Friday, October 26, 2018

How would you glue two pumpkins together?


  1. I can give you a list of some potentially dangerous ways to do it:

    1. Transglutaminase powder
    2. Cysteine protease powders: Bromelain and papain powder

    Wear heavy gloves, eye protection, protective clothing, and a respirator.

    If you'd like something a bit safer:

    3. EcoPoxy or some other eco-rated epoxy

    You might still need to wear an N95 mask with that stuff.

    Should you like to live dangerously, you may be the first person in the world to create a "Pumpzucarrot" Frankenvegetable hybrid for culinary use by gluing layers of pumpkin, zucchini, and carrot together ... SO GOOD LUCK! :-)

  2. You really think epoxy will do it? What about if you have to glue the moist side to the hard side?

  3. Capital of Texas RefugeeSunday, October 28, 2018 6:09:00 PM

    You do realize that Google/Bing/etc. do not offer many worthwhile suggestions for how to glue vegetables together, right?

    You do realize that anything that might work is an experiment, even the stuff that seems safer (and probably won't work), right?

    You do realize that just because the words "potentially dangerous" and "liable to leave you scarred for life" may be in the descriptions involving misuse of a technique, chemical, or process that this doesn't bother us here at The Refuge from the Capital of Texas, right?

    With that in mind ...

    Watch this: Making "restructured beef" with transglutaminase.

    Personally I think these people who aren't wearing respirators are being incredibly optimistic about long-term exposure to even the most minute particles of this stuff, especially since those little bits can stick parts of your lungs together more or less permanently, but hey, this guy's got blue gloves and a lab coat! :-)

    A better suggestion before you play dangerously with organic chemistry is to use plastic and foam pumpkins that you can "carve" with a heat knife or a repurposed soldering iron before gluing them together with regular epoxy or hot melt glue.

    Also, now that you know what sordid crap's going on with the "premium steaks" at your local grocery, you'll probably want to buy a large storage freezer so you can buy your steaks a quarter of a steer at a time directly from a livestock processor ...

  4. Oh! I've heard of that stuff before. I think it made the rounds during the recession. Super gross honestly. But it does seem like it would glue moist things together. Thanks.

  5. I watched the video, better living thru chemistry in action!

  6. Capital of Texas Refugee ... FOR SCIENCE!Monday, October 29, 2018 1:25:00 PM

    If you really really are going to do this ...

    Prepare some thin gelatin that you can brush onto the pieces being attached.

    The gelatin has plenty of glutamine and will help speed the reaction along.

    Also, if you are going to brush on liquid transglutaminase, using a cheap disposable nylon paint brush would probably let you avoid having horse hair and other organics dissolve into your project. :-)