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lard, tallow, good extensive butchers in Madison, Wisconsin?

I got a tub of duck fat through neesvig's.
You might want to call them on other items.

Jul 17, 2014
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Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

Please hit your local thrift stores. Most by me have controllers for $2 and under. Based on my history (I used to go to the West Bend outlet every other week when it was in West Bend, they had a couple of standard controllers) mnany are interchangeable. I think that the foindue pot controller works with the skillet we have.

Jul 03, 2014
exvaxman in Cookware

Need a food processor

Check out your local Goodwill/SA/st. Vinnies.
I picked up three dlc10 units for spare parts for roughly $10 each. My mother's origional is still going strong, but due to the age.....

Jul 01, 2014
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Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

My best so far this year were four vitamix units, two new plastic type units for $25 each, an older model 4000 stainless model with a second bin for $6.99, and one of their commercial units for $20. An older 6qt kitchenaide mixer for $15 (needed a new power cord). Four of the onetime $600 living air air cleaners for $20 total, a $600 commercial water distiller for $10, and a commercial hot dog roller (non-stick) for $20.

Jul 01, 2014
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need kitchenaid advice

May I also suggest yard sales? I picked up one of the older Hobart 6 qt built units for $15. I just needed to replace the power cord. I passed on a 5 qt for $20 because the wife would have killed me.

Jul 01, 2014
exvaxman in Cookware

Coconut oil in North Milwaukee burbs?

Now both my local pig and Trader Joe's stock it.

Jul 01, 2014
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north MKE+, any decent places for fruit to make preserves?

Thanks! They will be within a mile of me next week!

Jul 01, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

north MKE+, any decent places for fruit to make preserves?

I am going to get back into doing jam, I need a good source for fruit.
My garden by request of the teenager is now all catnip. The "upside down" strawberry things never worked for us. My better two-thirds complains that I always make too much, so for the regulars, there will be excess available. Also some cordials done with the preserves and an older cordial maker.

Jun 12, 2014
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MKE - Klement's Sausage Co. Sold to California Private Equity Firm

I was just at the outlet. The prices are going up well more than inflation. Right now it is not worth making a trip there. They have priced themselves out of the "outlet" price and into a supermarket price. Just like the "Old Wisconsin" outlet did - in fact at OW some of their prices are higher than the Pig around the corner from them.

Jun 12, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Iron Mountain, mi

Any suggestions?
I may be driving up a van of scouts for an upper WI camp out. My friend there died last year so I do not know if anything has opened. Otherwise it is driving back to MKE the same day.

May 21, 2014
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DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Oh, to those doing things over Craig's list, the local police departments suggest a meet up (with letting them know) in their HQs. Due to the high mugging/theft rate.

May 21, 2014
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DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Latest find, a 48 count Teflon commercial hot dog roller listing for $2k new, looking like it was not used, for $19.99 at St. Vinnies. While my wife wants it sold, the kid and I have offered it to our local charities for fund raisers so long as it gets cleaned. Surprisingly, egg rolls cook great on this unit.

May 21, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Sorry for the very late reply. A microwave crisper bag has a very minor layer of a metallic substance that heats the metal, rather than the included food. Raytheon put out a great unit with their first microwaves for pizza cooking.

May 21, 2014
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MKE - Klement's Sausage Co. Sold to California Private Equity Firm

I was at the outlet today. There was a huge lack of product in the main enterance, the normally happy two people there were far more abrupt than I expected. As with everything, the prices are going up. Darn if they disappear I will miss their mild head cheese. On the other hand, the ham sticks that the teenager loves that used to be very rare were there in huge quantities, but an extra $1.50 than I was used to paying.

May 21, 2014
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FINALLY have a Sourdough Starter, now what ?

May I say that I hate you? I live in an area that has so much wild yeast from brewers that nothing can be started. So much so that a years old expansion from a San Francisco bread maker got sick of flying in starter and quit the area.

May 20, 2014
exvaxman in Home Cooking

MKE - Klement's Sausage Co. Sold to California Private Equity Firm

I haven't been to the outlet since the sale. However, my understanding is that the family never upgraded the factory. Stuck in the 1980's. very inefficient, probably going to be moved. I will miss many of their outlet products, the fact that driving there saved $$$ on scout camp outs, the joke of Allen Brother's $$$ products bought for $.01 in generic packaging, etc. Outside of Usingers, the "Klemets Chicago style hot dogs" are my favorite. But to be honest, the outlet store prices are getting very close to local grocery prices. Not worth the gas. Same as "old Wisconsin" it used to be worth the trip to Sheboygan to their outlet to buy in bulk for scout trips. No longer - they overpriced themselves.

May 20, 2014
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DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Teenager. Sullen. Angry, it will get worked out.

Apr 29, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Popcorn topping

I use a cheap spray bottle on a wide spray into the bowl to avoid soaking the lower layers. I think an "expensive foodie" version is called "misto".

Due to my scout involvement, I also buy the "unhealthy teater popcorn topping" and put that into ketchup type bottles for the kids to soak their popcorn (shudder).

My favorite is parm cheese with malt vinegar.

Apr 29, 2014
exvaxman in Home Cooking

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Oh - something to keep your eyes open for. Most of the (then exceedingly expensive) fuzzy rice cookers from Zoshi, Micom, Sanyo, etc used lithium batteries as backup. Those batteries if the cooker has not been kept plugged in are at their end of life. I have started seeing these (very good) units at thrift stores with dead displays for cheap. Manufacturer's repair costs are around $150 plus shipping. The battery is $7 with a $3 holder and (very little) solder work. Just an FYI.

Apr 29, 2014
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Dollar Store food! Had some SURPRISINGLY good food from $ store!

When required to cook for cub scouts (cabin camping), I stock up at Dollar Store and (lesser) GFS for basic supplies.

Apr 29, 2014
exvaxman in General Topics

Your local canned fish brands/rankings

Sorry if this is a repeat, my system crashed in the middle of the post.

Ma Baensch herring. (Milwaukee).
To be honest, I like Vita's recipe better, but Ma's is often on sale and I try and get one with lots of onions.

Apr 29, 2014
exvaxman in General Topics

Calling All American CHs Not Raised in CA!: Did You Grow Up Eating Artichokes?

yes, very much so. Both stuffed and plain.
(Boston/Chicago)

Of course right now my favorite way is steamed and dipped into good Wisconsin butter.

Apr 29, 2014
exvaxman in General Topics

Any Favorite French Fries Toppings?

As stated, dip into curry Ketchup. Sometimes Horseradish sauce.

I grew up with Malt vinegar, and I still love malt vinegar on my fries. I bring in a bottle if I know we are ending up at a place that sells fries. More than a few times I have had people freak out at other tables and ask for some as they relocated as well into my area.

Apr 29, 2014
exvaxman in General Topics

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Once again, thrift stores. We went through our closets this weekend, and based on my late father's preferences, delivered electronics to Goodwill, Books to St. Vinnies, and clothing to the Salvation Army. While in the Salvation Army, I picked up a BRAND NEW IN BOX VITAMIX for $6.99. As well as two extra containers for it at $2.99 each. And to make matters even more over the top, Goodwill had an older vitamix (3600) the stainless steel model that I like better than the new ones, looked unused due to the labels and tamper being in perfect condition for $12.99. I'm making a huge pile of things the kid gets when going off to college in 15 months, five days (not that I'm counting) and he gets the newer model.

Oh, a couple of cuisinart pasta makers from the last go rounds for under $10 each

Apr 29, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Once again, thrift stores. We went through our closets this weekend, and based on my late father's preferences, delivered electronics to Goodwill, Books to St. Vinnies, and clothing to the Salvation Army. While in the Salvation Army, I picked up a BRAND NEW IN BOX VITAMIX for $6.99. As well as two extra containers for it at $2.99 each. And to make matters even more over the top, Goodwill had an older vitamix (3600) the stainless steel model that I like better than the new ones, looked unused due to the labels and tamper being in perfect condition for $12.99. I'm making a huge pile of things the kid gets when going off to college in 15 months, five days (not that I'm counting) and he gets the newer model.

Apr 29, 2014
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MKE- pacific produce opening a north side location

Never going in again outside for fuji apples and packaged food.
Meat bought went bad in less than a day, some seafood was "not good" and had me in the bathroom for a couple of days. YMMV. Rhino just east of there is back to my goto for close things. The mall at 76th and Mill is also good, haven't gotten anything bad from there.

Apr 27, 2014
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MKE has anyone kept a good sourdough starter going?

I have failed every time, too much wild yeast. I do know that Boudine (SP?) from SF gave up trying to open a store with having to have starter shipped in every week and going bad almost immediatly.

Apr 27, 2014
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DTW. Dead chef estate sales

I might suggest something. After next xgiving, pick up a masterbuilt turkey fryer for a closeout price. $45 was mine each for two. Go on Amazon and pick up a temperature controller ($75-120) for a great decent capacity souis vide unit. You will need a vacuum sealer ($5 goodwill..) as well. The masterbuilt is also fairly decent for doing fried chicken. For several years the teenager had a fried cornish hen (when they were cheap) with a rice side as his get home snack from school.
Standard butane torch is under $20 at a hardware store.

Apr 27, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

SE WI area - Any opinions on Dickey's Barbecue Restaurant?

My experience at two of them is the following: Kenosha avoid. Teenagers open/run, impossible lines.
Sheboygan, far better run, responsive staff.

As for the quality, my wife tried the brisket twice when I brought it back and is on the minus side of luke warm. Of course, she was spoiled living next to the greatest place outside of Texas, but I found it acceptable. When in the Kenosha area I seem to end up in Wadsworth, IL at Captain Porkys.

Apr 27, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Oh, coming close are the Zoshi expensive fuzzy logic rice cookers if you see one. The 5 year battery if it has not been plugged in is coming close to end-of-life. You will see no display. The solution is de-soldering/soldering in a new $9 battery to make it functional again.

Apr 15, 2014
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