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Home lacto-fermentation in glass, stoneware or plastic?

Hi all, I've recently become interested in home lacto-fermentation after reading "Nourishing Traditions" and "Wild Fermentation". Strengthening my immune system around flu season is always a good idea!

I have done a bit of research and found kits with plastic food grade containers with an airlock, glass jars with an airlock, and old fashioned stoneware crocks. The cost difference is significant between the plastic/glass and stoneware. Stoneware of course being significantly more expensive.

I'm steering towards the Glass or Stoneware options because I am not comfortable with chemical leaching from plastic containers, but I am confused with the instructions provided on the glass kits.

Two particular brands are "Picklemeister" and "Perfect Pickler" and both claim to speed up the process from multiple weeks in a stoneware crock, to 4 days in the airlock/glass kits. How is this possible? The Harsch stoneware crock also says it locks in with its lid, so why the significant difference in fermentation time? Am I not getting as much "good bacteria" when only fermented for 4 days? Will it taste significantly different by speeding up the process?

Does anyone have experience with either kits or stoneware crocks? I can't find an unbiased comparison between the two methods (fast and slow fermentation).

Thanks!
Olav

Oct 28, 2010
Olav23 in Home Cooking

Grilled artichoke hearts and Arctic Char in Hoboken?

With all the italian places around Hoboken, would anyone know where I can get grilled artichoke hearts here? I used to buy them from the olive bar in Fairway by the pound, but all I have found here is the jarred marinated variety which are nowhere near!

Has anyone seen them in any of the local italian food markets or anywhere else?

Also, my favorite fish is Arctic Char. It has a taste similar to Salmon but is good for the environment as well as low in pollutants. I haven't been able to find it here at either the A&P, Garden of Eden or Kings. Anyone have a suggestion?

Any help appreciated! Thanks!

Dec 05, 2009
Olav23 in General Tristate Archive

Chinotto (italian soda) in Manhattan?

I'd like to try Chinotto, the italian bittersweet soda. Has anyone seen it? I believe SanPellegrino makes a variant of it, are there other brands as well that I should pursue?

Anyone know if Fairway carries it, or suggestions for a good italian market that would most likely have a selection?

Thanks!

Mar 10, 2009
Olav23 in Manhattan

Yellow Bicycle

I want to meet the marketing guys behind this St-Germain stuff! It's showing up in everything. Can I be the first to declare Elderflower cocktails as the "sundried tomatoes" of the 2000s?

Besides, go to chinatown and get a $5 bottle of Lychee liqueur, has the same effect.

Mar 10, 2009
Olav23 in Recipes

Kava Kava in NYC?

I'd like to try my hand at one of the traditional teas of hawaii known as Kava Kava. Does anyone know where I could find some in NYC? I want the actual root powder, not the tinctures available in health food stores.

Thanks!

Dec 10, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Recipe for Baluchi's Goan Shrimp Curry? [moved from Manhattan board]

Man, it is awesome. I get my fix weekly but am moving soon out of NYC. I've tried a few recipes from the web for goan shrimp curry, but it just doesn't taste anywhere near the same.

Has anyone been able to deconstruct it or find one similar? I'd love to give it a try, and make it by the gallon!!!!

Nov 08, 2008
Olav23 in Home Cooking

Where to buy Angelo Parodi Sardines?

I saw an older posting on sardines, with the highest rating being a portugese sardine called:

Angelo Parodi Sardine Portoghesi allÂ’olio di olivo.

Anyone know where I can purchase a can of these to try in the NYC area? I haven't seen it at Fairway. Someone suggested I try an Italian Market. Can anyone suggest a good one to try?

Thanks!

Nov 02, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Feni (coconut or cashew) in NYC?

Anyone know where I can find a bottle of the Goa, Indian liquor known as Feni? It sounds interesting enough to try! I love trying every country's white liquor :)

Thanks!

Nov 02, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Dumplings for Dinner in Chinatown with parents?

Thanks Lau for the quick reply. I have past this place many times, and never gave it a shot. I will hit is up!!!

Thanks again!

May 15, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Dumplings for Dinner in Chinatown with parents?

Hi all.

I would like to take my parents out for dim sum in Chinatown. They are not really adventurous so I don't want to take them into a scary dingey basement. I'd be fine with that if the food was good :)

I was thinking Chatham Square Restaurant, but I heard they stop serving dim sum at 4pm. I would be eating closer to 7:30pm. I thought maybe also New Green Bo or Joe's Shanghai for soup dumplings.

What do you guys recommend? They are in town for 1 night so I want to make it memorable for them! At the same time, I only eat fish and veggies, no other meat, so I don't want to go too adventurous like the Fujian pork noodle soup places.

Thanks!

May 14, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Best Muffins?

If you like the "healthy" varieties, go to the greenmarket on Saturday afternoons at 69th and Broadway. One of the booths is Meredith's Bakery from somewhere upstate, and they make an excellent muffin called "Health Bread Muffin" for $1.50. You can also get it in loaf form for something like $4.

Dollop on some cream cheese to even out the healthy aspects :)

Apr 26, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Recipe for Banania French Toast?

Hi!

I used to live in Carroll Gardens and *loved* their Raisin Bread French Toast. It must have involved a lot of butter as it had a crunchy crust to it and just tasted amazing.

Unfortunately, Banania is no longer around and I no longer live in the 'hood anyway. So I was hoping someone knew a recipe similar to how they made the magic.

Here's hoping!
-Olav

Apr 26, 2008
Olav23 in Home Cooking

What the Pros Use

Doh! I thought that was an edit button, not a post button! Ignore the other 2 reposts with different wording :)

Feb 29, 2008
Olav23 in Features

What the Pros Use

Bittman did a similar article on nytimes available here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/09/din...

He recommends the Dexter-Russell 8" chefs knife with polycarbonate handle that you see regularly in every restaurant kitchen for about $15.

Feb 29, 2008
Olav23 in Features

Good Poutine (With Cheese Curd!) in Manhattan?

Shopsins has it in Essex St Market:

http://shopsins.com/shopsiteyellow/sh...

Haven't had it though.

Jan 27, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Am I crazy for thinking that Magnolia cupcakes suck?

I love the ones at Cupcake Cafe, now Casa Cupcake on W 38th st. Get the chocolate cupcake with Mocha icing. 99% of the time they are great. 1% of the time, you will get a dry cupcake. I guess you could inquire when they are at their freshest, but I rarely am disappointed with them.

Jan 21, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Specialty Beer Stores?

Definitely check out the Pioneer Supermarket at 289 Columbus Avenue on the UWS. It is basically a beer store with a few groceries on the sides. Here is a review:

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...

Jan 21, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Great Cup of Coffee

The best coffee I have ever had, is the Latte at Gimme Coffee out in W'burg. Definitely worth the hike.

Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea has the clover. It is a $10k drip coffee maker. I was underwhelmed but it was probably the bean I had.

Jack's Stir Brewed Coffee in the Village

Mud Cafe and the MudTrucks.

just to get you started

Jan 21, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

cheap yerba mate in nyc?

Thank you so much to Hellskitchenette for posting this list. I did some adventurin' this weekend to quest for the elusive Mate. I went, with hellskitchenette's list in hand. I had previously not been to Jackson Heights, so this was an adventure on its own. It is like getting off the subway in Mexico City or somewhere in South America. I knew I had hit the jackpot.

The street vendors sell interesting foods, but mostly meat based, so I didn't indulge. Many foods I had never seen before, such as something that looked like a type of corn with very large kernels.

Anyways, back to the subject. I went to Don Francisco first, as it sounded the most recommended. Turns out it is closed up for some type of renovations. I would call first if you are heading out to see if it is reopened yet. I went by Baires, and looked in the window. It definitely had Mate, but didn't have a large selection, so I figured I'd try my luck at El Hornero. They had a VERY small selection, but had the vital brands. It was nice to not be overwhelmed with choices. It appeared that they just had the "recommended" options. 2 types of "Suave" which I was told to look for (the one I chose was Union brand), as well as Rosamonte Especial edition and of course Cruz de Malta. They had a variety in tea bags as well if you didn't want the loose stuff.

My only wish is that they had more "paraphernalia". They had a cup full of metal Bombilla, and one or two gourds. I would have liked a larger selection of Bombilla, as I have seen varieties on the internet that are really beautiful and artisan created, and some made out of plastic and easier to clean by being separtable (sic). They had the simple metal variety with brass mouth piece.

I certainly can NOT complain about the price. I was drinking the Guayaki stuff from Fairway at about $7.50 for 1/2lb (or .23kg). I walked out of Hornero with:

1KG Suave Union
1KG Rosamonte Especial (keep in mind this is the "fancy" one to serve to guests in Argentina on special occasions!)
1KG Cruz De Malta
1 Metal and brass Bombilla

Total: $18. Finally, one time the weak US dollar hasn't upset me!!

I now have Mate to keep me happy for at least a year or 2. The only problem is I want to bust them all open and try them, but I don't want them to get stale, so I have to work on 1 bag at a time :-(

So, thanks again hellskitchenette, for both giving me the pointers as well as giving me a new destination to explore. Also, if you head out there, make sure to stop in at Sripraphai. It is also (fairly) walkable if you are adventuring, and supposed to be the best Thai in Nyc.

Jan 21, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Latin/Hispanic Groceries in Manhattan/Harlem?

Thank you very much everyone. I will definitely check out Queens this weekend. Its always an adventure to explore the other boros. I will check those places suggested out. Rosewater, do you have a suggestion of a specific place/area in Queens as well? You sound like you know your stuff!

Jan 15, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Latin/Hispanic Groceries in Manhattan/Harlem?

Should have searched before I posted, but i found this great listing in queens to check out:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/433511

Please let me know if you know of any in the city though!

Jan 14, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Latin/Hispanic Groceries in Manhattan/Harlem?

Hi all,

I am in search of a grocery store that would carry Yerba Mate as well as accessories for enjoying it. I want a big selection of real south american mate brands, not just the Guayaki organic stuff. Brands that are huge in South America are Rosamonte and Cruz de Malta, and I would expect to find them somewhere local with all the transplants!

I'm also trying to find the Bombilla (the filter straw used to drink it).

I figure there must be some larger supermarkets or stores up in Harlem that would carry these items. Even better if it can be found in south of harlem, since I live on the UWS and work downtown.

Thanks in advance!

Jan 14, 2008
Olav23 in Manhattan

Fish, Coffee, and the Cultural Semiotics of Breakfast

You could swap the coffee for some yerba mate. You'll still get the caffeine kick and have a better salmon pairing!

Jul 23, 2007
Olav23 in Features

Where to find the best Rum Baba in the city?

Hi all. I grew up on Rum Baba. My grandfather would often have a big jar of these sickeningly sweet balls submerged in that syrupy goodness. He was a food importer and had access to all sorts of quality stuff. I've tried a few, some in Carroll Gardens at italian bakeries, and the same in the city, but so far have had no luck finding one that has a taste I remember from my youth.

Anyone know where I can find a really great Rum Baba in the city? My grandfather was Austrian, but I think it might be a french/italian dessert. I have great memories of getting loaded off those suckers. These were the real deal, doused in rum, not some rum "essence" sugar syrup. And they were simply a cakey pastry ball, not filled with cream or anything.

Thanks!!

Jul 22, 2007
Olav23 in Manhattan

Is there still a Roti cart in the financial district?

Hi, I heard there used to be a Roti cart around the financial district, like near Wall or Fulton. Apparently he only comes 'round in the summer. Well, it is summer, but I have yet to see him. Anyone know if he is still around, and where exactly the cart lives?

Thanks!

Jun 28, 2007
Olav23 in Manhattan