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Use Spoiled Milk in place of buttermilk?

sour milk can have different bacteria working on it. if i suspect milk is getting old and not already turned i will scald then mix about 1 part buttermilk with 3-4 parts milk and leave in a jar out on the counter at least 24 hours but well less than 48. the active culture makes a thin yogurt like consistency. i use it as buttermilk and it will keep in fridge for at least several weeks. you have to use more storebought buttermilk to make more though. i just did this with fresh milk and no scalding. doing this with cream makes marscapone you can put it in strainer to drain to firm it up.
we are germophobic though our bodies contain more bacteria cells than human cells, bacteria are just smaller cells. but we do react differently. my niece has gone to the hospital over older bread with no visible growths that other people were eating with no problem. i have often picked off moldy spots and eaten the bread with no problem. i do draw the line at the shiny lunchmeat, though.
i think the difference between spoiled clumpy milk and just sour milk is pretty clear. though i just made some coffee and added some older organic milk that looked and tasted fine. there were small clumps that would not stir out. it tasted ok but the texture was off in the top half inch so i tossed it.

Apr 07, 2014
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Any Baklava Makers Out there?

i know canada has price supports on milk, thats why it is so high. usa has sugar supports it has been pretty low lately, about $.50/lb. how much is sugar in canada?
just got costco butter 4 lbs in 1/4 lb cubes about $2.25/lb. i think they have 1 lb blocks for a little cheaper.

Apr 07, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Should You Rinse Rice Before Cooking?

i think it is more important to wash short grain rice, at least japanese style. otherwise it is too sticky. maybe it is an outmoded traditional thing but we always did it when i was a kid and japanese still rinse several times even though they try to do things that conserve water. i have heard of soaking rice but not typically as a home procedure. sprouting brown rice is getting popular. long grain chinese rice washing doesn't seem to make much difference. i don't know about risotto.
in the news arsenic has been found in white rice, most notably in rice grown in the south on old cotton fields where arsenic was used. rinsing helps reduce arsenic level.

Apr 07, 2014
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Any Baklava Makers Out there?

wow if i can get a lb of butter under $2 i'm happy. nuts have gotten outrageously expensive. with california drought i see no drop in prices.

Apr 07, 2014
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uses for powdered milk

Dried milk I find to be more expensive than fluid milk. I do keep some in case I run out or for baking or hot cocoa mix. I don't care for nonfat milk for drinking but you can get protein fortified skim which I assume has added dried milk. It is ok for drinking, esp if you are used to 2percent. By the way even 2percent is not considered low fat.

Apr 07, 2014
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Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

i got some hormel canned beef corned, not canned corned beef. it comes in a spam shaped can not the traditional one with a key. it is greasier and denser. barely edible, avoid. $2.99 a can.

Apr 02, 2014
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Your disappointing purchases from Costco

the orowheat double fiber bread ia awful but that is in its nature i guess.
daves killer bread seems to be dryer than it used to but that could be me.

Mar 23, 2014
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Your disappointing purchases from Costco

my sister was telling me they got a case price on meat for a big party.

Mar 23, 2014
divadmas in Chains

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

costco sushi is bad but the worst is trader joes sushi.

Mar 23, 2014
divadmas in Chains

Which Corned Beef Should I Buy?

i do have a deli in local safeway but really home cooked and deli corned beef are 2 different products. and maybe you have better deli choices near you. curious, how much does deli meat go for near you. the last deli i went to was in canada an hour north. they sold by the 1oo grams which added to the confusion. i think thats about a quarter pound.

Mar 11, 2014
divadmas in Los Angeles Area

Which Corned Beef Should I Buy?

i have not noticed grading on corned beef. but brisket isn't marbled much, fat seems mostly in cap. and points seem to always have plenty of fat, you can pick out for more or less fat.

Mar 11, 2014
divadmas in Los Angeles Area

Which Corned Beef Should I Buy?

i always thought corned beef this time of year was cheap and knew it shrinks but i just used a scale. a point was $1.98/lb, total $8. cooked weight 4 pounds 3 ounces. did not realize it shrank that much.

Mar 11, 2014
divadmas in Los Angeles Area

Are you afraid of tofu?

The puffs cut in two and filled with sushi rice are a favorite. I think they are blanched to remove some oil and cooked in seasoned broth first.

Feb 26, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Winter Greens Lasagna

if my cream is starting to get old i scald, cool, add about 1 part buttermilk to 4 parts cream. leave out for 12-24 hours till thickened.
you can extend buttermilk by doing the same with milk.

Feb 22, 2014
divadmas in Recipes

GREENS! - need tips for quickly cleaning and de-stemming

in the states no ii only wash in tap water. maybe you should read the post?

Feb 09, 2014
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GREENS! - need tips for quickly cleaning and de-stemming

to disinfect requires a disinfecting strength solution, not something i would want to drink. you do rinse and the smell does dissipate. not something i do in the states, though. the risk of contaminated greens is small. still it is recommended that even pre washed greens be washed so i rinse with tap water. the site i mentioned above is interesting on use and limits of vinegar.
cryptosporidia is the common bacteria that can live in straight bleach. it has a shell that protects it. there have been outbreaks but affects mostly those with compromised immune systems, like elderly or with AIDS. it can be filtered out.
raw greens are not sterile, dont have to be. but in rare cases here in states produce can be contaminated with e coli or salmonella. unless you have a compromised immune system it is not a big worry.
i wash also to avoid pesticides and peel non organic food like apples and potatoes.

Feb 09, 2014
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GREENS! - need tips for quickly cleaning and de-stemming

i imagine dumping fuel at $2-3/gal is a last ditch maneuver in an emergency. normal operations probably contaminate more, you can smell the jet fuel at airports.

Feb 09, 2014
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GREENS! - need tips for quickly cleaning and de-stemming

at the time that was probably a good idea. not so necessary now\.

Feb 09, 2014
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GREENS! - need tips for quickly cleaning and de-stemming

tap water is chlorinated in us. but a drop or 2 more in a sinkful of water wont make much difference. to purify clear water takes 4-8 drops per quart for drinking water. you can google how people treat greens in 3rd world if you are concerned. also home brewers use a chlorine solution that disinfects but does not require rinsing, i forget what the ratio is.

Feb 09, 2014
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GREENS! - need tips for quickly cleaning and de-stemming

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Feb 09, 2014
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GREENS! - need tips for quickly cleaning and de-stemming

Baking soda (and vinegar and salt) have anti biotic properties. they bare not antibiotics.
if you follow the news there have been many recalls of greens due to e coli contamination. is it likely, no. is it possible, sure.
you might want to read this on benefits of using vinegar and limitations.
http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eatin...
i perspnally just rince with water though i do have a spray bottle of vinegar water.

Feb 09, 2014
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Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

wow thanks for the history lesson. i had no idea. and sorry for the tablet autocorrect spelling in previous post, i hate that.

Feb 08, 2014
divadmas in General Topics

Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

Pronounced hot smell everywhere I've been. Always thought it odd how in NYC it's how ston nstead of hu ston for Texans.

Feb 07, 2014
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Which Corned Beef Should I Buy?

Point cuts have been extremely fatty lately, to the point I go to flats. The points shrink so much the cost isn't much different.
There was a fast food place in la that made a corned beef burrito. 2 offset big flour tortillas wrapped around fatty corned beef and cabbage, squirted with yellow mustard

Feb 07, 2014
divadmas in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Best Sliced Tongue / Tongue Sandwich (Deli/Butcher Shop)

is tongue that good or is it more a traditional food? i always go for corned beef or pastrami but tongue has me curious.

and whats with machine cutting vs by hand. i keep thinking of scene in tampopo where bums are complaining about the decline in quality, lack of soul, they even use machines to cut their cabbage.

Feb 07, 2014
divadmas in Manhattan

Your Favorite Beans And Why You Love Them

i have been slowcooking pintos for my 4 year old nephew. that means nothing added, not even salt. they turn out surprisingly good and creamy. though i'm sure different beans and batches are different, i keep cutting back on water and there is still plenty. my last batch was 4c beans to 7.5c water after soaking overnite and several rinses. roughly drained so maybe 1/4c left in, too.

Feb 06, 2014
divadmas in General Topics

Denver/Boulder Green Chile Sauce Recipe

one supermarket here brings in hatch chilies for a month in late summer.

i wish there was a way to tell chilie heat, i guess you just have to taste.

i shredded a pork shoulder last night. tonite a green chilie sauce from canned hatch chilies. and throw in some fresh minced jalapeno.

incidentally it is good and easy to pickle sliced jalapenos and carrots.

Feb 05, 2014
divadmas in Home Cooking

Denver/Boulder Green Chile Sauce Recipe

the hatch chilies i get here in washington are very mild, like poblanos.

Feb 04, 2014
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Denver/Boulder Green Chile Sauce Recipe

i have found pork stock to be way sweet. maybe add some vinegar?

Feb 04, 2014
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The Basics: How to Make Beef Stew

I like to make a lot but potatoes don't freeze well, they turn grainy.
Large chunks of beef do work better as I cook longer. Small chunks tend to disappear.
I like to add frozen peas toward the end.
For dumplings stew needs to be boiling for them to cook properly. Doing this I have been burning the bottom as you can't stir through dumpling top. I use a heavy stainless stockpot with a disk on the bottom. I'm thinking I need to switch to my enameled cast iron to prevent burning.
If using bones I like to add a little acid to pull out minerals. For liquid besides beer or wine you can add v8 or tomato juice. If you use any tomato throw in some oregano.
Stew like soup is more a technique than a recipe. Use what you've got in amounts that feel right.

Jan 23, 2014
divadmas in Features