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Farm eggs near mississauga

If a flock is less than 100, it can't be government registered (CEMA), the only promotion allowed is a farm gate sign. The eggs are not graded , and hand wiped rather than machine washed. Sometimes the hens run free, but often they are in a barn for their own safety. If you drive down the farm lane, you'll soon know if the hens are outside.

At a farmers market, the vendor's flock may be greater than 100, registered with CEMA, and definitely graded. If they claim to be a free run source, well that is a lot of extra work: registering the >100 flock; collecting the eggs; sending eggs out to an approved grading station; back to the farm for packing; and finally a day trip to the farmers market. That is why they are at least double the price of farm gate eggs, and not quite as fresh.

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

2015 Ontario Sweet Corn ?

Anyone contemplating growing sweet corn should have a look at Wm. Dam's catalogue or website. Few places offer untreated or non GMO seeds. http://www.damseeds.ca/productcart/pc...

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

2015 Ontario Sweet Corn ?

If the pith or cob starts to spoil, the ears may be several days old. The kernels may still have a sweet flavour, thanks to hybridization, but often there is a slight smell of ammonia.

Another factor in purchasing is the sheer number of new farmgate or farmers market outlets for fresh corn. I have at least 10 farmgates in my rural area, and only 2 or 3 have a track record of years in the sweet corn business. They know what varieties work, and will have several plantings to cover ripening from July to September.

I had a surprisingly good batch from No Frills (from Norfolk county, via Glencoe NF) another fine half dozen from the Petrolia YIG store, and a stale bunch from Strathroy RCSS. When I lived in GTA,I had very reliable corn from Stroud's in Ajax, and Reesor's (several pick up trucks in Scarboro.) Both are farmers specializing in large tracts of good sweet corn.

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

Nathans Coney Island

John Morrell, a division of Smithfield's, is again making Nathan's under licence. For awhile SMG made the product but there was a falling out and a lawsuit claiming that Nathan's overcharged for their secret spices. Nathan's lost, and somehow Morrell picked up the manufacturing. Here is a link http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/...

I have heard that Morrell makes both skinless,and lambskin hot dogs for Nathan's. I have also heard that Sabrett is not making hot dogs for Nathan's, but I have lost the link.

Aug 01, 2015
jayt90 in Outer Boroughs

2015 Ontario Sweet Corn ?

The stem end looks fresh. I look for brown tassels, because it indicates ripeness. Too bad one of these ears was not shucked or tasted for the photo.

Aug 01, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO 5kg box of steel-cut oats @ Costco in GTA

Bob's Red Mill steel cut oats have disappeared at London (Wonderland) Costco as well. I didn't ask if it is a temporary shortage but it may be currency related, as Bob's comes from Oregon, and Quaker from Ontario.

For two weeks I had sour red cherries in my oatmeal, fresh from a tree outside.Now that is gone too, but delicious.

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

Safe to eat these Anchovies?

They are protected by company lawyers and food police.

Jul 05, 2015
jayt90 in General Topics

Where to buy lard- Waltham

Sorry about Armour, but additives are expected in major U.S. products.

May 05, 2015
jayt90 in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

What is junk lard? No piggy smell?

May 05, 2015
jayt90 in Greater Boston Area

Wild leeks are up!

I found ramps (1km away) and wild garlic, lamb's quarters, crayfish, watercress and mantis eggs in the cattle pasture beside me. I have had very little luck with morels, but I remember getting them at the dirt road behind Greenwood Conservation Area when I lived in the area.

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

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.

Apr 27, 2015
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.

Apr 27, 2015
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.

Apr 27, 2015
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)