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Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

Ahh, the buffet blowouts and the salad bar squirts... My out of town visitors always want to go to the buffets, and I get dragged along and end up suffering.... I regularly leave things on the counter or stove overnight with no ill effects.

Mar 31, 2015
NVJims in General Topics

What fish can I use to make Tartare?

The usual treatment is flash freezing at the processor to -15 or colder for a set period of time. Also, do not use fish from fresh water (trout, landlocked salmon, walleye, etc) as they carry critters the can only be safely killed by heat.

Who cooks in a hotel room?

A couple of years ago we had Thanksgiving in Boise, ID and we stayed at the *****Suites with a full kitchen. Cooked a turkey, several sides, etc. I brought a couple of extra pans plus a good roasting pan and some extra items like my Thermopen, knives, and serving dishes. It was nice having the dishwasher to clean everything and the freezer to save the leftovers for the 350 mile drive home.

I used to stay a lot in a small town in central Nevada that was restaurant poor, and used the microwave to do some good cooking of items from the local supermarket. A lot of the middle end motels now have a microwave, coffee pot, and a mini fridge.

Jan 29, 2015
NVJims in General Topics

Food Savers/ Vacuum Sealers: Do you use them and are they worth the expense?

I'm on my second unit and it is starting to have problems evacuating the bags before it goes into sealing mode... It still does a good job on the sealing and evacuating the canisters. I will replace it with a chamber unit that will allow me to do liquids and use regular bags rather than the special ones needed by the FoodSaver.

Jan 29, 2015
NVJims in Cookware

how to get blackened crud off of stovetop?

I use the industrial strength (10%) on a sponge which I leave sitting on the bad areas for an hour or so... Turn your fan hood on. It will soften the areas enough to get them off with just a little scrubbing. A quick wipe with the sponge will remove all of the fresh splatter nicely. Don't forget to keep the fan running...

Jan 29, 2015
NVJims in Cookware

New tip for easy roasted garlics

I just place the entire head of garlic in one of the produce bags from the store and put it in the microwave until you hear it pop. The bag is just to prevent having garlic all over the inside of your oven. All of the cloves are soft and easily peeled.

Jan 28, 2015
NVJims in Home Cooking

Best Burgers in Oregon

They continue to uphold the quality. I stopped there twice last month and had excellent burgers.

Jan 28, 2015
NVJims in Pacific Northwest
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Nasty water in good restaurants

What I find is much worse... They will add slices of lemon to the water making very weak lemonade. When I ask for plain ice water, and they give me some line about the water tastes bad, I raise my eyebrows and remark that they don't care enough about their customers to properly treat the water...

Jan 18, 2015
NVJims in General Topics
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Eating Raw Oysters, Is it safe?

I had a few oysters really fresh from Willapa Bay, Washington last week. It was low tide and I was gathering them from the public tideland area at Nahcotta. Regulations require shucking the oysters on site and leaving the shells, so I enjoyed a few while gathering. In Washington, the Health Department works with Fish and Game setting seasons and closures--they have a website to visit before you go harvesting to get the latest information.

Jan 09, 2015
NVJims in General Topics

Yes! Foie Gras is now back on the menu in California!

Jan 07, 2015
NVJims in Food Media & News

Changed settings to "Collapse Previously Read Comments" but some times threads still paginate

When I go to a thread in a topic, If there are lots of posts, it will default to paging those posts. I have to go all the way to the bottom of the page to be able to get to the 1/2/3...Show all buttons and when you hit the show all, it takes you right back to the first post in the thread so you have to rescroll down to where you think the page break was.... Why can't you either have the show all keep you at the bottom and then add the rest of the posts below. If that is not possible, how about putting the 1/2/3...show all buttons also at the top for longer threads.

Jan 06, 2015
NVJims in Site Talk

California could be on the verge of a severe egg shortage, and it will affect the whole country

I noticed that my local Costco has switched suppliers, but the 24 pack was still $2.89.

Jan 06, 2015
NVJims in Food Media & News

Changes coming at Olive Garden...

http://www.businessinsider.com/olive-...

Interesting if there is follow up...

Oct 10, 2014
NVJims in Food Media & News

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

A big neon "NO MSG" sign in the window...

Oct 10, 2014
NVJims in General Topics

SK Noodles Sparks - Vegetarian "Pho"

I've been there quite a few times and it has always been good. One of my other favorite restaurants, Blackrock Pizza is in that center also.

Oct 10, 2014
NVJims in Southwest

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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