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bio website ndssl.vbi.vt.edu
location Blacksburg, VA
age 45
visits member for 4 years
seen Mar 6 '12 at 16:42

Aug
3
awarded  Yearling
Apr
15
answered How do you safely bring ingredients normally stored cold to room temperature?
Feb
17
comment Why add salt to potato water?
This is a myth. Salt does lower the boiling temp, but not by enough to matter. Using some back of the envelope calculations, 2 tablespoons of salt in one quart of water will lower the boiling point by about 1 degree F.
Jan
5
comment How to brew tasty tea with hard water
I recently started using a Brita filter pitcher as well, for coffee and tea. Our well water tastes perfectly fine, but as its hard was leaving deposits in the coffee maker and tea pot. Using filtered water fixed that problem.
Sep
12
comment How to measure food acidity
@mmonem: My wife, a chemist, doesn't think there should be any problem putting it directly into the food. They require very small samples, so using it on a sample of a food should work as well. Dipping a spoon in, and rubbing the paper across the back of the spoon should be fine. The only problem I could see is if you food has a deep color (tomato sauce, blackberries, etc). It might be hard to tell the color of the strip through the food coloring.
Aug
31
awarded  Enthusiast
Aug
30
comment What temperature are dark beers (stouts and nut browns) supposed to be consumed at?
@Knives: Its the bottles. Light causes a chemical reaction in the beer that causes the skunkiness. Brown bottles block the majority of the light, limiting the problem. The only way to avoid this is not to buy beer in green or clear bottles.
Aug
30
comment What are some of the benefits of electric stoves versus gas stoves?
You can easily convert natural gas stoves to propane, and have it delivered just about anywhere. Its fairly common in the more rural parts of the southwest.
Aug
30
answered What temperature are dark beers (stouts and nut browns) supposed to be consumed at?
Aug
27
comment Why buy a more expensive kitchen scale
Something with a tare feature is a must. It is great for weighing multiple ingredients into the same bowl. Add one, retare (set scale back to zero), add second, retare, repeat as necessary.
Aug
26
answered Timing an oven to start while I am out - but what about preheating?
Aug
17
comment Do chillis impregnate a wooden chopping board?
@Jefromi In my experience, chile refers to the pepper, while chili is the dish (the brown gloppy stuff from Texas). At least that is the common usage in New Mexico.
Aug
17
answered Does microwaving destroy nutrients in food?
Aug
17
comment Potato in the microwave
Do you have any evidence to back up the claim that "a lot of nutrients will be destroyed in the microwave". The stuff that I've read says that nutrition loss varies by cooking method and length, so microwave vs. stove can go either way depending on exactly what is done.
Aug
13
answered Peeling roasted green chilies
Aug
7
awarded  Supporter
Aug
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