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Cutting board and cross-contamination - Is it a real issue?

Not a good idea. This will contaminate the countertop or whatever surface is underneath. Best practice is to put a board used to cut meat, especially chicken, directly into the dishwasher after use.

41 minutes ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Earthquake

I expect they are a little safer. Thank you.

about 19 hours ago
GH1618 in Wine

New California law allows dogs to dine out

They are only legitimate at the discretion of the restaurateur in any case.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Not About Food

Do you have a favorite canned chili, spicy with no beans?

In the interest of science, I recently tried two that are available at Grocery Outlet.

1. Hardy Jack's (Dist. by Creative Contract Packaging, Aurora, Il)
2. American Classics (Dist. by Hormel Foods Sales Austin, Mn)

Both list beef as the second ingredient. AC also has pork. The meat is barely discernable in HJ because the pieces are so small. AC has more meat texture, but certainly not the way anyone would make chili at home. No doubt meat scraps.

HJ has more saturated fat, 11g/c to 4g/c. HJ has 1.5g trans fat, AC has none.

Both have lots of salt, 970mg and 990mg sodium or about 40% Daily Value.

AC has a little more carb., fiber, and sugars, HJ has more total fat, 25g/c.

AC has more protein, 20g/c to 11g/c.

Both are mild chilus. You have to punch it up with Frank's if you want more heat.

Verdict:

HJ is unsatisfying glop. I used the leftovers to make chili burgers, adding just a little as a condiment. For that use it was passable, just barely.

AC is a little better, the only one of the two to eat stand-alone. It is good enough to keep in the back of the pantry as emergency food when "the big one" hits, or when suffering from chili dog deprivation.

Either will encourage you to start researching chili recipes.

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

New California law allows dogs to dine out

I don't agree that it's ok to leave a dog in a car in 70 °F weather with the windows merely cracked.

I don't agree that dogs should be allowed in retail establishments.

It isn't that I don't like dogs. I love well-behaved, friendly dogs.

Earthquake

I couldn't say without looking at the details of the incident. I don't suppose one can prevent a seam from splitting. The main thing is that tanks should not topple, endangering life and limb of anybody nearby. Some of the photos I have seen in the present case show tall stainless steel tanks which are free-standing, except for piping. That is not adequate.

The stacked barrels present probably a greater hazard, as is evident from the photograph here. It was fortunate that this quake happened during non-working hours.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Wine

Earthquake

It depends on what you mean by "region." USGS looks at the entire earth.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Wine

Earthquake

You would think the vinters would be doing a better job of earthquake preparedness after that. Some are, but clearly not all.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Wine

Earthquake

It's too soon to have detailed information on the fault.

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article....

1 day ago
GH1618 in Wine

Is It Finally Cool to Like the Frugal Gourmet?

Actually, Polanski was found guilty (by plea) of one count of unlawful sexual intercourse. Polanski fled to avoid sentencing.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Features

Earthquake

Here's a link to the apparent supplier of that rack system:

http://www.westernsquare.com/brewerie...

There's a video under "Seismic Support System" which shows it in action in a simulated earthquake. Note that the SSS is a rolling support which is placed at the base of a pile of racks. The racks alone won't do the job. I can't tell from the photograph whether the SSS was used or not.

I wouldn't want to be in a room with those barrels during an earthquake. This rack system could easily be made safer by securing the racks with web straps:

http://www.grainger.com/product/KEEPE...

2 days ago
GH1618 in Wine

Earthquake

"easily movable" — there's the rub. If it's easily movable, chances are it will in an earthquake. Everything needs to be connected together, meaning extra time when moving sections to disconnect. I suppise if you had such a system, people would get tired of using it and just leave things loose.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Wine

Earthquake

I don't get your point here. Are you talking about the Loma Prieta earthquake? That was a magnitude seven (approximately). Of course there was a lot of damage. A magnitude seven releases far more energy than a six, and is consequently more difficult to engineer structures which will survive without damage. As you imply, it also depends on where you are and on the design of the building. The engineering required to withstand a magnitude seven quake is not at issue here.

But this was only a magnitude six. Many structures were damaged, but they were old, poorly built (for an earthquake zone) structures, such as those made of brick, or newer but poorly engineered structures. I am an engineer and I can say definitely that a storage system for barrels can be designed which would not have collapsed in this earthquake. This one collapsed because the people who use such things want not only earthquake resilience, they also want low cost and ease-of-use. The last means a system which comes apart easily, and that's what it did.

Perhaps it would ride through a magnitude five earthquake perfectly well, but that's not saying much. Practically everything survives a magnitude five intact.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Wine

Earthquake

It could, if there's a resonance effect and the barrels aren't secured. Anyway, they did fall down and they shouldn't have.

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

New All-Clad Handles... About Time.

Calvin Trillin called that "Alice's Law of Compensatory Cash Flow:

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/enter...

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Earthquake

Of course it depends on where you were relative to the LP earthquake and the particulars of the buildings, not only the racking system. It is not surprising that a magnitude 7 quake would do damage in places where earthquake preparation had been carried out. For a magnitude 6, there should be no significant damage to a warehouse of barrels, whether empty or full, if the storage system is well-engineered.

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

Best pots/pans?

You didn't ask me, but I think thicker is better and five or seven plies doesn't mean much over three-ply, if anything.

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Earthquake

Ok, it's supposed to be safe in an earthquake. It isn't. Perhaps they will rethink this.

BTW, I live about 20 miles from the epicenter (and also experienced the Loma Prieta earthquake). It knocked a few books on the floor. Certainly Napa was harder hit, but a magnitude 6 earthquake is not extreme. A storage system which would have held together would not be difficult to design. It must be tied to the walls, and the sections must be tied together.

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Wine
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Earthquake

Notice how the barrels were just stacked up on a flimsy little rack system evidently without anchoring to the walls. This mess is not evidence of the severity of the earthquake, which was moderate, but of the utter lack of preparation for a quake. I don't think the building had anything to do with it.

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

Philly CH to Tillamook OR

Thanks. Hardly anybody up there serves a decent clam chowder, surprisingly. See my separate thread on the subject:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9751...

(Clatsop is the next county north of Tillamook.)

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Pacific Northwest

No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

Seems similar to my Russell No. 10, which I use all the time:

http://www.crazycrow.com/mm5/merchant...

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware
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Chicago Cutlery.

Sure, if it's a knife you like using.

Aug 25, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Oil Burning in Pan

Oh, I see — it's tri-ply.

Use a different oil and turn down the heat. Don't leave the pan on the heat unattended. You don't want it smoking hot.

Aug 24, 2014
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Oil Burning in Pan

So it isn't multi-ply, just solid stainless steel?

Aug 24, 2014
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Earthquake

That looks like it could have been prevented. A 6.0 is not that strong. It would not be difficult to design a storage systen that would have held up.

Aug 24, 2014
GH1618 in Wine

Polyscience Immersion Circulator

Three hundred bucks (not counting accessories)!? No, thank you. Then, I wouldn't want it at $30.

Aug 24, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Muscles!!

The double exclamation point and the "I dunno" are what bother me, as well as one missing comma. I wouldn't notice how someone pronounces "mussels."

Aug 24, 2014
GH1618 in Not About Food

No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

Just recently I bought the 2-qt All-Clad MC2 saucepan, mainly because it was on sale at my favorite outlet, and also because my 47-year old small saucepan, which is plain stainless steel, has a loose handle and a missing knob on the lid (I like to get my use out of things).

I'm completely satisfied. This pan has an unusual profile, taller in relation to its diameter than I expected. It cooks rice perfectly without the scorching effect that I sometimes get with the old pan. And it has the slightly improved version of the original A-C handle, which I happen to like.

Aug 24, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Mistakes, I've made a few

The advantage of a crêpe pan is that it contains the batter to produce crêpes of a uniform size and shape, and is light enough to make tossing the crêpe in the air to flip it easy. I expect that would be harder with a griddle.

Aug 23, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

All are welcome to participate here, not merely US citizens. I find PhilD's posts to be thoughtful contributions to the discussion.