Bugs



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 04 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What do you use all that wheat for, Sarah?

Of course, WW, you can also buy 20kg bags of mixed corn (which is 80% wheat) when you get your chickens...one of these days!

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