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Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

Hi everyone. After 308 posts, I think it is time to start a new 2015 thread. I've enjoyed reading the deals and finds so far, and I think the latter half of the year will be as good.

I am so impressed with the quality of what people are finding and buying. If we want to, we can find fair deals or even bargains on good stuff. I love reading about it all.

Good luck in your bargain sleuthing through the rest of the year!

May 22, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Who eats using sterling silver flatware at home each and every day?

If your silver is sterling, it will not poison you. If it is plate, and the silver is worn, then the base metal will impart a slight taste that is not pleasant. I've never heard that it will poison you. Where did he get that idea?

Pewter used in the olden days is not safe to use. And some old copper, I've read, has lead in the soldier and than can leach out especially into higher acid foods.

But table ware--silver or silver plate should be fine.

May 22, 2015
sueatmo in Not About Food

How To Strip Factory Seasoning off a New Lodge Skillet WITHOUT a Self Cleaning Oven?

Run it through the dishwasher. That's my advice.

May 20, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

What is sour yogurt?

I like plain yogurt, especially the full fat kind. But I can't eat that much at one sitting. It is so filling.

I've used plain yogurt for cooking for years, usually using the reduced fat sort. When I switched to the full fat I was amazed. I like that a lot better straight. But again, it is really filling.

May 20, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

Foods to pack for long day & night at hospital

I'm with those who haven't had good experience with hospital food. It often is awful or at least mediocre.

I spent the day recently at a hospital waiting for Mr. Sueatmo to have minor surgery. (He's fine!) I wish I had thought to bring myself a sack lunch. Good idea PP!

May 20, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

What is sour yogurt?

2 C of plain yogurt for lunch? I can't even eat 1 C of plain yogurt. What kind of diet is this? I think what the diet expects is plain, unflavored yogurt. If it calls for non fat or reduced fat yogurt, it will be plenty sour. If it calls for regular yogurt, you will be amazingly full. 2 C of yogurt is a lot of yogurt for one meal.

May 19, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

Best Salad Dressing You've Ever Had

I actually prefer my home made vinaigrette to any other. It is simply good olive oil, white balsamic, a dollop of half and half and fresh ground pepper.

I can make a very good ranch style dressing, but I usually prefer my vinaigrete.

I dislike salad dressings that have added sweeteners.

May 19, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

I simply view it as another hot sauce. I don't even know if I have any in my house right now. Yeah, I think it is hyped a bit. But I don't dislike it.

May 19, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

Great find! I never think of Craigslist for small appliances.

May 19, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Needing a new cookware set

For $150, I'd try to buy maybe three good pieces. Find a good non stick skillet that feels balanced in your hand, a lidded pot in a versatile size for you, and a chef's pan. You can probably find the skillet and lidded pot at a place like Home Goods. You don't need non stick for either the chef's pan or the pot.

For the chef's pan, I'd really spend time at BB&B, Williams Sonoma, and any other store you can find, to handle pans. The chef's pan is the workhorse, and you want something that has a thick disk bottom, or is muliclad. You will want to spend the most money on this pan. Buy the best you can afford. You can skimp on the non stick skillet which will wear out, most likely, in a few years anyway. Don't waste money on that purchase.

If you go to Home Goods, you can safely buy the best, heaviest, balanced lidded pot there for a reasonable price.

But don't go cheap on the chef's pan. I like stainless, and I don't like non stick for this. If you buy a good pan, it should last a long time.

After these three purchases, you can pick up other pots and pans as needed, and as budget allows.

For $150, you shouldn't buy a set. You'll get a bunch of junk basically. And you'll be right back where you are now in a couple of years. Looking for another bunch of cookware.

Good luck!

May 15, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

turkey breast vs whole chicken

It depends on who you will serve. If you are having a family dinner, then the kids will want legs or wings. Some adults like those too. If the dinner is "nicer" and is for adults, then a breast fits the bill. You can use the turkey carcass for soup just like you can a chicken. And just as with chicken, adding a little fresh flesh on the bone can make the soup more flavorful. Sometimes, for a holiday dinner, the breast works best too, especially if the dinner is for a smaller group.

And if you really prefer white meat turkey, by all means buy a breast.

May 14, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

LOL

May 14, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

I've never made a Dutch baby pancake. I'll have to try that.

May 10, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

What are you lusting after?

Honestly that would be too heavy for me, even without the lid. I think my grill pan is probably only 5lbs and that is as heavy as I want to handle on a glass top.

They are impressive pans though. The video showing how they are made shows them being polished (inside surface). I think they would be excellent on the grill. Maybe not so much on my induction cooktop.

May 10, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

I picked up a dandy square Wagner skillet, very low edge today. It was not super cheap, but I could afford at $37.00. I checked the center for warpage by laying the edge of an Iphone over the inside and outside bottom.

It seemed to be level, but on getting it home, I have found that it is slightly warped in the center. I do think it can be used carefully on my induction cooktop, but I also think I'll make cornbread in it! It is perfect. And maybe shortbread and biscuits. This is a lovely piece. It is so light for its size, and it has a thumbrest right where it belongs on the handle.

May 09, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

What are you lusting after?

Apparently so. I learned from a little online research that the lids were not originally produced. The company got started from a kickstarter campaign. But now they are doing lids, and WS will carrying a couple of them come May 11.

I do wonder how heavy they are. They look like they weigh a lot. And it would be nice if the lids were not so heavy, but I imagine they are.

I'd love to handle these; I may have to schedule a visit to WS.

They are so expensive!

May 09, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware
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Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

Beautiful. Sometimes you have to pay a price for a good piece of serviceable cook or bakeware.

TJ and HG get lots of stuff from Europe.

May 09, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware
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What are you lusting after?

This cast iron skillet and lid.

http://finexusa.com/product/finex-12-...

May 09, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

What should I know about stainless flatware

Your sarcasm is condescending. And the rest of your post if off point. I am leaving this discussion now. It is apparent you want to flog something that I have no interest in. Good bye.

May 08, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware
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Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

I really like Home Goods. I have to go out of my way to get to one where I live now, although, I do get to visit T.J.Maxx more easily. But for years I haunted that store and I bought several nice pieces of cook ware. When the new store opens, they should stock it well, so visit it the day it opens.

I also like HG for tablecloths, dish towels and such. And sometimes I find interesting food items as well. I bought ice cream bowls at HG last Fall.

I know you will enjoy having one of these stores nearby.

May 08, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Meal Plans That Aren't Too Meal Plan-y

When I cooked for my family that's what I did. I looked for stuff that was on sale.

Now that it is just the two of us I am more likely to try interesting recipes using different ingredients. But I still tend to plan meals by looking at what is available, looks good and perhaps what is on special.

May 06, 2015
sueatmo in Home Cooking
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Mayday! Smoked ham hocks vs. fresh pork hocks

I sometimes add a little sauce from chiles en adobo, which gives a little heat and a smoky flavor to a bean dish. I've grown to like the flavor it imparts a great deal. Sometimes I add a chile, and sometimes I add just a little of the sauce.

May 06, 2015
sueatmo in Home Cooking

Dishwasher Safe Knives...is there such a thing?

CBYD: OK. I haven't put good knives in a dishwasher in decades, but I had done, and I don't remember rust. You make a good point. DW are different, cycles are shorter or longer, and detergent varies.

Which gets back to my other point. You don't do your good knives any good in the DW. (I have been afraid of dulling them or ruining the handles.)

May 06, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

What should I know about stainless flatware

to omgivore: I bought Yamazaki flatware after doing thorough research, by handling flatware and sending for single pieces. The pieces I bought are indeed high quality, if not the most expensive. The knives are two piece, which is already a sign of quality. Often cheaper, and lesser quality, knives are simply stamped from one piece of material. A one piece knife is a sign of a cheaper set of flatware.

The flatware I bought is lovely in the hand, which is a mark of fine design.

I have had some staining. I referenced an article I found on the Silver Superstore site which explains why this might happen, and what to do about it.

I think basically you are all wet. Do some research on this, OK?

May 05, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware
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Dishwasher Safe Knives...is there such a thing?

You probably had carbon steel bladed knives. Most of your knives were old, no? Stainless knives probably would not rust, but you do your good knives no favor by dishwashing them.

I waited too long for good knives to chance problems from dishwashing. Mine are washed by hand and put in a knife holder in a knife drawer. If I ruin them, it will be a financial pain to replace them. And I have knives I really like now.

May 04, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

All-Clad Stainless Steel indestructible, you say?‏

Good stainless pots are hard working, and mostly retain their good looks with proper care. However, they will show signs of use almost immediately. The proof is in the cooking though.

May 04, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware
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Washing Chicken Correctly Very Important

The problem with using a dilute bleach solution for me, is the need to mix it every day. I found out when I applied for a food handlers' certificate from the state of WA last summer, then bleach in water, mixed for disenfecting, retains effectiveness for only a day.

http://weill.cornell.edu/ehs/forms_an...

What a pain to mix this every time I planned to cook chicken. If I knew I'd have to go get the bleach bottle before I started handling chicken, I'd probably never cook chicken.

May 04, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

What should I know about stainless flatware

http://www.silversuperstore.com/faq/s...

I don't think the knife blades on the Yamazaki are carbon steel, but I seem to remember they are a different alloy. This article recommends BKF to get spots out, and explains where the spots come from.

May 04, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

What should I know about stainless flatware

For Expat: People here recommend Barkeeper's Friend, but I think I used Bon Ami. I'd try Bon Ami first because it seems to be less harsh than BKF.

May 04, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

What should I know about stainless flatware

I get spots on my knife blades. One blade in particular has a bad spot I've had a hard time getting rid of. But I used a little mild abrasive on the blades and I got most of the spots off. I don't know why the blades spot and occasionally discolor. Irritating. I haven't had any probs with anything except the knife blades.

May 03, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware