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Wild Alaskan Canned Salmon in Toronto

Clover Leaf Sockeye (Wild Red Pacific) is caught near Alaska and canned in the state, even though it is owned by Connors of New Brunswick. Here is useful background page on the plant that produces ClOver Leaf and Bumble Bee salmon.

http://cloverleaf.ca/en/salmon-school

Aug 17, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Bob's Steel Cut Oats at an unbeatable price for first rate quality! I have been mixing PC Steal Cut with 50% Quaker Quick oats (for the creaminess) but I will gladly switch away from Galen, so fickle am I. My favored prep is with a splash of milk, two Costco prunes, and a pat of butter. A savory delight!

Aug 16, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

The Kirkland toilet paper has a cult following; they sell carloads of it. The rolls are larger than most others. The Costco magazine reported that the product comes from a factory in upstate New York.

Aug 08, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Ontario Sweet Corn

At least Stokes is disclosing their use of seed additives. I use www.parkseed.com to avoid neonicotinoids in hard to find Silver Queen corn, but I have discovered an Ontario company that refuses to sell seeds with additives: http://www.damseeds.ca/productcart/pc...
If your corn seller pleads ignorance, tell them to check Wm Dam for next year.

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

LCBO Vintages Aug 2 release notes of the "best" wines under $25

I find there is enough place information given, many described by a region of a country, such as Mendoza, Toscano, or Margaret River. Some of the more obscure areas are Pfalz, Sevre et Maine, and Gascogne, but the language indicates the country. That leaves Ribera del Duero, which could be any of the countries juno mentioned, but I'm betting on Spain.

We are fortunate to have a hound invited to pre-taste all of the new releases, and rate them here without excessive oh too clever descriptions.

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

2014 Ontario Sweet Corn

The Hayter Group: Good corn for early; comes from a single farm in Skunk's Misery. At Hwy 79, 3277 Nauvoo Rd,
http://thehaytergroup.com/contact-us/
They have 6 brothers and one sister, age 6 - 13, working the stall. $2.75 for 6.

Jul 30, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

could salt peter in sausage be bad??

Saltpetre is fine for me, and many others. It is widely used in Europe, and over here it is easier to buy at a Rexall than mail order plus postage for potassium nitrite. Conversion of recipe amounts from the myriad of nitrites (Pink salt, Prague 1, Prague 2, Morton's Tenderquick etc.) is actually simple when I consult USDA, U of Missouri, or West Virginia Tech websites.
And oh boy, do I have a trove of early recipes using saltpetre, researched by E. David!

Jul 28, 2014
jayt90 in General Topics

could salt peter in sausage be bad??

I don't have a sausage recipe with saltpetre , but I think you are safe.
1 oz. = 6 teaspoons , but you have used only .08 oz. KNO3, way less than the rub or brine for the same amount of meat.
The nitrate in KNO3 will convert to potassium nitrite, and production of nitrosamines under high heat is always a risk, but unlikely with salami, unless it is pan fried at high heat.

Jul 28, 2014
jayt90 in General Topics

could salt peter in sausage be bad??

Nonius, we can only guess at what you have done, without more information.
Was saltpetre added to ground meat, without salt?
Did you brine the meat, with saltpetre dissolved in the liquid?
Or rub it with a saltpetre mix?

Elizabeth David wrote extensively about saltpetre cures until the 1970's, so I checked some of her recipes which I used at the time (I somehow survived):

A brine: 1.5 lb sea salt, or coarse salt; 6 - 8 oz. brown sugar; 1 oz. saltpetre; 1 gallon water.

A rub, for 5 - 8 lb. meat: 1 oz. saltpetre; 1 lb. coarse salt; 4 oz. brown sugar.

For sausage meat with saltpetre, you can probably salvage it if you add salt and spices, and mix well.

Jul 28, 2014
jayt90 in General Topics

wild blueberries

Drive north, past Barrie, to an area of wild harvest. Pick your own, or buy from the roadside stands.

Jul 27, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

It was being cleared at $3.97 in London North in June.
Probably won't be back until this year's walnut crop is processed over winter.

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

49th parallel or phil and sebastian

Have you been able to compare 49th to your best green bean sources, Flex?

Jul 22, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A Discussion on Vinegar

In addition to the above vinegars, I keep dry sherry vinegar for sauces and vinaigrettes. Most of the Jerez sherry producers make one, very intense and worth the extra cost.

When I make a quart or 750 ml of tarragon vinegar, I absolutely stuff the bottle with clean young shoots, then add cider vinegar and store it . After two weeks it is wonderful, but it will keep for a year in the fridge.

Jul 21, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Bread Baking

Make a large batch of no-knead dough and keep it covered in the fridge. Remove 16 - 20 oz 2 days later for baking in a non-stick or silicon bread pan. The rest will keep for up to 1 week.
The dough develops flavor in the fridge over several days.

An alternative is a bread machine: Put the ingredients for a loaf into the machine and let it do the mixing and kneading. That will take 1/2 hour; turn it off, remove dough and shape into a loaf, then bake 35 minutes in your oven. Your time is minimal and can be spaced to accommodate you.

Jul 21, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Best way to buy meat directly from farmers?

Untrimmed brisket point; Delmonico rib eye cut; Porterhouse cut; one large trout in a tray instead of three; female lobsters from a tank.

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

Strawberries and Blueberries - Grand Bend

If you are exploring Ontario's West Coast, there is a newly established strawberry and blueberry farm at Grand Bend. Link: http://www.aroundthebendberryfarm.com...

Jul 14, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

It's possible some sweeteners have been replaced by Pure Via Stevia packets.

I bought 800g (a box of 800 packets) for $17 plus tax at London North. I returned the box because I didn't like the metallic aftertaste but YMMV. Stevia leaves have the same aftertaste.

Jul 12, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

Southern Ontario is surrounded by the Great Lakes, so road trips to shore restaurants or fish 'n chips shacks are easy to plan. Most lakeshore towns are accessible to the 400 highways: Goderich, Grand Bend, Sarnia, Kingsville, Port Burwell. Some require day trips north ( Killarney, Tobermory ) but the scenery is spectacular. Purdy's restaurant under the Bluewater Bridge is a great way to enter or leave the Province.

Jul 08, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

I won't be much help, but your ideas are good. Maybe a ranch type dressing, or a substitute for milk on oatmeal porridge, with a pat of butter. I do that to avoid sugar.
Mostly I just drink a glass with a meal, instead of white wine or tomato juice.

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

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

European smoked salmon is about $15/lb. It is a box of Norwegian Atlantic salmon, processed in Holland, in individual packets.
Pre-cooked lobster meat was in the same freezer, similar price.
Kirkland frozen pizza (5 cheese, 4 x 12") has been bumped up to $10.99, still a good deal.
Fresh boneless leg of lamb (Australian) bumped to $7.00/lb but still one of the nicest available.
Kefir, 2 litres/$6.00, is irresistible to me.
Sealtest unsalted butter, at $3.69/lb, is better than I expected. Good price.
Shopped at London North.

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

Where to buy Ghirardelli product

Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate brownie mix is a staple at Costco, with a cult following, as they are very rich and chewy. A 5 lb box is $8 or $9.

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

Does anyone know whether the honey sold at Bulk Barn is raw ?

Wrong. Raw honey is extracted at ambient temperature and filtered without any temperature change. It is typically poured into the center of 6 nested cylindrical screens, each one successively finer until most debris is removed when it flows through the outside fine screen. It will be clear, unpasteurized, and some pollen will be present but invisible.

Raw honey will usually be labelled raw. Bulk Barn is supplied by Burke's of Buckhorn, Ont., so the OP could give them a call.

Where can you buy Dairyland 3.25% Buttermilk in (Toronto,ON)

Costco has Good Moood Farm Kefir, 3.25% bf, 2 liter jug for $6.00. It tastes like rich buttermilk, almost addictive. Lots of stores carry it: http://www.goodmooodfarm.com/en/where...

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

Ice Cream, 2014

Kirkland Vanilla is rich, dense, and real.

Where can I find fresh Crawfish for a traditional boil?

Has anyone tried B.C. spot prawns in a boil? They are definitely alive when I get them at T&T, and the season should still be on. Not cheap, but a lot less hassle than crawdads in Ontario.

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

Cumbrae vs Whitehouse Meats

The front display cases are always high priced cuts. The more reasonable cuts are in the back cooler. If you ask for a butcher, and request something lower in price and still high quality, they will usually prepare it for you, in about five minutes.

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

Morels

They are potentially everywhere. The mycelium is underground in most Canadian soils. They just need a wet cold spring and some rotting soil to come up.

May 20, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Question about Rowe Farms

Vagabond, corn is not toxic to cattle. Why would farmers feed it if true?
Rowe Farms is not Loblaw affiliated. It is financed by a venture capital firm.

May 20, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

seeking fresh wasabi root - the whole root - in GTA

The plant thrives in full shade, at the gravelly edge of a pond. I bought one from www.richter.com and it was OK for two years, survived the winter, but died when I moved, hard to transplant.

May 16, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

Pre cooked northern salad shrimp from Canada. "Wild Canadian Cold Water Shrimp"
It was $13 for a large 2 lb bag.
They had a distinct off flavor, spoiled, and should not have been packed.
I made a serving for two with tomato sauce and rice, but we could not eat it. My 4 month old Rottweiler devoured the shrimp, but the rest will go back to Coscto, without a receipt.

May 13, 2014
jayt90 in Chains