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Bulging sealed pico de gallo

Several things can cause harmless bulging in fresh packs. If the food was packed right at freezing temperatures, any captured air will expand even at 40 degree refrigerator temperatures and give you a bulged lid. Living in the Reno area at 4500' elevation, most of the food at the market was processed at near sea level, and that definitely adds to the bulge. All my salsa with the plastic seals has a bulge.

Jul 26, 2014
NVJims in General Topics

Portland, OR to Elko, NV - suggestions along the way?

Lunchtime in Boise, I would recommend Rooster's or the Boise Fry Company. If you are staying overnight, the Cottonwood Grill is excellent. There is a lot of pretty country between there and the Ketchum/Sun Valley/Hailey area, but nothing that stands out as an eatery. Lots of good restaurants in the K/SV/H area. Twin Falls is mostly chains and Jackpot is just casino food. I only stop in Wells for gas, but Elko has some good restaurants. For lunch, the steak sandwich at the Star or the Garlic Burger at JR's Bar and Grill will fill you up. For dinner, it is definitely one of the Basque restaurants. The Star is the most traditional and you will be sitting at long tables with others. Biltoki has individual tables and a little more romantic atmosphere. Toki Ono is located across from the main park and is almost a cross between the other two. You need to go south of town and up Lamoille Canyon, and if you are there around dinnertime, go to the Pine Lodge in the small town of Lamoille.
Enjoy your trip!

Jul 14, 2014
NVJims in Pacific Northwest
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How to Remove Aluminum from Bottom of Oven

I haven't been checking this thread... Ask for Lye or Sodium Hydroxide. Oven cleaners or drain cleaners that have Sodium Hydroxide as the first listed chemical will work. They will have the skull and crossbones symbol and will carry the same PPE warning that I have been saying.

Jul 14, 2014
NVJims in Cookware

What's really inside your food?

Ever wondered what the internal structure of your produce looks like? http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-...

Apr 26, 2014
NVJims in Food Media & News

What is the real cream used in coffee?

The only good use for Creamora is to make Creamora pots on the Forth of July.... http://www.skylighter.com/fireworks/h...

Apr 20, 2014
NVJims in General Topics

Worth feeding squirrels peanuts if all they do is bury them?

They eat carrots in the cartoons---in real life they prefer fresh greens.

Apr 18, 2014
NVJims in Not About Food

Groups Asking Congress To Make FDA Test Food For Radiation

The radiation testing is not needed.A simple ban on importation of foodstuffs from the Fukushima Prefecture will suffice as there is no significant contamination outside that immediate area. Remember, virtually all food, regardless of where it was produced is radioactive due primarily to Potassium-40, Carbon-14, etc.

Apr 13, 2014
NVJims in General Topics

Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

The new cans do not have a bottom rim anymore, making this virtually impossible...

Apr 13, 2014
NVJims in General Topics

Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

When I was in college, I was one of the trip leaders for camping trips with the mountaineering club. We did a laid back car camping trip to the lower Colorado River and we had about 15 people, mostly foreign students, in the group. Prominent in the food box were ten cans of el cheepo dog food.... The menu showed corned beef hash for the last night....... as the time approached, the food box got emptier save for the dog food. In my pack, I had ten cans of Mary Kitchens hash.. At dinner time, I sauted some onions and using the labels off of the dogfood cans held around the hash cans, added them to the mix. Everyone admitted that the "dog food" did smell good, but we had a few that would not even try it... Finally we produced the empty hash cans and the full dogfood cans and everyone chowed down.... Then we had a snipe hunt.

Apr 07, 2014
NVJims in General Topics
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Can you smoke a corned beef?

An asparagus steamer might work for beef sticks, but a tamale steamer or my pressure cooker with the inserts to hold the points out of the water work great... Most Mexican markets sell some big inexpensive steamer pots that will fill the bill.

Can you smoke a corned beef?

big pot with a lid and a rack to keep them out of the water.

Can you smoke a corned beef?

Have 2 points in the smoker at the moment. Murphy brand on sale for $1.97 a pound. Gave them a thorough rinse and two soakings in water, tossed their spice packet, and gave them a rub of fresh ground pepper, coriander and Szechuan peppercorns. They are getting 2 hours of alder and hickory smoke and will be brought up to 160 in the smoker before being steamed to 195... Wish I could hurry the process up!

How accurate is too accurate and using laboratory glassware in the kitchen

I would trust the markings on the labware over the markings on the Pyrex. None of them are really accurate unless the vessel is placed on a level surface at eye level. The thicker Pyrex refracts the light a greater distance to the inside level of the item being measured, and this can make quite a difference depending upon how steep of an angle your are viewing the measuring marks. If you need better accuracy, use a scale.

Mar 21, 2014
NVJims in Cookware

Worth feeding squirrels peanuts if all they do is bury them?

Not only are you doing them no favor, in a lot of jurisdictions it is highly unlawful to feed wildlife. Fed bears are dead bears as they loose their fear of humans and that gets them put down.

Mar 06, 2014
NVJims in Not About Food
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FDA Overhauls Nutritional Labels

It would make more sense to label to the full size of the container. A lot of things are going 'under the radar' as the number of servings in the container can divide the nutrient to less than a half gram which is then rounded to 0...

Mar 03, 2014
NVJims in Food Media & News
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Edible portion of rack of lamb

The American lamb portions are large enough that 2-3 will be a good serving while half a rack is a good serving for the New Zealand racks. You will need to know which product you are getting rather than just the weights.

Feb 09, 2014
NVJims in Home Cooking
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Salmon in a pressure cooker?

many years ago, I took a couple of big carp fillets, marinated them in dilute red food coloring and a can of cheap smoked salmon, and put them up on a steamer rack in the PC, and gave it about 10 minutes at pressure, and make some imitation smoked salmon-- It was loved at a special event at my sporting goods store--none was left... it was fun telling everyone afterward that it was carp, and I had a lot of folks fishing for carp after that.

Feb 09, 2014
NVJims in Home Cooking
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An impartial review site or an aggressive ad company?

http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/...

They do have more reviews than are located here, but is the quality of this and other sites what you would expect?

Jan 27, 2014
NVJims in Food Media & News

775 Gastropub closing--to be replaced by a Cheesecake Factory... [Reno]

Last meals will be in the middle of February. Excellent, made-to-order food being replaced by a chain food place.(CF doesn't deserve to be called a restaurant)

Jan 27, 2014
NVJims in Southwest

What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

$3.99 a pound for fresh cooked whole Dungeness crabs. I had just returned home from 2 weeks in the Northwest and the best price at the docks was $5.99. Raley's markets in Nevada.

Long Beach Peninsula

Since you will probably wander over to Astoria for shopping, the Taco Truck on 101 just west of the bridge has the best Mexican food in the area. They do have some covered and heated tables in the adjacent building so you can eat in comfort.

Jan 09, 2014
NVJims in Pacific Northwest

Restaurant Owner says he has tips to share

This seems to be a good model, and it is working in one of those sub-minimum wage states. http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/12...

Dec 25, 2013
NVJims in Not About Food

Food near Crater lake,

There are excellent burgers at the cafe at the junction of 138 and 97 on the east approach to the park. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6392...

Nov 27, 2013
NVJims in Pacific Northwest

I'm in a real pickle.

They are continuing to ferment. Time to start eating them and sharing with your friends. Next time don't buy so many at one time.

Nov 09, 2013
NVJims in General Topics

Where to buy crystalized ginger in No VA?

Make your own! Alton Brown showed how in one of his Good Eats segments.

Ascorbic acid with sodium nitrite?

The bad stuff is in the smoke--it does not matter what temperature you are using--even cold smoking like is done for cheeses gets the same spectrum of chemicals. The nitrites that are in the cured meat prevent the growth of botulism which will shorten your life considerably more than the "possibility" of any effect of the smoke or the possible formation of the nitrosamine. There is NO 100% 'safe' foodstuff out there. Let's worry more about how good things taste!

Kalorik Stainless Steel Rotisserie

Has anybody used one of these units? It looks interesting although it will only hold a 10# bird.

Nov 07, 2013
NVJims in Cookware

Radioactive organic jam sold in US

It is well within the safe limits. I would be more concerned with the sugar levels.

Nov 04, 2013
NVJims in General Topics

Radioactive organic jam sold in US

Brazil nuts have 207 Bq/kg of potassium-40 AND 37-260 Bq/kg of Radium-226... Bananas have about 130 Bq/kg of potassium-40... These are the normal, "Natural" radiation levels of these foods..... Neither these or the blueberry jam glow in the dark or would cause you to either.
(reference: http://www.physics.isu.edu/radinf/nat...)

Nov 04, 2013
NVJims in General Topics

The Pit BBQ and Burgers, Reno

Stopped there yesterday for lunch and had the special with pastrami. Excellent smoke flavor and the edges of the thinly sliced pastrami were not overly salty and crusty with rub like a lot of pastrami I have tasted. The spicy cole slaw is very good with the heat being just right for the side. Their spicy mustard that was provided with the special was also quite good. I will be back.

Nov 02, 2013
NVJims in Southwest