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Just someone who likes to cook. I enjoy experimenting with canning and bread making, and trying all kinds of (vegetarian) cuisine. Currently into learning cheese making.


Jul
5
comment How do I maximize the shelf life of my homemade hot sauce?
For what it's worth, I have made hot sauces via all the various ways (just blended, blended + simmered, and long-ferment) and they all seem to keep just fine when frozen in batches.
Feb
23
comment Recommendations for freshly roasted coffee beans to order?
Yes, Sweet Maria's is the place you need to go, I'd say. Excellent service, excellent products, and very helpful. I started roasting with their help (and a thrifted hot air popper, too), and they were awesome.
Feb
19
awarded  Constituent
Feb
15
answered How to make semi-hard, unripened brined cheese
Feb
15
comment How to make semi-hard, unripened brined cheese
I'm glad you find it helpful. I have made cheese with pasteurized milk, but I have had the best success with unpasteurized milk. When I have had to use pasteurized milk, I have found it helps to buy it from a local dairy. It seems like the further the dairy has to ship it, the more they tend to cook it beforehand to make it safer for long-term delivery. A local dairy doesn't have to be so heavy-handed. Calcium chloride will help you a lot! [EDIT: typos]
Feb
14
awarded  Caucus
Feb
14
comment How to make semi-hard, unripened brined cheese
I've made halloumi with goat's milk (and cow's milk), and I found the goat's milk version to be preferable. Halloumi is traditionally made with a large percentage of goat's milk anyway. It's definitely one of those cheeses that needs the curds cooked - it helps the texture & helps it achieve that "resistant to melting" consistency it's famous for. It helps to be sure your milk is VERY fresh (and unpasteurized, if possible), to help achieve the firm curd you're looking for. Also, I wouldn't use the whey for a brine - make your brine fresh. here's help: cheesemaking.com/Halloumi.html
Jan
21
comment How to keep baked seitan from being too tough?
@ lemontwist & nicoleeats: I would guess so. The recipes I've used seitan for were all sautees and stir-fried ones, with sauces, and it's worked fine. I would assume oven-baked would work. @ Pat Sommer's recommendation makes sense to me.
Jan
18
answered How to keep baked seitan from being too tough?
Jan
11
comment Unroasted coffee beans in the pantry, several years old: roast, toss, or other use?
Which kind of beans are they, any idea? Some beans, like Sumatra, can be even better with age, but I don't know if even those would be good after sitting for that length of time. It wouldn't hurt to roast up a batch and try them, would it?
Dec
19
comment How to clean stains from inside of vacuum flask?
I actually have been using just the bottled kind, but I'm sure fresh would be even better.
Dec
19
comment How to clean stains from inside of vacuum flask?
This reminds me: I've been using a hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice mix (1 part of each with 6 parts water) as a non-chlorine bleach/whitener for my laundry, which seems to work well enough. So maybe a lemon juice/peroxide/boiling water mix would work here, too.
Dec
18
revised How to clean stains from inside of vacuum flask?
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Dec
18
comment How to clean stains from inside of vacuum flask?
Maybe there's a local equivalent, under a different name? This page suggests a (liquid) product called Preen Oxyaction: answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071218113902AA6rLV9 -- not sure of the ratio of a liquid product to water, so you may have to experiment. I buy a powder version.
Dec
18
answered How to clean stains from inside of vacuum flask?
Dec
7
comment What is size 2 pasta?
Would this maybe help? cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/4815/…
Nov
1
comment Substitute for Kirsch in Leckerli (Basel Lackerli) cookies?
The question is a substitute for kirsch that his local store may have. Luxardo fits the bill.
Oct
29
answered Substitute for Kirsch in Leckerli (Basel Lackerli) cookies?
Oct
24
comment Is there some trick to vacuum sealing broccoli?
Running them through your salad spinner is a great idea, I think!
Oct
24
answered Is there some trick to vacuum sealing broccoli?