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bio website vico-villa.com
location Vico del Gargano, Italy & Minnesota
age 69
visits member for 2 years, 1 month
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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.


Oct
7
comment Can a blunt knife be sharpened?
A sharpening steel with fine lines in it works like a file and will remove enough metal to bring the edge back. Then if a smoother edge is needed, the bottom of a porcelain cup may finish the edge.
Sep
18
comment Why does oil reduce the effectiveness of Japanese waterstones?
Send it through the dish washer.
Aug
24
comment How do I properly use a ceramic honing steel?
An example, although you have to set the angle. dick.de/en/objectfiles/405/paragraph_104.gif
Aug
19
comment How to protect honey jar from ants?
The above suggestions are great. You might try a "Cream of Tartar" barrier. Also a "Zip Lock" bag, or a sealable plastic container large enough to stand the jar in.
Aug
4
comment Bamboo Steamer VS Normal Steamer
I have used a "mesh strainer" in a covered pan of boiling water. It seemed to work as good as a bamboo.
Aug
1
comment Additives to make bread soft and moist?
Gelatinization is achieved by scalding. Excessive temperature will damage the enzymes. A combination of Time & Temperature will allow for enzymes to develop complex flavors from the flour. howtobrew.com/images/f79.gif An article on Starch bakeinfo.co.nz/Facts/Bread-making/Bread-ingredients/Starch An article on Enzymes bakeinfo.co.nz/Facts/Bread-making/Bread-ingredients/Enzymes An article on yeast, shows the effect of Oxygen on the final CO² development bakeinfo.co.nz/Facts/Bread-making/Bread-ingredients/Yeast Pre sifting adds Oxygen to flour.
Aug
1
comment Additives to make bread soft and moist?
A closed forum, but with a lot of information breadtechnique.com/Forum
Jul
31
comment Additives to make bread soft and moist?
6% scalded flour by flour weight, helps reduce staling. food.actapol.net/pub/8_1_2006.pdf
Jul
2
comment traditional italian pasta: with or without eggs?
Semolina & water makes one kind. Flour & egg makes another kind. I have not tasted any difference.
Jun
25
comment What makes the difference between domed and flat cookies?
There is a site that may help, in 4 parts. handletheheat.com/2013/07/…
Jun
25
comment Will a small “breather tube” on my bottles harm the oil/vinegar/liquor inside?
Olive oil softens the ridges on the plug. Light effects the oil, wrap the bottles in colored foil like plant stores use. Color coding can help ID the contents. Keep cool, sealed in small bottles.
Jun
20
comment Is there any commercial stand mixer bigger than kitchenaids with bowl scraping paddle?
The "Magic Mill"/"Electrolux" are the same machine, has a whisk, hook, and roller/scraper. A "Roller/Scraper" kneads dough without adding much air. The ElectroLux will handle 2kg, don't try that in a Kitchen Aid. Dough mixing is a little different in an ElectroLux Here is a link to help explane tinyurl.com/334jmk
Jun
19
comment Is there any commercial stand mixer bigger than kitchenaids with bowl scraping paddle?
Bosch, Electrolux, Magic Mill, they use a different mixing technique than the Kitchen Aid. I like it better.
Jun
4
comment Is it normal for flames to come up through the slots on each side of the bottom of the oven?
Have it serviced by a qualified service person.
May
15
comment Napoletana Pizza dough not elastic and breaking
Napoletana: 100% AP flour, 64.4% water, 1.1% salt, 0.5% yeast.
Mar
27
answered Does all pizza have butter?
Mar
25
comment Can I cook pasta without heating it up… ever?
I think it will re-hydrate by just soaking in water. Put some in water, testing for tenderness every few hours, and find the optimum time for the thickness of the pasta you are working with. Also try rice.
Mar
17
comment how to make dense texture bread?
Add a higher % of Whole Wheat to flour ratio.
Mar
15
comment True Verace pizza Napoletana recipe for home pizza
Slow rise allows the enzymes to develope a more complex flavor. And of course "San Marzano" tomatoe sauce, basil, and olive oil.
Feb
27
comment Should I throw moldy Strawberries away?
Plant them inside until Spring.