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Whiskies for Fall

I can assure you that what sku says is true. The fact that their website and press releases give the impression that they have a fully functioning distillery and are producing their on whiskey is telling

http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2014...

about 15 hours ago
scubadoo97 in Spirits

Slow cooked pork shoulder not so tender

Foiling didn't cause the problem. Under cooking was the issue

about 17 hours ago
scubadoo97 in Home Cooking

Nitrate Free Bacon- what's the difference?

I've seen packages that didn't have an asterisk. Or maybe it's written so small I didn't see it

1 day ago
scubadoo97 in General Topics

Brussel sprout stalks -- edible?

Resembles artichoke in flavor and looks like you're eating bone marrow

Oct 20, 2014
scubadoo97 in General Topics

Nitrate Free Bacon- what's the difference?

Mostly to retard bacterial growth during the long curing stage and yes it gives the nice pink color. All the nitrate free sausage and bacon at TJ and WF has natural nitrates from celery juice. Still nitrates but they are allowed to say uncured and nitrate free. Silly rules and marketing preying on peoples food fears and pulling the wool over their eyes

Oct 20, 2014
scubadoo97 in General Topics

Salted steak.

Sure. The salt will pull some of the water out concentrating the meat flavors. Some prefer this method of preparing a steak

Oct 20, 2014
scubadoo97 in Home Cooking

Which of these pans should I use to pan sear salmon?

CindyJ, I personally use non stick and love the results I have with better control. I don't have to wait for release. I guess I don't fear it as some do. I cook a lot of salmon in them with a crispy crust which I like
I guess I like brussel sprouts too

Oct 20, 2014
scubadoo97 in Cookware
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Anyone else preorder the Anova Precision Cooker?

I have 2 on order currently. I have the first IC they rolled out last year and use it a lot. I figured I would get one of the new ones with the sliding clip and give the other new one to my daughter who is now getting into cooking. I find SV very good for those with unpredictable schedules. Sure works for me when wifey is running late

Oct 20, 2014
scubadoo97 in Cookware

what to do with leftover cornbread?

makes a dandy breakfast. Buttered, lightly toasted and topped with a fried egg.

Oct 20, 2014
scubadoo97 in Home Cooking

VitaMix Blender, is it worth it?

I share your opinion of Vitamix hummus. Food pro hummus is what I grew up eating.

Oct 16, 2014
scubadoo97 in Cookware

Searing salmon

I don't think you will get the same crispness. The time factor away from your guest would not be too significant to get your crispy skin but will make some smoke and odor. Flip the coin

Oct 15, 2014
scubadoo97 in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cooking meals without a kitchen

What ever they tell you, it will be longer unless you have dates of completion tied to payments and even then it will be longer

We got through with a toaster oven, microwave and a grill. Ended up using the grill most

Oct 15, 2014
scubadoo97 in Home Cooking

OLIVE OIL AND MY SKIN

I don't hesitate to rub any residual evoo into my hands when cooking with it. Might rub it on my lips if they feel dry. Don't think the ev plays apart in making my skin feel better. Just the oil

VitaMix Blender, is it worth it?

I think the pro series is 3 hp and the fan is continuous and not only engaged in the high setting as in the 5200. The warranty is shorter on the pro. But could be wrong

Oct 14, 2014
scubadoo97 in Cookware

When do you stop using nonstick pans?

And how hazardous are they to humans?

Oct 13, 2014
scubadoo97 in Cookware

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

Still cheaper than eating out

Oct 08, 2014
scubadoo97 in General Topics

Grey goose and Kirkland Signature brand vodka the same?!

Hypoallergenic

Oct 08, 2014
scubadoo97 in Spirits

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

What/where do you recommend?

Is Indian Food really healthy?

One really needs to define healthy. To one it's low fat. To another it's high protein and to another it's no meat and to another it's meat and no carbs. Bottom line we don't know WTF healthy is. I tend to not think of something as healthy just tasty and try not to eat an excessive amount of anything

Oct 07, 2014
scubadoo97 in General Topics

My Dressing Has Too Much of a Bite

I personally don't use a 3:1 ratio of oil to vinegar. More like 2:1 or 1:1 and don't find it too acidic or harsh. I do use just enough mustard to hold it together. Mustard in itself can be "harsh". A good squirt of honey goes a long way to tone down the acidity. I don't measure as a rule. It's just too easy to eye it. Too acidic add more oil, water or sweetener.

Oct 07, 2014
scubadoo97 in Home Cooking

Can you smoke a corned beef?

Yes do a fry test to taste the meat before cooking further

I do water changes when soaking. Hey, the salts is moving into the water and that's a good reason to toss it before it returns to the meat

Can you smoke a corned beef?

I've seen sodium levels of 400 mg/ 4oz to 1400+ mg/ 4oz. I advise people to look at labels before purchasing and soak accordingly

Can you smoke a corned beef?

Just soak longer until a fry test yields a product you don't think is too salty

Grey goose and Kirkland Signature brand vodka the same?!

I like Tito's vodka but it's sourced neutral spirits that's been run through their column stills a few extra times. Still taste like water which is what I want in a vodka

Oct 06, 2014
scubadoo97 in Spirits

Vitamix Creations Turbo vs. Vitamix 5200 Super Package

I really like to jam frozen fruit down into the blades on the standard tall container with the tamper. This will produce a thick creamy sorbet texture very quickly so it stays soft serve frozen

Oct 04, 2014
scubadoo97 in Cookware

site forgetting "read" posts

A regular occurrence these days. Usually on very old posts

Sep 30, 2014
scubadoo97 in Site Talk

Critique my Sonoma wine itinerary please

Been there. Won't do it again. No way to get off that merrygoround and got stuck at Stinson beach for over an hour. Beautiful drive so if you do it plan for extra time

Sending a healthy (ish) gift basket or snacks to hospital staff?

It's hard to cut shapes and ship ripe fruit. That's they they buy underripe fruit for their baskets

sou vide machine experience

Immersion circulators like Anova do a better job circulating water around than the convection type units like SVS. But the results seem to be the same. When not using, my Anova stores away in a drawer saving counter space and I can travel with it.

Sep 28, 2014
scubadoo97 in Cookware

Sending a healthy (ish) gift basket or snacks to hospital staff?

Like Edible Arrangements