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Rocky Mountain Retinning has moved.

Just a heads up. Peter and Eric are in the new location. Check the address before sending your pots.

Apr 14, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Is there a chance in heck we can get Fast Food chains to cut back on the salt on the fries?

I'm not sure I understand the problem. The restaurant is preparing the fries to the taste of the majority of their customers, and are willing to accommodate your off menu request. You get fresh unsalted fries. A little wait seems a small price to pay.

Mar 28, 2014
Bigjim68 in Chains
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help with weird copper oxidization?

OMO, there is nothing to fix. Assuming the pan is SS lined, somehere along the line, the pan was overheated, and it discolored, which does not affect its usability.

If it is tin lined, difficult to tell from the photo, the color is a sign that the pan was well used and loved.
My best guess is that the pan was boiled dry at some point and mama tried to scour it.
I don't think that the color is blackened lacquer. Protective coatings are applied to the exterior only.

Use and enjoy.

Mar 28, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Foods from Oregon?

Salmon and truffles from Oregon are both exceptional. Lots of good wines, particularly Pinots

Mar 25, 2014
Bigjim68 in Pacific Northwest

Sub $5.00 wines, 750ml

I generally buy the Cab. I'm not too familiar with the others.

Mar 20, 2014
Bigjim68 in Wine

Safe Use of Vintage Aluminum Cookware

I grew up in a household where the only cookware was cast iron and Guardian aluminum. My mother and dad both lived past 95. I am 76 and have never been sick enough to spend the night in a hospital.
Although a single example does not make a study, I do not pay much attention to a current fad concerning dangerous cookware.

Mar 18, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware
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Costco "Brands"

I've seen packs of Kirkland beers labelled with several different brewers as suppliers. I would guess that the beers are made to Kirkland's specs by a variety of brewers.
The other possibility is that the house brand varies by location.

Mar 17, 2014
Bigjim68 in Chains

best price on Guinness Pub Draught cans?

Richmond, VA Costco has a mixed 18 pack of Harps, Drought, and Smithwicks.

About $16 if I recall.

Mar 15, 2014
Bigjim68 in San Francisco Bay Area

Sub $5.00 wines, 750ml

My sub $5 favorite is BlockBox. I never thought I would be saying that, but it is not bad, lasts a long time in the bladder,and costs less than $4/750.

Mar 04, 2014
Bigjim68 in Wine

Cow Tongue

Better than eggs.

Mar 04, 2014
Bigjim68 in Las Vegas

Olive Oil

IMO the Costco premium EVOO is pretty good and is reasonably priced.

Mar 01, 2014
Bigjim68 in General Topics

Copper cookware discolored

Copper discolors. The choices are to clean it. I use Wrights, which is less abrasive than BKF, or ignore the discoloring. Neither solution affects the cooking ability.

I go about halfway between.

Mar 01, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

East Bay source for dried mushrooms in quantity?

My experience with Costco is that they carry one at a time.

The ones I have are mixed wild, but I have seen Porcini, Shitake, and others.

I am in Richmond VA.

Feb 28, 2014
Bigjim68 in San Francisco Bay Area

East Bay source for dried mushrooms in quantity?

Do you have a Costco nearby? I get them in 8 oz packages.

Slightly over $10 if I remember correctly.

Feb 27, 2014
Bigjim68 in San Francisco Bay Area

I have a tiny chip in my tin lined copper pot. Is it dangerous to use?

IMO, a small chip in the lining poses very little danger. A small chip would leach very little copper.

Feb 26, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Any place to buy Prague Powder (curing salt) in Westchester?

I use Mortons Tender Quick. Supermarkets carry it here.

Feb 25, 2014
Bigjim68 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Sakura Salt? Where to buy?

The Meadow has what they call Cherry Plum Salt. Is that the same?

http://www.atthemeadow.com/shop/Gourm...

Feb 20, 2014
Bigjim68 in General Topics

Riedel Vivant or Riedel Ouverture

My Reidels are Wine Series. A slight step up, but IMO worth the difference.

They can often be found at the $10 price level.

Feb 12, 2014
Bigjim68 in Wine

Time to mix it up again......Chix Filet gives free food to stranded motorists......

My point is simple. CFL offerred food at no cost, to stranded people. To turn this gesture into some sort of a PC problem is nonsensical.

Take the food or don't. That is your choice.

Regarding your post below, I try not to eat anything that I cannot pronounce.

Jan 31, 2014
Bigjim68 in Food Media & News
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Time to mix it up again......Chix Filet gives free food to stranded motorists......

Who is boycotting GS cookies? I have my principles, but I'm not giving up my thin mints.

Jan 31, 2014
Bigjim68 in Food Media & News
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Time to mix it up again......Chix Filet gives free food to stranded motorists......

Either way, the company was handing out food to those in need. It may have even been wrapped in paper with the company logo on it. So what?

Jan 31, 2014
Bigjim68 in Food Media & News
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Please Rate my new Copper Pan

The first thing I would be looking for is a lollipop lid for this pot. They are becoming hard to find and prices are rising rapidly. Seems like decorators have discovered that they mae fine wall decorations. The lollipop is about the only lid that works well with these splayed pots.

Jan 31, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

warped pan

I've messed with dozens of CI pans, and I have never found a way to flatten a warped pan.

Jan 30, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Need some cast iron reseasoning advice.

You can get the sticky mess off with heat, chemicals or scrubbing.

IMO 350 is too low a temp to polymerize any oil. My method is to wipe a very thin coat of oil on the pan, place in the oven for an hour or so, then let cool without opening the door. Repeat as necessary.

Jan 30, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Please Rate my new Copper Pan

At $60, you did good. I have a very similar pot in worse condition that cost me more than that. From the one I have, the, yours is probably Mauviel. A lot were sold without a label, or simply labeled "Made in France". The vendor would stamp with their own logo. Dehellerin and others did that. I think yours has 2.5 mm walls.

What kind of lid? Lids are increasing rapidly in value, particularly the lollipop style.

I agree with Kali. Keep the BKF away from the interior. The darkening is normal. BKF will remove the lining.

Jan 29, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Damascus chefs knife

I must not know what a damascus blade is, but if the OP is talking about a folded and hammer welded blade, there are a few in the $100-200 price range. Mine are Kanetsune, and a 240 Gyuto can be had for around $150. They are Japanese, though, and I would never put any knife in the DW.

There are other similar knives in that price range. I think Shun is one.

Jan 23, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Damascus chefs knife

And American made

Jan 23, 2014
Bigjim68 in Cookware

Is my Kirkland olive oil real?

It is the Arbequina. It came packed in two packs, and was about the same price/pack as the Tuscan/bottle.

Jan 22, 2014
Bigjim68 in General Topics

Is my Kirkland olive oil real?

Can you still get the Tuscan version at Costco? The last time I checked it had been replaced by a Spanish oil.

Jan 22, 2014
Bigjim68 in General Topics

Are cheap stew cuts really economical?

Resturants are largely responsible for the increase in price of formerly less desirable cuts. If, by being creative, a chef can turn a former throwaway cut into a pricey dinner, profits increase.
Among those cuts now desirable are short ribs, ribs, plate and flank meat, shanks, all formerly ground.

Jan 11, 2014
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