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Bacon is so cheap, even veggie burgers get two strips

It's not a 'hypocrite burger', some of us just don't really like beef, and turkey burgers are almost always hockey pucks...

NYC Street Vendor Selling $30 Hot Dogs?

There's one born every minute...

May 20, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

Barbecuing - Does ANYONE Think Of Food Safety When Grilling?

That's because the chicken was overcooked, not underdone... cook it long enough and the juices come right out of the bone - but by then the flesh is shoe leather.

May 20, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Barbecuing - Does ANYONE Think Of Food Safety When Grilling?

Now THAT you do NOT EVER EVER DO! Boil the darned marinade if you want to use it as a sauce... ugh. But I don't worry about the tongs/lifter - I figure they get more than adequately sterilised by the heat off the grill or stove...

May 20, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Cheesecake with very little cream cheese?

Do you have any lemon? If so, then you can use one pack of cream cheese, one can of condensed milk, and lemon juice to make a refrigerator cheesecake on a crumb crust in a pie pan... it won't be very thick, but it tastes delicious.

trader joe's boxed soups-twist off top changed

I threw a carton out because it was 'open' when I turned the lid and I'd never seen anything like it before... when I went back to Trader Joes and told them, they gave me a fresh one... and if you look closely the fine print on the lid says SELF-OPENING! But it really is tiny writing so it's not surprising it takes people by surprise the first time.

May 18, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

What is sour yogurt?

I assume they mean PLAIN yoghurt without fruit, flavourings, or sweetener. No thanks! If you're going to substitute commercial yoghurt, just be aware of the high amount of sugar they tend to contain, and look for the ones with the least. Some of the low-fat Greek Yoghurts have carb counts in the single digits and the extra protein helps satisfy your appetite.

May 18, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Foods to pack for long day & night at hospital

I'd just take a bag of 'nibbly' protein-containing snacks to eat when you get hungry - trail mix (Trader Joes has cute little individual bags in 10 packs), protein bars, some beef sticks if you eat them, hard candy to suck, etc. It's only one day and night and you're going to be spending most of it sitting in waiting rooms... (don't forget to take plenty of entertainment for yourself too.) We went to Aldis the other day and they had shelf-stable snack packs with little cans of hummus in them as well as the regular tuna and chicken salads. I bought six cans of hummus for our emergency/travel stash...

May 18, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

We tried a few new items last week - Frozen Belgian waffles. Yum! But they're so thick they toast in thirty seconds flat and they were cold before I finished scrambling the eggs... scramble the eggs first and THEN put the waffles in the toaster.
- English crumpets. Yum! I haven't had a crumpet since I left Australia a decade ago... I put these into the freezer to eat as treats. But you need to freeze them individually - they stuck together so I can't eat them one at a time.
- and we finally bought one of the one kg bars of dark chocolate. Tastes just like the bitersweet chocolate I used to buy in Australia to use for baking, and I put some of it into a sour cream chocolate cake... Yum.

May 10, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

Wrapping bananas tightly would destroy them in days! They release so much gas as they ripen that they'd be overripe before you got them home. The only place I've ever seen bananas bagged is at BJs where they sell them in three pound ziplocks with lots of airholes punched in them. Our TJs sells bananas individually and I'll often find a nice ripe one to eat on the way home since they don't sell a lot of 'snack' food that's not in bulk bags.

May 10, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

I'll have to look for it... I don't like coconut 'flour' it soaks up too much liquid because it's ground so fine... I was surprised to see unsweetened coconut at Big Lots the other day - they had a whole endcap of Bob's Red Mill... not exactly cheap, but it was there.

May 10, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

Identify type of lemon at Trader Joe's

These are definitely lemons, just very small roundish one... I bought a bag the other day. At less than $2 a bag, I wasn't going to go past them!

May 10, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Why Diet Pepsi's Recipe Change Makes No Sense

A lot of people don't like the taste of aspartame and prefer splenda... it's not better or worse, it just tastes different.

May 02, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

I've bought frozen mushrooms at TJs... they were very good for our breakfast omelettes but a little on the expensive side.

May 02, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

Dessicated (UNSWEETENED) coconut. It's a staple in my lower-carb baking because it adds flavour and texture and helps sub for flour, but I have to make a special trip to Whole Foods to buy it.

May 02, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

Is it ok to eat many eggs?

Too much of anything isn't particularly good for you... humans are built to be omnivores and to eat a varied diet, not JUST one thing. The way any kind of 'eat only this' diet really works is that after a few days you're so sick of the item (be it eggs, bananas, vegetable soup etc.) that you just don't want to eat any more so your calorie consumption is dropped. I've heard of an 'egg fast' recently but it just sounds silly to me. Eggs are great protein and very good for you, but man cannot live by eggs alone...

May 02, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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how much red wine i should drink every night?

Do you even like red wine? If not, there's no point in forcing yourself to drink the stuff... if you do, then a standard sized wine glass or two is fine. More than that is overkill... personally, I loathe red wine, so I don't care if it's the secret of eternal youth, I'm not interested.

Apr 29, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Anyone thought about selling their homemade dishes or pastry? Does it need any license?

What do you want to sell? The cottage food laws let you sell cakes, cookies, jellies etc made in your own kitchen, but they forbid the making/sale of anything that requires refrigeration or is temperature sensitive and the rules have some really peculiar and illogically arbitary standards (eg. fruit jams are okay, but vegetable preserves are generally forbidden because they might be contaminated. You need a license to sell ketchup or chutney, but not strawberry jam.) And hot foods are forbidden too, unless you have a license and a registered kitchen to make them in.

Apr 24, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Tips and tricks for new basement freezer!

I got a great tip when we bought a chest freezer - use the reusable grocery bags to sort everything... it saves you from having to dig around for mystery meat. Obviously it won't work with shelves, but it's easier to keep them sorted. Use one shelf for each type of food and keep the older stuff at the front.

Apr 23, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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When was the last time you had a REAL hot dog?

Never. I hate hotdog skins and I'm perfectly happy with a good skinless dog (the organic ones from Trader Joes are delicious)... I haven't had a dog-with-skin since I was about 12, when we started to be able to get good skinless franks at our local deli.

Apr 23, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Cleanup advice / solution: Barbecue / BBQ

If the fat is solid, scoop it out and put it in the trash... then you can pour the remaining liquid down the sink. Otherwise get a couple of big bags and double or triple bag the whole mess to prevent leakage in your trash can.

Apr 19, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Kind bars & nutrition

It's that coconut that's going to kill you...

The FDA needs to quit wasting everyone's time~! When they label doritos and french fries as 'healthy' THEN they can do something about it...

Apr 19, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News
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Uses for about to spoil milk?

French toast, bread pudding, or pancakes are all good ways to use up a bunch of milk... and you can freeze the pancakes for a quick breakfast.

Apr 19, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Do you love the concept of organic peanut butter but just hate the mess?

I don't like sugar IN my peanut butter (which is why I hate the homogenised, sweetened stuff)... I just mix it up then put the jar in the fridge so it can't separate again. If it gets too hard towards the bottom of the jar, I take it out and let it soften then remix.

Apr 18, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

What is considered unsweetened peanut butter.

Umm... read the ingredients list? Not all 'natural' or 'organic' peanut butters are unsweetened, they might have cane sugar in them. You need to look for one with the oil on top of the jar - the ingredients are just peanuts and salt, nothing extra... (you can even find it without salt if you want, but I don't like that).

Apr 17, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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lasagne vs ziti

If it's for a group, ziti is much easier to serve - it doesn't need to be sliced and lifted out of the pan it can be dished with a spoon. Otherwise there isn't much difference... oh, and ziti doesn't have white or cheese sauces in it, just cheese. Personally I don't go to the hassle of making lasagna, my preference is for ziti because it's easier... so ask the host what they would like.

Apr 14, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

My Aldi experience!

Just guessing it's part of the 'keep things simple' mentality... no excessively flashy packaging or five million brands to choose from, just basic food with (generally) one variety of each. And the prices are low so it helps with frugality/living simply.

Apr 14, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

Does dried pasta go bad?

Nope... it might get little buggy critters in it if they get a chance to sneak in... and it might get stale smelling (in which case it isn't any good any more so toss it out) but if it's airtight and kept in a reasonable temperature range, it's good practically forever.

Apr 14, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

How to reduce sugar in a baking recipe without wrecking the entire dish? Or, a savoury banana bread recipe?

I'd cut the sugar down to half a cup just to make sure that the loaf browned and otherwise follow the recipe as written... that makes a very mildly sweet 'breakfast' type bread. Yummy with butter on it. (my husband's diabetic so I always do minimal-sugar baking when possible...)

Apr 12, 2015
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Throwing a party with no oven...suggestions?

A couple of crockpots and a grill ought to do it... I don't know the size of your crowd but you can do a LOT of foil-wrapped baked potatoes in a grill and then keep them warm in a crockpot so you can use the grill to grill skewers or hotdogs etc. at the last minute. And a crockpot of chilli goes down a treat.

For dessert, buy a sheetcake and ask a well-meaning friend/s to bring a tray of cookies or brownies, and if you want to lash out you could do an icecream sundae bar.

Apr 12, 2015
Kajikit in Home Cooking