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The Price of: Green Bell Peppers

Wow.
(Wow to the possible financial profit, but even more wow to the idea of being able to grow so many plants in such a confined space. Maybe I should try something like that.)

Jul 10, 2014
racer x in General Topics

Storing citrus zest: freeze or dry? (and for how long?)

Last week I got out some lemon zest that I had frozen almost 1 1/2 years ago. It was as good as fresh, or nearly so.

Today I got out some orange zest that I'd frozen about the same time (February 2012). Just as good as fresh.

In both cases, I had wrapped the zest (fine shavings) in aluminum foil, folded several times over, then in a ziploc plastic sandwich bag, then all of that in a larger (gallon-size) freezer plastic bag.

Jul 02, 2014
racer x in General Topics

Chow root beer recipe

A couple of questions for anyone who has had this recipe.
http://www.chow.com/recipes/10681-cho...

Does it taste alcohol-y, and if so, how strongly? Or is it just like a carbonated commercially-sold "root beer"?

Wondering how a version of this drink would taste just mixing and steeping the roots, vanilla, and sweeteners without the brewing/bottling.

Mar 27, 2014
racer x in Home Cooking

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

It's back in one of my local stores now.

Sep 03, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

Check the expiration date.

Aug 24, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

I think the website (store section) still says it is 'not available at this time' as opposed to discontinued.

Aug 24, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Judging Paula contiues

Thanks for noting that. None of the headlines mention it. They all leave the impression that the entire case was dismissed.

Aug 13, 2013
racer x in Food Media & News

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

I think I may have figured out part of what's going on. Equal brand has now come out with their own version of sucralose, and their product is taking up some of the shelf space. So, apart from whatever other issues there may be on the Splenda manufacturer's end, maybe stores have decided there just isn't enough demand to justify that much shelf space for sucralose products, leading to a decision to cull Splenda Sugar Blend.

Aug 05, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Whatdya Put Hot Sauce On?

Nothing. Don't like it.

Aug 01, 2013
racer x in General Topics
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Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

I did call the manufacturer's support line, as suggested here.
The representative, friendly as she was, wasn't much help. She offered the names of several stores in the area, none of which have had it in stock. The only explanation she could offer for the shortage was that 'the product has been so popular,' which sounds ridiculous when you consider how long this has been going on now.

I've noticed for the past several weeks that the stores where I used to be able to buy it don't even have the tags on the shelves for it any longer, so they seem to have discontinued carrying it entirely (although they do still carry the Splenda mixed with brown sugar).

Jul 30, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Recommend Grocery Tote Bag

Not bags, but I use plastic shopping baskets
http://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Shoppin...

Jul 13, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

Yeah, I've tried several sugar alcohols as alternatives. None of them come close to working as well, in terms of both taste and intestinal effects.

Jul 07, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

Thanks for the info. I wonder whether they may have had a problem at their main manufacturing facility for this product.

I have been seeing Splend-brown sugar blend in stores, but not Splenda-white sugar blend.

Jul 07, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Best Food Films - any new additions?

Just got around to watching Kings of Pastry the other day. Loved it.

Jun 30, 2013
racer x in Food Media & News
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Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

Yes.

The granulated Splenda doesn't taste the same, so when I've tried mixing it in with regular sugar as an alternative to using the branded Splena-sugar mixture, the taste was unacceptable. The granulated Splenda also has different physical properties. When mixed into liquids, it tends to rise to the top and make a lot of froth. I tried this a couple of years ago, and just gave up in disgust. I bought another package of the granulated Splenda a couple of weeks ago to give it another try; same results.

I've also tried, as a cost-saving measure to use liquid sucralose, along with regular sugar, in beverages. The taste was never right. (A kind of chemical taste, with not enough sweetness. I ended up using a lot more regular sugar, defeating the purpose.)

I've tried store-brand generic sucralose-sugar blends from at least one store (might have been two, don't remember for sure). Again, taste was unacceptable.

Jun 30, 2013
racer x in General Topics
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Mamie Nova Crème Gourmand, Vanille Bourbon - discontinued?

Has anyone seen this product in stores in the past year?

I bought some several years ago, but could not find it in any stores when I last checked about a year ago.

Jun 29, 2013
racer x in France

Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

Anyone know what's happened to the Splenda Sugar Blend (half Splenda, half regular sugar)?

I haven't been able to find it in any local stores for the past several weeks, and on the manufacturer's website's online store page there's a not-available-at-this-time notice.

Jun 29, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Do you like whipped cream on your fruit pie?

No peach cobblers? What kind of life is that?

Jun 22, 2013
racer x in General Topics

How to pick a good watermelon?

Yes, seedless watermelons sorely lack in the flavor department. I hate them. Unfortunately, the places I usually shop no longer carry seeded watermelons. I haven't seen old-fashioned seeded watermelons on sale in a few years now. A real pity because watermelon is (or used to be) one of my favorite foods. I very rarely bother to buy them now.

Jun 22, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Do you like whipped cream on your fruit pie?

Yes. But I would much rather have vanilla ice cream.

In fact, I only eat fruit pie if I have whipped cream or ice cream, and I only eat fruit pie with whipped cream if there's no ice cream around!

Jun 22, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Wei-Chuan Hunan sauce

Yes, I saw that. But it's listed there as not available, which could be because it's been discontinued.

Jun 19, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Wei-Chuan Hunan sauce

Is Wei-Chuan brand bottled Hunan sauce still sold? I haven't seen any in years.

Jun 18, 2013
racer x in General Topics

TOP SUBS in SOUTH FLORIDA (Miami, Ft Lauderdale)

Thanks for that tip! I have been pining for the Primo's hoagies I used to get in Philly. I had no idea a shop was opening up down here. I can't wait to try them!
(And even better news that there's one in Dade, so I don't have to go all the way up to Fort Lauderdale for it!)

Jun 11, 2013
racer x in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

What was the worst food you HAD to eat as a kid?

Tripe is one of the vilest tasting and smelling foods, no matter how I've had it prepared. I thank my parents for not liking it and not serving it in our house when I was a kid!

May 21, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Do you have any food "rituals"?

This is so funny. You're able to eat sandwiches (!) but not stews or mixed vegetables?

May 21, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Your Favorite Weight Loss Tricks and Recipes

Juliejulez said pretty much exactly what I was thinking as I read your post. If you can reach your goal but can't maintain it for more than a few days or a few weeks at most, will it even have been worth it?

Probably better to find a way to liven up your selections with more of what you really enjoy, so that you don't end up feeling like it's a chore and lose all the gains you've made as soon as you can't stand to stick with the original regimen any longer.

Inevitably, we all reach a point in life where it's no longer possible to adhere to such intensive diet and exercise regimens (plus our metabolisms naturally slow down anyway). If the plan is going to be a longterm success, it will have to be something you can continue with over the long term.

May 21, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Poll: Would you eat a dog

How is the pricing on horsemeat there relative to pork or beef?

(And, not sure whether you know but, are the horses that are used bred specifically for food, or does the meat come from older work horses that are no longer able to work? For that matter, is the meat homegrown or imported?)

May 16, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Recommend me a brand of Thai tea

The dried stuff in the bag that you steep to make a drink.

(I hesitate to say just tea leaves because they also use other flavorings and coloring.)

Apr 13, 2013
racer x in General Topics

Recommend me a brand of Thai tea

I asked this a year or two ago, but didn't really get any responses.

What is your favorite brand of Thai tea?

Apr 12, 2013
racer x in General Topics

High arsenic levels found in rice & rice products - moderation recommended

Don't drink it, so no worries here.

Apr 12, 2013
racer x in Food Media & News