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Strange Silicone Mold Odor Problem

I'm sorry to hear that. It's interesting that the boil made your kitchen smell. did you use a new box of baking soda? I've boiled quite a few things and my kitchen/discard water never smelled of anything but baking soda. I also sometimes make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply it liberally to the silicone bottles. Then I'll dump them in the boiling water and then after the bubbles subside, pour in a lot more - like half a box. I hope that subsequent boils/kitty litter work for you!

Aug 15, 2013
pharaohes in Cookware

Strange Silicone Mold Odor Problem

You could also try to boil with baking soda for 15 minutes. We've done that with silicone baby bottles to remove odor, with some success.

I should clarify that this solution worked better for us than simply soaking in baking soda water or using a vinegar solution.

Aug 14, 2013
pharaohes in Cookware

Kirkland Signature Dutch Oven MADE IN FRANCE

I'm in Utah. I can't remember exactly how much I bought it for, but it wasn't more than $80...I think it may have been $70.

May 10, 2011
pharaohes in Cookware

Kirkland Signature Dutch Oven MADE IN FRANCE

I did get the one made in France. I found mine in the store (impulse buy!) but I have ordered online from their website before, and they are great. Plus, the packaging is really secure in the box - the product is secured with cardboard inserts, not just paper - and I'm sure they would replace it for you for free if it, by some miracle, should arrive damaged. I recommend trying it and if it doesn't work for you, just return it. Costco is very accommodating that way, takes the "fear" factor out of a purchase like this.

I really can't endorse this pot enough - I used it to braise short ribs for 4 hours, pernil for 7 hours, roast a chicken with potatoes and root veggies in the bottom - not the greatest use of this, but it did the trick - , and the other day I just used it to saute a bunch of spinach on my stovetop as I wanted to use a container with a wide bottom and tall sides to keep the big heaping pile of spinach from falling out of a lower walled pan. I also made a no-knead bread in it. It really is very versatile, cleans like a dream and has held up very well to being banged around in my kitchen cupboards - no chips in the lid or the pot! I had researched a Le Creuset, but I was irritated to see that not all of them can go up to 500* without buying a new knob. For my budget right now, when I spend that much money, I want a product that can handle the occasional high temperature! My Le Creuset dreams will have to wait until my budget grows to meet my vision. :)

May 10, 2011
pharaohes in Cookware

Kirkland Signature Dutch Oven MADE IN FRANCE

I bought this and it is GREAT. I don't own a Le Crueset or Staub, but for the price savings, this is more than adequate. I've used it to braise, roast, and even just sear on my countertop. It's nice and heavy without being SO heavy, can go up to 500*F, has a metal knob so that you don't have to worry about buying another knob, is glazed black on the inside, and cleans very, very easily. I would love to own a Le Creuset, but the Costco version came in a color I wanted for a price that I loved. And you can return things at Costco so easily - it seemed like a low risk purchase. Definitely worth the money and then some! Some brand names are great, but that doesn't mean that other companies cannot provide a comparable item with very high functionality. Why spend $300 when I can spend <$100 and can't taste the difference?

May 10, 2011
pharaohes in Cookware

Adapting Marcella Hazan's Lemon Roasted Chicken?

Just to clarify - do I need to turn up the temp or lengthen the cooking time if I roast two chickens at the same time?

Apr 27, 2011
pharaohes in Home Cooking

Adapting Marcella Hazan's Lemon Roasted Chicken?

Thanks for all of the replies! I was just going to get a chicken cut up into 8 pieces, so that folks could select their choice of light/dark meat. If I should stick with all of one cut, please advise!

Apr 27, 2011
pharaohes in Home Cooking

Adapting Marcella Hazan's Lemon Roasted Chicken?

Any advice would be appreciated as I begin preparations for my first dinner party.... I want to make MH's lemon roasted chicken, but was thinking of roasting chicken parts instead of an entire chicken for serving ease. Also, I'd make about 12-15 pieces of bone-in chicken to serve a party of 6.

1. How would you adapt the recipe for more pieces of chicken? Higher temp? longer cook time?

2. Could I slice the lemons and put them underneath the pieces instead?

3. if I threw some roasted potatoes in the oven, would it significantly lengthen the cook time of the chicken?

Or should I just stick with roasting the entire chicken and call it a day?

thanks very much!

Apr 27, 2011
pharaohes in Home Cooking