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Do You Use A Multi Cooker To Boil Pasta?

I've been using one for years. In fact, I have it in 2 sizes.

I use it so often, that it stays on my cook top. It's great for pasta or anything else like veg that needs to be strained. I also use it for mussels, clams, or any other seafood that needs a quick dunk & drain.

Only caveat: These pots don't work well for small pieces that can slip through the holes.

For things like orzo, I use a mesh strainer & pot without insert.

Apr 08, 2014
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Best Bagged Tea Brands?

:) Very good advice.

Apr 08, 2014
cbweb in General Topics

Best Bagged Tea Brands?

Try EnglishTeaStore.com for a great variety, and sampler packs.

They carry Taylor's of Harrogate and have many good choices.

Bewley's in Dublin, is known for their teas and can be found online.

You might want to buy some Fortnum & Mason teas in their classic tins at their online site if your friend prefers British to Asian teas.

Apr 08, 2014
cbweb in General Topics

Best Bagged Tea Brands?

Great big second! This is my absolute favorite. I find PG Tips harsh & acidic. The YG is full bodied & malty. It was originally made for use with hard water.

Apr 08, 2014
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Deli Cole Slaw Surprise

Yes. Some people are convinced they need to add sugar to savory food. When they decide it's unhealthy, they switch to artificial sweeteners.

Apr 08, 2014
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Deli Cole Slaw Surprise

I totally agree!

Apr 08, 2014
cbweb in General Topics

Raw Garlic - How Do People Do It?

Hi! If you use an untreated wooden bowl for your salad, try this: Instead of chopping & eating the raw garlic, rub a clove around on the wood of the salad bowl. Subtler, but also longer lasting as your wood will become infused.

Apr 08, 2014
cbweb in General Topics

Raw Garlic - How Do People Do It?

Yes!

Apr 08, 2014
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Aluminum Grease Dispenser Alternatives

See above. You can filter by using cheese cloth over the top of the mouth of the jar. Wrap a triple layer or so around the mouth with a rubber band, and pour. And yes, of course wait until the fat has cooled but not solidified, and use a jar that has been stored at room temp.

Apr 08, 2014
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Aluminum Grease Dispenser Alternatives

I use a plain old Mason jar. I keep some jars around even in my urban set-up, b/c they're great for storage in the kitchen as well as for canning. They can be had cheap in all sizes at Walmart, some supermarkets, Lehman's catalog, etc.

Ball is one of the better known brands. They're made of heavy glass.

If you want to strain your bacon fat, just wrap some cheese cloth over the top of the jar with a rubber band, and pour the fat through the cheese cloth. I've used coffee filters in a pinch, but it's harder to do, and you need more than one.

HTH. Wait til you discover duck fat !

Apr 08, 2014
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Relative merits of long handles vs dutch oven style pots?

Thanks everyone!

Apr 08, 2014
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Help ID Original Use for old earthenware Jar (Robinson-Ransbottom)

I'd say it was used for fermenting pickles/sauerkraut. There would have been a loose lid to place on top of the veg to press them down into the liquid.

Never saw anything like it used for wine in my Italian American household. Vino went straight from barrel to bottle.

Apr 08, 2014
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Relative merits of long handles vs dutch oven style pots?

HI. I understand the relative merits of straight versus curved sides in pots & pans, but is there any resaon to use a pot with a long handle when a similar style dutch oven with short handles on each side is available.

I prefer those for storage, etc, but maybe I'm missing their merits.....?

Thanks.

Apr 07, 2014
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