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Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron?

I think Lodge has done an excellent marketing job in convincing the public that a rough sand casting is somehow as good as a machined finished product. Add to that a half way seasoning and you get, nothing.

I'll take my years old iron that I seasoned myself any day. There is some effort involved, but the results are worth it.

Aug 25, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Copper Cookware Lined with Silver

I've got one silver lined pot. Works good, but I don't notice any substantial difference between silver and tin lined. Silver has a much higher melting point, so if you use it to sear, silver is the only way to go. I use cast iron for searing. Silver should also last longer.

Aug 17, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

What to do when steak (or other meats) are served cold?

Just my observation, but if it was cooked correctly then served cold, then the problem is not the kitchen, but that it sat too long before delivery.

Aug 17, 2014
Bigjim68 in Not About Food

Best 'Make your own Sausage' book?

Rytek Kutas is the industry standard. Been around since the 80's. Still the best IMO.

Aug 16, 2014
Bigjim68 in General Topics

Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

Perhaps, but if he does, then no problem. MB would be on the hook for the terms of the contract.

Jul 24, 2014
Bigjim68 in Greater Boston Area

Cast Iron Griddle Pan: Black stains, please advise.

I think Duffy is correct. That pan is enameled inside and out. No seasoning required.

Jul 24, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

Still, unless people change their eating habits, the market consumption should remain constant. What market share is lost by one store should be picked up by another.

Maybe the squash guy should pick up the phone and look for the store that is picking up the slack.

Jul 24, 2014
Bigjim68 in Greater Boston Area

Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

Why would the food inventories change? The consumption should not change much, and presumably the supply is the constant. The only difference would be the amount offloaded at each store.

Jul 24, 2014
Bigjim68 in Greater Boston Area

Headed to Richmond Help

The Thai room has a nice patio. Decent food also.

Jul 20, 2014
Bigjim68 in Mid-Atlantic

What would you offer on these Cast Iron frying pans?

Try Wagner and Griswold Society. (WAGS)

Jul 19, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

What would you offer on these Cast Iron frying pans?

Do not use power tools to clean up CI. Vinegar, and steel wool will clean up your pans. I see a couple of pans a year that have had the power tool treatment. None have been repairable.

What would you offer on these Cast Iron frying pans?

I agree. I would have bought them at that price. Nothing beats old iron. I buy a dozen or so each year, clean them up, reseason with flax, and give most of them away.

Jul 19, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

What would you offer on these Cast Iron frying pans?

I have two breakfast pans, a Wag and a Gris. I use them along with my hammered CI chicken fryer, as serving pieces for fajitas. Never did figure out what you could cook in the breakfast skillets.

Jul 19, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Do you eat rabbit? How do you cook it?

A restaurant in Williamsburg, Va used to do rabbit braised in a dark liquid, probably beef or rabbit stock, and sauced with a red wine reduction. Quite tasty.

Jul 19, 2014
Bigjim68 in Home Cooking

What would you offer on these Cast Iron frying pans?

Very few skillets fall into the collector category, so assuming they are users and the rust is surface with no pitting, I would pay around $40 for the lot.

Judging from the photo, the smallest is an 8", the largest a 12" possibly 13" Wagner. I like Wags as they are much lighter and the handle is more comfortable.

Any old American made CI skillet is preferable to a new Lodge as they were machined smooth from the factory. Cleaned up and well seasoned, they make nice gifts.

richmond vs charlottesville, va

Neither Richmond or Charlottesville is famous for their culinary delights. Of the two, I would say Richmond. The last time I was hungry in Charlottesville, I ended up driving back to Richmond.

If you give me your criteria, I might be able to make some recommendations

Jul 19, 2014
Bigjim68 in Mid-Atlantic

Washington DC for a five day sisters' trip

The tour we took was Metro DC. You won't need dinner or lunch. The samples are quite large, and the restaurant quality and selection was excellent.

Washington DC for a five day sisters' trip

Worth doing is the walking/eatingtour of Georgetown. I did it last February. 5 or 6 good restuarants with large sample servings in a sit down setting. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable re. Georgetown history. A few bucks and 3 hours well spent.

Anyone ever get gold wash applied to your silver?

The blades are stainless because silver does not make for a good cutting edge.

Jul 13, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Anyone ever get gold wash applied to your silver?

Nor have I. I've never seen silverware with stainless tines.

Jul 13, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

FN quest for ratings: we are more likely to see Giada De Laurentiis or Bobby Flay cooking “ethnic foods” than we are to see a brown person cooking them.

The network exists to sell advertising, the shows to attract viewers. Those with the highest ratings get the copycats and remain the longest.

Jul 08, 2014
Bigjim68 in Food Media & News

Corn Bread or Corn Muffin Recipe

I use the recipe on the Indian Head Yellow Corn meal package. The result is as you describe.
The recipe is just right for an 8" sq cast iron pan.

Jul 03, 2014
Bigjim68 in Home Cooking

A (Partial) Defense of Omaha Steaks

I get the gift thing. I too would accept graciously and use the product.

A (Partial) Defense of Omaha Steaks

So, the reason I should buy from Omaha Steaks is that they will send me products that I would not serve to guests in portions that someone else has determined are what I should eat, not what I want, buy a hot dog at twice the price of other premium brands, grab a couple of bland chicken breasts, and pay a premium for the privilege.

Did I miss something?

Need to rent or borrow 3 9" square cake pans

If this is a one time thing, I would either try the dollar store or use throw away aluminum baking pans from the supermarket.

What do Braised short ribs taste like?

Braised short ribs are similar in flavor to a pot roast. Olive Garden sometimes offers short ribs in a red wine reduction. Quite tasty.
I think you will enjoy them.

Jun 19, 2014
Bigjim68 in General Topics

Help! What happened to my copper?

What's the point of seasoning copper molds?

Jun 18, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Unsticking stuck dishes

A trick that I have not tried that might work. Apply a little oil in the gap between the two containers and let stand for a while. This should reduce the friction at least a little.
Then set the cup in boiling water about half way up the glass.
The heat should expand the enclosed air enough to break the seal and push the inner glass up.
Repeat: I have not tried this, but it is simple physics.
Then

Jun 17, 2014
Bigjim68 in Not About Food

Unsticking stuck dishes

More likely that would break one or the other of the bowls.

Jun 14, 2014
Bigjim68 in Not About Food

Where to find good, cheap, wood cutting board?

I've used th Ikea board. Large size and around 10 bucks.

Jun 07, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware