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Mold in lid of pump-style salad spinner?

The black specks on the lid of your Brita water pitcher are probably specks of charcoal from the filter, not mold.

Read your owner's manual. The black speck issue is addressed there.

Jun 14, 2014
taos in Cookware

CHOW Reviews: Vitamix 5200 Standard

Your review says nothing about starting with an assumption that the Vitamix is amazing for making juices or smoothies. Nor does it state that your question was to see if it could perform the tasks of a regular blender.

It seems that faced with a barrage of comments questioning the methodology and conclusions reached in your review, you are backpedaling and revising the review after the fact.

Jun 14, 2014
taos in Cookware

CHOW Reviews: Vitamix 5200 Standard

Update ... just watched the video review. Previously I just read the text. The reviewer says that, "it was an extremely loud six minutes just to heat up some soup" and says that she could have blended the same ingredients into a soup in a quieter blender and then heated it on the stove.

First of all, you're not "just heating some soup" in the Vitamix. You're pureeing and heating simultaneously. Second, a regular, cheaper (perhaps quieter) blender will not create the smooth puree that the Vitamix does. I've tried it.

Also, my earlier guess was confirmed. The frozen strawberry and banana smoothie was troublesome for the reviewer because the frozen strawberries were dumped into the Vitamix first, then the bananas and then the liquid was added. This is the same problem the reviewer encountered with crushed ice. Liquid must always be added first before adding frozen material. If the VitaMix instructions do not make this clear, they should.

Finally, do you really think VitamIx would include a standard 7-year warranty, which you praise, if the jar and the jar-base connection were as flimsy as you claim they are?

Jun 14, 2014
taos in Cookware

CHOW Reviews: Vitamix 5200 Standard

I have the model 5200 that I bought online for $380 (new, not refurbished), with free shipping.

Friends raved about their Vitamixes, but I was skeptical and ready to return it if it did not meet my expectations.

It is far better than I ever imagined.

I use it almost daily for smoothies, purees, soups, deserts, etc.

The reviewer's problems with the strawberry-banana smoothie probably stem from not adding enough liquid or not adding the liquid first. When making smoothies, it's important to put the liquid in first or the fruit/veggies, especially if frozen, will just glob up at the bottom. This is true of any blender. Most other blenders won't make a creamy smoothie of out frozen strawberries and bananas under any circumstances. The Vita-Mix will, if you follow instructions.

Jun 14, 2014
taos in Cookware
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stainless appliances that don't show fingerprints

Do the handles get fingerprints on them or are they made of plastic?

Jun 14, 2014
taos in Cookware

stainless appliances that don't show fingerprints

I cannot imagine why you would want a built-up "patina" on stainless steel appliances.

Jun 14, 2014
taos in Cookware

Cleaning a gas stovetop. Any suggestions?

Baking soda is not a solvent from grease. Mixing it with vinegar will work a little better but just because of the vinegar.

For cleaning my gas stove and vent hood, I mix up a spray bottle with 2 parts vinegar and 1 part water. Spray it on and wipe clean with a microfiber rag or a nylon scouring pad.

This may not be sufficient for your burned on gunk.

In this case, try:

1. Magic Eraser.

2. A citrus cleaner like De-Solv-It (http://www.de-solv-it.com/all-product...) but test in a small area first to make sure it does not dull or mar the surface. This should work well on the inside of the hood also. Spray on and then clean with a nylon scrub pad.

Jun 14, 2014
taos in Cookware

GREEN BAGS TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS : DO THEY REALLY WORK?

3 1/2 years late with the reply, but here's what I've used in them:

greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, etc.)
celery
carrots
peppers
peas in pods

Other stuff might work, but I have not tried it. As I said earlier, it's essential that everything be super dry before putting it in the bag. Adding a folded up paper towel (unbleached or all white) to the bag might help with moisture.

I use them a lot for keeping my CSA farm share greens from wilting or rotting before they can be consumed.

Jun 14, 2014
taos in Cookware

Flying with Knives

You can, and are required to, check knives. That's not the problem.

Your knives were not confiscated. They were stolen, either by airport baggage handlers or by TSA clerks. And, yes, despite claims here to the contrary, TSA does steal things from checked baggage:

See
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/convict...

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/31/travel/...

Apr 21, 2014
taos in Cookware

buying kitchen appliances!

I just bought a new house (new house) and it came with a newly-remodeled kitchen. All of the appliances (oven, microwave, dishwasher, frig) are Frigidaire and they are uniformly terrible. Stay away. In particular the Frigidaire dishwasher is POS.

Feb 25, 2014
taos in Cookware

Bought a Sharpening Stone. How Do I Use It?

Dumb questions ... I don't have Japanese knives (see my original post). Is the technique the same as shown in the video which is with Japanese knives?

Feb 25, 2014
taos in Cookware

Bought a Sharpening Stone. How Do I Use It?

The instructions that came with the stone do say to soak it in water for five minutes.

Feb 25, 2014
taos in Cookware

Bought a Sharpening Stone. How Do I Use It?

Just purchased a sharpening stone. I'm tired of paying to have someone sharpen my knives and I don't want an electric device to do it. Sharpening on a stone is also a skill I want to acquire.

Now I need instructions on how to use it. The person at the store said to watch YouTube videos. There are about a billion of these. Can any of the knife experts here recommend or provide some good instruction, video or otherwise?

The stone is:
Shun 300/1000
http://www.amazon.com/Shun-300-1000-C...

My main knives are:

Henckels Twin Four Star 8-inch Chef's Knife (my baby
) http://www.amazon.com/Zwillilng-J-A-H...

Generic Version of Victorinox Utility Knife
http://www.victorinox.com/us/product/...

Kuhn Rikon Non-Stick Paring Knife
http://www.amazon.com/Kuhn-Rikon-4-In...

Plus a serrated utility knife and a cleaver that I inherited and is as dull as a baseball bat right now.

I'd also like to use the stone to sharpen my Swiss Army Knife (http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Swis...) and Multi Tool (http://www.leatherman.com/10.html

)

Thank you in advance for your help.

Feb 25, 2014
taos in Cookware

Caterer Metro West?

I'm looking for a caterer for a memorial service reception in the Natick-Framingham-Dover area. The event will be in a church basement with estimated guests around 50.

Any suggestions?

Oct 17, 2013
taos in Greater Boston Area

Problems with cleaning a SS pan set

Using a stainless steel scrubber like the one in the picture will definitely scratch your pan. I'm not sure if surface scratches count as "messing up."

Sep 03, 2013
taos in Cookware

Problems with cleaning a SS pan set

There is a lot of misinformation out there about seasoning cookware. The YouTube video you found is another case of this with its notion that stainless steel can, or should, be seasoned.

To clean off the burned on oil, I suggest soaking the pan overnight with a thick paste of Bar Keeper's Friend and then take to it with a scrubbing pad like a green 3M pad.

Good luck.

Sep 03, 2013
taos in Cookware

Vintage tri-ply cookware - anyone recognize?

Farberware or Revere Ware would almost certainly have a maker's mark.

How do you know they are triply with the Al core going to the rim?

Jul 21, 2013
taos in Cookware

Rude guest?

Obviously this is rude.

I have been in both positions: as a host offering food that a guest refuses and as a guest confronted with food that I don't eat or like.

In the former case, I do my best to accommodate the guest and then never invite them again, unless it's to a pot luck. In the latter case, I suck it up and have a few bites or let the host serve it and discreetly avoid eating the offending item.

Jul 21, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Changing baby in the seating area and then dumping your coffee on the floor....

Sorry. That should have said RE: latindancer, not RE: schrutefarms.

May 15, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Changing baby in the seating area and then dumping your coffee on the floor....

All the people who claim wer're over-vigilant about germs should read this story from OregonLive.

May 15, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Changing baby in the seating area and then dumping your coffee on the floor....

You've posted 12 times in this thread, all on the topic of a baby's diaper being changed in the seating area of a coffee shop.

You seem pretty pumped up about it.

May 15, 2013
taos in Not About Food
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Changing baby in the seating area and then dumping your coffee on the floor....

Yes. I said table, but either table or chair are offensive.

And also, last I heard, baby poop and adult poop are pretty much the same thing.

As a civilized human being, I don't want either present in the area where I'm dining.

May 15, 2013
taos in Not About Food
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Over-the-top noisy diners...what to do?

Choices are limited.

1. Ask to be moved to a different table.
2. If that is not possible, leave.

May 15, 2013
taos in Not About Food

Changing baby in the seating area and then dumping your coffee on the floor....

The people you know are obviously very tolerant. I think most people don't expect to see a diaper changed on a Starbucks table.

I don't want to see toileting and diapering mixed with food preparation or food eating, anywhere, at anytime, whether it's Mexico or Denver, at a nice restaurant, a cheap dive, a coffee shop, or someone's home. I believe most people share this view. It's kind of a basic animal instinct .... you don't shit where you eat.

May 14, 2013
taos in Not About Food
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The Single Most Overrated Dish

1. Soft shell crabs. I love lobster, so I'm not opposed to seafood that requires labor, but these crabs seem like a lot of work for hardly any food.

2. Cake.

May 14, 2013
taos in General Topics

I have a food crush on this international city:________

Paris. Always, Paris.

May 14, 2013
taos in General Topics

I'm an idiot-bad judgment in the kitchen

When I was in college I decided that it was OK to make popcorn by putting a handful of unpopped corn in a drinking glass and then putting the entire thing in the microwave.

If the burning smell wasn't enough of a hint that this was not a good idea, the exploding hot glass that resulted when I opened the door to try to remove it probably was.

May 14, 2013
taos in General Topics

Ramps 2013

Yes. Ramps are wild and they are in danger of being picked to extinction in some areas.

May 07, 2013
taos in Greater Boston Area

Supplements at Per Se

You should probably call the restaurant and ask these questions directly.

May 07, 2013
taos in Manhattan

Sadly, I'll probably never eat it again...

Steve's still exists. It's now called Herrell's -- Steve's last name. It's a long story why he gave up Steve's and then started up again. You can read about it in the Wikipedia link.

http://www.herrells.com/
click on Locations for stores

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herrells

May 06, 2013
taos in General Topics