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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.


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.
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.