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Why don't they make cast iron cookware the way they used to?

It's labor cost. Cast iron used to be inexpensive because everyone had cast iron pans, so they were produced in large quantities. There are no longer economies of scale in the production of iron pans. Borough seems to be a boutique operation. They add value in the artistry of the dsign and count on the comparatively few people willing to pay for art.

about 2 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

browning chicken in advance

There's skin? I assumed no skin. The purpose of browning is to develop the flavors associated with the browning reaction. These won't be lost by refrigeration. It doesn't matter that it will take a little longer to cook the chicken.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Why don't they make cast iron cookware the way they used to?

It's crazy steep. It seems to me that it's a consequence of lacking economies of scale. This is a boutique operation, which claims to make pans to order. That reminds me of the company which makes ice cream to order. A dumb idea in both cases, catering to people with a lot of disposable income.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

browning chicken in advance

Not likely, provided that you are careful to avoid cross contamination and that you cook it to the recommended temperature afterward. If it were much longer thaan that, I would transfer it to a plate and put it in the refrigerator.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Why don't they make cast iron cookware the way they used to?

Better than Griswold is not possible, and pre-seasoning is a minus.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Help a Canadian out..what on Earth is "American cheese"?

"American cheese" is not "Pasteurized process cheese food," but it might be an ingredient in making "Pasteurized process cheese food." "American cheese is defined thusly:

"... cheddar cheese, washed curd cheese, colby cheese, granular cheese, or any mixture of two or more of these may be designated as "American cheese".

See title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations:

133.169 Pasteurized process cheese

133.173 Pasteurized process cheese food

2 days ago
GH1618 in Cheese

Help a Canadian out..what on Earth is "American cheese"?

I don't know what you mean by "real" American cheese. The subject of this thread is a type of processed cheese which is defined in federal law as "American Cheese." The legal definition is linked somewhere above.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Cheese

Ice Cream: Best Bang (Density) for Buck

Not necessarily. This is the ingredient list for Tillamook Old Fashioned Vanilla:

"Cream, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Whole Milk, Condensed Skim Milk, Contains less than 2% of the following: Vanilla, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Mono- and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan."

The vanilla is from Madagascar vanilla beans, as stated elsewhere on the Tillamook site.

By the way, they will change their formula in 2016:

"To simplify our ice cream recipes, in early 2016 we are transitioning to a recipe that is even creamier than our current recipe while eliminating Carageenan, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Mono and Diglycerides, and Polysorbate 80."

Aug 27, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Consumer Reports finds fecal contamination in ground beef

The key term here is "some circumstances." If the chicken has no harmful bacteria in it, then yes, it can be eaten raw. The catch is that chicken can contain, and often does, some really nasty pathogens that you don't want to ingest.

Aug 27, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Consumer Reports finds fecal contamination in ground beef

So you like them well-done?

Aug 27, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Consumer Reports finds fecal contamination in ground beef

It's a useful reminder. There was a serious incident of food poisoning from undercooked fast-food hamburgers some years ago. Ground beef should always be cooked at least medium, regardless of the source, for safety. I buy ground beef from a market that grinds all of their meat in house, which reduces the risk, but I would never cook it medium-rare.

Aug 27, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News

"It’s the singer not the song" The percieved advantage of luxury cookware.

The immigration of the Palatine Germans into Pennsylvania began in 1709. My own ancestor from Germany arrived in Philadelphia in 1753.

Another reason these immigrants were thought to be Dutch was that they sailed from Rotterdam.

Aug 27, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Round 3: 2015 Cookware deals!

I just got this. Now I am wondering how large a bird I can put in it.

Aug 27, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Round 3: 2015 Cookware deals!

I think "political correctness" is applied to situations in which the attempt to avoid giving offense is thought to be excessive and unnecessary, not to situations in which the particular locution (or circumlocution) is justified.

As for insults, it has been said that "a gentleman is never unintentionally rude." Sometimes people deserve to be insulted.

Aug 27, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Round 3: 2015 Cookware deals!

I don't think so. Regulations apply to imported cookware as well. It's just economic, I suspect.

Aug 27, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

My Carbon Steel Crepe Pan has Rusted

It's unlikely that it is ruined. I would soak it in white vinegar, then scrub it with a pad, and Bon Ami, if necessary, then soak in a solution of baking or washing soda to neutralize the acid. Then rinse, dry, and reseason with Crisco shortening.

Aug 27, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Ice Cream: Best Bang (Density) for Buck

Cellulose gum, added to many ice creams, is not a preservative. It is a binder, or thickener, used to modify the texture. It is derived from plants.

Aug 27, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Ice Cream: Best Bang (Density) for Buck

What is an "artificial source"? "Natural" means only unsynthesized, i.e. extracted from things which contain it. Synthetic means that the molecule is constructed using laboratory methods. "Natural flavorings" are extracted, not synthesized.

Tillamook vanilla ice cream contains Madagascar vanilla. That is generally considered to be the best source of vanilla.

Aug 27, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Ice Cream: Best Bang (Density) for Buck

Vanillin is a particular chemical which is found in vanilla beans and in other things, and which can be synthesized. Whether you have the extract from vanilla beans or not, the "vanilla" taste comes from vanillin, so it doesn't make sense to hate vanillin unless you just don't like any vanilla-flavored food.

Aug 27, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Ice Cream: Best Bang (Density) for Buck

That's odd, because vanillin is the primary component of the extract from vanilla beans. It's what gives any "vanilla" product its characteristic flavor, however produced.

Aug 26, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Ice Cream: Best Bang (Density) for Buck

The only "line" that may not be crossed is one which violates the FDA standard for ice cream:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2006...

If it is legal ice cream, then the marketplace will decide.

Aug 26, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Boooooo McDonald's

"Marketing stunt" is the operative term. I like McDonald's response.

I think Burger King is desperate.

Slovakian model launches Champagne brand

She doesn't make it. She hired someone to make it. She thinks she can market it.

Aug 26, 2015
GH1618 in Wine

Cooking meat without a grill

For "cooked chicken" this is what I do:

I use boneless breasts with skin and bone-in thighs with skin. This saves the trouble of dealing with the little bones.

I char the skin under the broiler.

Then I bake in the oven until a safe temperature is reached. I check to avoid overcooking the breasts.

Aug 26, 2015
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Grill pan: is it worth it?

I like my grill pan for cooking a hamburger, but I don't use it for fish. If I didn't eat beef, I wouldn't have it.

Aug 26, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Garbage Disposal Units - How common are they in the US?

Common in newer construction, but not in older houses unless they have a new kitchen. I never had one until about 30 years ago.

Aug 23, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Your favorite grocery store ice cream

It's an Oregon brand, widely available on the West Coast. I don't suppose it has penetrated the east much, because it is a small brand and has only recently come to California.

Aug 23, 2015
GH1618 in Los Angeles Area

Would you attend a culinary school to become a better home cook?

A cook's uniform is appropriate for a course directed at people who intend to become professional cooks. It is no different than having to buy overalls for an auto mechanics program or scrubs for a nursing program. They are trying to create professionals. One is not entitled to an exception merely because one's objective is not a professional career.

Ice Cream: Best Bang (Density) for Buck

The butterfat content is a big factor, not just the overrun.

Aug 22, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics

Ice Cream: Best Bang (Density) for Buck

I don't go to Wal-Mart, so don't know what they carry. It may depend on location. Maximum overrun is 100%. On the west coast, I like Tillamook. The overrun is considered proprietary, but I have been able to determine that it is no more than 90%. It's probably lower, because it seems to have higher butterfat content. It's a little pricey, so I recenly bought Umpqua, an Oregon brand, instead.

I don't think Edy's is a cheap brand. Isn't it the same as Dreyer's? That's a premium category ice cream. We used to buy it until it got too expensive. Anyway, we have all but given up ice cream, so I don't pay much attention anymore.

Aug 22, 2015
GH1618 in General Topics