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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.


Dec
30
comment Did extra insulation cause ice crystals in frozen mac & cheese?
That would also explain why it didn't affect the flavor/mouthfeel -- it wasn't extracting moisture from the food, so it was effectively just frost forming, not 'freezer burn'.
Dec
28
comment Royal icing - how important is accurate measuring?
Peaks? I don't think I've ever whipped royal icing to peaks ... I've always used it as something drizzled on, which then sets up stiff.
Dec
27
comment How to cook tubular ground beef using only disposable items?
And after reading sarge_smith's answer -- if you were to use a heavier pre-fab roasting pan, you might be able to make a rack with skewers, but I don't know if it's have enough wall strength to punch through the walls, or if it'd be better to just lay them across the top, even if it's more precarious.
Dec
27
answered How to cook tubular ground beef using only disposable items?
Dec
27
comment Do onion savers differ from other storage methods?
@Aaronut no, because then you'd have a container that actually stacks well, as opposed to the half-sphere 'onion savers' you typically see in the store (that don't even fit larger sized onions)
Dec
27
comment Are there significant differences between different brands/models of immersion blenders?
Anyone know if Cooks Illustrated or Consumer Reports has done any tests?
Dec
27
comment Are there significant differences between different brands/models of immersion blenders?
@Aaronut : if it's like most other kitchen appliances with motors, there's a thermal shut-off, so using it for too long / making it do too much work might cause it to shut down with little warning, confusing you into thinking it's broken, etc, but then it works again 30 min later.
Dec
27
comment Do onion savers differ from other storage methods?
I'll agree it's unnecessary in general, but if you don't use hard clear containers, and only have tupperware and the like, it's useful so you don't use other containers and impart onion flavors on the next thing to go in it. (and, if you have one obvious container that's for onion, when it's not in the cupboard or dishrack/dishwasher, it's a good sign that there's some already cut onion to use that might be hidden in the back of the fridge)
Dec
27
comment How to cook tubular ground beef using only disposable items?
@barrycarter : you put the beef on top of the veggies, so the grease drips into the veggies and away from the meat; the veggies are then cooked in the drippings. It's a variation of cooking en papillote (cooking in a parchment bag, a technique typically used for quick cooking things like fish)
Dec
27
answered Are there significant differences between different brands/models of immersion blenders?
Dec
27
revised How to cook tubular ground beef using only disposable items?
added update section re: meatloaf
Dec
27
answered How to cook tubular ground beef using only disposable items?
Dec
26
answered Do I need to season a stainless steel saute pan?
Dec
25
comment Measuring glucose syrup without wasting it
I've used that technique for baking ... but I might be worried about using it for candy making. I don't know if oil causes problems ... I'm guessing not for all candies, based on the discussion of favoring oilds for candy, but it's possible this could be a problem for some recipes.
Dec
25
answered Measuring glucose syrup without wasting it
Dec
23
comment What is the source of the very strong flavour in some bad fats (or dairy products?) that only some people can taste?
@Orbling : I've never had vegemite or marmite, but what you're describing reminds me of cilantro (green coriander) -- I can't stand the stuff ... it reminds me of soap, and yet, other people love it.
Dec
23
comment How to make big, fluffy “Mexican-style” flour tortillas (without using any special machinery)?
A tortilla press can help with the thickness issue, as it'll give a more uniform thickness. (you can then add sheets of wax paper or parchment if you want them even thinner)
Dec
22
comment How to Flavor Homemade Gum Drops
I can't remember where I used to get it from ... but ~20 years ago, I was able to get citrus, cinnamon and anise oils ... I just can't remember if it was a craft store, supermarket, etc. That's likely what they're calling for -- but they're in very small bottles, as they're much more potent than extracts.
Dec
22
comment What type of frying pan does not warp?
There are plenty of moderately priced department store brands -- the important thing is thick bases -- I have some ~13 year old 'Tools of the Trade' pots/pans (stainless w/ an aluminum disk underneath) that have held up great. You can also find some great deals online occassionally from places like Amazon. (or going out of business sales ... I've gotten a few nice pieces that way)
Dec
21
answered What ingredient gives vlaamse mayonnaise that special kick?