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What would be a complimentary side dish to fried rabbit?

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Martha's maple glazed carrots and parsnips - we do it for holidays. This year I baked on my gas grill on thanksgiving forgetting I had smoker box in... The results were well received!

Best Cast Iron Skillet?

I cant agree. Every single one of these pans has been through the self cleaning cycle at least once - I've refurbished over 35 pieces without a single problem. It is the easiest way to strip an old pan for reseasoning.

tramontina pro-line 24 qt.

I'm an unapologetic value-driven maximalist. Keep it. It's a beautiful pot at a great price and uses can be found from canning to steaming to soups.

Barring that you can decorate around it or keep your umbrellas in it.

Most used cookware? Any surprises?

* Cast aluminum caldero as a stovetop smoker, stovetop oven & dutch oven bread baker.

* Pyrex glass baking dish

* Corningware (old school square shaped ones I collected from thrift shops for a buck or two each) for food storage, leftover reheating & simple veg side dish baking when oven roasting poultry & meat.

* #10 cast iron skillet I got as factory second when I moved to Cali. It was the only pan I owned for months!

* Vollrath double boiler insert I got for $1 at a thrift shop I use as a Bain Marie.

* Pre-owned calphalon wok I use as a saucier...

* vertical poultry roaster

* 50s era pressure cookers I mostly use for dry beans or pressure steaming with steamer insert...

* black steel comal from Latin market for $6 - roasting peppers, broiling, toast, toasting tortillas...

* heavy gauge no-name aluminum half-sheet pans made in the USA from restaurant supply shop.

Basically everything I once considered low-brow, provincial, antiquated, unsophisticated, cheap... I use & use often.

Jan 12, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Most used cookware? Any surprises?

I have to ask - how is the 23qt pressure canner making it into the rotation so much? Are you canning that much? cooking frozen turkeys on a whim frequently? Tomale truck?

Jan 12, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Safe Use of Vintage Aluminum Cookware

My go-to pasta pot is an uncoated Magnalite dutch oven (as the slogan of the day promised "Thick as 2 silver dollars!")... It has to be at least 4mm thick... Love that thing.

Anecdotally I lost two grandparents to Alzheimer's who only cooked out of enamelware, Pyrex & Corningware... The paternal grandmother made it to 93 after a lifetime of cooking in uncoated aluminum pots, pans, and roasters - sharp as a tack and ornery as ever till the day she died. In 30 years I never once beat her at checkers or tic-tac-toe, card games of luck yes, skill never.

Jan 12, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

I don't think it was used even twice. It's funny, I showed up kind of annoyed that I wasn't running my errands on the schedule I had first planned... And then the worker stocking the shelf pulled it out of his cart and put it right in my hands saying "is this one good? I know you buy pans..." I squealed a little and stopped being sore that I got there at that moment!

Jan 09, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Wok that can't use high heat

I dunno, I've been able to bring carbon steel woks to a dull red glow on an electric coil... It's not the very same as restaurants, but it's not so far off the mark either.

Jan 09, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

$8 All-clad 10" skillet at thrift shop.

This is what happens when Form trumps Function

The product isn't even out yet - why the naysaying?

Dec 23, 2014
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

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...