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    Dispose of leftover oil. Or use it to make candles.

    By thomas | October 26, 2008

    NinaSama sends in this tip about what to do with extra oil:

    I decided to tempura batter and deep fry some ice cream with some of my Japanese friends. We had mixed results ;) But since it was one of my first times deep frying anything, I didn’t know what to do about the left over oil! My friends suggestion that I strain it and use the oil again but I didn’t want to have used oil lying around since I never plan to deep fry anything ever again! bleh.

    My friend then suggested this stuff:
    固めるテンプル (katameru tenpuru)
    It’s very easy, you just add it to hot oil and let it sit for a while. It’ll solidify and then you can throw the whole thing out! (I’m sure you’ve heard of it before)

    But, since I can’t read Japanese all too well, I went online looking for an easy explanation of what this stuff was and what I could expect from it. I ended up finding a number of websites showing how to make candles out of regular oil and this powder!

    I haven’t tried it yet but it seems interesting. Have you ever seen something like that before?

    The package might look something like this:

    katameru tempuru

    Thanks Nina!

    NinaSama also sent in a tip request. Can anyone help?

    Recently I went to Hiroshima for the Sake festival. I know that Sake can leave me with a horrible hang over the next day so I decided to check out some 飲み薬 at the conbini. I found this stuff called “gold” something-or-other ginger drink. I was told that if you drink it before drinking alcohol that you should be fine the next day. I had my doubts since the source was a bit unreliable. But I drank it and I was in fact fine. But I can’t tell if that’s just because I’m a morning person or I just drank less sake than I thought.

    So, basically, I was wondering if you knew of any good Japanese drinks that help cure/prevent a hang over. Things other than just Pocari sweat and other sports drinks that my friends usually drink to try and cure themselves. They don’t really work for me :P

    Thank you for reading all my long winded explanations! Thanks for writing such a great blog!!!

    Anybody know any anti-hangover tips? I hardly drink at all anymore, so I have no idea! If you have any solutions, please leave a comment!

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    7 Responses to “Dispose of leftover oil. Or use it to make candles.”

    1. Jeshii Says:
      October 26th, 2008 at 10:49 pm

      I tried ウコンの力 (Ukon no Chikara) quite a few times, but really, I think there is no substitute for forcing yourself to drink water before passing out for the evening.

    2. Neil Duckett Says:
      October 27th, 2008 at 1:33 am

      There is NO such thing as a magic drink you can have before a night on the turps that will prevent a hangover, if you think something has worked then you didn’t drink enough the night before.

      Water and as much of it as you can before, during and after is about as good as it can get. As for the next day, what makes you bad makes you better so just get back on the horse.

    3. Hannah Valentine Says:
      October 27th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

      I ran the candle-making page through Google translator, with somewhat decent results–may be enough to get her through!

    4. Ramses Says:
      October 27th, 2008 at 5:16 pm

      In the Netherlands people put sunflower oil in their diesel cars because a liter sunflower oil is about €0.45 cheaper than a liter diesel. Some even suggest using used – filtered – oil as it’s better for your engine.

      Good money saving tip as I say it myself ;-).

    5. FANTiM Says:
      October 30th, 2008 at 4:01 am

      ウコンの力 (Ukon no Chikara) has been a life saver several times. I usually use the powder version before drinking, and one after I’m finished drinking. It’s helped out with alot of the hangoverness. Another miracle cure I’ve found is eating Maku burgers when I wake up. The greese seems to help my stomach settle if I’m feeling real hung over.
      My friends use Regain too. It’s kinda like redbull.

    6. Nina Says:
      November 4th, 2008 at 2:00 am

      Wow! Thanks for the tips (^^)

      Yeah, I figured there was no real cure/prevention of a hangover. Otherwise it’d be all over the news as a great miracle solution! Still, I thought it was worth asking.

      Thanks again for the tips and if I ever make those candles I’ll be sure to post!

    7. prasanna Says:
      November 25th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

      In India we we do a dish called Bajjias which is some vegetable soaked in a batter with spices and deep fried. Our sensei( Japanese language teacher) said it resembles tempura.

      You need to heat minimum oil for deep frying. Thats the first rule. keep the temperature low or optimum. This avoids blackening of oil by charred food particles .After frying cool and filter. store in a glass bottle or reusable can/bottle. You can use this oil for not only deep frying but also to shallow fry vegetables.