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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
25
comment Have strawberries changed or have I?
My first thought is to try finding other foodies near you, and ask them. You might try local farmer's markets for recommendations on where to find exceptional strawberries.
Jun
25
comment Have strawberries changed or have I?
An excellent point -- in many fruits, the cultivars that have been selected to give maximum yield don't have as much flavor as their less productive cousins.
Jun
25
comment How to tell if it is honey, super filtered honey, or corn syrup?
For China, it was stiff tariffs, plus traces of lead and antibiotics, and mislabeled product. The India ban is also for antibiotics, but there are also concerns that they ramped up exports so quickly after the US tarrifed Chinese honey that they're actually just relabeling it & passing it on.
Jun
25
comment How to tell if it is honey, super filtered honey, or corn syrup?
natural honey has pollen -- but it's possible that something with pollen in it is pure honey (it could be diluted). Most groups filter the honey because that allows them to hide the country of origin. (many countries ban honey from china or india)
Jun
24
comment How to safely reuse scissors used to open food packaging multiple days in a row?
I highly recommend 'come apart' kitchen shears -- you open them far enough (about 90 degrees from closed), and the two parts can seperate for easy cleaning.
Jun
24
comment How to safely reuse scissors used to open food packaging multiple days in a row?
And if they're not specifically kitchen shears, make sure to dry them immediately. (as they might not be made from stainless steel)
Jun
23
answered Are there books describing the general principles of cooking?
Jun
23
answered What to do with soggy mushy potato chips?
Jun
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
21
comment What difference does it make if I substitute low-fat milk for water in bread recipes?
In the America's Test Kitchen "How it Can Be Gluten Free" cookbook, they discuss what the addition of powdered milk does to a recipe ... but I gave my copy away to someone who has gluten issues and haven't replaced it yet.
Jun
20
comment I want to duplicate my bread mistake!
could you have missed a tare, and thus added too little of the ingredient after?
Jun
20
comment I want to duplicate my bread mistake!
Any weather abnormalities, such as that might've affected humidity?
Jun
20
comment Why won't my beans soften?
@Athanasius : I'll have to check my pantry for some old beans, so I can run an experiment, and we can see how many of these old wives tales are valid.
Jun
20
answered Why won't my beans soften?
Jun
20
comment Alton Brown's Buffalo Wings
Also see : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/6644/67
Jun
20
comment Alton Brown's Buffalo Wings
I assume Jolene intended to link to : goodeatsfanpage.com/season11/wings/Wing_Tran.htm
Jun
20
comment How to make bread mould resistant?
@logophobe : highly similar, but with the last question in the text, I'd take it as a different answer. (most of the answers to the other question were suggestions for specific types of bread that last longer)
Jun
20
comment Is there any commercial stand mixer bigger than kitchenaids with bowl scraping paddle?
The original 'bowl scraping' paddles for Kitchen Aid mixers weren't sold by Kitchen Aid ... they were from New Metro Design. If there's a mixer brand that you use, you might contact them to see if they can get New Metro interested in making blades for their mixers. (I'm guessing Kitchen Aid and Hobart already did or found ways around it ... although isn't Kitchen Aid a spinoff from Hobart?). Oddly, their 'which one do I need' graphic leaves out the 20qt Hobart and 7qt Cuisinart/Viking/Kenwood models.
Jun
20
comment Is there any commercial stand mixer bigger than kitchenaids with bowl scraping paddle?
And for people who don't like clicking obfuscated links : breadmachinedigest.com/reviews/stand-mixer-reviews/…
Jun
18
answered What is a yeast cake?