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location Vico del Gargano, Italy & Minnesota
age 69
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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.


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.
Mar
10
comment What's the most effective way to mix a jar of natural peanut butter?
Microwave the peanut butter a little. Warmed up mixes easier.
Mar
5
comment Cooking pasta in a Pressure Cooker
Place pasta in a pan of boiling water, and shut it off. It's that easy to get "al dente". It never turns into pasta soup that way.
Mar
2
comment How do I clean deep burns in my oven?
3M "Paint & Varnish Remover" disc (9413NA) in a portable drill and a paste of scouring powder and water. Remove the door for easier access, oven doors usually close to a slight open position, and then lift out of the hinge. Be careful of the hinge, it has a powerful spring (keep fingers away).
Feb
15
comment Making noodles in a wok
Parboil to El Dante, wok when needed.
Feb
9
comment Can the duration of the whistle determine if food inside a pressure cooker is cooked
When the pressure is reached as indicated by the indicator, you start the time measurement. Very simple procedure.
Feb
2
comment Why remove the skin and seeds of a tomato?
Tomato skins on pizza would be like leaving husks on the wheat. Tomato seeds add bitterness to the sauce.
Jan
28
comment dehydrating food with a vacuum chamber
@WayfaringStranger Cycling is what I had in mind. A large enough receiver between the chamber and aspirator could buffer the vacuum cycle. Thanks for bringing that point up.
Jan
28
comment dehydrating food with a vacuum chamber
eBay has lab grade "Vacuum Aspirator" that can develop 29.5" of vacuum. That way you will not need a "Cold Trap" or a mechanical pump. Once the vacuum is applied to your chamber you may be able to shut off a valve to the aspirator, to save on your water bill.
Jan
26
comment Why does microwave popcorn burn?
When designing microwave popcorn, your variables are bag size, quantity of popping corn, microwave timing. The popcorn cornels will heat up and pop from the steam produced inside. Then burn if having to wait to long for the remaining cornels to pop. If the bag volume is small, it will retain steam long enough for additional cornels to pop. If to large the popped cornels dry out and burn before the remaining cornels complete their popping. I used a short length of 1.25" diameter pipe to measure to a higher precision popcorn cornels, used a small number 10 bag, then calculated timing. Good Luck.
Jan
19
comment How to reduce the heat on a gas burner
Turn the knob toward the off position and adjust carefully from that direction.
Jan
12
comment Cooking pot with regulable water boiling temperature
@gnzlbg another site suggests using a "Water Ejector" for the vacuum. homedistiller.org/equip/designs/vacuum An automobile "Manifold Vacuum Gauge" may work for reading vacuum. One of the advantages of "Vacuum Distillation" is no high temperatures to damage oils, as when making perfume.
Jan
12
comment Cooking pot with regulable water boiling temperature
Steam as a heat source sets a high limit of a processing temperature (even a double boiler). As for producing steam vacuum, Google Images of "Steam jet ejector", hydrocarbononline.com/doc/steam-jet-ejector-vacuum-0001 This may be well beyond any kitchen application, but worth knowing. instructables.com may give you some ideas.
Jan
10
comment Oiling wood handles
Use "Food Grade" mineral oil. Many cooking oils will go rancid. Answer to (1)ignore previous mistake. (2)seasoning exceeding 24 hours is not an issue. Seasoning a pot or pan cooking surface uses cooking oils, wood handles should not need seasoning.