Source: Pure Pumpkin Pie
It’s pure and straight forward like a simple Thanksgiving * Mix a 15 oz can of pumpkin with one 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk * add two eggs and a Tbsp of pumpkin pie spice * an optional tsp of vanilla extract can be added for additional flavor * Pour the pumpkin pie mix into a frozen 9 inch pie crust and place on a foil lined baking sheet * Bake in a preheated 425F oven for 15 minutes * Reduce oven temperature to 350F and bake 40 minutes longer or until knife inserted i inch from crust comes out clean * Cool on a wire rack if possible * Best when served with a peak of whipped cream if you have some heavy cream and sugar available * unless your tallying calories like myself – and can enjoy the classic Thanksgiving desert in it’s pure flavor * I wish a Happy Thanks giving to all who read the Sea Oats Project blog!
When the blender “burns out” the problem is probably not with the electric motor * more than likely the circuit board has interrupted the flow of electricity * circuit boards are used to change the amount of voltage (and amperage) that reach the electric motor – more voltage; more speed, less voltage; less speed * more amperage; more current, less amperage; less current * this is done with resistors, transistors, transformers, capacitors, condensers, fuses, circuit breakers, etc. * most circuit boards can be by-passed in an emergency and a blender can run on one speed until the mixing is done * the electric motor seems too simple to break down and be the problem when a blender stops * here is an easy recipe for making an electric motor * make a neat coil by rolling 2 feet of single strand 20-gauge magnet wire around your index finger * Finish by wrapping each loose end around the coil three times to hold them in place * leave at least two inches of of wire at each end of the coil * Sand the insulation off each end of the wire * these exposed ends will become the electrical contacts * by covering only the top half of each wire with ink from a marking pen – the top half becomes re-insulated – from the marking pen ink * This becomes the commutator * Open two large paper clips and loop the ends so that they can be used as a stand to support and hold the coil * take a 3 inch block of wood and drill small holes about two inches apart to set the paperclips in * make sure the loops on the clips are about 1 1/4 inches above the base * Balance the coil so that it will rotate easily inside the loops * Beneath the coils – place one or more magnets and raise them so that they are close to the coil without having them touch * make sure that the magnets are very close to the coil and that the coil can spin freely * let’s make the electrical connections * Use wire clip leads to connect each terminal of a battery to one of paper clips that is supporting the coil * the coil may begin to spin on it’s own – if not – give it a slight flick to get it started * It should start spinning around * If necessary add a second battery by connecting two batteries so that the positive end is wired to the negative end of the other * then connect one of the loose contacts to one paper clip and the other contact to the second paper clip * by connecting the batteries in series – the voltage in the circuit will increase * I have not made this motor yet, but I can’t wait to give it a try!
Remember, when we plug in a blender, the electricity is used to make an electromagnetic force in the motor * Like an ordinary magnet – electromagnets obey the rule that like poles repel and unlike poles attract * this is the basis of one of the most useful machines in the modern world: the electric motor * A basic motor consists of a coil of wire, like a solenoid, but on a long rod that is able to spin around * this coil is the armature and two poles of a permanent magnet are on either side of the coil * When we switch on the electricity – the armature becomes an electromagnet with its own poles * If the electromagnet’s north pole is near the permanent magnet’s north pole – these two magnetic forces will repel * The armature’s north pole is attracted to the permanent magnet’s south pole which is on the other side * this makes the armature spin around for a half turn * Now comes a neat invention – a device called the commutator serves as a switching device on the shaft * A commutator is a round metal collar or ring that has been divided into two halves * each collar is joined to one end of the armature wire * Two wire brushes (contacts) press on either side of the commutator and feed electricity to it and the armature * Best to take this next happening slow – because in reality it happens very fast * As the armature spins half a turn – the commutator contacts move around half a turn – so that in effect, they exchange brushes * This reverses the electrical current!! * When the electrical current is reversed – the armature’s magnetic poles are also reversed * It’s north becomes south and repels the nearby south pole of the permanent magnet * the same push-pull forces happen again – making the armature spin further – and the commutator reverses the current again * the armature keeps spinning as the commutator keeps switching the current * This causes the electric motor to turn around * This allows the shaft of the electric motor to keep turning around * the electrical energy has been changed to kinetic or movement energy and can blend our mixtures when a blade is attached to the turning rod ** I need a break
I was recently making a zucchini and raisin bread with the help of my blender * In an absent-minded moment – instead of pouring the wet mix in first and the dry mix on top – I made the mistake of putting the brown sugar in first * I really thought the blender blades would spin it around with no problem and the wet and dry mix would follow * It didn’t happen and the blender immediately burned out * I have a thing for electric motors and removed the invention from the blender housing * It is truly a scientific invention ( from the experiments of Ampere, Faraday, Sturgeon and Henry) and a work of art * Electrified Magnets turn coils and brushes spin a rotor that has the fins that blend the recipes – or something like that * Just can’t seem to part with the device * the electric motor has been around for a long time * It not only does amazing things – it has an amazing design * I am puzzled that they are thrown away when the blender stops working * They really are the essence of the blender and in all probability a fuse or circuit connected to the motor has been interrupted – while the electric motor is still working and in good condition * I think these electric motors are worth saving and still have a value * Your comments as to what to do with the electric motors are welcome and appreciated