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How to Remove Aluminum from Bottom of Oven

I decided to leave it as is. The melted aluminum doesn't interfere with the function of the oven. It really doesn't look as clean as I like, but I chose not to let it bother me. I don't use the self cleaning function however.

DId you read Richard6's reply above? It may be a solution. I am concerned that any chemical put on the oven surface may actually etch away the finish even though it is not visible.

My oven surface did not have any warning.

May 25, 2014
Entore in Cookware

Niwatei in Markham

I was going by Niwatei inside JTown today, but the place was closed. Has closed or is it just been renovated? No tables, and walls were torn down.

May 25, 2014
Entore in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

How to Remove Aluminum from Bottom of Oven

Please let me know how and if you end up removing the aluminum.

I decided to leave the melted aluminum where it is. I don't notice any difference in function of the oven. It just doesn't look as clean as I would like.

I know how your wife feels. My stove was new when I decided to keep it clean by putting aluminum foil on the bottom surface of the oven.

May 18, 2014
Entore in Cookware

Rice cookers - Tiger or Zojirushi?

The model I have uses what is called "Indirect heating" which seems like steaming or similar to steaming to me. This is the link to the rice cooker I bought http://www.tatungusa.com/App/pagecate... .

This rice cooker can also be used as a steamer, although I usually use the stovetop for that. It takes approx. 20 min. to cook white rice to a firm texture. Brown rice will take anywhere from 40-50 minutes. You probably have to experiment a bit, as this is not a computerized programmable rice cooker. I find that rice cooked with this rice cooker to be as good as any cooked by some of the more expensive programmable cookers (friends').

Rice cookers - Tiger or Zojirushi?

I bought a Tattung Model TAC-06KN automatic rice cooker appox. 2-3 years ago from a home housewares supply store in the strip plaza where T&T Supermarket at Steeles/Warden Ave. is located. It is the one that is further away from T&T (closer to SDM). The rice cooker comes with a stainless steel inner pot and with stainless steel exterior. It is a simple cooker with on/off/warm functions where the inner and outer cooking pots are separate and water needs to be added to both pots.

No complaint at all about this rice cooker. The rice does stick a bit to the inner pot, but is easily removed after soaking and some scrubbing with a stainless steel pad. There is quite a bit of steam released while rice is being cooked and usually some water left on countertop afterwards. It cooks different types of grains. Some experimentation may be needed to get the desired consistency. I even cook chickpeas in it.

I would really like one that I can program in terms of time, but couldn't find one with stainless steel pot. The Tattung is a well made alternative.

Canadian Study - Lead in Black Tea - Organic Sources?

Thanks for posting a great topic. I drink a lot of tea from various sources and China is a popular one. I did not know lead contamination was a concern in tea. Different contaminants in our food supply is always a concern as our environment become more polluted. Arsenic in rice was another one from the media a while ago.

Dec 09, 2013
Entore in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to get fresh nuts in Toronto


Does anyone have suggestions as to where to buy fresh, great tasting, and reasonably priced nuts to be given as a gift in the GTA? Preferably in Thornhill. Anywhere else is ok as well, as long as there is parking.


Dec 07, 2013
Entore in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Coconut oil and Psoriasis

Any idea how coconut oil compares to sweet almond or argan oil for application on skin as moisturizer? Thanks.

Aug 24, 2013
Entore in Not About Food

Bad experience at Panthean [split from Ontario board]

It is possible that the "waiter" saw you and your dining companions taking a bit of time to calculate the amount of tip to be left and said what he thought would be helpful. He perhaps meant that you don't have to tip if you don't want to/can't. But, if you do, it is usually 15%. Add to that, the more direct attitude and imperfect English lead to misinterpretation which ended an otherwise good dinning experience unpleasantly.

Are you and your dining companions a group of "younger" diners? The waiters might have thought you were students on a budget and not a group of seasoned diners. :)

Interesting though, a post sharing a dining experience received so many somewhat hostile replies.

Jul 29, 2013
Entore in Not About Food

I get to be a 20-something again for a week, what to eat?

Frozen chicken pot pies, all kinds of instant packaged noodles, melted cheese on bread, Campbell's chicken noodle soup, and good wine.

Jul 23, 2013
Entore in General Topics

Stocked emergency foods and water system

Water for sure. What to stock in cases such as an electrical grid outage is a bit of a dilemma. On the one hand, I know I should always have food that wouldn't require preparation and bottled water available. On the other hand, canned goods, peanut butter, crackers etc.. are food that I would not usually eat. I don't usually drink bottled water either. If I keep these in stock all the time and not end up needing them, I would most likely throw them out. It is a waste that is hard to justify.

Currently, the Greater Toronto Area is going through a power outage and flood problem due to an unexpected downpour, and there is more rain/storm in the forecast. These types of "emergency" situations can occur at anytime and anywhere. More of a problem since most of us have become so dependent on technology.

Any ideas on what one can keep in stock that would also be considered "healthy" food? I usually keep some bottled tuna that I can make tuna salad with.

Jul 09, 2013
Entore in General Topics

Any Serbians who live in the Greater Toronto Area? I need your help!!!

Went to Bonimi once a few months ago with a group. The food although not complex, was delicious, wholesome, fresh, and homemade. The service was friendly and professional. The setting was casual. Prices were very fair for quantities and quality of food served. There was a small enclosed eating area outside of the restaurant along Bloor Street west facing north. Don't remember the music. Definitely worth checking out to make sure they can handle the capacity and can meet your requirements.

Jun 09, 2013
Entore in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Expensive and Ugly looking French Pastries at 'Patisserie La Cigogne!

Although a few apple seeds is harmless, there could have been presence of mold in the apple core depending on the apple used. The rest of the apple would have otherwise appeared fine. No valid excuse for presence of apple core in the tart at that price point.

Jun 09, 2013
Entore in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Are we fat because we eat too much crap or just eat too much?

There are some beliefs that say we should go back and eat the diets more representative of those of our respective ancestors. Drugs for example, act differently in people of different ethic backgrounds, so why shouldn't food? We should all try and pay attention to what is the right type of food for our body type. We are not the same when it comes to physiological make up. Those are facts.

Apr 26, 2013
Entore in General Topics

Are we fat because we eat too much crap or just eat too much?

For sure leading a physically active life style is one of the key components to staying fit, "healthy" and keeping the fat off. Structured exercises help me since my environment is not conducive to being really active all the time. Modern conveniences such as cars, TVs and computers keep us sedentary. :)

Apr 26, 2013
Entore in General Topics

Are we fat because we eat too much crap or just eat too much?

Eating too much food! Yummy and easily accessible food is everywhere to tempt us. Busy and stressful lifestyle add to the desire to eat more and not think about what and how much we are putting in our bodies. What we eat is also important. Starchy carbs, refined sugars for examples are big culprits for insulin spikes that contribute to gaining body fat (esp. abdominal fat).

According to some fitness experts, exercise is only 25% of the weight loss equation. Food is the other 75%.

In general, to reduce body fat and lose weight appropriately, a lifestyle change is needed. Reduce stress, and really think about what and the amount that you are eating. Spend some time on research, and find out what type of food is right for your body type. Exercise appropriately. Apparently, weight training (as oppose to aerobic) exercises burn more calories.

Eating too much food for your body is a type of addiction. It will not be easy to change, but it can definitely be done with hard work and strong determination. Weight loss is also not about deprivation. You can still have the yummy food you like, but just in lesser quantity and frequency.

What works for me so far is that I try to eat "healthy" most of the time, and have 2-3 meals a week eating out. When I eat out, I eat food that I really like, but try to have food that is less "junky", "fatty". I find that I am enjoying food that I use to really like, but was not exactly healthy less and less.

Try to think of your body as a fine car, would you put really inferior, impure oil in it?

Apr 26, 2013
Entore in General Topics

Kuhn Ricon garlic press

I have the Oxo garlic press for many years. I was happy with it until recently I noticed that the finiish on the inside of the "holes" where the garlic is squeezed through seems to have come off or is discolored. I would not say that I used this press a lot since I often find that it is simpler to just use a knief and chopping board. Maybe not all parts of the press is stainless steel. I think I will be replacing this press. Does anyone else who uses the Oxo press notice the same problem? Thanks to the OP for posting. I was trying to decide which press to get.

Nov 18, 2012
Entore in Cookware

New Glass Top Electric Range - Need New Pans?

Hi THoey1963,

I use a product called Unviversal Stone. http://www.greenbuildingsupply.com/Zi... I buy it locally in Candada. The above is the link for on-line purchase in the US. The product is supposed to be natural and non-toxic. It comes with a sponge and instruction on how to use. It is apparently safe on many different type of surfaces. You can use the sponge that comes with the cleaner (I find it not abrasive enough for some stains). I use a GLASS SAFE scrubber (looks like a sponge covered with fine aluminum strips), a bit of water and the cleaner. There is a bit of scrubbing, and then I just wipe off with a regular wet, clean sponge after. This has worked well for me so far. I do clean the stove top daily and the glass top looks nice and clean if you are not too picky. Vileda Scrunge (what I used before) as mentioned by another poster is a great product, but somewhat expensive when one cleans after every use/daily.

Please test a small area to be cleaned if you do decide to try out this product just to make sure it is appropriate for your purpose. It is a hassle to have to clean the glass top everyday, but with this method, I find that it is tolerable in terms of time/effort/cost required and result.

Nov 02, 2012
Entore in Cookware

How to Remove Aluminum from Bottom of Oven

Wow NVjims, are you a chemistry prof.? I did read that sodium hydroxide would work, but I am hesitant to try it (too unsure about the gas that would be given off). I also heard that sodium bicarbonate solution heated up to 150C would slowly "etch" away the aluminum. Do you or anyone else know about this reaction? And if yes, then how can I heat the sodium bicarbonate solution to 150C and have this solution in direct contact with the affected area for a period of time (this is supposed to be a very slow reaction), and is this a safe reaction?

For anyone that is reading this, aluminum will melt onto the surface of the bottom of some ovens where the heating elements are "hidden" underneath the surface. When the oven is used above certain temperature, the bottom surface gets above the melting point of aluminum, the aluminum melts. I should have been more careful in reading through the user's manual. :) BTW, nothing should be placed directly on the bottom surface of these types of ovens while in use.

Aug 29, 2012
Entore in Cookware

How to Remove Aluminum from Bottom of Oven

I lined the bottom of my oven with aluminum foil with the intention of catching drips etc.. to make clean-up easier. I found out afterwards that this is something that should not be done since the aluminum will "melt" and fuse on to the surface of the bottom of the oven. AND this is what happened. Does anyone know an effective, safe way of removing the aluminum without also ruining the surface of the oven?

I can't replace the bottom surface and I have already called the manufacturers of the range and aluminum foil and no one can provide an answer. Apparantly, this is a known issue.

Thanks for reading.

Aug 21, 2012
Entore in Cookware

Timothy's Coffee issues

Unconsciously your original expectation for this given date square was likely set too high. Your taste buds are probably conditioned for any date containing products to have the taste of quality dates since you eat real dates often. This date square most likely contained some source of dates or flavour diluted so much that they are not detectable by taste buds.
On the issue of customer service, a bit of courtesy and empathy on both sides would have been nice. Working with the public is a very stressful job and you added stress to yourself and a fellow human being over a date square. Some things in life really just isn't worth focusing so much energy on. How would you have felt if you were on the other side of the counter having been spoken to the way you spoke.
Just a comment, not to add to your stress. :)

Feb 04, 2012
Entore in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fair price and better quality products in Farmer's Market - Not neccessarily!!

It is upsetting to buy what one believed to be fresher/better produce from a "farmer" in a farmers market only to find out that one have inadvertently purchased produce from a reseller regardless of the purchase price. There should be some type of regulation that mandate the resellers to identify themselves so that the consumers are not misled.

Don't let this experience deter you from buying fresh vegetables/fruits from farmers markets. Consider it education. There are many farmers who sell fresher and reasonably priced (albeit more expensive than supermakets) vegetables/fruits. You also get the opportunity to try different produce that you may not normally see in supermarkets.

Tomatoes are actually good examples. What you get from the "right" farmers at the farmers markets are so much fresher and better tasting than the ones from supermarkets. If you ever have the time, try the Wychwood Organic Farmers Market (Bathurst & St. Clair) on Saturday Mornings.

On the subject of price, does anyone find the prices some farmers charge on some produce just a bit too much? Two weeks ago, I bought some great tasting, fresh heirloom tomatoes from one vendor at the Brickworks for $6.00/lb. I thought about it afterwards, that was really more than what I would normally comfortably pay. Sometimes, I almost feel some farmers are taking advantage of the eat local/fresh/organic movement and charge more than what really is reasonable. It could just be the Brickworks. After my last trip there, I decided to stop going there for a while. Prices at some vendors and parking are making it almost an unenjoyable shopping experience.

Sep 11, 2011
Entore in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO bpa-free tuna in Toronto

You can also get Callipo's mister Tonello Yellowfin light chunk tuna in olive oil at Longos and other Italian grocery stores in glass jars. May cost a bit more, but worth it if you are serious about reducing exposure to BPA and other unknown toxins in canned foods.

Apr 14, 2011
Entore in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ravioli rolling pin


Does anyone know where one can get a good quality wooden ravioli rolling pin in the GTA. Any other recommendation for ravioli maker would also be appreciated. Thanks very much.

Oct 29, 2010
Entore in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'Upgraded' Omakase at Sushi Couture - Elegant, Exquisite, Extremely Enjoyable!!

Went to Sushi Couture for a late lunch on Saturday with friends. We had 4 orders of the lunch specials;1 tempura, 2 salmon teriyaki and 1 chicken teriyaki. We also had 4 orders of unagi nigiri (unagi had the right combination of sweet/salt/smoke), 4 orders of tako nigiri (tako was meaty and tender).
Everything was fresh, juicy, and flavourful. Tempura batter was crisp and not soggy. Lunch specials were very reasonable at $7.99 each. Each lunch special included salad, 2 gyozas, vinegar dip for the gyozas and rice in a bento box plus miso soup (good, but too salty)
We also got a complimentary salmon (cooked)/avocado roll(melt in your mouth yummy) from the chief.
Zen is my current go to place for Japanese food, and I would say that all of the food (except the miso soup) I tried were at par with Zen's (may be even better? ) in quality, freshness, taste and presentation.
Decor was modern and clean.
Service was pleasant, friendly, but somewhat relaxed.
I will definitely return, and this would be a regular hang out for Japanese food if it weren't out of my way and parking is not an issue.

Sushi Couture
456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

Sep 26, 2010
Entore in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Malvasia Olive Oil from Riverdale Market

I also bought this oil recently (got it from Brickworks) and thought it was good. I am not a connoisseur of olive oils, I judge mainly by whether or not I like the taste. I thought this oil was good; fruity and not greasy. I am going to have to try it more on its own and compare to others to say for sure if this is a good oil. Hopefully, this is not "blended garbage", but you are way too quick to judge without trying it first yourself Kagemuusha. If you ever get the chance to get to one of the markets mentioned by SMOG, you can pick up a 250ml bottle for $9.00. Acidity is listed as 0.3(unfiltered) on the bottle among other nutritional facts. Maybe you can shed some light on how one is to judge the quality of an EVOO without trying it first. Caveat emptor true, but how would one know without trying?

Jul 11, 2010
Entore in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Zealand honey.

Hi ER2,

You might be thinking of Manuka honey. You can get different concentrations of this product at some health food stores, or at Honey World, SLM (93 St. Lawrence St. E.) basement level. Alternatively, you can import this directly from NZ, although how this works through customs is a question. Here is a link to more info. if you are interested. www.manukahealth.co.nz . Be prepared, this type of honey is not cheap. :)

Nov 26, 2009
Entore in Ontario (inc. Toronto)