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Italian Sausage/Brats Sous Vide before grilling?

In this instance there's simply no advantage to sous vide. As pointed out by others, simmering in a pot is easiest and best by far. And honestly, 20-30 minutes in a pot is not onerous.

about 2 hours ago
ferret in Home Cooking

How much sushi can you safely eat weekly?

What sre you referring to? Bioaccumulation is absorbing something at a higher rate than you can excrete it. Unless an organism (fish or human) takes measures to alter its intake of methylmercury then it will bioaccumulate. Fish aren't about to modify their diets but humans can. We can excrete about 50% of the methylmercury we consume within about 80 days, so if we consume at unsafe rates then we retain at unsafe rates. Fish retain the methymercury they consume daily faster than they can excrete it. Bigger fish consume smaller fish which in turn have consumed still smaller fish, so they have the highest levels. in smaller fish, diet and biology differentiate between which retain more methylmercury.

about 2 hours ago
ferret in General Topics

Go-to fish recipes for a salmon hater

Tuna and swordfish are not very fatty and tend to dry out when cooked to the point of doneness. Tuna in particular is wasted if your plan is cooking it through. It may not turn the diner off on a flavor basis but may turn them off due to the "overcooked" texture.

about 3 hours ago
ferret in Home Cooking

Go-to fish recipes for a salmon hater

Whitefish, halibut, cod, seabass.

about 4 hours ago
ferret in Home Cooking

How much sushi can you safely eat weekly?

I wasn't stating that they had the most only that size isn't the sole determinative factor.

As the chart below demonstrates, the risk isn't 100% related to size.

http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/me...

about 4 hours ago
ferret in General Topics

Plum roly poly

My mom (Eastern European) used to make dumplings filled with plum or blueberries (whole, not jam) - a different riff on the same concept. These were boiled then sauteed in butter.

The recipe below is whole fruit but my mothers were small and had cut up fruit or blueberries.

http://www.slovakcooking.com/2012/rec...

about 4 hours ago
ferret in Home Cooking

How much sushi can you safely eat weekly?

Size is a single factor, fatty/oily fish also tend to accumulate more mercury, regardless of size. Also, fish that eat more plankton, or sediment feeders, tend to accumulate more mercury.

about 5 hours ago
ferret in General Topics

How Useful And Trustworthy Is Yelp??

Is this a serious question? Pick a spot that you love and check out the yelp reviews. Now do the same for a place you'd never return to if it was the last restaurant on Earth. I can guarantee reviews on both will be all over the place, sometimes for good reason, other times for solid reasons like "my friends wanted to go her and I hate Mexican. I hated their food. It was Mexican."

Costco pork ribs and GMO feed

I always thought that I was to blame for all that is wrong with Chowhound.

about 23 hours ago
ferret in General Topics

Microwave replacement recommendation

We have a Panasonic Inverter with a pushbutton latch that gets tons of use (and has done so for years) without a hiccup. They do sell lots of different models so I wouldn't say it's a company-wide defect.

Breville gets lots of positive review and has a pull handle.

about 23 hours ago
ferret in Cookware

Costco pork ribs and GMO feed

There have been no commercial GMO wheat crops grown anywhere in the world, to my understanding. If my information is wrong, please let me know where your information comes from.

about 24 hours ago
ferret in General Topics

How much sushi can you safely eat weekly?

The recommendation is 6 ounces per week for larger tuna (such as those served as sushi). I easily exceed that.

1 day ago
ferret in General Topics

Lasagna for 15 ppl

So you already have a job but don't know how much food to prepare? How were you able to quote a price?

Day of Gluttony/Tastemade

I'm guessing it's not shot in a single day (at least I hope not).

Aug 31, 2015
ferret in Food Media & News

Day of Gluttony/Tastemade

Found this show and channel on my Apple TV over the weekend. Day of Gluttony is a quick 24 restaurants in 24 hours tour of a given city. Not in full agreement with their choices (miss some significant neighborhoods entirely), but still gives a decent overview of the towns they visit.

https://www.tastemade.com/shows/day-o...

Aug 31, 2015
ferret in Food Media & News

Anyone tried to get in Ketosis, meaning low carb, any great low carb recipes?

Did it, lost a bunch of weight relatively easily, went crazy from dropping carbs, decided I'd rather be happy than slender.

Costco Ahi tuna...sushi grade?

There is no "Costco salmon farm" (and definitely not in Peru). Costco has sourced their salmon from Chilean farms in the past but is now sourcing from Norway.

Aug 29, 2015
ferret in Home Cooking
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free range chicken from the farm, never frozen

It's a chicken. If you made chicken-based meals in the past that you've enjoyed, then repeat them using this chicken. My mother used to frequent a place where you could select your own farm-raised chicken which would be slaughtered and prepped for you to take home - while you wait*. Freaked me out to handle a wrapped still-warm package. Ultimately it always tasted like ... chicken. Don't expect your world to be rocked.

*Although, in retrospect, I don't know if it was ever verifiable that the chicken they handed you was the exact one you pointed to - good potential scan for some unscrupulous businessperson - and I'm not suggesting that was the case.

Aug 28, 2015
ferret in Home Cooking

Is sushi supposed to smell at all?

No odor and taste makes for a fairly expensive and unsatisfying meal. Presumably you have no aversion to eating fish. I will then assume you have eaten good quality, cooked fish at some point in your life. I would also assume that you experienced the smells and flavors of those cooked fish. Good fish, eaten raw, will similarly have flavors and smells similar to that of cooked fish (e.g. raw salmon will taste salmon-y). Each one will have its own characteristics and flavor/texture/smell profile. That's a reason why sushi is popular, it allows for the enjoyment of the clean flavors of fresh fish unmodified by cooking and/or more complex preparations.

My Carbon Steel Crepe Pan has Rusted

It's carbon steel; rust comes with the territory.

Aug 28, 2015
ferret in Cookware

Pepper and Egg Sandwich

As much as I do enjoy ketchup with scrambled eggs, it's an abomination on a pepper and egg sandwich.

Don't overthink this. Saute sliced peppers until slightly soft, scramble in eggs, top with mozzarella or provolone. Done.

Aug 28, 2015
ferret in Home Cooking
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Pepper and Egg Sandwich

Pepper and egg is still a Chicago staple during Lent.

Aug 28, 2015
ferret in Home Cooking
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Sous Vide cooking...are you on board?

You need to get to at least 130F for 2 hours (or 140F for 12 minutes) for effective pasteurization. You're fine.

Aug 27, 2015
ferret in Home Cooking

Declining quality at Costco?

I've been a member for nearly 15 years, and while your experience may be spotty, it's unrealistic for you to generalize and imply that no one has good experiences there. I'm not "defending" Costco, merely sharing my experience which differs from yours. My nearest Costco is less than 5 minutes away and my wife and I are there nearly every weekend in the summer and almost as frequently the rest of the year. Have I had an occasional sub-par experience? Sure. But it's not a regular occurrence. The only food purchase we have returned in the past year was a bag of avocados and that was because my wife failed to mention that she wanted firm ones and I assumed she wanted ones that had ripened (there were a variety to choose from).

So, I get it, you have had bad experiences, but if it was their standard operating procedure then they would not likely be operating. There's tons of competition out there.

Aug 27, 2015
ferret in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

I usually finish the whole clamshell on my way home.

Aug 27, 2015
ferret in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

Saturday to Thursday for raspberries? That's a long time, considering they were likely a couple of days old when you got them. I have plenty of raspberry bushes in my yard and picked fresh 4-5 days is pushing it.

Aug 27, 2015
ferret in Chains

Green color in spinach rinse water???

Is this your first experience with fresh spinach? If so, rinse, but don't soak. Chlorophyll is water-soluble as are some nutrients.

Aug 26, 2015
ferret in General Topics

Sushi- not on Mondays or Sundays?

Aug 26, 2015
ferret in General Topics

Ice Cream: Best Bang (Density) for Buck

Freezing milk/cream is also a process.

Sushi- not on Mondays or Sundays?

FDA's guidelines are -4F for 7 days or -31F for 15 hours, but that's just part of the story. These days it's not uncommon to see "superfrozen" fish which can be frozen to temperatures as low as -70F right n the fishing boat. Presumably this optimizes quality before the fish starts to degrade (once it's pulled out of the water).

There's a store near me in Chicago that opened recently selling only frozen premium-quality fish.

Aug 25, 2015
ferret in General Topics