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Where to buy lard- Waltham

The major seller in Canada is Maple Leaf, sold at room temperature for about $2.25/lb. It is not hydrogenated, but uses BHT for shelf life. How worrisome is this? I use lard for confit, not for baking or frying.

about 2 hours ago
jayt90 in Greater Boston Area

Are cows in Ireland raised in factory farms are they all free range?l

"Raised in feedlots from an early age" is news to me, but anything is possible in midwest feedlots. I was under the impression that yearlings were raised on grass in the west, particularly the foothills, then shipped to the midwest feedlots for 90 days finishing on corn. In Canada the calves get 1 year outdoors on grass and hay, before being finished outdoors on barley (Alberta) or a corn wheat soy mixture (Ontario) for 90 days.

about 3 hours ago
jayt90 in General Topics
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Are cows in Ireland raised in factory farms are they all free range?l

Factory farms or feedlots are not a cause of mad cow disease. Bad feed with animal nerve content is the culprit, especially sheep tissue. This has been eliminated from cattle feed in U.S., Canada, and EU. The mad cow scare is now 15 years old, and there is no post epidemic in humans, despite long incubation times.

The OP's concept of factory farms is flawed. Factory farms are not barns, or shelters which are necessary to keep cattle through the winter. Other animals and birds are raised in closed buildings, but cows are not. Cows eat farm raised hay and alfalfa in their winter shelters. Even Kerrygold claims that their butter comes from protected cows eating hay all winter long.

The largest dairy farm in my part of Ontario has 150 Holsteins, raised outside on the owners grass and hay, herded into a milking parlor twice a day. I suppose this is a production line, but definitely not a factory.

about 3 hours ago
jayt90 in General Topics
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what do YOU serve for dinner with beef/calve's liver (and onions)?

Risotto, with Romano cheese.

Apr 25, 2015
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

"Boys and girls in the kitchen"!
"If you have none ('patience and kind understanding') please go elsewhere."

If in K.L., I would now expect to wait for my food, after the boys and girls have a food fight.

Tough Chicken Breasts?

A quick acting Thermapen is my best friend for broiled, fried or baked things.

Apr 21, 2015
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Shanghai Style Smoked Fish - Another yummy product from 'Full Fortune Foods' available at T&T

The yellow peril.
Didn't Naploeon say, "Let China sleep; when she awakens she will be the terror of the earth!"

Apr 20, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cooking from Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbooks

Hi, Dairy Queen.
I have used stove top PCs for years and probably won't change, mainly because they usually work at 15 psi or 250 F. I got a Fagor Duo recently and it is a great purchase. I believe all Fagor stove tops work at 15 psi, and some are even less expensive than the Duo. As to automatic timing, a stove top will work well on a countertop induction burner which will time out if I am distracted.

I am definitely going to try chuck roast in coffee; thanks for the link.

I'll try to post some of the more challenging PC cooks, such as lobster or monkfish, when it comes my way.

I am looking into finding a roasting bag that will work inside a PC and save all the juices.

I spotted a Rival PC recipe book, with spiral rings, for a few dollars at a Sears outlet store. I think I'll pick it up, because they probably test recipes carefully, even if they very basic.

Apr 20, 2015
jayt90 in Home Cooking
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Where can I find Scotch Bonnet pepper seeds? Or habanero seeds?

I have had excellent prices and service from www.parkseed.com . Shipping is around $6 to Ontario and takes about a week. I grew this one last year and am starting it again: http://parkseed.com/maya-pepper-seeds...

Apr 19, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find monocalcium phosphate (to make 'Calcium Water' for Pomona Pectin Use)?

This is food? Or road salt.

Apr 18, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

flour going bad

Yeast is not likely to go bad even after the best before date. It is protected by the granular coating.

Flour lasts well, too, although whole wheat can go off. Trust your nose.

The microwave can be used to kickstart a rise, but only on power level 1.
Try power level 1 for 1 minute, then feel the dough for warmth, and repeat. Two repeats should be enough.

Apr 16, 2015
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Worst curries tasted in the GTA?!

I think many curry restaurants keep their basic entrees in simmering pots or steam tables until the flavors are all the same. Sometimes I can't distinguish lamb, and it can be passed off as beef. There are real curry houses out there, and I don't want to discredit them, but they are hard to find.

I like my own curries, so simple with raisins, lamb, yogurt, and curry powder with garam masala from RCSS. Child's play!

Apr 14, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cast Iron Skillet

Forget the mineral oil step. Just scrub with hot water and the residual fats will make a non stick layer, but it will take time, maybe 6 months.

Apr 14, 2015
jayt90 in Cookware

Bordeaux 2014: Full Decanter ratings revealed | decanter.com

I have delicately avoided U.S. wines, mostly because they are increasing in price by 20% in Canada because of currency valuations. The great strides made by new world and south of Bordeaux winemakers has produced a cornucopia for many of us. I am disappointed in many (60% at guess) futures I bought in the 90's. Bad corks. Mediocre taste. And I find more immediate satisfaction from new everyday wines from anywhere, if well selected. To do my cellar all over again, I would buy currently and open within 5 years.

Apr 14, 2015
jayt90 in Wine

Bordeaux 2014: Full Decanter ratings revealed | decanter.com

I am disappointed to see that Decanter is concentrating on the expensive top rank Bordeaux wines, >18 out of 20. The other wine areas such as Australia, Chile, Argentina, Mediterranean are making very good wines below $30, sometimes below $20, and some critics, maybe even Decanter, hopefully will find petit chateaux with modern methods and competence.

Apr 14, 2015
jayt90 in Wine

The Village Roaster, Scarborough - Do they roast on site?

Green coffee beans are attractively priced: fair traded microlots for $6/lb. A home roster can be as simple as a cast iron frypan, but electric roaster appliances are available. www.greenbeanery.ca on King Street West can set you up.

Green beans will keep for 2 years in a pantry, and provide very fresh coffee when roasted once per week.

Apr 12, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Beans do not soften

You can salvage them in a pressure cooker, 20 minutes should do it.

Apr 12, 2015
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Splitting up the Ontario board

The other areas are too disparate. Windsor, London, KW, cottage country, Kingston, Ottawa, Eastern and Northern Ontario, Thunder Bay. If these areas have adverts for Chow's bosses, it might work, but let's be realistic, we have to piggyback on GTA.

Apr 07, 2015
jayt90 in Site Talk

Can someone educate me on GMO-free-meat?

Soy and corn, even alfalfa are mostly GMO, so you would have to buy meat from organic sources.

Apr 06, 2015
jayt90 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best places to buy groceries in Toronto?

Newport, 1140 Dupont St.

Apr 06, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

jintown frozen seafood mix

Is this a frozen seafood medley from Asia? In my experience some parts of these are suspect, and need cooking. Let your nose be the guide: thaw the package and inspect carefully before trying a ceviche.

Here is a previous discussion of seafood medleys, mostly very critical http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/486704

As one post suggests, use frozen scallops; I think frozen squid rings would also be clean and safe.

Apr 05, 2015
jayt90 in Mexico

PC Chili and Cheese All Beef Hot Dogs

The taste profile is similar to Nathan's, with the addition of a few red chili flakes. There is no chili powder taste, and the minimal added cheese has no added flavor, probably just protein and fat. I could have described it better.

Apr 04, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best places to buy groceries in Toronto?

There are two Costco's within driving range, and they will be fine for flour, oatmeal, farro, vinegars, oils and spices. Their fish is good too, but you will also have Portuguese fish stores close by, and a large one at Dupont east of Dufferin.
T&T on cherry street is the largest and cleanest pan Asian store, but P.A.T. is also good, and close by.
Gasparro's on Bloor near Dufferin is a good butcher at reasonable prices.

PC Chili and Cheese All Beef Hot Dogs

This is a fine new product. The flavor is like Nathan's (hard to get now); Juicy and beefy, with a bit of chili zip. No apparent cheese. This is similar to a Nathan's product with added hot peppers. Hopefully Manny will see this and comment.

Mar 26, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

I noticed a wok by Emile Henry in the jewelry case. It was $100. Sometimes Emile Henry is cleared so it beatrs watching. I once got the E.H. tagine for $40, and it is tough as nails. I'll do my corned beef in it today, on a gas flame.

Mar 17, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Any experience with the Staub 2.75 qt cocotte?

Dutch oven is a type of covered cast iron pot, often with a bail, that could be used in a fireplace or outdoor fire pit in the 19th century. Many of them had an indented lid so that coals could be put on top to give all around oven heat. The Staub cocottes still have this feature, but they now suggest using it in an oven with ice cubes on top. Some of them with indented lids are described as Dutch Oven II, while the convex top Dutch Ovens are not.

Mar 16, 2015
jayt90 in Cookware

Sap's Running

Away southwest is my area, Brooke-Alvinston maple syrup festival, on March 21 in the community center.

Mar 15, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Loblaws sells ugly fruit at a discount to curb food waste

We'll see if Kirkland wines are imported. Even with a hefty LCBO profit grab, they will demolish the competition.

Mar 13, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cirarello Signature Series "9-Ply" Skillet

Your electric coil burner is less than ideal for French copper pans with a tin lining.

Mar 12, 2015
jayt90 in Cookware

Tried sous vide for the first time - not blown away

I haven't had round in years, so I can't comment on cooking it. My mom made great Swiss steak with round chunks, so that is my only recommendation.

As a newcomer to sous vide, I see the need for reliable cooking advice, or recipes. And I want to avoid long cooking times. The best source so far is ANOVA's recipe collection, by accomplished cooks such as Ming Tsai, on their website: http://recipes.anovaculinary.com/

The longest times are 24 to 72 hours, for beef ribs. I may try the shorter recipe, but I have had great results in a pressure cooker for 40 minutes. Here is a good recipe: http://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/2...

Modernist Cuisine is way out of my price range. Maybe I can get it at a library. I mentioned "male cooking" (I'm one) because many sous vide'ers are my gender, and have taken to it as the new BBQ, egg, or smoker.

Mar 11, 2015
jayt90 in Home Cooking