t

taos's Profile

Title Last Reply

Storage Containers For Freezing Food That Are NOT Plastic

I freeze stuff in mason jars. Just pour the stuff it into the jars and put it in the freezer. It's not canned. It's just using the jars as a container.

about 6 hours ago
taos in Cookware

plastic butterdish .

about 6 hours ago
taos in Cookware

Un-impressed with Vitamix

I'm guessing the sharpness depends on the age of the container and its integrated blades and what's been blended in it. Since the blades can't be sharpened, they obviously get duller with use.

I just had my Vitamix container replaced by the factor and I can attest to the sharpness of new blades.

The OP stated that his/her incident happened on the second use, so with very sharp blades.

In any case, I think we can agree that it's not a toy or something to be used without regard to the manufacturer's instructions.

Feb 24, 2015
taos in Cookware

Un-impressed with Vitamix

FYI: On my Vitamix they blades are pretty sharp.

Feb 24, 2015
taos in Cookware

How often do you wipe down the shelves in your fridge?

About once every three weeks unless something spills, I empty out the fridge, wash everything that removable (shelves, bins, etc.) in the sink with hot water and a sponge, wipe down the walls with hot water and a sponge, and then put it all back together.

Feb 24, 2015
taos in Cookware

Un-impressed with Vitamix

If the container were made of glass, people would complain that 1) it weighs too much, and 2) when they dropped it on their brick patio it broke.

If it were made of stainless, people would complain that you can't see what you're blending.

It's a lose-lose proposition.

Feb 24, 2015
taos in Cookware
1

Un-impressed with Vitamix

The Vitamix is a very high-powered machine with a motor that runs at 2 HP and razor sharp blades that spin at up to 1600 RPM.

It's not a toy or something with which you can just toss stuff in willy-nilly, flip the switch, and walk away.

This is why it comes with an owners manual with very specific instructions and pages of safety warnings.

Don't want to read the manual or follow directions? Then blend your ice with a wire whisk.

Feb 24, 2015
taos in Cookware

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

I've had excellent results with Finish Powerball Power and Free. If the dishes are going to sit in the dishwasher for more than a day before running the machine, I pre-rinse them. Otherwise I don't. I also turn the heat dry off and just open the door when the cycle is done to let the dishes air dry.

Dishwasher is a Frigidaire, not high-end. It's about three years old.

Feb 23, 2015
taos in Cookware

Need a more powerful Vitamix and am considering the commercial model XL 5202

I don't think the problem is the Vitamix.

It's most likely how you are using it. You are not progressing up from slow speed properly, running it too long at one time, and/or not using the tamper correctly to remove keep the contents moving. Read your owner's manual for information.

You also can't compare the Vitamix to over machines. It's like saying "my car runs rough, but my motorboat is fine." They are different products used differently.

The 5202 seems like insane overkill. It has a 1.5 gallon container and on Amazon it lists for over $2000. And if you don't follow the directions for that, you'll have the same problem.

Feb 21, 2015
taos in Cookware

How can I remove the red wine stain from outside of my Staub pumpkin dish?

Make a paste of Oxy-Clean powder and water. Apply to stain. Let it sit for a few hours and then rinse thoroughly. This should do the trick.

Feb 14, 2015
taos in Cookware

Bleach usage in the kitchen

The notion that "wood has its own antibacterial qualities" is an incorrect interpretation of the prominent studies done at UC Davis and at the University of Wisconsin comparing bacteria growth on plastic and wooden cutting boards.

The conclusions (read the original studies, not the misinterpreting reports) were bacteria on plastic boards was more likely to survive longer and grow.

This does not mean that wood has some magic anti-bacterial properties. It means that plastic cutting boards can be a harboring ground for bacteria.

Wood does had some magic antibacterial properties. It is benign.

Feb 14, 2015
taos in Cookware
1

Best silicone spatula set

Very happy with this set of Tovolo spatulas

http://www.amazon.com/Tovolo-Inch-Sil...

Feb 10, 2015
taos in Cookware

Cast iron above maximum temperature

The Lodge website says nothing about a 350 degree maximum for cast iron:

https://www.lodgemfg.com/use-and-care...

If they are recommending this limit somewhere else, it's probably to avoid
1. Burning food
2. Burning hands on hot handles

Feb 10, 2015
taos in Cookware

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

Scissors.

When I was growing up and learning to cook from my parents, neither of them ever used scissors in the kitchen.

Much, much later I discovered the utility of a good pair of sharp scissors for everything from opening packages, to cutting everything from chicken to bacon to scallions.

Pros and cons of glass vs. ceramic baking dish

What about solid ceramic vs. ceramic-coated cast iron?

Feb 03, 2015
taos in Cookware

Pros and cons of glass vs. ceramic baking dish

OP here.

Ceramic as in this, for example: http://www.emilehenryusa.com/Lasagna-...

Feb 03, 2015
taos in Cookware

When the vibe of the place just doesn't feel right

Walk out. Why would I stay?

Feb 01, 2015
taos in Not About Food

Getting odors out of tupperware/plastic containers?

For the water bottle, soak it in undiluted white vinegar for a day and then rinse throughly.

For the dishwasher, fill the detergent compartment with 2 tablespoons of powdered Lemon Kool-Aid. Run a complete cycle empty set to hot water. Turn off the heat dry option if you can to save energy, since there is nothing in there to dry.

Feb 01, 2015
taos in Cookware

Scorched my 1.5 qt All-Clad SS saucepan - cleaning it now...but will it be usable again?

I'll take the All-Clad pan off your hands.

Feb 01, 2015
taos in Cookware

Pros and cons of glass vs. ceramic baking dish

What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of glass vs ceramic for a baking dish?

Feb 01, 2015
taos in Cookware

Most used cookware? Any surprises?

Well isn't that's the American way. If you don't like how something looks, just throw it away and buy new stuff.

I hope at least you recycled or donated the items you threw out.

Jan 14, 2015
taos in Cookware
1

All - Clad Stained Stainless

Why don't you do what All-Clad customer service suggested and then get back to us if you still have a problem.

Jan 14, 2015
taos in Cookware

VitaMix Blender, is it worth it?

The problem with the way most people make green smoothies is that they load them up with sugar, mostly from all the fruit they add. So, while they get nutrients from the spinach or kale, they undermine that by throwing in so many bananas and berries.

This is not the fault of the Vita-Mix. There are plenty of great things you can make with a Vita-Mix other than pureed bananas and kale.

Jan 12, 2015
taos in Cookware

Most used cookware? Any surprises?

I use my tea kettle at least once a day to boil water for coffee and tea, so it's the most used piece of cookware.

Jan 12, 2015
taos in Cookware

What would you do to fix the Food Network

How to fix the Food Network?

It's easy.

REMOVE

1. All the competition shows, except one. Pick Chopped. It seems to be the best of the group.

2. Bobby Flay and all his permutations.

3. Guy Fieri and his drive-in, diners, and dives.

ADD

1. More of shows like Tyler Florence and Giada Delaurentis showing how to actually cook without it being a competition or a gimmick.

2. Weave in some re-runs of Julia Child classic episodes.

3. Add a show, or two, focusing on how to cook with local, fresh ingredients from a farmer's market or CSA box. Americans crave the farmer's market, local CSA experience but a lot of people don't know what to do with their seasonal food.

Right now, some of the best cooking shows on TV are on PBS (Martha Stewart's Cooking School, Ming Tsai, Victory Garden Edible Feast). The Food Network is mostly just a game show channel.

Jan 12, 2015
taos in Food Media & News

Your Mashed Cauliflower recipe?

It's really good with a little horseradish and sour cream mashed in.

Jan 01, 2015
taos in Home Cooking

Re-seasoning and cleaning old cast-iron skillets [Moved from Home Cooking board]

Heat for another hour or until the stickiness is gone. Seasoning with a thick application of bacon grease will take a lot longer than seasoning with a thin coat of light cooking oil.

Dec 23, 2014
taos in Cookware

Accused of shoplifting!

Where's her store? I'll get some.

Dec 23, 2014
taos in Not About Food

Accused of shoplifting!

Sure, racer can use with he/she wants, but he/she should also understand the logical consequences for carrying a basket that looks like store property out of the store and when the inevitable confusion results, racer should probably not respond by completely losing his/her cool [racer's words].

Dec 23, 2014
taos in Not About Food
1

Accused of shoplifting!

I'm siding with the store manager. He didn't "accuse you of shoplifting." He just asked for his basket back. When he realized the basket was yours, he acknowledged his mistake.

I understand your desire to save the environment, but you have to admit it's not very smart to use a plastic basket that looks almost identical to the store baskets.

If you want to save the environment, use cloth reusable bags that won't be mistaken for store property. They're also easier to carry and protect your purchases from the weather more than an open basket.

If you insist on carrying clones of store property into and out of the store, be prepared for more misunderstanding and don't start yelling again when it happens.

Dec 23, 2014
taos in Not About Food
1