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Dry-aging beef at home - ISO of specifics please for 28 days

Was just in RD Fri & a real nice 0x1 striploin jumped off the shelf into my waiting arms. First time in a while I have seen a borderline prime striploin. None of the others on the shelf were notable.

$7.79 p/lb. At this time of the yr they should be in the high $5's to low $6's.

Skipped a dramatically reduced shoulder clod. Should have bought that sucker, dip in big pot of boiling water to kill the surface, chill, cube and grind with sirloin & hoarded strip scraps & fat. Grrrrrrr.

about 5 hours ago
Tom34 in Home Cooking

Jacques Pepin recovering from stroke

Afraid not.

2 days ago
Tom34 in Food Media & News
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Jacques Pepin recovering from stroke

Seems like with Jacques & Julia is was less about them and more about the food & the celebration of the food.

Pat La Frieda vs NYC steak houses

One of them finishes their steak with a combination of rendered dry aged kidney fat and butter for an extra rich slightly musty flavor. May be Luger.

Mar 27, 2015
Tom34 in Manhattan

No cheap corned beef this year?

I wonder if the Reuben will survive. I grew up with the pungent smells or sauerkraut/cabbage and the like. Nothing better after a long day shoveling snow for $$. Still long for mom's dumplings.

Today's kids, mine included, not only turn their noses up at such smells but get quite indigent.

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in General Topics

No cheap corned beef this year?

I am going to RD Tomorrow w/my brother & a friend. Will be laying it on heavy to split one of those suckers if its $2.49 :-)

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in General Topics

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

I just want to throw this out to you because I know you have put a lot of time and thought into this thread.

I have a friend who ownes a Friendly's Restaurant as a secondary business. To date he has just over a million dollars cash invested (Initial purchase + contractually required capital improvements) He nets about $175k p/year.

Because it is a secondary business (he is an Doctor/MD) he pays a manager to oversee all aspects of the business. He pays the MGR about $60,000. The Mgr works about 60 hrs per week or about 3000 hrs p/yr or about $20. p/hr.

$15 p/hr, no worries, no cares, show up when you feel like it (VS) $20 hr, completely and totally responsible for every aspect of the operation.

He told me that for his 7 figure investment (+) continual annual capital outlays + capital risks.......his accountants tell him to dump it every year. He said if Min wage increases to $15 hr he is gone.

Very complicated subject.

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

No cheap corned beef this year?

Wow.....you are serving them commercially right?

Just made a Ruben with left over today. Ooooohhhhh, good!

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in General Topics

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

Oh, and to head off the inevitable, they weren't converting B's to A's.

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

lump charcoal

It may be a seasonal thing. Maybe the stores you mentioned will be bringing it in soon. The bags stack nice if you keep them flat like they come on the pallet. If you have a good dry place to store them like a shed 1/2 doz bags really doesn't take much room.

Dry-aging beef at home - ISO of specifics please for 28 days

Last time I went a member was at the C/S counter getting little key chain sqipe cards. I asked the girl what that was about and she said a lot of times members forget their wallet card but they always have their key chain. She said you want some, I said sure. Handed her my wallet card, 1 minute later she came back and gave me the wallet card back along with 3 key chain swipes.

PS: ShopRite bone-in rib roast $4.99 lb w/$10.00 purchase, limit 1. CAB $$6.99.

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Home Cooking

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

2011....178 Atlanta teachers cheated raising student grades.

(2 yrs later)

2013....35 Atlanta school officials Indicted on Criminal Conspiracy charges in connection with massive grade fixing scandal.

2013....WASHINGTON POST....Atlanta grade fixing "Tip of the Iceberg? Grade fixing in 37 states CONFIRMED!

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

Dry-aging beef at home - ISO of specifics please for 28 days

I think the majority of the choice beef produced is commodity choice which usually just has the packer name on it. The quality seems to run the full spectrum but more often than not I have found it to be in the low to middle range. Typical supermarket stuff.

On the other hand, I have found the Branded products to be consistently high choice and usually well worth the extra 10% cost especially if one does not have the time window to make repeated trips to dig through the commodity stuff.

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Home Cooking

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

Haven't blamed the kids yet. They are victims.

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

NEWS FLASH...CBS NEW YORK...March 24, 2015...BROOKLYN HIGH SCHOOL GRADE FIXING SCANDAL.

In an effort to increase graduation rates, Principle allows kids to play a computer game or watch a move like Jurassic Park to change a failing grade.

Was it discovered by security measures put in place to monitor rule compliance NOOOOOOOO! Once again, whistle blower.

Yeah, real accurate these numbers are!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

Are electric can openers worth it?

Health issues aside, I would go manual.

Back in the day manual openers often had thin handles and a small hand crank that was hard to hold and didn't give much leverage.

Many of todays manuals have big comfortable handles with an extra large turning handle.

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Cookware

Jacques Pepin recovering from stroke

Truly a class act. Best wishes for a speedy & full recovery.

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Food Media & News
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$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

NJ BOE: Camden, 49.27 graduation rate. Remove the efforts to push kids through and its 1/2 that.

Not "Anecdote"!

Google test/grade fixing in Camden Schools, 2006. Stemmed from several whistle blowers. Major state investigation. Wide spread grade fixing & transcript falsification. Same type of investigations in Philadelphia and many other Cities. Still going on only different tactics: (1)Classify them with an IEP and they can't fail (2)Ship them off to "Private Academies" and let them flunk/drop out there so it doesn't show up on our books. Talk to people who work in the districts. More cracks in the system that the San Andreas fault.

Bottom line is the "Real Data" Academicians throw around that get regurgitated in countless publications often aren't worth worth the toilet paper to wipe them up. For every study that says YES there is a study that says NO. Then there are blatant procedural flaws of which Kinsey is a classic example.

Even worse are statistics provided by government agencies such as individual school districts. Hell, most districts bang their head against the wall just trying to figure out the incredibly complicated statistical reporting requirements. The State Department of Education didn't catch what should have been obvious discrepancies in the Camden District so what does that say about the Dept of ED's methodology for measuring the integrity of district supplied data. Clearly Camden knew there were no checks and balances thats why they got away with it for so long. Hell if it weren't for the whistle blowers it would probably STILL be going on.

Tired of answering constant windbag barrage of accused Anecdote & Assertions. DONE!!!!!!!!!

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

For what ever reason, the dropout rate is far to high, especially when most of the high pay/low skill jobs are gone. Very sad.

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

Yes the cost averages 15K - 18K for most suburban districts but significantly higher for urban districts.

As you say, it does most certainly matter for taxpayers, especially those in suburban districts. Suburban taxpayers often pay far more in state taxes but increasingly receive less & less back in the form of state school aid & municipal aid because the state has to pick up an increasing share of the cost of operating urban municipal & school services. This largely stems from the high cost of providing services including education in urban districts combined with a general decline in the urban tax base. This lopsided state aid formula is cited by the League of Municipalities as a major contributor to high property taxes in suburban towns.

Learning is a building block system that requires understanding & RETENTION prior to moving ahead and building on what has been retained. Understanding takes place in the classroom , retention takes place at home via homework & studying for tests. Without support in the home, there is little retention and therefore little forward movement. Not rocket science.

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

Not saying to ignore what other countries do, just can't compare which all too often people try to do.

It is widely accepted that the plight of people the Great Society Programs were meant to help has gotten worse and is now "generational", but that discussion probably better hashed out on a different site.

Know full well the cost of treating chronic illness. Father-In-Laws bill for 1 1/2 additional years of life was 1.3 million dollars. Never, ever would have happened in Canada or Germany.

In the family, 3 active MD's, 1 retired MD, 4 RN's, 1 Pharmaceutical executive & 1 retired Board Member of a major University Healthcare System. Can't have a holiday get together without healthcare discussions. Healthcare insurance is always a big discussion. What I said about Canada is dead on. Those with cash cross the border, those without wait. With a looming 60 Trillion Medicare debt, similar things (rationing) are being looked at in the USA. Again, better discussed elsewhere.

Mar 26, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

There are many variables at play here with regard to per pupil costs. $25K - $30K is the ballpark for many urban NJ districts & 80% - 90% dropout rates are common.

It really doesn't matter if the numbers move a little in "either" direction depending on the source. Bottom line is there is a serious problem and lack of funding isn't it.

Reasons cited most often for teachers retiring in NJ include: Increased NJ Teacher pension contributions, threat of reducing pension payments to future retirees, increased health care cost sharing for current employees & future increased retirement healthcare cost for retirees.

Can't speak to the Pew study. Can speak to numerous scandals involving urban districts pushing failing students through who would have ordinarily failed and dropped out which could be a factor in dropout rates.

Mar 25, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

I was clear I was referring to NJ and the $30K cost per pupil is a pretty accurate number. The dropout rate though is really closer to 90%.

One of our billionaires...I am thinking Gates...built a brand new state of the art no expenses spared school & staffed it with highly paid hand picked teachers with MA degrees. Each inner city student was given their own computer. When all said and done, results weren't much better than example above.

Spending more money is clearly not the answer.

Our teachers in NJ are among the highest educated in the country and are incredibly dedicated/brave to work in the inner city schools. While a certain large right wing politician loves bashing them, the teachers are not the problem either.

Mar 25, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

Well right off the bat, when comparing anything, one has to compare apples to apples.

A multiculturalism country can not be compared to a monoculturalism country, which more often that not people try to do.

A country with 300 million people spread out over an area the size of the USA can not be compared to a small country like Denmark with 5 million people.

A country that shares ownership/profit of its natural resources/energy production (think Canada) is also not a fair comparison.

Speaking of Canada, virtually every year there are more MRI's performed in the city of Philadelphia than in the entire country of Canada. Bottom line, if they find it early there is potentially a million dollars worth of treatment/surgery that may have to be performed. Catch it late and its maybe $100 worth of Oxycontin and an occasional LPN visit for bed sores. Why do you think there are so many diagnostic/treatment/surgical centers on the border in the northern states.

BOTTOM LINE: The grass is rarely greener elsewhere.

As for our "Great Society Social Programs" that we have spent trillions on, the record of pre vs post speaks for itself.

Mar 25, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

lump charcoal

I tried mixing briquettes with lump to shave costs but it just didn't work out that well in a ceramic cooker.

My local Rest Depot has the 17lb bags of Royal Oak for under $11. If I mix in anything it real hard wood.

PIZZA DELIVERY CHARGES

Agree, to the best of my knowledge from speaking to close friends who own pizza shops the hope is delivery charges cover the "total" cost of providing the service. FRI/SAT/SUN they likely do, MON/TUES/WED/THURS its a close call.

Mar 24, 2015
Tom34 in Los Angeles Area

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

I wish that were true everywhere. Inner city schools in NJ average $30K annual cost per pupil and the dropout rate is 80% or better.

Mar 24, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

One thing the United States has proven conclusively is that a country can't spend its way out of poverty!

Mar 24, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

Thats too funny, I had completely forgotten about prostitutes & drug dealers. Might as well throw pimps & thieves in there as well :-)

Total Government assistance varies from State to State. Some approach $50k p/yr and some "far" less.

Mar 24, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

Uphill "both ways" in the snow :-)

Mar 24, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food