How to flare brake lines

There’s something so gratifying about fabricating replacement parts for your muscle car. It is the ultimate way to personalize your ride by doing something no one else has done the same way. Take tube bending and flaring, for example. This is something you can do yourself in your home garage and feel good about your project when the job is done. The beauty of custom tube bending and flaring is being able to route brake and fuel lines where you want them or, as a matter of convenience, opt for prebent lines ready for a quick bolt-on you can do over a weekend.

Classic Tube offers rolls of steel, stainless steel, and aluminum tubing you can custom bend and flare to your liking. This makes perfect sense if you’re restoring an obscure muscle car for which Classic Tube may not stock prebent lines. You also have the option of shipping your existing brake and fuel lines to Classic Tube, where they will be used as a template to make new lines. If you don’t have the old lines, you can send Classic Tube your specifications, and the company will bend and form lines to your blueprint.

Before You Start

Tube bending and flaring tools are available from a variety of sources, including Harbor Freight Tools and The Eastwood Company. The bending and flaring tools out there are designed to fit many budgets. We will show you a few and how to use them. When you are fabricating lines, it’s vital to take your time and get it right. Cockeyed and incomplete flares can cost you in time and leakage.

Stainless steel is harder than galvanized steel and thus more challenging. You can count on winding up with scrap stainless as you learn the ropes. Yet stainless virtually never corrodes and will outlast any other material, so the learning curve is worth it. Stainless has to be treated differently than conventional galvanized steel because it is a much harder material. Line ends must be completely free of burrs and imperfections. Some seasoned tube bending professionals suggest the use of a hacksaw instead of a tubing cutter, because a tubing cutter will work-harden stainless, making it tougher to get a proper flare. It is also virtually impossible to get a good double flare from stainless. Extra care must be taken when bending stainless.

We have been asked time and again what kind of flare to use for brake and fuel lines. In both cases you must have a double 45-degree flare, especially with brake lines, which are always double-flared to contain the extreme pressures that exist in a hydraulic braking system. AN fittings get a 37-degree flare. When you slam on the brakes, your master cylinder is applying on the order of 1,800 psi to the lines, fittings, calipers, and wheel cylinders. It is mandatory for you to apply a double flare to every line end and fitting.

When you are flaring brake and fuel lines, it is suggested you use a lubricant at the flaring head and line end. This makes the going smoother when you are flaring the tip. For brake lines, use brake fluid as a lubricant. For fuel lines, use a low-viscosity engine oil or even WD-40 as a flaring lubricant. Power steering lines get power steering or automatic transmission fluid as a lubricant. In short, use a lubricant compatible with the medium your lines will carry.

How to Bend and Flare Brake Lines: Step by Step

1. The industry offers an extensive lineup of tube bending and flaring tools. Double-flaring tools are available for $12 to $22 from Harbor Freight Tools. Opt for the higher-priced tools when you can because you generally get what you pay for. The multiheaded flaring tool on the left is quite expensive. However, if you do a lot of line fabrication, especially in stainless steel, it is a good investment.

2. On the left is a completed fuel line double flare. On the right is a brake line with a bubble flare, not yet completed to a double 45-degree flare. There are two steps to flaring. The first step is this bubble flare. The second is when we roll the sides over into a double flare like you see on the left.

3. If you’re thinking about using a hacksaw or cutting disc to cut your lines, here’s a more civilized approach (unless you’re working with stainless steel tubing). A tubing cutter gently cuts into the line as shown. Slowly increase pressure on the disc and line rotating the cutter in a back and forth motion for 360 degrees until the line severs.

4. Tubing cutters enable you to clean the inside diameter as shown prior to tube flaring. You want to remove all ragged edges before flaring begins.

5. Finish the tube ends as shown with 240-grit sandpaper to achieve a smooth flare.

6. Measure twice, cut once. Allow yourself enough length, which includes bends, before cutting. You can use coat hanger wire as a template between connections (much as exhaust shops do) to prevent wasting expensive tubing.

7. Tube bending begins with lining up the reference mark at zero and bending from that mark.

8. Slowly bend the line as shown to the number of degrees desired. Do a fit check and bend more if necessary.

9. Prior to starting a flare, line ends should be clean cut like this one, free of burrs and other irregularities.

10. The average muscle car home garage isn’t going to need this professional-grade multiheaded flaring tool. However, if you’re going to do a lot of flaring or outfitting your ride with stainless tubing, the pro flaring tool is a must. We’re going to show you how to use it.

11. First order of business in flaring is to use the proper die. This die executes the initial bubble flare where the first wall of a double 45-degree flare gets rolled inward.

12. This is the initial bubble flare created by the first 3/8-inch die, which sets the walls up for 45-degree roll-in.

13. The second die rolls the walls into a 45-degree flare where the double-flare looks like this. You should have a perfect 360-degree flare. Any irregularities are unacceptable.

14. Budget tubing benders will get the job done if cash is tight.

15. This is a budget line flaring tool from Harbor Freight Tools. Set up the flare by extending the line the width of the die.

16. The bubble flare is performed first. This step performs that initial roll-in.

17. Walls are rolled over and ultimately in to create the 45-degree double flare.

18. The final die rolls the bubble flare inward to produce the 45-degree double flare mandatory for brake and fuel lines.

19. It is easy to forget to install the line fitting before doing the flare. Line fitting first, then flare.

20. On a really tight budget? Use a large socket for your tube bending. It works. In fact, a socket can perform bends a tubing bender cannot.

21. Look what custom tube bending from Classic Tube did for this Ford 390.

22. Tube bending can be performed on the vehicle with a “bend as you go” approach.

23. You may use steel or Adel clamps for line security. The advantage of a rubber-lined Adel clamp is the elimination of chafing from vibration.

How to flare brake lines

Most cars use double bubble flare brake lines. The double flared line is positioned alongside a brake component (either the brake hoses on the slave cylinder, or the outlet fittings or master cylinder inlet). Flare refers to the brake line tubing’s end part, which is flared or opened to 45 degrees angle. Then the flare is folded above itself, creating a double and secure flare.

Creating double flare brake lines is very challenging. As it is possible to perform, most people eventually fail in productively making a constant double flare. It is because of the fact that creating a double flare needs precision. When the flare is not ideal, the line will ultimately suffer a catastrophic breakdown of the car’s braking system, which could trigger serious damage or death to anyone in the car. If you are going to try making a double flare, you will need a lot of patience and specialized equipment.

Step 1 – Place the Tube Nut

Put a tube nut above the steel brake line’s end, so the threaded end will face the brake line’s end that you will be working on. Ensure that the end portions of your brake lines are free from any burrs and are level and accurate. You may require using a metal file and a tube cutter to attain this. Put the brake line’s end into your flaring clamp, so the brake line protrudes out of the top portion of the clamp.

Step 2 – Prepare the Brake Line Anvil

How to flare brake lines

Arrange the brake line anvil utilized to make double bubble flares along the clamp’s face. The anvil contains two sides. One side is raised, while the other side is flat that fits into the tubing’s center. Place the anvil’s flat side alongside the clamp after the brake line. Regulate the uncovered length of the car’s brake line. There’s a line along the anvil’s center which specifies how far the brake line’s end needs to be uncovered. Again, alter the end of the brake line till it is equal with the anvil’s line. Then tighten down the anvil, which is very crucial. The brake line should not move when you tighten it. Put the raised anvil’s end into the middle portion of your car’s brake line.

Step 3 – Make Double Bubble Flare

Finally, put the flaring tool above the clamp and anvil. The anvil holds a big screw along with a 45-degree angled bit along its end. Next, you need to tighten the flaring tool so the line’s end bubbles out. Make it tighter until the anvil assembly is flush next to the clamp. Remove the anvil and flaring tool afterwards. You will observe that the line has made a bubble. Then, if the line has shifted at all, you should re-do the line and begin again.

Install the 45-degree flaring tool end alongside the tubing’s center then tighten again the flaring tool. As you perform this, the double bubble will fold above itself, making the 45-degree double flare. Then, the flare should be absolutely square and accurate, and be completely centered for it to maintain in your car’s brake system.

We’re living in the era of DIY, and we can thank the dads of the 80s & 90s for empowering us to work on our own vehicles.

When it comes to car maintenance, we know that getting ahead of the curve is essential. Proper care can extend the life of your vehicle, and if you’re an unofficial mechanic or an aspiring do it yourself-er, you can save a few bucks by replacing and maintaining things on your own.

The brake line is the most important part of your vehicle. Your pads and fluids need to be checked and serviced to ensure that your vehicle can stop safely traveling at any speed.

There’s a classic saying out there that goes something like, “do it right or not at all”. And when it comes to flaring your brake lines, this couldn’t hit the nail on the head harder. Having the proper brake flaring tools, like a tubing cutter, can make or break your line replacement.

Flaring your brake lines can be a reachable, straightforward process with the right resources. Let’s jump into the tools you’ll need and what to look out for.

Know Your Gadgets

Flaring brake lines involves ensuring that you have a uniform set of materials to work with. Like a jigsaw puzzle, every piece should be complimentary.

When you’re working on a flared brake line, you’re working with metal lines that are stretched to the max to make for an easier joint connection. The intention behind flared lines is to ensure that there are no gaps or cracks between the fitting.

When you form lines correctly, you eliminate the risk of leaks. This is an integral part of this flaring. If your brake lines begin to leak, you can lose pressure, thus losing your ability to stop your vehicle safely and in a timely manner.

You can choose a kit or piece together your own depending on your needs. You may have an unconventional setup that needs atypical tools and materials to pull off the perfect flaring session. Remember, the right tools will afford you proper installation.

The connection between tubing and fittings is crucial. While single flared lines might be suitable for low-pressure motors, double flaring your lines is necessary for any vehicle. Like most parts of our vehicles, certain metal strengths are preferred over others.

There are a few metals that brake lines are typically made out of. And depending on your vehicle’s needs and dimensions, you can decide which ones suit you best. Part of that process is having the right materials to get the job done.

Depending on your budget, car clearance, and year built, certain metals may be preferred over others. The idea is to make your brake lines as cohesive as possible to keep yourself safe on the roads.

With the right flaring kit, you can make anything happen with any material. Being outfitted with the proper adapters and accessories means you can take on any bump along the way.

Metal Breakdown

No, unfortunately, not that type of metal breakdown.

Of all the metals available for brake lines, copper-nickel may be the most malleable option. It is the softer of the metals used to build brake lines. While it carries the same level of strength as other metals, the ease of manipulation during flaring makes them a popular choice for many aspiring car savants.

Copper-nickel is known for its kinking resistance thanks to its pure flexibility. It offers itself as a service to fuel and transmission lines, making it an incredibly versatile choice.

Stainless steel brake lines can be a bit more of a challenge to bend. The hardiness of steel can make flaring a difficult process. When you’re set up for success, your DIY flaring job can be done quicker and more efficiently.

With a little extra sweat and tears, stainless steel can be an incredible option for flaring your brake lines. Contrary to popular belief, you absolutely can double flare stainless steel lines. It just takes a little more effort than softer metals.

The undercarriage of our vehicles is a vulnerable place. Exposed to all of the elements and obstructions, making sure its cargo is protected is the least we can do. There are metals available that are baked and coated in specific metal preserving material to help prevent the long

PVF brake lines or polyvinyl fluoride, are cured with galvanize steel and baked during fabrication. The end result is a strong coat that keeps the rust and corrosion that many lines are susceptible to at bay.

With salts, sediments, and other elements that cause destruction to your lines, there’s never a chance you’re being too careful. The practice of prevention exists to keep us from dangerous outcomes we know are possible.

If you’re considering that it might be time to get your brake lines in order, it’s probably past time.

Flare It Up

Whether you’re just starting your DIY journey or you’re a seasoned veteran who’s ready to take on anything, knowing your options saves you time, sweat, and money.

Your brake lines are arguably the most important safety function of your vehicle. Service them before putting yourself or others in danger.

We’re ready to set you up for success. So if you’re itching to get set up with tools that will make your flaring process a walk in the park, connect with us to learn how we can best be of service.

Having solid connections throughout your brake system is important for obvious reasons. Brake lines transfer fluid under a lot of pressure, sometimes 1200-1400psi, and leaking connections will decrease the brake line pressure and allow air into the system, which causes a spongy or low brake pedal. So to begin, we’ll show you some tips on how to plumb your brake system, get familiar with the various types of automotive flares, and look at some of the tools needed to get the job done.

For those designing the brake system from scratch, there are a few things to consider before getting started: the size and material of the lines, and the fitting style you will use to connect them. To keep your build simple, it’s recommended to use the same size brake lines for both the front and rear brakes. We suggest 3/16-inch line for most applications, although some rodders use 1/4-inch line. Speedway Motors offers 3/16-inch line in both standard steel and stainless steel for corrosion resistance and improved appearance. To ensure your brake system remains leak-proof, it’s best to choose one type of fitting and use it throughout with the least number of splices and fittings possible. Be sure to ask your Speedway Motors representative if you are unsure of the style of fittings you need with the brake parts you are ordering.

When you start designing the layout and determining where to route your lines, most of your bends will come off the master cylinder and around the front and rear axle. To make this step easy, first take a piece of baling wire and bend it to the length and shape you need and then use it as a template to form the brake lines. Doing this step first will save you the time and headache of tedious trial and error work.

If you have old lines that you’re replacing, they can also serve as a template. In the below video, Tim uses this process to bend brake and fuel lines. It’s also a great demonstration of the bending process and the tools required:

In the automotive industry there are four main types of tubing flares: 45-degree double flare, 45-degree single flare, 37-degree single flare, and the bubble flare. The most common type of flare you’ll find on domestic and street rod applications is a 45-degree double flare. The double flare is used on high pressure circuits like the brake and clutch system. The tubing is folded over on itself, creating a thicker lip that makes a stronger seat surface for the flare nut to tighten against. A 45-degree single flare has the same 45-degree taper without the folded lip portion and it’s usually used for systems that require less fluid pressure like carbureted fuel lines.

A 37-degree single flare is typically used with stainless steel brake lines where AN-type fittings are needed. AN (Army Navy) fittings were a military standard and are now used on race cars and many street rods. By design, AN fittings cannot be interchangeable with any other type of fitting. The last type of flare is most commonly referred to as the bubble flare, but can be referred to as ISO, DIN, or Metric-style flare. The bubble flare is usually found on European imports, and towards the late 1980 started becoming more popular on domestic applications.

Getting a good cut on your brake tubing is the first step in making a smooth and even flare. Hack saws or cut off wheels leave burs or uneven edges, which is impossible to mold into a flare that will seal. Tools like Speedway’s tubing cutter are ideal for any brake or aluminum fuel line.

One tool you’ve probably seen in almost every tool box is the wing nut-style flaring tool. These tools work great, they are compact and get the job done with ease, but if efficiency is something you’re after, you might consider the deluxe flaring tool. The wing nut flaring tools are available in 45-degree double, single, and 37-degree flare. For stainless steel tubing, Speedway offers a 37-degree ratcheting-style flaring tool that is the best we’ve found for the money.

For the hobbyist or anyone working on the brake system frequently, the deluxe lever action flaring tool is by far the most efficient tool on the market. It has a rotating head that will form a 45-degree double flare or single flare, and bubble flares on stainless or mild steel tubing. Simply mount the head in a vise, pick out the corresponding die, set the rotating head to the needed position and pull the lever. It will flare 3/16 to 3/8-inch tubing perfect and fast every time. Check out the video below to see it in action:

While the deluxe lever action tool is by far the best option, good flares can still be made with the old fashioned wing nut-style tool. Below is a step by step guide to making a 45 degree double flare using one of these tools:

The first step to achieve a good flare is making an even cut. Put a dab of oil on your cutting blade, this is a good way to ensure long life with your cutting tool.

In this photo, you will notice after making our cut, the tubing has compressed in on itself (closing the hole) unevenly which will not allow for an even flare. Before you flare the line, make sure you clean up the edges with a file.

You can take a cone file and carefully smooth-out any burs or uneven metal on the inside bore of the brake tubing. Skipping this step can split or crack the line when you attempt to make your flare.

Here is the final piece after filing both the inside and outside edges of the line. The most important part to a good flare is having a smooth and even sufarce to compress.

Insert the tubing into the flaring tool and use the bottom lip of the die as a guide as shown. The tubing should come up far enough to touch the bottom lip of the die about 1/4-inch.

Install the 45-degree double flaring die (included with flaring tool kit) and tighten down with a wrench until the die is flush with the top of the flaring clamp.

After the first flare is done, check to make sure the tubing has compressed evenly.

Next, remove the die and recompress the line with the flaring cone. Be careful not to over-flare the tubing which can split the line.

Here is how your finished 45-degree double flare should look. Make sure the tapered seat is smooth and free of burs for a tight seal.

How to flare brake lines

I still remember the first time I had to put a double-flare on a hard steel line. My dad and I were doing a brake job on our 1987 Suburban. The rear hard line for the wheel cylinder had rusted up and the nut was stripped. We had no choice but to cut it off and make a new hard line. Having never done this before, we went to the parts store for some advice. They provided a double flaring tool and a piece of hard line to cut and bend to size. Cutting and bending the line was easy, but we had a heck of a time figuring out how to flare the line, as the kit did not come with instructions. That was 25 years ago, now I can make a double-flare in my sleep. It is not difficult, but if you have never done it before, it can seem like a bit of voodoo. There are several key points that you need to know before you get started, so get ready to learn how to make a double flare brake line.

Tools

There are three types of flaring tools: manual, hydraulic, and leverage manual. Most of the time you will be dealing with a manual tool, usually mounted in a vise.

Manual – This what you will be dealing with. These kits are inexpensive and readily available at any NAPA Auto Parts Store. These tools are clamped into a vise, and use dies and a threaded press to impart the flare.

How to flare brake lines

There are two types of flares: 45-degree and 37-degree. 45-degree flares are the most common in automotive use. AN or Army-Navy fittings require 37-degree single flares. This 37-degree tool looks the same, but notice that it does not come with the dies.

How to flare brake lines

Hydraulic – Hydraulic flaring tools are generally only used in shops where a lot of line flares are made on a regular basis, the average DIY mechanic does not need one.

Leveraged Manual – The leveraged manual flaring tool uses dies and a swing-arm to press the flares into the line much faster and easier than a basic manual kit. These often cost a few hundred dollars, and are excellent for the builder that needs to make many flared lines, such as when restoring a car.

How to flare brake lines

How to Make a Double Flare

We will focus on how to use the manual flaring tool.

The first step is to cut the line. The end of the line must be clean and smooth. Some kits come with a tubing cutter, you need one regardless. Tubing cutters work best when the blade is tightened after every pass. You don’t want to load the brake line into the cutter and just crank down the cutting wheel.

How to flare brake lines

Before placing the tubing into the flaring tool, the fitting must be slid onto the line. Don’t forget this, as you can’t install the fitting once the line is flared.

How to flare brake lines

The flaring tool base is easiest to manage when secured in a vise, but can be used without a vise if necessary. The hard line should be loaded into the corresponding hole and the wing-nut clamps tighten enough to hold the line. Each tool comes with a set of dies. Each die is specific for a line. The die must match the line you are flaring. The die has a step, this is the depth of the line for the flare. Once this is set, the wing-nuts can be fully tightened.

How to flare brake lines

Next, the die is inserted into the line with the stub sliding into the line itself.

How to flare brake lines

The press locks over the base and the over the die. The press is threaded down until the die touches the base. This is the bubble portion of the flare.

How to flare brake lines

The press is released and the die removed. The press replaced over the line and threaded into the line once again. You only need to thread it until the press is tight, you don’t want to crank it down.

How to flare brake lines

How to flare brake lines

The finished flare seats against the fitting and when installed, will provide the seal for the fluid.

How to flare brake lines

Flaring lines is easy as long as you follow the instructions. Next time you need to replace a hard line on your vehicle, you can be proud that you made it yourself. Of course if you have any apprehensions, you can always check with your local NAPA AutoCare for assistance.

Check out all the brake system products available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on how to make a double flare brake line, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

When replacing your brake lines, the replacement brake hose assembly does not need to look exactly the same as the original brake line, but make sure that the brake lines (especially the new brake hose fittings) will fit the surrounding area where they will be installed. Sometimes the brake hose fitting can interfere with another part of your brakes. Pay attention to any tight spots when removing your brake lines and communicate any restrictions to the vendor who will be fabricating your replacement brake lines.

When ordering your brake line, you will need to specify the following:

  • Material of the brake line – rubber or stainless steel braided (colors available on SS braided)
  • Inside diameter of the brake line – 1/8” or 3/8” (read our related blog about advantages of stainless steel braided brake hose and smaller inside diameter brake lines)
  • Overall (end-to-end) length of the hose
  • Thread size of each hose end (see our related Thread Identification blog)
  • Fitting type of each hose end and its clocking
  • Any hose brackets and their clocking
  • Any desired accessories such as protective springs, strain relievers, abrasion protective sleeves or heat protection sleeves.

Identifying Brake Hose Fittings

Identifying your brake line fittings consists of three steps:

  1. Identify the thread sizes
  2. Identify the end configurations
  3. Identify the fittings group and type

Brake Line Fittings End Configurations:

On rare occasions we come across a pipe thread, but typically brake hose fittings involve a flare. There are three types of flares on brake hose fittings:

ISO Flare (Bubble)

  • 45° ISO Flare (also known as bubble flare) – the female seat angle is 96°

Double Flare

  • 45° Double Flare – the inverted seat angle is 42°

DIN Flare (Mushroom)

  • 31° DIN Flare (also known as mushroom flare) the female seat angle is 120°

Note: The seat angles vary from the tube angles in order to seal the smallest diameter.

Brake Line Fitting Groups:

  • Banjo
  • Center Support Fitting (bracket)
  • Male Fitting
  • Female Fitting
  • Other/Special Fitting

Banjo Fittings:

  • Round Style – Straight
  • Round Style – Bent
  • Block Style
  • Tube Style – Either Side
  • Tube Style – Left
  • Tube Style – Right

Center Support Fittings

  • Clip mount
  • Bracket Mount

Male Fittings

  • Standard mount
  • Bulkhead mount
  • Clip mount

Female Fittings

  • Clip Mount
  • Bolt-On Mount
  • Bulkhead Mount
  • Bracket Mount

Trust the Experts

There are many situations which could prevent you from correctly identifying parts of your brake hose assembly.

  • The brake hose fittings may include long tubes with complex bends, making it hard to measure the brake line’s overall length.
  • You may not have the necessary tools to accurately measure thread size and pitch – making it easy to confuse metric and imperial threads.
  • You may not get the clocking just right.
  • You may want to make an adjustment to your existing brake line because your vehicle is being modified (lifts, wider axles, aftermarket brakes…).

Whatever the situation, you are always safe bringing your old brake lines to one of Motion & Flow Control Products, Inc.’s stores for accurate identification, fabrication, and replacement of old brake lines.

How to flare brake lines

One dreaded job when working on anything with a motor, especially when doing a restoration, is working on the brake and fuel system. It’s a tedious job, and often times messy. My biggest fear is probably the same as yours, you build a car, take the time to put new parts everywhere, new paint, etc, and you then flare new brake and fuel lines. When the time comes, you fill the system with fluid (or fuel), and when pressurized, you can only hope and pray one or more of your fittings don’t leak. It’s the WORST when they do, and only makes the job that much more tedious and messy.

You can eliminate leakage at the hardline fittings by taking a few essential steps to assure you have clean, uniform flares at each fitting. The biggest thing is to make sure you are using a quality tool that can perform metric DIN flares or “bubble flares”. Not all tools are made to do this, and many require a 2-step process to produce them, which means more chances for error when making flares. I used to prefer the high end hydraulic flare tool by Snap-On, and after some practice, it too made really nice flares, but the 2 gripes I had with it was that you could first “overflare” the line. This is because it is a hydraulic system where you just pump the cylinder and you can’t really feel much resistance; therefore you can easily flare the line so much it’s deformed. Secondly, it required changing the dies which turns the job into a 2 step process. I like simplicity, and this wasn’t it.

Here at Eastwood we have a compact Professional Brake Tubing Flaring Tool that will make most any flare you will commonly come across. I decided to cover one of the less-common types of flares that’s often difficult to perfect. With this tool it makes the job a simple one step process that you can be assured won’t leak.

How to flare brake lines

The next most important thing to do when making flares in tubing is to use a tubing cutter with a sharp cutting wheel that isn’t chipped or deformed.

How to flare brake lines

Using a cut off wheel is also a recipe for leaks if you aren’t extremely careful. A leak can start from the moment you cut the line to flare it. You NEED a straight, clean cut on the tubing so the flare can be uniform in shape. Also you can’t always trust that the end on your brand new roll of brake line is straight. Even the factory can cut it uneven, and that can cause a subpar flare. Below I demonstrated a poor bubble flare on a piece of unevenly cut 3/16 brake line, next to a straight cut, properly formed bubble flare. Notice how the flare on the left has a line where the end of the tubing wasn’t completely formed on half of the flare? That’s because that side of the line was low from an uneven cut, and it wasn’t properly flared. That fitting WILL LEAK.

How to flare brake lines

Now that you’ve gotten your tubing cut square, you are ready to clamp the tubing into the flare tool. Since I was working on an older European car (VW Rabbit) with bubble flares, I chose the die with the “DIN” stamp on one end, and rotated the head of the tool to the matching DIN setting. From there I placed the bottom half of the die into the tool with the “DIN” stamping towards the head of the tool.

How to flare brake lines

How to flare brake lines

Next you want to set the brake line into the bottom half of the die, and make sure that the end of the brake line is square and flush with the “DIN” end of the die. From there you will install the top half of the die, flip the clamp down, install the pin in the clamp, and tighten the clamp until the die halves are firmly clamped together (we don’t want that line wiggling back in the die!). Also be sure to lube the brake line up where you will be forming the flare. Some use copper anti-seize, others grease, but I go the simple route and spray some spray lubricant like WD-40 on the line.

How to flare brake lines

How to flare brake lines

How to flare brake lines

Once your line is clamped and lubed, you simply pull the lever on the flaring tool in one steady motion until it “stops” (just about 90 degrees I found). One nice feature is that the tool has a definite point where it “stops”, and I could easily tell when the flare was fully formed. It’s as simple as that! Just remove the clamp on the die, the top half of the die, and then the brake line, and you are ready to install on the vehicle!

How to flare brake lines

Below you can see an example of a flare I produced with our Professional Brake Tubing Flaring Tool versus an original flare off of the car. One of these flares could be made in literally under a minute, it makes doing a brake line job so much easier, and the tool pays for itself almost instantly!

This essay was written based on my experience with Miata brake lines but should be applicable to any car using metric brake line flares, as well as to other flared pipe unions.

How A Flare Works

A flare pipe union seals by pushing two metal pipes together. The ends of the pipes are angled so that there is a male and a female end; the male end pressing against the female end creates the seal.

Double inverted flare on the left, bubble flare on the right:

How to flare brake lines

In a typical brake line application, the hard line end of the union is the female end – the brake pipe itself is expanded around the center. The hard line also has the nut that applies force necessary to seal the junction. The soft line end is the male end.

Here is another schematic of the metric/SAE double inverted and DIN/ISO bubble flares with photos of the female ends as found on automotive brake hard lines:

How to flare brake lines

A close-up of the tube ends of various flare types:

How to flare brake lines

This is what the junction looks like assembled:

Note that the angles on male and female ends are not the same. In the first image above, the SAE double inverted flares are considered to have a 45 degree angle – this angle matches the female end of the fitting, whereas the male end has a 42 degree angle. During assembly, as the tube nut is tightened, the male end deforms to match the angle of the female end.

Some other flare types:

How to flare brake lines

Metric Vs SAE Flares

Metric double flare and SAE double flare fittings are constructed from the same principles but with different angles. Referring back to the schematic, SAE double flare uses a 45 degree angle:

How to flare brake lines

JIS metric double flare, as used in Miatas and other Japanese-manufactured vehicles, employ a 37 degree angle.

The far right image on the above illustration shows an SAE double flare with a metric (M10x1.0) tube nut. This is not to be confused with a metric double flare with the same metric tube nut – the angle of the flare itself is critical for the junction sealing.

A proper flare junction uses the same flare type on both male and female ends. Cars like Miatas are configured like this from the factory: they employ M10x1.0 tube nuts and female JIS metric double flares on hard lines and male JIS metric double flares on soft lines.

Issue arise when one mixes SAE and metric fittings and fasteners in a single brake system, because in the US the SAE fittings and fasteners are more commonly available. Due to the differences in flare angles (45 vs 37 degrees), the junction of an SAE inverted flare and a metric inverted flare will not seal properly if tightened to normal specifications. However, if the tube nut is overtightened, eventually one of the ends will form the other end to the same angle, thus creating a seal. In my experience the female end of the hard line alters the male end of the soft line.

Because higher than normal force is required to squish the mismatching flare ends together, assembling a junction in this fashion increases the risk of rounding off the tube nut. Subsequent disassembly also carries increased risk of rounding off the tube nut as it was tightened to a higher than normal torque. Furthermore, as the shape of the tube itself is changed during assembly it is possible to reduce the size of the opening below the diameter of the tube, though I believe this to be rather unlikely given that the angle change is relatively small (8 degrees, from 45 to 37).

On the topic of tube nuts, if one uses SAE flared hard lines with SAE tube nuts the size of the tube nuts – 3/8″ or 9.5 mm – is close to the 10 mm size of the metric tube nuts but not quite the same. Attempting to loosen SAE tube nuts with the metric 10 mm flare nut wrench, especially if the SAE nuts were overtightened to compensate for the flare angle difference, is likely to result in rounded off tube nuts during disassembly.

Reuse Of Mutated Brake Lines

Suppose one replaced a brake hard line on a car with an SAE flared hard line, and subsequently wanted to reuse the soft lines on another car with original hard lines. What would happen?

If the hard lines were made of harder material than soft lines, as has been the case in my experience, the soft lines upon original assembly would have been altered to have the SAE 45 degree angle on the flare fitting. Even though these lines originally were the correct Miata part they have become SAE flared soft lines; putting them on a different car with all metric lines and fittings makes the connections leak, possibly heavily, even after overtightening the tube nuts.

A way to repair this situation is to squish the soft lines the second time to their original 37 degree angle. I’ve found that this is not possible by simply tightening the tube nuts even with a flare wrench – the torque that can be applied to the nuts before they round off is insufficient. However, by using small needle nose locking pliers the tube nut can be turned further and eventually the male seat of the fitting will be conformed to the female end on the hard line.

Naturally turning the tube nut with locking pliers tends to damage the nut, as well as potentially the tube nut threads. This repair is best avoided on connections that need to be successfully disassembled in the future – even stainless steel soft lines are not very expensive and should be the preferred option.

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How to babyproof windows

Babyproofing your home is a huge, but necessary undertaking. From covering sharp corners and blocking outlets to securing kitchen cabinets, there are a lot of things to think about before your little one starts getting around on their own.

One thing that often slips the mind of new parents are the windows in the home. Windows can pose serious threats to children, so it’s important to take safety precautions to ensure there are no accidents.

As window experts, we’re here to give you a few safety tips to make your home safe for your little ones, no matter how adventurous they may be!

How to babyproof windows

How to Child Proof a Window

While there are some baby proofing tactics that are specific to certain types of windows, and we’ll discuss those further down, there are some general child proofing window guidelines everyone should know.

Make Sure Your Locks Are in Good Shape

This is a no-brainer when it comes to making your home safer! It’s one of the easiest ways to secure your home, no matter how old your children are. Examine your window locks to make sure they’re all in working order and immediately replace or repair any locks that aren’t. If you need to replace any locks, be sure to look for child proof window locks so your windows are secure even as your children grow.

Move Furniture Away From Windows

Babies and toddlers love to climb, so having furniture in front of a window can be dangerous. While it’s not always possible to move furniture away from all windows, it’s a good idea to rearrange your home to move as many pieces of furniture away from windows as possible.

Secure Blind Cords

If you have blinds with long cords, securing them is a must. Blind cords often have small plastic pieces that can become choking hazards, not to mention the risk of entanglement that the cords themselves pose. You can find a variety of blind cord wraps online and at home improvement stores that attach to the wall next to your window to ensure your little one can’t reach the cords.

Install Window Guards

If you like to open your windows for fresh air, it’s important to remember that window screens are there to keep bugs out. They’re not strong enough to prevent a child from falling through. That’s where window guards come in. Window guards are bars that go across your windows to prevent your child from falling through. They may not be the most aesthetically pleasing option, but they are one of the best ways to secure your windows.

Parent pro-tip: if you have a little climber on your hands, install the window guards sideways so the bars run vertically instead of horizontally. This way your child can’t use it as a ladder!

Baby Proof Window Sills

Window sills can have sharp corners, so on lower windows, be sure to add padding to avoid bumped heads. You can likely use the same material you used to pad your coffee table and other sharp corners in your home.

Teach Your Child Window Safety

We teach our little ones that the stove is hot and that they need to look both ways before crossing the street, so it’s important to teach them what is and isn’t safe around windows. Gently correct unsafe behavior and explain why certain behaviors are unacceptable around windows.

Baby Proofing Hung and Sliding Windows

Most people have hung windows, sliding windows, and/or sliding glass doors in their home. In addition to the general baby proofing tips we mentioned above, there is one safety precaution specific to windows and doors that slide open.

Window Stops

Window stops prevent your window from being opened from the inside. There are several styles of window stops but one of the most popular is the window wedge. This is a plastic piece that wedges the window shut, making it difficult for little ones to open. If you have sliding glass doors, look for sliding door locks. They work similarly to a window wedge, but are placed high up on the door so children can’t just pick them up and move them.

Other types of window stops include Charley bars, which can secure any type of sliding window or door shut.

Proofing Casement and Awning Windows

Since they’re crank-operated, casement and awning windows are among the easiest to baby proof. All you need to do is remove the crank handle! That’s right, if your casement and awning window has a removable handle (most do), simply unscrew it and put it in a safe place so you can reattach it later. This will prevent your little one from pushing the window open.

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You might not be in the babyproofing stage just yet. If your baby isn’t quite mobile, we have one word for you: Enjoy! This moment is fleeting, and before you know it, your tiny terror will be getting into all kinds of things — scurrying and scooting, and crawling and causing chaos. Of course, this is a good thing. You want your baby to be inquisitive and active. It’s just that, well, your seemingly comfy, cozy home is loaded with potential dangers you never even thought about.

Here’s what we’re getting at: You can’t start babyproofing too early. Rather, you want to begin before your baby begins opening cabinets, zooming from room to room, or attempting to stick objects into electrical outlets (gulp). It may sound overwhelming, but you can make your house a safe space for play by taking a few smart precautions and using a few key products.

Ready to start planning? We’re sharing a few tips, plus some of the best childproofing products you need to have handy to get it all done fast.

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Get down on your toddler’s level

In order to outsmart a toddler, you have to think like a toddler — and act like one. Get down on the ground so that you can see things from their level. This may help you realize that there’s a lot to explore and even more potential mischief to make. As you crawl from room to room, use Post-It notes to mark any areas that need to be addressed or could be seen as safety hazards.

Declutter/remove reachable items

Your home is chock-full of curious eye candy — shiny trinkets your little one can barely resist. That vintage bar cart you love so much with beautiful bottles and antique crystal — it has got to go. In fact, you are going to want to say goodbye to a lot of your favorite decorative items. Anything breakable, sharp, or heavy should be placed out of reach or temporarily removed from display. Don’t worry; you will be able to have nice things again. (Someday.)

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Siphon off safe spaces

Baby gates are everything; trust us: You are going to want to invest some serious stock in these veritable jail-makers. Of course, you do want your little one to have plenty of freedom and flexibility to move, play, and flourish — so make sure you are not setting up a gated maze throughout the house. Instead, block off areas you can’t easily babyproof (i.e., fireplaces), and be sure there are wall-mounted gates at the bottom and top of stairways.

Use doorknob covers

You may be thinking about potty training at some point soon, but, in the meantime, keep the bathroom off-limits — or make sure you accompany your little one at all times. There are too many potential dangers (and a toilet full of water that is practically begging your child to come and play). Keep the bathroom door shut and use doorknob covers to make it hard for them to twist open. Once your baby starts using a training potty, you might consider getting a toilet seat latch. Also, remember that it’s never safe to leave your little one around water or in the bathtub alone.

Babyproof your cabinets and drawers

Little snack seekers will soon learn where you keep all the good stuff. But tiny fingers can get pinched in slammed cabinet doors and drawers; try using locks and latches in your kitchen. You can typically buy these on their own, or you may find them included in a larger babyproof kit (a great starting point for all your efforts!).

Anchor heavy items

Heavy furniture (i.e., armoires, entertainment systems, storage centers, etc.) should be anchored to the walls. Use straps to anchor televisions, mirrors, art, etc. Toddlers can have a surprising amount of strength, and you don’t want to risk injury.

Use safety outlet plugs

Make sure you get safety plugs for all electrical outlets. Babies discover these little wall holes early on, and since they’re typically low to the ground, you may want to make covering them one of your earliest childproofing efforts.

Check your windows and blinds/cords

Windows should be checked for stability and babyproofed with guards or gates (regular screens can still be pushed out). You can also make sure a window won’t be opened more than four inches with a stopper or wedge. Moreover, check the blinds and cords. Babies like to put their heads in between slats, and cords or wires should be neatly tucked and wrapped to avoid the risk of strangulation.

Keep cleaning/laundry products out of reach

Make sure laundry pods, cleaning supplies, and other chemical items are barricaded off or placed out of your baby’s reach.

Check for sharp corners

Tables can have sharp edges that are just the perfect height for Baby to clip (your little one’s head is like a magnet!). Consider getting bumpers for square or rectangular edges.

Your babyproofing checklist may seem long, but with the right products and some savvy planning, you can accomplish everything you need to do (or most of it) in a weekend! Just remember to keep careful watch and pay attention to what your child is trying to get into. It’s great to have an adventurous toddler. You just want to make sure that they can explore and stay safe.

How to babyproof windows

Kids are curious and, as you know, the world outside your home is not childproofed. There are literally safety risks all around. Luckily, a range of childproofing solutions to help you secure all types of doors around your house is available.

Exterior doors, door knobs, handles, sliding doors and interior doors can, and should, be appropriately baby proofed to ensure the safety of your little ones. Check out these door-securing devices to prevent your kids from opening a door when you’re not looking or pinching their fingers in a closing door. All of these door locking devices for can be found at your local hardware store, baby supply store or online.

Exterior Doors

One of parents’ biggest fears is having their little one wander off or go outside without them knowing. Just outside the door of your house or apartment, any number of potential dangers await: traffic in the street, a balcony or a backyard pool, just to name a few. Thankfully there are ways to childproof all types of exterior door.

Deadbolt or Security Chain

The easiest way to childproof your front door is by installing a deadbolt or a security door chain. The deadbolt or chain should be fixed above the door handle and high enough to ensure that children cannot reach the latch and unlock the door even if they find something to stand on, like a chair.

These solutions are easy to install on the door and doorframe easy to unlock for those that can reach it. Some parents choose not to install a deadbolt or security chain because it requires you to remember to lock the deadbolt or reattach the security chain each time you close the door.

Door Knob Cover

For round doorknobs, there are locks available that fit over most standard-sized existing knobs. A doorknob cover prevents a child from opening the door by making it more complicated to turn the knob, similar to child-proof caps on medicine bottles. These types of door securing products are sometimes preferable to deadbolts or security chains because they remain on the knob and you don’t need to remember to put them back in place each time the door is used.

There are a few different types available on the market. Some knob covers require the adult to squeeze two buttons simultaneously to operate the door, which can only be accomplished with bigger hands. Other models allow you to turn the knob only by sticking your thumb and index fingers through holes in the cover, but making it impossible for children with short fingers to open the door.

Lever Handle Doors

Doors with lever-style handles are the easiest for toddlers and children to open. By simply grabbing the handle and pulling down, a child can easily get out of the house. Specially designed covers are available which fit onto the door handle. They attach to the door with either adhesive strips or can be installed with screws driven into the door itself.

Sliding Doors

There are also devices available to secure sliding glass doors. Sliding door flip locks are a simple solution that sticks to the glass using an adhesive strip. When the arm of the flip lock is up, it blocks the door from being opened. Then, simply flip the arm down to allow the door to slide open.

We recommend installing this type of device 10 to 15 inches above the latch on the sliding door. This will prevent children from being able to open the door by climbing up or reaching up and unlocking the device.

Interior Doors

When childproofing, it’s also important to secure interior doors within the home. You will want to restrict access to areas and rooms that have safety hazards or which cannot be entirely baby proofed, such as the bathroom, basement, utility closet or pantry.

Door Top Lock

A top lock can be a great solution for almost all types of interior doors. Unlike knob or handle covers, this device is installed directly on the door and door frame and it locks and unlocks from both sides of the door. The top lock device can be quickly installed at the top of the door, ensuring that children cannot grasp the latch, yet adults can easily reach up and unlock the door.

Door Monkey

This type of child-proof door locking device simply clips on to the door and grips the door frame, locking the door in a slightly open position. This allows air to circulate and small pets to pass into the room that’s off-limits, but not toddlers or children. It’s very simple to attach to the door and locks automatically. Additionally, this device also prevents little fingers from getting pinched in doors that slam shut.

Door Unlock Release

For interior doors with locks, you may consider changing out the hardware for a knob with pressure unlock release. To avoid an emergency situation where the child locks his/herself in a bathroom or another room, an unlock release allows you to open the locked door from the other side. Simply insert something thin and long, like a safety pin or very small screwdriver.

Other Tips for Childproofing Your Home

In addition to securing the doors of your home, you should also ensure that windows are childproofed. To prevent kids from wandering outside unattended or falling out of a window, you can install locks to secure windows and alarms to alert you if one is opened.

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I’ll admit that I had never thought that I needed to baby proof our windows when we had our kids. If you are like me, we didn’t start baby proofing until our kids started rolling and pulling up on things. Then all of a sudden it became urgent to make everything baby-friendly.

How to babyproof windows

It is National Safety month which means it is time to take a look at our homes with fresh eyes.

Whether it is looking to make sure all the outlets are covered to stop little fingers, checking for small magnets left out or making sure that furniture is anchored to the walls in case of little climbers tipping them over we need to walk around our homes and check for safety hazards.

Check out the Window Covering Safety Council website for even more information about child-proofing your home.

Did you know that one of the top 5 hidden hazards in American homes, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, are corded window coverings.

This is my niece Charlotte. Her room has curtains and plantation shutters. She had so much fun doing a little photo shoot in her room. Can you tell that her favorite color is purple. 🙂

How to babyproof windows

My sister and I are also pretty crazy about our kids sleep. These curtains have blackout lining so it keeps the room nice and dark for naps. We also are fanatics about sound machines. Now our whole family are converts and use them in all bedrooms and even take them on vacation.

Windows are one place that I had no idea we needed to worry about. So I feel much more confident knowing that her windows are cordless. She and her siblings love to play in their rooms at night before bed.

Walk through your home and check for exposed or dangling cords. These can pose a strangulation hazard.

In December 2018, a new safety standard was put in place for retailers. Now, only cordless window coverings are available for purchase in-store. You have to special order window coverings with cords. This makes is even more convenient to keep your home baby-friendly.

Look for the Best for Kids™ certification label, to know that you are making the right choice in window coverings.

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How to babyproof windows

babyproof: verb, transitive + intransitive
ba·by·proof \ˈbā-bē-ˌprüf\

: the act of making an environment or object safer for children. The act of babyproofing reduces risks to a level considered acceptable by a society, or, for example, to specific parents.

In my most recent book, Stuff Dutch Moms Like, I share a personal anecdote of attending a dinner party at an American friend’s home in Amsterdam. The dinner party consisted of a mix of Dutch and “expat” moms all living in the Netherlands. Over the course of the evening, the conversation inevitably turned to the subject of “babyproofing” as the home we were dining in was the stuff of nightmares for most American parents: open fireplace, 3 flights of treacherous stairs, multi-levelled floors with low railings and floor to ceiling windows that drop down to the canal lined street below. The Dutch women were aghast: “a babyproofer?! You actually pay someone to tell you what’s wrong with your own house?!” The transplanted foreigners were equally incredulous: “How could anyone with children possibly live here. Don”t people die on Dutch stairs??” I stood in the middle of the two camps; understanding each side, yet knowing that the cultural divide on this topic was far too wide to breach. In retrospect, I shoulda just printed and handed out the below instructions and we could have all moved on, agreeing to disagree.

Babyproofing the American way

  1. buy dream house
  2. decorate and furnish dream home
  3. get pregnant on ‘dangerously high’ California-king size mattress
  4. hire expensive baby proofer to tell you in details every single thing that is wrong with said dream house
  5. get pre-term contractions due to shock of discovering you live in an “extremely high-risk ‘red-alert’ environment”
  6. hire expensive baby proofer + even more expensive architect and builder to make “critical emergency modifications” to dream home
  7. rip down walls and re-level sunken-living room
  8. plaster over open fireplace
  9. apply tacky window decals to all sliding-glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows which once showcased gorgeous view
  10. buy and install expensive rail guards, window guards, cabinet locks, radiator covers and electric socket plugs
  11. buy and install bump guards, edge guards and corner cushions for all furniture
  12. buy and install toilet locks, fridge lock and furniture straps
  13. bolt everything to the wall and/or floor
  14. buy baby gates, door gates and stair gates
  15. if your house now resembles a jail for tiny prisoners it means you are half-way there
  16. crawl around on hands and knees to effectively “get into baby’s environment” and spot missed “risk zones”
  17. add rubber padding to all walls and exposed surfaces
  18. remove superfluous furniture, accessories and home decor items
  19. heck, remove all furniture, accessories and home decor items; can live strategically positioned floor cushions and pillows alone
  20. dream house is now an (albeit empty) padded sanctuary and oasis of safety filled with only the best organic cotton cushions and floor pillows
  21. sit back, schedule your birth, and admire your fully ‘baby-proofed’ home. If you are stressed, fearful and exhausted it means you are living the American dream.

How to babyproof windows

How to babyproof the Dutch way

  1. buy dream house surrounded by open water, containing multiple steep staircases, and windows that open onto at least a 1-storey straight-fall. Bonus points for: open fireplaces, roof terraces and piping hot radiators.
  2. get pregnant and buy wooden baby “box”
  3. give birth to baby in your living room
  4. put baby in “box”. the end.

How to babyproof windows

The Dutch “baby box” (aka: wooden playpen)

Curious? Read more from author Colleen Geske on why Dutch moms are the happiest in the world!

How to babyproof windows

Colleen Geske is the founder of Stuff Dutch People Like. She is originally from Canada and has called Amsterdam her home since 2004.

Uh-oh. Has that baby of mine really worked out how to get in the refrigerator? Already? And the cabinets? Time to baby proof our rental. But how, when there is so little we can change? Here are a few of the challenges we renters face when baby-proofing, and the simple steps we can take to overcome them.

Challenge #1: Finding the safest possible property for your family to rent

If you can, start at the very beginning. When looking at a property, speak to the landlord about any safety concerns you have about the space. Does the landlord seem flexible with regard to screwing items into walls (like anchoring a bookshelf, for example)? This will help you gauge whether or not you can form a working relationship with this person.

In terms of the property itself, check for these potential problems:

  • Are there dangerous falling hazards (like an open staircase) that cannot be blocked off by a gate?
  • Do the window coverings have long cords or loops attached? These can be a strangulation hazard and will need to be replaced, cut, or secured to the wall – best to check with the landlord in advance rather than this turning into a problem later.
  • Check for any odors in the property. Do the neighbors smoke, or has there been a smoker in the property before now? Cigarette smoke has been linked to SIDS and should be avoided.
  • Lead paint is also a concern in any property built before 1978. For older homes, check: Is there any chipping or flaking of paint, especially around staircases and window and door frames? For more info, here is the EPA’s page on lead in homes.

Challenge #2: Blocking off potentially dangerous parts of your home

Then you need a baby gate. For a rental, this means searching for a “pressure-mounted” gate. This means discs on the gate screw out to hold the gate against the wall. However, if you have a set of stairs in your rental, and you need a gate at the top of the stairs, you must get a hard-mounted (actually screws into the wall) baby gate, because it is still possible that a pressure-mounted gate could be pushed through. Speak to your landlord. If this is an issue, offer to fill and repaint holes left by the gate, or consider paying to have this done. (A baby gate at the bottom of a set of stairs, however, is fine to be pressure-mounted.)

Challenge #3: Preventing access to cabinets where needed

Many cabinet door locking systems require screwing into the cabinetry, but not all. You can try these KidCo magnetic locks, which can be applied with adhesive, or these adhesive straps from Munchkin (these work for my refrigerator – no more climbing!). If you are lucky enough to have handles on your cabinet doors, try a handle lock like this one from Kiscords. Of course, the cheapest option is to simply rethink the layout of your storage. Keep the lower cabinets in your house for pots, pans and plastic items, while breakables and any dangerous goods like medicines and cleaning products should be kept far, far out of reach.

This is a huge problem in the apartment building I live in. We have bizarre door handles that no baby proof cover seems to fit, and they do not stay locked if turned from the inside. Which means that, as soon as my 3-year-old was strong enough to open the door, he escaped into the hallway. After speaking to my landlord, I discovered the installation of an extra chain or lock was not an option, as our doors need to be able to be opened from the outside at all times for fire safety reasons. To resolve this, they suggested installing a simple alarm system, to alert me to the door being opened. Something like this one. Hopefully your doors don’t have bizarro handles and you can simply purchase a regular baby proof door knob cover at your place.

Challenge #5: Preventing falls from windows

This is such a crucial, but often overlooked, aspect of baby proofing. First of all, be sure that your child’s crib or bed is not next to a window, and consider moving any furniture that could be climbed on, away from the window in their room. In our house, no window is opened at the bottom wider than my toddler’s head (which is easy, since his head is in the 98th percentile). For homes with a normal-headed toddler, you may want to get yourself a window guard. Again, speak to your landlord as it will need to be drilled into the window frame. It’s worth it and could save your child’s life. Guardian Angel make great guards, and there is also this cheaper option from KidCo.

Of course, these are only a few points to consider when baby proofing your entire home. For a more comprehensive guide, take a look at these checklists on Babycenter, for what to do before your baby is born, before your baby starts to crawl, and for toddlers and beyond.

And if you’ve found the perfect solution to one of these rental baby-proofing dilemmas, be sure to share it with the rest of us below!

– Re-edited from a post originally published March 26, 2013 – DF

How to babyproof windows

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There’s no feeling as amazing as bringing that little bundle of joy home from the hospital.

There’s also no feeling quite as worrying as wondering how you’re going to keep your baby safe in a house full of power outlets, stairs and sharp corners.

Baby proofing has morphed into its own industry, with oodles of fix-alls and must-haves for new and expectant parents. But what do you actually need? What actually works? The good news is that many of those gadgets aren’t necessary — the most important thing you can do to babyproof your home is to actually rearrange in order to accommodate the child — and in other cases, the helpful gadgets you need won’t break the bank.

Here are 5 can’t miss tips for babyproofing your new home:

  1. First off, take care of the easy stuff. Turn down your water heater to less than 120 degrees F, buy outlet covers for your power outlets and get baby gates for the head and foot of your stairs. Almost every parent needs these.
  2. Next up, begin to go room-by-room, evaluating your home for chemical hazards (cleaning supplies, vitamins, prescriptions); obstructive hazards (stairs, coffee tables, hard floors); and hazards if your baby were to interact with them (cords on blinds, toppling bookshelves, toilets).
  3. In a number of cases, you will be able to rearrange your home to accommodate your baby. Move the furniture with the sharp corners out of harm’s way, move cleaning supplies to a more secure cabinet that only adults can reach.
  4. In a number of other cases, you might need a gadget to fully babyproof the area. Buy soft covers for sharp furniture you can’t move out of harm’s way, buy cabinet latches if you’re unable to move chemical hazards out of reach, buy anchors to secure bookshelves to the wall. Get a nice soft rug for hard floors that could be an injury hazard if the toddler were to slip. Buy a toilet latch, and replace your Venetian blinds with cordless blinds.
  5. Lastly, pay particular attention to some special areas of the house. If you have refrigerator magnets, those could pose a choking hazard. Put those into storage for now. If you have low windows, you’ll want to obstruct access to those windows or lock them entirely. Keep lamps out of reach — the bulbs on these can heat up and burn a curious child.

As you walk through your own home and assess potential dangers, there could be hazards that we didn’t list above. Take your time and pay close attention to anything that could be dangerous if a child were to interact with it. Safety comes first — when in doubt, err on the side of making it safer.

By spending the time to assess your own home, you’ll be able to bring home baby without the worry of hidden dangers around the house.

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How to babyproof windows

Raising a newborn is not an easy task. There are a thousand thoughts running through your mind and you want to a lot of things for your baby. Now, babyproofing the apartment is one of the most important things to do. The baby grows rapidly and thus there are 3-4 stages of baby-proofing the apartment. Initially, you should start baby-proofing the house even before you welcome the baby. Ideally, at least three months before your due date, because some of the recommendations say babyproofing takes time.

How to babyproof the apartment?

Medical kit

When you have a baby in your house, it is necessary to keep a medical kit handy. Babies are new to the environment we live in and it takes time for them to fit in this surrounding, and they can even catch infection easily. Thus, it is necessary to stock up medicines for an emergency but, do not use them without the doctor’s prescription.

Emergency contact numbers

Keep contact numbers of doctors and closed ones in handy. If you have someone looking after your baby while you are away, make sticky notes of your contact and put it up around the house.

Non-slip pads under rugs

Rugs can get slippery sometimes and to avoid unnecessary accidents, put non-slip pads under your rugs. It is advised to opt for non-slip rugs when you pick rugs for your house, to avoid further inconvenience. Use non-slip rugs especially, near the kitchen area and outside the bathroom.

Cover sharp furniture with padding

Furniture with sharp edges to which the baby can reach easily should be covered with soft pads to prevent the baby from getting hurt. Or to avoid that, you can even swap your furniture and start using a safer one.

Latch doors and windows

Latch doors, windows to prevent the baby from getting out. Also, lock drawers which have sharp objects or other harmful things where the baby can reach easily. At first, as parents, you might find it difficult and scared to fit the baby in such an environment but as time passes, you may get used to it.

How to evolve honedge

Aegislash is a competitive favorite, so we show you where to catch and raise one up in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Pokémon Sword and Shield add all kinds of fun, strong, and strange new Pokémon to the competitive scene. But sometimes the best is an old MVP. Enter Aegislash, a haunted sword Pokémon that dominated competitive play during the X and Y days. Now with the Pokédex and available moves cut down, few can stop the ghostly blade from rising again to terrorize Pokémon Sword and Shield‘s competitive play. But before it can do that, it has to start as a itty bitty baby sword.

Honedge is the first stage of ghost sword line. The legends surrounding it are quite creepy, making it one of the more chilling Ghost-type Pokémon. Depending on which version you read, Honedge is either the soul of a person trapped within its own murder weapon or a possessed sword that drains away the life force of its wielder.

From there it evolves into a pair of swords called Doublade. Finally it becomes Aegislash, a sword and shield combo (appropriate for these games). Legends say it granted a man immense power to conquer a kingdom, but then drained his life away. If that kind of unchecked, dangerous power sounds like your definition of a good time, then here’s how to find Honedge.

Where To Find Honedge

Honedge loves the Wild Area in both Sword and Shield. The only place to catch it naturally is in the Wild Area’s Hammerlocke Hills. It may show up in the tall grass during a snowstorm. But it’s more likely to appear floating around in the overworld during foggy weather. Outside of that, Honedge is known to appear in Max Raid battles that occur in the Dusty Bowl, Giant’s Seat, Stony Wilderness, and Watchtower Ruins areas.

Honedge is also one of the few Pokémon that can spawn wild in its evolved forms. Doublade will often appear floating in the Wild Area alone as one of the challenging encounters. It will be level 56 and appear in the Giant’s Cap area. It might also appear during snowstorms in the Lake of Outrage’s grass. It too can appear in Max Raid battles in the Watchtower Ruins.

Aegislash might surprise dedicated players with a wild appearance as well. It will only appear as a singular overworld encounter during foggy weather in Giant’s Cap, however. It can also spawn as a Max Raid Battle at the Watchtower Ruins.

How To Evolve Honedge To Doublade And Aegislash

via: Pokémon Wiki

If you don’t want to wait for the right weather conditions and luck to bring Aegislash to you directly, you can just evolve Honedge the old fashioned way. To do that, first raise Honedge to level 35. This will trigger the evolution to Doublade. Then you can immediately evolve Doublade to Aegislash by using a Dusk Stone. You can find the item at the Lake of Outrage and once at Stow-on-Side, or get it from the Digging Duo and as a PokéJob reward.

Be warned: evolving a Pokémon with a stone means it can’t learn any more moves by leveling up. When you evolve Doublade to Aegislash, make sure it’s learned whatever moves you want it to have. Or have TMs with moves ready for after it evolves.

What Aegislash Does In Battle

Aegislash has the unique ability to change between offensive and defensive modes. It begins holding its shield in front of it. Like this, it will have amazing Defense and Special Defense. But once it uses an attack move, it will reveal its blade and change stances. It loses its Defense and Special Defense and gains great Attack and Special Attack in this Blade Forme. The ability to control what stats Aegislash is proficient in gives its trainer great control in battle.

Substitute is a great move for Aegislash as it saves it from taking major damage in its Blade Forme. It also needs King’s Shield to switch back into its shield-holding form, so keep that move. Its other two moves should be offensive ones of two different types. It can be a great special or physical attacker, so you can choose if you want it to have Ghost-type moves, Steel-type moves, or even the few Fighting-type moves it can learn to deal with the Dark-types that threaten it.

Double is among Pokemon Sword and Shields more rare and exotic Pokemon, and if players want to evolve one, they’re going to need some help.

Pokemon Sword and Shield fans looking to catch the steel/ghost-type Pokemon Doublade certainly have their work cut out for them. In fact, it may just be easiest to catch a Honedge, and subsequently level it up to evolve it. But evolving Doublade into Aegislash is certainly more complicated.

It is usually best to begin with the basics, and for many Pokemon trainers the best first step is catching Honedge. As Pokemon Sword and Shield players have likely already experienced, knowing where to look is truly half the battle.

To Catch a Honedge

Luckily for Pokemon Sword and Shield fans that are eager to get their hands on Doublade, Honedge isn’t too difficult to find. Players should make their way over to the Hammerlocke Hills in the Wild Area, where they’ll experience a 44% chance of encountering Honedge.

But the weather conditions are the most important part. Pokemon Sword and Shield players need to make sure the conditions are foggy if they want to experience a 44% chance at encountering Honedge. Otherwise they’ll have to wait for a snowstorm, where the likelihood of a Honedge encounter drops from 44% to a meager 15%.

But For the Ambitious.

The more ambitious Pokemon Sword and Shield trainers might want to catch a Doublade. This is significantly less likely for fans of the Pokemon franchise, as Doublade is much rarer to find in the wild. But for those willing to put the time in just to say they did it, Doublade can be found at the Lake of Outrage, Giant’s Cap, and a few other places that depend on which version of the game they’re playing.

For those who own Pokemon Sword, they’ll be able to find Doublade at the Watchtower Ruins, while those playing Pokemon Shield can find Doublade in the Stony Wilderness. If players are lucky enough to encounter the ghostly Doublade, the Pokemon will be somewhere in the range of levels 50 through 56. For those looking to maximize their chances at finding Doublade, they’ll want to head to the Lake of Outrage, where during a snowstorm they’ll be granted a 25% chance of finding it.

For those interested in going all the way, Aegislash can be found at Giant’s Cap and Watchtower Ruins. In both cases, however, Aegislash is a truly rare sight. Pokemon Sword and Shield players that are interested in obtaining Aegislash should really consider catching Honedge or Doublade and just evolving them.

Evolving the Pokemon

Some trainers believe that Pokemon are meant to be evolved, and Honedge and Doublade certainly fit this bill as Aegislash is considered by many to be a must-have Pokemon. To evolve Honedge, players need only level the Pokemon to level 35 to commence the evolution into Doublade.

Doublade’s evolution on the other hand is a bit more challenging. Pokemon Sword and Shield players will first need to find a Dusk Stone, and apply it to Doublade to evolve it into Aegislash.

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Double is among Pokemon Sword and Shields more rare and exotic Pokemon, and if players want to evolve one, they’re going to need some help.

Pokemon Sword and Shield fans looking to catch the steel/ghost-type Pokemon Doublade certainly have their work cut out for them. In fact, it may just be easiest to catch a Honedge, and subsequently level it up to evolve it. But evolving Doublade into Aegislash is certainly more complicated.

It is usually best to begin with the basics, and for many Pokemon trainers the best first step is catching Honedge. As Pokemon Sword and Shield players have likely already experienced, knowing where to look is truly half the battle.

To Catch a Honedge

Luckily for Pokemon Sword and Shield fans that are eager to get their hands on Doublade, Honedge isn’t too difficult to find. Players should make their way over to the Hammerlocke Hills in the Wild Area, where they’ll experience a 44% chance of encountering Honedge.

But the weather conditions are the most important part. Pokemon Sword and Shield players need to make sure the conditions are foggy if they want to experience a 44% chance at encountering Honedge. Otherwise they’ll have to wait for a snowstorm, where the likelihood of a Honedge encounter drops from 44% to a meager 15%.

But For the Ambitious.

The more ambitious Pokemon Sword and Shield trainers might want to catch a Doublade. This is significantly less likely for fans of the Pokemon franchise, as Doublade is much rarer to find in the wild. But for those willing to put the time in just to say they did it, Doublade can be found at the Lake of Outrage, Giant’s Cap, and a few other places that depend on which version of the game they’re playing.

For those who own Pokemon Sword, they’ll be able to find Doublade at the Watchtower Ruins, while those playing Pokemon Shield can find Doublade in the Stony Wilderness. If players are lucky enough to encounter the ghostly Doublade, the Pokemon will be somewhere in the range of levels 50 through 56. For those looking to maximize their chances at finding Doublade, they’ll want to head to the Lake of Outrage, where during a snowstorm they’ll be granted a 25% chance of finding it.

For those interested in going all the way, Aegislash can be found at Giant’s Cap and Watchtower Ruins. In both cases, however, Aegislash is a truly rare sight. Pokemon Sword and Shield players that are interested in obtaining Aegislash should really consider catching Honedge or Doublade and just evolving them.

Evolving the Pokemon

Some trainers believe that Pokemon are meant to be evolved, and Honedge and Doublade certainly fit this bill as Aegislash is considered by many to be a must-have Pokemon. To evolve Honedge, players need only level the Pokemon to level 35 to commence the evolution into Doublade.

Doublade’s evolution on the other hand is a bit more challenging. Pokemon Sword and Shield players will first need to find a Dusk Stone, and apply it to Doublade to evolve it into Aegislash.

Pokemon Sword and Shield are now out for the Nintendo Switch.

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How to evolve honedge

Pokémon Sword and Shield add all kinds of fun, strong, and strange new Pokémon to the competitive scene. But sometimes the best is an old MVP. Enter Aegislash, a haunted sword Pokémon that dominated competitive play during the X and Y days. Now with the Pokédex and available moves cut down, few can stop the ghostly blade from rising again to terrorize Pokémon Sword and Shield‘s competitive play. But before it can do that, it has to start as a itty bitty baby sword.

Honedge is the first stage of ghost sword line. The legends surrounding it are quite creepy, making it one of the more chilling Ghost-type Pokémon. Depending on which version you read, Honedge is either the soul of a person trapped within its own murder weapon or a possessed sword that drains away the life force of its wielder.

How to evolve honedge

How to evolve honedge

How to evolve honedge

Honedge loves the Wild Area in both Sword and Shield. The only place to catch it naturally is in the Wild Area’s Hammerlocke Hills. It may show up in the tall grass during a snowstorm. But it’s more likely to appear floating around in the overworld during foggy weather. Outside of that, Honedge is known to appear in Max Raid battles that occur in the Dusty Bowl, Giant’s Seat, Stony Wilderness, and Watchtower Ruins areas.

Honedge is also one of the few Pokémon that can spawn wild in its evolved forms. Doublade will often appear floating in the Wild Area alone as one of the challenging encounters. It will be level 56 and appear in the Giant’s Cap area. It might also appear during snowstorms in the Lake of Outrage’s grass. It too can appear in Max Raid battles in the Watchtower Ruins.

Aegislash might surprise dedicated players with a wild appearance as well. It will only appear as a singular overworld encounter during foggy weather in Giant’s Cap, however. It can also spawn as a Max Raid Battle at the Watchtower Ruins.

How To Evolve Honedge To Doublade And Aegislash

How to evolve honedge

If you don’t want to wait for the right weather conditions and luck to bring Aegislash to you directly, you can just evolve Honedge the old fashioned way. To do that, first raise Honedge to level 35. This will trigger the evolution to Doublade. Then you can immediately evolve Doublade to Aegislash by using a Dusk Stone. You can find the item at the Lake of Outrage and once at Stow-on-Side, or get it from the Digging Duo and as a PokéJob reward.

Be warned: evolving a Pokémon with a stone means it can’t learn any more moves by leveling up. When you evolve Doublade to Aegislash, make sure it’s learned whatever moves you want it to have. Or have TMs with moves ready for after it evolves.

What Aegislash Does In Battle

Aegislash has the unique ability to change between offensive and defensive modes. It begins holding its shield in front of it. Like this, it will have amazing Defense and Special Defense. But once it uses an attack move, it will reveal its blade and change stances. It loses its Defense and Special Defense and gains great Attack and Special Attack in this Blade Forme. The ability to control what stats Aegislash is proficient in gives its trainer great control in battle.

Substitute is a great move for Aegislash as it saves it from taking major damage in its Blade Forme. It also needs King’s Shield to switch back into its shield-holding form, so keep that move. Its other two moves should be offensive ones of two different types. It can be a great special or physical attacker, so you can choose if you want it to have Ghost-type moves, Steel-type moves, or even the few Fighting-type moves it can learn to deal with the Dark-types that threaten it.

Some Pokemon require items such as Dusk Stones to evolve. Here’s every Pokemon in Sword & Shield that uses them and where to find them.

Dusk Stones became a part of the Pokemon world in the Diamond and Pearl generation. In the Sword and Shield games, an infinite amount of these evolution items can be found thanks to Lake Outrage and the Digging Duo. However, these stones only are usable on four Pokemon out of the total of 898 of them. This is the case for all the evolution stones.

The types of Pokemon Dusk Stones evolve are Dark and Ghost-types. That is only reasonable since dusk is the time of day when it’s about to become dark outside.

With easy access to the stones, it can be a greater challenge for players to actually find and determine which Pokemon the stones actually can be used on. In Sword and Shield, this is especially true since spawn rates of Pokemon can greatly differ depending on location and the weather. There are also some that are not available in the game. In fact, half of the Pokemon that use a Dusk Stone are not in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Updated on July 22, 2021, by Allison Stalberg: A lot of fan favorites are evolved through a Dusk Stone. Pokemon fans tend to have a soft spot for the Dark and Ghost-types. However, there are many Dark and Ghost-types out there and only a small fraction of them require this stone to evolve. It takes a true Pokemon master to memorize which stone evolves which Pokemon. The Ghost and Dark-type Pokemon evolved through the Dusk Stone are some of the more interesting in terms of their designs and their Pokedex entries. But remember, only half of these interesting Dusk Stone Pokemon are available in Sword and Shield.

Pokemon Sword and Shield is filled with ‘Mon to capture, both new and old. Hilariously fitting with the name of the game, you can capture the sword Pokemon Honedge and evolve it into Doublade. However, if you’re looking to evolve it again you’ve got a little more work to go through. Here’s how to evolve Doublade into Aegislash in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

How to Evolve Doublade Into Aegislash in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Where to Find Honedge

Of course, the first step to everything is finding a Honedge and evolving it. Just in case you need to know, Honedge can be found in Hammerlocke Hills, the region of the Wild Area found just outside the town of Hammerlocke.

Honedge can appear in both foggy and snowstorm weather, so make sure you’re running around in either of the two. After you catch one you’ll need to get it to level 35 before it evolves in Doublade.

Finding a Dusk Stone

Now comes the tricky part, as the only way to evolve Doublade into Aegislash is by exposing it to a Dusk Stone, which isn’t terribly easy to come across. Luckily, we know exactly where to find one in Pokemon Sword and Shield, so here’s a step-by-step walkthrough.

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Here’s where to get a Dusk Stone in Pokemon Sword and Shield

    Use Flying Taxi to travel to Stow-on-Side. If you haven’t been to the town yet, you’ll need to follow the story until you do so.

Now that you have the Dusk Stone, simply give it to Doublade and you’ll a brand new Aegislash to join your team.

There is another way to get Dusk Stones, and it’s via the Digging Duo in the Wild Area.

The Digging Duo can be found in the Wild Area and if you give them Watts, you have a chance of them finding rare stones for you, including the Dusk Stone.

Like other stone evolution Pokemon though, Doublade’s ability to learn moves by leveling up is extremely stunted once its evolved. It will learn King’s Shield (which you definitely want) once it evolves into Aegislash but that’s it. Anything else will have to be learned via the Move Reminder.

That covers everything you need to know about how to evolve Doublade into Aegislash in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

If you need more help or info, be sure to check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield guide wiki. In the meantime, here are a few other guides you might want to check out.

You have to use a Dusk Stone. Lotta people prefer to evolve him at 51 once he learns Sacred Sword.

When should I evolve Doublade?

Wait until level 51 when Doublade learns Sacred Sword. re: When to evolve Doublade. Training a Honedge and its evolutions is going to be so awesome.

Is Honedge worth training?

Honedge is not where the best performance it’s at, but rather its evolutions. When you have a Doublade with an eviolite, it will provide great defenses, and it already has great attack. With it’s No Guard ability, you can have great/strong attacking moves that can be used regardless of accuracy.

Is Honedge a rare Pokemon?

Not super rare. I ran into three pretty quickly.

Why is Aegislash banned?

According to the user Valentine, this was one of the reasons a ban was proposed. Aegislash could “constantly force 50/50s with King’s Shield.” Physical attackers that chose to attack at the wrong time would pay dearly, meaning a battle against Aegislash could sometimes turn into a battle of chance.

Which is better Aegislash or Doublade?

The Maximum Defense stat for Doublade with Eviolite is 657, whereas the Maximum Defense stat for Aegislash is 438. However, physical Aegislash is better overall for your team due to King’s Shield and the ability to basically switch its stats to either attack or defend, where as Doublade is stuck to tank.

Is Aegislash legendary?

10 Should Be Legendary: Aegislash Aegislash, the Royal Sword Pokémon, is just that, royal!

Is Aegislash a good Pokemon?

Aegislash is really good because of Stance Change and it’s signature move King’s Shield. Shield Forme is incredibly bulky and can stand up to even the strongest attacks. If your Aegislash attacks first, you’re gonna have a bad time. King’s Shield attack decrease effect is actually 2 stages, just fixing that.

When should you evolve Floette?

User Info: HurrycaneX. I evolved mine at 33. Just make sure you have a heart scale so you can use the move tutor (in Dendemille) to teach it Moonblast. Florges has good enough stats to last until then, even with weak moves.

Is Doublade a good Pokemon?

Doublade has the same stat distribution after evolving at level 35, which is quite a bit (you get it at 23), but it’s all increased. In fact, its defense is impossibly high, making it one of the best Eviolite users. It will resist ANYTHING. Its attack is pretty darn high too.

How do you evolve Doublade?

Doublade (Japanese: ニダンギル Nidangill) is a dual-type Steel/Ghost Pokémon introduced in Generation VI. It evolves from Honedge starting at level 35 and evolves into Aegislash when exposed to a Dusk Stone.

How much is Honedge worth?

Honedge – Primal Clash 98/160 (Common)

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How do I evolve AXEW?

To evolve Axew into Fraxure you just need to get him to level 38. Then to evolve Fraxure into Haxorus you need it to reach level 48. There’s no special items or stones needed, and you can get here through any method available. Use them in combat, give them special XP boosting items, or whatever you want to do.

How do I evolve Dreepy?

If you catch a Dreepy, you thankfully don’t need any special items to make it evolve. It will evolve into Drakloak at level 50, followed by Dragapult at level 60. When you do get Dragapult, it can learn some incredibly powerful moves like Phantom Force at level 48, Dragon Rush at level 63, and Last Resort at level 78.

You have to use a Dusk Stone. Lotta people prefer to evolve him at 51 once he learns Sacred Sword.

When should I evolve Doublade?

Wait until level 51 when Doublade learns Sacred Sword. re: When to evolve Doublade. Training a Honedge and its evolutions is going to be so awesome.

Is Honedge worth training?

Honedge is not where the best performance it’s at, but rather its evolutions. When you have a Doublade with an eviolite, it will provide great defenses, and it already has great attack. With it’s No Guard ability, you can have great/strong attacking moves that can be used regardless of accuracy.

Is Honedge a rare Pokemon?

Not super rare. I ran into three pretty quickly.

Why is Aegislash banned?

According to the user Valentine, this was one of the reasons a ban was proposed. Aegislash could “constantly force 50/50s with King’s Shield.” Physical attackers that chose to attack at the wrong time would pay dearly, meaning a battle against Aegislash could sometimes turn into a battle of chance.

Which is better Aegislash or Doublade?

The Maximum Defense stat for Doublade with Eviolite is 657, whereas the Maximum Defense stat for Aegislash is 438. However, physical Aegislash is better overall for your team due to King’s Shield and the ability to basically switch its stats to either attack or defend, where as Doublade is stuck to tank.

Is Aegislash legendary?

10 Should Be Legendary: Aegislash Aegislash, the Royal Sword Pokémon, is just that, royal!

Is Aegislash a good Pokemon?

Aegislash is really good because of Stance Change and it’s signature move King’s Shield. Shield Forme is incredibly bulky and can stand up to even the strongest attacks. If your Aegislash attacks first, you’re gonna have a bad time. King’s Shield attack decrease effect is actually 2 stages, just fixing that.

When should you evolve Floette?

User Info: HurrycaneX. I evolved mine at 33. Just make sure you have a heart scale so you can use the move tutor (in Dendemille) to teach it Moonblast. Florges has good enough stats to last until then, even with weak moves.

Is Doublade a good Pokemon?

Doublade has the same stat distribution after evolving at level 35, which is quite a bit (you get it at 23), but it’s all increased. In fact, its defense is impossibly high, making it one of the best Eviolite users. It will resist ANYTHING. Its attack is pretty darn high too.

How do you evolve Doublade?

Doublade (Japanese: ニダンギル Nidangill) is a dual-type Steel/Ghost Pokémon introduced in Generation VI. It evolves from Honedge starting at level 35 and evolves into Aegislash when exposed to a Dusk Stone.

How much is Honedge worth?

Honedge – Primal Clash 98/160 (Common)

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How do I evolve AXEW?

To evolve Axew into Fraxure you just need to get him to level 38. Then to evolve Fraxure into Haxorus you need it to reach level 48. There’s no special items or stones needed, and you can get here through any method available. Use them in combat, give them special XP boosting items, or whatever you want to do.

How do I evolve Dreepy?

If you catch a Dreepy, you thankfully don’t need any special items to make it evolve. It will evolve into Drakloak at level 50, followed by Dragapult at level 60. When you do get Dragapult, it can learn some incredibly powerful moves like Phantom Force at level 48, Dragon Rush at level 63, and Last Resort at level 78.

How to stretch leather sandals

How to Stretch Leather Sandals. Leather sandals are usually quite stiff and hard when you first get them. This is a perfect recipe for blisters once you start wearing them. It usually takes days, or even weeks, to stretch leather sandals out enough that they no longer cause blisters. In the meantime, you have to deal with painful, bloody feet. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy ways to stretch leather sandals quickly and safely.

Buy stretching spray from a shoe store. Spray the solution into the insides of your sandals and then put the sandals on and walk around in them for at least 5 minutes. The stretching spray will go to work with the help of the heat from your feet and soon your sandals will be comfortable.

Put on two to three pairs of very thick socks and walk around in your sandals for about 20 minutes to stretch them out to a comfortable fit.

Purchase shoe stretchers from a shoe store. Place the stretchers inside your sandals every night for one week and your sandals will soon feel good on your feet.

Cut a potato up into small chunks and then stuff the chunks into your sandals in the places that need stretching. Leave the potato chunks in the sandals overnight and the starches in the potato will soften the leather. When you put the sandals on the next day, they should stretch out easily to fit your feet.

Take your sandals to a professional shoe-repair shop and ask that they be professionally stretched. Shoe repair shops have stretching machines and commercial leather softeners they can use to stretch your shoes quickly and safely. This usually requires a 24-hour turnaround time.

If you’re using a shoe stretcher, it will take two to three days for your leather sandals to be adequately stretched. In the meantime, you may still be getting blisters if you wear the sandals. Help your feet out by covering up blister-prone areas with adhesive bandages, cotton balls or a square of felt fabric. You can also wear one or more pairs of socks with your sandals to provide a cushion against the blister-inducing rubbing from the sides and edges of your sandals. If your leather sandals are waterproof, soaking the sandals in water and then wearing them until they are dry will often stretch them out adequately.

I don’t know about you, but I always love wearing a good pair of leather shoes to a party or a meeting.

When you have to wear a suit, or go business casual, nothing beats their class. Whether you prefer brown or black, or even something a little unorthodox, leather shoes have a touch of class to them. That being said, if you don’ take care of them, they will, like all shoes, wear out.

How to stretch leather sandals

Do Leather Shoes Stretch With Wear?

Many want to know the answer to this question – do leather shoes stretch over time when you wear them? Yes, they do.

The worst part about leather shoes is that they require a lot of maintenance. That’s why I always keep mine back in the box when I’m done with them. They are never lying in my room when I’m done wearing them.

Leather is a naturally stretchy material. It won’t stretch like rubber or suede, but it will stretch when you put excessive force on it.

Hence, leather shoes can tear and become larger overtime. For some, that’s a good thing (the growing, not the tearing). Especially if you’re a teenager or a growing child, you can benefit from shoes that stretch a little.

They can stretch for about a ½ size, but after that, they will begin to spoil.

However, there’s a lot more to caring for your leather shoes than putting them away. So in this post, I’ve included a pretty comprehensive leather care guide for your shoes.

If you want to hang on to your leather shoes, treat them right.

How to stretch leather sandals

A Complete Leather Care Guide for Your Shoes

This is a complete guide to caring for your shoes. It will prevent them from not only losing their sheen, but their shape as well. If you do this regularly, you can make a well-constructed pair of shoes last 5-10 years, depending on use.

However, if you neglect them, they may go bad before they’ve even reached the 5-year limit. If the shoes are worn out despite infrequent use and regular maintenance, know that you’ve made a bad purchase.

Polish Your Shoes after Purchase

Make sure you shine your shoes right after you’ve bought them. Repeat this process regularly before you wear them each time. Polish them regularly for as long as you have them. This will preserve their shine and their luster.

Use Cedar Shoe Trees

Cedar shoes trees will draw out the inner moisture and reshape leather. Make sure to use them to preserve the shape of your shoes. Many get cramped or misshapen overtime due to surrounding moisture or improper storage. With cedar trees, at least, you’ll be sure the shape will be preserved.

How to stretch leather sandals

Remove Salt Stains

If you get a salt stain on your leather shoes, you should remove it immediately. Since salt is used for the tanning of leather, salt stains can bring out the moisture within the shoe’s leather. This can cause the shoe to be reshaped and worn out.

To get rid of salt stains quickly, you can mix 2/3 water and 1/3 vinegar and apply the solution with a rag. You should wipe the stain clean with a gentle hand and wipe the area crystal clean. After that, wipe the remaining water off with a towel.

Don’t leave the water to dry under a fan or outside in the heat. Make sure to wipe any moisture off the shoe.

Waterproof Shoes With Mink Oil

Water brings out the salt that is used for tanning a leather shoe. Hence, any exposure to water should be limited.

Mink oil can be used to waterproof your leather shoes, though it can darken the color of your leather shoes. If you have dark colored shoes already, it doesn’t matter. However, if you have light brown shoes, you can use a wax-based polish instead.

Other options include a waterproofing compound that can add a heavier coat of protection to the shoes.

Clean Shoes Regularly

This is a no-brainer. Whether it’s clothes, or jewelry, or silverware, regular cleaning is always important. Hence, whenever you notice a stain, or grime or something stuck beneath the heel, clean it. It will become harder and harder to scrape or wipe away as time goes by.

To regularly clean your shoes, you can use specialty leather cleaner or some saddle soap. Whichever soap or cleaner you go for, you should avoid ones with detergents or acids. They can warp the shoe and bring out the salt within the leather.

Apply Moisturizing Conditioner

To prevent the shoes from completely drying out, you should apply a moisturizing conditioner or buff with petroleum jelly. This will coat the shoes and prevent excess moisture from leaving the shoes. This is especially helpful for people that live in arid climates.

How to stretch leather sandals

Stuff Wet Shoes with Newspapers or Teabags

Newspapers, small teabags or towels are great to draw out excess moisture from wet shoes. If you’ve been to the beach, or have been drenched in the rain, stuff your shoes with newspapers and towels. This is also a great way to rid your shoes of the unpleasant feet smell.

Remember to not place your shoes near a heat source. This can remove the needed moisture inside a shoe and cause them to crack.

Use Non-Gel Toothpaste

Non-Gel toothpaste can be used to remove scuff marks from leather shoes. You should rinse, wipe and let the shoes dry after you’re finished.

Have Old Shoes Repaired or Refurbished

This is a great way to get the most out of your best shoes. You can send them to the manufacturer for refurbishing or resoling. This will save you a lot of money on a new pair of shoes.

It doesn’t get much better than sliding on a new styling pair of shoes. Unfortunately, leather shoes tend to be tight and uncomfortable until you break them in. We’ll show you how to stretch leather shoes so that you can comfortably enjoy your new shoes.

Perhaps you bought a flashy pair of shoes online, and once they arrived at your doorstep, you discovered they are a tad too small. Maybe those shoes seemed to fit you perfectly at the shoe store, but if you state, “My feet are hurting,” after a few hours of wearing them, you have a problem.

Whatever the cause for discomfort, walking around in shoes that do not fit properly is literal torture. The great news is, you don’t have to return your favorite leather shoes to the store. There are several ways to stretch leather shoes to conform to your size and fit.

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Ways to Stretch Leather Shoes

In the old days, you’d go through the stretching process of fitting your shoes at the shoe cobbler. These days, we take our shoes to professional shoe repair shops or stretch tight shoes ourselves. We’ll show you several DIY methods to stretch leather boots, tight shoes, and high heels.

Breaking in Leather Shoes

If your new leather shoes are just a bit too small, sometimes breaking them in slowly by fitting shoes to your feet size does the trick. All that’s needed is a pair of thick socks and a little bit of time.

Breaking in Shoes

Place a thick pair of socks on your feet and slip into the shoes. Walk as you normally would around the house for about half an hour. Take them off, slip on the second pair of socks, and repeat the walking process for an additional half-hour.

Many times, doing this is sufficient enough to stretch out new shoes. This process may need to be repeated over several days to get the perfect fit.

Use a Pair of Socks to Stretch Leather Shoes

If your leather shoes are still too tight after you try breaking them in, try rolled-up socks for a gentle stretch. The bulky socks do all of the work and require no effort on your part.

DIY Shoe Stretching

Roll socks into tight balls and place them into the toe area of each shoe. Continue rolling socks and inserting them into the empty spaces of the shoe until you reach the heel. To expand the width of a shoe, let the shoes sit overnight while the socks slowly expand the leather.

Simple Ways to Stretch Leather Shoes

Sometimes, leather needs a little help stretching to a comfortable size for your feet. Here is one of the simple ways to stretch leather shoes in a few easy steps.

Stuffing Leather Shoes

  • Stuffing Leather Shoes
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Old newspaper

Combine equal portions of rubbing alcohol and water into a bottle sprayer and shake well to mix. Spritz the insides of your leather shoes lightly with the alcohol solution so that they are damp but not soaked. Always test new solutions on an inconspicuous area of leather first.

Crumple up a bunch of newspapers into tight balls and tuck them into your shoes, beginning with the toe box and ending with the heel. Try and pack them as tightly as possible.

Place your shoes in a warm and dry location and let them sit for about 12 hours. Do not set the leather shoes in the sun. Remove the crumpled newspapers, and test the shoes on your feet.

If they slip on easily and feel comfy, then your job is complete. If not, repeat the process. Consider leaving the newspaper in the shoes or use shoe trees when you are not wearing them to help them keep their shape.

Alcohol can also be helpful for getting stains out of leather shoes, purses, or furniture. Apply carefully to avoid damaging the leather surface.

How to Stretch Leather Shoes with a Shoe Stretcher

A shoe stretcher is a convenient tool sold in many shoe stores. It wedges down into the shoe, and gradually widens and lengthens it until it is the right size. Here is how to stretch out shoes using a shoe stretcher.

It may happen that, sometimes you purchase a pair of leather shoes that turn out to be too tight to wear. You may also develop painful blisters on the feet, after wearing such shoes. It is a common fact that leather shoes will stretch naturally, if you wear them continuously. But what if you cannot tolerate the pain caused by the tight shoes? In such circumstances, you may opt for stretching leather so that the shoes fit snugly.

It may happen that, sometimes you purchase a pair of leather shoes that turn out to be too tight to wear. You may also develop painful blisters on the feet, after wearing such shoes. It is a common fact that leather shoes will stretch naturally, if you wear them continuously. But what if you cannot tolerate the pain caused by the tight shoes? In such circumstances, you may opt for stretching leather so that the shoes fit snugly.

Ways to Stretch Leather

Leather is popularly used for making shoes, clothing, and accessories, like hats, belts, and wallets. Apart from the style and good looks that leather offers, the material is also comfortable to wear, as it is soft and stretchable. As there are various methods to stretch leather on your own, you don’t have to discard your new leather shoes or clothing, which are tight. However, professional help must be sought in case of expensive leather goods. If the manufacturer has provided any instructions, you must follow them, instead of trying these methods. In such cases, use products that are recommended by the manufacturer. Given below are some methods that are commonly used for stretching leather.

Using Commercial Products

Leather Stretcher Spray

This is one of those products that are widely used for stretching leather shoes. The spray has to be applied on the shoes so that the material gets soft and stretchy. According to its manufacturers, the product is good for stretching leather without affecting its softness and sheen.

Most of the brands are alcohol-based, so that the leather dries easily, that too sans watermarks. These sprays contain special conditioners to keep the leather soft. All you have to do is to spray it inside the shoes, and wear them (along with socks) for a few hours. Alternatively, you may use a shoe-stretcher, after applying the spray.

Shoe Stretcher

This is a device that is shaped like a foot, and is usually made of wood. It has to be inserted into the shoe, and adjusted with screws so that the shoe can be stretched to the desired limit. For fast and better results, you can use the device along with a shoe-stretching spray. The spray will make the leather soft and supple, so that it stretches easily.

It is always better to get a two-way shoe stretcher that can expand both the length and width of the shoes. Some of these devices are equipped with special mechanisms to stretch the problem spots only. You may also find some shoe stretchers, which are specially made for women’s shoes. If your shoe dealer has this device, you can approach him to stretch your tight leather shoes. These sprays and devices will prove handy in case of leather sandals too.

Calf Stretcher

This device is helpful for those who have boots that don’t fit their calves. In order to stretch the leather in specific areas to a desired limit, the amount and duration of pressure must be accurate. So, take your ill-fitting boots to a qualified shoerepairer, who will do the task for you. In this case too, a leather stretcher spray will prove effective.

Using Water

Warm Water

You can stretch leather on your own with some warm water and a tub. Fill the tub with warm water, and immerse the leather item in it. Make sure that the leather is fully immersed in water. Twist and knead the leather gently, till it gets soaked completely. Once the leather is fully soaked, leave it in water for another ten minutes. After that, wear it for an hour or two so that it stretches to fit the body perfectly. This method is perfect for bigger leather items, like skirt, jackets, etc.

Ice Method

This method is mainly used for stretching leather shoes. All you have to do is to insert a sturdy plastic bag inside the shoe, and fill it with water. Make sure that the water bag fills the entire space inside the shoe. Seal the bag so as to avoid spilling of water. Repeat the same with the other shoe. Put the shoes with water bags inside the freezer. As the water solidifies to form ice, it expands, thereby stretching the leather. Thaw the shoes before removing the plastic bags.

Other Methods

Rubbing Alcohol

Combine equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol, and fill the solution in a spray bottle. Spray the solution inside the shoes, and wear them (along with thick socks) for at least 30 minutes. You may also apply rubbing alcohol on those parts that require stretching, before wearing the shoes. This method can be used for leather belts that do not have enough space to punch another hole for increasing its length.

Wet Newspaper

Fill some damp newspaper in the shoes. Make sure that the newspaper is not soggy, and the shoes are stuffed till no space is left inside them. Avoid too much stuffing that may result in distortion of the shape of the shoes. Wear the shoes once they get dry.

Hair Dryer

Application of heat may prove effective for stretching leather. Find out a pair of the thickest socks from your collection. Wear them and put on the tight leather shoes. Use a hair dryer to apply heat (for a minute) on those parts that are tight. Move your feet inside the shoes, so as to stretch the leather. Remove them once they get cool.

In short, stretching leather is not a difficult task. It can be done at home easily, if you know the right methods. However, leather is expensive, and so, it is better to get it stretched with the help of a professional. If you want to do it on your own, do it carefully to avoid any damage to the leather. You may also try these methods on any old leather item beforehand. In most cases, the leather will stretch on its own if you wear the shoes regularly. This is applicable for shoes that can be worn without much pain and discomfort. The shoes will stretch and fit comfortably within a day or two. If you want to avoid all these troubles, choose shoes that fit you perfectly.

Buying a sandal that is slightly smaller than your foot is a common problem that almost everyone faces. You might have gone to a shoe shop and bought a shoe that you really liked. When you come back to your home and try them on, they suddenly seem too tight in your feet. Then you need to know how to stretch sandals wide. Although you thought that it was the right fit for your feet. Moreover, you really like those shoe, and you don’t want to return them.

How to Stretch Sandals Wide

There are some easy ways of stretching your sandal wide. You can use socks, hair dryer, ice, etc to extend your sandal. But first of all, choose the right size of sandal in the shop. That will save many of your problems. So let’s see how to stretch the sandals wide.

Try Them at Noon Instead of Morning

Prevention is better than cure. If you had bought the sandal with the right size, you wouldn’t have to go through all this. In the morning, your foot shape and size is smaller than the shape of your foot in the evening or noon. If you try them on in the morning, you might regret them later. To prevent that you need to buy shoe at noon or in the evening. You will be able to purchase sandal with the right size, as the size of your foot remains maximum at noon and evening. Thus it will save you the trouble of pain and other problem easily.

Using Thick Socks

This process is an effective process. But it needs some times to stretch the sandal. First, you will need a pair of thick socks. Socks made of wool or other thick material can be used for this method. Then try walking for a while wearing them. You can try walking in your garden or room if you feel weird walking in public wearing them. After repeating that process for sometimes, your sandal will stretch a little bit.

Socks and Dryer

This is an improved method of the previous one. You will have to do the same thing as the previous method. Wear a thick shoe then put your feet inside them. Then you will need to apply hair dryer on different parts of the shoe. While using a dryer, try to blow them over the tight area. If you need more space, you can use the method again.

Water

You have to be careful that this procedure is only applicable to leather shoes. In the case of other shoes, it might have some side effects. So pour some water in a bowl or bucket. Then sink them into the water. Pull them out after a few seconds. You will see that the sandals got wet. The wetness of the shoes will soften the leather. Then try them on and walk for a little while. It will stretch the soft leather of the sandal.

Using a Water Bag

This is a quick method. All you have to do is to pour some water into the bag and put them inside the sandal. Then put them into the fridge. As water turns into ice, it will expand. It will put pressure on the sandal and expand them very quickly.

Shoe Stretcher

The shoe stretcher can easily stretch your sandal. You can buy them online. Use the shoe stretcher on your sandal. Keep them in that way for a while. Time will depend on the amount of stretching of sandal you require. But be careful while using it. Because some times, too much pressure might damage the shoe.

Rubbing Alcohol

This a chemical solution. You should put a little amount of rubbing alcohol in a bottle. Rub them or spray them on your sandal. Then while they are wet with the alcohol, start walking wearing those shoes. Keep walking until the sandals are dry.

While you try to stretch your shoe, be careful not to overstretch your shoe. Because then your shoe will seem loose in your feet. Also, remember not to put extra force on the shoe. It might damage your sandal. So I hope you have found your answer to your question of how to stretch sandals wide.

Leather shoes are gorgeous pieces of footwear, but it can be hard to find the right fit. You may love your new pair of leather pumps, but every time you wear them your feet are left with blisters and sores.

Luckily, if your leather shoes are a little tight there are plenty of methods available to help stretch the leather and make your feet feel more comfortable. Below are the top five methods you can use to stretch your leather shoes at home.

1. Break them in by walking around

This might go without saying, but before you do anything too drastic to your leather shoes, try breaking them in first by wearing them around the house. Walking around the house in your new shoes is perfect for several reasons.

How to stretch leather sandals

Wear your new leather shoes around the house for short periods of time to jump-start the break-in process

First, as soon as you feel a blister or sore starting to form, you can take the shoes off. Second, you can put on a pair of socks (or two) and walk around to give the shoe an extra stretch.

If you need to break in some leather pumps or dress shoes, put on a pair of thick wool socks and walk around for a while. The extra cushion will help protect your feet, but the added layer will help the shoe stretch.

How to stretch leather sandals

Break in your leather shoes with socks that are a little thicker than you normally would wear

Applying heat to the shoe while wearing the socks can also be helpful. Take out a blow dryer and heat up the corner of the shoe that is giving you the most trouble. Be careful not to overheat any one area and leave the shoes on as the material cools back down.

2. Choose a good stretch spray

If you’ve broken your shoes in and they’re still too tight, then try some leather shoe spray. Yes, there is actually a spray available that will help you stretch out your leather shoes.

Professional Boot & Shoe Stretch Spray, $7.97 at Amazon

How to stretch leather sandals

FootMatters’ professional shoe stretch is a leather conditioner that is formulated to soften and stretch tight-fitting shoes or boots, while you walk

The spray works by penetrating the fibers of the shoe and then relaxing them so it’s easier to work with the material.

It’s also a good idea to use a stretch spray with some of the other stretch options as it’ll loosen the material and make it more malleable.

3. Find a shoe stretcher

You might read about people using cans of hairspray or other tube-shaped objects to stretch out their shoes. That might work with some materials but shoving a can of hairspray into your leather shoes isn’t a good idea.

Leather shoes are expensive so if you’re going to stretch the material you want to ensure you’re getting a uniform stretch that will maintain the proper shape of the shoe. That’s where a two-way shoe stretcher comes into play.

Professional 2-Way Shoe Stretcher, $57.95 at Amazon

How to stretch leather sandals

Alters length and width of all flat-soled, fabric, and leather shoes

A two-way stretch can expand both the width and the length of your leather shoes. All you have to do is insert the stretcher, twist the handle a bit, then leave it in the shoe for around 24 hours.

If your feet are just a bit too wide and the shoes are just a smidge too small, then a two-way shoe stretcher will help you get that perfect fit.

4. Stretch with ice

Ice is another option you can use if you want to really DIY it. Fill an air-tight baggie with water and place it in the toe box of your shoe. Then put the shoe in the freezer.

As the water freezes it will expand within the shoe and create a bit more space. You may need to use this method a few times to get the shoe stretched out well enough, but it can work. Just make sure the bag isn’t leaking at all before putting it inside your shoe.

5. Buy the right size

Ultimately, it’s always best to buy shoes that fit right from the start. Stretching leather is difficult and sometimes the leather can be damaged by your attempts to make the material fit your foot.

Not to mention it’s painful wearing around too-tight leather shoes. As a rule of thumb, try to do your shoe shopping in the afternoon or evening.

How to stretch leather sandals

Sarah Jessica Parker helps a customer find the right shoe size at the “SJP By Sarah Jessica Parker” store at the Seaport District, Manhattan, on September 24, 2020

Feet swell as the day wears on from walking around and doing various activities so if you buy shoes too early in the day you’ll likely end up with a tight fit.

Of course, the above at-home shoe stretching methods will give you a bit of grace when it comes to the fit of your shoe, and if all else fails you can always visit a local cobbler.

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The right pair of leather sandals should cradle your feet in luxurious comfort. Jerusalem Sandals are handcrafted by skilled artisans who finish each pair by hand – which means finding your perfect fit may take some trial and error.

If your leather sandals feel a little tight in a few places, that’s perfectly normal. It takes a bit of time to develop your relationship, as genuine leather stretches and conforms to your feet over time. Try our tips to loosen up your new sandal soul mate and get a custom fit that’s in it for the long haul.

How to Stretch Your Leather Sandals in Eight Steps

1. Take them out on the town. The best way to get to know someone new is to do things together. Stroll the neighborhood, bike through the park or walk down Memory Lane. Wearing your leather sandals teaches them what your feet like, where the difficult spots are and how to respond to your gait.

2. Take it slow. There’s no need to rush into this relationship with your new sandals. Spend an hour or so wearing them every day, then let them have some alone time. Your feet and these handcrafted sandals need time to get used to each other, to read each other’s signals. Keeping it low-key at first gives you both a chance to adjust.

3. Be hands-on. While you’re taking it slow, you can certainly explore your leather sandals with your hands. Work any straps or spots that chafe or feel tight on your short excursions. The heat and natural oils from your hands will soften the leather. Squeezing them with your hands mimics the friction of walking, which helps speed up the breaking in period.

4. Go for a soak.

How to stretch leather sandals

100% vegetable tanned leather is water resistant but porous. That means they will absorb water when they are fully immersed. To gain headway on stretching your leather sandals, strap them on and step into a pool or bucket of water. Step immediately out, then walk around in the sandals until they dry. This will help imprint your unique footprint onto your leather sandals.

5. Warm things up. A little heat can really loosen up the flexibility of leather. Emphasis on little! Use a hairdryer on its lowest setting to target specific spots on your sandals, let them cool slightly, then work that area with your hands to stretch it.

6. Moisture to go around. Here’s where self-care and shoe care dovetail. Give yourself an at-home spa treatment by massaging moisturizer into your feet. Then put on your sandals and go for a stroll. The lotion will help soften the leather as it molds to the shape of your foot. We suggest a natural lotion to reduce the risk of anything that might stain your sandals.

7. Protect your sandals.

How to stretch leather sandals

One way to stretch leather sandals is to make your feet seem bigger. Put on a pair of socks to add a half size or so to your feet, then wear them around the house. The socks-and-sandals look is not considered fashionable in some circles, so we recommend keeping it on the down-low. The bonus here is that wearing sandals with socks will protect your toes and heels from blistering while you’re breaking in your sandals.

8. Seek a professional. Professional cobblers have special tools and skills for stretching leather shoes and women’s or men’s sandals without risking any damage. If there’s a shoe shop in your area, take your men’s or women’s leather sandals in for an inspection and a quote.

I don’t know about you, but I always love wearing a good pair of leather shoes to a party or a meeting.

When you have to wear a suit, or go business casual, nothing beats their class. Whether you prefer brown or black, or even something a little unorthodox, leather shoes have a touch of class to them. That being said, if you don’ take care of them, they will, like all shoes, wear out.

How to stretch leather sandals

Do Leather Shoes Stretch With Wear?

Many want to know the answer to this question – do leather shoes stretch over time when you wear them? Yes, they do.

The worst part about leather shoes is that they require a lot of maintenance. That’s why I always keep mine back in the box when I’m done with them. They are never lying in my room when I’m done wearing them.

Leather is a naturally stretchy material. It won’t stretch like rubber or suede, but it will stretch when you put excessive force on it.

Hence, leather shoes can tear and become larger overtime. For some, that’s a good thing (the growing, not the tearing). Especially if you’re a teenager or a growing child, you can benefit from shoes that stretch a little.

They can stretch for about a ½ size, but after that, they will begin to spoil.

However, there’s a lot more to caring for your leather shoes than putting them away. So in this post, I’ve included a pretty comprehensive leather care guide for your shoes.

If you want to hang on to your leather shoes, treat them right.

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A Complete Leather Care Guide for Your Shoes

This is a complete guide to caring for your shoes. It will prevent them from not only losing their sheen, but their shape as well. If you do this regularly, you can make a well-constructed pair of shoes last 5-10 years, depending on use.

However, if you neglect them, they may go bad before they’ve even reached the 5-year limit. If the shoes are worn out despite infrequent use and regular maintenance, know that you’ve made a bad purchase.

Polish Your Shoes after Purchase

Make sure you shine your shoes right after you’ve bought them. Repeat this process regularly before you wear them each time. Polish them regularly for as long as you have them. This will preserve their shine and their luster.

Use Cedar Shoe Trees

Cedar shoes trees will draw out the inner moisture and reshape leather. Make sure to use them to preserve the shape of your shoes. Many get cramped or misshapen overtime due to surrounding moisture or improper storage. With cedar trees, at least, you’ll be sure the shape will be preserved.

How to stretch leather sandals

Remove Salt Stains

If you get a salt stain on your leather shoes, you should remove it immediately. Since salt is used for the tanning of leather, salt stains can bring out the moisture within the shoe’s leather. This can cause the shoe to be reshaped and worn out.

To get rid of salt stains quickly, you can mix 2/3 water and 1/3 vinegar and apply the solution with a rag. You should wipe the stain clean with a gentle hand and wipe the area crystal clean. After that, wipe the remaining water off with a towel.

Don’t leave the water to dry under a fan or outside in the heat. Make sure to wipe any moisture off the shoe.

Waterproof Shoes With Mink Oil

Water brings out the salt that is used for tanning a leather shoe. Hence, any exposure to water should be limited.

Mink oil can be used to waterproof your leather shoes, though it can darken the color of your leather shoes. If you have dark colored shoes already, it doesn’t matter. However, if you have light brown shoes, you can use a wax-based polish instead.

Other options include a waterproofing compound that can add a heavier coat of protection to the shoes.

Clean Shoes Regularly

This is a no-brainer. Whether it’s clothes, or jewelry, or silverware, regular cleaning is always important. Hence, whenever you notice a stain, or grime or something stuck beneath the heel, clean it. It will become harder and harder to scrape or wipe away as time goes by.

To regularly clean your shoes, you can use specialty leather cleaner or some saddle soap. Whichever soap or cleaner you go for, you should avoid ones with detergents or acids. They can warp the shoe and bring out the salt within the leather.

Apply Moisturizing Conditioner

To prevent the shoes from completely drying out, you should apply a moisturizing conditioner or buff with petroleum jelly. This will coat the shoes and prevent excess moisture from leaving the shoes. This is especially helpful for people that live in arid climates.

How to stretch leather sandals

Stuff Wet Shoes with Newspapers or Teabags

Newspapers, small teabags or towels are great to draw out excess moisture from wet shoes. If you’ve been to the beach, or have been drenched in the rain, stuff your shoes with newspapers and towels. This is also a great way to rid your shoes of the unpleasant feet smell.

Remember to not place your shoes near a heat source. This can remove the needed moisture inside a shoe and cause them to crack.

Use Non-Gel Toothpaste

Non-Gel toothpaste can be used to remove scuff marks from leather shoes. You should rinse, wipe and let the shoes dry after you’re finished.

Have Old Shoes Repaired or Refurbished

This is a great way to get the most out of your best shoes. You can send them to the manufacturer for refurbishing or resoling. This will save you a lot of money on a new pair of shoes.

How to perform in the theater

Contributed by Dana Truby Readers Theater is a great way to enrich your students’ reading practice and bring joy to reading class at the same time. Performing plays engages students and helps get them excited about reading and theater. ​It […]

How to perform in the theater

Contributed by Dana Truby

Readers Theater is a great way to enrich your students’ reading practice and bring joy to reading class at the same time. Performing plays engages students and helps get them excited about reading and theater. ​It also builds valuable skills, increasing comprehension and fluency. Here’s how to get started.

1. Research Readers Theater Plays
With a little adaptation, Readers Theater can be performed with many kinds of literature: picture books, short stories, parts of novels, poetry, folktales, works of nonfiction, and newspaper or magazine articles. You can also find collections of Readers Theater scripts online. There are also books of Readers Theater plays arranged by grade level or theme (Greek myths, American history, etc.) from educational publishers such as Scholastic and Evan-Moor.

2. Model Expressive Reading
Once you’ve chosen a play, start by reading it several times while students follow along. Ideally, you should make copies for each student and project the play with an interactive whiteboard, document camera or projector. Use your readings to model how expression, pace and inflection help communicate meaning. For example, take a sentence from the play and read it slowly and then quickly. Read it quietly and then loudly and grumpily. Ask kids: How does the way we read a line affect it’s meaning? Then, invite kids to read aloud with you.

3. Try Choral and Echo Reading
Choral and echo reading are great techniques for giving your students the confidence and practice they need before they read aloud on their own. It also helps to build fluency. To do choral reading, you and your students read together as a group. That way all your students read at the same pace and with the same phrasing and intonation as the rest of the group. In echo reading, you read a line and students then repeat it, echoing your expression, tone and pacing.

4. Assign Readers Theater Roles
After you read the play aloud together, have students take turns reading the play aloud. If some of your students are reluctant to read aloud, assign two readers to each role. If you are using a document camera or projector, assign one student the role of “pointer.” He or she can point to each line of dialogue in turn. If students have copies of the play, have them use highlighters to mark their passages. Give them time to read over their lines before reading it aloud.

5. Teach the Laws of the Theater
Explain to your students that they need to speak loudly so that their voices can be heard easily. Encourage students not to worry about small mistakes. Tell them​to just ignore a slip-up and keep going. If the audience laughs, pause until they stop and keep going. The show must go on!

6. Form Readers Theater Groups
After you’ve done a few plays as a whole class, consider breaking your class into groups and having them perform a new Readers Theater play, one related to your curriculum. Encourage group members to work together and decide how they want to perform the play. Together, they can experiment and explore the characters. What voices will they use? Will they make simple props? The different performances of the same play will give students extra opportunities to observe Readers Theater technique and to absorb the story.

7. Share the Wealth
Consider having your students perform their Readers Theater plays for another class in the same grade or the grade below. Students could perform for parents at an event—or videotape the readings and share them online for families to enjoy.

8. Write Your Own Plays
Once your students become truly comfortable with Readers Theater, challenge them to do their own story to play adaptations. Have students work in pairs. Each pair can choose a story, tale or biography related to your curriculum and adapt it to perform for the class. What a great way to build shared knowledge!

How do you ​use Readers Theater in your classroom?

How to perform in the theater

In Shakespeare’s time, a stage wasn’t just one type of space; plays had to be versatile. The same play might be produced in an outdoor playhouse, an indoor theater, a royal palace—or, for a company on tour, the courtyard of an inn.

In any of these settings, men and boys played all the characters, male and female; acting in Renaissance England was an exclusively male profession. Audiences had their favorite performers, looked forward to hearing music with the productions, and relished the luxurious costumes of the leading characters. The stage itself was relatively bare. For the most part, playwrights used vivid words instead of scenery to picture the scene onstage.

Primary sources: Shakespeare Documented
Visit Shakespeare Documented to see primary-source materials about theaters and people in the theatrical profession connected with Shakespeare. This online resource of items from the Folger and other institutions brings together all known manuscript and print references to Shakespeare and his works in his lifetime and shortly thereafter.

Playhouses and the Globe

In 1576, when Shakespeare was still a 12-year-old in Stratford-upon-Avon, James Burbage built the Theatre just outside London. The Theatre was among the first playhouses in England since Roman times. Like the many other playhouses that followed, it was a multi-sided structure with a central, uncovered “yard” surrounded by three tiers of covered seating and a bare, raised stage at one end of the yard. Spectators could pay for seating at multiple price levels; those with the cheapest tickets simply stood for the length of the plays.

Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, was one of several to perform at the Theatre, appearing there by about 1594. A few years later, the Burbages lost their lease on the Theatre site and began construction of a new, larger playhouse, the Globe, just south of the Thames. To pay for it, they shared the lease with the five partners (called actor-sharers) in the Lord Chamberlain’s company, including Shakespeare.

The Globe, which opened in 1599, became the playhouse where audiences first saw some of Shakespeare’s best-known plays. In 1613, it burned to the ground when the roof caught fire during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII. A new, second Globe was quickly built on the same site, opening in 1614.

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How to perform in the theater

Theaters and palaces

Large open playhouses like the Globe are marvelous in the right weather, but indoor theaters can operate year-round, out of the sun, wind, and rain. They also offer a more intimate setting with the use of artificial light. Shakespeare’s company planned for years to operate its own indoor theater, a goal that was finally achieved in 1609 when the Burbages took over London’s Blackfriars theater.

Still more indoor productions often came during the period between Christmas and New Year, and at Shrovetide (the period before Lent) at one of the royal palaces, where Shakespeare’s company and other leading companies gave command performances—a high honor that was also well-paid.

Audience experiences

Playgoers in Shakespeare’s day paid a penny to stand in the uncovered yard of a playhouse, or two pennies for a balcony seat. (It’s hard to find exact comparisons to what a penny then is worth now, but a day’s worth of food and drink for a grown man would have cost about fourpence.) Indoor theaters like the Blackfriars accommodated fewer people and cost more, with basic tickets starting at sixpence. Fashionable men about town could get a seat on the side of the stage for two shillings (24 pence).

Spectators liked to drink wine or ale and snack on a variety of foods as they watched the plays—modern-day excavations at the playhouses have turned up bottles, spoons, oyster shells, and the remnants of many fruits and nuts.

Actors, costumes, and staging

While most women’s roles were played by boys or young men in the all-male casts, comic female parts such as Juliet’s Nurse might be reserved for a popular adult comic actor, or clown. In addition to their dramatic talents, actors in Shakespeare’s time had to fence onstage with great skill, sing songs or play instruments included in the plays, and perform the vigorously athletic dances of their day.

Actors usually did not aim for historically accurate costumes, although an occasional toga may have appeared for a Roman play. Instead, they typically wore gorgeous modern dress, especially for the leading parts. Costumes, a major investment for an acting company, provided the essential “spectacle” of the plays and were often second-hand clothes once owned and worn by real-life nobles.

The bare stages of Shakespeare’s day had little or no scenery except for objects required by the plot, like a throne, a grave, or a bed. Exits and entrances were in plain view of the audience, but they included some vertical options: actors could descend from the “heavens” above the stage or enter and exit from the “hell” below through a trapdoor. Characters described as talking from “above” might appear in galleries midway between the stage and the heavens.

In its simplest form, Reader’s Theater is an activity where students read a play aloud with the scripts in hand. They often do so without having memorized the script. They may not have props, act out the action of the play, or even move. There doesn’t need to be an audience besides the readers themselves.

Reader’s Theater can be used with scripts or stories or even poems. Sometimes the teacher or students rewrite stories in play form for the purpose of doing Reader’s Theater. This can be a great way to get students writing creatively.

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Why Reader’s Theater?

When using scripts written for the classroom like those in the Integrated Skills Through Drama series, the advantages of doing a script as Reader’s Theater are:

  • Learners experience both language and communication strategies in conversational contexts. They are able to feel the language from the inside and reflect on how expressions, words and phrases are used to attain conversational goals.
  • Pronunciation and intonation work is purpose-driven as actors work to communicate the emotional intention of their characters
  • The script is already prepared, giving students a language experience that can be practiced and then adapted to other contexts.
  • There’s no need for props, sets, costumes, or even a stage making it easier and quicker to produce.
  • A Reader’s Theater performance supports success by allowing actors to refer to a script. This saves time, which can be spent on ancillary skills work or even discussion of the themes of the play.

Considerations

As written above, Reader’s Theater can be as simple as putting students in a circle, assigning parts, and having them read a script. However, it can be a lot more involved than that as well. Here are some considerations and decisions to make:

  • A play is a story that reflects human experience and can thus lend itself to rich discussion. Spend some time talking about the story. Have students listen to the play and/or read the script first and talk about the message. Share experiences and insights into the world of the play.
  • Also consider working on the characters motivations. After students are assigned roles, have them work out the back story of the character by answering Wh- questions. Who is the character? Where did they grow up? What are they good at? or where do they struggle in life? Importantly, what do they want? How are they trying to get what they want? This can help with the pronunciation/intonation work and how they use their voice.
  • Decide how much practice time to give. A good rule of thumb is students should be able to look up from the script half the time. Aaron Shepherd refers to this as “half-memorizing.” And to let students think about what intonation, rhythm, word stress, and volume they will use for each line, they’ll need time to read and mark up the script. For example, students may want to:
    • Add descriptions of action
    • Add lines
    • Practice motion
    • Note emotions and intonations
    • Highlight their part

    Performing Reader’s Theater

    Students can read for each other or for an audience from another class.

    You can break the class into two halves, have them read to each other, and then discuss where they made different choices.

    Because theatre is inherently dynamic, each cast will produce a unique production.

    Extending Reader’s Theater

    Reader’s Theater can be the culmination of the study of any piece of literature. After analyzing and reading the story, you can make a Reader’s Theater performance a kind of final celebration or showcase of the student’s understanding of the text.

    Reader’s Theater can also be a prelude to a full performance. It can be a part of the rehearsal process in fact. Many performances of plays, TV shows, and films start with what’s called a table read where the actors read the script for the first time sitting around a table. They make notes of how they might read their parts as well as what parts of the script might need rewriting or adapting.

    In fact, consider inviting actors to adapt scenes or add new scenes to reflect their changing understanding of the story. Perhaps they can improvise with situations that they want to explore. Ask what if questions, put the characters in new combinations, send them back in time or forward to see where decisions are likely to lead. In this way, Reader’s Theater offers a way to take language from the page and move it into the real world.

    The university theater arts program is back. This year, they are preparing for their show “Head Over Heels,” a jukebox comedy musical with music and lyrics by legendary rock band, The Go-Go’s. The show will premiere at Bucknall Theater from Nov. 10 through 13.

    Auditions for the show came on Aug. 31 with callbacks on Sep. 1.

    Last semester, on-campus programs and activities were few and far between amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the theater arts program was just one organization that took a hit. Through it all, the program still managed to hold a two-performance showing of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” which required audience members to show a cleared CoVerified status, wear a mask, and socially distance. For those who could not attend, there was a live stream on Facebook where viewers could comment live during the performance.

    With live theater returning to the New Haven area, it comes as no surprise that the university’s theater program is back in full force, as well, with the first performance just a couple of months away.

    This will be the first live musical production since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With increased safety precautions, in addition to the university’s widespread vaccine and mask mandate, productions are still able to be held with an audience with less concern for transmission.

    In the spring, the biennial Student New Works Festival, a student-created short play festival, will be held in-person from April 20 through 23 in Bucknall Theater.

    For more information on how to get involved with the Theater Program, contact Prof. Margaret Savilonis at [email protected] and Jonathan Yukich at [email protected]

    How to perform in the theater

    Tiara Starks is a senior communication major with a concentration in film production. She started at the Charger Bulletin as a contributing writer in 2018.

    How to perform in the theater

    Though much of women’s history has been distorted or forgotten, we can be sure that women have always had a powerful presence within the history of Performing Arts. Amid controversy, triumph, and occasional public backlash, the women of theater have continued to shine throughout the ages.

    The theater arose more than two millennia ago in ancient Greece. Since heroines and Goddesses were the pinnacles of Greek society, they were often the stars of drama productions. Despite this, the role of women in the Greek Theater was otherwise non-existent. Women were strictly prohibited from being onstage, as it was considered “too dangerous” to give them such a prominent platform. Even the most renowned characters, like the tragic heroine, Antigone, were portrayed exclusively by male actors. During the following centuries, there were few accounts of women participating in theater. One notable exception was a nun called Hrosvitha , who wrote comedy during the tenth century. Hrosvitha is often credited as the first female playwright in history.

    With the arrival of Opera during the 16th century, the stage began to open up for women. Some productions even called for women in starring roles! Despite this new development, female Opera singers still faced many unjust challenges. Much like Ancient Greek societies, Christian rule sought to control women’s behavior. Thus, it was commonly deemed inappropriate and unchaste for women to perform on stage. Women’s Soprano parts were often replaced by a type of male performer known as the Castrati. The purpose of the Castrati was to try and achieve the quality of a woman’s pitch without allowing females to actually perform in Opera productions. During this period, the most ruthless oppressor was the Church itself, where women were strictly barred from performing in the Papal Choir.

    During the Elizabethan era, William Shakespeare created some of the most commanding female characters in history. Rosalind, Cordelia, Lady Macbeth, and other Shakespearean icons were among the first female characters to be portrayed with the depth, cunning, and bravery that were frequently bestowed upon male characters. Still, female performers were prohibited from playing these roles.

    Actresses may have taken the stage in Europe as early as the 1620s. This was a tumultuous time for women performers, as they were commonly harassed and berated during performances. Even when faced with public ridicule, women continued their conquest of the stage. In 1660, a movement known as the Restoration set off a wave of changes within the theater. With support from the King, women were finally permitted to perform in major productions. The movement marked a huge shift in the collective attitude towards female performers. For the first time in history, it seemed that society was beginning to acknowledge the value of women actors. Still, actresses of the 17 th century experienced only a gradual rise in status.

    Female playwrights in Europe emerged during the latter half of the 17 th century. The earliest woman playwrights, including Aphra Behn and Susanna Centlivre, brought women’s voices and perspectives into the spotlight for the first time. These playwrights didn’t shy away from controversial, women-centric topics. Behn even used her disdain for forced marriage as inspiration for some of her productions. Early women playwrights also utilized their platform to write heroic, dynamic, and autonomous female characters.

    How to perform in the theater

    For the next few centuries, women’s achievements in theater continued to gain momentum. In the United States, the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries were a breakthrough period for women in performing arts. Female performers came to enjoy a relatively prominent place under the dazzling Broadway lights. Likewise, theater going started to become a women’s activity. With actresses seeing new potential for independence and economic power, the theater was truly beginning to seem like a woman’s world! Although American women found a more inclusive place onstage, they still struggled to escape oppressive systems of gender discrimination. Like the ones before them, scores of brilliant women have fought hard for visibility within the modern theater.

    Because women chose to resist and persevere, diversity in the theater has seen more progress than ever before. Though we have come a long way since the Boy’s Club Greek Theaters and the bearded Juliets of Shakespeare’s day, women are still disproportionately represented in the theater. According to Works By Women, “ It is estimated that women playwrights, directors, and designers represent only 20% of all theatre professionals hired each year” [1] . Creative women face many other forms of oppression, including sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia. The women of today’s theater are actively working to change this. Here are two examples of the many organizations working toward parity in the theater:

    • Each year, The Kilroys assemble a list that specifically illuminates new plays by female, trans, and women of color authors. is committed to achieving parity by elevating women theater professionals and empowering women audiences to get involved with its mission.

    Though the work is far from done, women continue to make incredible strides in performing arts. We can become agents of change by sharing their stories and supporting their work. As we look to a more diverse and inclusive society, we must demand that theater and art continue to become a place of empowerment for all women.

    Contemporary theater was very different for audiences

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      To fully appreciate Shakespeare, it’s best to see his plays live on stage. It’s a sad fact that today we typically study Shakespeare’s plays out of books and forego the live experience. It’s important to remember that the Bard was not writing for today’s literary readership, but for a live audience.

      Shakespeare was not writing for just any live audience but was writing for the masses in Elizabethan England, many of whom couldn’t read or write. The theater was usually the only place the audiences to his plays would be exposed to fine, literary culture. To better understand Shakespeare's works, today's reader needs to go beyond the texts themselves to consider the context of these works: the details of the live theater experience during the Bard’s lifetime.

      Theater Etiquette in Shakespeare’s Time

      Visiting a theater and watching a play in Elizabethan times was very different from today, not just because of who was in the audience, but because of how people behaved. Theatergoers were not expected to be still and silent throughout the performance as modern audiences are. Instead, Elizabethan theater was the modern equivalent of a popular band concert. It was communal and even, at times, raucous, depending on the subject matter of a given performance.

      The audience would eat, drink, and talk throughout the performance. Theaters were open air and used natural light. Without the advanced technology of artificial light, most plays were performed not in the evening, as they are today, but rather in the afternoon or during the daylight.

      Furthermore, plays during that era used very little scenery and few, if any, props. The plays usually relied on language to set the scene.

      Female Performers in Shakespeare’s Time

      The laws for contemporary performances of Shakespeare’s plays banned women from acting. Female roles were thus played by young boys before their voices changed in puberty.

      How Shakespeare Changed Perceptions of the Theater

      Shakespeare saw the public’s attitude towards theater shift during his lifetime. Prior to his era, the theater in England was considered to be a disreputable pastime. It was frowned upon by Puritan authorities, who were worried that it might distract people from their religious teachings.

      During the reign of Elizabeth I, theaters were still banned within the city walls of London (even though the Queen enjoyed the theater and frequently attended performances in person). But over time, the theater became more popular, and a thriving “entertainment” scene grew on Bankside, just outside the city walls. Bankside was considered to be a “den of iniquity” with its brothels, bear-baiting pits, and theaters. The place of theater in Shakespeare’s time widely diverged from its perceived role today as high culture reserved for the educated, upper classes.

      The Acting Profession During Shakespeare’s Time

      Shakespeare’s contemporary theater companies were extremely busy. They would perform around six different plays each week, which could only be rehearsed a few times before the performance. There was no separate stage crew, as theater companies have today. Every actor and stagehand helped to make costumes, props, and scenery.

      The Elizabethan acting profession worked on an apprentice system and therefore was strictly hierarchical. Playwrights themselves had to rise up through the ranks. Shareholders and general managers were in charge and profited the most from the company’s success.

      Managers employed their actors, who became permanent members of the company. Boy apprentices were at the bottom of the hierarchy. They usually began their careers by acting in small roles or playing the female characters.

      How to perform in the theater The theater students showcase their costumes and characters during their rehearsal at Horace Mann. “This show is very cute, so I’m super excited to see the cast perform because they’ve all worked really hard,” tech crew member senior Juliana Finazzo said. Photo by: Christopher Maurer.

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      Theater students will perform “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” as their first in-person production of the year on Sept. 25 and 26 at the Horace Mann Auditorium.

      The production is based on Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, which follows the life of Charlie Brown and the obstacles of growing up. In regards to safety protocols, the theater department will implement social distancing by blocking off two seats between audience members and allowing audience members to sit in every other row.

      Generally, the theater department has one musical per year. However, with the help of choir teacher Ethan Smith, theater director Kaz Chandler was able to push for two musicals this year.

      “It’s long been my irritation that we’re a school with this level of talent that doesn’t do a second musical, especially at least one musical with a smaller cast,” Chandler said. “Mr. Smith and I decided that we really need to do this because we really want to start promoting the theater program to younger children, so they can get excited about what they can do in high school.”

      In order to make this production possible in a short time frame, the performers learned their music over the summer.

      “I normally don’t give my students materials to learn on their own during the summer. It’s really not normal. So, we had to make sure to cast people who could sight read and perform without having someone hold their hand. It was also really helpful that almost everybody in the cast is in Madrigals as well, so they have the skills we were looking for,” Chandler said.

      Although the cast faced a “time crunch,” Chandler was “incredibly proud” of the performers’ ability to learn the music and choreography quickly and their willingness to take her notes.

      “This is a consummate group of performers. This group loves to perform. They would slice away a chunk of their lives and give up on something else to be able to do this. The thing they most want is an audience to watch their hard work, so I’m hoping we have a great turnout,” Chandler said.

      Senior Emma Maurer, who plays the role of Sally Brown, does not believe the time crunch was an issue for the cast.

      “We were super prepared. We came to school with everything mostly memorized and we knew all our music really well. So, what was really new was just solidifying our lines and learning choreography. We’ve been pretty ahead of schedule,” Maurer said.

      With this show being the first of the semester, senior Stephanie Ortiz, who plays the role of Marcie, is “so excited” to perform with the cast after a year of virtual learning.

      “It feels amazing to be performing again in-person. I am so ready to be on stage and perform in front of people again after a year of Zoom, which only showed the audience the upper half of my body,” Ortiz said.

      After months of preparation, Maurer is looking forward to kicking off her senior year with this production.

      “I feel so old when I think about starting in this program as a freshman. It’s crazy that I’m a senior now,” Maurer said. “I think this show is a great way to start off senior year because we’re all such great friends, so we’ve been having a great time rehearsing and spending time with each other.”

      Although senior Chloe Levine, who plays the role of Lucy van Pelt, is “really looking forward” to the show, she finds it “bittersweet” because she is going to miss performing with her classmates when this school year ends.

      “We missed out on performing on a stage last year because of COVID, so I forgot what it felt like to be so connected to people on stage. The second that we started performing again I remembered just how much I loved performing,” Levine said.

      Chandler believes students will “love” the show. She hopes that people will decide to attend either the shows on Saturday or the show on Sunday to show their support for the theater department and for their peers.

      “This show is so funny. I still laugh out loud when I think about one of the lines, even though I’ve seen them rehearse so many times,” Chandler said. “In this school, we’re so fractured because we don’t do things together. This is a chance to come together and watch a great production. I think everyone should attend.”

      How to perform in the theater

      These days, everyone starts perfecting their skills from a very young age. This case is no different for children who take part in theatre productions.

      These children are way better than most grownups at putting on a show, and could easily go on and develop into aspiring actors in the future.

      As a result, it is very important to be able to help these youngsters from a very early age and to make sure that when they are in the theatre there are no issues later on.

      Performing in a children’s theatre is quite different from acting in an adult theatre production, simply because of the way things are perceived by the audience and the actors themselves.

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      Instructions

      Dumb it down

      The first thing you need to realize is the fact that these are children working in the theatre production and not adults. As a result, their cognitive ability is not going to be up to the mark and they are going to spend a lot more time processing information.

      For this very reason, it is best to dumb everything down, to make it easier to understand. You can dumb down the way you act, the plot line and the dialogue. Using analogies and terms that only adults would get shouldn’t be used and this is something that everyone should take into account.

      Stay motivated and keep motivating

      Children tend to get disappointed far more quickly than anyone else. This is because they aren’t used to disappointment just yet, but all of that would change for them eventually down the line.

      However, with that not being the case just yet, it is best to keep motivating the children. Even if they make a mistake, you should cheer them on.

      At the same time, you need to stay motivated yourself, if you don’t do so, they are going to pick off your vibes and then behave in the same manner.

      Keep it clean

      Since you are working with children, you should avoid using language and contexts that might be far more adult oriented.

      This is why you should change the script so that the words that are being used are children friendly, and so that none of the parents have any issues later on.

      It is important to do this, since most plays have lines that kids would not only fail to understand, but would also learn and use later on.

How to make baking soda biscuits

If you are making biscuits that call for buttermilk and baking soda , but you substitute regular milk, your biscuits may not rise. Corriher says that baking soda is 4 times as powerful as baking powder , so use only 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for each teaspoon of baking powder in the original recipe.

Can I use baking soda instead of baking powder to make biscuits?

Yes, as long as there is enough of an acidic ingredient to make a reaction (for 1/2 teaspoon baking soda , you need 1 cup of buttermilk or yogurt or 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar). And remember that baking soda has 4 times the power of baking powder , so 1/4 teaspoon soda is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of baking powder .

How do you make fluffy biscuits from scratch?

Directions Preheat oven to 400°. In a bowl, whisk together first 4 ingredients . Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. On a well-floured surface, knead dough gently 8-10 times. Roll to 1/2-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Serve warm.

What can you bake with baking soda?

Baking soda works as a chemical leavening agent in recipes ranging from cookies to cakes to breads. Colossal Double Chocolate White Chip Cookies. Hershey Bar Cake. Irish Soda Bread.

What can I substitute for baking powder in biscuits?

Here are 10 great substitutes for baking powder . Buttermilk. Buttermilk is a fermented dairy product with a sour, slightly tangy taste that is often compared to plain yogurt. Plain Yogurt. Molasses. Cream of Tartar. Sour Milk. Vinegar. Lemon Juice. Club Soda .

What does baking soda do for biscuits?

Both baking powder and baking soda are chemical leavening agents that cause batters to rise when baked. The leavener enlarges the bubbles which are already present in the batter produced through creaming of ingredients. When a recipe contains baking powder and baking soda , the baking powder does most of the leavening.

What happens if you use baking powder instead of baking soda?

Baking powder may be used as a substitute for baking soda . Still, its leavening power is not as strong as that of plain baking soda . As a result, you ‘ll need to use a greater quantity of baking powder to get the same final product.

How do you make homemade baking powder?

To make your own baking powder – some say with fewer metallic undertones than the commercial stuff – mix one part baking soda to one part cornstarch and two parts cream of tartar. For example: 1/4 teaspoon baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar + 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch = 1 teaspoon homemade baking powder .

What happens if you make biscuits without baking powder?

Most recipes for the biscuits call for baking powder , but I am here to tell you that baking powder is not mandatory. You can make homemade biscuits without baking powder , and they will turn out great and flaky every time.

How do you make easy homemade biscuits from scratch?

Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour (250g) 1 Tablespoon baking powder. 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar. 1 teaspoon salt. 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter very cold (85g), unsalted European butter is ideal, but not required. 3/4 cup whole milk¹ (177ml) buttermilk or 2% milk will also work.

How do you make old fashioned biscuits from scratch?

How to Make My Granny’s Old – Fashioned Biscuits Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put the flour into a large bowl and add lard/shortening. Cut into flour using the usual pastry method. Add buttermilk and mix with fork or hands. Mix into a light dough. Turn dough onto a floured board and knead a couple of times.

How do you make biscuits from scratch without baking powder?

How to Make Biscuits Without Baking Powder 1 – Baking Soda . If you would like to use baking soda to replace baking powder you just need to combine a half teaspoon of lemon juice with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda . 2 – Cream of Tartar. 3 – Vinegar. 4 – Yogurt. 5 – Buttermilk. 6 – Sour Milk. 7 – Molasses. 8 – Egg Whites.

What can I use if I dont have baking powder?

The best baking powder substitute is a mix of baking soda and cream of tartar. The cream of tartar adds acidity to the baking soda —it’s basically homemade baking powder . If a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon baking powder , add ¼ teaspoon baking soda with your dry ingredients and ½ cup buttermilk with the wet ingredients.

Is baking soda harmful?

Early after an ingestion of too much baking soda , vomiting and diarrhea are common as the body tries to correct the high sodium concentration by pulling more water into the digestive tract. After absorption, high sodium concentrations can cause seizures, dehydration, and kidney failure.

Can I use cornstarch instead of baking powder?

Make Your Own Baking Powder Substitute Making your own baking powder substitute is really easy. This will give you 1 teaspoon of baking powder . However, if you’re planning on storing your DIY baking powder , then you’ll have to mix ¼ teaspoon of cornstarch to the same ratio.

How to make baking soda biscuits

In this post, you’re going to learn how to make soda biscuits.

When you’re in a survival situation, you’ll find that your food options are going to be limited.

You won’t have fancy ingredients to bring out the flavors of your food. This is why most of the things you’ll be eating will be solely to nourish you, rather than for you to enjoy.

However, there are a lot of simple ways that you can turn your boring and bland options into tasty treats.

One of the best ways that you can do this is by making soda biscuits.

What Are Soda Biscuits

Soda biscuits are simple biscuits that are very easy to make. They taste great on their own, or you could add some butter or jam to add some extra flavor. This recipe goes all the way back to the days of the pioneers.

As settlers moved west, they couldn’t bring a lot of supplies with them. And when they arrived at their destination, there were no stores around to buy ingredients either. So they were forced to make do with what they had.

One of the greatest things they cooked up during those times were soda biscuits.

This is why today when survival situations arise, soda biscuits should be your go-to recipe. It’s delicious, it’s filling, and it’s very easy to make!

Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Butter or Oil

Equipment:

  • Dutch Oven (pot and a lid)

Just like the pioneers, you don’t need a lot in order to cook up some soda biscuits. There are a few variations to this recipe, but all that you really need are flour, baking soda, salt, milk, and butter or oil.

With just these five ingredients, you have all you need to make soda biscuits from scratch.

For equipment needed, if you have an oven around, it is going to make it that much easier. However, in survival situations, it’s unlikely that you’ll have access to an oven.

You’ll be glad to know this recipe is easy because all you need is a dutch oven, which is basically just a large pot with a lid.

How to Make Soda Biscuits

Once you have your ingredients and dutch oven, you are now ready to start baking some soda biscuits!

There are plenty of ways to prepare soda biscuits, so let’s look at a step-by-step for one of the simplest ways to do things.

Instructions

Here are the step by step instructions.

Step 1: Prepare Dry Ingredients

The first thing you’ll want to do is to prepare your dry ingredients.

Mix 2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt together in a bowl. You can adjust the salt to suit your taste. If you want it saltier, you could go up to 1 teaspoon of salt.

Also, if you want your soda biscuits sweet, now would be the time to add cocoa powder or sugar.

Step 2: Add Wet Ingredients

Now comes the part where you slowly add the wet ingredients in. You don’t want to just mix everything together all at once. This will make it a lot more difficult to spread all the ingredients evenly, and you’ll get a pretty bad texture on your biscuits.

This is why you should first mix the dry ingredients, then slowly add the wet ingredients.

Add around 1/3 cup of oil and knead it in until your mixture is coarse. Then slowly pour in your milk while mixing. Add around 3/4 cups of milk, or just enough to moisten your mixture.

Step 3: Knead and Cut

Knead your mixture, roll it out, then start shaping it. You can shape it any way that you want as long as you have around 1/2 inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to get perfect shapes, but if you don’t have one, shaping them with your hands is perfectly fine.

Step 4: Bake your Biscuits

If you have an oven, throw in your soda biscuits at 475 degrees. It should take around 10-12 minutes to be ready.

You could also watch them and wait for them to brown lightly. If you don’t have an oven around, dutch ovens will work perfectly fine.

Place your biscuits in the pot, and put it over hot coals. To bake the biscuits, you also want to put coals on top of the lid. Cooking time is the same, around 10-12 minutes.

Step 5: Enjoy

After waiting for just a few minutes, your soda biscuits are ready to be enjoyed!

Conclusion

This is one of the classic examples that you really don’t need a lot of ingredients to create wonderful dishes. It also shows you that survival cooking doesn’t have to be dull and tasteless either!

I hope this guide helped you learn how to make soda biscuits. You may also like our recipe post on how to make fire cakes and also how to make pemmican the way the pioneers did.

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This deceptively simple recipe can come out a million different ways with some very minor variations on the ingredients and amounts. This one’s my favorite – flaky, but not dry; chewy, but not tough; crisp in just the right spots.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled in freezer and cut into thin slices
  • ¾ cup cold buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk for brushing
  • Step 1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a large bowl.

Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about 5 minutes.

Make a well in the center of butter and flour mixture. Pour in 3/4 cup buttermilk; stir until just combined.

Turn dough onto a floured work surface, pat together into a rectangle.

Fold the rectangle in thirds. Turn dough a half turn, gather any crumbs, and flatten back into a rectangle. Repeat twice more, folding and pressing dough a total of three times.

Roll dough on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick.

Cut out 12 biscuits using a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter.

Transfer biscuits to the prepared baking sheet. Press an indent into the top of each biscuit with your thumb.

Biscuits are a classic American treat. Mix together just a few simple ingredients and in less than 30 minutes, you can have fresh, warm biscuits on the table — perfect for a leisurely breakfast, savory supper, or served with jam and a cup of afternoon tea.

How to make baking soda biscuits

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (360g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) butter, at room temperature*
  • 1 to 1 1/8 cups (227g to 255g) cold milk or buttermilk (use whole milk for the most tender biscuits)*

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 425°F with a rack in the upper portion. Get out a baking sheet; there’s no need to grease it. Line it with parchment if you like, for easiest cleanup.

Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess.

Mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.

Work the butter into the flour mixture using your fingers, a fork or pastry blender, a stand mixer, or a food processor; your goal is an evenly crumbly mixture (think breadcrumbs).

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How to bake the best biscuits

Drizzle the smaller amount of milk evenly over the flour mixture. Mix quickly and gently for about 15 seconds, until you’ve made a cohesive dough. If the mixture seems dry and won’t come together, don’t keep working it; drizzle in enough milk — up to an additional 2 tablespoons (28g) to make it cohesive.

Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Pat it into a rough rectangle about 3/4″ thick. Fold it into thirds like a letter and roll gently with a floured rolling pin until the dough is 3/4″ thick again.

Cut the dough into circles with a biscuit cutter for traditional round biscuits; a 2 3/8″ cutter makes nice-sized biscuits. Or to avoid leftover dough scraps, cut the dough into squares or diamonds with a bench knife or sharp knife.

Place the biscuits bottom side up on your prepared baking sheet; turning them over like this yields biscuits with nice, smooth tops. Brush the biscuits with milk, to enhance browning.

Bake the biscuits for 15 to 20 minutes, until they’re lightly browned. Remove them from the oven, and serve warm.

Store any leftover biscuits, well wrapped, at room temperature for several days. Freeze for longer storage. Biscuits are always best when they’re rewarmed before serving.

Tips from our Bakers

Using room-temperature butter and working it into the flour until the mixture is an even, breadcrumb-like consistency will yield tender biscuits with an even, light crumb. Using cold butter and working it into the flour until the mixture is unevenly crumbly, on the other hand, will result in higher-rising biscuits that are “layered” and flaky.

How to make baking soda biscuits

A quick search for “biscuits” on the Garden & Gun website yields thirteen pages of results—recipes for buttermilk biscuits, beaten biscuits, drop biscuits, sweet potato biscuits, bacon fat biscuits, spicy chile-cheese biscuits, you name it. Where biscuits are concerned, we thought we’d seen it all—or close to it. Then earlier this month the food writer, recipe developer, and Atlanta-based biscuit queen Erika Council tweeted a picture of her great-grandmother’s edge-on biscuit-baking method. Like the majority of her followers, our curiosity was piqued. The early July post now has more than 500 comments and 2,700 likes. “I didn’t think no one had seen this method before,” Council says. “I’m actually blown away by the response.”

How to make baking soda biscuitsphoto: Andrew Thomas Lee

Her family’s no-waste technique requires rolling out the dough and placing it onto a baking sheet before punching out the biscuit rounds. Then, instead of tossing the excess dough, which can make for tough biscuits if it’s remolded and baked, you leave it right there, surrounding the biscuits, throughout the baking process. Once the cooked biscuits have cooled slightly, just pull away the scraps. “Anyone who’s still living in Goldsboro [North Carolina], who was living during my great-grandmother’s time, remembers her for her cooking—for her biscuits,” Council says. “But it was my Uncle Bobby who made them for us when we were kids. The adults would get the actual biscuits and the kids would get the scraps, which was fine with us.” Those curved scrap pieces make sopping up the last of the sausage gravy that much easier. And if you’re worried about the rise, don’t be. “I’ve never seen this method prevent rising,” Council says. Though her Uncle Bobby used this technique when making baking soda biscuits (see recipe below), Council says it works well with most standard biscuit recipes.

How to make baking soda biscuitsphoto: Courtesy of Erika Council

In Atlanta, Council’s biscuits (she prefers a baking powder version) have developed a passionate following thanks to her regular Saturday morning Bomb Biscuit pop-ups hosted at pitmaster Bryan Furman’s B’s Cracklin’ BBQ. A fire claimed the restaurant in early 2019, and until the pop-ups resume, her catering business has helped keep the biscuit-loving masses fed. But since we’re all staying home more and more these days, you’re probably not road-tripping to Atlanta for breakfast. To help you out, we caught up with Council, who shared a few of her favorite biscuit-making tips and tricks—along with some Bomb Biscuit news.

COVID-19 has hit folks in the restaurant business particularly hard. How has it affected Bomb Biscuits?

With COVID, the catering business sort of went away, so I launched the Biscuit Box. Right now, the boxes are available for delivery and pick-up in Atlanta. Our most popular box is our buttermilk box, which comes with six buttermilk biscuits and homemade seasonal jam. We have a vegan box and we’re working on a gluten-free one, too.

Rise and shine ✨

A post shared by Atlanta’s Biscuit Pop-up (@bombbiscuitatl) on May 15, 2020 at 6:33am PDT

Will they be available outside Atlanta anytime soon?

I’m working on the process that would allow me to ship them. Hoping to be able to ship by September.

Until then maybe you can help us brush up on our biscuit basics. Have you always loved making biscuits? Or was it a passion you developed later in life?

I’ve always loved to eat them. They’re probably my favorite thing.

I’ve heard you say before that you were strongly influenced by both of your grandmothers. Your father’s mother, Mildred Council, better known as Mama Dip, started the popular Chapel Hill restaurant by the same name. Did you learn to make biscuits from them?

I actually spent the most time with my maternal grandmother—the one that’s not famous—and she made biscuits all the time. Of course, my paternal grandmother did too, but my granny Geraldine, she made them with me most often. It wasn’t that she sat down and taught me though, really. I mean, I helped, and I saw, and I picked up the process. It wasn’t a step one, step two, step three situation. My granny developed Alzheimer’s later, and I think I really started making them more to be connected to her, the more she deteriorated. I’d gone into a different profession than a lot of people in my family—a lot of my family is in the restaurant business—and I went to school for computer science. And sometimes with the stress of corporate America I needed a relief. It slowly developed into what it is now.

Okay, let’s get biscuit making…butter versus lard? Do you lean one way or the other?

If you can get leaf lard, I mean, I think that’s the best. Leaf lard, which is rendered pork fat from a certain area of the pig, just gives biscuits—and pie crust—that light flaky texture that I like. It’s different than the conventional lard you find in the store that’s normally been processed. On my maternal side, my great-grandmother is related to Adam Scott, of the original Scott’s barbecue in Eastern North Carolina, and all of her biscuits revolved around leaf lard, because she could get it so easily.

But that’s harder to for the average baker to get their hands on. Right?

Yeah. I rarely use lard in my biscuits now. Growing up most biscuits [we made] were half shortening—Crisco, basically—and butter, because butter was more expensive. Today, butter is my go-to.

Cast-iron skillet or sheet pan for baking?

For mass production, of course you have to use sheet pans. At home though, I like to use a skillet, and I always heat the skillet first. It’s an old trick.

A soft, fresh, flaky homemade biscuit is one of the best things there is no matter where you grew up. They’re most popular in the South, of course, but they’re a welcome piece of homestyle comfort on any plate. Most recipes call for baking powder and shortening, but those aren’t mandatory. You can make homemade biscuits without baking powder or with other fats just as easily.

No Shortening, No Problem

Your recipe may call for shortening, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use other fats. “Shortening” is actually a generic term for whatever fat you choose to put into your baked goods, and it just means that the fat lubricates and softens or “shortens” the gluten strands in the finished biscuit. Vegetable oil shortening only goes back to the beginning of the last century, and before that, people used only naturally occurring fats.

Any fat that’s solid at room temperature will work for flaky biscuits, so use what you have and don’t worry about it. Lard works well, and butter gives your biscuits a really nice flavor. If you’re vegan or baking for a vegan, you can even use coconut oil.

Baking Soda Biscuits

Baking powder isn’t much more complicated to replace. If you don’t have baking powder but do have baking soda, you’re off to the races. Baking soda is an alkaline ingredient, and if you combine it with an acidic ingredient, it reacts to form carbon dioxide and raise your biscuits. Baking powder is nothing more or less than soda with its own acid in dry form.

In baking soda biscuits, you provide the acid separately, usually in the form of buttermilk or regular milk with a bit of vinegar or lemon juice added. A lot of recipes call for both baking powder and soda, so you’ll need to improvise a little if you want to make baking soda biscuits with no baking powder at all.

It requires a bit of simple math. Baking soda is stronger, so use just 1/4 teaspoon of soda for every teaspoon of baking powder in your recipe. You’ll also need to increase the acidic ingredients in the recipe, so you might find it easier to choose a recipe that’s meant for baking soda rather than doing the conversion.

Self-Rising Flour Biscuits

If you don’t have an issue with baking powder as such but want to minimize the number of ingredients you keep in your pantry, consider using self-rising flour to make your biscuits. It has the baking powder and a bit of salt already mixed in, so you just need to add the fat and liquid of your choice.

In practice, that usually means self-rising flour, your lard or butter and either milk or buttermilk. That’s why you’ll often see these described as a three-ingredient biscuit recipe.

Cream Biscuits

Cream biscuits take the basic idea of self-rising flour biscuits and simplify it even further. This is a two-ingredient biscuit recipe, which makes it even more beginner friendly. To make cream biscuits, just stir together self-rising flour and heavy whipping cream. The cream contains enough liquid to hydrate the flour and make a soft dough and enough fat to replace the butter or shortening you might otherwise use.

You can either scoop the finished dough or pat it out and cut it like a regular biscuit. It works fine either way. You can also add a spoon or two of sugar if you like your biscuits a bit sweeter and scone-like.

Sourdough Biscuits

If you really want to go old school or get away from chemical leaveners entirely, you can go “full pioneer” and make sourdough biscuits. These recipes usually call for the portion you’d remove and discard anyway when you feed your starter, so if you keep sourdough on hand for breadmaking, this is a really good alternative.

Most recipes call for just flour, a bit of fat and your sourdough starter as well as a bit of baking soda just to help the sourdough along. There’s enough acidity in your starter to work with the soda as a leavener, and in exchange, the bit of alkalinity from your soda helps the biscuits brown.

Is there anything better than warm, hot-out-of-the-oven, mile high, flaky biscuits that just melts in your mouth? No, right? Because these are truly the best biscuits you will ever make right at home!

How to make baking soda biscuits

You know those piping hot KFC biscuits they add to all the family meals?

Well, they’re basically the best things ever.

I would devour those as a child. I could care less for the fried chicken. Or the potato wedges.

The biscuits were just pure life.

And so are these biscuits.

How to make baking soda biscuits

Except. Well, they’re completely homemade with a few embellishments.

They are extra tall, extra buttery and extra flaky. The 3 most important elements in a biscuit.

And if you do make these, I just ask that you serve these warm and hot of the oven.

It will make all of the difference.

I will also say that a little bit of additional melted butter right on top never hurt anyone.

How to make baking soda biscuits

Flaky Mile High Biscuits

Yield: 10-12 biscuits

prep time: 45 minutes

cook time: 20 minutes

total time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Is there anything better than warm, hot-out-of-the-oven, mile high, flaky biscuits that just melts in your mouth? No, right? Because these are truly the best biscuits you will ever make right at home!

Nothing beats warm flaky old fashioned biscuits straight from the oven. This fool-proof homemade biscuit recipe is easy to make and requires just 6 ingredients.

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Nothing beats warm flaky old fashioned biscuits straight from the oven. This fool-proof homemade biscuit recipe is easy to make and requires just 6 ingredients.

How to make baking soda biscuits

Comfort food of comfort foods! Warm, flaky biscuits that pull apart in the middle for a little pat of butter are so yummy. That is why they are a staple of southern cooking and once you make them, this will be one of your favorite go-to recipes as well. No need to buy a mix or can ever again! Now you can make biscuits quick and like a pro, with this easy, 6-ingredient recipe. Warm, flaky, old fashioned biscuits are the best! These biscuits go with almost any meal and are easy to throw together in a hurry.

Can I use baking soda in place of baking powder?

Yes. Baking soda has 3 to 4 times the strength as baking powder so you’ll need to reduce the amount called for in this recipe when making a substitution. To replace the 1 tablespoon of Baking Powder in this recipe, use 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda instead. That’s it, and it will still make some delicious, warm, flaky, old-fashioned biscuits.

Can I use self-rising flour instead of all-purpose in this biscuit recipe?

Yes, you can. Self-rising flour contains flour, baking powder and salt. While it is hard to predict the exact ratios of flour to baking powder to salt in the mixture, you will most likely still get great results. Be sure to leave out adding any additional baking powder or salt until you’ve seen how it turns out with your particular brand of self rising flour. For best results, simply follow the recipe using all-purpose flour.

If you like this recipe you may be interested in these other similar recipes involving biscuits:

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How to make baking soda biscuits

How to cut fat into flour to make homemade biscuits:

Homemade biscuits require you to cut fat (like butter or shortening) into a flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal or sand. There are several options to do this.

  • GRATER: The easiest way to cut fat into flour is to grate it using a cheese grater. This works particularly well for cold butter.
  • PASTRY CUTTER: A traditional, old fashioned way to cut fat into flour is to use a pastry cutter. This specialized kitchen tool has 3 to 4 curved blades attached to a handle so that you can cut the fat into the flour using a rocking motion.
  • FOOD PROCESSOR: A food processor is a great modern small kitchen appliance that makes it really easy to cut fat into flour. Simply place your flour mixture into the bowl of the food processor along with your cold fat. Using the S-blade, pulse the mixture together until it resembles coarse meal or sand.
  • TWO KNIFE METHOD: The hardest method uses two knives to cut the solid fat into the flour by cutting the knives parallel against each other. Hold one butter knife in each hand. Criss cross the two knives to form an X-shape, with the flat sides of the blades touching each other. Place the knives in this shape into the fat and flour and slice the blades against each other in an outward motion repeatedly, similar to how scissors work.

Butter or shortening: Which is best for making a biscuit?

Like many pastries, biscuits require a solid fat source to achieve their flaky texture. Every source of fat will yield a slightly different result as they have different flavors and result in a different texture.

  • SHORTENING: For the tallest biscuits, use shortening because it has a higher melting point. As they bake, the flour and shortening are forced apart until the shortening melts. By this point, the biscuit will be set, creating that highly sought-after flaky texture. For the best flavor, use butter flavored shortening, as regular shortening often lacks a little bit in the flavor department.
  • BUTTER: Butter provides a great flavor for your biscuit recipe, but has a lower melting point than shortening. Because butter contains somewhere around 15% water, you’ll notice some shrinkage as the water evaporates during baking, resulting in a shorter biscuit.
  • COCONUT OIL: A popular trend in baking today is to use coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used to make a flaky biscuits, but you’ll want to measure and freeze the coconut oil first. Because coconut oil has such a low melting point, it’s best to make smaller biscuits so that the baking process happens faster and more evenly, forcing apart the fat and flour as quickly as possible.
  • How to make baking soda biscuitsLARD: If you want to make these the way our not-so-distant ancestors did, use lard. Lard is very similar to shortening, but usually comes from pig fat. It has a distinctive flavor that many enjoy.

PRO TIP: Always ensure that whatever fat you use in your homemade biscuits is as cold as possible. Cold fats that haven’t softened yield the flakiest biscuits.

How to make baking soda biscuits

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How to write flash fiction

Are you familiar with flash fiction? Have you dismissed it because you write novels or screenplays or something significantly longer? Well, don’t give up on it just yet. Writing and publishing flash fiction can help in ways you probably weren’t aware, as Gila Green is here to explain.

Book publishing is a tough, competitive business. Still, there’s no reason to make the road harder to travel. Enter flash fiction—an excellent way to break into both fiction and nonfiction book publishing.

How to write flash fiction

Flash fiction pieces are very short stories that still include their own character development and plot. Other names for flash fiction include nano fiction, micro fiction, postcard fiction, and sudden fiction. Usually anything under 1,000 words is considered flash, but it can be as brief as fifty.

If your goal is to publish long, you may be thinking that writing short is a waste of time. I’d like to share five ways writing and submitting flash fiction can shorten the road to novel publication.

Practice Working with Editors

In publishing you absolutely cannot have enough contacts. When you publish flash fiction you will be dealing with an editor—at least one, and sometimes two. Occasionally, you’ll correspond with an acquisition editor who accepts your work and directs you to the editor of that specific genre, or that specific issue. No matter how short your pieces are, that experience working with editors is valuable. You will be that much more polished when communicating with a potential novel editor one day.

Contacts, Contacts, Contacts

If you get particularly lucky, there will be a well-established guest editor for that issue, and you’ll have that editor’s direct contact e-mail and a reason to communicate. This happened to me recently. Imagine my delight when my piece was accepted and I received a personal email from Alicia Elliott with her comments on my work.

How to write flash fiction

You might ask yourself how connecting with editors on very short pieces can really make a difference to you. First, remember that most editors of literary magazines and anthologies are published writers. When your book is under consideration and you receive that all-too common email asking about your marketing plans, you can include that editor’s name as a potential contact.

Second, if you send that editor a polite and personal email, he or she might in future consider giving you a blurb for your novel or a recommendation for a writer’s retreat, advice, or news about industry events.

Examples of a light, personal touches you might include in such a message:

  • “It was a pleasure working with you and I hope we have a chance to work together again soon in future.”
  • “Please add me to your mailing list for future issues and events.”
  • You might also join the publication’s social media and interact in a positive way. I have continued to ‘like’ magazines that have published my work and to communicate with editors on LinkedIn, briefly sharing news. You can also expand your writer’s community this way, far beyond the editor who accepted your piece.

Another point to consider is that flash doesn’t stop at magazines; there are also flash anthologies. Some of those magazines and anthologies are linked to small presses like Akashic Books—a publisher who asks for themed flash fiction and then puts out themed story collections.

This means one short piece could land you as an author in an anthology from a respected press. Not only will that be on your bio, but all of the writers published with you will be pushing that anthology. That’s a lot more marketing partners than you’d have on your own, and it is great exposure for a future novel.

Versatility

Contrary to popular belief, flash isn’t always associated with fiction. Writing a memoir? There’s a micro-memoir online magazine waiting for your submission. There’s nonfiction flash essay and flash event writing, too. Erika Dreifus has put together a fantastic list here. The wonderful versatility of flash applies to genre as well, including crime flash, romance, horror, and most other categories.

Practical Experience

Finally, flash fiction is an excellent way to develop your skills as a writer. You have to make the reader fall in love with your story very quickly, and that takes ability and talent. It’s worth practicing and will improve your novel writing, making it that much more publishable.

Flash Writing as a Dress Rehearsal

I’ve met more than one novelist who told me her novel started with an admired flash piece that she decided to expand. Don’t be surprised if you end up ditching the novel you’re struggling with and stretching out your flash piece to full-manuscript size once you see the micro version of it up on a popular site. There’s nothing like applause to stir up some imagination and motivate you to write more.

In conclusion, no matter what novel genre you’re writing, flash fiction can help you break into publishing your longer works. The most prestigious magazines, including The New Yorker, are big flash fans. If the biggest names in literature are excited about it and publishing it, it’s worth a second look.

I t’s National Flash Fiction Day on Wednesday – the first one ever – and it’s an exciting day for me and many others who specialise in this particular truncated form of prose. A few years ago, I published a book of flash fiction called Sawn-off Tales. But until only a little while before that, I hadn’t heard of flash fiction or micro-fiction or sudden fiction or short-short stories. Then, on poet Ian McMillan’s recommendation, I parcelled up a manuscript made up entirely of this stuff and sent it to Salt Publishing, a poetry specialist. Fifty-eight stories, each exactly 150 words long. The odds were entirely against me. No one wants to publish short stories, least of all by an unknown. And stories that took less time to read than to suppress a sneeze? I was chancing it, I knew.

I began to produce these ultra-short stories – sawn-off tales, as I call them – when I was commuting from Manchester to Liverpool: a 50-minute journey, often elongated by windscreen-wiper failure, fights on the train, or getting stuck behind the “stopper”. But I had a book, as did most passengers. One day while ruminating on the number of train journeys it took to read a novel, I began to wonder how long it would take to write one. I decided on 500 words a trip – there and back was 1,000 words a day – taking just four months to reach a respectable novel length of 80,000 words.

So the next day I boarded the 8.12am at Manchester Piccadilly, rushed for a table seat, and, instead of whipping out my paperback, set up my laptop and began tapping away. But after a couple of weeks it was clear that the novel wasn’t working. What I’d produced was a set of separate stories each around a 1,000 words long.

I was about to ditch the idea when I heard about a new website called the Phone Book, which needed 150-word stories to send out as text messages. All that was needed was a bit of editing. Initially, as I hacked away at my over-stuffed paragraphs, watching the sentences I once loved hit the floor, I worried. It felt destructive, wielding the axe to my carefully sculpted texts; like demolishing a building from the inside, without it falling down on top of you. Yet the results surprised me. The story could live much more cheaply than I’d realised, with little deterioration in lifestyle. Sure, it had been severely downsized, but it was all the better for it. There was more room to think, more space for the original idea to resonate, fewer unnecessary words to wade through. The story had become a nimble, nippy little thing that could turn on a sixpence and accelerate quickly away. And any tendencies to go all purple – if it sounds like writing, rewrite it, as Elmore Leonard said – were almost completely eliminated. Adjectives were anthrax.

It worked. By the time I got to Birchwood I had it down to 500 words, by Warrington to 300, at Widnes 200 and as the train drew in to Liverpool Lime Street there it was – 150 words, half a page of story; with a beginning, a middle and an end, with character development and descriptions, everything contained in a Polly Pocket world.

These stories, small as they were, had a huge appetite; little fat monsters that gobbled up ideas like chicken nuggets. The habit of reducing text could get out of hand too; I once took away the last two sentences of a story and realised I had reduced it to a blank page.

Luckily the Phone Book liked my stories and published them, and I continued to churn them out each day on the train, while the train guard announced the delays, the tea trolley rolled past, and a succession of passengers sat next to me, reading over my shoulder.

A week after sending the manuscript to Salt Publishing I got a call from Jen, their editor. They wanted to publish it, and quickly. All I needed was a quote for the cover, a photo for the sleeve, and we were off.

I don’t commute that route any longer – my new job covers the whole north west of England involving train trips to Blackpool, Lancaster, east Lancashire, west Cumbria and Cheshire, so my stories have grown quite a bit longer. But last time I was on a train to Lime Street the guard’s identity badge took me right back – because that’s where I got the names for all of my characters.

How to write flash fiction

1. Start in the middle.

You don’t have time in this very short form to set scenes and build character.

2. Don’t use too many characters.

You won’t have time to describe your characters when you’re writing ultra-short. Even a name may not be useful in a micro-story unless it conveys a lot of additional story information or saves you words elsewhere.

3. Make sure the ending isn’t at the end.

In micro-fiction there’s a danger that much of the engagement with the story takes place when the reader has stopped reading. To avoid this, place the denouement in the middle of the story, allowing us time, as the rest of the text spins out, to consider the situation along with the narrator, and ruminate on the decisions his characters have taken. If you’re not careful, micro-stories can lean towards punchline-based or “pull back to reveal” endings which have a one-note, gag-a-minute feel – the drum roll and cymbal crash. Avoid this by giving us almost all the information we need in the first few lines, using the next few paragraphs to take us on a journey below the surface.

4. Sweat your title.

Make it work for a living.

5. Make your last line ring like a bell.

The last line is not the ending – we had that in the middle, remember – but it should leave the reader with something which will continue to sound after the story has finished. It should not complete the story but rather take us into a new place; a place where we can continue to think about the ideas in the story and wonder what it all meant. A story that gives itself up in the last line is no story at all, and after reading a piece of good micro-fiction we should be struggling to understand it, and, in this way, will grow to love it as a beautiful enigma. And this is also another of the dangers of micro-fiction; micro-stories can be too rich and offer too much emotion in a powerful one-off injection, overwhelming the reader, flooding the mind. A few micro-shorts now and again will amaze and delight – one after another and you feel like you’ve been run over by a lorry full of fridges.

6. Write long, then go short.

Create a lump of stone from which you chip out your story sculpture. Stories can live much more cheaply than you realise, with little deterioration in lifestyle. But do beware: writing micro-fiction is for some like holidaying in a caravan – the grill may well fold out to become an extra bed, but you wouldn’t sleep in a fold-out grill for the rest of your life.

John Kerr is an amateur author and professional junior high English teacher. His work has been published in Helios Quarterly Magazine, The Wifiles, Listverse, and The Texas Writers Journal. You can find his blog at ArtofNarrative.com where he talks about story and fiction writing.

What is flash fiction, and why should you write it? I’ll tell you. But first, can I ask a question?

Are you reading this blog post on your phone? I’d bet money your answer is yes. Most of us spend more time pointing our noses at screens than buried in books or magazines. Rather than fight this, the modern writer should ask, “How do I best take advantage of this medium?” (A question that would likely horrify Ray Bradbury, God rest his soul.)

Content abounds on the internet, and when readers’ options are limitless, it stands to reason that shorter content has a better chance of being read. As fledgling writers, we want to get our names out there, right? That’s why the short, impactful form of flash fiction is an optimal way to showcase our writing chops to casual readers.

So, how do we write quality flash fiction that stands a chance of being published and read? Check out the following tips:

Tip #1: Develop a Story Arc

Flash fiction is like a tiny house. A builder would never say, “Our customer wants a tiny house, so let’s eliminate the bathroom and kitchen and put a toilet in the living room.” No, a tiny house has to have all the same elements as a normal home. They’re just condensed. The same goes for flash fiction.

Flash stories need a beginning, middle, and end. They need characters who have goals, and they need to end with a resolution. These are all things readers and publishers are looking for in any story. Flash fiction is no exception. So, don’t write an ambiguous piece about a character contemplating life as they stare at the sea. That’s not a story, and it won’t get published.

Tip #2: Limit Your Imagination

Sounds like blasphemy, right? Stick with me here. In a novel, writers can devote pages to one character or a single setting. Flash fiction demands the opposite. Can you tell a good story in 1,000 words? If you can, then congratulations. You’ve written flash fiction.

The limited real estate in this medium means you must tighten your prose. Choose a single setting with one or two characters. Keep your dialogue and imagery succinct yet powerful. Use your words wisely. Flash fiction requires a sense of movement, with every word pushing the narrative forward.

Now, I’m not saying abandon creativity. However, you can’t spend four paragraphs describing a tree. This is a no-tangent zone. Save all that beautiful narration for your debut novel, limiting your flash fiction to only the words you need to push the story forward.

Tip #3: Dial Up the Conflict

As with any story, the main character in flash fiction should have a goal. They should want something. What stands between your character and their goal is your story — the conflict that keeps your readers engaged.

Choose conflict that is worthy of your readers’ time. With flash fiction, you don’t have much room to establish stakes, so don’t be cryptic. Keep your conflict universal. Think big — as in career, marriage, or life-ending stakes — or stay small. Just make sure your conflict is clear and identifiable to readers.

Tip #4: End With a Bang

With the stakes established, make sure to end your story in a way that resonates with readers. Remember, stories don’t always need a happy ending. What matters is that you resolve your story’s conflict.

To create stakes, your characters must be at risk of losing something. Make sure those stakes are enough to keep readers interested. Then, end the story in a way that pays off for readers. Surprise them! Don’t come up with a silly twist ending that doesn’t fulfill your narrative, but avoid writing the first ending you think of as well. Readers will see it coming from a mile away.

For examples of effective short story endings, watch a season of The Twilight Zone. Those writers knew how to subvert expectations with endings that felt earned.

Tip #5: Rely On Subtext

In flash fiction, you need to cut your story down to the bare bones. You don’t have room for extraneous dialogue or narration. Every word should push the story forward.

Remember to show, don’t tell. If a character is walking down a street and a stranger points a gun at them, don’t explain to readers what’s happening. Instead, depend on subtext. Hint at setting, characterization, and backstory, then let readers fill in the blanks. Spend your words on vivid imagery and powerful prose instead.

Readers love stories that challenge them, stories that put their imagination to work. They want to excavate narratives and find meaning on their own. What they don’t want are stories that are spoon fed to them with tedious narration.

Tip #6: Read Great Flash Fiction

There are many professional writers who have mastered flash fiction. You should be reading their work for two reasons:

Firstly, you can’t master a form of writing without first reading that form for a few hundred hours. In fact, don’t even start writing until you’ve read ten or twenty flash stories from professional writers. That way you can find inspiration while learning the ins and outs of a good flash story.

The second reason to read great flash fiction is that they’re fun. Reading flash fiction is a great way to pass time. A good flash fiction story will always be satisfying despite its brevity. Don’t believe me? Check out the following titles and tell me you’re not entertained:

Now that you have a place to start, go out and find a few more flash stories to read. See if your favorite author has some flash fiction on their resume. Once you’ve read enough and feel you have a handle on the form, try writing a flash fiction story yourself.

Flash fiction is a challenging form that forces the writer to distill all the elements of a good story into 1,000 words or less. If you’re able to write a thrilling flash story that engages readers, then writing that novel will be a breeze.

How to write flash fiction

You know those bite-size candy bars you get for Halloween? Flash fiction is similar; tiny, but still tasty. In this article, we’re going to explore flash fiction and what makes it so fun. Let’s get started.

What Is Flash Fiction?

Put simply, flash fiction is an extremely short story.

It’s usually defined by word count, and though opinions vary on an exact figure, the general range is between 500 and 1,500 words.

Despite its seemingly niche nature, flash fiction has been around for quite a while. Authors such as Margaret Atwood, Kurt Vonnegut, and Ernest Hemingway all dabbled in it. How can we do the same?

Start with Experimentation

Part of the allure of flash fiction is its versatility. Since it’s so short, a flash fiction piece might be a conceptual exploration or a description of a single moment. It need not be a traditional story with an arc and all that (though it still could be). Feel free to experiment.

For example, I once wrote a flash fiction piece about two siblings spying a monster out in a field behind their house. It was a unique writing experience since the entire story was the dialogue of one sibling to the other. That experimental narrative voice might not have worked in a longer piece. But in just 800 words, it felt unique.

If you’re not sure where to begin, start with that weird idea you’ve always brainstormed but never tried. Try second-person narrative voice. Try future tense prose. Try telling a story in reverse. Try telling the story from an alien point of view. This is the place to do it!

Concentrate on Your Prose

Language is hyper-important in flash fiction. Which is not to say it’s unimportant in novels or short stories. But since flash is so short, a poorly constructed sentence or vague image distracts more than it otherwise would.

Fortunately, flash fiction is far easier to edit. Since you have fewer words to review, spend extra time on each one. If a word doesn’t serve your piece, then cut it.

ProWritingAid will tell you if you’ve used too many words that aren’t moving your story forward. The Sticky Sentences Report highlights glue words in your text. These are words that stick your sentences together, but don’t have much meaning themselves. By removing some of the glue words ProWritingAid highlights, you’ll achieve snappier sentences, which is all important in flash fiction.

Poets might be seeing some parallels here. Though many poems are shorter than short stories, they require just as much (if not more!) effort to compose. The same goes for flash fiction. Generally speaking, style and artistry are prioritized, while pure narrative is de-emphasized.

Finally, don’t view the word count as a limitation – take it as an opportunity. Since novels can pretty much continue as long as one wants, they can lose focus. Flash fiction, on the other hand, has a built-in end point. Think of it like the social media network Twitter.

On Twitter, the character count limit forces users to be clear and concise. Tweeters can’t overuse purposeless adverbs, copious adjectives, or two words where one will do. The same goes for flash fiction. You don’t get those long passages of description that sometimes end up feeling self-indulgent. Instead, flash fiction forces us writers to get to the point. I don’t know about you, but to me, that’s pretty refreshing!

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Read Great Examples of What Works

As mentioned, flash fiction has been around for a long time. That means there are plenty of examples to draw inspiration from. I’d recommend the book Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories to start.

There are many online markets that also carry great flash fiction stories. A few examples:

These sites are partially or entirely devoted to flash fiction. Read a few of their stories to get a feel for the form. See what works and what doesn’t. Develop your own style from there.

Furthermore, once you’ve finished a few flash pieces, why not submit them to these markets? It’s a great way to get your work out into the world (and perhaps make a little extra, too!).

Try Converting Your Old Stories

If you’re anything like me, you have tons of unfinished short stories lying around. Maybe we never finished them because they’re meant to be flash pieces!

Of course, it’s not enough to submit half a short story and call it good. Make sure the piece stands on its own, either as a complete story or as a satisfying exploration of a concept. You might even try the same exercise with a chapter from an unfinished novel. You never know where inspiration might strike for your flash fiction work. So look to your old work first!

Well, this article ended up being about as long as a flash fiction piece. I hope it’s given you inspiration to try the form.

Last November, this guy involved with this writing website I haunt, Litreactor, which evolved out of the Chuck Palahniuk website (which used to be full of writing forums and through which I published my forsaken story, Zombie Whorehouse, in the Burnt Tongues Anthology) tweeted the following:

Gabino Iglesias @Gabino_Iglesias

November 16th 2020

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I had this great idea for a story and got a solid draft going, but I missed the deadline. So I decided to lengthen my story and send it to friends as a Christmas gift. Then Christmas came and went. The book came out (I enjoyed it!), but I never finished my story.

And then the publisher of the “Hallmark Holidays” started a monthly flash fiction contest. Which – 1500 words? I needed a push to write regularly and a monthly prompt for a limited word count proved perfect.

Are you also inspired? Try it yourself:

Cemetery Gates Society

But short short fiction isn’t easy to write! It’s hard to fit a Freytag pyramid in 1500 words or less.

So, I revisited two of my favorites, both pillars of short fiction: Jorges Luis Borges and Donald Barthelme.

Borges’ story, The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim, inspired the form of my short story Anatomy of a Killer. Borges wrote a fake book review. I wrote a fake movie review. To quote Borges’ own introduction to his collection, The Garden of Forking Paths:

It is a laborious madness and an impoverishing one, the madness of composing vast books – setting out in five hundred pages an idea that can be perfectly related orally in five minutes. The better way to go about it is to pretend that those books already exist, and offer a summary, a commentary on them.

Meanwhile, his short story, In Memoriam, J.F.K., showed me how a powerful object in a story can elevate the briefest passage to something epic.

Meanwhile, Barthelme’s playfulness with format has inspired a handful of my short pieces. I was inspired by the escalating deaths from his often anthologized story, The School, into writing a love-story involving escalating murders in my story, Love is a Mystery. Barthelme also has a number of stories that are only dialogue; I tried something similar with my Lovecraftian story, Without You Everything Falls Apart, about two brothers who meet again a year after participating in a failed summoning.

I was able to edit another couple hundred words out of Anatomy of a Killer and submit it to a different flash fiction contest, this time with Crystal Lake Publishing.

Going forward, I’m hoping that between the two contests, I’ll be writing a couple pieces of short fiction a month.

So far, off the prompts of the Cemetery Gates contest, I have written six pieces of flash fiction. I probably labor too much. Spend a few days thinking up an idea. Spend a few more days thinking up a better idea. Write the story. Wait a day. Read the story, edit. Share with a couple generous friends. Keep editing. Receive friend feedback. Final edits. Submit and hope.

A few of the stories I think are perfect. A few I want to expand (add more setting, characters, scent and taste details, etc.)

And my hope has been fulfilled. I am writing more. In addition to the flash fiction, I’ve written two new longer pieces – one (Monster Squad) about a bunch of classic monsters on their latest treacherous mission; the other (Best Werewolf Transformation Footage I’d Ever Seen. Who Wouldn’t Swipe It?) about an aspiring filmmaker who unwittingly finds himself at a werewolf party in his honor.

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How to write flash fiction

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Flash fiction is easy. Flash fiction is hard. And both of these statements are true.

Before January 2014, I’d never written a piece of flash, didn’t even know what it was. But once I started, I was hooked. It got its little spines into my noodle and wouldn’t let go…okay, that’s not true. It lets go every once in a while and, when it does, you’ll find me scrabbling around the floor trying to put it back in (what can I say? I miss the little guy when he’s gone).

Since then, I’ve been involved in numerous flash fiction challenges and I wrote (shameless plug alert) A Dictionary of Tales, twenty-six short tales of myths, monsters and legends which you should really check out.

Anyway, I digress. It’s on with the show…

What is flash fiction?

Flash fiction is a literary term used to classify any complete story of 1,000 words or less (some argue 2,000). To be true flash fiction, and not just a snapshot or short scene, a story must have all the classic elements: a protagonist, conflict, and resolution. With an extremely limited word count, some of these elements may likely be implied in the narrative.

It is all too often thought of as an easy out by some writers and that its authors lack the discipline, skill, or commitment to tackle longer works. This is (excuse my French) shite…or is it merde? Anyway. Flash is no less important in terms of discovering your capabilities as a writer than is completing your novel. There’s an art to good flash fiction. It is a discipline all of its own and it take a lot of commitment (and a whole heap of editing) to write a story in only 1,000. I find that writers who knock flash fiction often end up with tomes full of excess words (but more on that later).

Tips

1. Know your (word) limits

It pays to keep your intended word limit in mind as you write. If you don’t, you risk telling more of the story than was intended and end up with a more substantial edit than may be strictly necessary. The word count is what makes the work flash fiction and it is all too easy to begin to expand out of control (see K.I.S.S. below).

I usually write to a 500 word limit which, depending on your font/font size, is about one side of typed A4. As the text gets closer and closer to that final line, I know I’m approaching my word limit. This is a helpful guide when it comes to assessing whether or not the story you are trying to tell is suitable for flash.

2. Start in the middle

No piece of flash fiction starts at the beginning. There simply isn’t the room. As its name suggests, flash is a sudden shock, straight into the action with little or no warning. To achieve this, you must think about your story as a whole and assess where in the narrative the action really begins. For example, in Crow, I explored the aspect of the goddess, Morrigan, and a battle she bore witness to. There were many places I could have started (the preparations for battle, the indignity that caused it to be fought, the call to arms of the soldiers). I chose to start after the fighting had already begun, right in the heat of the conflict. Any earlier and I’d have run out of words before I even gotten to the battle, any later and the story would already be over.

The key to good flash fiction is knowing where to start.

3. Leave ‘em hanging

Never finish the story. Well, of course you have to finish it but rarely does flash fiction (or even short stories) finish with ‘The End’. Start late and finish early, before the conflict or resolution has fully played out. Make the audience ask “But what happens next?” Flash fiction is as much about what you leave out what you put it.

4. Make every word count

Every word must pull its weight. Flash is not the place excess baggage. Likewise, it is not the place for strings of descriptive adverbs/adjectives. All stories need a few for flavour and to prevent the story from occurring in a vacuum but you don’t have the space to describe every detail. This shouldn’t be limited to adverbs/adjectives either. Ask yourself:

  1. Could I start this story later?
  2. Can I cut that without losing meaning?
  3. Does that word/sentence/paragraph add anything to the story?

If you answered “yes” to questions 1 or 2, or “no” to question 3, then your word rationing needs looking at.

5. Write long, edit short

The story comes first and, as with all first drafts, what you’ve written is likely to need severe pruning. Concentrate on getting the words down first, don’t worry about the word count but do try to bear it in mind. Once that’s done: cut, cut, cut.

Remember: not all stories can be told in flash fiction.

6. K.I.S.S.

That’s right Keep It Simple Stu….sunshine. You haven’t got the room to develop multiple characters and twisting subplots. If you have an idea like that then congratulations, you have the makings of a novel, but these don’t work for flash. Flash rarely has more than one or two characters and usually only one plot strand (others may be implied). You’ll drive yourself mad doing it any other way. So, do your noggin a favour and K.I.S.S.

7. Write often

Flash fiction is a perfect medium in which to discover your ‘voice’. Because flash can be written in a comparatively short space of time, it is possible to explore many different facets of style, perspective and tense in the same time one writer might take to draft a novel. Do the maths: if a flash fiction story takes a day to write and edit, then it is possible to write thirty in a month (ignore February. It isn’t even a real month anyway). Although it’s possible to write a short novel in 30 days, there is no way you’ll have it edited in that time also. This means that a flash fiction author has the potential to explore twenty-nine different themes in the same time a novelist explores one.

Does anyone have any tips they would like to add? Any sage advice on crafting flash picked up through experience? I’d also like to hear people’s thoughts on flash fiction. Do you like it? Loathe it? Do you even see the point in it? Comments below, please.

How to write flash fiction

Flash fiction is a highly underrated branch of fictional writing. It is essentially just an extremely short story. Flash fiction usually falls under 1000 words, though some may stretch it to 1500. Flash fiction doesn’t usually become popular the way a novel or even certain short stories do, but it is a very valuable form of writing. Even if they aren’t highly read or recognized, writing good flash fiction is a true test of a writer’s abilities and creativity.

Flash fiction can be deceptively difficult. You don’t have very much time to reveal information or develop characters. For this reason, it is a challenge that every writer of fiction should take on at least occasionally. If you’ve never done it before, finding some flash fiction prompts is a good way to start. You can find many in our writing prompt generator.

The great thing about flash fiction prompts is that they don’t have to be complex ideas. The story doesn’t have to stretch very far. Short, simple, and catchy ideas will do just fine for some flash fiction prompts to help you get started.

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A Quick Overview Before Getting Into Flash Fiction Prompts

Before diving into your flash fiction venture, take a moment to think about how you can make your flash fiction interesting and effective. Consider these tips:

Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. We publish the longlisted stories as we count down to the winner of each competition.

Winter 2021 contest open for entries:

Deadline: 30 November 2021
Prizes: £1,200 / £600 / £300 / £150
Entry fee: Choose your own!
Judge: Jeanette Sheppard

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Tell Me About Your Sadness

By Samantha Palmer – 26 October 2021

‘Tell me about your sadness,’ he says. He rolls a cold beer over his cheeks, they’re red and scorched despite me slathering him in sun cream.

I laugh. ‘What if I don’t want to?’

‘Come on.’ He blinks at me with stubby eyelashes, leans back on the couch. ‘It’s boring if you don’t play.’

‘You think everything is boring.’

‘True.’ He rolls onto his side. ‘Is it really bad?’

I shrug. My eyes slide over to the corner where my sadness is wedged, head forced down, chin touching chest. It groans to itself.

‘Give me a dare instead.’

He smiles. ‘I dare you to tell me about your sadness.’

‘Not fair, you know what I meant.’

He passes the bottle. ‘Life is unfair, get used to it. Have a drink.’

‘I don’t want one,’ I say, but take a sip anyway. I like the bubbles.

Jake is not my boyfriend but he’d like to be. I might like that too. I haven’t decided. It’s unspoken that time together is a test. We spend it exchanging barbs and trying each other on like vintage T-shirts.

‘Mine is green and squishy,’ he says.

I imagine it lurks on hospital wards; we’ve discussed his one ball and the ache of its ghostly twin.

He points from little finger to elbow.

‘That’s small for a sadness.’

‘It’s smaller than it was. Time does that, you see? Talking does the same thing. A problem shared, is a problem halved.’

I don’t want to say that a problem halved is still a problem – it’s just broken with sharp edges. Besides, my sadness is not a problem. It’s my glue.

I catch him looking at me. He’s hoping his words are a knife that he can slip under my shell; he’s a pearl hunter and I’m an oyster. But I’m not sure I want him to see inside; it won’t be white and shiny.

‘I should go.’ I kiss him on the forehead. I think I could love him. If I put the effort in. If I squint it into focus. ‘Maybe one day.’

He nods. ‘To be continued.’

This story was longlisted in the Autumn 2021 Reflex flash fiction competition.

Chronic

By George Harrison – 25 October 2021

He wasn’t well. He kept repeating himself, stumbling over syllables that turned to mulch beneath his tongue. ‘They put little cows in boxes,’ he was saying. ‘The cows, baby cows. They can’t move.’ He spoke between sobs, sleep thick in his eyes and wet in his throat. ‘It’s like torture and they do it because they can, for the taste. They’re only babies.’

‘Hey,’ his mother said, taking him into her arms. ‘Hey. Calm down. Breathe. What’s the time?’

She looked to the display of the bedside clock in lieu of an answer. The latter digit shifted under her watch, blinking away and returning as something remade. And still he continued in his ramblings, holding forth with a demented fervour about the dream he had just woken from. ‘I was in a box, with the cows. I tried to move but I was trapped and when I tried to stretch out there was nowhere for me to move.’ Even as he spoke, it seemed as if his tongue was expanding into his palate, fattening in preparation for the slaughter. When he was younger he had woken her with other fears: for a while, nuclear wars and then, later, black holes, the concept of eternity enough to unsettle his precocious mind.

‘It’s okay, baby,’ she said. ‘It was just a dream.’

She stroked his hair and felt the evening of his breath against her. His shoulders shifted with each inhalation, and the crying slowed. Eventually the choking sobs were tamped down his throat, pushed back inside his body. He was still for long enough that the clock changed again, two digits this time shifting in the red sinew of the digital display.

Then, ‘It wasn’t just a dream though. It’s never just that.’

He spoke quietly, beneath a lowering gauze of sleep. Before she could ask what he meant the breaths sank into a deep regularity, and he was gone again. Back in his box.

This story was longlisted in the Autumn 2021 Reflex flash fiction competition.

Mother’s Milk

By Dutch Simmons – 23 October 2021

Does it hurt much?’

It was like getting stung by a bee; a swarm of bees, over and over, angrily pricking at your skin, stingers darting in and out like tiny daggers until you no longer cared. Eventually you wanted the feeling to linger as you slid along the razor’s edge of sadomasochism that is getting a tattoo.

She stared with an intense mixture of loathing and curiosity at the images of patron saints that stood sentinel on my shoulder. One for myself; one for my son. A talisman intended to protect while projecting an air of spirituality intermingled with a reckless disdain for desecrating the temple that was supposed to have been my body.

What if it looks weird?’

Hours prior she made a spectacle of calling me ‘a thug’ for the never-before-seen ink that graced my living corpse. Racked with embarrassment and shame that she had failed me as a mother since I savagely rendered the very skin that once resided inside of her with pointless graffiti.

You’ll get used to it.’

Unless you live with your parents or swim together on vacation, there is little reason for them to see you nearly naked. Tattoos were hidden intimacies meant for myself and a significant other that no longer mattered and yet my mother traced an acrylic nail the color of a ripe plum along the outline of my most recent addition and sighed.

I don’t think I could do it; the pain would be too much.

She didn’t grasp the irony of her own words. Having a ‘nipple’ tattooed would pale in relative comparison to the reconstruction surgery to rebuild her breasts from a double mastectomy. The tattoo would be liberating, addicting; pain would be rendered asunder.

If you are so concerned about the pain, why bother with the reconstructive surgery?

Her breasts, the same ones that nursed me to life and now, even in this moment of vulnerability, I wondered if the poison that resided deep inside her trickled over my tongue and down my throat through that sacred milk.

Because I’m still a woman, and I’m not dead yet.’

This story was longlisted in the Autumn 2021 Reflex flash fiction competition.

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The good-looking seashores of Ratnagiri extending along the 167 km of a long shoreline are decorated with its clean silver sand, at all times entice tourists coming from all over the world. The maritime life found here is likewise rich and assorted. Experience the wonderful sunset in the presence of the pure white, foaming waves, and relish the experience of dipping again and again in the ocean on the seashores which are safe. You can also relish diverse water and escapade sports found on a number of beaches in Ratnagiri on a Pune to Ganpatipule package tour.

The whole area of Ratnagiri is well-known for its many natural and artificial miracles. You cannot skip stooping over at the natural miracles which can amaze you such as the remarkable topographical creation of ‘Bamangal’ in Hedvi, and the extraordinary `Ganga of Rajapur’. The hot springs found in 14 places such as Tural, Rajwadi, Unhavre, and Unhale are the specialisms of Ratnagiri. Along with these natural miracles, you can also find numerous artificial miracles here. You must see the antique caves which were dug eras ago in Khed and Panhalekaji. Also, a creative man-made origination of newly exposed prehistoric rock figurines strolls you in the longstanding history of 30,000 to 40,000 years.

When you are in Ratnagiri for a Ganpatipule package from Pune, you can try out the following things:

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If you haven’t planned your holiday vacation destination, then it is high time to think about Pune to Ganpatipule package tour. If you want something out of the box, then do think about spending a stress-free vacation in Ratnagiri this winter. You will love the place till eternity and will take home memories that would be cherished lifelong.

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At a distance of 1 km from Ganpatipule Bus Stand, Swayambhu Ganapati Temple is an ancient temple situated on Ganpatipule Beach in Maharashtra. It is one of the top places to visit in Ganpatipule and also one of the popular Ganesh temples in Maharashtra.

The Ganpati Temple is about 400 years old and is the prime attraction in Ganpatipule packages that draws thousands of pilgrims every year to seek blessings of the Lord. According to one legend, after being insulted by a local lady, Lord Ganapati moved to Pule from his original abode of Gule. Thus the place was named as Ganpati-Pule.

The idol of Ganesha is believed to be a monolith which is self-created and discovered over 1600 years ago. The other idol of Lord Ganapati is made of copper and placed in the sanctum sanctorum. This copper .

2 Ganpatipule Beach

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Beach

Duration of visit: 30 Mins – 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 1 km from Ganpati Pule Bus Stand, Ganpatipule Beach is a spectacular paradise along the Konkan coast in Maharashtra. It is one of the top places to visit in Ganpatipule and also one of the popular beaches in Maharashtra.

Ganpatipule is one of the only two white sand beaches in Maharashtra, the other being Kashid Beach. It is a perfect gateway that captivates beach lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and pilgrims as part of Ganpatipule tour packages. The 6 km long beach simply looks stunning with the Ganapati Temple on the shores that offer a soothing atmosphere. With several shacks, horse riding, and camel rides, the beach has become a perfect holiday destination for visitors.

The pristine Ganpatipule Beach is the main attraction among tourists and mainly adventure enthusiasts. .

3 Bhandarpule Beach

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Beach

Duration of visit: 30 Mins – 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 3.5 km from Ganpatipule Bus Stand, Bhandarpule is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Konkan coast in Maharashtra.

Bhandarpule Beach is nestled amidst two hillocks is the tranquil shore of Bhandarpule. The beach is stretches for 2 km and the seaside at Bhandarpule is lined with suru trees. The brilliant bluish green hue of the sea is marvelous.

The beach at Bhandarpule is secluded and less crowded than Ganpatipule. However the sea here is rough and not advisable for swimming. One can get a beautiful view of Ganpatipule Beach and Bhandarpule Beach from the top of the hill before descending to Bhandarpule. There are no activities at the beach and is an ideal place for people seeking solitude.

4 Aare Ware Beach

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Beach

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 9 km from Ganpatipule Bus Stand and 14 km from Ratnagiri, Aare Ware Beach is a beautiful secluded beach situated near Nevare village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. This is one of the best beaches on the Konkan coast and also one of the famous places to visit in Ganpatipule.

Actually, Aare and Ware are two beaches with clean blue water and are a delight to watch. Aare Beach is one of the lesser-known beaches of the Ratnagiri district. This is a very long beach having a length of approximately 3 km and is mostly an untouched beach. A beautiful and dense plantation of Suru dotted the seashore. This quite long beach is an isolated one covered with smooth sand and offers a breathtaking view of the sunset. The beach is still unspoiled and virgin, making it one of the best place for travelers seeking sheer solitude and tranquility as part of Ganpatipule tour packages.

Overnight Stay in Ganpatipule

DAY 2 : GANPATIPULE SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO PUNE

Travel from Ganpatipule to Jaigad Fort & Lighthouse

1 Jaigad Fort & Lighthouse

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Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 9 AM to 4.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 19 km from Ganpatipule and 42 km from Ratnagiri, Jaigad Fort is coastal fortification that is located near Jaigad village in Maharashtra. It is one of the popular forts in Konkan region and also one of the top tourist places near Pune for history lovers. It is a protected monument under Archeological Survey of India.

Jaigad Fort is one of the prime places to include in Ganpatipule tour The meeting point of the river Shashtri and Arabian Sea is called as the creek of Jaigad. For the protection of this creek two forts were constructed, one is Vijaygad at the north direction and the other is Jaigad at south. Situated on a cliff, Jaigad has a commanding view of the bay and the open sea. A jetty port and a lighthouse are located nearby.

It is believed that the construction of Jaigad was initiated in 14th century and completed by Sultan of Bijapur and was named after .

2 Velneshwar Temple & Beach

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Beach | Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 17 km from Guhagar and 72 km from Ganpatipule, Velneshwar Temple and Beach are located at Velneshwar in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.

Sri Velneshwar Temple is believed to be one of the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. Earlier, the temple was built by Gadgils and was later renovated by Sri Trimbak Ravaji Gokhale. Representing an example of ancient Hindu architectural style, the temple houses many small shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ganesha and Kala Bhairav. The main sanctum of the temple is adorned with paintings and stone carvings representing various episodes of mythology. This temple is flocked by a large number of devotees during the festival of Mahashivratri. It is held in the month of March and celebrated in honour of the deity Lord Shiva.

Another prime attraction of Velneshwar is the Velneshwar Beach which is lined with coconut trees. This is one of the most secluded and pristine beaches in the entire .

If you are a resident of Mumbai planning for a refreshing tour in a car, we suggest you to try Road Trips from Mumbai to Ganpatipule — an interesting location that’s known for splendid beaches, ancient temples, soothing greenery and people who are immensely hospitable. It’s a wonderful location situated in Maharashtra which has its charming effect on your mood and slows down your life to the calming pace while you are there. The town of beaches and temples is a perfect place to treat yourself when you desire to relax and rejuvenate!

Quick tips to remember:

  • Best time to visit Ganapatipule— October to March.
  • Type of visit recommended— Religious, picnic, rejuvenation, weekend gateway.
  • Routes that can lead you to Ganapatipule from Mumbai — You could follow two routes to reach Ganapatipule from Mumbai via road. First is, from Mumbai to Rasayani, Kolad heading to Chiplun towards Kalambaste, finally reaching Ganapatipule via NH 66. The second is from Mumbai to Rasayani then Lonavala and Pune toward Satara to Karad, finally heading to Ganapatipule via NH 48.
  • Distance from Mumbai to Ganapatipule by car — 343 Km by the first route and 469 Km if you’re heading for the second route.
  • Total time required to reach Ganapatipule from Mumbai 7 hours 55 minutes by the first route, and 8.5 hours if you are going via the second route.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Ganapatipule.

The city that got its name from an ancient God offers numerous wonderful and historical places to visit. The top sights in Ganpatipule that you can enjoy are:

1. Jaigad Fort

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Jaigad Fort is also called the Fort of Victory and is a 16th-century fort that lies on an area of 13 acres in the coastal region of Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. Situated just near the Jaigad Village and 20 kms to the north-west of Ganpatipule, the fort stands steady on a cliff just opposite the Jaigad creek. Here, you can view the River Shastri meeting the vast Arabian Sea. You should also try visiting the Jaigad lighthouse that was built nearby the Jaigad fort. This fort is open all day long and can be easily reached through the road leading from the Jaigad village.

2. Swayambhu Ganpati Temple

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An iconic 400 years old Shri Ganpati Temple is made of white sand and is said to be nesting a self-created monolith of Ganpati. It was discovered some 1600 years ago and is very popular amongst the devotees and tourists. If you want to offer your prayers, hear the hymns and chanting throughout the day, do consider visiting this temple. You can best visit this temple during Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi when there are uncountable visitors, and it’s open almost all day and night.

3. The Ganapatipule Beach

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A truly spectacular and sylvan Ganapatipule Beach is situated just near the Ganpati Temple. So, after your devotional time, you can as well chill on the marvellous beach here. The most amazing thing about this beach is that it’s still untouched by the commercial hypes, and you can enjoy the unadulterated beach and have a fun time here. The coastline of this beach is adorned with tall coconut trees and the picturesque view of the greens and azure sea around it would wash you with a sense of serenity. No doubt the busy city dwellers of Mumbai and Pune love to indulge in a peaceful spree here. This beach is open and free for all and is located at around 375 km away from Mumbai and can be reached easily through roadways.

4. Velneshwar

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Situated in Ratnagiri, Velneshwar is a small village known for the temple of Lord Shiva. Also, it has a fantastic crescent-shaped beach that is clean, unspoilt and best for swimming. This town attracts a lot of people during the month of March at the time of Maha Shivratri Festival, which is celebrated with much aplomb here as a tribute to Lord Shiva. The Shastri River lies just around this village and therefore you can see lots of fresh green coconut trees and sandy shoreline here that makes the beach truly alluring. If you are looking for a soothing experience and a silent retreat, then Velneshwar is the best place for a weekend getaway road trip with your family for relaxation. You can easily connect from the major highways and roads from the nearby cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur to this village, and its best to visit here from November to February (as the summers can be very hot otherwise).

Things to do at Ganapatipule.

You just couldn’t visit the town traversing all those miles of roads and do nothing. There are a whole lot of exciting things to do in Ganapatipule that you shouldn’t miss at any cost. Read about them below:

1. Water Sports in Ganapatipule

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If you’re someone who aspires to be tomorrow’s surfer, or admire paragliding and such exciting water sports a lot, you should definitely touch upon Ganapatipule beach which is a popular beach for walking & water sports in Ganpatipule. You couldn’t say no to all these exciting stuffs awaiting you when you visit here. You can reach the beach through the local buses getting connected from Ratnagiri or just drive from Mumbai or Ratnagiri to enjoy a happy swim and experience the adventurous sports.

2. Shopping at Ganapatipule

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The Local market of Ganapatipule offers you lots of local stuff, but is very famous for its sweet Alphonso mangoes that are especially grown in the nearby area. Apart from this, you’ll get a lot of devotional stuff related to temples and hence you can get a chance to take back some religious token gifts for your relatives.

3. Visit Swarupanand Swami’s Ashram

For all the devotees of the well-known Swami Swarupananad, there is an ashram that would help you to know or reinstate his teachings.

Ganapatipule can’t be termed as just a religious centre for devotees, but it has lots of exciting and amazing stuff for individuals and families as well. To get the perfect vehicle for the trip try renting a car in Mumbai from Revv; they are known for quality service and reasonable pricing. What you need to do is, get the right transportation, pack your bags, and get-set-go!

Beaches always fascinate one and all. The Konkan coast of Maharashtra blessed with beautiful beaches. One of such wonderful beach is Ganpatipule. It is not only famous for beach tourism but also has religious importance. It is developed as favorite holiday destination. The renowned Ganapati temple here attracts devotees all-round the year. It is easy to reach Ganpatipule by road. Aadishakti Travels provide affordable car rental services for Ganpatipule. Ratnagiri, Guhagar and Harihareshwar are the some other famous travel destination on the Konkan coastline.

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Pune to Ganpatipule Distance by Cab:

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Places to visit at Ganpatipule:

The beach town offers you calm and peaceful atmosphere away from noisy city life. It has many tourist attractions.

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A picturesque village in Maharashtra, Ganapatipule is the birthplace of the freedom fighter ‘Lokmanya Tilak’. The quaint village is located in the Ratnagiri district of southwest Maharashtra in India. The beauty of this village lies in the fact that it has not been touched by the commercialization. There is a 6 kilometer long immaculate beach on the Konkan coastline. As per a local legend, once a villager was passing through the jungles and stumbled upon the idol of Lord Ganpati. He built a temple around the idol. In last 400 years, people have been making constant additions to the temple. The idol is carved out from a massive rock and is known as Swayambhu Ganpati Shrine.

How to Reach Ganapatipule from Pune

By Train

Ratnagiri is the nearest railhead to Ganapatipule. It is located at a distance of 45 kilometers from Ganapatipule and is connected to various cities in India such as Mumbai and Pune.

By Air

Ratnagiri Airport is the nearest airport to Ganapatipule. It is located at a distance of 50 kilometers away from Ganapatipule and is well-connected to major cities such as Pune and Mumbai. Taxi cabs ply between Ratnagiri Airport and Ganapatipule.

By Road

The National Highway number 14 and Goa-Mumbai Highway connect Mumbai to Ganapatipule. For those travelling via car/taxi, the journey will approximately take around 6 to 7 hours. State transport buses ply between Ganpatipule and nearby cities such as Mumbai and Pune.

By Train

There is no railway station in Ratnagiri. The nearest railway station is in Ratnagiri, which is located at a distance of 45 kilometers and is well-connected to Pune.

By Air

The nearest airport to Ganapatipule is Ratnagiri airport. It is located around 50 kilometers away from Ganapatipule and is well-connected to Pune. Taxi cabs commute between Ratnagiri airport and Ganapatipule.

By Road

The National Highway number 4 connects Mumbai to Ganapatipule. The journey via road will take around 307 kilometers from Ganapatipule. State transport buses ply between Ganpatipule and Pune.

Tourist Attractions in Ganapatipule

Jaigad Fort

The Jaigad Fort is a famous sea fort located at the tip of a peninsula river in Ratnagiri district of Ganapatipule. Nestled on a rock face which overlooks a bark, the fort is built where the Shastri River enters the Arabian Sea. The fort is just 35 kilometers away from Ganapatipule. There is a lighthouse and a Jetty Port situated close to the fort.

Jaigad Lighthouse

Constructed in the year 1832, The Jaigad Lighthouse is situated on a bastion, known as Siddha Buruj. The lighthouse is still functional and is situated on the western boundary of the Jaigad Fort. The lighthouse has stood for years and remains open to visitors from 4 PM to 5 PM from Monday to Saturday.

Ganapatipule Beach

Scattered with silvery white sands, Ganapatipule Beach is a perfect fit for enjoying a family vacation. The adventure enthusiasts can try their hands at balancing a kayak. There is a small cliff at the end of the beach. The view from the top is really charming. The beach is lined with a number of mango trees. One can enjoy vegetarian Marathi delicacies at the beach.

Swayambhu Ganpati Temple

Located just 20 kilometers away from the town of Ratnagiri, The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple is built of white sands and is said to be self-originated. There is a copper idol of Ganapati which is placed in the Sanctum Sanctorum. The idol has been positioned in such a way that the golden light of the sun infiltrates and illuminates the idol.

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BOARDING & DROPPING POINTS

  • Bhosari
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  • Sangvi Phata
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  • Shivaji Nagar
  • Deccan Gymkhana
  • Dandekar Pool
  • Swargate
  • Rajaram Bridge
  • Wadgaon Bridge

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  • Shivaji Nagar LIC Office

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How to make steamed vegetable pudding

Place the pudding into the steamer set over a saucepan of simmering water, or use a large saucepan with a saucer in the bottom. Steam for several hours, or as the recipe indicates. Top up water roughly every 45 minutes or when necessary. When the pudding is steamed, cut the string around the bowl.

Can you steam Christmas pudding in a steamer?

Steaming the pudding

Steam your pudding in a steamer set over a saucepan of boiling water. Ensure you have a tight-fitting lid so that steam cannot escape. You can improvise by using a heatproof saucer or dish set at the bottom of a large saucepan.

Can I cook Christmas pudding in electric steamer?

Cold water and the steamer for cooking and re-heating mini puddings ( 140ml/¼pt ) place Christmas. Bowl onto the plate, cover, and because the cavity is small food efficiently! Electric steamers are an indispensible tool for day-to-day cooking seafood, especially shrimps, in an electric veg steamer or…

How do you steam a Christmas pudding?

How to… steam your pudding on the hob

  1. Cover the pudding basin with tin foil, tucking it in well at the outer rim.
  2. Stand the pudding in the bottom of a large pan and add boiling water until it comes halfway up the pudding basin.
  3. Put the lid on the pan and simmer gently for 2 hours.

How do you steam a Christmas pudding in a steam oven?

Place pudding in oven, select Steam at 100 ⁰C and set cooking time for 3 hours. Fill water tank as requested. To cook the pudding in a cloth, wet an 80 cm square piece of calico, place in oven, select Steam at 100⁰C and set cooking time for 3 minutes.

Can you overcook a steamed pudding?

You’ll be glad to know that you can’t really overcook a steamed pudding. We wouldn’t recommend steaming any longer than half-hour to an hour after the time suggested on the recipe. The pudding won’t dry out but other ingredients may spoil if overcooked.

Why do you have to steam Christmas pudding for so long?

Christmas puddings were quite dense, lots of add-ins, to say nothing of the suet content, hence the 10 hour steam bath. Many recipes (no suet) steam for 2-4 hours.

How long should I steam a Christmas pudding?

Simmer gently for 5-6 hours, topping up the water level as necessary throughout cooking (do not allow the pan to dry out). Once the pudding is cooked, remove from the pan and set aside to cool.

How do you know when Christmas pudding is cooked?

To test if the pudding’s cooked, pierce the foil and paper with a skewer and wiggle it to make the hole bigger, or it will be wiped clean of any mixture when you pull it out.

How do you steam pudding in an electric steamer?

Place the pudding in the top of a steamer or, if you don’t have a steamer, put the pudding in a large saucepan with about 3–5 cm of boiling water in the bottom, and cover with a tight fitting lid. Allow the water in the pan to simmer gently for the required cooking time.

Is it better to steam or microwave Christmas pudding?

Christmas puddings are one of those foods where microwaving is neither better nor worse than the traditional method. … On the other hand, there are many more ingredients in a Christmas pudding than most foods so there is a real advantage in giving enough time for the various bits to blend together.

Can you overcook a Christmas pudding?

Remember, it is hard to overcook a Christmas pudding, so if it isn’t done at the stated time in the recipe, don’t be afraid to put it back on for longer.

How long do I steam a 1lb Christmas pudding for?

Make a string handle from one side of the basin to the other so it is easier to pick the basin out of the pan after cooking. Put the basins in a large steamer of boiling water and cover with a lid. Boil for 5-6 hours, topping the boiling water up from time to time, if necessary.

Why are steamed puddings covered during the steaming process?

This allows extra steam to escape and helps the pudding keep its shape. Unmold and then let cool. After you butter/spray the mold, you can put a little sugar inside, put the lid on and shake to distribute.

How can I steam without a steamer?

The technique is simple: fill a medium pot with 1/2 inch of water, place three golf ball–sized balls of aluminum foil on the bottom, rest a heat-proof plate on top of the foil balls, cover the pot, and bring the water to a boil. Add vegetables to the plate, cover, and steam until crisp-tender.

Can you steam a pudding in a Pyrex bowl?

Nigella suggests using a plastic pudding basin with a clip-on lid as these are easy to use and not too expensive. If you have difficulties finding a pudding basin then a Pyrex bowl, or similar heatproof glass bowl, could be used. … The steaming times are the same as for a pudding basin.

A steamed basin sponge hits the spot every time and uses up half-full jars of marmalade, syrup or jam – serve hot with custard!

Ingredients

  • butter , for greasing
  • custard , to serve (optional)

For the topping

  • 4 tbsp jam (we used strawberry), marmalade, curd, golden syrup or chopped stem ginger (or 200g/7oz canned fruit, drained and roughly chopped)

For the sponge

  • 175g/ 6oz butter , softened
  • 175g/ 6oz caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 175g/ 6oz self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  • STEP 1

Generously grease a 1.2-litre pudding basin and put your chosen topping in the base. Boil a kettle of water. To prepare your steamer, put a snugly fitting upturned bowl in the base of a large, deep saucepan, big enough to hold the pudding.

Put the ingredients for the sponge in a food processor and blend until smooth (but don’t overwork the mix), then tip into the pudding basin. Cover with a lid made of baking parchment and foil, and tie with string to secure (see step-by-step). Stand the pudding on the upturned bowl in your saucepan. Pour in enough hot water to come halfway up the side of the pudding basin. Set over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and leave to steam for 2½ hrs, topping up with boiling water if the level gets too low.

Check the pudding is cooked by inserting a skewer through the foil and parchment lid into the centre of the pudding. If the skewer still has some wet mixture on it, return the pudding to the steamer for a further 15-20 mins, then check again. Once cooked, uncover and turn the pudding onto a plate. Serve straight away with custard, if you like.

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18 thoughts to “Simple Suet Pudding Recipe”

Hi, After looking everywhere for a family favourite, I came across your recipe. Growing up in Sussex, the humble Sussex Pud was always given a welcome. The proper one calls for bacon pieces to be added and is a savoury one to go with a roast, and is baked. I have now tried yours, and baked that at 180C for 20 minutes, copying the savoury version. Sitting in a puddle of custard, the joy is untold. Thanks so much.

I’m looking forward to trying this recipe which will take me right back to my childhood and mums good old fashioned suet puddings. I’ve only recently discovered the joy of a slow cooker so my question is would I need to adjust the cooking time (and by how much) if I do the pudding in individual metal bowls?

Dear Jill,
I’m afraid I don’t know as I have never made puddings in individual bowls, but it would seem likely.

Hi
This sounds a good pudding, im going to give it a try but was wondering what size bowl you would recommend, thanks

Hi Colin,
This recipe is for what I would consider a ‘normal’-sized pudding basin, which is 2 pints. I also make 1.5x this recipe in a 3 pint pudding basin, which *just* fits in my slow cooker.

Thanks for that, the recipe is delicious i look forward to trying the other recipes.

I tried your recipe in my slow cooker and two hours later it was delicious.
Thanks so much.

That’s lovely to hear! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Can I use a Pyrex bowl and lid rather than plastic

Hi Judy,
You would need to refer to the manufacturer’s specifications to whether your cookware was suitable for this purpose. If the bowl is suitable, the article describes how you can cover the bowl in the traditional fashion using greaseproof and foil.
All the best, Clare

Hello,
I have just discovered the wonderful world of suet after conversations with my mother. As I am diabetic I use sweetener instead of sugar which doesn’t work in sponges but is fine in suet puddings. I was wondering, does this freeze once cooked? I also have quite a number of smaller plastic basins that shop-bought puddings have come in, are these reusable for this?

I’m afraid I have no idea whether they would freeze well – one pudding is usually one meal for my family, so I’ve had no need. Also freezing would require defrosting, which would presumably take longer than making the pudding in the first place, so it wouldn’t fit into our routine – much easier just to make the pudding. If there are any leftovers, we keep them overnight in the cold oven, and reheat them the next day, when I think it’s even nicer. I’m afraid I also have no idea about your particular basins as I’ve never seen shop-bought puddings – it would depend what type of plastic they are made of as to whether it would be safe to heat them and I’m not an expert. Sorry to not be of more help, but I can only really offer the recipe as shown above.

Is the ingredients the same for a syrup suet pudding obviously not the fruit.. & are the cooking times the same..
Thankyou

Hi Tracy,
If you mean a pudding that has a type of syrup in the ingredients, then I’m afraid I couldn’t say as that would be a different recipe. We serve this one with golden syrup.
All the best, Clare

My mum always made a suet steam pudding with syrup in the bottom then we would add more if we needed it after it was served, she use to make a chocolate suet pudding as well.

I want to try this but worried about the plastic bowl melting in the slow cooker. Have I misread that it goes directly into the cooker and boiled water is poured around it?
Enjoyed reading your page!

Hi Jeanie,
I use a pudding basin – ie it is designed precisely for cooking in, so I have no concerns. I wouldn’t suggest using any old plastic bowl.
Clare

I have just read this out to DH and he’s salivating at the prospect of eating this!
I’ve used a microwave before to reduce time, but the texture was a bit disappointing.
Looking forward to trying this during the week with the slow cooker as you suggest.

How to make steamed vegetable pudding

Steaming gently cooks food so that it retains its moisture, natural flavor, and nutrients. It’s a popular method for cooking a variety of foods, including vegetables, meats and fish, dumplings, and
even eggs. That said, a steamer isn’t totally necessary to get the result you want; its main benefit is its ability to steam several foods at once, so if you’re only steaming one ingredient, it’s not necessary.

There are a few things to keep in mind regardless of which method you choose. First, never overstuff your steamer.,This will only result in food that ranges between overcooked and nearly raw. Second, only add your food when the water has begun to boil. Allowing your food to heat up with the water makes for longer cooking time and again, unevenly cooked food. With these basics covered, let’s explore the best ways to steam your food, sans steamer.

Mesh Sieve or Colander

Regardless the method, you want a heat-proof vessel that can conduct heat well for even cooking and that doesn’t shatter during the process. Together, these factors make using a mesh sieve or colander a natural choice. Simply ensure your pot has the right qualities: it should be large enough to nestle your sieve or colander inside of it, but deep enough so that the water doesn’t touch your vegetables. Using this method, you can readily steam up a dish of delicate fern fiddleheads.

How to make steamed vegetable pudding

Aluminum Foil, Two Ways

Aluminum foil is sort of magical, isn’t it? It’s flexible, reusable, and a great heat conductor. To steam with it, you can either shape it into a trivet or perforate it for a makeshift colander. If you're wondering what a trivet is, think of it as any object designed to buffer direct heat. In cooking, this could be the grate that lies on top of a gas stove.

To make an aluminum foil trivet, tear off 1 to 2 feet of aluminum foil and roll it into the shape of a donut. Place it into the pan on your stovetop, then once the water is boiling, add your vegetables to a heatproof bowl and place it onto the aluminum foil trivet—ta-da!

To create a colander from aluminum foil, measure and tear a portion that fits over the rim of your pan, providing enough space to both create a depression in your foil and to fold the edges over your pan. Then, double up on your layers so it’s sturdy, poke a few holes, and steam your veggies. Keep in mind that this method uses a lot of foil, so it may be best used only when in a pinch.

Wire Rack

Those wire racks you use to cool your baked goods can double as an easy steamer when you need it—but just to be clear, we mean veggies in this case. This is a pretty straightforward method, only requiring the usual pan of boiling water (the wider the better) and a wire rack. As with all steaming methods, make sure you place a lid over your food so that the steam can thoroughly circulate. Of course, you won’t be able to get a perfect seal between your lid and pan, but that won’t compromise results. Try using this technique to wilt hearty greens for warm dishes, like this kale salad with blue cheese and walnuts.

Microwave

The microwave cooks food fast, making it great for convenient cooking. What’s more, it’s a time-tested tool for steaming vegetables. For firm vegetables like potatoes, cut into even slices and place them into a microwave-safe bowl. Then, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to the bowl, top it with a microwave-safe lid, and cook for 6-8 minutes.

This method is especially well suited for dishes that are dressed or otherwise jazzed up, like a potato salad. For softer vegetables like green beans, you’ll follow the same steps but only cook them for 3 to 5 minutes. Regardless of what you’re steaming, you’ll want to pause your microwave regularly and check your food to ensure you don’t overcook it.

Blanching

Blanching isn’t technically steaming, but it’s a great option if you’re cooking in a sparsely-equipped kitchen. To blanch your vegetables, start by finding a pot that is large enough to allow your vegetables to tumble freely while boiling. Then, fill the pot with heavily salted water (about 1 cup per gallon) and allow it to come to a rapid boil. Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath to shock your vegetables (quickly stop them from cooking further) after they’re blanched. Most vegetables only need to cook 1 to 3 minutes before they’re ready to be removed and shocked, but if you don’t plan on shocking them, remove the veggies just a touch early since they will continue to cook while resting.

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Steaming is the most gentle way to cook vegetables, chicken, and seafood because the food is placed over (and not in) boiling water in a covered pot or steamer. It's also one of the healthiest ways to cook because it does not require any added fat. It also does a better job than other cooking processes of retaining a food's flavor, shape, color, texture, and many of the nutrients.

What to Steam

You can steam a wide variety of foods, including vegetables, chicken, and shellfish. For added flavor, steam food on a bed of herbs, scallions, lemon slices, or greens. Leafy greens — such as spinach or mustard greens — and shellfish, such as mussels and clams, are terrific possibilities for steaming.

Methods & Equipment

There are several types of steamers available:

A collapsible metal steamer, which is great for vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.

Perforated metal inserts that fit into a pot or a pot fitted with a metal rack, which is ideal for cooking steamed pudding, for example.

You can stack a Chinese bamboo steamer that fits into a pot or wok and steam multiple foods simultaneously. You can also steam on a heatproof plate placed on a wire rack or in a shallow pan — ideal for cooking quick and healthy meals, such as chicken breast with a side of green beans.

Tips for Steaming

To steam foods, make sure the ingredients are not immersed in the water. Over a pot of water, add a collapsible pot or Chinese bamboo steamer, then add the foods you want to steam. Cover, bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cooking times vary, depending on the foods being steamed.

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  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup butter, frozen and grated ***see note***
  • 4 cups raisins, a mixture of dark and golden
  • 1 cup chopped figs
  • 1 1/2 cup mixed peel, put through a food processor
  • 1 cup red cherries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda, dissolved in 3 tsp warm water
  1. Add all ingredients into a very large mixing bowl and mix together well.
  2. Christmas pudding is often made in a mold or large bowl, but grandma filled 3 wide mouth mason jars with this mixture. Dividing it to fill the jars 3/4 full. Seal loosely with new canning lids.
  3. To avoid scorching the bottom of the pudding while streaming, place small Pyrex bowls, or other heat proof dishes or extra canning jar lids in the bottom of the pot to set jars on top of. Place jars on top of the Pyrex bowls in a large pot of hot water on the stove top. The water should sit about half way up the jars. Steam pudding in jars for 3 hours adding boiling water to the pot as needed during steaming.
  4. Once the pudding has steamed, remove from heat and tighten lids. Lids will snap shut as the pudding cools, and pudding will be sealed. Store in a dark cool place or in the refrigerator. Pudding is best if it has a few weeks to sit. Because this pudding is sealed once steamed, it will keep well for up to a year stored in a cool dark place.
  5. When ready to serve. Remove lid. Place jar or pudding in a pot, again setting the jars onto a Pyrex or heat proof bowl to avoid scorching the pudding while re steaming. Add water about 1/2 way up the jar. Steam pudding for at least an hour to re heat. Serve warm with Christmas Pudding Sauce. Recipe follows.
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated. Set aside egg whites to whip for last step.
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped stiff
  1. Melt butter in a small sauce pan. Stir in flour until smooth.
  2. Beat egg yolk adding to it the sugar, salt and milk. Whisk together.
  3. Add egg mixture to butter and flour mixture and stir well.
  4. Cook mixture until thick and smooth. Allow to cool.
  5. Beat egg white until very stiff. Fold into cooled mixture.
  6. Whip cream and fold into mixture.
  7. Serve over warm steamed Christmas pudding.
  8. Sauce will keep well in refrigerator for several days. Lightly stir when ready to serve.

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Thank you for posting this, Kathy. I've had the bug to make steamed pudding but alas no steamer thing! This will be the perfect solution. I'm wondering what you mean by "mixed peel". Would that be a collection of orange peel, lemon peel? Do figs have peels? Or maybe you mean those candied peels in the grocer, which are already candied? Please advise – what do *you* use? I am so looking forward to making this. I know it will be good – look where I found the recipe!!

Hi Diane, I use 'cut mixed peel' that is a mixture I purchase in the baking isle at the grocery store. It is already candied. I use figs in a bag which only need to be chopped up. no peeling. I hope you enjoy it. I'm already really looking forward to dessert after Christmas dinner:)

Thank you for the additional help, Kathy. I'm sure we will all enjoy your recipe. Blessings to you and all your dear ones.

What size jars are you using

For this recipe I use 3 quart jars but only fill them 3/4 full. You could use smaller jars, just leave room for expansion of the pudding.

I think I will make this, reminds me so much of the one my gramma always made. I will use my canner to steam it since it has the rack in the bottom anyway. Will add dark rum to the sauce though to keep it closer to gramma's way. We have been trying to keep up her traditions since she passed and this is one we always had. Thanks for the recipe.

I was wondering if flavoring like vanilla or rum was missing from the sauce. I would add either, or both!

What an interesting idea to make steamed pudding in canning jars. My husband and I will be alone this year for Christmas so I am thinking ahead as to how to minimize the amount I usually make for a crowd. Putting two thirds of this recipe safely away for a later date will be perfect! I have used many steamed pudding recipes in the past but never one with cherries. Are the cherries fresh or dried? I love this site and especially enjoy reading" Bread for the Journey" on Sundays . You have inspired me in so many ways. Thank you.

This recipe is especially nice for that reason. My mom in law always makes the full recipe and keeps jars to give away or use at a later date. I've halved the recipe and that works fine too. I use the cherries in the baking section labeled mixed glazed cherries. The are usually in amongst the Christmas baking ingredients during the holidays at the grocers.
Thanks for your kind comments. We enjoy doing what we do:)

I know a steamed pudding sounds stodgy, but I cannot tell you how glorious this is: light beyond words, feathery textured and comfortingly, not cloyingly, sweet. This is predicated on two things. You have to eat it up entirely while it’s warm (no hardship), as it will get heavy on cooling. And it needs to be balanced with custard or cream. There is also a good argument for vanilla ice cream.

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I know a steamed pudding sounds stodgy, but I cannot tell you how glorious this is: light beyond words, feathery textured and comfortingly, not cloyingly, sweet. This is predicated on two things. You have to eat it up entirely while it’s warm (no hardship), as it will get heavy on cooling. And it needs to be balanced with custard or cream. There is also a good argument for vanilla ice cream.

For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.

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Ingredients

For the sponge

  • 175 grams very soft unsalted butter (plus more for greasing)
  • 175 grams self-raising flour
  • 175 grams caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • zest of 1 unwaxed lemon and juice of ½
  • 3 x 15ml tablespoons milk

For the syrup base/topping

  • 250 grams golden syrup
  • juice of other ½ lemon

For the sponge

  • 1½ sticks very soft unsalted butter (plus more for greasing)
  • 1½ cups self-rising flour
  • ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • zest of 1 unwaxed lemon and juice of ½
  • 3 tablespoons milk

For the syrup base/topping

  • ¾ cup golden syrup or light corn syrup
  • juice of other ½ lemon

Method

You will need a 1¾ litre / quart pudding basin with lid, such as you might use to steam a Christmas pudding.

  1. Put the kettle on, then put the butter, flour, sugar, eggs, lemon and milk in the food processor and whizz together, adding a little more milk if the mix is too thick (it should be a thick, pouring consistency).
  2. Pour the boiling water into a large saucepan which has a lid (the water should come about half to two-thirds of the way up the side of the pudding basin when in) or into the base of a steamer. Put it on the heat. Meanwhile, butter the pudding basin, put the golden syrup in the bottom of it and stir in the lemon juice. Pour the sponge mixture on top of the syrup and put on the plastic lid, remembering to butter it first. Then put the pudding basin into the saucepan, put the lid on the saucepan, and that’s it. The pan should keep just boiling, with the lid on. The important thing is that it shouldn’t boil dry. Keep some water hot in the kettle to pour in when necessary. I know one is supposed to put the basin on a saucer in the pan, but the rattling noise it makes drives me mad, and the pudding doesn’t seem to suffer for being untriveted.
  3. Let it cook for a minimum of 2 hours, more won’t matter. When it’s ready, remove (I don’t bother to make a handle out of string, but use two spatulas to lift it out of the boiling water) and let rest for a couple of minutes, no longer. Turn out with great aplomb onto a large plate with a sauce-saving lip.

You will need a 1¾ litre / quart pudding basin with lid, such as you might use to steam a Christmas pudding.

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The PSP can do a lot of things. One of the coolest features of this handheld video game system is its built in MP3 player. If you are just starting to use this feature, check out this helpful tutorial.
In this video, you will learn how to cut out the middle man and avoid using your PC to download songs. With this method, you will be able to save music from directly inside your Playstation Portable with any WiFi connection, and best of all – it’s free!
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Step 1:
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Step 2:
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Step 3:
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Step 4:
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Step 5:
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Step 6:
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Step 7:
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The PSP, or PlayStation Portable, is a Sony product that is known for its video game capabilities, but it can also be used to store music.

* Sony PSP
* Computer
* USB cable
* Music files
* Optional: Internet access

Step 1: Connect to the PSP

Connect the PSP to your computer with a USB cable. Press the Home button on the PSP, and then use the Left and Right buttons to find the settings area.

Search for USB cables online to find the right one for the PSP if you don’t already have one.

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Put the PSP in USB mode by using the Up and Down buttons and finding the USB connection in the settings area. Your computer will tell you that a new USB device has been connected.

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Press the X button and your PSP will display the USB connection. Click on the drive letter that corresponds to the PSP unit.

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Create a new folder on the drive that corresponds to the unit called PSP. Within that folder, create another folder called “music.”

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Copy the music files into the music folder.When you’re done, press the O button on the PSP to get out of USB mode.

Convert WMA or WMV to MP3 format if you have a PSP running older firmware.

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Learning how to download MP3 to PSP is not difficult. Once you know how, you will see this! Your PSP is a wonderful piece of electronic technology, it lets you watch movies and play games, even surf the web, but it loses part of its usefulness if you don’t know how to use it. In this short guide I will show you exactly what to do to download MP3 to PSP.

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How you should start depends on whether you already have MP3 songs saved to your computer. If you don’t have this already, you will need to use software to rip the music from your CDs and save it onto your computer. Most modern computers will already have this software, but if yours doesn’t, just do a simple search engine search, there is a lot of MP3 software available these days.

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If the songs you want are already stored as MP3s on your computer, you can leave this step out. If not, you will need to convert them to MP3 using your software, if you have not already done so. Put your CD into the computer and use the ripping software to extract however many songs you need. This will be a very quick step.

How to download MP3 to PSP Part 3
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Mar 22, · Step 3: Press the X button. Press the X button and your PSP will display the USB connection. Click on the drive letter that corresponds to the PSP unit. Step 4: Create a folder. Create a new folder on the drive that corresponds to the unit called PSP. Within that folder, create another folder called “music.” Step 5: Copy music tools.jobbees.coted Reading Time: 2 mins. Jun 25, · Full Playlist: tools.jobbees.co?list=PLLALQuK1NDrj4-e0XDKESOzK4m0ysbxvl–Watch more Gaming Console Hacks & Tips videos: tools.jobbees.co 4 skaterpersonhi:).

Method 2. On your computer select the correct drive letter and open the PSP file system. Open the new folder and create another folder and call it MP3 or what you want to call it.

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Use your computer to copy your MP3 files into the music folder. Press the O button on the PSP to disconnect from your computer. Method 3. Use the left and right arrow keys on the PSP to find the music area. You should see all the music files you have just transferred to the PSP. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.

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The Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) is the latest revolutionary multimedia player released by Sony. This is a unit which can be used for all your entertainment needs as you can play movies, music, games and browse the internet using it. There is no need of buying any discs or files for your music needs on the PSP. It is possible to PSP download music from the internet for your listening pleasure.

To download music to the PSP, you first have to check if the music you intend to download on the PSP is an mp3 or mp4 file. This is because if the music that you choose is not in the proper format, you have to convert the music and video files to the right format before you can actually play them on the PSP.

There is a useful program, called the ImTOO PSP Music Suite that has the ImTOO CD Ripper and ImTOO PSP Video Converter which is used for the downloading and playing of music and video files on the PSP. With this software, it is possible to convert files into either mp3 or mp4 files.

For PSP download music of mp3 files, you have to first connect the computer to the PSP using a USB cable. Make sure that the computer detects the new USB device connection. Then you have to check the My Computer icon where there should be another drive listed corresponding to the PSP. This drive is usually E or F. This drive has to be opened and a new folder created to be renamed to PSP.

This PSP folder has to be opened to create a new folder that is renamed MUSIC. With this done, you can transfer mp3 files on the computer by opening the MUSIC folder in the PSP drive and then copy pasting the desired mp3 files into the folder. Once this is done, you just have to remove the USB connection.

If you want to download CD songs to the PSP, the CD Ripper has to be installed to the computer. After this, the music CD has to be loaded on the CD drive. You will find an ‘Extract and Encode’ button on the CD ripper program which has to be clicked on. With this, it is possible to convert and transfer the songs from the CD to the PSP. However, before doing this, make sure that the right PSP format is selected.

When transferring music files from the iTunes to the PSP, the music has to be converted to an mp3 file as iTunes music is in mp4 format. Launching the PSP Video Converter program, the mp4 files you want converted have to be loaded by clicking the ‘Add’ button on the file menu. On selecting the files you want, they are displayed in the Converter program.

Highlighting these files and selecting PSP audio format as the output format is the next step. You then select the folder you want to save the converted files in. with this; you get mp3 files that have to be transferred to the PSP as mentioned above. With this done, you find that PSP download music is not as complicated as first envisioned!

The question, “how to download music to psp?” is very simple to answer. Before that you have to note that you have to firstly convert all your music file formats to MP3. To do this you can simply use Sony’s Image Converter or a software called Aimersoft to do the converting and transferring. And also you need to have a USB cable to connect your Portable Play-station to your computer.

To manually transfer your Music, follow these steps:

1. As mentioned before, firstly you have to connect your Portable Play-station to your computer.
2. Use the Graphical User Interface (GUI) to select “USB CONNECTION” on your game portable play-station.
3. Press the round button.
4. Your computer are now showing/detecting the generic drive.
5. Click on the new drive that appears just now (it correspondents to your PSP).
6. If you have not had one folder called “PSP”, create one.
7. Again create a new folder under the folder you have just created and name it “music”.
8. Copy your mp3’s and paste them into the “music” folder.
9. After copying process is done, press the cross button on your Portable Play-station to get out of USB transfer mode.

Now you should be able to listen to all your favorite music from your Portable Play-station. Use the GUI (graphical user interface) of your PSP to navigate to the music icon.

If you want to download video to Portable Play-station, you can just follow the steps stated above. The only thing you have to note is that you should make a “video” folder under “MP_ROOT” folder that is already in your PSP. Do not forget that you have to convert all the video format to MP4 (use the above mentioned software).