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49th parallel or phil and sebastian

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

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It's possible some sweeteners have been replaced by Pure Via Stevia packets.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

Jun 29, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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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.

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

Best food finds at Costco? [old]

Could be seasonal; no more available until next summer's crop is in. It is difficult for small companies to be able to provide a year long supply to 700 warehouses.

May 05, 2014
jayt90 in Chains

Where is Toronto's $5 plate of good food?

Ho Ho BBQ in Scarboro (Midland and Finch) has a take out plate of roast pork, rice, vegetables and a sauce in the $5 range. They also have roast chicken, cuttlefish, and roast duck for a bit extra. They were featured in Gourmet magazine: .http://www.yelp.ca/biz/ho-ho-bbq-scar...

If you are really slumming for cheap food well cooked, try Chicken 'N Joy on Tuesday; for $3 you get two pieces of fried chicken and fries. Add gravy and fresh biscuits, and you have reached $5.

There is one at K.R. and Morningside; also Whites Rd. and K.R.

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

Pizza steel

There is stainless steel griddle or pizza steel in the BBQ section at Costco. It is around $40.

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

where to buy lentilles du puys

Highland Farms had the Nupak 1 kg package; very fine quality and about $3.
Here is Nupak's distributor; maybe they can help. http://www.shahtrading.com/item.php?l...

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

Question about Rowe Farms

Cornish - X is a supergrowth breed used universally, even by organic farmers. They are medium sized in 8 weeks, and roaster sized in 10 -12 weeks. They hang out at the feed trough, and do not forage like the all purpose or egg layers. If your chicken meat is large, generous, and tender, it is likely Cornish- X.

I grew 10 Cochins and 2 Easter Eggers last year, from chick to 10 month slaughter. Very tough meat and skin, requiring long cooking. I prefer the supergrowth birds, and I can get organic ones at Costco.

Please let us know about your purchases, and whether GTA residents can participate. A farmer friend of mine at www.beefconnections.ca raises Herefords and Shorthorns on pasture, and finishes on grains (no corn) for a month.

I don't know the protocol for posting emails here, but the website above seems to get by.

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

Question about Rowe Farms

Vil, you may be getting incomplete information from your source, and you are doing no favors to this public forum by not being more open about it.

Chickens on free range are generally fed as much grain as they want, in addition to foraging. Ask about that. If the chickens are tender and well flavored, they are the same fast growing breed , Cornish - X, used everywhere. If your chickens live on foraging for more than 2 months they will be tough. I know, this occurred with my cochins.

Cattle raised on grass are often finished on grain for 2 - 3 months, otherwise there is no profit in them, and the farmers want to avoid complaints about tough meat from city folk.

If you can get more information on the animal husbandry, or a website, that would be useful to us.

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

ISO Heirloom Dried Beans or Rancho Gordo Beans in Toronto

It's an old habit, the way I learned to make cassoulet, assembling the parts for a final bake.

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

ISO Heirloom Dried Beans or Rancho Gordo Beans in Toronto

My bean dishes generally have herbs, garlic, sausage, and leftover lamb or ham added in at the end of cooking. I think these PC beans are fail safe but can't guarantee.

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

Best Fries ?

Buster Rhino, in Whitby and Oshawa.

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

ISO Heirloom Dried Beans or Rancho Gordo Beans in Toronto

Great Northern white beans are a heritage variety I really like. Creamy and smooth with thin skins.
There is no need to import these as they are grown in Ontario.
I get 900 grams for $2.50 from Loblaw's PC Blue Label brand.

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

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.

Apr 15, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)