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Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

There is actually a notable percentage of radiation in the US food supply. Most of it is strontium 90 in things like grains, beans, milk and meat. The amounts are small but they are fairly across the board in those foods. It IS a problem but the FDA doesn't want to deal with it since it is a difficult problem to resolve. So instead they tell people the "intervention level" where they will pull food off the market is a level of "safety" when it isn't. There are some imported foods that are way worse than others. Certain food products are still banned if they come from certain parts of Europe. Wild berries, wild boar and mushrooms are still consistently found to be significantly contaminated from Chernobyl. Food products from Japan that have been found on export to be contaminated included wild mushrooms, Japanese teas and some fish species.

The truth is that there have been no real cohort studies done on the total health risk from ongoing consumption of foods with lower levels of contamination.

about 7 hours ago
blackpointyboots in Chains

An Inconvenient Truth and environmentally friendly food choices

Or start a garden in your yard....

about 7 hours ago
blackpointyboots in General Topics

Biggest, most expensive bullshit at a fine dining restaurant.

Chicken wings, flank steak, brisket and short ribs all used to be super cheap. Once they become fad food the price skyrockets.

about 7 hours ago
blackpointyboots in Not About Food
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No kids allowed?

Where I live it is the opposite. It is the lower middle class or just low class but with a moderate amount of money who do this. We also now purposely avoid a long list of restaurants because the amount of misbehaving kids is almost assured your meal will include someone's child showing up at your table, running around the servers, staring at you from their booth or making a riot while the parents don't even try to control them.

That said, I was in a local restaurant this morning that is mostly a coffee, breakfast, lunch type place. There were a few children but they were well behaved.

Now if the powers that be would get all the unruly kids in the grocery store to behave...

about 7 hours ago
blackpointyboots in Not About Food

An Inconvenient Truth and environmentally friendly food choices

GMO and organic issues are a different scope that climate change. Part of the push against GMO is due to Monsanto's domination of food and see markets. Less diversity raises risks to the food supply. It also puts the food supply in the hands of a less than reputable company. The currently marketed GMO crops take significant amounts of herbicides in order to grow them. This is something many take issue with because those herbicides end up in the food supply and the environment. Roundup was declared a carcinogen by the WHO recently, though the problem has been known for decades. So there is a legitimate problem that is outside of climate change and larger than just the GMO designation of the seeds being used.

Organic and the lack of these same pesticides/herbicides has been a large reason for many to opt for them. Again, climate change is not the primary motivator. Organic foods can still have problems like radioactive contamination or heavy metals contamination due to where they are grown.

Eating less beef as others have mentioned is an approachable step. As does eating less meat in general.

Martin Yan new show on PBS. Vietnamese cooking

Yes, it is quite similar to how Ming Tsai did the Japanese cooking series.

Martin Yan new show on PBS. Vietnamese cooking

His bio as a chef and culinary scholar is pretty impressive. I have watched the show and his handling of the material is engaging and does a great job showcasing a variety of places and things. It is a better travel meets food meets culture show than the others on cable.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Yan

Costco short grain rice?

Don't feel bad. I still occasionally have head hunters from San Diego send me emails about jobs they are trying to fill. I have to admit those jobs are really tempting in January

Jul 28, 2015
blackpointyboots in Chains

Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

Groceries online can be found reasonably from lots of sources that do not include Walmart. Usually the cheapest place to get something like Kewpie for me is one of the Asian stores in town. It is a real mom and pop operation (as is the one down the street from them). Prices are almost always a bit cheaper than chain grocery stores if both carry said product. They are usually equal or slightly cheaper than Amazon.

Are you seriously suggesting people knowingly eat foods that are contaminated from Fukushima or Chernobyl?

Jul 28, 2015
blackpointyboots in Chains

Costco short grain rice?

Sorry, South Dakota. Not San Diego. :-) I sooo wish we had an H Mart

Jul 26, 2015
blackpointyboots in Chains

Johnsonville Brats--what's the big deal?

Johnsonville brats are not "good" brats. I would hate to have someone base their opinion of bratwurst on them. Usinger brats are pretty good and available through places like Costco and Sams Club. I have also made brats from scratch, those turned out incredible thanks to someone giving me a decent recipe. They were a ton of work. I ground all the pork and stuffed them using my kitchen aid mixer.

The local Costco was sampling Johnsonville brats around the 4th. The daughter asked me what smelled like patchouli. It was the brats they were cooking.

Soybean Oil Causes More Obesity Than Coconut Oil and Fructose

The problem may be that these processed oil and soybean derivative products are not healthy. Since they are in much of the processed and convenience food that takes up 75% of the typical grocery store shelf space that could be a real problem.

The amount of omega 6 you consume also probably varies by person as far as how problematic it is. I have a number of auto immune disorders and arthritis. One of the suggestions is to lower omega 6 consumption as it can contribute to inflammation. I cut down on foods with high omega 6 in them and it did make a noticeable change over a few weeks. Both corn and soybean are high in omega 6. Those two food commodities are used as filler in lots of the cheap prepared and convenience foods.

Costco short grain rice?

Ours doesn't have Lundberg or hasn't had it on the rotation where I have seen it. They seem to have two or three types of basmati that they rotate. Usually a brand of jasmine and this "blue ribbon" long grain white rice. They will usually have a couple of either rice mix or more obscure types in smaller bags.

Our store in SD doesn't seem to get all the Asian products other regions have but still has many things you wouldn't see in the chain groceries.

Jul 25, 2015
blackpointyboots in Chains

Costco short grain rice?

Is there a brand of rice that Costco sells that is short grain and something more along the lines of Nishiki short/medium grain rice? I stopped buying the typical US rice varieties after I tried this brand. There really is a massive flavor difference between breeds or strains of rice. Most generic white rice you get in the US tastes like cardboard by comparison.

I picked up a bag of Basmati at Costco a few months ago and it is quite good but the long grain type and flavor isn't exactly what you need for some dishes that really need a short or medium grain rice more like Japanese rice.

Nishiki went from $1.79 a bag to $5 a bag in the last year so I am trying to determine if any variety Costco sells might be of the right type or quality and a bit cheaper per pound.

Jul 24, 2015
blackpointyboots in Chains

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

Some condiments, it really depends on what it is. We can get a gigantic jar of Costco mayo for $5. That is worth just buying it. The price at the grocery store for mayo is obscene. We make our own ketchup. Heinz organic is extremely expensive. Sometimes $3.60 for a tiny squeeze bottle. I used to buy that because the current corn syrup varieties taste like vinegar and sugar. Corn syrup also seems to give me issues if I consume any significant amount. If it is a condiment we like, it is expensive and we use quite a bit I try to make it.

We also make most salad dressings. I keep small jars in the fridge for convenience.

I don't bake bread since Costco has a reasonable priced gluten free bread that is better than one I could make at home. I do bake most everything else.

The only pre-made foods we keep on hand are some chicken nuggets and GF pizzas since Costco has them about half the price of a grocery store. Those are in the freezer for food emergencies. IE: someone needs to eat NOW or is under the weather and not willing to cook.

Jul 24, 2015
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2015

Joeseph's Gourmet Pasta. Made half of the bag with a garlic butter sauce, the other half with a marinara. The garlic butter sauce was a superior option.

Jul 12, 2015
blackpointyboots in Chains

Do you bake your own cakes or cookies ?

I bake most things since we have a number of dietary restrictions. So buying them is either impossible or expensive.

The best thing I ate on the 4th was.....

Smoked pork roast. I am officially a fan of Costco's boneless Boston but roasts.

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2015

Found gluten free ravioli with chicken and kale filling in the frozen section. It was quite good. Costco location = S. Dakota

Jul 05, 2015
blackpointyboots in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2015

What Costco in MN has Kimchi and is it a regular thing? Ours in SD carries really limited selection due to whatever they consider our demographics to be.

Jul 04, 2015
blackpointyboots in Chains

Check out the label on that sour cream container!!

We can get Daisy in the midwest. It still doesn't have a list of funky additives and is the only sour cream we can find outside of some of the organic brands that isn't heavily adulterated.

I don't buy the organic sour cream or cottage cheese since they don't sell well and have frequently gone past their date at our local stores. I also rarely buy sour cream anymore. I substitute Fage Greek yogurt.

Sunday lunch near Mn Zoo (Apple Valley)

How are their pizzas?

Too much sugar in dessert recipes

I am the same way. Most desserts taste overloaded with sugar. For most baked goods I have been able to get away with leaving maybe 1/4 of the sugar out and if I like the recipe I tinker from there.

So far I have had decent results with cupcakes, brownies and puddings. I haven't tried it with layer cakes though.

I do wonder if recipes have evolved to use more sugar due to people being so used to excessive amounts of sugar and salt in their food? We drastically cut our processed food consumption about 10 years ago. There are many things I can't eat anymore because they taste over sweet/salty and otherwise bland.

Black bean noodle ramen? cold noodle salad?

Boogiebaby is correct, these are made with blackbeans, not black soybean.

Jun 30, 2015
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

Black bean noodle ramen? cold noodle salad?

I bought this huge box of black bean noodles on a whim at Costco. I made a pack of them with marinara and that turned out ok. The daughter has requested I do something with them again so I have been trying to figure out a good option. Was thinking either a ramen or a cold noodle salad but was a bit at a loss for what flavors to add in. IE: chicken or beef, what veggies, etc?

These noodles are pretty hearty and have a vague taste of black beans

Jun 29, 2015
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

Sunday lunch near Mn Zoo (Apple Valley)

We are heading back to civilization in August and going to try to do the MN Zoo on Sunday morning.

Looking for somewhere sort of nearby to grab lunch when we are done. Something casual or grab and go works. The only challenge is needing to be able to find a few things that are gluten free on the menu.

Local Blue Cheese

We can get both Maytag and AmaBlu down here in Sioux Falls. AmaBlu was comparable to Maytag IMHO.

Can't stand the heat: your ideas for preparing meals without adding heat to the kitchen

The crockpot, rice cooker, toaster oven and microwave certainly help lower the heat in the house. Our oven uses much more power and really heats up the house. If you have a semi sheltered spot on a deck those could be used outside. I also saw a gas powered camping oven that looks like a large toaster oven. The people that brought it were using it to cook full meals in their camp.

Jun 27, 2015
blackpointyboots in Home Cooking

Chemical additives lurking in fresh cuts of meat

This is the type of pork our local grocery chain began to carry. It is distinctly different from the pork they sold before. The plain pork tenderloin has the solution concoction listed in the nutrition information if you click on the photo of the unflavored pork loin.
http://hormel.com/Brands/AlwaysTender...

Yuk

Chemical additives lurking in fresh cuts of meat

I have a moderate allergy to the typical nitrates used for meat curing. I can tolerate the celery juice type ones in moderation. There was apparently some concern that the chemical type nitrates could cause cancer.

There are sources for uncured ham, deli type meats, hot dogs if you look around. Most I have found have been health food stores but some of the grocery chains carry them also.