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Baking in a copper fish poacher

That is brilliant. Figuring out how workable using a stainless steel poacher would be...

Dec 18, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Home Cooking

copper pots & pans help

Have you cooked with them?

Dec 13, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Buyers Remose: Zwillings Ceramic Pan

It's not clear to me: Have you received what you ordered?

Dec 13, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Can I bake using a jello mold?

How did they turn out?

Dec 08, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

de Buyer again! Rust in new pan on outside.

Honestly either. There are a million ways to skin a cat in this instance. The 11 step method works - I've used it. The other works - I've used it. Other methods work: see the dozens of seasoning threads in archives.

Dec 01, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

de Buyer again! Rust in new pan on outside.

Yes. Follow that and see also
The dozens of threads already extent on pan seasoning.

Dec 01, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Casserole dishes on a budget

My grandmother would pre portion into freezer bags and then use her Corningware as a "freezer mold"... When frozen she'd remove the portions and stack them. When it was time to reheat she would peel the bag off and plop the "casserole-sicle" into the pan.

Dec 01, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

All-Clad Cast-Aluminum Nonstick Dutch Oven, 6½ qt.

I love my cast aluminum calderos I picked up at Target - they price match Walmart.com. Set me back $21 with tax for three. Gave the smallest one away, replaced the handles with stainless knobs I got for $1 on eBay (free shipping).

I use mine for dutch oven bread, some stir fry, and stovetop baking and smoking on a hot plate on the back porch when temps hit triple digits.

Dec 01, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

cast iron pans are great - REALLY????

No. It is NOT the only way.

A spin through the self-cleaning oven's cleaning cycle. I have done this with 30+ thrift shop/flea market/yard sale finds.

hmm...first turkey, I guess a roasting pan would be helpful

Nice to have but NOT essential. On Thanksgiving my 4 roasting pans see no action... I reach for a half sheet pan and roast my butterflied bird directly on an oven rack with a $6 half sheet pan on the rack below to catch the drippings.

This method yields a well browned, moist, evenly cooked 15# bird in 100 minutes. After 2 years in a row of this technique I was informed I'm the family turkey roaster now... And told I'd have turkey duty on Christmas as well! (This year I'll actually remember to take an "after photo"!)

By next year I'll add a stainless RP to my batterie de cuisine because it would be slightly easier for gravy and useful for other tasks... But a baking sheet & my oven's racks have served me well.

Nov 30, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Can someone please ID a pan for me?

I believe Vollrath still makes hardcoat aluminum pans. Futura-Hawkins of India makes wonderful 4.06mm thick anodised pans as well... They've recently rolled out a line that has a ferrous disc bottom that is induction compatible... Commercial Aluminum/Calphalon & Magnalite pans are easy to come by on eBay also.

Nov 30, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

No more burnt gravy! - Calphalon roasting pan

I have two of those 18x12 Commercial Aluminum roasters... They are my "Chex Mix" pans... (Yes, I am that committed to Chex Party Mix).

I should try roasting in them some time.

Nov 30, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Best non stick cookware for crepes or tortilla/ chapati

I have three of three of them. Thrift shop gold! This time of year they make perfect holiday servers.

Nov 24, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Copper Indian Serving Bowls

eBay.

Nov 24, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

At best it is a snapshot of a time and place. It is NOT a rule book.

Best non stick cookware for crepes or tortilla/ chapati

Doc it'll probably be a little longer than you're anticipating before I trade my kitchen in for your food laboratory... But at least I have the right enamelware for when that day arrives.

Cheers,
CJ

Nov 24, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Must I trade my cast iron wok for carbon steel?

I'm taking the train up to San Jose for Fleetwood Mac Tuesday and riding back with partner Wednesday. Looks like we have a stop to make in Milpitas!

Nov 23, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Puppieni Copper Cookware? How does it rate?

I'd never heard of this manufacturer but was pleasantly surprised when I bid on, won and received this 13" pan for the princely sum of $20.45 with shipping. Weighs over 4 pounds. No calipers so I can't say thickness but it is definitely heavier and thicker than the low end Tagus I'm always finding locally in junktique stores & thrift shops...

So this being my first for adventure in copper cookery... Did I luck out?

Nov 23, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Cookware that can take a beating

Since Farberware & Corningware outlast owners it is remarkably easy for the diligent thrifter to amass a large collection of either. If your heart is set on a pattern, it will show up on eBay. I call such thrift shop gold "orphaned heirlooms".

I never pay more than $4 for old pyro ceramic Corningware.

Nov 23, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware
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Rule #1...always...

Something in the oven? Potholders within reach!

Only took years of burning myself or scrambling for a dish towel...

Rule #1...always...

Nuking before odor occurs is the key. 20 seconds every morning when I unloaded dishwasher (ahh, having a dishwasher... Those were the days!) was my routine so it never got smelly.

Must I trade my cast iron wok for carbon steel?

$19.99? Where can I find one in the Bay Area? I'm all over that!

Nov 22, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Best non stick cookware for crepes or tortilla/ chapati

PJ - the comal idea is also brilliant - hadn't considered that. Cheap at Hispanic oriented groceries out here on the west coast... I've also used mine for pizza.

Nov 22, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Best non stick cookware for crepes or tortilla/ chapati

I agree Duffy! If it weren't for these types of forums, induction would not even be on the radar for me.

Ray, I'm all for it, but in the mean time when a Hound pops up looking for a cookware recommendation without reference to induction, I just sort of presume they are still living in the same world the other 96% of us are.

And I'll sill have anodized aluminum - the Futura I spoke of to the OP is now in induction capable lines :)

Nov 22, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

What to do with Saladmaster cookware?

Keep an eye on eBay and flea markets/thrift shops. I can understand why you like it, my West Bend electric skillet is a joy to use - well built, easy to clean, American made... And at $25 in an estate liquidation sale the price was right.

Would I ever pay new retail? Not a chance.

Nov 22, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Best non stick cookware for crepes or tortilla/ chapati

Doc we've all seen your food lab from photos... I dig how you dig induction, but that's still less than 4% of the US market...

Best non stick cookware for crepes or tortilla/ chapati

I got mine on eBay. You can order some pieces from Walmart.com or Amazon.

Nov 22, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Best non stick cookware for crepes or tortilla/ chapati

http://ebay.to/1BZ4gVY.

That is the Futura tawa.

Nov 22, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Must I trade my cast iron wok for carbon steel?

Works fine for sautéing veg over rice I'm sure. That was what my mother called stir-fry.

A carbon steel flat bottom wok from World Market pre-heated 5-7 min on my dated range will in fact achieve a dull red glow and char veg & velveted proteins beautifully. This can be done on coils, it cannot be done with non-stick.

Nov 22, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Must I trade my cast iron wok for carbon steel?

Make your own with concrete and perlite! :)

If you want to terrify and impress the neighbors add a hair dryer to the mix!

Nov 22, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware