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Should I downsize my bakeware? Things I should add?

A lot depends on your situation. Are moving cross town or cross country? Do you know the size of your new kitchen? How is your life changing in general with this move?

I did not know what sort of kitchen I would end up in, and I was moving cross country, so I did get rid of some things like vintage bread pans, and some other really beat up stuff I was not happy to still be using. I did not want to pay to move things that I might not use.

As it happens I ended up in a very large kitchen with gobs of space which I have yet to totally fill after 2 1/2 years. But I could just as easily ended up in a small kitchen, and had to store extra things in a garage or plastic bin.

I suggest asking yourself what thing you would not do if you did not have a certain pan. For instance, is it worth it to you to move the beat up jelly roll pan? I might suggest buying new metal pie pans, and throwing out the Pyrex, because of safety issues, although I know this is an almost emotional issue with some. If any of your Pyrex bowls show sign of scratches, bruising or too much wear, I'd get rid of those and replace.

Good luck on your move!

1 day ago
sueatmo in Cookware
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Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

Thanks for your input. I remember reading that the US herds are down.

There is an Asian fresh seafood place near me, and I am going to go in and see what I can find. I don't buy expensive seafood, but if I can find reasonably priced Pacific or fresh water seafood, I will try. If it all comes from China--I've even seen salmon from China at Safeway!--I'll leave without purchase.

1 day ago
sueatmo in General Topics

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

You have me thinking that I need to ask about the grade of beef at the butcher shop.

We bought smoked pork chops, and I am interested to see how good they are. They are on the menu for tomorrow night. And for later in the week, I am making estafeta with stew meat I bought at the butchers', and I want to try the "cap steak" they carry. So, I'll know more at the end of the week, I think.

1 day ago
sueatmo in General Topics

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

As I said, I'd happily eat Australian meat in Australia. I imagine the quality is fine, especially if grass fed. I'd probably love it. My beef (sorry, pun) is with meat that is shipped so far away.

What I really think happens is that whoever handles the meat doesn't take enough care. And how many hands does it pass through before getting to my local Safeway?

1 day ago
sueatmo in General Topics

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

I have bought Australian ground beef, and I couldn't taste it. It had no taste at all to me. I have put it down to being frozen a long time, or some other shipping issue. I may have bought other Australian beef by accident. I had been told that Safeway had good beef, but after their acquisition by the holding company, I think there have been quality changes. That's my take, and I may be mistaken.

I do think you are right. Our food has become a global business.

If I were in Australia, I'd want local beef, especially since it apparently is grass fed. But if I am cooking in the US, I want stuff produced here. This just seems intuitive to me.

2 days ago
sueatmo in General Topics

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

Thanks for the tips. We generally don't buy from Costco, because it is just the two of us, and most packs or cuts are too big for us. And we don't have unlimited freezer space.

I also appreciate the tip about Fred Meyer. I do understand that QFC, another division of Kroger has better meat. It is a bit of a jaunt to get to the nearest QFC, but I might give it a try sometime.

For now, I want to try all the stuff at the butcher shop. I mean, I want to try it all!

2 days ago
sueatmo in General Topics

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

First off, let me be clear. I am sure that Austrlian beef is great--in Australia. Not so sure about Chinese fish. At any rate, Safeway is moving toward literal outsourcing of its animal protein. At first, I thought I could avoid the imported ground beef by buying from the meat counter. (Never mind how hard it is to get help at the meat counter.) But, reading the fine print on much of the beef, I see things labeled as product of Australia with other origins.

I can't find fish there except from China. I don't trust Asian fish production, frankly.

I did find beef at Fred Meyer(Kroger) that is apparently from the USA. But, why do I have to be so careful? I've thought this through. I am sure the Australian beef is good quality, but it is shipped to us from halfway around the world. How can this be efficient? How can the quality be great?

So, sea change for us. We visited a local butcher today and loaded up on beef and pork. I asked where his stuff came from and he told me St. Helens (OR) and Iowa. The place is clean and there are lots of choices. Taste will tell, but I imagine the product is quite good.

Are all supermarket chains moving toward imported fresh meat? Have you noticed this?

And, I've found a fresh fish market to try soon.

Apr 25, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

Inspired by tales here of finding good cookbooks at good prices online and at thrift sales, I took a look at my local Goodwill. I came away with The Bon Appetit Cookbook by Barbara Fairchild, c2005. It appears to be a first edition, and I believe it was remaindered before being purchased by someone who put a funny shelving device on the spine with Scotch tape.

However, it doesn't look like it has had any use at all. I am a sucker for large comprehensive "reference" cookbooks. It seems to be intelligently organized, and I am pretty optimistic about using it. Price - $7.00.

I also picked up the Pacific Northwest Salmon Cookbook, c1985. I hope to get some good info on choosing salmon and cooking it. I am not so much interested in recipes. Although it appears that I can use the recipes for smoked salmon interchangeably with good quality canned salmon. Cost - $1.99.

Really, I need another cookbook like I need a hole in the head, but sometimes a new cookbook jumps starts me a bit. And I can afford $9.00.

Apr 25, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware
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bologna..?

I ate it as a kid. I think it is awful and I haven't any in decades. And I don't miss it.

Apr 24, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

Stop The Pyrex/Glassware Shenanigans (Extreme temperature change issues)

I never thought about the handedness issue with those Pyrex jugs. I always want to measure it wrong way round anyway. When I moved I pitched a very worn 2 C measure, and replaced it with a Pyrex 2 C measure that you can see from above! And it is microwaveable, and it came with a silicone lid. I use these in the micro, although I have read on CH of accidents using the micro. I try not to get the piece too hot, or place it on a cool surface after using.

I would rather not bake or cook with them though.

Apr 22, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Uses for dry mashed potatoes

The last time I made mashed cauliflower, I added a tablespoon or so to the mixture to make the mash taste a little more potato-ee.

Apr 21, 2015
sueatmo in Home Cooking
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Stop The Pyrex/Glassware Shenanigans (Extreme temperature change issues)

I know advocates continue to use Pyrex. I use the measuring jugs which I find very useful, and I have little glass bowls for mis en place. But I got rid of most of my glass bakeware a few years ago. I don't see why I would want to use something that has even a chance of breaking or exploding in my kitchen. There are so many good alternatives out there. While the older stuff may well be safer, I don't know of a reliable source for the older stuff. I think at the very least we should strive to be safe in the kitchen.

Apr 21, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Decent Flatware set for around $100?...

During my choosing flatware stage in 2011 I chose not to look for Continental sized flatware because it seemed more expensive. However, when I looked at flatware at Macy's once, I noticed that certain pieces from Oneida and Gorham had noticeably smaller knives in the place settings. The smaller knives made the sets look cheap to me. I suspect this was done to hold the price down.

The Yamazaki pieces that I own are just right for us. But it isn't so much about size. As I found out from posters on Chowhound, the design of Aquatique is ergonomic and timeless. The handles really do fit in the hand quite well.

Here is SS's page of Continental sized flatware.
http://www.silversuperstore.com/conti...

Apr 19, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

Sounds like you got a good deal. Congrats!

Apr 18, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware
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"Simplest" Commercially Available Bread Roll or Muffin?

Apr 18, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

Decent Flatware set for around $100?...

Well this is embarrassing, but I have large hands for a woman and I find the AI from Yamazaki very nice. Mr. Sueatmo has large hands as well and we both agreed after I bought a sample place setting that we liked how it felt in our hands. You have to get used to the knife handle because it does lay funny on the plate, but overall it is good stuff. Well, I see I forgot to link to the deal I found. I'll see if I can find it.

Here it is: http://libertytabletop.com/product/pe... I think Pearl is pretty, and it is one of the patterns that is priced at $129.95/20 pcs. I have no experience with this product. But somewhere I read that they used to make Oneida's stuff. I have no idea if that is true.

I handled the Yamazaki pieces at my local Bed Bath and
Beyond before I ordered the sample place setting from Silver Superstore. I got a better deal from SS, at least partly because I paid no sales tax.

Good luck!

Apr 18, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware
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Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

On sale where? Directly from Thermapen?

Apr 18, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Decent Flatware set for around $100?...

Here is a deal for a 20 pc set, made in USA, for $129.00 I think that is about as good as you can do near your pricepoint. I'd also check Silver Superstore to see if they can match the price. It looks as if the knife is a 2 pc, which means, it is a better knife and will be comfortable in your hand.

I bought Yamazaki Aquatique Ice from Silver Superstore several years ago, and I have loved how it feels in my hand ever since. The knife blades spot, but that is the only issue I have with it. SS has a low price guarantee on Yamazaki. If you try to buy from BB&B, you might have to use a coupon for every unit to get a better price.

Good luck on your search.

Occasionally you will find a set of silverplate flatware at a decent price in second hand or antique stores. But finding something you like is dicey, and some of the old stuff isn't that great either. If you found a second hand set of old Reed & Barton, then it is probably pretty good stuff. Silverplate does have its issues though. It should probably be hand washed.

Apr 17, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Decent Flatware set for around $100?...

http://www.silversuperstore.com/stain...

Browse here. You can shop here with confidence.

Apr 17, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

for kitchen pros-what pots and other gear do you have for your personal kitchen?

I thought it might be fun to have recs for kitchens from kitchen pros gathered in one spot. I'd like to know what you deem necessary, what you spend big bucks on, and what you cut costs on. And if you splurge, or could splurge, what would that splurge be for? You might also tell us a bit about your specialties and what you like to cook on your own time.

Thanks in advance!

Apr 16, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Any tips for cooking with induction?

Buy or use pots with bottoms that stick to magnets. If you have pots that don't stick to magnets, give them away to someone who needs them. That's what I did. If you have copper or similar pots that you cannot bear to give away, I'd get gas.

Apr 16, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Flat vs Normal Whisk

These are usually relatively inexpensive. Get both and decide which works best for you. If you decide not to keep one of them, you can find someone somewhere who will be happy to take it off your hands.

Apr 16, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

What should I know about stainless flatware

I posted the original query in 2011. I received many tips and recs, and explanations about stainless. I recommend you read the thread because there is lots of good info there. I stand by my rec for Silver Superstore. As a matter of fact I just ordered a new jewelry box from them! They carry flatware, both stainless and sterling, jewelry and silver storage and other miscellaneous items. Here is a link:
http://www.silversuperstore.com/

You can buy from them with confidence. They don't charge shipping and if you don't live in WA, then you won't pay sales tax. (Unless that policy has changed.

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I recommend taking your time and researching, at least a bit, what you want. Just know that most stainless is now made in China, even Oneida. Reed and Barton is made in the US, and Yamazaki is made in Japan. I like a two piece knife, and you will to if you get a chance to use one. Buy the best you can afford. And don't use citrus dishwashing detergent on it.

Good luck.

Apr 16, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

All purpose non GMO oil for sauteeing

Apr 12, 2015
sueatmo in Home Cooking

Complain or Shut Up?

If the dish is described one way, but arrives at the table another, then I think you have a right to complain. If it happens to me, and the place is such that I have every right to expect superior food, then I'd probably complain. But, I can't tell you how many times I've have food from chain restaurants that was not as described on the menu. For those places, where people are cooking for other people who don't much care about the quality of the food, I just don't go back.

I have had a recent case where food was presented as described, but was badly prepped. It was obvious I wasn't eating the entree, and management did come over to the table, but they did not offer to comp the meal. They wanted me to order something else, or to order a complementary dessert. I don't eat their desserts, because they are not to my taste, and I couldn't face another entree. We paid, but it will a long, long time before I go back.

I hate being disappointed in a nice restaurant.

Apr 10, 2015
sueatmo in Not About Food

Changing Eating Habits b/c of Foodborne Illness Risk

To answer your question, I have not changed our diet to avoid food bourne illnesses, but I have changed my food handling practices. I now wash my hands routinely and well after handling raw meat. I keep a specific cutting board for meat, and it is washed in the dishwasher, after being thoroughly washed with detergent in the sink. I do not rinse chicken. I dispose of used paper towels which touched raw meat or poultry immediately. (And then wash my hands.)

I do refuse to buy fish that has been farmed in Asia, or that has been caught and processed in China. And, I am refusing to buy meat that is not produced and processed in the U.S. (So I guess I have changed our diet, after all.) I am doing this not because I respect the processing of raw protein foods more in the U.S., but because I don't trust the processing of food in China at all. And for Australian meat, I don't trust the shipping process or the timeliness of the product.

Apr 08, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

I like Cholula sauce on mine. But no ketchup. This was not a condiment used freely in my home when I was growing up, and I never picked up the habit.

If memory serves, Richard Nixon was said to have liked ketchup on his cottage cheese.

I find ketchup to be too sweet for my taste.

Apr 08, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

Are you the main shopper/cook at home?

We are a retired couple. I am learning to shop for immediate needs separately from buying staples. Its odd. I used to shop for a week's needs. I asked Mr. Sueatmo to go with me to our major food store after we retired. I "assigned" him certain things to buy, including things he likes to eat for lunch. Later on, I added a second trip to WF for myself. I did this every week. Now I shop more for immediate consumption. He does sometimes go with me, but often I ask him to visit the store where we buy coffee, and where he buys cereal. And I go some other place for veggies and meat.

This has to do with the state of shopping here in my adopted town. I am not satisfied with any of the markets here. It is true that Safeway's selection of beef and fish is bad. The beef comes from Australia, and the fish is from China. I am disgusted with this. But the other alternative, Fred Meyer, is weak in the dairy department. WF supplements everything, especially regarding produce and dairy.

But we have to shop because we have to eat. So, we do it.

I cook. Mr. Sueatmo cleans.

When I get stuck, I consult the internet. I am in a group which meets for potluck, and I get assigned the salad quite often. I look for good combinations of food, and I find that poking around the internet is often inspirational. But I also get out of sorts at winter's end.

I am so ready for fresh strawberries! Luckily, we have an abundance of fresh produce here in the PNW. I enjoy choosing things from our local farmers' market.

I am not as frugal as I used to be. It is so tiring! I want new tastes, and I want fresh. So, we spend more than is strictly necessary. I think we deserve good food at our age.

Blood rings

Mar 30, 2015
sueatmo in Home Cooking

No Carb "snacks"

http://www.iherb.com/Eden-Foods-Organ...

Try these. I get them at WF. They list 1/4C servings at 5g of carb and 5g of fiber. I love them!

Mar 29, 2015
sueatmo in Special Diets