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Veal . Your thoughts ?

"veal is a by product of dairy farming in the US" at best is.........
only partly true,different from accurate.

If someone takes the time to read US cattle census numbers,by breed and breeding outcome,the old knee jerk reaction to veal is fraught with BS,junk science and just flunked third grade arithmetic.

Your final paragraph is why after two days of reading this thread you take the hit if you will...it just sucks and you don't know squat about cattle on a small scale or large herds,BEEF or DAIRY.
"In short,our huge demand for dairy products is what is causing this(US,I think).What a crock.

Oct 19, 2014
lcool in General Topics

Veal . Your thoughts ?

The bad stuff you mention is long gone.I do mean long gone.

Oct 19, 2014
lcool in General Topics

Dry Aged Turkey Smell

I still raise a few hybrid,heritage turkeys for the carriage trade consumer,DC,US.

Your week is OK with me.

Here these bird go off,for dry processed ?Friday- Monday for a cook date 5 to 8 day fresh,normal.If you are not part of those contracts the birds are vacuumed and frozen at the 30 hour mark.

Your supplier did good,you cooked good and glad you liked the bird.

Oct 19, 2014
lcool in General Topics

Japanese BOSS canned coffee in America?

Perhaps not,maybe only 2 for every 22 in the line are remotely globally available.
Suntory has a very tight model about where they go with what product.

Oct 19, 2014
lcool in General Topics

"We don't take reservations for less than 6." Restaurant Owners Listen Up! [moved from Seattle board]

? on which side of the pond ?

East of the Atlantic very old practice and couched in many different terms.West of the Atlantic very rare,even then disguised as a table minimum etc.

Oct 19, 2014
lcool in Not About Food

"We don't take reservations for less than 6." Restaurant Owners Listen Up! [moved from Seattle board]

Nice,well said.

Oct 19, 2014
lcool in Not About Food

Walmart steak,not that I would but has anyone tried? [Moved from General Chowhounding board]

Not quite the complete story regarding Giant Food.I live in the heart of their small territory.

They stepped on the federal line with USDA graded in instead of USDA inspected or grade with info(border line,maybe even grey if they fight or ignore it),and used a big,bold in your face sticker.In so doing they crossed over three lines in Maryland where some of the regulations are more stringent.(there are several transparency,labeling etc issues pending).

Maryland was able to dump this one on the Fed and did so quickly.According to my sister in law the labels were still on in Virginia this AM,with a "we're gonna soon" response,same in Delaware.I won't know in Maryland until later today.

I shop Giant ?twice a month for non perishable on sale only and target the meat and fish cases for questionable sanitation and other violations.I always find several and never leave without a documented violation purchase.

Oct 19, 2014
lcool in Chains

Walmart steak,not that I would but has anyone tried? [Moved from General Chowhounding board]

No they don't.They can't declare a fraudulent grade but can declare any marketing gimmick they desire short of fraud.
Some states may step in with regulations regarding the issue,similar to open declarations on fish.

Oct 19, 2014
lcool in Chains

things you put ketchup on

I don't know,didn't try it.Although it might not be bad.I do like some of the sriracha,chili sauces that don't set the woods on fire on left over sweet potato with fried egg.

Baby sitting of sorts,I was warned the tween is a big ketchup consumer.(5 days into a 22 day stay)
Yet she ate lamb chops,rice,broccoli,tried the cilantro chutney and mint chimichurri at dinner last night without ketchup.

Unless it's 50/50 with horseradish our ketchup consumption is about a bottle a decade.

Oct 18, 2014
lcool in General Topics

things you put ketchup on

On the menu today,?with sweet potato and 2# of left over corned beef.

Oct 18, 2014
lcool in General Topics

Tramontina vs. All Clad

Yes,but that does not apply to 100% of every line,three to six years ago or now.

Oct 18, 2014
lcool in Cookware

Price of Cream and H&H at Costco?

Well written short version twice.You were crystal clear.

Oct 18, 2014
lcool in Chains

Price of Cream and H&H at Costco?

kaleokahu

OK here is the likely boring short version.

US dairy herd is made up of low cream production breeds,IE Holstein,something like 85 or 90%.
Raw Milk,at the barn is sold by the pound,cream floats,weighs less,worth less at the barn until very recently.

Since 1975 US milk consumption has declined about 40%.
Recently,less than 5 years,butter and cream have rebounded somewhat and dairy herds have flexed some.
Organics,grass fed etc have helped foster herd change
also.

Dairy,milk subsidies(old farm bill),were a x?x.
Milk over produced,farm taxes through the roof,feed prices off the chart due to weather,shipping and ethanol.Milk $ guaranteed subsidies no longer cover feed.
So,2013 the write a new farm bill sword fights begin in earnest.Waiting for the new bill created a very cautious,conservative farmer,rancher and wild game host.

December 2013,farm bill a shit storm on the hill

January 2014,butter stocks at an all time low and demand up.

February 2014 new farm bill,dairy amendments and scales still being written in August 2014.
Implementation,barely enough time for it's first diaper change.

March /April 2014
butter stocks dip more
cream supply stable,just
milk supply stable,just

June/July 2014
butter stocks find a new record low
milk supply down
cream supply stable and being bought up by cheese producers

August/September 2014
butter stocks down
milk supply down
cream supply down

With cream supplies down butter stocks can't rebound.
Herd size stable,feed,transportation and refrigeration etc up and this won't change significantly any time soon.

Oct 17, 2014
lcool in Chains
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Contaminated utensil

Agreed,"sterilize it all to hell and back" isn't the answer or holy grail.

Maybe rethinking the huge,concentrated,consolidated feed lot,slaughter and food handling systems here would be a start.Some are so big they can't be cleaned except by retiring 1/3 at a time for the task.

I'll risk boring you.For instance we calve 3,000 just at "home" ranch,Eastern Montana every year,February&March.
By September,October our antibiotic use is so small it will fit in a coffee can,between then and spring it is zero.We do not keep weanling steers or any heifers that don't test positive,pregnant.All go out with the buyers to some feed lot somewhere.

The tiny by feed lot standards 50,60 miles from home ranch,300 calves,the owner doesn't have to break ice in the winter,haul hay from Idaho,the Dakotas or some years further etc.He traded that for antibiotic use and grain.
His dollar amount for 2006/2007 antibiotics was 111x our vet bill totaled,vaccines,horses,pets etc in the decade from 1996/1997-2006/2007.And he was the low end of typical.

Gives me pause,maybe if more people knew this,more would better understand the consequences.

You are spot on about the mindset and lessons too slowly learned.

Oct 17, 2014
lcool in General Topics
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Should Trader Joe's have its own board?

I took a good skim through 5,most recent Trader Joe threads.I only buy maybe a dozen items,base ingredients so the long list of stuff,cookies etc isn't my list.However I think I could do a,shop in the store thoroughly in less time than skim the threads I think are unwieldy.

Oct 17, 2014
lcool in Site Talk
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Contaminated utensil

Yeah but,on this side of the pond chicken can be a real issue.

I don't buy it,grill it except for the dogs,cats won't even eat the so called "good or safe or natural etc".For our consumption we grow our own birds,chickens,ducks,geese and guineas
I have dry processed.
My SIL does buy,cook,grill factory chicken parts and thinks nothing of,vegetable coming off grill and raw chicken going on with the same tongs not even fire dipped.She has made enough ill none will eat in her home anymore.

A little over caution is so much better than the alternative

Oct 17, 2014
lcool in General Topics

Top Chef Season 12 Sudden Death (requesting spoiler)

Thank you,but what happens frequently is our Verizon listing is not the same as TV Guide etc ergo for the likes of PBS and CNN and ? I just search.For non network it's OK,they repeat everything.

Like chowser said below,TV guide one thing and the DVR another.

Oct 16, 2014
lcool in Food Media & News

Top Chef Season 12 Sudden Death (requesting spoiler)

I'm glad my guess was correct.Recorded but not watched here yet.

Oct 16, 2014
lcool in Food Media & News

Top Chef Season 12 Sudden Death (requesting spoiler)

With you regarding the teasers and editing.No matter which machine used to record I am still dependent on Verizon for listings and transmission.Not an impressive service provider.

Oct 16, 2014
lcool in Food Media & News

Contaminated utensil

It does.I'll do that while cooking and use fresh,clean plates,tongs etc at the finish.

Oct 15, 2014
lcool in General Topics

Top Chef Season 12 Sudden Death (requesting spoiler)

OK the long of it.I recorded the 15 minute teaser by accident last week.I watched it and had about the same reaction chowser did.So I did some searching and found how it all connects,I think.Twice tonight,S12 E1,not there after has the teaser,extra 15 minutes added to the premier.
Not that Verizon FIOS could make a mistake.

Oct 15, 2014
lcool in Food Media & News

Japanese BOSS canned coffee in America?

I don't think any of Suntory's soft drinks are in the US or Canada

Oct 15, 2014
lcool in General Topics

Top Chef Season 12 Sudden Death (requesting spoiler)

The rest of the story,teaser plays out tonight

Oct 15, 2014
lcool in Food Media & News

Top Chef Season 12 Sudden Death (requesting spoiler)

Nope,same odd here DC FIOS and my checking for you now shows only twice to pick it up with S12 E1.All the other rebroadcasts of S12 E1 are only 60 minutes long.

Oct 15, 2014
lcool in Food Media & News

Top Chef Season 12 Sudden Death (requesting spoiler)

It is showing up here,Verizon.My guide shows the season premier,S12 E1 at 10:00,75 minutes long or 11:45 75 minutes....after that the offerings of S12 E1 are only 60 minutes long,less the 15 minute teaser

N/A on demand here

Oct 15, 2014
lcool in Food Media & News

Top Chef Season 12 Sudden Death (requesting spoiler)

No spoiler,just 15 minutes long with a direct connect to the first episode,? tonight.

Oct 15, 2014
lcool in Food Media & News

Price of Cream and H&H at Costco?

thank you,just realized I have short cuts on,and not using them

Oct 15, 2014
lcool in Chains

Price of Cream and H&H at Costco?

2014 Farm Bill,dairy,big changes,pain to the pocket book

I posted in the price of butter in GENERAL TOPICS

http://www.chowhound.chow.com/topics/...

Oct 15, 2014
lcool in Chains
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Winter Emergency Stock-Up

Eastern Montana,winter of 96'/97'four months of below 0*f and meters of snow.

I added,wind & water proof matches,wind proof lighter,fiber kindling,chocolate bars crammed in a coffee can.H2o,peanut butter,thermos,more chocolate and food of some sort in a carry bag.

This after 94'/95 , 95'/96' in Chevy Chase,also the winters from hell in DC,66' in Oswego NY.And since 09'/10 here in Olney,Md from 18 December to ? March 11'of snow.

Oct 15, 2014
lcool in General Topics

Prices for Butter?

Be prepared to feel the pain for months to come.The 2014 FARM BILL is still shaking out the dairy kinks.

I can't find links at USDA.gov to offer a short version of implementation.If you GOOGLE 2014 FARM BILL dairy etc there is a flood of information.

http://www.futurefordairy.com
has an updated calculator
Butter $ to the consumer is a big deal as the USA has reduced milk consumption by 30% in 40 years(rounded numbers).

Oct 15, 2014
lcool in General Topics