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Table salt free diet and eating out

FAT CELLS STORE FAT. not water. water is not traveling from your muscles to your fat cells. people are not fat from having too much water in their bodies. you have a profound misunderstanding of basic physiology.

there is table salt, sea salt and sodium. the body needs sodium to function properly and it's most easily gotten through salt.

we had lobster and corn for dinner. the lobster tastes naturally salty as it is a sea creature. i sprinkled a bit of sea salt on the corn. my dinner did not make me thirsty.

about 4 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Special Diets
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Table salt free diet and eating out

wow. the cognitive dissonance here is something else.

you need to do some serious research about physiology and nutrition because your ideas are way off-base.

about 4 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Special Diets
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Table salt free diet and eating out

why do you continue to use processed foods to "prove" your point? french fries, canned soup, pretzels? all junk food.

table salt contains all sorts of stuff you may be better off not consuming, but home-cooked real food with sea salt can be lovely and IS healthy.

the body needs sodium and does what it must to maintain an equilibrium. consuming junk food like chips and pretzels creates a profound excess.

am really having a hard time understanding why you see no difference between processed manufactured foods, fast food and home-cooked whole foods?

about 4 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Special Diets
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What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

haven't had a glass of milk in decades, so no idea. :)

about 5 hours ago
hotoynoodle in General Topics

Table salt free diet and eating out

this is absolutely NOT how fat or "water" storage in the body works. your fat cells are storing FAT, not salty water. people are FAT from eating too much and much of that is processed junk.

most of the water in the body is stored between the cells.

large animals (like humans) have critical bodily functions that rely on sodium, not just as a mineral but as an electrolyte. plants are less complex so their sodium needs are minimal.

Table salt free diet and eating out

the pasta and rice will more than likely have been cooked in salted water.

about 16 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Special Diets

Substituting ghee for butter in BAKING

you can buy refined coconut oil and it has all the goodness with a neutral flavor.

1 day ago
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Help with sandwich buffet for birthday...

*i* don't eat bread so would be sol at the op's party. i also never liked pre-made sandwiches, but presumably the op knows her guests better than we do so i offered answers to the questions she asked.

am unsure why you are so confrontational about this?

Sep 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Table salt free diet and eating out

you cannot meet all of your nutritional needs being a vegan. end. stop.

iodine was added to table salt in the 1920s to eliminate goiter and thyroid problems. if you're eating acres of nori you are probably fine, but cultures that eat nori also eat lots of seafood which is where they actually get the bulk of their iodine-- as well as protein, magnesium, selenium, calcium, etc.

at least consider using sea salt.

Table salt free diet and eating out

i just gave you the definition of dairy. :) it's milk produced by mammals to feed their babies.

Sep 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Special Diets

Chocolate Cream Pie Filling

google shows numerous recipes that match this.

which one did you use specifically?

Sep 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Help with sandwich buffet for birthday...

agreed. :)

Sep 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Help with sandwich buffet for birthday...

and not everybody eats bread, but the op asked for ideas that are sandwiches that can be made ahead. :)

Sep 14, 2014
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Help with sandwich buffet for birthday...

we had dim sum last thanksgiving. i'd be fine with turkey in december. :)

Sep 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Ramen "buffet" for smallish group?

any kind of stock can be made ahead and frozen, but have you considered making 2 kinds? a veg for those people and either a beef or pork broth for everybody else? much of the beauty for good ramen is rich delicious broth. how many vegetarians will be there?

Sep 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

i realize the barefoot has a screw-top, but it still won't last "a while". at best it may last a week. you can freeze it in smaller portions, like say 1-cup in a ziploc, if you're not going to drink it.

Sep 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking
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What happens if you freeze raw kale?

freezing raw greens will cause the plant cells to rupture and affect the color and texture of the food in a negative way. you will wind up with blackened slimy greens. :( it's why birdseye blanches all their veggies prior to freezing.

do you have pre-made stock? you could experiment with freezing the shredded greens in liquid and see if that helps.

Sep 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Table salt free diet and eating out

lol, i know what veganism entails, but always find it puzzling when people think eggs are dairy.

Sep 13, 2014
hotoynoodle in Special Diets

Table salt free diet and eating out

i have never worked in a restaurant that formed every burger to order. they mixed up a big batch of ground beef with the house recipe for seasonings, formed the patties and stored them in the walk-in. does he ask for it to be made a la minute? if not, the burger has salt, but can he not tell?

Sep 13, 2014
hotoynoodle in Special Diets

Table salt free diet and eating out

erm, eggs are not dairy. i understand eggs are not vegan, but they do not come from the teats of ruminants, soooooo, not dairy.

we would die without salt. in ancient times, workers and soldiers were paid with salt. the latin "sal" is the basis for the english word salary. in ancient foods like bread, cheese and olives it acted as a preservative. as a cooking ingredient it brings up flavors and adds dimension. yes, it is overused in processed foods because otherwise they would taste like ass. in real restaurants, chefs often use more salt than home cooks but that is why the food tastes better.

if you're at a coffee shop get a banana. the pastries and muffins are junk anyway, regardless of the salt. stop eating fast-food and factory food out of a box or jar. eat at restaurants that serve foods from scratch and order simple grilled meats or fish, and explain you cannot have salt. go for sashimi or oysters. get shrimp cocktail. have a baked potato. i can think of many salt-free options for your self-imposed limitations.

Sep 13, 2014
hotoynoodle in Special Diets

Pigs in a blanket variations

are you able to cook at his house? or are you supposed to bring them finished? anything warm, wrapped in pastry, will not travel well.

i'd make mini-calzones with sausage, peppers and provolone. or jalapeno poppers stuffed with cheese and chorizo and wrapped in puff pastry.

Sep 13, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Help with sandwich buffet for birthday...

how will you make club sandwiches out of a big loaf? or do you not mean the kind with 3 pieces of bread? <<confused>>

i like roast beef with either goat cheese or bleu cheese and caramelized onions. especially on dark bread.

use room temp butter and make a very thin smear of it as a moisture guard to prevent the breads from sogging up before they get served. use a bit of greenery, like lettuce, arugula or watercress as a shield between the butter and other sandwich ingredients.

don't limit yourself to baguettes. all supermarkets sell a variety of unsliced breads in the bakery departments.

Sep 13, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Wine for steaming mussels?

a dry unoaked white, like sauvignon blanc or muscadet. if you are in the u.s. you don't need to spend more than $10.

Sep 13, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking
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Long cooked, but disappointing soup stocks

your high quantity of veggies gives off lots of water and long-cooked celery and onions both impart an unpleasant bitterness. when i make stock it's 95% bones and water, with most of the "bones" being connective, so they provide lots of gelatin. my chicken stock is backs, feet and heads. bones like ribs don't give off much of anything. in a 12-qt pot, i might use 3 carrots and 1 onion, a couple cloves of garlic, occasionally a few chunks of ginger, but that's it. it makes a neutral base stock that can be flavored later. also use a splash of vinegar to help break down the marrow.

btw, i eat bone broth for health and cook the chicken at least 24 hours and beef for 48. it's not the cooking time that is your problem, it's all the other stuff.

Sep 13, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking
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Iron Rich Recipes

op can eat iron-rich foods now as well as supplementing.

from the red cross:

"Food has two types of iron — heme iron and non-heme iron. Heme iron is found in meat, fish and poultry, and is the form of iron that is most readily absorbed from your stomach and taken up into your body after you eat it. Non-heme iron is found in plant foods as well as meat. Foods with non-heme iron are still good to eat, but the iron contained in these foods won’t be absorbed as completely as heme iron. You absorb up to 30 percent of heme iron, found only in animal tissues (meat, poultry, and fish). You absorb 2-10 percent of non-heme iron, found in plant foods as well as meat. Eating meat generally boost your iron levels far more than eating non-heme iron. When you eat heme iron with other sources of non-heme iron, the iron is more completely absorbed. Foods high in vitamin C, like tomatoes, citrus fruits and red, yellow and orange peppers can also help with the absorption of non-heme iron."

op: don't think in terms of "just needing iron". you will do well with oysters since they have iron and zinc in the exact complement the body needs them. oysters simmered just slightly with coconut milk, ginger and lemongrass make a quick stew now that the weather is cooling. iron will also get absorbed better with vitamin c alongside, so red and yellow peppers sauteed with liver are great.

Sep 12, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Using deboned chicken drumsticks as kebabs

this does make a nicer presentation.

op: not sure why you want to debone the legs since they already have a handle so won't need to be skewered? i use a similar marinade on drumsticks all the time for parties.

Sep 12, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Market Basket, Thoughts

that time of morning is alway quite when i shop. the afternoons and evenings have been a zoo in any of the locations i've been back to.

Grilled prosciutto wrapped Romaine - guidance please

but somehow never need to work. just have and attend dinner parties. :)

Sep 11, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Roland brand Balsamic Glaze

that roland stuff is often the cheap balsamic drizzle that is on the plates at chain restaurants. save your money.

Sep 11, 2014
hotoynoodle in General Topics

Grilled prosciutto wrapped Romaine - guidance please

you have the right idea. remove the outer leaves and cut into 1/2 or 1/4s, leaving the "stem" intact. brush with olive oil. grill or pan-sear the cut faces. grill til anywhere from browned to charred.

you can lay the prosciutto over or actually wrap it around the lettuce. i think it would be criminal to actually grill good prosciutto. :)

Sep 11, 2014
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