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Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

Tomorrow (Monday) the T-Fal Professional Total Nonstick frypans will be one of Amazon's Daily Deals. We don't know yet what the deal will be, the pan is pretty cheaply priced already, but since this is a popular pan on CH, I wanted to give you all a head's up. Here's the link to the pans. Check Monday for the sale price.

http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

Prime members get early access at 8am.

about 2 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Hu mcsheridan,

My hat's off to you. I hated hand mixing and kneading even when I was young and strong. It takes strength and skill. Kudos.

<The only (minor) alteration I made was to use 2% milk instead of water & dry milk granules. I just can't go there.>

I admit, it was a hard thing for me to do, reach for that first box of dry milk. But I steeled myself and bought a small-ish one. Now I'm glad I did. We drink only whole milk at home because we just don't drink that much milk and I have awful memories of camping and that nasty "milk". But wow, in the bread I can taste no difference at all.

I also recently picked up some dry buttermilk, because I don't think soured milk gives the same flavor in bread. I haven't used it yet, but I did find that KAF Instant Sourdough really improves the flavor of my white sandwich loaves in a way I hadn't anticipated. I use about ⅓ the recommended amount, because I'm not making sourdough. It gives brings more depth and complexity.

about 3 hours ago
DuffyH in Home Cooking
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Small Food Processor?

<(I get mine at Costco and may have spent a little less).>

Ah! Forgot to check Costco and Sams. Thanks. It might be less there. I think I paid about $25-29 for mine at Walmart, many years ago.

about 4 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Is It Just Me...

BTDT, but I don't do it every day, and I'm not going to remember to do it every time I decide to price check an item at their site. That would be a total PITA. Easier to unsub from emails, I think.

Question, please? If they've got my email (they do), and I follow an email link to their site (I've done that), will that give them a record of my browsing history independent of my own cache? The cart reminders are coming to my email, not popping up when I visit the site. In fact, at the sites, there's nothing in my cart.

about 4 hours ago
DuffyH in Not About Food

How important are color, form, and design in your cookware?

<Kobenstyle pots continue to get used and passed down--especially among Scandinavians.>

And I never said they didn't, only that my own Swedish in-laws don't use anything of the kind, no one in that family does. Maybe it's because they're not from the upper midwest, I don't know. Could it be a regional thing, since they were made (and possibly more widely sold) in that region?

One could just as easily make the same claims about LC pots or Lodge CI. It's not like these were family heirloom pieces brought over from the old country. In other words, there's nothing inherently Scandinavian about them, and they don't cook Scandinavian food any better than copper, aluminum or clad cookware. I'd venture to say they're not as functional.

about 18 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Small Food Processor?

The blade on my old Cuisinart Mini-Prep DLC-2A gave up the ghost today, after many years with an ever-growing crack. A new blade will set me back, $20, a new unit is $32.

Are there any other small FPs I should consider? Major tasks are chopping the dry ingredients for salsa (garlic, onion, peppers, cilantro), bread crumbs and so on. From time to time I'll toss in some wet ingredients. I'm open to anything, so long as it isn't too costly.

about 18 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

How important are color, form, and design in your cookware?

Thanks, K.

about 23 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

How important are color, form, and design in your cookware?

I can't recall my Swedish in-laws using many pots of liquid, either. There are lots of smoked and grilled things, and lots of casserole-style veg/starch dishes, but liquids in pots? Not so much. Their favorite family first course, fruit soup, would burn in one of those pots.

My MIL still boils frozen vegetables, but that's a leftover method from the days before microwaves. She'd never treat fresh food that way.

Now it's for sure that Swedish isn't Danish, but it is Scandinavian, while Dansk is all-american.

about 23 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Is It Just Me...

<I think they are using their databases of what you did look at to suggest what you might be interested in.>

I think that's it exactly. I expressed my displeasure in an email and unsubbed from all SLT emails.

I've never received anything like that from Amazon, but I'm a frequent shopper there and get info on daily and lightning deals. I think that kind of weird progression explains the one I got from W-S reminding me about the bed. Too bizarre.

about 23 hours ago
DuffyH in Not About Food

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

Cue John Denver

Jan 30, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

That's my gripe with the Thermapen; I'm a lefty and I always have to spin it to read it. I've been considering getting a Thermopop, but it's way down on my list, like item #4 or #5.

Jan 29, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

That's from one Amazon review, K.

Note that I did say I routinely stick the Thermapen (same technology) into chicken on the stove and it works just fine. So that's not borne out by my experience with a similar item.

Just saying, be careful if you toss that out, because I'll be there to fact check you.

Jan 29, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

Like you, I don't use my food prep appliances very often. Most of them aren't worth the bother for the small batch cooking I do. Sometimes I even smoosh tomatoes by hand for marinara instead of using my immersion blender. Takes longer because I like a smooth sauce, but my hands are right there, in the perfect place to do the job.

Tonight I almost pulled out my Borner V-Slicer to slice celery, carrots and onion for creamy chicken soup, but in the end I used a chef's knife. I think it was faster.

A friend has that rotisserie. So useful, but damn! It takes up space.

Jan 29, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

I use it to portion out ground meats (we buy in bulk usually) before freezing, but yeah, my biggest use by far is for dough. I use the Tare function to weigh ingredients right into my bread machine's pan. I also weigh out dough balls for dinner/burger/hotdog rolls and pizza.

From time to time, I use it to verify my memory for what constitutes an ounce of shredded cheese, stuff like that.

Jan 29, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Lucky class, Pavlova! I love jar butter. Mom let us make it when I was a kid. It was so much fun, I thought it was a treat. Only later did I figure out I was cheap labor. :-D

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

Hi zackly,

No one needs a $100 thermometer. No one needs a $100 knife, ether.

Specifically, the Taylor's dial face is harder to read than Thermapen's digital display, and even harder when we're in a bit of a hurry, like when we're standing in front of an open oven. It's probe is also larger in diameter, leaving bigger holes in things. I don't know how fast it is, because that information isn't given. Thermapen is a 3-second read, but in practice, it seems closer to 2 seconds for me. Small point, I know, but speed matters here.

The Thermapen has to be opened, the Taylor removed from it's sleeve. The Thermapen is designed for easiest use by right-handers, the Taylor is universal.

So that's how they're different. We each have to decide on our own whether the differences matter.

Duffy

Jan 29, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

Love my scale! I've had it for maybe a dozen years, and just this week had to replace it's batteries for only the 2nd time.

Jan 29, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

Is It Just Me...

Sur La Table is doing this, too. This morning I received an email with the subject "Forget Something?". How cute. It went on; "It looks like you left a few things in your shopping cart, so we went ahead and saved them for you." How very helpful of them.

The thing is, I've never even LOOKED at a milk frother or vintage apron, let alone left them in my shopping cart. I've looked at kitchen linens, and I've looked at coffee/tea presses. I think they've just picked things related to my past browning history.

I sense a growing trend here, and I don't like it at all. It shows an utter lack of respect for one's customers, that they think it's just fine to trick us into going to their websites.

Jan 29, 2015
DuffyH in Not About Food

Best way to julienne/matchstick carrots

I've got both the julienne peeler and the Borner mandoline, but I wouldn't choose either. The peeler can be tricky, you've got to hold it just right. The learning curve is steep. It's also slower than a mandoline or food processor, not the best choice for the quantity of carrots you need to cut. The V-Slicer isn't the most compact for storage, and messing with the blades/plates can be a pain. Your fingers need to get too close to the blades when cleaning, too.

If all you want is the julienne blade, I'd consider a fixed blade model, like the Kyocera: http://smile.amazon.com/Kyocera-CSN-1...

It's always safer when you don't have to mess about with the blades, they're very sharp. I'm also sold on the ease of use. Just pick it up and use it. No set up needed.

ETA - I just read some reviews of the Kyocera and would suggest you do the same before buying. Seems it isn't really a wide slicer. Maybe the Benriner, with it's 3 different shredding blades?

Jan 29, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

How important are color, form, and design in your cookware?

Hi K,

Is it like Graniteware then? Same thickness, you think? We used to use that when camping, because it was cheap and dings/dents didn't matter, and if we didn't get all the soot/crusty stuff off the inside and outside, well, no one was the wiser.

A friend has a roaster, but hates it because veg in the bottom always go beyond roasted, right to burnt, unless she dumps a quart of water in it.

D

Jan 29, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

This. Finally got the hydration and yeast just right... until the weather changes.

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

I just found out that induction fields can interfere with them, causing them to not work until removed from the field's influence. This initially bummed me out, but then I realized that I don't think twice about using Dude's Thermapen to check the temp when I'm sautéing chicken breasts. So there's that.

Now... red, orange or green... hmm....

Jan 28, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

What are your favorite kitchen device for making dinner?

The ½-hp InSinkerator Badger is under $100 on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/InSinkErator-Ba...

The 1-hp Waste King Legend is $125: http://www.amazon.com/Waste-King-L-80...

Both are well-regarded. Both are classics that have been around forever pretty much unchanged.

Jan 28, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

I so agree, Cam. I have a bitch of a time using the damn thing, but couldn't live without it. I really need a Thermopop, too. Value add - the dude won't need to fight me for it anymore.

Jan 28, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

I'm addicted to my bread maker. I use it for most of our bread and rolls, and love fresh pizza dough.

Thermapen changed our lives, too. I bought it almost 10 years ago, a Father's Day gift for his Dudeness. It changed the way he grills forever; now he has to fight me for it in the kitchen. I even use it to check my bread in the bread machine, and biscuits in the oven.

Jan 28, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware
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Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

I know, Cam. I know. :-(

Jan 28, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Hi tcamp,

Sounds like a very tasty loaf. No one can say your machine hasn't paid for itself yet, several times over! I call that a score. :-)

Jan 28, 2015
DuffyH in Home Cooking
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Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

It's out of stock so I've no idea if it's a deal, but this certainly qualifies as a "find" IMO. Who wouldn't love a Nessie Ladle?

Jan 28, 2015
DuffyH in Cookware
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I've never baked much of anything that didn't come from a mix in the past. I wasn't much of a cook, either, but after taking early retirement, cooking has become a bit of a thing for me, and baking bread seems a natural extension of it. I lack the arm strength to mix and knead by hand, and did consider using my mixer, but it's too hot most days to use our big oven, so a bread machine seemed a better fit for me.

Plus I'm cheap, and when I figured out that a loaf of bread costs about $1.50 made at home vs. $3.50-4.00 in the store, well, that was easy math. At only 2 loaves of various kinds per week, the Zo pays for itself in no time.

If you've got kids you probably go through a lot more bread than we do. Stand mixers are good for a lot more than bread dough, too. Toll House cookies come to mind. ;-)

Jan 28, 2015
DuffyH in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

<...these kids have got to leave sometime. Right?>

You just keep right on breathing the thin air, tcamp.

Jan 28, 2015
DuffyH in Home Cooking