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WEBER: Stainless or Iron grates?

Iron grates, no matter if porcelain/enameled, will rust out in a couple of years. Stainless steel, although harder to keep hot, will last at least twice as long if not longer. Mine on my JennAir are going on 8 years old and clean up nicely

Does anyone own a vacuum sealer?

We've had some type of vacuum sealer since 1995. Well worth the money; we buy large blocks of cheese,that once sealed, will last for months on end. I cure and smoke my own bacon and often will open up a frozen bag of bacon that's 6-8 months old and as fresh as if I've just smoked it.

Aug 05, 2014
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Which ice cream maker

Good to see you opening up more 2 year old threads to promote your website.

Aug 05, 2014
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Recommend a good ice cream maker!

So Ruben, have you personally tried both of the makers, Cuisinart and Breville? Just wondering. Especially posting in an almost 3 year old thread.

Aug 03, 2014
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Compressor or bowl ice cream maker for gelato quality?

Getting finished ice cream out of the Breville compressor unit is no more trouble than getting ice cream out of any other ice cream maker. Most all have steps, even my 6qt White Mountain freezer. You take the can out of the freezer unit, scrape down the dasher while removing it, scrape the ice cream into a freezer container. Nothing tricky about it

Aug 03, 2014
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Which Compressor-Style Ice Cream/Gelato Maker is Best?

I don't know what is so tricky about getting the ice cream out of the Breville BCI600XL. I've had one of these for a couple of months now and I just pull out the freezer can, pull out the dasher, scraping the ice cream off the dasher, take off the wire handle, and scrape all the ice cream goodness into a freezer container. Pretty much what you have to do with any ice cream freezer, even my 6qt White Mountain job. I've made up to 3 different batches, one after the other, several times and don't have a problem getting the ice cream out

Aug 03, 2014
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San Antonio

Texas de Brazil is a good choice for a LOT of meat at reasonable prices

Jul 31, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

San Antonio

Bohannon's is excellent, probably the best steak house in town, but you'll pay for it. We used to like Ruth's Chris before they moved last year, now we don't care for the ho-hum décor/atmosphere of the new place. We did Morton's a couple of months ago and enjoyed the steaks and clubby atmosphere

Jul 27, 2014
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San Antonio

Lulu's didn't excite me when we went. CFS tastes like it was tenderized/marinated with vinegar and gravy appeared to be out of a box.

Jul 27, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

I'm thinking of buying the Breville You Brew BDC600XL

I've had one that worked great for about a year or so, then the grinder mechanism went out. I continued using it for several months then replaced it with a Cuisinart SS700 single serve. I liked the concept of the Breville, but the single serve portions were inconsistent, sometimes not enough coffee, sometimes overflowing coffee cups

Jul 22, 2014
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Unique Chow In Maui

Mike7056 You do realize that you're posting to a 7 year old thread?

Jul 19, 2014
rexster314 in Hawaii

cutting board made of Corian

Although cleanup on a glass/corian type cutting board is super easy, it's the worst thing you can use for a knife's health. The stuff will turn an edge even on a first cut and then you'll have to reshape it constantly to keep a good edge, which means you're removing steel when you don't have to using a bamboo or other type wood or nylon/plastic board

Jul 19, 2014
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I smoked my first brisket on my PK grill today and....

Personally, I've never done the foil/cooler thing. When I've done the Texas crutch, I'll put the meat back on the pit to dry out the crust or open the foil up so the bark can crust up again in the oven. If you got the flat and point to the same temp (195 or so) there's not much you can do to it.

Had an old pitmaster tell me 30 some odd years ago that a brisket is done when it's done. Time is kinda a guideline but nothing written in stone.

Dining on Maui and Lanai

David Paul has a new place on Front St called Island Grill. That's probably the one the 2009 poster was referring to

Jul 09, 2014
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Vanished Restaurant you miss most

Went to hell after it got bought out. The Navigation location was my favorite, and I refuse to go there anymore after getting an order of fajitas that appeared to be leftovers from the day before; dried out and stringy

Jun 28, 2014
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What sides should I make for my annual crab boil?

Mushrooms, brussel sprouts, celery cooked with the crabs are always good as they absorb the seasonings well

Jun 27, 2014
rexster314 in Home Cooking

COOKS ILLUSTRATED review disappointed me! Whynter SNÖ Ice Cream maker....!

I got a Breville BCI600XL several weeks ago and am entirely satisfied with the ice cream it makes and the machine itself which is almost all stainless steel except some of the controls

Jun 25, 2014
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Magical night needed for 25- San Antonio- Help!

That's cutting it very close on Bohanan's

Jun 20, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

Dining on Maui

One of the best places to get a "plate lunch" is just down the road from you, Honolua General Store. Great lunch spot unless ABC has completely ruined the place.
Also Tasty Crust is just down the road from Home Maid Bakery and is great for breakfast after going to the Swap Meet

Jun 18, 2014
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KitchenAid mixer attachments + dishwasher = ruined?

Just remember the problem with using a steel wool pad like Brillo or SOS will leave steel particles in the porous aluminum and sooner or later will cause rust spots on the utensil

Jun 01, 2014
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Tex Mex in San Antonio?

Mi TIerra is kinda a rip. In my experience over the many years, too many people, sometimes not enough servers which means warm or cold food when you get it. Rosario's is good, never been to Acenar, but if you want authentic SA Tex Mex, go a couple of blocks past Rosario's and try Tito's. Excellent food and reasonable prices as well. Don't waste your time on anything on the Riverwalk. They depend on tourists who more than likely will never be back to SA. If you want to drive a little further Soluna is worth a try. On Broadway farther out of downtown. Very good

May 20, 2014
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Smoked brisket with "deli" spices?

That's almost a recipe for pastrami.

Best Bowl of Red in San Antonio?

And that's too bad. The Riverwalk used to be a fun place to go and no matter what the food you got was good to excellent. Now because of the hordes of tourists, you get served mostly crap because they bet on you won't be back since you're a visitor. If you want real Tex-Mex you have to venture beyond the Riverwalk. Give me a breakfast at Tito's over Mi Tierra any morning and I'll be happy

Apr 30, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

San Antonio Riverwalk on Cinco de Mayo Suggestions

Schilo's comes to mind. Decent German food and homemade root beer.

Apr 23, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

Maui Here's our homemade guide to places we like

Ditto on Leoda's. Pies overpriced and over rated. Another one of theirs, Star Noodle, was ok, portions too small for the pricing. Aloha Mixed Plate we do like, ate there twice the last time on Maui.

Apr 08, 2014
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Pendery's and Other Chili Mixes Available in Texas

You just can't go wrong with Bolner's chili mix and chili powders. Find in HEB

Feb 28, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

What to bring back from Austin and San Antonio

If you're looking for Texas style seasonings, get yourself to Bolner's market, 2900 S Flores St. Great little meat market, eat some bbq there for lunch and buy some great seasonings.

Feb 24, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

Best beef cuts mix for grinding my own burger?

Whatever cut is on sale, chuck or sirloin. I wait for it to go on sale and it's usually half the price of store ground meat

Feb 02, 2014
rexster314 in Home Cooking

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Grinder Attachment Problems

The blade is reversible with sharp edges on both sides. I was using speed 3-4 on some boneless beef chuck the other day and had to go up to 6 as the motor was stalling, and it's an older 600w KA

Feb 02, 2014
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Tablets, smart phones and apps in the Kitchen

I keep recipes I've found in Word files. I have them broken down in separated files by Entrees, Soup/Salad, Sides, Desserts, etc. They're kept on my networked external hard drive. I get my Motorola tablet in the kitchen, bring up the desired recipe and start cooking. Very handy, and I can access the files over the internet if I'm somewhere other than my home

Jan 27, 2014
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