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Making Sourdough Bread

Instead of using packaged yeast or starter cultures to leaven bread, has anyone tried just throwing in a capsule of probiotic supplements? They are after all, filled with healthy bacteria found in yogurt and soured bread, except with a more diverse number of strains. If anyone has tried this or has any theory on this, how did it turn out?

Nov 29, 2012
Frouss in Home Cooking

Sprouting Avocado Pits [moved from Not about Food board]

I tried this 2 years ago. I got lucky and it sprouted in a week. This was from avocados my neighbor sent me. I got pretty happy about that so I tried it a bunch of avocado pits from store bought avocados from Chile, Mexico, and California. None of them sprouted, even after 2 months using the same toothpick process as backyard grown ones - maybe they pasteurize them?

And then I found out that avocado trees take 6-7 years to fruit. It was satisfying to see something sprout from essentially just dumping it in some water, but if you get lucky and it sprouts, find a nice spot in you home/ yard for an avocado house plant for the next few years! :) I didn't peel the skin (it just peeled off by itself), and I didn't plant it in soil for 8 months after it sprouted and it's still alive, so best of luck to your avocado sprout!

Jun 05, 2012
Frouss in Gardening

Reasons to start eating game meat? What is the taste like?

Ah, didn't see this post before recommending the milder meats :) If you decide to go with less fatty game meats but still want the fat for muscle/weight gain, one compromise is that you can buy duck fat or lard and cook your meats in those fats. Fry it, grill it, marinate it, or poach it in fat. It's really good.

I can only think of cooking game meats more rare, if that's your thing, to maintain a more tender texture, or using the stew meat or tenderloin portions of the game meat, which will naturally have more fat than the leaner, more muscular parts.

Jun 05, 2012
Frouss in General Topics

Reasons to start eating game meat? What is the taste like?

Yep, duck, quail, and pheasant would be the very mildest of some game meats compared to starting off with boar and elk. If you roast the duck it will fry itself up in all its fat. Fattiest part of the duck is the neck, which is delicious, but most poultry is farm raised anyway. However, I remember, depending on the season, dartagnan ships wild pheasant and wild rabbit caught from scotland if you want game meat, and not "game meat" raised in farms.

Jun 05, 2012
Frouss in General Topics

What's your favorite Pepperidge Farm cookie?

Raspberry Milanos!

Jun 05, 2012
Frouss in General Topics

Pastured meat in Greater Boston

Nothing like an orange yolk to start off the day. On the other hand, I've never been good at committing to CSAs. Do they sell at any stores nearby? If not, do they have the entire selection of meats at the farmer's markets, or just a select few?

Jun 03, 2012
Frouss in Greater Boston Area

Pastured meat in Greater Boston

Anyone know where to get pastured chickens (or game hens, quails, pork) and pastured eggs around Boston, or inland in the surrounding cities? I'm moving to Boston soon and am looking for the real deal, raised in the pastures, eating bugs off the grass, not the "free range" stuff nor bland and inedible Cornish Cross chickens. Maximum 1 hour drive from Boston would be great. Actually, anyone know where to buy some game birds or pork/ boar would be great too.

Jun 01, 2012
Frouss in Greater Boston Area