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Is Japanese food overrated?

Lack of interesting ingredients impoverishes a cuisine.

44 minutes ago
Chowrin in General Topics

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Kitchenaid is fine for kneading everything except bagels (which I do anyway, but it's probably bad for the nylon gears. I can kinda hear them straining). Keep the dough a little sticky in the bowl (you can always knead a bit of flour in)...

1 day ago
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

True, but if you try to bake bread that isn't risen, you can have issues. If it doesn't look risen, give it more time!

2 days ago
Chowrin in Home Cooking
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Why can't I get my bread to rise???

I'd roll it out for pizza. You can shape it into a loaf, and then leave it in the pan until it is doubled again. (drape a wet dishrag on top to prevent crusting over).

If it's in the fridge, it is still growing, just slower. If you're going to leave it in multiple days, punch it down, at least once (you're evacuating the carbon dioxide which will kill the yeast if you leave it in). It doesn't need another rise, really -- particularly if you're making thin crust dough, but it doesn't mind rising in the refrigerator either.

The longer you leave it in the refrigerator, the more sourdoughy it will taste -- I kinda like it that way.

For pizza you can just roll out and throw in oven (I generally roll out before preheating the oven, which means a 15 minute rise).

If you're shaping for breadloaves, you want to punch down the risen dough (get as much air out as possible), then shape, and allow to rise until doubled. (a "normal" loafpan recipe would generally rise to about the level of the loafpan's top, and then rise a bit more in the oven -- so if you're worried about this step, then go pull a basic loaf recipe from goodhousekeeping or somewhere similar).

2 days ago
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Bread should rise until you can push a finger an inch in, and have the dough come back in a couple seconds. Too long, and it won't come back at all, if it snaps back instantly, it's too short.

2 days ago
Chowrin in Home Cooking
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Why can't I get my bread to rise???

you need to add more liquid if it looks like biscuit dough. Add a tablespoon at a time, and just keep kneading (I'm assuming you did at least 10 minutes of kneading).

Try making a basic bread dough (this is for pizza, but you can use it for any flat bread, or give it a double rise for a more normal loaf):
1.5 Cups Water (warm. Take a third of it to boiling, the other two thirds tapwater temperature).
2-4 Cups Flour (I never measure. Just keep adding flour until it looks doughy -- and still sticks a bit to the sides of the bowl)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp yeast

Stir together the water and yeast, then add salt (doesn't need to dissolve), then add flour until you get a slurry -- stir that,a nd then add by the half-cup until you get a wet, sticky dough.

Flour your hands, and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and feels like an earlobe (I much prefer adding more flour than adding more water. it mixes better).

Single rise till doubled, then squash down and roll out (let rise 15-30 minutes if you want a loftier pie). (Put it in the refrigerator and leave it overnight. It'll be done in the morning, and you won't have to worry about killing anything.

2 days ago
Chowrin in Home Cooking
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Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Might need more water. Breadmaking varies based on the humidity...

2 days ago
Chowrin in Home Cooking
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Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

I've got more than half a mile to walk after I get off the bus. And I don't have actual heavyweight boots, so carrying more than 50lbs. is hazardous to my ankles.

Oct 15, 2014
Chowrin in Chains

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

We're talking about 20x the flavor of supermarket celery. Tried using it in stirfry, but man does it shout!

Oct 14, 2014
Chowrin in General Topics
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Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

Catawba makes a fine eating grape. (if you've tried TJ's concord grape juice, that's also fab).

Oct 14, 2014
Chowrin in General Topics

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

Celery
sasha -- try some slipskin grapes.

Oct 14, 2014
Chowrin in General Topics

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

We get folks from WV (mostly farmers.)

Back when there was a flour price spike, they posted signs "please, no more than 10 bags per customer" -- they were 50lb bags!

Oct 14, 2014
Chowrin in Chains

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Graham flour is the full grain, ground in a particular way.
"Whole Wheat Flour" only means it contains wheat. Often, manufacturers put excessive agricultural waste (yes, it's called fiber -- long bits of fiber interfere with rising) in, and pull the nutritional parts out -- in order to use them in more expensive applications.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-cu...

Graham flour grinds the bran properly, so you don't have icky flakes in your dough.

Oct 14, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

I do have a decent walk score. It helps that I can take the bus to costco, and that I don't mind hauling home 40lbs of food.

Oct 14, 2014
Chowrin in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Yes, Do. But bear in mind folks drive over 100 miles to get to these places. They come with coolers, and do it once every 3 months or so. The prices really are that worth it.

Oct 14, 2014
Chowrin in Chains

Substitute for mushrooms...

Use msg.

Oct 13, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Try pressing your finger into the dough after the first rise. It should pop back, not immediately, but soon. If not, you have let the dough overrise. Letting the dough overrise can kill the yeast (far better to punch it down twice than to let it overrise once).

May i suggest you learn on simple white flour first? "whole wheat" is basically putting little chaffy bits all through your food. If you want honest whole wheat, you want graham flour.

Oct 13, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

costco's xl peanuts are awesome! and salty...

Oct 13, 2014
Chowrin in Chains
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The sprout in the garlic clove

You do have to talk to others, at some point, I presume.
Americans are squicky about odors in general. And garlic is distinct.

Oct 09, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

flufflefarg! Pittsburgh, PA (West Homestead, specifically). Somehow pittsburgh gets more Costcos than philly...

Oct 08, 2014
Chowrin in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

I seem to get the actual heads of romaine, which last for a good week. bit more trouble to fix up, but Salad's trouble to begin with.

Oct 08, 2014
Chowrin in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Our heavy cream and half&half comes in quarts.
And our Milk comes in gallons.

Orgo milk comes in 3 half gallons.

Oct 07, 2014
Chowrin in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

They finally Fixed the Broccoli!
New supplier, so it's gotta be better!

(I'm rather psyched because I get broccoli a lot, and I didn't even have to complain this time.)

You have multiple modes of "getting costco to fix something" -- one is the manager of the store, but the other is the buyer. If something's consistently low-value, they're likely to switch suppliers.

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Oct 07, 2014
Chowrin in Chains
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Declining quality at Costco?

Eastern US has had a horrid season. Cali's probably just fine (dry as hell out there, as usual).

Oct 07, 2014
Chowrin in Chains

Bread Machine Loaf Fell

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/20...

Legal definitions.

Plus there's the whole quality issue with repackagers...

Oct 05, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

Okay.
1) stop buying from trader joe's.
2) if you need gluten free for your health (actual diagnosis), learn to eat white rice. Costco has some FINE basmati for a wonderful price (well under a buck a pound, which is standard cost for pasta). Eat that as your primary starch, and you'll save tons of money.
3) Use your fancy food budget on Trader Joe's. if that's $50 a month, you can get tons of great stuff (four meals easy) for that much.
4) Learn to cook the fancy burgers at home, instead of eating out for them. Make it fun, make it an "outing" (eat outside?)
5) Most of "buying organic" is organic horseshit. Skip it until your finances clear up, and don't worry a whit. Pretty soon the middle class exhorbitance called "organic" will go away, I suspect. Folks can't afford it.

My grocery bill is up a bit... but not nearly as much as yours, and I'm probably in a higher price for food area.

Oct 04, 2014
Chowrin in General Topics

Bread Machine Loaf Fell

Why are you cooking with "whole wheat" flour? If it's actually for health reasons, use graham flour. That's actually made with the full grain. Otherwise, you're getting "wheat+wheatfiber"... and that's basically paying extra to eat agricultural waste.
You may need a longer rise for the milk and sugar...

Oct 04, 2014
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

re: everyone about milk.
they do sell organic milk (ultrapasteurized) which does keep nigh on forever. 1.5 gallons.

Oct 03, 2014
Chowrin in Chains

Sick from Undercooked Crockpot Pork

unless they have taste aversion. I have seen people barf on camera from the taste of a green pepper.

Oct 01, 2014
Chowrin in General Topics

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

I store dry goods in plastic containers (or in glass for easy use). 50lbs of flour lasts me well over a year, but no weevils yet so I'm happy. and it's white so it lasts.
20lbs of basmati rice I go through faster (store that in gallon ziplocs)...

Canned goods go into the refridgerator after opening, but I generally put the thing into a dish by then, so no matter.

I don't find anything there a "giant amount" honestly. Who can't use two chickens in a week??

They have the BEST choice beef on the market, some of the best ice cream (buy a gallon! or buy a quart of ben and jerries).

I mean, it's three lbs of asparagus -- surely you can use that much?

And the prices on garlic mean that I could only use half the package and still win.

Also: if you have not an Amex card, you want the Costco one.

Oct 01, 2014
Chowrin in Chains