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Costco pork ribs and GMO feed.

About 90% of the feed corn in the U. S. is GM varieties. All you can do is buy pork that is labeled as not being fed GM crops.

about 3 hours ago
GH1618 in General Topics

Costco pork ribs and GMO feed.

This reminds me of people who were afraid to use electricity produced by nuclear power.

about 3 hours ago
GH1618 in General Topics

Whats a good alternative to al clad?

There is no simple answer, because there are many types of cookware, and for a particular piece one maker might be the best choice while for a different piece another maker might be the best. You should begin by deciding what you want without reference to brands.

about 9 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware
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Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

I know from personal experience that a shopping cart works as a walker.

Round 3: 2015 Cookware deals!

Answer: a Muscovy hen will fit (about five lbs.) but not a drake (about seven lbs).

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

My experience is that it is unusual for carts to be left in the traffic lanes, even though often they are not returned to a designated place. This is not a problem where I shop. In fact, I find it easier when I can just pick one up on the periphery of the lot where I usually park. Usually, there aren't many loose carts because the supermarket has gofers who retrieve them. I think the problem of carts being left in the way is class-related.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Not About Food

Consumer Reports finds fecal contamination in ground beef

Food poisoning from undercooked meat is not unknown in Japan, either.

http://www.city.shinjuku.lg.jp/foreig...

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Defrost frozen fish in original plastic packaging. Safe?

Store managers are not food scientists, they're just people trying to sell stuff.

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

That's the real problem. It's why many groceries now have a special wheel om their carts which locks when it crosses the perimeter of the property.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Not About Food

How do you send back food without pissing off the server or chef ?

To begin with, send food back only when there is genuinely something wrong with it.

fish cookery & cookbooks

"Saucing the Fish a Chef's collection of recipes for stylish fish dishes by Shirley King. Simon ad Schuster 1986.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Staub rim damage?

Perhaps you are, but you wrote "... or any enameled cast iron cookware."

I have to have one of everything, so I finally went for ECI.

Aug 30, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Staub rim damage?

Gee, Chem, I just bought a Chasseur cocotte and was expecting to be happy when I cook a duck in it. What misery should I expect?

Aug 30, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware
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My Carbon Steel Crepe Pan has Rusted

The lighter weight steel pans tend to have welded handles because rivets aren't necessary. I have a generic French crêpe pan with a welded handle which I bought circa 1980 and there are no signs of the handle attachment failing. These pans are extremely sturdy.

The advantage of the welded handle is that there is no protrusion on the inside. This is better for a crêpe pan, as the crêpe is shaken loose prior to flipping and a rivet would interfere.

Aug 30, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware
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Rick Bayless | A Sad Day in Mexico

Heirloom varieties of maize are at risk of cross-pollination from any commercial variety grown in large quantities nearby. The GM varieties are not any more likely to pollinate other varieties. Mexico has thousands of varieties of maize, despite production of commercial varieties on a large scale because they are grown in out-of-the-way places where they are adapted to the local conditions.

Aug 30, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Rick Bayless | A Sad Day in Mexico

What is "this"?

Aug 30, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Resisting warp, sticking, and avoiding klutzy fry pans w/induction

Cast iron seems too heavy to toss the crêpe in the air. Also, the steel crêpe pans come in a variety of sizes, so it is easy to get exactly the right size.

Aug 30, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Rick Bayless | A Sad Day in Mexico

"Immeasureable cruelty"? Oh, please, spare me the drama.

Bayless believes that this will drive out other varieties of corn. I doubt it. If there is a demand for the unusual varieties, then they will be grown.

Aug 29, 2015
GH1618 in Food Media & News
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Resisting warp, sticking, and avoiding klutzy fry pans w/induction

If you make crêpes, there's no substitute for a plain steel French crêpe pan. Carbon steel pans work well for just about everything. Some (large de Buyer "Mineral" pans) are pretty heavy, but some are light enough.

Aug 29, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

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.

Aug 29, 2015
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.

Aug 28, 2015
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.

Aug 28, 2015
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.

Aug 28, 2015
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.

Aug 28, 2015
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

Aug 27, 2015
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.

Aug 27, 2015
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