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Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

Another use of Q&A would be for games. You can write out a food related story over a series of posts, but out of order. And people can try to upvote the answers to get the story in correct order.

1 day ago
TeRReT in Site Talk
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Why can't we eat rare chicken?

Fair enough, then sometimes they do and sometimes they don't use that breed. I have seen it used but I am usure in other cases it isn't used.

1 day ago
TeRReT in General Topics

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

In Japan you can eat raw chicken. Usually the chicken sashimi is lightly cooked on the outside but the centre is still raw. Not always though. They use a breed of chicken that is certified salmonella free.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_foo...

1 day ago
TeRReT in General Topics

Le Creuset dutch oven - high temperature over induction?

My induction hotplate is only 1500 Watts so not strong but normally use medium for my lecreuset otherwise it gets too hot. I have had it on high though and the enamel grill pan I routinely put on Max for 5-10 minutes before searing meat. Only problem I had was melting the silicon mat preheating one time when I hung laundry waiting :P

Jul 22, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Need to vent quickly.. new HUGE pet peeve Restaurant week only menus

It is a lot more work to run two menus at the same time. It is also a waste of food as most people order the cheaper option. The increased number of patrons make it difficult enough to keep up with the special prep let alone regular menu.

Don't eat out that week and cut the restaurant staff slack. They work even longer hours during these weeks with no overtime.

Jul 18, 2014
TeRReT in Not About Food

Best Rasp / Fine Grater?

Hmm, then maybe there is a difference with the plastic one. I always just buy the at restaurant supply stores, they are generally cheaper then at places like SLT and the others.

Jul 17, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Best Rasp / Fine Grater?

Definitely keep with microplane.

I use this one most, but it would be too thin again for your husband.

http://www.amazon.com/Microplane-4000...

I also have the bottom one at my parents house. I can't seem to find it alone I imagine it is medium or fine and seems to be the gourmet series. It also works well.

http://www.amazon.com/Microplane-Gour...

Even though they all say dishwasher safe, it has been my experience that the dishwasher dulls the microplane faster than food. I routinely (2+ times a week) grate garlic, fresh ginger, frozen fresh ginger, parm (including rind sometimes) and I have yet to replace my microplane after years. Gently hand wash, you don't want to press too hard. In my experience it isn't actual dulling you experience but the teeth being pressed back towards the frame which gives you a dulling effect. I minimize this by handwashing gently. In a professional kitchen we experienced the dulling effect rapidly when put through an industrial dishwasher, I imagine a home one can do the same over time.

Jul 17, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Henckels Dishwasher Safe??

I believe EFGM is exercising sarcasm.

Jun 19, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware
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21 Things chefs wish they could tell you.....

If you have an allergy or an intolerance, don't rely on probing questions. Rather, always, state you have an intolerance immediately and the waiter *should* relay the information to the kitchen.

The servers no matter how educated will never know 100% of the ingredients or have their hands in the food preparation so you are better off having the kitchen informed who actually prepares the food and and control it.

The waitstaff won't know every allegergen in every dish.

Jun 18, 2014
TeRReT in Food Media & News
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help to identify a japanese knife

Yeah there isn't much info in a preliminary search.

Minamoto Takahisa I found a few places and saw one reference to Sakai which is the famous knife area near Osaka.

Jun 16, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Rice cooker on a timer

Panasonic/National and Mitsubishi are also stellar. I currently use a national and my in-laws a Mitsubishi.

Jun 12, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware
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Knife of the future!!!

At first I wanted swooshing ninja sword sounds but now I realize how much lightsaber sound effects would improve my cooking.

May 26, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware
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De Buyer Mineral B Pans

I went out drinking instead of seasoning my pan. I will do that tomorrow. Did buy flax seed oil for the job.

Takeda visit probably won't be for two months. My konosuke is custom, I chose the steel, shape, handle, engraving, etc.

I got an hd2 gyuto, will take pictures when it arrives. Staff at konosuke were ridiculously nice. They have been so busy since the tomato youtube video.

May 10, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

De Buyer Mineral B Pans

I finally got my de buyer from my parents who just left Japan. Will season tonight or tomorrow and start to use it soon.

I haven't bought a Takeda yet though I will go visit there soon since its only an hour or so away. I did go to Osaka though a few months back and visited a few knife makers there including Konosuke. I purchased a Konosuke gyuto but they are very busy so my knife is still being made. I will get it eventually soon I hope.

May 09, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

CH borderliner unusable on iPad, just me?

Mobile sites are still often optimized for chrome. Safari acts differently than many other browsers, as does my android internet browser. Often chrome works better on mobile devices as well.

Apr 20, 2014
TeRReT in Site Talk

help to identify a japanese knife

Takahisa

Apr 17, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Cookware Board denizens

Crap I am literally all of that

Apr 10, 2014
TeRReT in Site Talk

A great idea, not!

Agreed, mind the instructions though, do not use with bleach.

Apr 09, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Japanese household veggies

I eat it diced fine with a green onion on top of silken tofu with a bit of Ginger and ponzu.

Apr 06, 2014
TeRReT in General Topics

Asking a restaurant for recipe

Email them if possible rather than call but asking for a recipe is fine. Most restaurants I have worked in would give recipes happily.

Mar 30, 2014
TeRReT in General Topics

WTF is up with the noise level in Toronto restaurants?

Don't worry, all the loud places will close soon. Look at guu for example, well known to be loud, and now they are struggling so much they had to open a second guu and a ramen shop to get more money :(

Mar 25, 2014
TeRReT in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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WTF is up with the noise level in Toronto restaurants?

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Mar 25, 2014
TeRReT in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

WTF is up with the noise level in Toronto restaurants?

I get your complaint, but your constant complaining about "art students" is rather offensive. There is no need to assign a label. Just say you don't like the current trends in restaurant, your mentioning art students in the majority of your posts doesn't add anything.

Mar 25, 2014
TeRReT in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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CH borderliner unusable on iPad, just me?

I would try other browsers other than safari. Many sites are optimized for chrome so I would give it a try before Firefox, that or opera might help a little.

Mar 18, 2014
TeRReT in Site Talk

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

I would rather the dog be in the grocery store then locked inside the car. Even with windows cracked in the summer many pets die as a result of being left in the car. Ideally they should be left at home, but I am still happier seeing them anywhere then locked in a car.

The sanitation of it doesn't bother me, there are more human to human contaminations that I will get from the cart then canine to human contaminations.

Mar 17, 2014
TeRReT in Not About Food
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Registry Question: Knives

Agree with everyone else. When I went to culinary school the set they suggested was the pro s and I own probably 7 different knives of that series. All could get sharp and had decent edge retention and performed great at school and for my first couple years in the restaurant. After about 5 years I graduated from those knives to different ones now.

They are a good beginner set and will last a long time but if you want to start a level higher something like the tojiro set would be great.

Mar 11, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Restaurant health ratings and price

Depends on the violations. I don't know new York but the city I used to work had crazy violations that could cause grief. I worked in an immaculate restaurant and we got dinged because the garbage bin out back didn't close completely, there was a 3cm gap. Had we taken one bag of garbage out and put it beside the bin we wouldn't have lost points. Sometime the inspectors just want to find problems.

I suspect the restaurant in question has a clean enough kitchen I would not be concerned. I also suspect sous vide is responsible for some of the problems.

Mar 06, 2014
TeRReT in General Topics
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Please help me identify this knife

Well in this case the knife definitely says Sakai Takayuki but they do also sell under the brand togiharu so his initial investigation was also correct. Not sure about Korin but there are nine companies /bladesmiths selling under the Takayuki name, so anything is possible.

Mar 02, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Please help me identify this knife

I was mistaken. There is more than one way to read kanji and the most popular for that is kosuke but in this case it's actually Takayuki.

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tahada....

Mar 02, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Please help me identify this knife

If you are willing to go to Osaka I found the knife for $80. I will be in Sakai tomorrow so will try to find out more info.

Mar 01, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware