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Just someone who likes food (who doesn't?), likes to cook, and is interested in food science and the general art and science of cooking. If I were younger and had the wherewithal, I might pursue cooking as a career. But I'm not, so I'll just enjoy learning to make better food for my family, friends, and of course -- me.


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comment Where to store my propane torch?
@Aaronut Fine, call it a flammable atmosphere if you wish. The term "explosive atmosphere" doesn't necessarily mean a Hollywoodesque explosion will occur, or at least not in the fire service. It simply means that the vapor/oxygen ratio in the atmosphere is sufficient to support combustion, in which case a source of ignition will result in an explosive fire. Fill a box with propane, toss in a match and what do you get? A big poof and a charred box. That's an explosion.
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comment Where to store my propane torch?
@Aaronut I'm not saying the odds are anything but low, and I certainly never suggested that the cylinder exploding was in any way possible. I don't even know where you got that. I find it odd that you quibble with my comment here and then take an even more conservative position in your answer. The odds are low, but any leaking propane cylinder indoors constitutes a fire hazard. Arguments to the contrary should be taken up with your local fire marshall.
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comment Where to store my propane torch?
@Aaronut The propane cylinder in the typical kitchen torch contains enough gas to create an explosive atmosphere in something the size of a cabinet, and being totally airtight isn't necessary. No house is airtight and yet gas explosions happen. Yes, a spark is necessary to ignite it but sparks aren't hard to come by in a household. The electric motor in a garbage disposal definitely generates sparks. I agree all the above is unlikely, but I still wouldn't want a cabinet with an explosive atmosphere in my house. I would consider it an imminent fire danger.
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comment Where to store my propane torch?
@ElendilTheTall Under the sink is a small, enclosed space. If the tank leaks, you'll have an explosive condition.
Jul
22
comment What is the spicy kick in “Kraft Tangy Spaghetti” box meal?
"Spice" is the secret ingredient the OP is looking for.
Jul
19
comment Are these eggs safe to eat?
If bacteria such as salmonella have grown to the point that the egg is dangerous, then no amount of cooking will make it safe because cooking does not destroy the toxins they produce. You'd need to show me a citation if you believe otherwise.
Jul
19
comment Are these eggs safe to eat?
Why do raw or soft-boiled eggs need to be extra fresh? As long as eggs have been stored properly and aren't spoiled, I would feel comfortable cooking them by any method.
Jul
19
comment Are these eggs safe to eat?
@Aeron A large egg contains less than one gram of carbohydrates, so I don't see how it could raise your blood sugar much. A glass of milk, juice, or anything sugary would do so much faster. Perhaps the protein content of eggs has some beneficial effect on your metabolism that smooths out the hypoglycemia, but I seriously doubt it has anything to do with the carb content.
Jul
13
comment Options for non-stick frying pans - not using teflon
@BaffledCook Nobody with a lick of sense does install them in kitchens, but mine is in the hallway between the kitchen and the living room and it can still be set off with cooking smoke.
Jul
10
comment Where can I find a hand blender like this?
@Jolenealaska Once you have an immersion blender you'll find yourself wondering how you ever survived without one.
Jul
9
comment Is charcoal or the smoker at fault for low temperature smoking?
You put the ribs in the oven with no pan or anything beneath them?! Yeah, I bet your wife is mad!
Jul
9
comment Are steaks I had in a cooler over the weekend ok to eat?
@RobertCartaino I'll keep that in mind but it's an extremely common practice, even among mods (just noticed one from Shog9). So if you're trying to educate on this point, you might want to start with that group.
Jul
9
comment Frozen Shrimp Processing
What does IQF mean?
Jul
8
comment Are steaks I had in a cooler over the weekend ok to eat?
I don't think sitting in a water bath is going to improve them any, but as long as they stayed on ice the entire time they should be safe.
Jul
6
comment How to travel with a cake overseas?
You might consider asking this question on travel.stackexchange.
Jul
5
comment Why does a pizza stone make my pizza dough bread-like?
@Megasaur You can buy pans like that on amazon. You might want to give it a try.
Jul
5
accepted Why does a pizza stone make my pizza dough bread-like?
Jul
4
comment How much is a cup of graham cracker crumbs in crackers and weight?
@Joe, I'm not saying it wouldn't be useful. But I'm guessing no one has the answer without getting some crackers and a measuring cup.
Jul
4
comment How much is a cup of graham cracker crumbs in crackers and weight?
Why don't you just start crushing and counting?
Jul
4
revised Why does a pizza stone make my pizza dough bread-like?
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