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American foodie (non-professional) of mixed italian / sicilian / basque / argentinean / british heritage; family from US northeast, but has lived in US mid-atlantic, US south, and western europe.


Jul
11
comment How can I use a large quantity of raw almonds all at once?
If you're willing to wait 5 months : Make a large batch of spiced nuts, put them into decorative bags, and give them to all of your friends for christmas.
Jul
11
comment What's different between canned beer and bottled beer?
On the ecological concern -- aluminum is one of the most recycled materials ... but I prefer 'em because camping, it's easier to bring back crushed empty cans than bottle. (but that's why a consumer might choose them, not the brewery)
Jul
11
comment What's different between canned beer and bottled beer?
@lemontwist : there are a lot more places that have bans on bottled beer (eg, NASCAR tracks, sports stadiums). I remember talking to a person who made crafts out of cans ~10-15 years ago, and asking them where they got a bunch of things that I hadn't ever seen in cans, and they said some breweries starting doing runs in cans just for stadium sales because of the bottle bans.
Jul
11
answered How can I use a large quantity of raw almonds all at once?
Jul
11
comment Why did my grandfather-in-law salt his beer?
Note quite beer, but a couple of weeks ago I was at a place that had a basil & coriander hard cider. I was crazy enough to try it, and it was just ... strange. After a few others had tried it, I added salt to it, and everyone agreed it improved the flavor.
Jul
11
comment Why did my grandfather-in-law salt his beer?
Salt reduced perceived bitterness -- that's why my dad added salt straight into the coffee grounds when brewing.
Jul
9
awarded  Yearling
Jul
9
comment Are cooking thermometers essential?
related : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/12263/67
Jul
8
comment Has there been some change in the varieties of broccoli sold in US supermarkets in the last few years?
I've been getting broccoli from the local farmer's market, and I'm 100% sure it's a different variety than what's sold in most stores. The stem is quite pale and the branches come off at 90 degrees then slowly curve upwards, rather than coming off near 30-45 degrees but going straight.
Jul
8
comment Reuse of Food Grade Tins
Sometimes there are tooling marks, which would show that it's solid (I don't see any). With it being matte (non-shiny), it suggests it's coated but there could've also been some sort of etching done afterwards to hide tool marks.
Jul
8
comment Reuse of Food Grade Tins
From a materials science point of view -- the main issue is if it's coated or solid; if it's coated, then too much scouring when cleaning can chip the coating exposing the core.
Jul
8
comment Sodium benzoate the correct amount
US wikipedia mentions : "Concentration as a preservative is limited by the FDA in the U.S. to 0.1% by weight". Of course, I have no idea if that's necessarily a good concentration to use (as it might have other effects such as in texture or flavor).
Jul
8
comment What natural emulsifier can I use for almond milk?
If you start with some of it frozen, and then whip it up, the foam ends up taking on a milkshake like quality, which you can then put in the freezer to make ice-cream without needing a special ice cream churner.
Jul
8
comment Is it possible to create the flavour of a food by using the component chemicals?
possibly of interest : theconversation.com/…
Jul
7
comment Is it possible to create the flavour of a food by using the component chemicals?
As an example -- Jelly Belly tried making a 'pepperoni pizza' flavored jelly bean. It was so foul, that they ended up using it as basis for the 'vomit' flavor for the "Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans".
Jul
7
comment How to properly store cubed carrots?
@TFD I have no idea. I'd be concerned with someone not simply lifting the towel and retrieving stuff, and placing it somewhere unsafe then back onto the carrots -- a lid would have much less contact
Jul
7
comment What is the spicy kick in “Kraft Tangy Spaghetti” box meal?
If you have any pickled peppers in your fridge, you might try using some of the liquid from that as it'll give you sour, heat, and a little bit of sweetness.
Jul
7
comment What is the best way to go about developing and formulating a product?
1. Learn to make doughnuts. 2. Test your recipe. 3. Tweak your recipe until you're happy with it. 4. Figure out how to scale it up. or (B) hire a chef to do it for you. (or at least the first 3 steps).
Jul
7
comment Supply of Boiling water without power outlet
If you're going to be under a canopy, you'll want to make sure that it's made of flame-resistant material. (our local fire codes require it)
Jul
7
awarded  Electorate