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Buddhacello, part 1

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

After I mentioned to Phil my success in making Limoncello using Persian limes (would that be limettacello?), he kindly offered up a Buddha’s Hand for me to try the same thing with. Buddha’s Hands are truly odd beasts — they’re a citrus fruit, but they have no pulp. It’s all zest and pith. And they look like an elder god. They smell somewhat lemony, but with strong floral notes — similar to the smell of some roses.

After a bit of research, I discovered that the pith of the Buddha’s Hand isn’t bitter, which means I didn’t need to be anywhere near as careful in removing zest as you do with lemons and limes.

So, for the first set of steps, I needed to get as much zest as practical off the Buddha’s Hand, and get it soaking in 190 proof grain alcohol. Here’s the basic setup:

Buddhacello Setup

The strange looking thing is the fruit itself. The knife is to get at the hidden surfaces on the fruit; the white scrub brush is to remove any wax, dirt, or other undesirable stuff from the fruit; and the tool on the right is a microplane, which is one of the best ways to zest a lot of citrus.

Here, you can see the inside of the fruit:

Yep, it’s pith all the way through. Here, you can see the stem sticking down into the pith:

After about 30 minutes of chopping and zesting, the entire Buddha’s Hand is reduced to a pile of chunks and about half a cup of zest:


Finally, we add about half a liter of Everclear. This is just a few seconds after I poured the alcohol in; you’ll notice that the liquid has already taken on a distinct yellow hue:


So, now we let it sit for a week — I’ll report back on the final product when it’s done.

Joe the Plumber to Become War Correspondent

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

No, really, I’m not kidding.

(Via Reason Magazine.)

For Fluffy

Monday, January 5th, 2009

(Credit to R. Stevens)

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