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Labeling plastic containers for freezer storage

Thank you, Jannie and Grey.

Great info from everybody, and I appreciate it all.

Mar 08, 2014
rdt01 in Cookware

Labeling plastic containers for freezer storage

Where is freezer tape sold?

Mar 08, 2014
rdt01 in Cookware

Labeling plastic containers for freezer storage

Many thanks to all. I guess I wrongly assumed that if file labels wouldn't stick, then neither would masking tape.

But I could never get a Sharpie or grease pencil to write or remain on our plastic containers. Mysteries never cease.

Mar 08, 2014
rdt01 in Cookware

Labeling plastic containers for freezer storage

Hounds,

What do you use to label plastic containers in your freezer, to keep track of what and especially when you froze the contents? I've had trouble with felt pens (Sharpies and similar) and with adhesive file labels. Suggestions?

Mar 08, 2014
rdt01 in Cookware

CHOW Reviews: Le Creuset Rectangular Skinny Grill

Just read the Chow review, and note the lack of depth between the grill ridges and the bottom of the pan. No doubt, a serious deficiency. What similar cookware have you reviewed and found acceptable?

Jun 24, 2013
rdt01 in Cookware

California Syrah

B.H & W.G.,
Many thanks. I'm on it. Greatly appreciate your suggestions.

Dec 21, 2010
rdt01 in Wine

California Syrah

Hounds,

I'd like to buy a bottle of good California or Australian Syrah for my brother in law in the $25 range. He seems to prefer California Syrahs, and buys them and Australian Syrahs seemingly haphazardly, and seems to equate price with taste and quality.

I drink mostly reds from the Rhone Valley and surrounding areas, which often (usually) have Syrah in the blend, but I am not familiar with California Syrahs even though I live in California. I will add that I was recently in the Santa Ynez Valley and tasted a couple of Syrahs which were very young, and difficult for me to judge, other than to think they were not very good.

There must be some available for around $25. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Dec 21, 2010
rdt01 in Wine

No. 6 cone-shape drip coffee filters -- Are they extinct?

Many thanks, ZS. Could not find it at cookware sites. Obviously didn't think broadly enough. My order is placed for the filters and a new No. 6 cone.

Again, many thanks.

Oct 18, 2010
rdt01 in Cookware

No. 6 cone-shape drip coffee filters -- Are they extinct?

Hounds, For years I've used a No. 6 cone filter drip coffee maker, the basic heat your water and pour it through your grounds. Now I need a replacement, but cannot find either No. 6 paper filters nor a No. 6 cone in the West Los Angeles area. Did the manufacturers of coffee makers and parts stop making these?

If anyone know where I can find one, please let me know. I'm temporarily (I hope) using a No. 4 Melitta cone and coffee pot for now.

Many thanks for any help.

RDT01

Oct 18, 2010
rdt01 in Cookware

Heat Diffuser on Electric Burner Stove Top

Good point, Ricepad. This is for a family member who doesn't want to buy all new electric burners. We'll try heavier guage cookware first. She tends to use the lighter stuff, which could be the problem. Many thanks.

Dec 15, 2009
rdt01 in Cookware

Heat Diffuser on Electric Burner Stove Top

Please help me Hounds. Will a heat diffuser work on old style coil electric burners, where each coil heats unevenly? By "work" I mean will one of these diffuse heat sufficiently so that a skillet will heat evenly enough to brown meat without hot and cold spots, and so that a braising vessel will simmer, again without hot or cold spots?

Many thanks for your collective wisdom.

rdt01

Dec 14, 2009
rdt01 in Cookware

Trader Joe's Wines?

BWS - The Honey Moon Viognier is pretty good - As you describe it, but also lighter and without the cloying finish of many Vios.

Have the Private Label Reserve Vio and Albarino come in to your shop yet?

If so, (a) how are they? and (b) do you know if they are (or will be) available in SoCal too?

Sep 20, 2009
rdt01 in Wine

Trader Joe's Wine Recs?

Alan, this year both Ogier and Perrin CdR are very good. You should give it a try. But Ogier is more consistent year to year. Also, for those who haven't bought Ogier, you must look for the squat bottle, because the name Ogier does not appear conspicuously on the label.

Also agree with your cremant recommendation.

Jul 24, 2009
rdt01 in Wine

size of pots

cleo, Agree, except watch out for mint. It doesn't play well with others. It strangles the roots of other herbs (most other plants actually) and takes over the entire pot. After awhile, you'll have a nice pot of healthy mint and little else if you plant it with other herbs. I found out the hard way a few years ago.

Jun 11, 2009
rdt01 in Gardening

best 12" stainless skillet for under $100?

They weren't Sitram. I don't recall the brand, but I bought them at Surfas which is a restaurant supply house. I don't work in the industry, so I thought I was doing something wrong. I took one back to the store seeking help. The owner was extraordinarily gracious. She explained the problem, took back the pan and returned it to the manufacturer and gave me another pan - perhaps a 10" all aluminum pan. It was much heavier guage on the sides and worked fine.

Feb 20, 2009
rdt01 in Cookware

best 12" stainless skillet for under $100?

I have the Vollrath 3-ply 12" saute pan shown on the website. It's great; browns as well as an All Clad copper 12" saute pan I received as a gift. The Vollrath handle is wider, and easier (for me) to grip than the All Clad. The handle is coated with a black substance that's rated to 400 degrees, if I remember correctly. Mine has done fine at higher temps with repeated use. It's about 5 years old, and it's going strong.

Problem: OP asked for something for less than $100. Mine was far less, but these pans have increased in price dramatically.

I tried a couple of disk-bottom pans, but didn't like them. The sides were thin and any contents that touched the sides while the pan was in use burned itself permanently onto the metal. If considering a disk-bottom pan, make sure the sides are thick enough to avoid the burning problem.

Feb 19, 2009
rdt01 in Cookware

Giovanni's Trattoria - Still a Gem

Hounds,

Last evening, DW and I went to Giovanni's Trattoria on the spur of the moment, and had a wonderful dinner. This place is still a gem. Great food, excellent service, a welcoming vibe, and no dreaded-trendies.

We started with insalata Giovanni and pepperonata, both of which we shared and enjoyed. We had rigatoni bolognese and pasta with lamb ragu, both of which were excellent and paired well with a bottle of zinfandel we brought along to try.

We went early to avoid the rush. Surprisingly, the place was still uncrowded when we left a little after 7 p.m. I hope the crowd came later, because this place is a terrific neighborhood trattoria. And corkage is still just $3.00.

We'll be returning more often.

Giovanni's Trattoria
10026 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 839-1757
www.giovannistrattoria.com

rdt01

Nov 25, 2007
rdt01 in Los Angeles Area