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ethically sourced dairy in Toronto

Yes, your suggestion is ethical, if you prefer bland soy cheese. The OP is open to animal cheese, but seems to imply that many sources are unethical. I would like to sort this out.

Feb 23, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ethically sourced dairy in Toronto

This is unfair, in fact an insult to dairy farms and cheese makers in Ontario and Quebec.

Feb 23, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Best knife sharpener??

I have a knock off of Edge Pro, widely available on eBay for $25 including shipping. Works perfectly.

Feb 23, 2015
jayt90 in Cookware

Dispatching live lobsters?

I have tried boiling, and broiling without success. Stabbing and stir frying the pieces works but many guests will complain.

Most times I put two or three of them into a pressure cooker with 1" boiling water and a trivet. They get 6 to 10 minutes of pc steaming at 250 F; this really dispatches them quickly and few guests complain.
The steam penetrates evenly without water logging the flesh, and the lobsters are very hot for a simple presentation with drawn butter on the side.

Feb 22, 2015
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Kitchen steals and deals for Ontario

I recently got a Fagor Duo 6 liter pressure cooker from www.williamsfoodequipment.ca for $95, or $111 all in.
Delivery was slow, but the device is splendid, better than all other low cost pc's. The SS quality is the best I've seen recently.

Advice on vintage percolators

It is odd to see a preference for perked coffee these days. The coffee is recirculated through the grounds at near boiling point, and that contributes to bitterness.

If you prefer a high temperature perk, the Bialetti's (stove top) make good coffee, with just one pass through. I use a small one 3 - 4 cup, but larger ones are available from www.greenbeanery.ca
http://www.greenbeanery.ca/bean/catal...

Feb 22, 2015
jayt90 in Cookware

Recipe wanted for Laredo's black bean soups

The Toronto Telegraph never made it to the 80's, or 70's.

You may find something by searching Mexican black bean soup recipes.

Feb 21, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SOURCE of PRAGUE POWDER inGTA

Do you need Prague # 1 or Prague # 2?

These are difficult to find in Canada , and confusing.

I use Readycure from Loblaw, and follow the instructions on the package. Occasionally I call the maker, Canada Compounds, for advice.

Feb 21, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

fagor pressure cookers

I recently replaced my 6 liter Fagor Duo, the original lasting about 6 years, and still working.

The new one is built better, in fact one of the best SS pieces I have seen recently. It is obvious Fagor has been constantly improving, and now has the best $100 pc I can find.

There appears to be several models; if you shop for one, make sure it has a dual pressure control on the handle, otherwise it may not reach 250 F or 15-16 psi.

My price was $110 CDN with tax and shipping from www.williamsfoodequipment.ca This may be a benchmark price if you are shopping, or it may cheaper stateside.

Feb 18, 2015
jayt90 in Cookware

2015 - Grocery store finds (Ontario)

$10/liter is a great price for duck fat. Loblaw's black label PC goose fat is $10 for a small jar, probably 250 ml.

Feb 16, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

They won't add express lines anywhere, because they tested it in the U.S. years ago. They say it failed because of poor productivity. In other words, they don't care about small carts. When I shop at London North, I look for a checkout line where an assistant is assigned to a cashier, and the cashier is reasonably mature and hard working. A good team can move the line quickly, unless they have to stop to count the till. That is less frequent now, because most people pay with a card.

I think London South is a good alternative now; less traffic, more assistants, and handy to 401. A big development is going to built there, so the bubble may burst later this year.

Feb 16, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

I have never seen people in a rush, polite, keeping their carts to the side, not stopping to socialize,or talk on a phone, at Ajax, Warden, or the two London warehouses. No rules of the road in any of these places.

Feb 15, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

fagor pressure cookers

I have no problem with a Fagor Duo 6 quart on a modest gas range. Maybe you have a high BTU burner, which should be used around 10,000 BTU/hr. instead of 18,000.

One useful option is a counter top induction burner. They cost less than $100 now, and will work with a Fagor perfectly, probably using less power than the gas burner.

Feb 14, 2015
jayt90 in Cookware

Does anyone know what a "gill" is in French Cooking?

Elizabeth David refers to gil measurements in her extensive Penguin cookbooks of the 1960's.

Feb 08, 2015
jayt90 in Home Cooking

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

The managers in Ottawa try to keep all of the same selections in all locations, except for local preferences, such as kosher (Billy Bishop) or Italian (Vaughan). The store managers are required to read all suggestions.

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

Where to buy rice bran?

RCSS health food aisle.

Feb 05, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bayview Village

Yes, Sweetwater was there. It was South African but the menu was North American. They sometimes had an AYCE lobster special, which encouraged pig outs, and may have run them out of business.

Feb 03, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buster Rhino's Toronto Location

I understand the smoker at Phil's was ancient, wood fired, and outside in the back alley. The smoke output would probably need to be scrubbed. Hardly ideal for all the things B.R. is known for, from a state of the art Southern Pride smoker. We'll have to trust B.R. on this one even if they don't come from a "smoking" background!

Feb 03, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

smfan the whole line of fresh Costco seafood is good, with the possible exception of tilapia (personal observation). I like haddock and cod more than salmon, but in spring and summer they get sockeye and king from Alaska and B.C., both excellent. Their fresh mussels have quite a following, but the trays are large.

Good frozen products include scallops, salmon, haddock, breaded halibut, calamari, and mahi mahi. The shrimp from Asia is disappointing.

I buy canned tuna from Italy, and sockeye from the west coast. I avoid Thai tuna because they have no control over slave boats bringing product ashore. Costco's sardines are well priced but coarse compared to European cans.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

They have also introduced Royal Harbour IQF haddock wild caught from eastern Canada ($7/lb) . These are almost as good as fresh haddock, and much better than most frozen fish at the supermarkets.
There is a recipe for haddock in beurre blanc on the package, and this is ideal with Northumberland butter which they bring in at $3.59 lb, from New Brunswick.

Feb 02, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Costco location

Costco is a wholesaler.

Who would turn down an employer of 300 plus, with wages and benefits well above any retailer?

Feb 02, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

Salmon fillets keep longer on ice than most other fish, and 7 days expiry is routine. Tilapia can be muddy from Asian sources, but is usually clean and fresh tasting from the U.S. or Central America. You need to do a little more homework, and not depend on a retailer with no salesperson on duty.

Feb 01, 2015
jayt90 in Chains

Best Budget Pricing on Organic Free Range Antibiotic Free Meat in GTA

I doubt if it is organic. It comes in a package labelled 'Ethnic' meat, but I don't have one in front of me. It is a special treat for my pet, about once a month. A Rottweiler does not have a particularly long life, but I want to make hers a happy one. I don't think Cumbrae's would be organic, but well raised.

Jan 23, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Budget Pricing on Organic Free Range Antibiotic Free Meat in GTA

I can get offal for my dog at RCSS now. It is fresh, but shrink wrapped, and about $3.51/kg. I like to slice the kidneys and cook with rice. Billie goes nuts over this.

Jan 23, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Thomas Keller's favorite roast chicken question

The larger birds will usually be tender and juicy if cooked at 450 F but not overcooked, so a temperature probe near the bone will help. It might take 80 - 90 minutes to reach 165 F.

The larger chickens are bred for fast growth, little exercise, and tender meat. There has been selective breeding, not hormones or GMO, to accomplish this, over many generations of chicks.

Jan 18, 2015
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Going to Jacobs and Co tomorrow - Learn Me On Steak!

60 day might be too funky for a teen.

Jan 18, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Kitchen steals and deals for Ontario

My Anova 800 watt arrived from Texas in early December (Kickstarter, paid in May, $176 delivered). I have used it for Rachel's corned beef, a pork tenderloin, a chicken breast, and fish fillets. They have all been successful, warm and succulent, and I will continue to use it for short term projects like fish, thick steaks,or chicken parts.

That is, if it continues to work!!!

It has developed a housing crack and warping near the motor. This section has never been exposed to water, or stressed.

I am going to photograph it and contact the manufacturer, but I think I am SOL because of shipping and border fees.

I would recommend buying from Amazon, with a good return warranty, preferably in Canada.

Jan 16, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Where to buy wild or healthy shrimp year-round in Toronto?

That's even worse than I imagined! Appalling.

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

Baldwin Street hot dogs, where can I find them?

Try Nathan's from Sobeys. Not perfect but fine if you score them to release some fat.

Jan 03, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy wild or healthy shrimp year-round in Toronto?

The pre-cooked salad shrimp can come from Newfoundland or Thailand, so you have to read the package carefully. Sobey's and Costco are more likely to have the Canadian product. FWIW I have heard that some of the workers on Thai boats are actually slave laborers held captive at sea.
I can't confirm this,but maybe someone else knows for sure.

Jan 03, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)