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Kroger's response to my letter re: plumping meat:

I mentioned this discussion last night to my husband... he attended a bbq seminar a few years ago and took a brining class with a butcher. The butcher pointed out that by injecting just a few cents worth of salt and water brine solution, you can increase the weight of the meat by x factor (a number DH mentioned and I promptly forgot). I think that's the REAL reason they brine supermarket meats... add the "flavor enhancing" solution, make the meat heavier, charge the consumer more $$$.

I've stopped buying some brands of pork because of the added brine, and when we're looking for meat for the bbq, DH is always making sure it doesn't have added brines. If we're cook brined meat, we'll do it ourselves.

Apr 17, 2015
jujuthomas in Chains
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Jakes Wayback Burgers [moved from New Jersey]

Just had my first burger at Jake's over the weekend. the flavor was good, but the guy doing the grilling chopped the burger as it was cooking so it fell off the bun as I was eating! Anyone know if this is their usual practice or if it was just a one-off? if this is standard I'm not going back because it was just a mess.

Apr 16, 2015
jujuthomas in Chains

My Aldi experience!

I've been in Aldi a couple times when visiting my family in upstate NY, and have had good experiences with what was purchased. My sister, who has 4 teen/pre-teen kids and runs a day care from home does about half her shopping at Aldi and has cut her grocery bill in half. We have an Aldi near our home, but it isn't convenient to where I usually shop so I haven't been in.

Apr 16, 2015
jujuthomas in Chains

Kroger's response to my letter re: plumping meat:

Well, apparently we aren't cooking with "science". ;)
IMHO, if you know how to cook it properly, meat doesn't need brining.

We've brined a turkey on occasion, when it's going on the smoker.

Apr 16, 2015
jujuthomas in Chains
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Triscuits flavors...any good?

I was never a fan of triscuits, but I am totally addicted to the Rosemary and Olive Oil ones!

Apr 14, 2015
jujuthomas in General Topics

The Revival Of Lamb Ham: A Colonial Tradition Renewed

At the end of the article it tells you how to make your own "city" lamb ham. I'm intrigued!! I'm hoping DH and I find a weekend where we can try this.

The Revival Of Lamb Ham: A Colonial Tradition Renewed

fascinating! thanks for sharing!

Apr 04, 2015
jujuthomas in Food Media & News

Anyone else have an odd craving for bananas today? Just curious.

i ate 13 bananas yesterday because my stomach hurt, and now it's worse! what should I do????

Apr 02, 2015
jujuthomas in General Topics

Barbecue in the (western) 'burbs?

Second on the Lucky Well in Ambler. good, most everything is pretty sweet, pricey, unique cocktails.
Last time we went to Phamous Phils we had "meh" bbq and got a long winded earful from Phil himself about what a pain in the a** their appearance on food tv was.

Mar 30, 2015
jujuthomas in Philadelphia
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favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

Thanks! I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

Mar 27, 2015
jujuthomas in General Topics

Best places to eat in St. Lucia

Castries is the Lucian capital. Many cruise ships use the harbor there, but they also use the harbor near Soufrier at the other end of the island.

The St James club is in a great location, just south of the resort where we stay. you'll be north of Castries and south of Rodney Bay and Gros Islet.

Best places to eat in St. Lucia

There's not a whole lot right near Marigot Bay, IIRC, I have heard that the Rainforest Hideaway is amazing but we've never been. There are lots of options if you head north to the Castries area.

Please see these threads:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/993910
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1006862
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918788

the first one is pretty recent.

favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

I wish Panera would bottle the herb dressing they use on their cobb salad. it's delicious!

I found a clone recipe, but i don't eat enough salad to make dressing i have to eat within 3 days.

Mar 25, 2015
jujuthomas in General Topics

Anyone know why soy yogurt is disappearing?

well, darn! thanks for the update

Mar 25, 2015
jujuthomas in General Topics

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

We've been in PA 10 years now. IIRC the bollards (thanks for the new word!) were gone a few years before we left. But I also switched to Safeway at some point there, so maybe not. :)

Mar 21, 2015
jujuthomas in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

When we first lived in northern VA the Giant chain made it very difficult to remove your cart from the front of the store, using barrier poles spaced closely together. It created quite a backup of cars parked out front while people loaded. I imagine it stopped about the time the Americans with Disabilities Act went through because there was little chance of getting a wheelchair between those barriers.

Mar 20, 2015
jujuthomas in Not About Food

Just got braces and EVERYTHING hurts, need ideas for softer foods...

as long as he's diligent with his brushing he shouldn't have an issue with cavities. I found a water pik very helpful for those tough spots, since it's really difficult and time consuming to floss!

I do have a couple stains from the glue used when i was a teenager, but nothing I've noticed from this time around.

Mar 20, 2015
jujuthomas in General Topics

Let's talk about Penzey's:

Well those stackable drawers might be JUST what we've been looking for! I see a trip to BB&B to check them out in the near future. :)

Mar 10, 2015
jujuthomas in Chains
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Touring St. Lucia with its Top Chef

I loved watching Nina on Top Chef, and really enjoyed reading about her favorite places on St. Lucia. Some of these places we've visited and some are or have been on our list of must-try places!

Tamarindos is open for business!

yeah, that big for rent sign and the fact that they're closed on Mondays threw me for a loop. :)

Mar 05, 2015
jujuthomas in Philadelphia

Cooler of beer as checked baggage

Wonder where she heard that? In all the years traveling with bottles of rum/hot sauce/beer etc in our checked bags, we've only ever had one bottle of beer leak, and that was from a popped top. thankfully we'd wrapped the bottles in plastic bags before packing so the mess was minimized.

Mar 05, 2015
jujuthomas in Not About Food

Hell's Kitchen starts again tonight-does anyone care?

we recorded the episode but i'm not sure we'll watch it... we agreed we're pretty tired of the routine.

Mar 05, 2015
jujuthomas in Food Media & News

what to do with lemon butter?

I've never used American lemon curd either. apparently I've been deprived! ;)

Mar 03, 2015
jujuthomas in General Topics

what to do with lemon butter?

It's sweet. sorry. should have mentioned that. :)

Mar 03, 2015
jujuthomas in General Topics

what to do with lemon butter?

i have a jar of what my Australian friend calls lemon butter and I'm looking for suggestions how to use it!

Mar 02, 2015
jujuthomas in General Topics

St. Lucia special dinner

Did you have your trip yet? I'd love to hear where you went. :)

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

this is a very timely thread for me, we've been using one of the "eco friendly" detergents... I think the Palmolive one and our dishes are not getting very clean. I just added the finish quantum to my grocery list.

Feb 26, 2015
jujuthomas in Cookware
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5 Times to Say "No Thank You" and 3 Things to Do When You Hear It — How to Be a Grownup

I'm a "No thank you" repeater, but I'll sometimes switch it up with an emphatic "i don't care for any thank you"... no one needs to hear about my food issues. :)

Feb 23, 2015
jujuthomas in Not About Food

Grubhub.com

Where I live there are very few restaurants that deliver, so a service like grubhub would be very welcome! Also I have a couple food allergies, nothing terribly serious, but I like online ordering so I can specify "no mushrooms" without misunderstandings.

Unfortunately, the 6 (?) restaurants that are involved with grubhub in my area are not places I think have good food... I'll keep hoping!

Feb 23, 2015
jujuthomas in Food Media & News

When the vibe of the place just doesn't feel right

Last year in OC, MD we walked into a restaurant that smelled... bad. can't say what the smell was but the four of us were all put off. we looked a moment at the menu, then left. wandered into another place down the road that has become one of our favorites!

Jan 25, 2015
jujuthomas in Not About Food