I will be basing my first Turkey Red attempts with this first recipe from Wikipedia.
- White argol – Potassium bitartrate, aka. Cream of Tartar:
Mineral crystals that are found naturally in grapes. Grapes can be found in growing wild along the Chicago River. Fall is also grape season, and you would not believe the amount of surplus at the end of the Farmer’s Markets.
- Olive oil – Vegetable oil: Refuse vegetable oil can be collected from restaurants after use.
- Lye of Barilla/ wood ash – Wood ash: Wood ash can be produced through the burning of scrap wood and mulch from the Bureau of Forestry maintenance. Free pick-up sites are located throughout the city.
- Sheep’s dung – Horse manure:
Horse manure from local stables can be a rich soil amendment and is commonly used for compost for urban agriculture. Ask local farms or visit horse stables in and around Chicago for manure, including the city’s police horse stables.
- Gall nut – Wasp gall on Oak: Galls are formed around the eggs of wasps on Oak trees. They are high in tannic acids and have been long used for inks and dyes. Oak trees grow throughout the city’s public parks.