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"It’s the singer not the song" The percieved advantage of luxury cookware.

I've only recently started cooking beef steaks in mine when I don't want to fire up the outdoor grill. They brown quickly and do a nice job!

about 24 hours ago
zackly in Cookware

Italian Sausage/Brats Sous Vide before grilling?

I love Italian sausage that has been simmered a long time in tomato sauce. It removes some of the strong flavor, like fennel and garlic. When I'm not making tomato sauce, I sometimes poach Italian sausages in water or stock for much the same results.

1 day ago
zackly in Home Cooking

Italian Sausage/Brats Sous Vide before grilling?

I'm a big proponent of SV cookery but like others have said just simmer them in a pot of water before grilling.

1 day ago
zackly in Home Cooking

"It’s the singer not the song" The percieved advantage of luxury cookware.

"But in the end it comes down to - what do I reach for most often when cooking. Weight, handle shape, ease of cleaning, storability are intangible qualities that end up being most important."

So true, although I own much more substantial cookware including a set of tri ply clad pans, I generally grab a thin Teflon coated inexpensive aluminum pan for most of my cooking chores. Quick heat transfer, great for searing and easy (dishwasher) cleanup, they work for most things I do except for slow cooked braise or deep frying. I bought a complete set several years ago for under $100.00 @ Costco.

1 day ago
zackly in Cookware

Whats a good alternative to al clad?

There are many All-Clad knockoffs. The best bang for your buck brand is the well reviewed Tramontina sold @ Wal-Mart and other retailers.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/19581112?wm...

Also, Sur la Table house brand is pretty nice. Look for coupons & sales for lower net price:

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...

Costco pork ribs and GMO feed

I think if they were selling GMO free pork ribs they would prominently label them as such and charge more.

Ever tip the bagger who helps you out to your car?

Of course tip a buck or two

Sep 01, 2015
zackly in Not About Food

Essence of Morel

Morels are one of my favorite foods in the world. I'd try this "essence" initially to fortify the sauce/gravy created in braises and stews, then if you like the taste, add it to things like chicken or veal pan gravy. I make a chicken morel cream sauce. I might use this to create a more intense morel flavor. But be careful, it might suck! Truffles are great but truffle oil makes me gag.

Aug 31, 2015
zackly in Home Cooking

Stovetop Pizza

Not yet

Aug 31, 2015
zackly in Home Cooking

Stovetop Pizza

Pretty cool idea! Almost as easy as frozen.
https://www.facebook.com/TheChefsTool...

Aug 30, 2015
zackly in Home Cooking

Best Blender Under $200.00?

I'm interested in this blender. Do you know how much horsepower it has? Thanks!

Aug 29, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Best Blender Under $200.00?

I prefer polycarbonate because it's lighter and doesn't chip.

Aug 29, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Best Blender Under $200.00?

That's an option if they've corrected the flaw.

Aug 28, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Best Blender Under $200.00?

The carafe on my Kitchen Aid blender
http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KSB5... has started to develop a crack in the polycarbonate carafe, its Achilles Heel. This model used to be a top rated blender by Cook’s Illustrated until many consumers started to complain about the same problem. It is really a nice blender and at around $125.00 a good value, but unless they’ve addressed this issue I will buy another brand. I know nowadays it’s all about Vitamix and Blendtec but I don’t use a blender enough or for preparations that need al that power to justify the expenditure. What’s in the market for sub -$200.00? I want a large polycarbonate carafe as opposed to glass or stainless, need to be easy to clean, dishwasher safe, good warranty reliable track record, no refurbs.
Thanks!

Aug 28, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Are there advantatages to a pressure cooker besides saving time?

I have an Innova brand 6 quart PC. It's at least twenty years old. I don't think the make them anymore.

Aug 19, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Are there advantatages to a pressure cooker besides saving time?

Regardless of what you call it or the cooking method, Dutch oven, slow cooker or sous vide, the key to a good moist pot roast is the cut of beef you use. Cuts from the front of the steer (chuck)are far superior to cuts from the hind quarter of the beef like top and bottom round. They are too lean.

Aug 19, 2015
zackly in Cookware
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No More DW Phosphates for Me

I was turned on to Finish Quantum here on Chowhound. It's the best product I've used so far. I still have a lot of Finish 3 in 1 Poweballs that Costco sells. They are inferior to Quantum and I need to add some additional phoosphated dishwashing powder in the pre wash cup to get a clean load.

Aug 19, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Sicilian pizza in Stamford

My new, all-time favorite pizza; broccoli rabe & sausage Sicilian, well done from Belltown Pizza. I never was a fan of green vegetable on pizza but this combination works.

Aug 18, 2015
zackly in Southern New England

Any decent store bought sangria?

no kitchen available

Aug 17, 2015
zackly in Wine

Any decent store bought sangria?

Does anyone make a decent bottled sangria that I can toss in a few orange slices and serve? I don't want to make my own.

Aug 17, 2015
zackly in Wine

Post Bariatric Surgery

PharmaChick,
I'm less than a week away from bariatric bypass surgery. Eating 800 calories a day is difficult! I know you are a fellow "foodie" and wonder how is it going? If you had it to do over would you have the surgery again? I know there are many different possible outcomes after surgery but my ideal would be to still love food but be satisfied with much less. Is that realistic? My doctor tells me my appetite should be much smaller post op. Is this true in your case? Can you eat all foods or are some, like bread, not tolerated? How about drinking alcohol? Do you still love cooking or is it just a necessary function? Has your health improved significantly? My motivation for the surgery is better control of my type 2 diabetes. Insulin is not doing the job anymore. Thanks!

Aug 14, 2015
zackly in Special Diets

Boil Shrimp in Pot on top of Propane Grill?

The "cooking" depends on the ratio of shrimp to boiling water. I worked in the shrimp industry for almost twenty years. My method for cooking shell on shrimp was to cover the shrimp with cold water and cook to just barely simmering then shock in cold water. They cook very quickly.

Aug 11, 2015
zackly in Home Cooking
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Boil Shrimp in Pot on top of Propane Grill?

Shrimp just has to be heated through, there is no benefit to an extended cooking time. If I had 5# of shrimp to cook, I'd have them at room temperature in the hotel pan and fill the hotel pan with boiling water then let sit for 5 minutes or so until heated through (test one if you are unsure. If you use enough hot water there is no need for further cooking.

Aug 11, 2015
zackly in Home Cooking

Boil Shrimp in Pot on top of Propane Grill?

Sure, but as others have said the grill is very inefficient for this task unless the lid is closed. I would use a disposable full size steam table pan (3.5-4" deep, see picture) with the lid closed. Assuming these are shell on headless shrimp I would rub them with your spice mixture (Old Bay?)then cover with water and cook on the grill lid down. If you use boiling water from your stove the shrimp will be cooked in a couple of minutes.

"It’s the singer not the song" The percieved advantage of luxury cookware.

I should have stated in my post that I'm only talking about pots and pans for gas stoves where warping is not an issue. Durability & warranties are a non-issue with restaurant quality aluminum. In a home kitchen they can last generations. In a restaurant white hot sauté pans are frequently tossed into the dishwasrer's sink filled with water. This causes them to warp significantly. Allowed to cool before washing at home prevents most of the warping.

Aug 09, 2015
zackly in Cookware

"It’s the singer not the song" The percieved advantage of luxury cookware.

Aluminum IS high performing cookware. Sure, you can look at conductivity charts that show copper being the best conductor but it's benefits are marginal at best for cooking. The only thing I've scorched in a long time was tomato sauce that I cooked (gas) stovetop in a Le Creuset Dutch oven. There's a perfect example, most Chowhounders love their enameled cast iron but they're are really inferior to a heavy guage aluminum pot.

Aug 09, 2015
zackly in Cookware

"It’s the singer not the song" The percieved advantage of luxury cookware.

Agreed, if you have an induction range aluminum won't work but otherwise they work fine.

Aug 08, 2015
zackly in Cookware

"It’s the singer not the song" The percieved advantage of luxury cookware.

I think a lot of you are missing my point which is, you can cook JUST AS Well on heavy gauge aluminum restaurant quality cookware as you can on any other type be it clad, copper, or any other high zoot cookware. It doesn't represent a compromise, IMHO. I'm living proof of this.

Aug 08, 2015
zackly in Cookware

"It’s the singer not the song" The percieved advantage of luxury cookware.

I own a lot of cookware that I've accumulated over the years. I like and own a set of clad cookware but I mostly cook on thin Teflon coated aluminum or steel pans because of the rapid heat transfer & easy cleanup. For braises etc. I now use a clad Dutch oven that retired my Le Creuset pieces.

Aug 07, 2015
zackly in Cookware

Do I really need a wok?

Aug 06, 2015
zackly in Cookware