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Looking for san marzano in Toronto/ markham

San Marzano tomatoes (the variety) can be grown in Ontario although 2014 was not a good year. They do far better in Italy near Mt. Vesuvius, for the soil and sunlight, so the canned San Marzano at Costco may be better.

Cumbrae vs Whitehouse Meats

Simple answer. There is no boss around after 5 PM.
No one to really care about customer service. Too bad to see Cumbrae go this way after all those fine videos from Stephan Alexander.

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

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Capital One has been junk mailing me for years. Hardly a class act. I'll be looking over all the card rewards before I transfer to them.

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

Basil

My basil has been slow this year, so I will take in 6 plants in large pots and place them under two 40 watt tubes, just 6" away , and grow under lights 24 hrs/day until I get a crop. The plants will stay alive after harvesting, and can be put outside in May for an early crop.

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

Basil

The greengrocer in Pickering, across from T. Phat (the old Knob Hill location) usually sells large basil plants, with roots, late in the season for around $3.
I have not been there this year, so YMMV.

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

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

The La Marzano tomato sauce (labelled Arrabbiata, 2 glass jars, 680 ml each for $5) is being cleared and I'm stocking up for the winter. It is chunky, richly flavored, and peppery with a slightly warm aftertaste. It is a premium sauce with lots of olive oil and red peppers. It is great on crackers with a veg. or a protein, and should be fine in most pasta preparations.

Sep 13, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Green Egg

Yes, you can set up the firebox with a grilling grate and the domed lid (by setting aside the water pan and the oven cylinder).
This will leave a small 19" grill or a 22.5" depending on the model. The grill is very close to the coals, so an offset fire should be used, to move food to a cooler area as required.
If you are roasting rather than grilling, leave it set up as a smoker, and put your roast or pizza on the top grill, under the lid, when your temperature is reached.
The set up takes only a minute or two, no tools required.
There are no shelf accessories for WSM. It is designed as a portable, modular unit and is often used in weekend competitions.
Weber also has a charcoal grill with shelves and a gas starter,
but it is not a smoker, just grill or roast.

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

ISO - (pink) curing salt

As the photo shows, it is pure and has to be mixed down with salt , sugar and spice.
The last time I bought saltpetre KNO3 it was $15 per pound , and so this price is competitive.

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

Green Egg

The Egg and its clones are too rich for me, and many other backyard hounds.

I use a Weber Smoky Mountain (19") and a Weber chimney, to do most of the things an Egg will do (grilling, smoking, roasting and pizza.)
The outlay is about $350, and it's both portable and modular.

On a grad student budget, I would use Lowe's WSM clone; for $80 it is remarkably good, but not as well built as the WSM.

I use the chimney for searing. When it is half full of glowing mesquite charcoal, the temperature is astounding, and a steak or fish will sear in two or three flips, before finishing in the WSM set up as a covered roaster.

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)