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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.


May
16
answered Quick-cooking vs. regular oats for bread
May
16
comment Toasting spices with and without oil
That's a good point -- if you're going to be grinding the spices, oil would be problematic.
May
16
revised Translating cooking terms between US / UK / AU / CA / NZ
added note re: 'normal' oats in the US.
May
16
comment Quick-cooking vs. regular oats for bread
@WayfaringStranger : 'regular' in the U.S. being rolled oats. Groats are pretty uncommon over here. (they're often sold as 'pinhead oats', 'steel cut oats' or 'Irish oatmeal')
May
16
answered Are Shrimp Sizes codified?
May
16
answered If a US recipe specifies 'vegetable oil' what type of oil should I use in the UK?
May
16
revised Translating cooking terms between US / UK / AU / CA / NZ
added vegetable oil.
May
16
comment If a US recipe specifies 'vegetable oil' what type of oil should I use in the UK?
For yellow squash, see cooking.stackexchange.com/q/784/67 ; I'll go and add vegetable oil. too.
May
15
answered Is zesting lemons effective when making lemonade?
May
15
comment How to increase the perceived sweetness of homemade lemonade without sweeteners?
It might be possible to get the 'lemony flavor' simply from the zest (and make sure to beat it up some to get as much oil as possible released), and thus reduce the amount of lemon juice which has the sourness ... but it's possible that the refreshingness of the lemonade comes from the acid / sourness and thus may defeat the benefit of a low-sugar lemonade.
May
15
comment How to increase the perceived sweetness of homemade lemonade without sweeteners?
Miracle berry? (although I don't know if you can mix it into things, or just have to eat it first).
May
15
comment Why do store-bought dips have such a limited shelf life?
you'll often see this on things that have been pasteurized -- they might be shelf stable for a long time, but once the package has been opened, they'll go off quickly. It's also true of things that have been packed in a low-oxygen environment. (which I suspect that the guacamole was, to prevent it from changing colors).
May
15
comment Why is a 4 lb bag of sugar at the grocery store hard as a rock?
If it's just the outer layer that's gotten hard, you can use the same trick as with bags of ice -- hold a couple of feet off the ground, and drop it. Roll it over, and drop it again. The shock from hitting the floor will do a much more even job than a mallet, and is less likely to break open the bag. You can then pour it through a colander to get the worst of the chunks out, which you can take a mallet to, or use them for making a syrup or other use that doesn't need the sugar in granular form.
May
14
answered How do you clean and season a cast iron pot?
May
14
comment How do you clean and season a cast iron pot?
Are you adding tomatoes to the stew, or anything acidic? How quickly do you clean it, and how do you dry it after cleaning?
May
14
comment How should I store eggs in the refrigerator?
@moscafj : if you're buying multiple cartons of eggs at a time, you only need to have one convenient at a given time. I could see doing this with all but one of the cartons in my fridge.
May
14
comment Making hard cheese from milk by vinegar
Interesting -- I didn't know that diet would play a factor in the chees production (other than flavor of the milk).
May
14
awarded  Enlightened
May
14
comment Can you dry out pickle brine to leave a seasoned salt?
I don't know that I'd try to store it for future pickling -- you wouldn't know the concentrations of anything, so you couldn't be sure what you were going to end up with. At the very least, I would only use it for refrigerator pickles. (and for that, you can just boil the brine to re-sterilize it, and then add new vegetables ... but remember, the salt and flavorings have partially migrated out into the first batch)
May
14
awarded  Nice Answer