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Bacalao... bacalhau... salt cod.... HELP!!!

Just an update... although I haven't gotten a chance to call the stores McGeary mentioned, I did find some salt cod at Fresh Farms in Niles. It is not as top-grade as the thick loins that tienda.com sells, but they did have a good amount of decent-quality salt cod. They packaged them in either BONELESS/SKINLESS or BONE-IN/SKIN-ON and were sealed in plastic bags AND refrigerated. They were located in one of the fridges where several smoked fish products were.

However... I did come across the cod-salting procedure in the awesome book by Brian Polcyn/Michael Ruhlman "Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing" (http://www.amazon.com/Charcuterie-Cra...) and so I intend to go that route!! I highly recommend that book, by the way! Thanks all for your input.

Apr 27, 2011
sdivinorum in Chicago Area

What is the best set of budget clad cookware? Tramontina? Better Homes & Gardens? Kenmore? Other?

I own an All-Clad set (MasterChef2 Series) for over 10 years and recently purchased several Tramontina 18/10 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Clad saute pans and pots about a year ago and have to say they perform just as well as the All-Clads at a fraction of the price. I cannot comment about the dutch oven, but I seriously think you may have gotten a defective set if you are having issues with uneven heating/hotspots in the Tramontina TriPly sets. And I also recently saw the Cook's Illustrated & America's Test Kitchen review which rated them as highly as the All-Clad's.

Apr 27, 2011
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Bacalao... bacalhau... salt cod.... HELP!!!

will do... thanks McGreary!

Apr 11, 2011
sdivinorum in Chicago Area

Bacalao... bacalhau... salt cod.... HELP!!!

Thanks ferret... I had indeed found it online at La Tienda... I was hoping to find it locally though, and hoping not to have to pay 24 bucks a pound and Shipping on top of that!! I am still asking around here locally amongst some Brazilian friends... if I find a source, I will publish it here!

Apr 11, 2011
sdivinorum in Chicago Area

Bacalao... bacalhau... salt cod.... HELP!!!

Hey there fellow chowhounds...

I am in desperate need of some help. After spending a few weeks in Rio de Janeiro and having tasted the most delicious "Bolinhos de Bacalhau" or "salt cod fritters" I have been trying to find good, quality salt-cod here in the Chicago area.

Salt cod/Bacalhau/Bacalao is extremely popular in Brasil, Portugal, Spain and most of Latin America. Apparently, the best quality are cut from thicker cod loins (rather than the thin flattened fish mostly seen here and there). Now... from what I understand... the best I have heard comes from the Scandinavian region... namely Norway.

So.... the question is... can anyone point me in the right direction as to anywhere where I may find some? Or whether anyone knows of a good Scandinavian market in the area which may possibly carry it? Thanks a million in advance for any insight!!

Sdiv

Apr 10, 2011
sdivinorum in Chicago Area

Kirkland Knives by Kai - makers of Shun

although i have not seen this set, i can tell you that VG10 Damascus steel and Pakkawood are top-notch materials being used commonly by superior knife makers in Westernized lines of Japanese knives. I currently own a Hattori made from Damascus steel and Pakkawood handle and it is not only well-balanced and crafted, but the most beautiful knife in my collection... and SHARP!! I am going to make an educated guess here and say that this is probably a great deal... my Hattori santoku alone was $150. Chances are if it was made in Japan from these materials, you are most likely getting a superior product. One word of advice, if you have never owned Japanese knives, beware... they are much thinner and way sharper than German knives and correspondingly, they require a lot more care. I throw my German Wusthofs and Henckels in the dishwasher, but not my Japanese knives... also, they are more likely to chip or break if rough-handled, and sometimes not recommended for going through bone. They can be sharpened with a japanese whetstone which you can purchase online... I have never been one to trust any cutlery stores with my knives.

Dec 17, 2008
sdivinorum in Cookware