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bio website vico-villa.com
location Vico del Gargano, Italy & Minnesota
age 69
visits member for 2 years, 11 months
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Retired Letterpress Printer, Electronics/Electricity/Ham Radio/Bar Codes/Computers/Steam Engineer/Stock Options/Making Bread, 5 Grown children, Second wife, Love G-d.


Aug
27
comment Water Exploded in Microwave
It is more likely the container broke than the water flashed to steam, as the rotating base keeps enough agitation in the water. Tilt the unit and keep the door open to let it dry out. If the flashing inside deposited carbon in inaccessible areas, it may be easier to replace the unit than taking it apart to clean.
Aug
25
comment How to bake bread and desserts without an oven?
A method used on sailboats for baking bread without an oven, is to use a pressure cooker on a stove top. Google should have examples/instructions/recipes.
Aug
20
comment I added more water to my ciabatta dough by accident
Pre measure the ingredients as seen on TV food shows. That speeds the processing time and reduces chances of error do to interruptions.
Jul
24
comment Can bad honing technique spoil a knife?
@PrestonFitzgerald en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honing_steel
Jul
22
comment How to reproduce charcoal flavor in steaks and burgers from restaurants
I may be the condensed vapor from the burning of the grease dripping from the meat being cooked. Cooking with gas over Lava rocks could verify that.
Jul
12
comment Soda carbonation
The less space left (liquid to cap) the faster the carbonation brings the contents to pressure, and the yeast dies.
Jul
8
comment A general rule which applies to different types of bread
Organic chemistry takes time. So time should be taken into account in each stage of processing. Unless you are baking bricks, and even that takes time.
Jun
29
comment Can I get 900F in a charcoal grill?
900°F is "Dull Red" (very hot). Insulate the outside of the grill, add extra air to increase burning fuel, have water + fire extinguisher close by. Keep clear of buildings trees power lines and all other flammables, including your cloths. Oven mitts will not help. Don't work alone in case of burns, someone needs to man the fire. Expect a metal grill to be destroyed/warped burned through. Consider a Kelm they are designed for high temps.
Jun
15
comment How to bake cake and pastries without oven?
Bake at a friends or neighbor, they may enjoy it also.
May
11
comment Using Canned San Marzano Tomatoes Vs. Regular Canned Tomatoes
@Catija I was just trying to say to remove the seeds, as the skins had already been removed.
May
10
comment Using Canned San Marzano Tomatoes Vs. Regular Canned Tomatoes
Save some of the chunks for a pizza topping "pizza pomodoro" (tomato).
May
10
comment Using Canned San Marzano Tomatoes Vs. Regular Canned Tomatoes
The canned come skinned (good), but have seeds yet (bad). Seeds tend to make it bitter, remove them by hand, leaving only the meat of the tomato. Youtube "san marzano pizza sauce", a pizza winner. DOP Grown on the volcanic plains of Mount Vesuvius in Italy. The only tomato used in Neapolitan Pizza. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neapolitan_pizza
Apr
29
comment What are the tradeoffs between spiral and C-shaped dough hooks?
A spiral unscrews itself from the dough. I enjoy not having to scrape down the "C" hook. KA don't have a good rep for long mixing times of heavy loads. When mixing, hold out some of the flour, mix the thinner batter to your desired consistency, add the remaining flour for a short mix with the heavier load.
Apr
21
comment Can barley flour be used as a substitute for barley malt extract?
If the bread recipe is calling for barley malt extract for its enzymes, it can probably be left out as flour millers will have included enough amylose enzyme in their flour. To much enzyme activity can leave your baked bread gummy. Millers have the equipment and expertise to adjust their products for good performance.
Apr
1
comment Easy way to steam vegetables in opened steam-in-bag kind
Insert the ingredients into a "Zip Lock" bag.
Mar
30
comment Bread doesn't split at the score
Try multiple slashes.
Mar
25
comment Buying whetstones
Unless a knife has been misused or damaged you will not need to use a whetstone to re-shape the edge. A ceramic steel & a smooth steel will get you close enough, a small amount of powdered Aluminum Oxide on a post-it note pad will produce a mirror finish. Be careful, once polished you may cut yourself and not know it. Angles are important, keep the original angles.
Mar
18
comment cake burns on bottom
Bake with the cake pan on an "Air Bake" sheet.
Mar
10
comment What's the most effective way to mix a jar of natural peanut butter?
I stopped posting "Answers" long ago. I got tired of being beat up.
Mar
10
comment What's the most effective way to mix a jar of natural peanut butter?
@Flimzy warm water should work just as well, but allow more time for the heat to penetrate. Heat helps soften the solids binding the ground peanuts. Let us know how it turns out for you.