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What would be in your perfect picnic basket?

Water crackers, brie, smoked Columbia River white sturgeon, and a bottle of vino verde.

about 2 hours ago
GH1618 in General Topics

New All-Clad Handles... About Time.

Thanks. That's a helpful picture. There is also a difference in the curvature at the connection to the pot. My saucier has the thinner handle and my new saucepan has the newer handle. My large saucepan also has the wider handle. My French skillet has a variation of the newer handle with a slot near the pan and guard underneath.

about 3 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Does Fast Food Really Make People Fat?

According to this report:

http://www.usda.gov/factbook/chapter2...

Americans are eating more of just about every category of food, but especially sugar (in all its forms). No wonder we are fat!

A good example of a food item which became popular in the 1970s and 1980s in a low-fat high-sugar form is flavored yogurt. It isn't unusual to see six brands in one store.

It seems that you are correct that fat consumption has risen as well. We eat low-fat yogurt, use less butter, and drink less milk, but we love cheese and olive oil.

But the report makes it clear that sugar consumption (in all its forms) is not only up but way up. Your distinction between HFCS and ordinary sugar is irrelevant. They are the same thing, nutritionally, and the total is way up.

Also, wheat consumption is up significantly. Complex carbs convert to glucose, which is the fuel of the body, just more slowly than mainlining sugar directly.

about 4 hours ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Does Fast Food Really Make People Fat?

I'm relying on Dr. Lustig for that connection, so I'll defer to him. It's in his 90-minute lecture on the subject.

about 4 hours ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

What are the cooking temperatures of your slow cooker?

This is right. Inexpensive slow cookers do not even have thermostats, they have power settings — generally low, high, and warm. The temperature is limited by the boiling point of water. This will be reached faster on the high setting than on the low.

Although there are more sophisticated models, a slow cooker is a primitive device designed for convenience and low cost. If you want temperature control, get a conventional oven and a Dutch oven.

about 5 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Lid for Griswold No. 6 skillet

It used to be that one could get a generic glass lid for a cast iron skillet in a hardware store, but that seems not be the case anymore.  When I broke the lid for my generic skillet I shopped around online until I found a glass lid and took a chance on it.  It works, but is not an ideal fit.

With name-brand vintage skillets there are vintage iron lids guaranteed to fit, but these are rare and more expensive than the skillets themselves.  So when I recently acquired a Griswold No. 6 I expected to do without a lid.  Then I stumbled upon a stainless steel lid which seemed to be about the right size, and it was on clearance, so I bought it.  It is a Viking 8.7 inch (22 cm).

This lid is a near-perfect fit for my Griswold No. 6, and it is very nice.  It is sturdier than my All-Clad lids and has a shallow dome shape.  If you have a No. 6 skillet, want a lid, and would be satisfied with stainless steel, consider this one.

about 5 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Does Fast Food Really Make People Fat?

That's the gist of it, except that I would look at the evolutionary aspect from the point of view of the fruits. Fruit-bearing plants have evolved to have fruits which are good to eat because tasty fruits have survival value. Evolution is driven by survival of an organism and its progeny. Fruit doesn't add much to the survivability of humans if anything. For most of the development of modern man simple sugars were a small part of the diet. The absence of fresh fruit did not prevent early man from migrating into cold climates.

about 6 hours ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Does Fast Food Really Make People Fat?

HFCS was developed in the late 1950s and becan to be used in the United States in 1970. It is no different from ordinary table sugar (sucrose) from a health standpoint, but it is cheaper. Sugar content of prepared foods began to be increased in the 1970s when fat reduction came into vogue. HFCS was a significant part of this phenomenon because of its lower cost.

about 6 hours ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

New All-Clad Handles... About Time.

I agree with the "gross generality" remark, but not much else here.  People who aren't buying their cookware at Target (because they want something better and can afford it) aren't just buying a name they've heard of.  They have computers and an interner connection and are capable of doing thorough research to decide what they want.

I won't try to figure out how others choose their cookware, but I will say how I came to buy my All-Clad:

1. I wanted better cookware because my old stuff is literally falling apart and because I am cooking more now and able to afford an upgrade.

2. Made in USA is a plus for me, when the quality is there, although not a requirement.

3. A reputable brand name is a plus, but a celebrity name is a disqualification.  If someone other than the maker wants his name on my cookware, he should pay me.  That's not going to happen.    

4. I like utility without frills. So I like A-C MC2 because it has enough aluminum and a stainless steel liner, but no SS exterior cladding (which is superfluous). As far as I know, there is no alternative with this construction.

5. A-C is sometimes too pricey, but I generally find what I want at a discount.

6. A-C does not have an exclusive deal in my kitchen. I do not have or want an A-C set and I have many other brands as well.

7. The handles are not an issue for me, as I have written before. I like them better than on either my de Buyer Mineral pan or my Calaphalon Commercial pan (new or old).

about 7 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

New All-Clad Handles... About Time.

It depends on the line. I just received my new 2-qt MC2 saucepan, and the handle seems to be the same as on my older MC2, but a little wider than that on my 1-qt saucier. What is the subtle improvement to which you refer?

about 10 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

The US is seventh in per capita wealth on this list:

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/us-d...

about 14 hours ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Why all the hate still for Dupont Teflon?

That's correct. Here's the EPA press release:

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress....

about 15 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Does Fast Food Really Make People Fat?

Here's the crux of the problem. A useful theory of obesity prevalence has to account for the sudden rise in the obesity prevalence beginning in the mid-1970s:

http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications...

Evolution cannot explain that. Evolution cannot produce significant changes in a population in a few decades. People are the same today as they were in 1970, but fatter.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Does Fast Food Really Make People Fat?

"Junk" food is not well defined. It's the increased amount of sugar in many foods in recent years that is making people fat, in my opinion. That is not my original idea, but Dr. Lustig's, who has convonced me.

A lot of food that people might think of as "junk" is not particularly bad.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Why all the hate still for Dupont Teflon?

This article explains how PTFE is manufactured withou PFOA:

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/s...

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Why all the hate still for Dupont Teflon?

Here's a status statement from DuPont on the phaseout of PFOA:

http://www2.dupont.com/PFOA2/en_US/as...

It states that they are meeting the EPA schedule.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Oven safe non-stick cookware.

I see. I would try a cast iron skillet if I had one available.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Oven safe non-stick cookware.

I'm wondering what the underlying objective is here. Although I have no objection to nonstick coatins in general, and have a few nonstick pans myself, I don't use them in the oven. The two pans I use most frequently in the oven are cast iron and hard-anodized aluminum. Both are nonstick as a practical matter for the use to which I put them.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Does Fast Food Really Make People Fat?

That's one person's opinion and I'm not buying it. The sugar that is found directly in fruits had an evolutionary advantage for the fruit-bearing plants, but fruits were a small part of the human diet. Our sugar was mostly derived from complex carbohydrates rather than taken in directly.

I do see the point, however, but think it's a cop-out which is not helpful. Many people who are obese don't want to be, and telling them it can't be helped because we were made that way just doesn't do it for me. Those of us who are successful in keeping our weight under control are products of the same evolution.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Stupid gadgets

Do you mean this?

http://www.functionjunction.com/produ...

I use mine always, and a smaller one for limes. I don't think it's stupid at all, because it does a good job and because squeezing lemons by hand would irritate my skin. If you are not prone to dermatitis, more power to you, but that doesn't mean that a device which is helpful to those of us who are is "stupid."

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

The temperature recommendations are not arbitrary, but are based on microbiological research and on disease data. Here is a link to just one research paper illustrating how such research is conducted:

http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijmic...

No doubt the temperature recommendations include a safety margin, because all good safety protocols allow for a margin of error. There is good reason for a generous margin in cooking chicken, because of the potential consequences. Campylobacter is the most common cause of gastroenteritis, which can be fatal. Nearly always it is not, but about one in one thousand persons with Campylobacteriosis will develop Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a potentially devastating neurological disorder.

You may cook chicken for yourself any way you wish. The USDA recommendations are not intended to indulge your individual preferences in the preparation of chicken, but to help protect the public health. They are just doing their job, and while their recommendations may be more conservative than you prefer, they are certainly not arbitrary.

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

Does Fast Food Really Make People Fat?

Consumption of sugar is a modern phenomenon. Evolution has nothing to do with it.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Why the Federal Ruling on McDonald's Just Turned Franchising Upside Down

This is a legal question only incidentally related to food. However it turns out, I expect large fast-food chains will adapt as necessary and go on, much as before. I do not believe that an end to franchising could come from this.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Chains

"No Strollers — No High Chairs — No Booster Chairs"

A restaurant in Monterey, California:

http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/p...

My kind of place.

Jul 30, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News
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Favorite non stick pan?

That's correct. I didn't notice the reference to induction. Calphalon Commercial won't work, either.

Jul 30, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

Salmonella can be found in chickens and eggs from any source, including "organic" farms. The reason that salmonella is most often found in chicken from large, conventional chicken farms is simply because such farms produce the great majority of our chicken.

Jul 30, 2014
GH1618 in General Topics

Why all the hate still for Dupont Teflon?

PFOA is used in the production of PTFE. It does not remain in the final product.

Jul 30, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Does Fast Food Really Make People Fat?

This presents a false dichotomy for the apparent purpose of putting the entire responsibility for obesity on the individual. The problem of increasing prevalence of obesity is more complicated than that, and it has been much discussed in these forums. Certainly people do have primary responsibility for their food choices, but there are other factors at work, especially economic.

Jul 30, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News
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Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

Your account is inaccurate. USDA rules adopted in 1959 allowed chickens to be shipped frozen, then thawed and sold as "fresh." Congressional hearings (at which Puck testified) encouraged the USDA to revise the rules to require that such chicken be labeled "previously frozen." "Fresh" chicken cannot now have been previously frozen.

http://articles.latimes.com/1995-01-1...

Jul 30, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News
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Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

It was made by a European company. The giveaway is the egg storage rack which holds only ten eggs.

Jul 30, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News