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The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

From Nevy, "Stirling Salted Butter - $3.49, 1 lb block. I have never seen this brand be this low. Yes, it's salted butter... but it's so much better than anything else on the mass market (Sealtest...).."

Fans of Stirling butter can find it at Giant Tiger this week for $3.79/lb. It is salted, and regular , not high bf, but it has a higher Vitamin A content than other butters, and rich flavor.

about 11 hours ago
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Question about Rowe Farms

The Costco meat cutters get $25/hour plus benefits, and no union dues, just a democratic employee agreement. Yearly bonus approximately $5000. The meat manager, usually a butcher, gets more.

Apr 09, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Question about Rowe Farms

A venture capital company is part of the deal behind Rowe Farms.

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

Flap steak at Asian market

Choice = USDA grade. Is it preferable to Canadian beef, such as Canada AAA ?

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

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Have you monitored your refrigerator temperature, and adjusted? Mine is registering 35 F with a Thermapen inserted in the milk, and I've had no problem with perishables.

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

Changes at the Chowfind of the Century - Bistrot92 -Dufferin Eglinton

The restaurant is a shrill 10 minute bus ride from the Dufferin subway station.

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

George on Queen. Allow me to vent.

Well, what about "cailbre and international reputation" as reviewed more than a decade ago?
Are there no replacements, or up and coming places?
Have Toronto restaurants been reviewed and bypassed by Michelin in the last decade?
Frankly, it looks like we are not very close.

Apr 03, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: Unhomogenized 2% Milk

Unhomogenized milk from Organic Meadows is 3.8% bf, but the cream will rise to the top and can be poured off for coffee or desserts. The remaining milk will be 2% or slightly less.
http://organicmeadow.com/our_products...

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

What goes with olives?

I add them to a daube, and salad Nicoise.

Mar 28, 2014
jayt90 in General Topics

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

I understand that the meat and bakery departments no longer hire butchers or bakers, but instead a lower job classification such as cake decorator or meat cutter at a lower hourly rate. The only baker there might be the manager. I believe Loblaw and other large retailers follow the same practice.

Mar 28, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

does duck confit have to be completely covered with fat?

I top up with Tenderflake lard, which is meant for pastry and has no piggy flavor and is not hydrogenated. This is a Canadian product, but similar non-hydrogenated pastry lard should be available in other markets, just check the label. It has a similar congealing temperature to most animal fats, so it blends well.

Mar 27, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Flat bottomed carbon steel wok.

I picked up one at London North for $34.97.
For stir frying, I'll try extreme heat and a bit of grapeseed oil, but for ordinary fries I think I'll get by with a spray of PAM.

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

Best price on Parmesan in West end?

The price shows what can happen when a controlled dairy market is freed.

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

Panibois Wooden Baking Mold

There are serious bakers, some in Ontario, on www.egullet.com

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

Panibois Wooden Baking Mold

If you have a small parcel sent via USPS it is rarely flagged at customs, and simply transferred to Canada Post for delivery.

You could also try posting on the Montreal/Quebec board, as the importers there have connections in France.

Mar 24, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cake flour (NOT "cake & pastry" flour) in the GTA!

Arva Flourmilss has pastry flour, and free shipping if you order 40 kg. http://www.arvaflourmill.com/store/pr...

Grain Process Enterprises in Scarboro may have what you want. Their flours are available at the warehouse or Bulk Barn.

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

Flat bottomed carbon steel wok.

This was a tip from Nevy in the Costco thread.

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

Flat bottomed carbon steel wok.

The stainless steel wok with steam tray and lid at Costco has been reduced to $39.97
It is similar to this, http://www.costco.ca/Paderno-32-cm-(1...
with a layered base. In store only.

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

Pork Barn Standards Raised in Canada

Canadian standards for raising pigs have changed this year.

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/03/21/pig...

The pigs will have group pens, not individual stalls.
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New facilities built this year must comply, but older barns have a 10 year grace period.

This brings Canadian hog barn practices up to European standards.

Mar 22, 2014
jayt90 in Food Media & News

Rachel's Corned Beef Brisket

Yes, a probe even with a narrow Thermapen, will break the seal, and the steaming effect will be over. However, even if water gets in, it is probably OK. The bag liquid is a throwaway because of salt content.

Another method is to rub the meat with East European spices, wrap the brisket in foil and slow roast for 2-4 hours, checking with a probe near the end.

It's too bad there is no info about Rachel on the website. Maybe the admen invented her.

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

Rachel's Corned Beef Brisket

There is a major error in Rachel's directions.
She recommends simmering 2-3 hours or until the internal
temperature reaches 161 F.
This is too low for brisket, which needs to go up to 190 F to break down collagen,
That might take 4 hours depending on the size of the cut or the individual animal.
I would boil in bag next time, to 185 F, let it rest 12 minutes, then slice thinly against the grain. Should be perfect.

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

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Relax. There is a replacement product, Mini Wontons with chicken. It is a coupon feature this week, so I only paid $9 for 2 lb. They were excellent slowly pan fried, about 15 minutes.

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

carbon steel pans

OP is looking for carbon steel pans. These do not fit.

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

Pig knuckles????.......

T&T is a Taiwanese group of stores, part of the Loblaw group. It's an easy Google.

Mar 03, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's for Dinner #279- The Neverending Story Edition! [through Mar 3, 2014]

I'm giving up satellite TV to go strictly internet March 12, so to ween myself I refused the Oscars last night, and stayed with Netflix.
I needed comfort food for this, so I made a quick faux cassoulet.
Navy beans in the pressure cooker, to which I added herbs, California garlic, stock, smoked picnic shoulder, Octoberfest sausage, and a turkey leg confit, from the fruit cellar.

That worked!

Mar 03, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking
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Do you remember what the first dish you prepared from a recipe was?

My first recipe was from a Chef Boy-R-Dee box of pizza mix. It was just OK, with inferior sauce and cheese, so I knew even as a teenager, that I could do better.

I came home from college one weekend, and had a wonderful paperback, French Country Cooking, by Elizabeth David.
I prepared a sole souffle recipe, and it was good, everyone liked it.
So that was really the beginning of a foodie hobby.

Mar 03, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Flat bottomed carbon steel wok.

3477 Kennedy is close to PacMall, and worth a visit. They have a lot of carbon steel pans and woks. They give a substantial discount for cash.

In PacMall, look for CCK at the north end. It's the only place I found hammered woks. They are famous for cleavers and have a cult following, as the only official outlet for the HK factory.

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

carbon steel pans

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

Flat bottomed carbon steel wok.

A previous thread, if you search http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7741...

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

What's for Dinner #279- The Neverending Story Edition! [through Mar 3, 2014]

Petit Charcutier smoked picnic shoulder

Feb 27, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking
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