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The Food Babe Says There’s Beaver Butt in Your Ice Cream

That is a great link. I have several family members that have thrown away their microwaves because it destroys the nutrient value of the food. Sigh.

jb

about 19 hours ago
JuniorBalloon in Food Media & News

Local source for Duroc/Berkshire cross pigs

I recently ordered some Duroc/Berkshire cross spare ribs and it was the best pork I've ever eaten. They came from Paradise Locker meats in Missouri. The list price was $3.99 per/lb, but with shipping it bumps up to $8.30. Would love to find a local source to bring that price down.

Thanks,
jb

Paradise Locker Meats

Throw it away? Do you think I'm crazy because I paid $830 a pound? :o) Cooked it all. I just prefer them separated for cooking and eating. If you do comps they are also easier to fit in the box.

All of it was delicious.

jv

Paradise Locker Meats

Cooked one of the slabs last night and they were fantastic. Fattier and more tender and tasty than anything I've bought locally. These are Duroc/Berkshire crosses. Once I got it out of the package and trimmed to a St Louis style rib they had plenty of ribs and were very meaty. If I do another BBQ competition I would definitely order these again. At $8.30 cents a pound (the cost after adding shipping) they are a bit expensive for everyday use, but boy were they good.

jb

Paradise Locker Meats

Yes. They arrived yesterday. They look good, though not as may bones as I would have liked. I'll cook one up soon and see how they taste.

jb

Paradise Locker Meats

I just ordered 5 spare ribs from them. They get good reviews around the web. Anyone here try their meats?

jb

Why are sticks of butter long and skinny in the East, but short and fat in the West?

I see both all the time.

West Coaster here.
jb

The Food Babe Says There’s Beaver Butt in Your Ice Cream

Article says that beaver butt juice has been used for 2000 years. I'd like to know who first thought of putting it in their mouths. To be clear, not grossed out by this, just curious. :)

jb

On Being a Chef, Nobody Gets Out Alive

Bourdain offers the same warning. As a young man I wanted to be an actor, not famous, just a working actor. Post college I pursued it for 6 more years. At that point I realized that to become a working actor I would need to travel around the country and I am not built for that kind of life. On top of that my last working role was one of the most frustrating experiences of my life. It just wasn't worth it to make $150 a week. Getting Zackly's advice at the beginning would not have dissuaded me from trying. I was in love with the theater. I still am, but made the choice to do something that paid better and was more 9-5. I have more cash and leisure time, but my job can be pretty boring. There are definitely trade offs both ways.

jb

We've all hit the Pyrex ceiling

Truly wasn't asking to question the validity of the statement. I'm a home cook and don't often get to experiment too much as there are only two mouths to feed in our house. I can understand all of those points. I always use unsalted table butter and do the equal parts ratio, but can easily see that the solids and water could mess with the ratio of fat to flour. Butter is not cheap and clarified butter whether made or bought is even more expensive. I'm not saying Auguste's ratio isn't better, but it would need to be much better to warrant the extra expense for the average home cook. Maybe some day I'll have to bite the bullet and try both in a side by side.

Thanks,
jb

Feb 19, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics
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Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

If my guess is correct it's not about establishing a middleman for neighbors you know and trust and would invite to your backyard bbq, it's about establishing that kind of trust with local cooks that you don't know. Otherwise I agree that bluesky1212 is nto offering anything.

jb

Feb 19, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

We've all hit the Pyrex ceiling

What is the difference between a roux that is 6 parts flour and 5 parts clarified butter and one using table butter with equal parts?

jb

Feb 18, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

I think maybe English is not bluesky1212's first language. My apologies if I'm wrong, but that is some odd phrasing about friends. I think they may be trying to say that before people would be willing to buy from a neighbor they need to trust them like a friend, not actually be friends.

jb

Feb 18, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I haven't, and honestly it doesn't sound like a fun experiment.

jb

Feb 18, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

Fun facts about Ketchup, Mustard and Mayo

Same here. I prefer the ones with fewer ingredients generally.

jb

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I'm sure there isn't a single cuisine that I completely hate, but if the food contains a combination Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom it will make me ill. Literally. half an hour after eating, for example Chicken Tikka Masala, I get nauseous. Have tried a on a few occasions and it happens every time. I get the same thing with some Thai food, though I'm not sure of their names or exactly what was in them. I have always guessed it was Ginger that may be at the root of these symptoms.

I made a Morrocan Tagine that had all of the three ingredients from above and the same thing.

So not a whole cuisine, but I am averse to certain spice combinations.

jb

Feb 18, 2015
JuniorBalloon in General Topics

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Yeah, I wondered about that, but hey it's free and if taken with the proper amount of salt it might be of some value.

jb

Feb 13, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

How Top Chef could be "fixed" - according to Grantland

I like this idea. I remember the Thanksgiving challenge pitting Emeril against Colicchio.

I wouldn't want too much input or control from the mentors as the contestants have to be able to fly on their own as well.

jb

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Certainly not due diligence on legal issues, but not a terrible place to do some market research.

jb

Feb 13, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

With all of us. We are cooks, consumers, some professionals and others just have plain good sense. Bluesky1212 has already received enough information to make a decision on whether this is worth spending money on and they haven't spent a dime. How is that not worthwhile?

I truly fail to understand how you see this as a waste of time.

jb

Feb 13, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

They would have to offer greater variety or better food and not compete on price. Though in this scenario the home cook would be setting the price and paying a fee to the website.

jb

Feb 12, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

I'm not suggesting that someone rely on advice from an internet forum to form a corporation, but as a place to talk some things out, get ideas for further research it can be a valuable resource.

There are already numerous insights posted that bluesky1212 may not have considered that they now can include in future planning. Other people reading this forum may also benefit.

I am neither naïve nor crazy. Thanks for asking.

jb

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

I once considered a career as a standup comic, so jokes are right up my alley.

I really see no harm in discussing these issues here. Who knows if one of the CH'ers is a lawyer or has some first hand knowledge that is similar and while we might not be able to hash it all out to a legal nicety, someone might learn something that is useful.

jb

Feb 12, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

I'm not very familiar with AirBnB, what does "compliance within the partnership" mean in terms of who is responsible for getting and maintaining certification and and who is responsible for verifying that it's current?

jb

Feb 12, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

I would see greater exposure as the main draw. If it doesn't increase my customer base and reduce my customer acquisition cost it would be a non starter. Yes I watch Shark Tank.:)

jb

Feb 12, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

If you could overcome the legal side and get to the point where a home kitchen could be licensed I would put the onus on the home cook to make sure there certification was current. Make them post a copy of the current dated certification that any customer could click on. If the expiration date of the certificate came and went they would be automatically delisted.

Of course such a document could be forged, that would open the home cook to liability, but not being a lawyer I don't know how you shield your company. Would a contract between the company and the home cook stipulating that keeping their certification current was the home cooks sole responsibility be enough?

jb

Feb 12, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

They have been given a great deal to think about. There are many very smart people on CH, yourself included.

jb

Feb 11, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Definitely not Harvard. But it has been pretty effective as I'd say that bluesky1212 has received a ton of great information by posting their question on CH.

jb

Feb 11, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Yes, that is what I mean. Having a website does seem premature, but asking people to see if there's even a market is probably a good idea before hiring a lawyer. :)

jb

Feb 11, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Not uncomfortable, but I did shake my head when reading the responses. I am making the point that if A can be done, then C should also. Where A is the BBQ completion setup and C is a home kitchen.

I am not saying that someone should ignore the regulations and just do it.

jb

Feb 11, 2015
JuniorBalloon in Not About Food