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Vegan Shabbat meals & dishes

I made this recipe in a crock pot for lunch today. Worked perfectly.

http://www.eatliverun.com/crock-pot-c...

about 24 hours ago
avitrek in Kosher

The OU may endorse a new line of products

Other stories compare the OU certifying marijuana to not certifying tobacco which made it sound like they were certifying smoking it. And of course other people here have brought up pills.

Feb 25, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

The OU may endorse a new line of products

Because the news said the OU is certifying marijuana, not processed foods containing marijuana. What Cloggie and I said was the OU should certify baked goods containing marijuana that would normally require hashgacha and stay out of certifying items that they wouldn't otherwise certify.

Feb 25, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

The OU may endorse a new line of products

Why does the kosher consumer need the OU to allow them to eat what is either a plant or medicine?

Feb 25, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

The OU may endorse a new line of products

But why should the OU certify pot for medicinal use and not Tylenol, Aspirin, Lipitor, or even Viagra. As Cloggie said, we don't want to create a situation where people start only taking medicine if it has an OU on it. Better if they only certify baked goods or other products which would require a hashgacha and leave the usage decision to a person and their doctor/rabbi.

Feb 24, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

kosher goat cheese

Tablet k has looser requirements on gvinat akum. The switch almost certainly means that a mashgiach will not be present as often and will not be putting the rennet in the milk. If you're ok with that then you probably eat tablet-k in general. If you're not ok with that, then the change means you probably don't want to eat the cheese anymore.

Feb 24, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Small B.D. Party nr. Passaic? Teaneck?

In terms of the menu, depends on how the bill is being handled. If you're splitting the bill then a fixed menu makes that much easier. If you're paying for the whole thing then that doesn't matter, but a set menu will give you a little more certainty about the cost than letting people pick off the menu and introduce variability in terms of entree selections, appetizers, and desserts.

Feb 24, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Skittles

I was curious, so I did a google search. Looks like you can buy them on Amazon too.

http://www.amazon.com/Kosher-Skittles...

Feb 22, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Vegan Shabbat meals & dishes

Here's the report from my latest attempt. My crock pot has 4 settings: high, low, simmer, and warm. You can also set a cook time and then it will switch to warm for 8 hours before shutting off.

I've learned from previous experience that the simmer is too low to cook potatoes or root vegetables. So I set my crock pot to low at 5pm with a 12 hour cook time. Then at 5am it switched to warm and held that until 1pm.

The result:
The potatoes and vegetables were cooked perfectly without turning to mush. If anything I needed to cut them smaller to make sure they cooked through.
The barley and everything else tasted perfect without any of the burned chulent taste.
The only problem was the meat. The meat had been resting on top and may not have had enough fat in it, so it dried out more than I wanted. Next time I make it I'll try a different cut of meat and make sure it's fully submerged.

But overall, this was one of the best chulents I've made. It tasted like a well cooked stew and not a burned chulent mush.

Feb 22, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Vegan Shabbat meals & dishes

I imagine what Adina means is it was cooked through by 10pm, so it then sat already cooked at 185 degree for 14 hours (10pm - 12pm).

Feb 22, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Darbster in Boca

What to make of it? Ask the kashrut authority of your choice what they think of IKC. Asking on this board will result in nothing but arguments from the the kashrut police.

Feb 22, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Kosher supermarket in Orlando area?

You probably will have better luck in a regional board for that. No reason why kosher readers around the world would know a produce market without kosher food better than general readers from Florida.

Feb 20, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Alibaba on the UWS

It never closed as far as I know, but I don't know anyone who goes there. The food isn't good. If you want an Israeli grill, go to Grill 212.

Feb 20, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Vegan Shabbat meals & dishes

That's def the risk. What I don't know is how much whatever bacteria grows can be killed once the chicken is above 165. I believe Moshe or Ari posted about their oven chulent at one point and it involved frozen meat. If you follow their approach I'd think you're ok.

Feb 19, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Vegan Shabbat meals & dishes

When you cook at 325 you're raising the chicken to 165 quickly and pull it out as soon as it hits the temperature so you don't overcook it. If the chicken is cooked long enough in a 175 degree oven it will eventually reach 175 internal temperature. It's the same concept as sous vide or a confit, just using air as the heat conductor instead. Air won't be as good a conductor so the temperature control won't be perfect, but it could be ok. I might try increasing it a little more to be safe. Maybe 200?

Feb 19, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Vegan Shabbat meals & dishes

I've been happy with chicken soup. It does have a darker more intense flavor than a typical chicken soup, but I like it and I wouldn't really call it chulenty.

Other soups have been ok, but can cross that chulenty line.

I took your suggestion from before and made a pot roast type dish that held up well.

I also did braised short ribs that I was very happy with.

I'm currently experimenting with cooking times and temperatures on my crock pot to get a less chulenty chulent. My latest attempt is happening this shabbat, I'll let you know how it comes out.

Other than that, I'm always looking for new ideas. If this chulent works, then I will probably try the same time/temperature approach with other dishes to see how they work.

Feb 19, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Vegan Shabbat meals & dishes

Looks good. Have you tried that in a crock pot for lunch? Or just as suggested in a pot for dinner?

Feb 19, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

kosher goat cheese

I believe that's the one that may have just changed.

Feb 18, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Best dairy in nyc

My Most Favorite is an option. I'd probably choose Va Bene myself, but it's an option if you want to consider it.

Feb 15, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Kraft polly-o string cheese

OU just posted this. Its taken 2 years, but hopefully this means we'll see the OU label on everything now.

https://www.ou.org/news/polly-o-ou-ko...

Feb 11, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Great Food @ Badly Planned Event: Kosher Food & Wine Experience (KFWE) 2015

Adina and people that went, if nothing changes would you go back next year? If you'd go back then unfortunately the organizers have no reason to change and it's just another case of Jews putting up with bad service. If you and enough people talk with your feet and don't return then maybe the organizer will be forced to listen.

Feb 10, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Kosher Timepiece Cafe?

Looks like your wish is happening, just in Denver.

http://yeahthatskosher.com/2015/02/ne...

Feb 04, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Mirabelle Bakery on Coney Island Ave.

Which wouldn't be kosher if goat wasn't kosher. That being said, goat is absolutely kosher.

Feb 03, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Crafted -- new bagel etc place on UWS

I've enjoyed the food when I went. My one complaint is the pastries are parve. Why would you make a parve croissant at a dairy restaurant?

Jan 31, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Best parve sliced "cheese?"

Daiya is the only one remotely approaching passable. But the real answer is change your menu. I'd rather have meat with no fake cheese, or fake meat with real cheese. Fake cheese on meat just ruins a good piece of meat.

Jan 29, 2015
avitrek in Kosher
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Tj recommendation and random observation/ question

Two possibilities:

1) TJ uses different suppliers and what you think is the root product is not really the root product.
2) The product is under hashgacha when produced in bulk for commercial use, but the retail packaging is done at a plant without hashgacha(possibly because it also packages non-kosher products).

Jan 27, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Kosher?

Houcasey, I've always wondered the same thing. Reuben sandwiches have become synonymous with Jewish delis despite them being the definition of non-kosher. When kosher delis became jewish/kosher style, they seem to have all added Reubens. What prompted this specific addition, and why did it occur at all Jewish delis. I'm sure someone has studied the cultural transition, but I've never seen it reported anywhere, if not it would make a good graduate thesis.

Jan 21, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Petite Shell

I tried it Saturday night. I liked the chocolate rugelach. I also had the blue cheese and pear one. It was savory, but I couldn't really discern either flavor. Friends had some of the others and the general description was "it's a different shaped boureka". The best reviewed item was the sandwich on a croissant that one friend had.

The crowd was very mixed and I think my group was the only kosher keeping group there.

I'd say we all enjoyed the food, and it was nice to have an option to grab a dessert late on a Saturday night. However, I'm not sure I'd make a trip just for it, or stop in midday if I happen to be in the neighborhood.

The one funny experience that could spell trouble was when a guy walked in, asked if anything was parve, and then left when he was told everything was dairy. Personally, I'm glad it's dairy and wouldn't make the trip for a parve rugelach, but if UES frum Jews are looking for a shabbat dessert, this is not the place for it.

Jan 20, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Lamb Shawarma on Long Island or in New York City?

I second Grill Point, that's the place in Queens I was thinking of.

Jan 19, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Shuka - kosher shakshuka truck

I hate to say it, but I went once and wasn't impressed. There wasn't enough tomato/veggies in the platter so the overall portion was small. Given that they're charging $12 for a platter they really need to increase the quantity of veggies.

Also, including challah rather than a pita was odd. And the challah tasted liked it used to be frozen. I wish them the best of luck, but as long as they're competing with better kosher trucks on the same day I won't be in a rush to return.

Jan 19, 2015
avitrek in Kosher