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Gluten-Free Is the New Normal

" Get over it" always a convincing statement. Not.

about 2 hours ago
rasputina in Features

What to do with vacation okra

So what is the limit for edible size? I don't want to waste time and space putting up ones that aren't edible. This is my first year growing orka myself. I could tell when cutting some of mine for freezing that they were getting tough and woody so I tossed those ones.

about 18 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

Was at Costco today. They had the Tres Leches cake. Wow it's so good it reminds of caramel version of Boston Cream Pie. I actually hate the texture of authentic Tres leches cake. I'm trying hard not to have a second piece.

about 19 hours ago
rasputina in Chains

Breville smart oven tips/tricks?

Interesting. I've never heard of reheating soup in the oven.

about 19 hours ago
rasputina in Cookware

What to do with vacation okra

Wow, who knew they grew that huge. I cut everything off mine that was over an inch and then didn't pick anything for nearly a week. My biggest ones were about 6 inches lol. I'm afraid to see what they do when completely neglected.

about 23 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

Recommendation for a good pressure cooker/pressure canner?

I can't imagine how they would store differently. It's a big pot. I store mine in it's original box.

1 day ago
rasputina in Cookware

Mystery Emile Henry

I'd try emailing them through the contact me info on their website and include the photos.

1 day ago
rasputina in Cookware
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Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron?

Lodge hasn't done any such marketing. They completely ignore the differences between vintage Griswold and Wagner and Lodge. They don't even need to bother with any such comparison marketing because the average consumer doesn't know about it, and if they do some of them are grossed out by used cookware and some don't want to bother with having to hunt it up or learn the different marks used over time to know what they are looking at. My mom is perfectly happy with her 50 year old no name cast iron. My best friend just wants a pan now, she doesn't want to hunt up the right vintage one.

2 days ago
rasputina in Cookware

Recommendation for a good pressure cooker/pressure canner?

Mirro, Presto and All American are the most commonly used of the people know and they all get satisfactory ratings from the folks I know that use them. There is a big deal made over the fact that the All American doesn't use a gasket but it still has an over pressure plug that will need replacement on occasion. If you need to double stack quarts, you'll have to get an All American because they are the only canners that can do that. You'd need to get the 30 or 41 qt models to double stack quarts. Personally I'd go for one that at least will double stack pints.

I found the Presto to be great for my entry into pressure canning. The 23 qt model is about 80 dollars on Amazon and will hold 7 qt jars or up to 20 pint jars and 24 half pints. I just did 17 pints in mine today a mix of regular and wide mouth jars in one canner load.

Comparing it to the All American of similar size which is 224 dollars on Amazon. The All American is really nice and well made and made in the USA. If I was going to buy the All American I'd get the 30 qt as it's only 50 dollars more and you can double stack quarts. It can do 14 qts or 19 pints in one canner load.

Considering the time it takes to get the canner up to pressure, foods that can take 90 minutes at pressure to can and then the to cool down before you can open it, it's a huge time savings to get a larger canner and process more food in one load.

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I canned some dried beans and got 10 pints of garbonzo beans and 7 pints of great northern beans today.

Aug 25, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Exactly why I do it. Although I was looking at the built in hutch I have that's currently storing dvd's, blu-rays and video games and wondering where I could move them so I could take it over for books.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I cull on a regular basis. Probably at least yearly. If I didn't I'd easily be where you are in cookbooks instead of the 300+ I'm at now. For the last 4-5 years my cull prospects get moved into boxes while I decide if I want to keep them before they go out the door. I culled probably 4 boxes worth last year.

Aug 25, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron?

I wash my Lodge preseasoned pan every time I use it, with detergent even. It's fine. It has nice seasoning. I also have some Lodge that I bought years ago unseasoned, same thing. I also have 100 year old Griswold that I treat the same way, it's also fine and has great seasoning.

OP, the good quality vintage stuff ( not all vintage CI is the same) is very nice, but there is no reason you can't use the new Lodge. I have both, I prefer my Griswold, but the Lodge works fine.

Aug 25, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Oven canning

Meat needs to be pressure canned. Oven canning isn't safe for even high acid foods but for low acid foods like meat, that's just crazy. I hope you are not feeding that to anyone.

http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can5_meat.html

Aug 25, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Doesn't that one can 4 quart jars or 7 pt jars?

Aug 25, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

BOV800XL Breville Smart Oven

Mine lasted until just out of warranty and then the bottom heating element went out. Breville traded me mine for a reconditioned one with a one year warranty and I think I just paid the shipping IIRC. So far it's been a year and it works fine although I noticed the bottom of toast isn't evenly browned as the top anymore. So I'm not sure if the bottom heating element is going again or what. When this one dies I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I had a cheap toaster oven prior to this and it lasted for easily 10 years it was still working when we replaced it with the Breville. But it didn't get the workout my Breville does, we use it numerous times a day for everything from toast to baking cakes.

For the price, I'm not at all happy with the longevity of the product. Their customer service was decent but I'm not willing to pay over 200 dollars every few years to buy a new one if they don't last.

Aug 24, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

I can't remember the last time I ate a commercial pie. I tend to compare the best with the best regardless if it's homemade or store bought. I've had some crap homemade food in my lifetime so I don't assume homemade is better. I don't generally buy store bought what I can make better myself. I'd just be disappointed and it would be a waste of money and calories.

Aug 24, 2014
rasputina in Chains

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

In N Out
Whataburger
Culver's
Cheesecake Factory
PF Changs
Red Robin
BJ's Brewhouse

Aug 24, 2014
rasputina in Chains

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I canned 16 pints of turkey stock today. I was down to 2 qts and we roasted a turkey yesterday, last one from the day after Thanksgiving sale last year.

Aug 24, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I did 3 more jars of raspberry jam last night. Those darn berries go bad to fast I figured I'd jar them up before they had a chance.

Aug 23, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I use the Pickl-it. I did 3 quarts of whole dill pickles and 1 1/2 qts of wedge cut. I used flowering dill from my garden and individual whole spices with garlic and onion. Since I don't have access to fresh grape leaves I used tea leaves for the tannins to keep them crisp. My whole dills could probably do with a little soaking before eating as I think they are a little strong on the garlic.

Aug 23, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Juicing with or without "skin, seeds"?

Juicer's strain out the skin and seeds. Are you talking about blending?

Aug 23, 2014
rasputina in General Topics

New or seasonal products for Fall.. that you want or love!

I can't wait until our butternut squash plants are producing. We waited to plant them because I didn't want to be sick of it when fall hit. They are growing well.

How to eat Mexican Soup with a side of Tortillas?

I've never eaten soup with tortillas, other than tortilla soup which goes in the bowl. I've never been served it that way either.

Aug 22, 2014
rasputina in General Topics

New California law allows dogs to dine out

Maybe I'll have a chance to legally take advantage of it sometime if I'm back there visiting family.

Aug 22, 2014
rasputina in Not About Food

New California law allows dogs to dine out

I wouldn't hold my breath on that. You know they will still whine about it. Some of them loudly.

Aug 22, 2014
rasputina in Not About Food
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What does your cookbook collection look like?

Your home is lovely, thanks for posting the picture with the cupboard at the bottom. I have a small hutch that has been in the garage since we moved last year and your picture reminded me if I bring it inside I can put books in it. I need more shelf space to get stuff out of boxes.

Aug 21, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

What does your cookbook collection look like?

The only reason I have as many e cookbooks as I do is because I cook from them using my tablet.

What does your cookbook collection look like?

I hear you. I have about 150 e-cookbooks. A couple of them are digital versions of my favorite print cookbooks.

Aug 21, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Mashed potatoes, heated milk question

I don't think I've ever heated the milk or cream. But I tend to make them in advance and then keep them warm either in a bain marie or the crock pot so I'm not scrambling at the last minute.

Aug 20, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking