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Best Budget Pricing on Organic Free Range Antibiotic Free Meat in GTA

I doubt if it is organic. It comes in a package labelled 'Ethnic' meat, but I don't have one in front of me. It is a special treat for my pet, about once a month. A Rottweiler does not have a particularly long life, but I want to make hers a happy one. I don't think Cumbrae's would be organic, but well raised.

Best Budget Pricing on Organic Free Range Antibiotic Free Meat in GTA

I can get offal for my dog at RCSS now. It is fresh, but shrink wrapped, and about $3.51/kg. I like to slice the kidneys and cook with rice. Billie goes nuts over this.

Thomas Keller's favorite roast chicken question

The larger birds will usually be tender and juicy if cooked at 450 F but not overcooked, so a temperature probe near the bone will help. It might take 80 - 90 minutes to reach 165 F.

The larger chickens are bred for fast growth, little exercise, and tender meat. There has been selective breeding, not hormones or GMO, to accomplish this, over many generations of chicks.

Jan 18, 2015
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Going to Jacobs and Co tomorrow - Learn Me On Steak!

60 day might be too funky for a teen.

Jan 18, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Kitchen steals and deals for Ontario

My Anova 800 watt arrived from Texas in early December (Kickstarter, paid in May, $176 delivered). I have used it for Rachel's corned beef, a pork tenderloin, a chicken breast, and fish fillets. They have all been successful, warm and succulent, and I will continue to use it for short term projects like fish, thick steaks,or chicken parts.

That is, if it continues to work!!!

It has developed a housing crack and warping near the motor. This section has never been exposed to water, or stressed.

I am going to photograph it and contact the manufacturer, but I think I am SOL because of shipping and border fees.

I would recommend buying from Amazon, with a good return warranty, preferably in Canada.

Jan 16, 2015
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Where to buy wild or healthy shrimp year-round in Toronto?

That's even worse than I imagined! Appalling.

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

Baldwin Street hot dogs, where can I find them?

Try Nathan's from Sobeys. Not perfect but fine if you score them to release some fat.

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

Where to buy wild or healthy shrimp year-round in Toronto?

The pre-cooked salad shrimp can come from Newfoundland or Thailand, so you have to read the package carefully. Sobey's and Costco are more likely to have the Canadian product. FWIW I have heard that some of the workers on Thai boats are actually slave laborers held captive at sea.
I can't confirm this,but maybe someone else knows for sure.

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

Turkey Breast- Is it safe?

It should be fine. The brine is extra insurance. And, turkey does not have a high level of salmonella unlike chicken. If it smells clean, use it.

Dec 27, 2014
jayt90 in General Topics

Duck Fat!

Pan fry some potato chips, cut very thinly. It takes about 10 minutes, around 300 F. They will be better than any luxury bag of chips.

Dec 27, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

cooked fish smells bad - is it ok?

There may be some contamination (entrails, processing, or cooking), which can spread after 24 hours. It probably won't happen again, but for a baby you should buy impeccably fresh fish, or high end IQF, and steam or poach.

Dec 27, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Navy Bean Soup Failure. What happened?

Finish them in a pressure cooker for 1 hour, or by slow simmering for 4 to 5 hours.

Dec 27, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Forgot about chicken in brine for four days???

OP's brine ratio is 3%, which is fine for 24 - 36 hours.
I think we will just have to wait for the results, given the disparity of opinions here.

Dec 14, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Forgot about chicken in brine for four days???

Pastured chickens are rare indeed. And tough. I raised a dozen cochons last year and kept the frozen birds for soup stock and pet food. Most organic free range chickens are much younger, and get very little exercise.

Dec 14, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Forgot about chicken in brine for four days???

I would cook it, without fear. The salt will protect it from salmonella, for at least a week at 40 F or less. It should be well rinsed and patted dry to remove excess salt. Use your nose as a guide. A slight poultry smell is normal, but bacterial growth will have a dominant smell.

Dec 14, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Cod are bottom feeders.

Know your fish, don't blame the vendor. These worms are harmless, and are killed at 130 F. They will drop off into the pan or medium.

Dec 14, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Looking for dried red beans, ideally Camellia brand

Is there something different about Camellia's red beans? Their website shows the package, labelled red kidney beans, which are widely available under many brand names, such as PC Blue Label, or Thompson's.

Dec 10, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Navy Bean Soup Failure. What happened?

Yes!

A pressure cooker will bring them around. At my altitude, < 1000', I use one half the recommended time on the bean package. You may need more.

Dec 07, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

The Costco Thread - new products, old favourites, interesting items

You are second guessing the buyers, who have a lot more information available, and budgets to meet. I suspect availability and low price are most important. Evoo is usually in good supply after the fall harvest, so there is some hope that a company will process garlic roasted oil over the winter, in limited supply. If Costco can't get a deal on it, you could try Arz or Pusateri, but bring lots of cash.

Dec 04, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cooking for diabetic...specialty (low-carb) ingredients in Toronto?

The carbs that will remain acceptable should be whole grain, and high fiber. The white nutrition label will be your best friend, to keep calories low, carbs low, protein high, and fiber high. I adhere to the serving amounts on the white label, and have a variety at each meal, no serving very large.

I have recently discovered Finn Crisp biscuits: whole grain rye with low calories and high fiber, better than Ryvita or Melba toast, or virtually any bread, tortilla, or wrap.

Bob's Red Mill steel cut oats, or PC Blue Label steel cut oats are also among the few carbs with high fiber and fairly low calories. I have oatmeal for breakfast with whole milk, 1 teaspoon butter, and 3 prunes; very tasty, without sugar, and long lasting.

The only noodles that will be acceptable are probably soba, with a high buckwheat content. I think you have to get them at Sanka (?) or Japanese Paper store.

My nutritionist recommends converted rice. Uncle Ben's is the preferred variety, and I like it better than brown rice. There is a whole short grain rice, Sukoyaka Genmai, in the Asian stores, which is tasty, almost as good as sushi rice.

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

Yearning for Yellow Corn

Green Giant Niblets has canned yellow corn, and may freeze some too. They still pay farmers a premium for delivering within four hours, and they finish processing same day.

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

Red Fife

If you bake your own, make egg pasta,or use a bread machine, the flour is available at Bulk Barn, or Grain Process Enterprises (Scarboro), or Arva flourmill (London).

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

Why are wine stores in grocery stores closing?

The wine companies, like Vincor, will retain the right to re-open at another location. (At one time, under the Peterson regime, Ontario wine stores paid 0% tax to Ontario treasury; I don't know if that still exists.)

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

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

It is not Scottish! As a frugal Scot I have to admit the Irish do some things well, so I will look for this.

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

Not a fan of Burger Priest or Holy Chuck? Wanted to be but....

The style of burger I won't buy anymore has hydrolyzed soy protein added, which makes it firm and spongy. Some offenders are Harvey's, Johnny's and other fast food places. I don't think this is meat loaf or fresh style, but it is prevalent. I call it Sysco style.

Heart healthy eating

I have been consulting a hospital dietitian for 6 months to avoid becoming pre-diabetic, and to lose weight slowly. So far it is working. I have eliminated all sugar, and kept carbohydrates low and fibrous. I can have anything else, in moderation. I go by the nutrition guide on the labels, especially for the portion size. Those portions are very small, but if I balance out a full meal with a protein, vegetable, and small dessert, my hunger is sated. I am allowed a small snack between meals, so I am getting regular input 6 times per day, and rarely hungry. The important thing is to follow the nutrition label serving sizes, and cut way back on sweets, sugar, and refined carbohydrates.

The thinking on fats seems to be very broad and liberal now (they are cell builders) as long as the processed trans fats are very low. Salt amounts per day have increased slightly, and blood pressure tolerance for adults has increased to 135/80. This seems to work for me.

Nov 21, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Goldin's Smoked Meat no longer available

I'm not surprised. A cottage industry made in a garage by an actor. Priced at $30/kg when the raw brisket was $7/kg, and his product was hard to get. You had to arrange by phone when it would be convenient for Goldin to let you pick it up at his location. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that all health bylaws were not consistently met.

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

Cooking for One: A Widow's Challenge

I cook for myself, and share with a polite, appreciative 9 month old Rottweiler mix Chowhound.

Billie is very good about taking the tough fatty edge of a strip loin steak, a fish head, or a chicken neck/tail.
My casseroles or one pot dinners will usually last two days, then I am tired of them, and give the remnants to her.

I may get flamed by dog 'experts', but I have cut my dog food bills in half, and garbage or composting is way down.
We both look forward to dinner every night, and all things considered, my situation could be much worse.

Nov 16, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Local (Ontario or Canada) walnuts, chestnuts and other Christmas baking ingredients

The lowest price and freshest will be those you can forage: indigenous Ontario black walnuts. If you spot a tree in your neighborhood, it is usually easy to get permission to pick up the nuts. There is one caveat. Native walnuts are much harder to crack than English or Persian walnuts, so you will need a screw type nutcracker, but the results will be worth the effort.

Where to find truly Spanish ( not "Latin") groceries in Toronto

The Costco spice aisle has good quality tubes of saffron for $15. The quality- price- ratio is hard to beat on these shores. They also have roasted peppers and preserved artichokes in a jar, both with a following.

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