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Have You Ever Dry Brined a Turkey?

Thanks! Yes that makes sense to me. I was a bit confused since I think kenjis article said to put it on a plate coverered with cheese cloth. Would plasric wrap tightly round the whole turkey work instead of an oven bag?

Have You Ever Dry Brined a Turkey?

If you dry brine on a plate, would the extra-concentrated brine that forms on the surface just pool up at the bottom and never reabsorb into the breast? Or are you supposed to dry brine breast side down to avoid this happening?

A Poorman's Birthday Steak Dinner

The Ralphs (Kroger) near my place has $1.99 a lb sirloin specials every now and then. there's an instructional video by gordon ramsay on pan frying steaks (look for it on youtube) he checks temperature via feel...i think it was medium rare is he inside of ur palm, well done is the top of ur hand etc. and that method actually works pretty well. Also u can try getting a roast (which might be cheaper and ask the butcher to cut a steak off for u (worked for me before for a rib one.

How do you save money at the grocery store? Coupons?

I usually just check the circulars for Ralphs every week, see what's on special and plan my meals accordingly. Whole Chickens goes down to 67cents a lb and that is easily 2-3 meals right there. Their picnic packs of thighs, leg quarters etc. also come to $1/lb a lot and that's always versatile. But generally every week there's always some kind of meat, and some kind of fish on sale - and it's pretty easy to plan dishes around them.
I also of course go to specific places that I knoww are better for certain things like, Trader Joes for Cheese, wine, pasta. Whole Food (yes, whole foods) for well prosciutto - comes out cheaper there from the deli counter. I also get shellfish, oysters and crustaceans from wholefoods. After finding half my mussels dead from Ralphs one time, I figured it's actually cheaper and safer from Whole Foods and in general any kinda sea food I plan on eating rare or medium rare (not worth the hospital bills to skimp on that)

I also have costco membership, but dont find them cheaper for meat.

In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites

I wonder what the 253 lb number entails though? Is it just leftover food on the plate that gets thrown out, food that we leave out til it goes past the sell-by date etc. in which case...that would be a shocking number. (Believable too...i know i'm definitely guilty of...probably a lb or two of expired produce every week or two...and god knows I tend to overcook.

But otherwise, it it stuff crusts/bread crusts we don't eat/cut off, carcasses and bones we don't turn into stock or otherwise use...the random bits of offal and body parts most americans don't eat (though I never quite understood that), even things like potato peelings can technically count as waste compared with how poorer nations scrimp on food. In which case I'd say their number is sorta inflated - especially to the '$2200 wasted' much of that waste isn't easily or feasibly saved or recovered...

But for both options...the fixes aren't that easy on an individual level, but really has to be fixed on a social level. Restaurants need to stop serving plates that contain more than a days worth of calories at each meal, and grocery stores need to stop making massive packs containing 5 times more herbs than can feasibly be used, or giant packs of meat that take several meals to finish.
I've lived in asia for a long time, and the average pack of meat in grocery stores is sold in 1 lb packages (the right amount for a family of 4) Whereas the chicken packs and steak packs here are 3-5 lbs. The average chicken size is also smaller at 2-3 lbs, whereas most grocery fryers tend to be 5 lbs. Especially since I usually only cook for two, there'd be no way I could finish a pack of meat before it goes bad without eating drumsticks every single meal. I'd waste a lot more if I didnt just feed it to my dogs.

But yea either way...

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this delicious marinade for baked chicken drumsticks, that basically just sriracha, honey and bbq sauce - delicious

Need a good cookbook for my bachelor brother

Two dudes, one pan is pretty good (from the chefs at animal, la)
Gordon Ramsay's Fast food is another one good one from a easy cooking pov. All the recipes in there are 20 minutes or less, and his no nonsense/frills approach might be good.
For meat I think the best is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, he's amazingg.

But yea, I'm a guy and I have a massive amount of cookbooks...and do most of the cooking =.='' so don't see why someone would get embarrased at having a good cookbook lying around.

Drink Straight Booze?

I think it's cuz it was a vodka on the rocks. I drink most stuff straight, because in most liquors there's a specific flavour that you want to get. Vodka however is prized on having no flavour, hence there's less of a point of drinking it straight? You're not getting any specific taste and there isn't anything special that would be ruined by mixing.

But yea it's mostly ur liquor choice. I think there was a discussion on here or chowhound a while back with controversy cuz this bar was adding a surcharge on whisky poured neat vs in cocktails that wasnt on the menu. Everyone cried foul because...well practically everyone drinks good whisky neat.

Vodka - Am I being cheap?

kirkland liquor is generally amazing, i like russian standard too which isnt too expensive. Or the old brita filter method works. Don't get Skyy though. It has a very distinctive perfumey taste that i dont think would mesh well with infusing

Seelbach Cocktail

Hmm I tried substituting peychaud's bitters for just a double serving of Angostura and found it a bit tooo bitter. (The taste of angostura was front and center) and I think i overpoured on the cointreau a little. But still quite an enjoyable drink, and it definitely worked better than I expected. Now I wish my champagne bottle held more...just need a little more to try the French 75 out and I'll have them all down...sigh

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I like my Henckel's chef's knife - or ?(not sure if this counts) my trusty Ice Pick - Drinks never tasted better since I started customising icecube sizes per drink.

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black and strong =) That said, I also like my whisky neat and cooking minimum. I'm always of the philosophy that if your base ingredient isn't worth drinking/eating by itself, without the addition of a bunch of different masking agents - what's the point?

Pots, Pans, knives etc...

My favourite pan is actually this marble coated? pan I found in Koreatown. It goes fine in the oven, is perfectly non-stick, and scrubs clean without damaging the coating. I can see it on amazon for 20-30 but I got it for half that, and I really use my more expensive skillets a lot more rarely.

So from that, and the stories above about how someone has this gem of a knife they found, or this old cheap pot that works perfectly, I think that you could assemble a perfect set of equipment from cheaper things, but it's hard to sort out the crap. So I'm sure most people wil have one or two really good cheap things, but it'll be hard to find a full set. Which is where the expensive brands come in, you know what you're getting but you have to pay for it.

Is the physical cookbook here to stay?

Hmm I used to say the same thing about physical books...then I got a Kindle (well nook to be exact, but recently got the new kindle) and a few days later and I started advocating it to everyone. I also carried on buying cds until...well like a year ago - then upgraded my stereo to one that had an ipod dock and well...never looked back.

Basically I see cookbooks being the same, the only problem with cookbooks is that 1) they dont work that well with black and white ereaders, pictures are so integral 2) They're used in environments where they are very liable to being splashed with water.

But I see the switch being made once we reach the time where everyone has an ipad or other tablet, and they're made to be more umm durable to greasy fingers - or disposable in general.

Physical feelings of nostalgia etc. pass pretty quickly once you actually use a new option for a few days. The biggg thing I see with using tablets is the integration of video into it. (I've seen this with Jamie Oliver's app, where if u click on a step or a technique, a video will pop up showing you)
No matter how well a paper book describes a step, it'll always be better to see it happening in video.

When was the last time a dish went to hell on you?

Haha I did a prime rib roast once (lowish temp roast- 225ish) and I checked the temp at my designated time, it was like 115? Little bit off where I wanted, so I stuck it back in for a littlee while. One martini later and somehow it became well-done =.='' sigh...

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My favourite atm is wrapping it around mozzarella balls with a sprinkling of olive oil and herbs and securing it with a toothpick, but its great by itself, with brie in a sandwich, on pizza, anywhere really

Healthy & Delicious: Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Do you know how long this will last in the fridge? I usually keep a batch of dip in the fridge for snacking purposes, but with this amount it seems like it'll last for a week or two...or more haha. I've been using, incidentally, the spinach and artichoke dip from costco actually haha, and I love the idea of a 'real' version of it. But Just wanted to know the time this will last, or i'll just make a smaller batch.

Thanksgiving Dinner: No Substitutions Allowed?

And ughh Van de Kaamp, I remember once buying a loaf of their sliced bread and forgot/lost half of it - and found it a month later and it was good as new, not stale, no mould. That's when I stopped buying van de kamp bread haha.

Why do people like spicy/hot/piquant food?

Haha yea - well if any chili-heads are out there - as in the kinda person who eats something so spicy they feel sick - is there any special taste u just have to get past spicyness to get to? Or is it purely the whole 'macho - i can take more pain than you' thing? I used to be a lot less tolerant of spicy food but I worked on my tolerance until I can eat most korean/indian/sichuan food and be fine (for short periods) And to me that was worth it because the spicyness was part of the dish, and the cuisine is delicious. But I'm starting to feel like I'm reaching the limit where...any more spicyness isn't really for the additive/complementary flavour properties and purely for the whole 'macho i can take pain) idea which...I don't see the point of getting into.

Why do people like spicy/hot/piquant food?

Hmm sorry - I think I was a bit too ranty in my original post (It's from seeing people slather half a bottle of hot sauce on like seared scallops before trying it)
And yes I eat a lottt of korean, indian etc. food and I understand how spiciness works in there, as well as the sweeter peppers etc.
And things like pungent fermented foods, bitterness in coffee - well that's the natural flavour of that particular ingredient. Whereas my point was piquancy isn't an actual biological taste.

But my question was more about the 'extreme spicyness' The hottest bowl of chili contests, where people have to go to the hospital afterwards. I mean that's like having a saltiest slice of pizza contest, or the sweetest bar of chocolate contest, where the person who can eat as much pure salt or sugar wins. They're not saying the 'best' bowl of chili or soup - they're saying purely the 'hottest'

So it's more about the people who take it to 'extreme' levels, who actually douse their dishes in spicyness.

Why do people like spicy/hot/piquant food?

Ahh well - i guess the followup to that is whether people actually find a special taste to hot peppers? I mean the closest exmple would be like sipping fine liquors (I love sipping good whiskies) But you know if people are not used to it, they can't taste anything beyond the alcohol burn and taste - but now I don't taste or get that feeling anymore and I can appreciate all the nuances in flavour. So I was more like wondering whether there is that dimension to that. You don't normally see people discussing the nuances of vanilla notes to peppers haha. But is there anything to peppers beyond the 'heat' that's worth building up tolerance to taste?

Pizza Is A Vegetable According To Congress! Any Comments?

Actually back in High School (and middle/elementary - it was a combined system) We had a basic cafeteria that served some food (snacks were still just freshly baked bread from local bakery like loaves of herbed focaccias - so delicious) But we had other options like an italian deli that had sandwiches (lettuce, and a SINGLE slice of nice prosciuttion/ham and cheese) which made it relatively healthy. And we had a contract with a health food chain (Sorta like jamba juice) That would bring healthy wraps and smoothies in. Guess what? The salad/grilled chicken wraps were a loooottt more popular than the soggy burgers - and they eventually shifted to a different caterer that had more healthy foods like tomato/mozarella sandwiches etc. Kids aren't 'programmed' to only like fries and burgers - plenty would love a decent wrap and some good fruit too. The whole thing is about moderation. A single slice of good quality bacon or ham would give plenty of flavour at same cost as 1/2 a pound of crappy ham. But stick that in with some fresh lettuce and good local bread and everyone would be happy. Just phase out the other choices- if you offer fried chicken alongside vegan lasagne then sure more people would pick the chicken. And not even necessarily because they would enjoy it more, but simply because in our diet we are programmed to think that the chicken would 'taste better' even if it won't when we actually eat it.

Just offer simple meat lite dishes to kids and nothing else. There may be more waste etc. initially but eventually they'll come around. Contract out, or bring in a caterer and you don't have to worry about keeping staff on hand either. Grilling 2000 chicken breasts only becomes a problem when you think that you need a chunk of chicken to make it a meal. Make just 2-3 healthy options available, expect there to be a bit more waste for first few months, and then u'll be successful

McDonald's around the world

Hmm off the top of my head in Hong Kong we have...- Macaroni in chicken broth with ham and eggs (it's a local thing) and 'shake shake fries' - similar to the seasoning indian packet above, but it's basically little packs of seasonings, and they give u a big paper bag, you pour the seasonings and fries in and 'shake shake' until they're all coated.

Also a spicy crispy chicken sandwich?