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Do you wash "triple-washed" baby-kale or bagged salad?

Interesting. With that logic, don't take an ant-acid with dinner because it is your stomach acid which kills the germs!

Jul 27, 2014
mike2401 in General Topics

Is this pot stainless steel? How can you tell? [PICS]

Great info, thanks!

Jul 27, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Is this pot stainless steel? How can you tell? [PICS]

What's better: 18/0, 18/8, 18/10 ???

Jul 27, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Is this pot stainless steel? How can you tell? [PICS]

Awesome answer @Chemicalkinetics . VERY COOL!!!

I guess I just need to decide if I want nickel in my cookware :-)

I don't know what the pro's & con's are, and if there are any claimed health features or consequences.

Jul 27, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Is this pot stainless steel? How can you tell? [PICS]

In contrast, I am so unhappy with this purchase I'm going to toss it in the trash:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009...

Interestingly, it is very magnetic (very very).

It wears / stains very differently. What can you tell by looking at these photos:

Jul 26, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Is this pot stainless steel? How can you tell? [PICS]

The shiny top of the strainer insert is much more magnetic than the outer surface of the main pot. Interesting!

Jul 26, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Is this pot stainless steel? How can you tell? [PICS]

I found this pot in the closet and I love that it has the integrated strainer.

It doesn't say it is stainless steel.

Is it unlikely to be? If not, what material?

How can I tell?

I don't want to cook in aluminum.

Please take a guess!

Thanks,
Mike

Jul 26, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Grass Fed Lamb Fat: How to Eat It?

Thank you everyone for the answer, and thanks ipssedixit for the link,

I remain amazed at how many people know so much about food. That one guy's super-long answer was really interesting !!!

Jul 25, 2014
mike2401 in Home Cooking

Grass Fed Lamb Fat: How to Eat It?

I'm on the paleo diet and have the belief that this grass fed lamb fat contains essential vitamin K2 and other healthy nutrients.

I want to consume it and need some ideas.

I guess I could melt some on veggies.

Any other ideas?

Thanks,
Mike

Jul 21, 2014
mike2401 in Home Cooking

Lid with hole: OK TO COOK RICE?

Thanks everyone! It came out great!

Jul 20, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware
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Lid with hole: OK TO COOK RICE?

Thank you everyone, I'll give it a try with just 1 cup of rice.

Glad to know I didn't goof.

I really like the pot because it's non-stick but metal utensil safe!

Jul 20, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Lid with hole: OK TO COOK RICE?

I just purchased a 3 quart TFAL non-stick (metal utensil safe) pot with lid to make rice.

I undid the wrapping to only then notice this hole.

When they say cook rice on low for 20 minutes with lid on, will this work?

Thanks,

Rice cooking newbie in Philly!!

Mike

Jul 20, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

good suggestion re: fragments. Fragments scare me!

Jul 16, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

do you use one of those things used when eating crab to break up bones?

Jul 15, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

Great question! And yes, party for the collagen. And yes, I have used chicken feet before (although totally gross), they make it Jell well !!!

I also was hoping the bone broth would be a good source of minerals but I read recently (sorry I don't have the link handy) that there's not as much minerals as you might think!

I never tried, but will it be hard to crack bones for chicken thighs which have been boiled for 2 or 3 hours? Will I end up with bone splinters in the broth? (that idea scares me)

I'm super happy you raised this issue. My primary objective in learning to cook is to eat healthier. Bone marrow sounds like it would be a healthful addition to my diet.

Jul 15, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

Maybe hounding is a bit strong. I kinda like targeted advertising. I rather see an ad for something the wise folks here suggested I buy, rather than viagra or mortgage offers!

Jul 15, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

So funny, as a result of me asking this question on Chow Hound, and the resulting answers and comments, now facebook is hounding me to buy this kitchen gadget:

Jul 15, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

Thanks for the reply.

Wow, that a great pot. Those holes look perfect.

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

Thanks @Querencia, I'm trying to close my eyes and imagine how much the chicken might weigh, relative to my 4 pound family packs (x2)

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

Thanks @SWISSAIRE, is 200 degree chicken considered over-done, or well-done?

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

I am learning lots here. Chow Hound has a great community of folks willing to share their knowledge and experiences with newbies (like me!)

Thank you everyone!

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

WOOF! Yes, I do have a thermometer so that makes sense. I only just learned that my slow-cooker on "low" is at 200 degrees. So, if the object is to get the internal chicken pieces to 160 and not more, if I leave it in longer than it takes to achieve that goal, it will go to 170, 180, 190, and top out at 200. That doesn't sound good at all. So, I will do another batch on next saturday and check after a couple hours to see the temp.

I'm really glad I asked, this answer seems like a game-changer for me!!!

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Freezing chicken portions in Non-Freezer Zip-Lock Plastic?

I'm a big paleo caveman protein advocate!!

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Home Cooking

Freezing chicken portions in Non-Freezer Zip-Lock Plastic?

very clever - thanks for the tip!!

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Home Cooking

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

I like how your strainer is right-sized for the pot. Mine is too big for the 12-cup pot which probably contributed to the over-spill and mess.

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

A picture is worth a thousand words. Those holes seem smaller than some (a good thing)

I'm surprise paper towel bits don't get in the broth, but cool !!!

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

ok, that sounds exactly like what I want to do. I've let the chicken cook on 'low' slow-cooker for 7 hours. I wonder if that's too long?

I don't let it cool. I just separate the meat from the skin & bones, then dump it all back in.

I guess a question is what's the optimum time to cook the chicken.

Since "high" just means it gets up to 200 degrees faster, I don't know that there's a huge benefit to using the low setting.

After I attain 200 degrees, I wonder how long I should cook the chicken thighs for.

Thanks!

Mike

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

Maybe it's just a guy-thing, but I don't have the patience to do that, and I prefer one big pour, ka-splash, etc. I'm just trying to find a better way to do that :-) Or, to lift out all the solid bits with a pasta-pot style integrated strainer.

Thanks!

-Mike

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Cookware

Dallas BBQ: dry ribs spices, and what's in yellow rice?

If this nightshade sensitivity thing turns out to be the real deal, I don't think I'd chance it in such a hurried, harried place.

I would be safer to just order broiled fish with just butter & lemon :-)

Am curious if Dallas BBQ eventually gets back.

Thanks,
Mike

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Manhattan

Freezing chicken portions in Non-Freezer Zip-Lock Plastic?

I do like flexibility. I really like the idea of freezing in disc shapes that could fit into my white 20oz pyrex food mug things :-)

Jul 14, 2014
mike2401 in Home Cooking