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Jan
14
revised How to make hot dog buns or sandwich rolls with a soft crust?
minor clarification
Jan
13
comment Should a [Ceramic] mug be left covered or uncovered during the tea bag steeping process?
I'm sure the downvotes are because this is a trick question, as there is no proper way to steep bag tea in any drinking or serving vessel. Fannings... blech!!! (BTdubs, my tongue's in my cheek here.) :-)
Jan
13
answered Meals to cook using a whole chicken
Jan
13
answered How to make hot dog buns or sandwich rolls with a soft crust?
Jan
13
comment How long will a sourdough starter last between feedings?
+1 for 14 days as the upper limit in the fridge, but I'd say you'll definitely want to refresh before trying to make bread with a culture that old. Or you'd need to allow more time for the initial rise. I'd say after 14 days on a bread or A/P flour starter you're more in the area of risky neglect than constructive neglect. You're not risking that all the yeast will die as much as you're risking an infection of bad bacteria or mold.
Jan
10
comment What are the advantages of a Santoku over a French Chef's Knife?
I own a santoku that is sharpened on both sides. I'd bet that most widely available santoku knives (Wustof / Henkels / Shun / Mac) available in big retail outlets in the US anyway would be santoku shaped but have a double beveled edge. You might be able to find imported single bevel santoku at specialty cutlery stores, but those would be rare and I don't know what the benefit of seeking one out would be unless someone was doing extremely detailed prep work (like making sushi). Also, the other answer about the handedness of single bevel knives is a good thing to watch out for.
Jan
8
revised Freshly Ground Beef vs. Store Bought
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Jan
8
revised Freshly Ground Beef vs. Store Bought
more food safety paranoia
Jan
8
revised Freshly Ground Beef vs. Store Bought
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Jan
8
answered Freshly Ground Beef vs. Store Bought
Jan
7
accepted Is there any substitute for saltpeter / sodium nitrate in corned beef brine?
Jan
7
comment Is there any substitute for saltpeter / sodium nitrate in corned beef brine?
Regarding the Tender Quick, I replaced the volume of kosher salt and sugar in the recipe I was following with Tender Quick, making no other adjustments, and it came out awful. I wouldn't recommend using it outside of a recipe that specifically called for it, as you say.
Jan
7
comment Is there any substitute for saltpeter / sodium nitrate in corned beef brine?
thanks for the chem lesson! I always wondered exactly what made the smoke ring. I needs to get me a copy of McGee's book.
Jan
7
answered Is there any substitute for saltpeter / sodium nitrate in corned beef brine?
Jan
7
comment Hygiene-wise, need to clean grill/broiling tray after each use?
@Orbling, +1 to that. When I'm broiling something especially fatty like bratwurst I line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil and put the brats on a cooling rack in the sheet pan to broil. The foil and fat go in the trash and the rack goes in the dishwasher. Easiest cleanup there is.
Jan
7
comment Is there any substitute for saltpeter / sodium nitrate in corned beef brine?
It looks like an edit did change some of my nitrates to nitrites. I'm sure saltpeter is potassium nitrate (not nitrite). I'm not sure whether sodium nitrate or nitrite is more appropriate for corned beef. The other corned beef question (entitled Corned Beef - From Scratch) mentions sodium nitrite. FYI, Tender Quick lists both sodium nitrate and nitrite (in that order) in its ingredients after the (I'm sure much greater) quantities of salt and sugar. I'm just wondering if it's possible to obtain or substitute the nitrate/nitrites by themselves.
Jan
7
asked Is there any substitute for saltpeter / sodium nitrate in corned beef brine?
Jan
6
answered Hygiene-wise, need to clean grill/broiling tray after each use?
Jan
6
comment Why did mold develop on the top of my sourdough?
Good point, I didn't ever wash mine with soap and water. I just dumped the older starter, rinsed with water only and wiped it out with a paper towel. I suppose even that could have been overkill.
Jan
6
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