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Forgot about chicken in brine for four days???

OP's brine ratio is 3%, which is fine for 24 - 36 hours.
I think we will just have to wait for the results, given the disparity of opinions here.

Dec 14, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Forgot about chicken in brine for four days???

Pastured chickens are rare indeed. And tough. I raised a dozen cochons last year and kept the frozen birds for soup stock and pet food. Most organic free range chickens are much younger, and get very little exercise.

Dec 14, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Forgot about chicken in brine for four days???

I would cook it, without fear. The salt will protect it from salmonella, for at least a week at 40 F or less. It should be well rinsed and patted dry to remove excess salt. Use your nose as a guide. A slight poultry smell is normal, but bacterial growth will have a dominant smell.

Dec 14, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Cod are bottom feeders.

Know your fish, don't blame the vendor. These worms are harmless, and are killed at 130 F. They will drop off into the pan or medium.

Dec 14, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Looking for dried red beans, ideally Camellia brand

Is there something different about Camellia's red beans? Their website shows the package, labelled red kidney beans, which are widely available under many brand names, such as PC Blue Label, or Thompson's.

Dec 10, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Navy Bean Soup Failure. What happened?

Yes!

A pressure cooker will bring them around. At my altitude, < 1000', I use one half the recommended time on the bean package. You may need more.

Dec 07, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

The Costco Thread - new products, old favourites, interesting items

You are second guessing the buyers, who have a lot more information available, and budgets to meet. I suspect availability and low price are most important. Evoo is usually in good supply after the fall harvest, so there is some hope that a company will process garlic roasted oil over the winter, in limited supply. If Costco can't get a deal on it, you could try Arz or Pusateri, but bring lots of cash.

Dec 04, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cooking for diabetic...specialty (low-carb) ingredients in Toronto?

The carbs that will remain acceptable should be whole grain, and high fiber. The white nutrition label will be your best friend, to keep calories low, carbs low, protein high, and fiber high. I adhere to the serving amounts on the white label, and have a variety at each meal, no serving very large.

I have recently discovered Finn Crisp biscuits: whole grain rye with low calories and high fiber, better than Ryvita or Melba toast, or virtually any bread, tortilla, or wrap.

Bob's Red Mill steel cut oats, or PC Blue Label steel cut oats are also among the few carbs with high fiber and fairly low calories. I have oatmeal for breakfast with whole milk, 1 teaspoon butter, and 3 prunes; very tasty, without sugar, and long lasting.

The only noodles that will be acceptable are probably soba, with a high buckwheat content. I think you have to get them at Sanka (?) or Japanese Paper store.

My nutritionist recommends converted rice. Uncle Ben's is the preferred variety, and I like it better than brown rice. There is a whole short grain rice, Sukoyaka Genmai, in the Asian stores, which is tasty, almost as good as sushi rice.

Dec 01, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yearning for Yellow Corn

Green Giant Niblets has canned yellow corn, and may freeze some too. They still pay farmers a premium for delivering within four hours, and they finish processing same day.

Nov 25, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Red Fife

If you bake your own, make egg pasta,or use a bread machine, the flour is available at Bulk Barn, or Grain Process Enterprises (Scarboro), or Arva flourmill (London).

Nov 25, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Why are wine stores in grocery stores closing?

The wine companies, like Vincor, will retain the right to re-open at another location. (At one time, under the Peterson regime, Ontario wine stores paid 0% tax to Ontario treasury; I don't know if that still exists.)

Nov 24, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

It is not Scottish! As a frugal Scot I have to admit the Irish do some things well, so I will look for this.

Nov 23, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Not a fan of Burger Priest or Holy Chuck? Wanted to be but....

The style of burger I won't buy anymore has hydrolyzed soy protein added, which makes it firm and spongy. Some offenders are Harvey's, Johnny's and other fast food places. I don't think this is meat loaf or fresh style, but it is prevalent. I call it Sysco style.

Heart healthy eating

I have been consulting a hospital dietitian for 6 months to avoid becoming pre-diabetic, and to lose weight slowly. So far it is working. I have eliminated all sugar, and kept carbohydrates low and fibrous. I can have anything else, in moderation. I go by the nutrition guide on the labels, especially for the portion size. Those portions are very small, but if I balance out a full meal with a protein, vegetable, and small dessert, my hunger is sated. I am allowed a small snack between meals, so I am getting regular input 6 times per day, and rarely hungry. The important thing is to follow the nutrition label serving sizes, and cut way back on sweets, sugar, and refined carbohydrates.

The thinking on fats seems to be very broad and liberal now (they are cell builders) as long as the processed trans fats are very low. Salt amounts per day have increased slightly, and blood pressure tolerance for adults has increased to 135/80. This seems to work for me.

Nov 21, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Goldin's Smoked Meat no longer available

I'm not surprised. A cottage industry made in a garage by an actor. Priced at $30/kg when the raw brisket was $7/kg, and his product was hard to get. You had to arrange by phone when it would be convenient for Goldin to let you pick it up at his location. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that all health bylaws were not consistently met.

Nov 19, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cooking for One: A Widow's Challenge

I cook for myself, and share with a polite, appreciative 9 month old Rottweiler mix Chowhound.

Billie is very good about taking the tough fatty edge of a strip loin steak, a fish head, or a chicken neck/tail.
My casseroles or one pot dinners will usually last two days, then I am tired of them, and give the remnants to her.

I may get flamed by dog 'experts', but I have cut my dog food bills in half, and garbage or composting is way down.
We both look forward to dinner every night, and all things considered, my situation could be much worse.

Nov 16, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Local (Ontario or Canada) walnuts, chestnuts and other Christmas baking ingredients

The lowest price and freshest will be those you can forage: indigenous Ontario black walnuts. If you spot a tree in your neighborhood, it is usually easy to get permission to pick up the nuts. There is one caveat. Native walnuts are much harder to crack than English or Persian walnuts, so you will need a screw type nutcracker, but the results will be worth the effort.

Where to find truly Spanish ( not "Latin") groceries in Toronto

The Costco spice aisle has good quality tubes of saffron for $15. The quality- price- ratio is hard to beat on these shores. They also have roasted peppers and preserved artichokes in a jar, both with a following.

Nov 09, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cast Iron Dutch Ovens - which brand best?

I am hard on enameled cast iron, and won't buy any more. I have often heard that chefs and line cooks don't use them because they will show spidering, chip and stain in daily use. My LC's did that, over a period of 15 years.

I managed to crack a beloved Staub dutch oven, Actually a raccoon did it by knocking it off a patio table, onto flagstone, I never made a claim, and decided to stay with cast iron, which is thicker and heavier. That works for me.

Nov 08, 2014
jayt90 in Cookware

Do you know where to buy flageolet beans in Toronto?

I have been dying to say this since the string appeared: If you can't get the real thing at Rube's, or from France, try white kidney beans. Any aisle with a large selection of beans, perhaps T&T or large Loblaws, will have them. I'll bet the taste is similar.

Flageolets are really white kidney beans, introduced to France from North America, and hand picked young in the pod. Not much chance of getting hand picked here, even at Rube's.

Some foodies substitute Great Northern white beans. Presidents Choice has a Blue Label Heritage Great Northern package in Loblaws bean aisle.

Nov 07, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bushel of Beets:GTA

edit, that should be 10 lb for $1. at RCSS.

Nov 05, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bushel of Beets:GTA

I don't know about marsh or highland, but Loblaws Superstore (RCSS) has a 10 lb bag of Ontario beets for $10.

Nov 05, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buttermilk Brands in Toronto?

You could try the kefir at Costco, 2 liters, 3.25% bf, for $5.99. It is almost addictive in my house. It comes from a Canadian yogurt dairy, I forget the name.

Nov 04, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eggs from European Chickens

It has been awhile, but I think Skyview , Lawrence Av E at Scarboro Golf has duck eggs; they also have medium eggs in a tray of 30 for $4.
http://www.skylandfoodmart.com/

Nov 02, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eggs from European Chickens

Herne, this farm is near to hwy 402. http://www.canada411.ca/res/519247398...

They have brown eggs, flax fed with outdoor access at $3/dozen, Mon-Friday.
Nat also has grass fed lamb,
inspected and in the freezer, around $6/lb.

I have 3 other sources, at $2 - $2,50/dozen. if you e mail me.

Nov 02, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Heavy German Rye bread for open faced sandwiches

The Breadhouse, 893 Bayly St., Pickering has very good light rye or pumpernickle.
It comes out of the oven around 10 AM daily.

Nov 02, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eggs from European Chickens

It's a matter of cost. Ducks don't produce one egg per day. There are not a lot of duck flocks, and probably none dedicated to egg production.

Nov 01, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eggs from European Chickens

$2 per dozen is the going rate at farmgate in Lambton and Middlesex. The hens produce deep well flavored yolks, even in December. Here is my breakfast, last January.

Nov 01, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rice cookers - Tiger or Zojirushi?

My small Tiger 5 cup was only $65 on clearance at RCSS. I loved it, for 1.5 years until it failed, just like yours, with a blank inoperative screen . I have no warranty claim, and I miss using it sorely. Fortunately, I can put the Tiger ceramic bowl into my old PC rice cooker and get good rice or porridge. I no longer have all the programs, but who cares; electronics in a humid environment suck.

Oct 28, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition [through 10/26/14]

I was lamenting the higher cost of meat, when I acqiired a $8 pork shoulder roast ($2/lb) at Foodland (part of Sobey's).

I BBQ'ed it in the traditional way, in my $70 Lowes charcoal smoker. I burned charcoal and a small Japanese red maple branch, and slow cooked the joint for 3 hours, until it reached 170 F near the bone.

Served with fresh from the garden Russets, and Costco's frozen green peas from Washington (they are good!).

I am going to buy and freeze 2 or 3 of these roasts, as they are succulent, delicious, and the price is right.