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When do you throw out old canned food?

No, I'm not. The OP asked where each of us draw the line in the sand. In this house it's 4-6 months before the date so it will have the opportunity to still get used.

about 23 hours ago
weezieduzzit in General Topics

When do you throw out old canned food?

I'm donating it, not throwing it away. It's things like Progresso soup and other food that we will never eat by choice. It is ONLY at our house in case of emergency. If I wait until the date on the can or past that date the local shelters will not distribute it.

I pick this kind of stuff up for the emergency stash when I can get it for 25-50 cents each (and many times free,) so it's not like I'm worried about the price.

When do you throw out old canned food?

The only canned items we have in the regular food cabinet are things we go through a lot of- coconut milk, tuna, canned salmon, etc. but we do have a stash of canned food for emergencies (our emergency is likely to be a big earthquake and cans are more likely to make it through than jars.) I read something on a blog that stuck with me- write the exp.date on the top of the can in sharpie and you can see what needs to be used or donated. I look at the cans now and then and donate anything that expires in the next 4-6 months and replace it.

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

I've looked at them and think they're very cool but ended up going with a couple of 72 cell starter flats and 4' grow lights. If I could have one in my kitchen, I would (the cats can't handle that kind of temptation....)

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

I grew up in the Phoenix area, the heat here is nothin'! :P

Jan 25, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

College Kid Blues

There is a lot you can do with a coffee maker!


I would ask about a crock pot but you could use the coffee pot in a similar fashion as long as you were around while cooking since most turn themselves off after a certain amount of time.

As far as microwave chili...



How to eat healthy as a picky adult

Try new preparations before you write off veggies you think you don't like. Boiled and steamed veggies can be a real yawn but many are totally transformed when roasted, baked, sauteed, broiled or grilled. Learn to not overcook them, use bold seasonings you like with them, dip them in sauces to start if you need to- but learn to make those sauces yourself so they aren't full of chemicals and crap. If you didn't like them raw try them cooked, didn't like cooked- try them raw.

What to do with a can of chiles jalapeños and carrots

We eat them along side any kind of Mexican food and I've been known to just eat them out of the jar (I make them and can them in the summer when I'm inundated with jalapenos!)

You can also slice the jalapenos in half, stuff them with cheese or cream cheese, wrap them in bacon and grill or broil them until the bacon is done.

Jan 25, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

I didn't make you live somewhere it snows. :)

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

It would be a crime not to light the grill on this perfectly blue skied 80 degree day so a boneless leg of lamb and a spatchcocked chicken will marinate ("Greek" flavors and mojo crillo respectively,) while I dig amendments into the garden in preparation for the seeds I'm starting tonight and veggies will be oiled and seasoned to join the meats (eggplant, zucchini, halved onions, various peppers, etc.) All will be enjoyed over the next couple of busy days.

When the vibe of the place just doesn't feel right. .

If there is any reason to suspect that we will not enjoy our meal or time there we leave. I have no problem with requesting the check for the drinks and politely explaining why we won't be staying.

Jan 25, 2015
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

I looked into the difference between pasturized milk and UHT milk when I first started to make kefir. You can't use UHT milk to make kefir because the enzymes have been killed off, it doesn't work. The UHT process ensures total microbial and enzyme inactivation.

According to Lee Dexter, microbiologist and owner of White Egret Farm goat dairy in Austin, Texas, ultra-pasteurization is an extremely harmful process to inflict on the fragile components of milk. Dexter explains that milk proteins are complex, three-dimensional molecules, like tinker toys. They are broken down and digested when special enzymes fit into the parts that stick out. Rapid heat treatments like pasteurization, and especially ultra-pasteurization, actually flatten the molecules so the enzymes cannot do their work. If such proteins pass into the bloodstream (a frequent occurrence in those suffering from “leaky gut,” a condition that can be brought on by drinking processed commercial milk), the body perceives them as foreign proteins and mounts an immune response. That means a chronically overstressed immune system and much less energy available for growth and repair. (source)

Jan 24, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

I feel silly for cooking inside tonight but beef rendang is calling my name. Cauliflower "rice" and garlicky blistered green beans to go with.

Baked Potatoes for a Crowd

I think as long as you scrub them very well (botulism lives in the soil- where potatoes grow which makes exposure more likely,) don't wrap them in foil (so the environment is not anaerobic, which botulism needs,) and be mindful of how long they sit in the danger zone (of 40 to 140 degrees,) they'll be just fine while you finish making your dinner.

Jan 23, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Baked Potatoes for a Crowd

Baked potatoes can be considered a risky food from a food safety perspective (do not wrap them in foil or keep them in anything that doesn't allow them to cool quickly to avoid botulism risk. They need to be cooled quickly and completely.) To reheat them from totally cold probably takes just as long as cooking them from scratch, though.

Jan 23, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

Neither of us could care any less about holidays, anniversaries or birthdays. I just like taking advantage of the grocery store sales around them so we can have lots of great meals all the time, just because.

Cactus Cooler Soda

Except that it doesn't taste anything like Mountain Dew. Cactus Cooler is orange pineapple flavored, Mountain Dew describes their flavor as "lemon-citrus." Cactus Cooler is a great addition to sangria.

Here in Riverside county it is carried by Ralph's and I believe is distributed by the 7UP people- it is included in the same sales as 7UP.

Jan 23, 2015
weezieduzzit in San Diego

Lemon thief

That's great. :) I was still in my jammies one morning when I saw a couple letting their dogs pee in my yard (in the herb garden section well into my yard!) I flung a window open and asked what time I should come over and pee in their dinner. I haven't seen them since (and immediately ripped out that herb garden and planted a new one in the back yard.)

I'm really sorry to hear about the loss of your lemons, emglow101. People don't realize how much time and care goes into growing them.

"Impurities" in bone broth

It has nothing to do with celebrities or magazines, you're totally off base- there is nothing new about calling it bone broth. There's a lot of info out there if you're genuinely interested (I'm sure your Google works as well as any one else's.) There is a lot of interesting research that was done on gelatin up until the 50s when food companies figured out how to chemically synthesize natural flavors. Long cooked bone broths contain glycosaminoglycans like hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate, proline and glycine, glucosamine, land animal bones are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus- fish are also rich in iodine. The bones literally crumble when a batch of bone broth is done.

Jan 21, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

"Impurities" in bone broth

It depends on who is saying it! The media has recently picked up on it and are using it to refer to anything stock-like. Normally, amongst people who follow Paleo/Primal, SCD/GAPS, WAPF, and other ways of eating where bone broth is a staple ingredient it can be made from mixed bones, is cooked a longer time (24-72 hours,) and includes a bit of an acid (vinegar, lemon juice, etc.) to change the pH and extract more minerals and gelatin for maximum gelling in the interest of better nutritional value in the end product. People who have been consuming it for years couldn't care less about "trends" and aren't "hipsters." The CHOW article is awful- typical unresearched CHOW blog drivel, if you're actually interested in bone broth and why people consume it there is a ton of real information easily found online.

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

We have several pieces of vintage Kobenstyle but in the end only function really matters to me- I have it because I paid pennies for it and never got around to selling it (I've sold a ton of it over the years,) and the shapes/ sizes totally work for the things I make- the 13.5" paella pan is a workhorse! After all, once the dishes are clean and put away no one sees them at all.

Jan 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in Cookware

Gluten free tea party ideas

There are some pretty tasty sounding ideads on this list:

Chips & Crisps
• 1 Homemade potato chips with rosemary
• 2 Kale chips
• 3 Wasabi-toasted nori crisps
• 4 Spicy baked plantain chips

Nuts & Other Nibbles
• 5 Roasted chickpeas
• 6 Baked, spiced "Corn Nuts"
• 7 Chez Panisse herbed almonds
• 8 Ina Garten's chipotle & rosemary spiced nuts

• 9 Peanut butter popcorn
• 10 Za'atar popcorn
• 11 Maple-butter spiced popcorn
• 12 Bacon fat popcorn

• 13 Goat cheese balls with herbs, pecans & bacon
• 14 Cherry tomato & fresh mozarella bites
• 15 Peppadews & goat cheese
• 16 Stuffed figs with honey-balsamic syrup

Substantial Snacks
• 17 Deviled eggs
• 18 Bacon-wrapped potato bites
• 19 Prosciutto-wrapped arugula
• 20 Panelle (Sicilian chickpea fritter)

http://www.thekitchn.com/20-glutenfre... (If you click the link each idea is a link to the recipe.


All I did was Google gluten free finger foods and lots of results come up!

Jan 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

why am I so bad a sauteing chicken breast? High elevation issues.

Try brining it first. That keeps chicken breast juicy (no matter the elevation!) I didn't have that problem when I lived in Denver, only with baking- we had very well fed squirrels from all of the baking rejects.

Jan 17, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

A longtime family friend makes an onion/ saltine casserole specifically from Vidalias when they are in season. She's Southern (US) and said she grew up with it.

Jan 16, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

The heart was for your food, not the musical!

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Tonight is marinated flank steak cooked on the grill with chimichurri sauce, fauxtatoes and zucchini (not sure if I'll grill it or make a zuke ribbon salad or zoodles.)

Last night was a lightened up eggplant parm (baked instead of fried, no breading, moderate cheese- I had a craving for it but didn't want a heavy meal.) The night before was nothing (lunch was late and filling,) so I cooked the lamb loin chops and brussels sprouts and they became the next day's lunch.)

Are crispy eggs a culinary no no?

The smell of burnt hair and the texture and appearance of plastic.... but if I liked em I'd eat em. People need to stop worrying about how other people eat their food.

Is Drinking Shower Water Bad?

These "staff features" are getting to be as bad as Yahoo content.

Jan 15, 2015
weezieduzzit in Features

Anyone use Netflix?

The content on Netflix changes regularly. We don't have a television so Netflix and occasionally Amazon is the only way we watch things.

Moldy pasta sauce, help

I don't know what the other things in your fridge you mention are but pasta sauce lacks the acidity/salt/sugar/ that preserves many foods for longer periods of time.

Jan 15, 2015
weezieduzzit in General Topics