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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.


Jun
5
comment What hot cereals can I cook by just adding hot water?
I find that a couple heavy pinches of salt really helps with non-flavored oatmeals. (and maybe a bit of honey ... but I actually make it more salty than sweet)
Jun
4
comment How can I cheaply cook a bratwurst that is similar to a grilled brat with only access to an oven or stovetop?
You don't even need charcoal -- if you're just cooking up a couple, you can improvise an assador de barro with a few metal skewers and an appropriately sized heat-proof dish, and some alcohol. You could then even do this inside (although keep something available to smother it the first time, when you don't know how much alcohol to use, or how much fat the sausages are going to drip)
Jun
4
reviewed Approve Custard - How much milk can one egg set?
Jun
4
answered Custard - How much milk can one egg set?
Jun
4
answered How can I cheaply cook a bratwurst that is similar to a grilled brat with only access to an oven or stovetop?
Jun
3
comment Does keeping a fridge/freezer full significantly help energy efficiency?
or monsoons, blizzards, tornados, tsunamis, questionable electrical infrastructure, etc ... are there any countries that actually have reliable power infrastructure these days? And the US is big enough that not all of it has a hurricane season ... the southwest has monsoons and/or tornados. The north has blizzards. The mountain areas have avalanches. (I'm in a blizzard + hurricane + derachio area ... and earthquakes now, too)
Jun
3
comment Does keeping a fridge/freezer full significantly help energy efficiency?
It also helps when the power goes out ... a full freezer will defrost less quickly than a half-full freezer. (and it's getting to be hurricane season)
Jun
3
comment Does keeping a fridge/freezer full significantly help energy efficiency?
You assumed dry air. Saturated air (aka 100% humidity) is 76.9 (kJ/kg) at 25°C, which makes your break-even ratios at about 45 and 116. If you have small children, this might be worthwhile after a couple of days in high-humidity areas. And you keep the water in the back of the fridge, so that you can see the stuff you actually want to get to -- if it's slowing you down finding stuff in the fridge, you're doing something wrong.
Jun
2
comment Does keeping a fridge/freezer full significantly help energy efficiency?
skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/10527
Jun
2
comment How does a typical electric rice cooker work?
If the sensor is purely based on temperature, do they still work reliably in Denver or other high-altitude places?
Jun
2
answered Should a teabag or looseleaf tea brew at room to cold temperature water?
Jun
1
answered How long can I leave the fridge open?
May
30
comment What device should I use for pressing/fermenting
amazon.com/TSM-Products-31060-Fermentation-Harvest/dp/…
May
29
comment What device should I use for pressing/fermenting
I don't know about the japanese style fermenting ... but for saurekraut, you can get weights for most major brands of fermenting crocks. (you'll want to match the brands, or make sure that the outer diameter of the weights are just a little smaller than the inner diameter of your crock)
May
28
comment What are good settings to reheat french fries soggy from refrigirating overnight in a small oven?
related: cooking.stackexchange.com/q/9301/67
May
26
comment Forgot to turn the crockpot on with pork in it
related : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/23922/67
May
26
comment Forgot to turn the crockpot on with pork in it
If the liquid was boiling hot to start, it might still be okay. What was the temperature of the water when you realized your mistake? (if it wasn't significantly below 140°F, you should be okay). Turn the crock pot to 'high' to get it back up to temperature, then whatever heat setting you want to cook at.
May
26
comment oil splattering covers
@ElendilTheTall : what the search returns is hundreds of ones that are round and flat, intended for on top of a pot, not on top of a grill or griddle. The couple of ones that I could find are an All Clad one that's no longer available or the wrong thing. This is the closest I could find available for sale
May
25
comment image on rice paper
related : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/33932/67
May
25
comment Does anyone know how to make a Sous Vide style cooking vessel?
My former roommate got the PID controller kit from AdaFruit ... but he said after his first test, it took a LONG time to come up to temp (almost 2 hrs) and the lack of a circulation pump made it prone to wide temp swings (he thinks it was getting better as it learned as it went, but it didn't seem to save between runs, so it would have to re-learn each time ... this might be fixable in software).