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All Natural (non-petroleum-based) Way to Protect Cutting Boards?

The original poster claims that he is trying to see if he can avoid using petrol based product as an academic exercise.

"and as something of an academic exercise I took to wondering how an end-grain cutting board could be cared for without the use of a petroleum by-product."

about 8 hours ago
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All Natural (non-petroleum-based) Way to Protect Cutting Boards?

<There's Tung Oil and then there's Tung Oil Finish>

Yeah, you are right. Most of the "tung oil" in the market is really tung oil finish with little to no tung oil.

I use real milk paint tung oil, which is just tung oil.

http://www.realmilkpaint.com/oil.html

< IMO neither is appropriate for a cutting board that gets a lot of use as you don't really want a surface finish where you are cutting>

The way I see it is that I use tung oil to penetrate the wood and let it dries there. This prevent excessive water from entering. I don't apply enough tung oil to fully saturate my wood board since my wood board is very thick as you remember.

http://www.chowstatic.com/uploads/0/7...

<BTW the chief condtituent of Tung oil is eleostearic acid (80%).>

Are you trying scare the original poster?

about 19 hours ago
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J.A Henckels Forged Knife Set at Costco, Good Value?

I think the age of (factory) forged knife is long gone. It is just that some people realize this fact earlier than others.

Yes, a thick forged knife is difficult to deal with -- probably good for arm exercise though.

1 day ago
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in Philly only for a couple of hours

Yeah, a Philly Cheesesteak is certainly an iconic food for your Philadelphia visit.

Near the Independence Hall, there is the Reading Terminal Market which has many little stores. Certainly worth stopping by (if you are not doing the cheesesteak thing):

http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/

DiNic roast pork at the Reading Market was named by the best sandwich by Adam Rickman.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/th...

Do I really think it is the best? Probably not, but Reading Market is definitely worth a visit. 15 min walking distance from the Independence Hall.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Readi...

Waterless cookware

This is exactly why the Third World countries should hate us. Really.

NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

Did you read one of the comments under the Hanukkah Cake?

It was: "Have the Jews not suffered enough? "

:)

All Natural (non-petroleum-based) Way to Protect Cutting Boards?

Beeswax or Tung Oil.

Yes, I have used straight beeswax. I have also used tung oil.

Not sure about cooking oil since it can turn rancid. However, many say it is ok for a regularly used cutting board.

Aug 20, 2014
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NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

Kwanzaa cake is only one of three cakes.

Hanukkah Cake is just as awesome:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj89A...

Is the CCK Small Cleaver still a good deal?

It is still a very good knife, especially if you know how to sharpen knife free-handed.

I guess $60 is not too bad considering that shipping is free and all.

Aug 20, 2014
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J.A Henckels Forged Knife Set at Costco, Good Value?

<didn't take an edge well which is the camp the Internationals seem to fall into. >

I have sharpened a couple of Henckels International knives for my friends. They are not horrible, but they are no better than Dexter or Victorinox for sure (probably a bit worse)

That being said, another poster (who knows much about knives) told me that it is a matter of consistency. He said that some of the Henckels International knives are actually pretty good, but some are not.

Aug 20, 2014
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J.A Henckels Forged Knife Set at Costco, Good Value?

<In general, when things are listed with both names - Zwilling J.A. Henckels - it's the "better" on the "Good-Better-Best" continuum.>

My understanding is that there are only two tiers, not three. Zwilling Henckels is the same as Zwilling.

Henckels International (one person) is the lower tier.

http://www2.zwilling.com/en-US/The-ZW...

Now, Miyabi is a division which Henckels bought and it makes high quality Westernized-Japanese knives.

Aug 20, 2014
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Looking for decent Chef knife & Paring knife

I agree. I came across this post and I don't recall the disclosure. I remember seeing it and said "Hmm, only one post from this person -- must be a sale pitch"

Aug 19, 2014
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sticky cast iron skillet

Your pan has a sticky coating because of incomplete seasoning process. Either too much oil, or not enough heat/time.

It depends how sticky it is. You can either put the pan back in the oven to continue the seasoning process, or start all over again. If the coating merely slightly sticky, then I would just put it in the oven and let it continues the seasoning (without adding any more oil). If the pan feels rather sticky, and even gummy, then you may want to start all over.

Aug 19, 2014
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J.A Henckels Forged Knife Set at Costco, Good Value?

<Things marked Zwilling Henckels that have both guys are the mid-range.

Anything that is Zwilling with both guys is the good stuff.>

???

Aug 19, 2014
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J.A Henckels Forged Knife Set at Costco, Good Value?

<and a pearing knife (mine is a 5")>

But what if I don't like pear?

(just kidding)>

Aug 18, 2014
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New All-Clad Handles... About Time.

<I don't think they'll catch on.>

Because they are not functional or because they are not attractive?

To me: while these lids look to be very functional, I just think people want the traditional lids which fit nicely to a particular pot.

Aug 18, 2014
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How to use my enamel over cast iron dutch oven

yes, it can be used on cooktop. Yes, you can sear in the pot and then moving the whole pot into oven.

Aug 18, 2014
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Easy way to find out if MSG is in restaurant foods?

<As long as you also hold the position that not growing your own vegetables and hunting/slaughtering your own game is also cheating>

It would be cheating if the premise to produce my food from the scratch (earth), but that is not my premise. My premise is cooking, not producing.

It is cheating for me, and clearly it is not cheating for you. This is enough for me. Trying to impose one's definition and not even willing to accept "agree to disagree" is rather ridiculous.

Adding MSG to try to make food taste better is simply cheating (to me).

This is like saying.... Oh my brewing went wrong, I cannot get the level of ethanol I want in my beer. I got it. Let's just pour in some pure ethanol from a bottle. It is exactly that.

Is it cheating? Depend on the perspective, if the idea is produce a drink with sufficient % of alcohol, then no it is not. If the idea is make a beer, then it is.

<I'll use every technique>

If only pouring pure ethanol into beer is a beer brewing technique

Copper Cookware Lined with Silver

Ha ha ha.

Aug 18, 2014
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Why did my Pyrex baking dish explode?

Nice. It looks like Arcuisine has a better selection from Amazon.com as well.

Aug 17, 2014
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Why did my Pyrex baking dish explode?

I actually do not have much of a problem that GM made some bad cars. Things happen. There are simply things which we cannot control/predict. We do the best we can.

I have a major problem of the lack of responsibility (the ignition thing). I am sure you know what I am referring to.

Why did my Pyrex baking dish explode?

Am I mistaken when I thought you were suggesting people should wear a glove to protect against knife cuts and wear safety glasses to protect against hot tempered glass dish.

I have cut into my thumb fingernail. Good god, it only went through the fingernail and nothing deeper than that -- e.g. I did not cut off anything. They had to remove my fingernail though, and then let it grew back.

Anyway, there was a report to talk about the dangers of blenders and kitchen knives. Many people visit ER each year due to them. However, they did say that cuts from knives are very clean, so they are much easier to fix than accidents from blenders.

Not a surprise really, but something we don't think so much in details.

Aug 17, 2014
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Why did my Pyrex baking dish explode?

< It's akin to using a safety glove to protect against knife cuts.>

You wear cut-resistant safety glove when using a knife?

Aug 17, 2014
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Why did my Pyrex baking dish explode?

There are other manufacturers which make borosilicate glassware if you like. Bed Bath and Beyond even carries the Luminarc brand:

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store...

< Regardless, why take a chance.>

Same reason people buy GM cars?

Aug 17, 2014
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Why did my Pyrex baking dish explode?

<The retina is the interior lining of the eye, so it is not likely that shattering glass would carry enough energy to damage it>

Dude, you know too much. Yeah, I agree. It is likely a corneal abrasion.

http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/d...

Aug 17, 2014
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I am keep buying gluten free products!!

No, I have not bought any gluten free products just yet, but I have accidentally bought "baked potato chips" instead of the oil fried potato chips. In fact, I bought those when the concept was relatively new. Nasty stuffs. I have also accidentally bought sugar-free foods before.

Easy way to find out if MSG is in restaurant foods?

MSG is cheating to me. We just have to agree to disagree.

Copper Cookware Lined with Silver

Silver has a much higher melting point, so it will be better for searing meat and any kind of high heat cooking. This also means silver lining will last longer as well. Silver conducts thermal heat faster than tin. However, we are talking about a very thin layer, so it does not make a huge difference one way vs the other.

Aug 17, 2014
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Easy way to find out if MSG is in restaurant foods?

Ultimately, it is all about sale. MSG help to make dishes taste good, especially for chefs who have lower skill. The traditional method can produce very tasty food without MSG, but it is not easy and it is expensive. Adding sprinkles of MSG help.

<appeal to the mass market that is more easily influenced by scare stories in weekly magazines etc.>

Well, scary stories about high salt, high sugar, high fat diets have been circulated for decades if not centuries. Guess what? Most restaurants still use significant amount of salt, sugar and oil compared to home cooks because additional use of these ingredients help businesses.

Why did my Pyrex baking dish explode?

I doubt it is because of lemon. I think it was just about to crack anyway. That one drop of cold liquid (water or lemon) simply pushed it over the edge.

To be honest, even if you didn't squeeze the lemon juice at that point.... it may crack at a later date (due to the possibility of being used a broiling pan)

Here is a nice video (in the article). Click to see. You can skip to the 30 seconds mark:

http://www.popsci.com/science/article...

Pyrex used to be mostly made of Borosilicate glass due to its good heat-shock resistance. Now, Pyrex glass in the US is made of tempered soda lime glass. The superior heat-shock resistance of borosilicate is well known.

Consumer reports has conducted its own test. 10 out of 10 times the American made soda lime glass dishes cracked under the tested condition. While the European borosilicate glassware did not.

In another statement:

"We baked at least five samples of each brand in a 450-degree oven. All of the U.S. Pyrex and Anchor dishes shattered when placed on the wet countertop. None of the European dishes made of borosilicate broke, except one practice-run Arcuisine Elegance dish that had been through two baking cycles in our lab. At 400 degrees, we tested two samples each of the U.S. brands against two samples of Arcuisine. All of the American-brand dishes broke but the European brand did not."

Here is a video version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyhdM...

Aug 17, 2014
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