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Why Does Pineapple Come in a 20-Ounce Can?

They use a #2 can, which is a standard size and the right size for pineapple slices, and that is what it weighs.

It doesn't matter what size it is, as there would always be someone wanting a different size.

about 6 hours ago
GH1618 in General Topics

Kalamatas no good for Italian cooking?

BR sells olive ice cream?

about 14 hours ago
GH1618 in General Topics

McDonald's French Fries

I don't "want" to, the question is whether I accept it to some extent. If there is no harm caused by it, then it's acceptable. Silicone compounds are inert and so can be used for surgical implants and cooking utensils. I don't believe the tiny amount which can be found in some French fries is anything to worry about.

about 14 hours ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News
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how long would it take to make a medium rare salmon fillet in your oven?

What Beard wrote was:

"The basic principle of the Canadian rules for cooking is that fish is measured at its thickest point ... and that it be cooked, no matter how, at exactly 10 minutes per inch." From James Beard's New Fish Cookery. The rule is from the Canada Department of Fisheries. Take it up with them.

about 14 hours ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

how long would it take to make a medium rare salmon fillet in your oven?

Perhaps your temperature is too high. In any case, a "rule of thumb" is an estimate for a starting point, not a precise rule. As another poster noted, there are many factors. The OP must decide on a particular sized piece of fish, try cooking it, then make adjustments for the next time if needed.

about 14 hours ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Kalamatas no good for Italian cooking?

I find them too strong. Gaetas seem a little milder and the result more balanced. So while I could use kalmatas, which are everywhere, I prefer gaetas.

about 14 hours ago
GH1618 in General Topics

McDonald's French Fries

Here's the FDA regulation on dimethylpolysiloxade:

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts...

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

McDonald's French Fries

Actually, the onus is on the food producer to prove to the FDA that a substance is safe for use in a particular way in the preparation of food.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Dog Differences

"Frank" is just short for "frankfurter."

A "hot dog" is a frankfurter in a bun (a kind of sandwich).

A "red hot" is a frankfurter or a hot dog with hot chile in it.

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

pre 90's before automation

Ah, for the good old days before we had automation! Such as temperature control in our oven. My grandmother had to control the temperature by adjusting the air inlet to the firebox manually and by throwing in another Pres-to-log now and then. You can't get aa blackberry cobbler like hers anymore.

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

pre 90's before automation

GMOs have no effect whatsoever on your food experience. I would bet you dollars to doughnuts that you couldn't pass a blind test to say which food items contained GMOs, except that doughnuts probably cost a dollar nowadays anyway, and besides, I don't eat doughnuts.

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

Kalamatas no good for Italian cooking?

I like to use gaeta olives for Italian dishes, which are available under the Minasso label. They can be hard to find though. Perhaps by mail order?

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics
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McDonald's French Fries

I don't know why the UK fries are different, but I'm not worried about it. I eat McD french fries only rarely and I trust the FDA to ensure that the food won't kill me. Almost always they are right.

The Silly-Putty reference is an example of the irrational, alarmist approach to this question. The substantive question is only: what does it do in the french fries and are there any risks? Its use in othr products is completely irrelevant.

Methylpolysiloxane is also used to treat flatulence. There may be many uses of the substance. If its use here is for antifoaming characteristics, I expet that it is in the oil. So what is the amount that ends up in an order of fries an how does that compare to the dosage for medical uses? If you aren't getting thee details on its use then you are merely raising alarms speculatively. I want all the facts but I don't care about the facts of its use in Silly Putty.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Seattle-Portland lunch recs

Somewhere else in the thread it was suggested that the OP go to the International District in Seattle for lunch. Perhaps my reply was in the wrong context. Doesn't matter. The whole idea is cockamamie.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Greater Seattle

McDonald's French Fries

It isn't "necessary,' it's deemed useful. The substantive question is: what are the ingredients and why are they there? This question isn't addressed by the article in any detail. It relies on the fear some people have of ingredients with lots of syllables in their names without regard for the facts of the chemistry.

Some ingreddients have lots of syllables in their names simply becausee they are not common enough in everyday use to have acquired common names.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

how long would it take to make a medium rare salmon fillet in your oven?

The rule of thumb for cooking fish is ten minutes per inch, meaured at its thickest point.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Seattle-Portland lunch recs

Remember, the arrival time is when the plane gets to the gate. I've waited 15 minutes just to get off the plane at times. Who hasn't waited half an hour to pick up a checked bag? I usually travel with just one carry-on now, so might get on the road in half an hour if lucky, but flying to Sea-Tac, driving to Seattle for lunch, then to Oregon wine country, then into Portland to the hotel, in just one afternoon-evening is a cockamamie plan. It's not a triathalon, it's a business trip combined with some recreation.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Greater Seattle

Dull forks

You could try switching to romaine salads. The stiffer end nearer the root is easy to spear with the average fork.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Seattle-Portland lunch recs

If you know where everything is and nothing is backed up, ok. So change "not possible" to "unlikely." Look at the whole plan. There's a lot of territory to cover in a short time. Even if you can dash off to the car rental terminal and get on the road in 30 minutes, it's still a bad plan.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Greater Seattle

pre 90's before automation

I'm with ferret. All food? I don't think so. That statement is too sweeping.

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

How do you like your tacos...crunchy or soft?

I'm in DeScanso. It is "dorado" on the menu after all. The online menu was too hard to read or perhaps I hadsomething on my screen.

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

Calendars are liberating, not enslaving, because they allow one to plan ahead. You are not required to observe any special day. Go out whenever you please, just don't expect to get a special menu. Since you don't like the menu anyway, that shouldn't be a problem.

Cookware- $600

I'm on the side of avoiding sets and getting a mix of types of construction, depending on the individual need. A $600 budget is generous if you don't blow it on something extravegant and unnecessary. Decide what you want to get first and look for the best solution for that. Then go on to other requirements.

I happen to think that a small nonstick pan is best for eggs (fried or scrambled), but I'm not into nonstick for much else. If you want to make omelettes, getting exactly the right size is important.

Jan 22, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Seattle-Portland lunch recs

An hour or two is not going to allow that. The whole concept is flawed, in my opinion.

Jan 22, 2015
GH1618 in Greater Seattle
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new refrigerator

I am happy with my Summit counter-depth refrigerator with bottom freezer, but it wouldn't suit most people because it's apartment sized. I got it because it was a perfect fit for my limited space.

Jan 22, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Seattle-Portland lunch recs

Not possible to be on the road at 11\30. Sea-Tac is a large airport and you need to find the shuttle to the rental car facility, wait for it, go there, then wait for your car.

Jan 22, 2015
GH1618 in Greater Seattle

Seattle-Portland lunch recs

It depends on where you are going in Willamette Valley, which is huge (all the way to Eugene).

Jan 22, 2015
GH1618 in Greater Seattle

I miss old school Chinese restaurants.

There's a place near me that serves seafood, dim sum, and sushi. I wouldn't go in such a place for any of it. It serves a purpose, I suppose, in keeping a lot of people out of real sushi bars who don't belong there.

Jan 22, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

How do you like your tacos...crunchy or soft?

I think that's how it is spelled on their menu. If so, the error is theirs. The owner calls that version of his taco his own invention, so it may not be done anywhere else.

Jan 22, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Seattle-Portland lunch recs

Here's a practical alternative:

Plan for an early lunch in SeaTac or a late lunch in Portland.

Go directly to Portland and check into your hotel.

Go to a downtown wine bar which has a good selection of Oregon wines.

Use the information you get at the wine bar to plan a winery tour when you have sufficient time to do it properly.

Jan 22, 2015
GH1618 in Greater Seattle
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