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coconut oil

Afraid I don't know. I buy it already ground.

Jan 30, 2014
BrightRedMud in Home Cooking

coconut oil

The cherries sound like a great idea!

Jan 30, 2014
BrightRedMud in Home Cooking

coconut oil

Yes, it's ground flax seed that I use. I like to add it to give texture to the mixture.

Jan 30, 2014
BrightRedMud in Home Cooking

coconut oil

Here's a tasty treat to make with coconut oil. You can use virgin coconut oil, which is unrefined and has coconut flavour, or you can use refined oil which doesn't have flavour.

I use a half-cup metal measuring cup. Put about 1 tablespoon of liquid oil in the cup, add about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar. Stir together.

Then add 1 tablespoon of cocoa and stir again. Next I add about a tablespoon of flax seed, but you can skip this.

Finally stir in some chopped nuts or seeds, any type, or try adding some dried coconut flakes.

Refrigerate it for about 45 minutes. It makes a delicious healthy chocolate treat.

Jan 23, 2014
BrightRedMud in Home Cooking

Commercial table salt contains sugar? Makes no sense to me.

Good question about the sea salt, law doc. You would think sea salt might contain iodine, but I haven't looked that up.

As far as labelling, it's my understanding that iodized salt must be stated as such. So when you see salt listed as an ingredient in numerous processed foods, it is not iodized salt.

The question of who needs more iodine in their diet (and who needs less) is another good one. We do know that the lack of it causes goiter, which is why iodine was added to salt, beginning many years ago in North America.

I've read that iodine (iodide?) blood levels in the population at large have decreased, presumably because everybody eats so much processed food, and are getting no iodide from the salt in those processed foods. And of course, at the same time, people are using less iodized salt from their salt shakers at home, either because they don't eat home-cooked food, or perhaps because they use non-iodized salt at home, or they have just cut back on salt altogether.

Personally I use iodized salt at home, I don't skimp when using it, but still my intake of salt is not high because I don't use processed foods.

Jun 19, 2013
BrightRedMud in General Topics

Commercial table salt contains sugar? Makes no sense to me.

Thank you to the above posters for the info! So it is used to stabilize the iodide. You learn something new every day as they say.

Jun 18, 2013
BrightRedMud in General Topics

Commercial table salt contains sugar? Makes no sense to me.

Yes, sugar is listed in the ingredients on the box (Windsor's Iodized Table Salt.).

That's why I wondered what people's salt containers said.

Jun 18, 2013
BrightRedMud in General Topics

Commercial table salt contains sugar? Makes no sense to me.

The main table salt seller in Canada lists sugar in their ingredients for ordinary table salt. In ordinary iodized table salt, you expect to see potassium iodide, as well as an anti-caking agent (calcium silicate). But sugar? I e-mailed the company to inquire about this, but got no reply. I wasn't particularly surprised not to get a reply, as I doubt there is a good reason for adding sugar to salt.

Chowhounds around the world who use ordinary table salt, check your box at home. Does it contain sugar?

Jun 18, 2013
BrightRedMud in General Topics

$10 meals, can we make a list?

Referring to my above post, naturally the vegetables need to chopped up before adding them to the casserole.

Hopefully this post will land in the right place. I'm a bit confused with the new format.

Jun 18, 2013
BrightRedMud in Home Cooking

$10 meals, can we make a list?

My suggestion for a cheap filling meal is made with lamb shoulder blade chops. In my area of Canada, New Zealand lamb is often on sale at this time of year (spring, early summer). The shoulder blade chops are economical, and a common sale price for them in my area is $2.99 a pound. There is not much meat on these chops, so allow two per person. For dinner for four people, use eight chops. As well as being economical, this meal is incredibly easy to make.

Further, in praise of lamb, you can be pretty well certain that you are eating natural pasture-raised meat. As far as I know, there are no industrial feed lots or similar modern meat-raising practices used with sheep. They live in pastures and eat grass. What could be better!

Brown the chops at medium heat, for 5-10 minutes per side.

Place chops, single layer, in a fairly deep casserole dish, lightly greased.

On top of the lamb, put raw potatoes (no need to peel them), raw carrots and raw onions. Use three times as many vegetables as you think you will eat for dinner. (see below).

Add water to the casserole dish, but just enough to cover the lamb chops.

Add some kind of herb or flavouring to the dish, as per your taste. I like to add Crosse & Blackwell mint sauce.

Cover the dish and cook at 350F for 1 to 1.5 hours.

*** Regarding cooking three times as many vegetables as you think you'll eat for dinner, I have two reasons. One is obvious: leftovers. You can saute the leftover veg using the leftover liquid from the casserole dish.

Another reason is that the chops will release a lot of lamb fat as they are cooking, which will be absorbed by the veg. Delicious! But there may be too much fat in the veg for some people if you cook only a small volume of veg. For me, cooking lots of extra veg still gives plenty of lamb flavour to the vegetables.

Jun 18, 2013
BrightRedMud in Home Cooking

Do you hoard?

Honeybee Bread is made with honey
Boys and girls may think that's funny
But honey makes Honeybee Bread so good
Tastes the way really good bread should!

This jingle played on the radio all the time when I was little. All of us kids asked our parents to buy Honeybee Bread.

Of course there was nothing special about the taste, but the bag was strangely attractive.

I think it was a brilliant advertising venture.

Nov 17, 2012
BrightRedMud in General Topics

Defrost frozen fish in original plastic packaging. Safe?

Interesting to read about the problem with thawing in the package.

When I eat frozen fish, I don't use the whole package at once. So I remove a few filets from the package, and place them on a cookie sheet, and set the cookie sheet inside of a pan. That way the filets don't sit in their own water.

Or I used to place the filets on paper towels to absorb the excess water from thawing, but now I like the cookie sheet method better.

Oct 27, 2012
BrightRedMud in General Topics

Cheddar please??? Who makes the best cheddars???

I just recently tried that Coastal cheddar from Ford Farms in England. Outstanding! Check out Ford Farm's website if you're interested in cheese-making.

For any Canadians reading, I got it at Sobey's.

Oct 11, 2012
BrightRedMud in Cheese

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

It's interesting that there are all types here, some budget-conscious and some really big spenders. Some of the amounts are so high that I can't imagine spending that much, even if I won the lottery! Ha ha.

Jun 25, 2012
BrightRedMud in General Topics

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

I spend on average $160.00 a month on food for one person. I also shop for sales and eat a pretty natural diet. I assume you're in the U.S.; I'm in Canada where food is probably a bit more expensive than it would be for you. From your post it seems that you use lots of money-saving tips.

There's one possibility for the higher cost. I subtract all of the non-food items from the grocery bill when I"m calculating my monthly spending on food. Perhaps a lot of your bill comes from paper towels or other non-food items. Those may be necessities, but if you want to get a totally accurate picture of your food spending, try subtracting those items.

Jun 22, 2012
BrightRedMud in General Topics

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

In Canada we use both terms, back bacon or peameal bacon. Originally, it was coated with meal from yellow peas, hence the name. Now cornmeal is used, but the old name has stuck. Among young people, probably most say "back bacon", where older ones say "peameal bacon".

Jun 22, 2012
BrightRedMud in Cheese

Where to purchase coconut oil that has no flavor

In the Omega Nutrition brand, the Virgin Coconut Oil has a coconut flavour, but the non-virgin has no flavour. Both are organic, by the way.

May 21, 2012
BrightRedMud in General Topics

how do you handle this??? [Moved from New Jersey]

"It's in the mail."' The owner can delay things for several weeks with this approach.

If you don't get anything in the mail, I would tell her that you are going to report her to the Department of Consumer Affairs, but that you won't do so if you are reimbursed. That may well cause her to decide to give you some money back.

May 19, 2012
BrightRedMud in Not About Food

Cheddar please??? Who makes the best cheddars???

I had an amazing cheddar recently: Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar, aged only 2 years, but it's incredible. I usually prefer older cheeses, but this Kerrygold has a unique taste that's wonderful. Maybe it's because the cows in Ireland are grass-fed year-round.

Is there anybody reading here from Canada? What's happened to our Black Diamond old and extra-old (white)? It has vanished from the stores and from their website.

May 19, 2012
BrightRedMud in Cheese

Does a can of Sesame Tahini have to be refrigerated after opening?

I've also left jars of tahini unrefrigerated; have done so for years. You'll be fine (unless you live in a hot climate with no air conditioning maybe).

In recent years, almost every product says on the label to refrigerate after opening. That wasn't always the case. The companies are attempting to cover themselves from liabiity.

May 19, 2012
BrightRedMud in General Topics

Help me get rid of gritty asparagus

Yes, I've read about doing that, but I find that the sand gets integrated into the tips of the asparagus. I've been soaking some today, but very little sand came out. It's stuck in all the folds of the tip and it's not going to budge!

May 11, 2012
BrightRedMud in Home Cooking

Help me get rid of gritty asparagus

I just had some New Jersey asparagus, and it was terribly gritty. I've never had a lot of luck with the various soaking and washing methods to get the sand out.

I often buy the asparagus from Peru when it's on sale, and I've never encountered the sand problem with their asparagus. I wonder how they get around it!

May 11, 2012
BrightRedMud in Home Cooking

Cheddar please??? Who makes the best cheddars???

My favourite has always been Black Diamond extra-old white cheddar, and I see a few mentions of Black Diamond on this thread. But the extra-old has disappeared from my local stores, and I recently looked at their website, and it shows that they no longer make old or extra-old cheddar.

Apr 26, 2012
BrightRedMud in Cheese

Cookbooks you shouldn't have purchased...which books just didn't work for you?

As soon as I read your words about your "I Like to Cook Book", it brought back the strongest memory. I'm in Canada too, and I had that book, but I had totally forgotten about it. But for some reason I can't remember what it looked like; I just remember the title. I've looked on Amazon, and ebay, and Googled for pictures of the book, but none are present.

Mar 21, 2012
BrightRedMud in Home Cooking

what to do with fruit that refuses to soften/ripen?

I had bananas once that wouldn't ripen, even though I tried putting them in a paper bag. Apparently if bananas get too cold (accidentally, in storage), they will never ripen. So I took them back to the store and got a refund.

Mar 21, 2012
BrightRedMud in General Topics

Really Dumb Food...!

Yes, I guess they would be good for travelling. I was only thinking of home use.

Mar 21, 2012
BrightRedMud in General Topics

Really Dumb Food...!

I know that quick oats and instant oats are different. (My bag of quick oats gives directions to cook for 3 minutes rather than 5 though.)

But I was making the point that 3 minutes is, for all intents and purposes, instant. I guess I didn't make myself clear. It was meant as a bit of a joke; that we can't spare 3 minutes, so we need to pay a huge premium to save ourselves that time.

Mar 21, 2012
BrightRedMud in General Topics

Really Dumb Food...!

I know that it's become a commonplace grocery item, but I've always thought that instant oatmeal packets are dumb. Quick oats are already instant! Throw some cinnamon on it, and you' ve got flavoured oatmeal at a fraction of the cost.

I think that the invention of the instant oatmeal packets was probably the most brilliant thing that Quaker ever came up with, and they've been laughing all the way to the bank ever since.

Mar 21, 2012
BrightRedMud in General Topics

Your Favorite Retro Dishes

In my area it was popular in the '60s and '70s, but not since. Interesting that it's still available in other places.

Mar 10, 2012
BrightRedMud in General Topics

What's the best way to grocery shop cheaply?

I haven't read all of this thread, so this may be repetitive, but my answer to how to shop cheaply is sales, sales, sales!

I read my local flyers weekly, and stock up on the sale items that I use in my cooking. When something which doesn't deteriorate is on cheaply, buy a lot of it, enough to last until the next sale. When meat is on sale, buy lots and freeze it.

The result will be a big saving in your food budget over time. For example,. the pasta that I like to buy has a normal price of $2.19 a package, but it sometimes goes on sale for $1.00. So as far as I'm concerned, that pasta costs only $1.00, because that's the only price that I ever pay for it. You can apply this principle to many foods.

With planning and organization over time, you will save a lot. Mind you, I enjoy doing this. If you hate shopping and looking at flyers, it would be difficult to do it.

Mar 08, 2012
BrightRedMud in General Topics