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#91 Porthos

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 12:22 PM

New saucier ordered. :biggrin:


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Posted 26 December 2013 - 12:37 PM

I got a deluxe 42-piece decorating tip-set from Ateco, complete with quick-change nozzle adaptor, a small gooseneck spatula, and a smaller version of my very favourite pan ever: a black iron omelette pan (which I use for everything but).  I love my parents!


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Posted 26 December 2013 - 03:09 PM

What is a goose-neck spatula please?


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Posted 26 December 2013 - 06:48 PM

Happy to have bought myself some of those cool Charles Viancin silicon covers (and gave many away as gifts) mentioned on this site. 


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Posted 26 December 2013 - 06:58 PM

I got my Grandmothers aeblskiver pan, an instantpot pressure cooker, and oddly a breakfast sandwich maker. Lol.

#96 Panaderia Canadiense

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 07:10 AM

What is a goose-neck spatula please?

 

You'd probably know them better as offset spatulas - I find myself translating directly from Spanish more and more for things like this!  They're called "cuello de ganso" in most chef supply shops here.

 

It's a metal spreading spatula, usually for icing, that has a kink in the neck to raise the handle above the spreading plane.  I had only very large ones, which made making small desserts kind of a pain in the tush.


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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:05 AM

PSA announcement and "What I got for Christmas":

 

Awesome price on a 7inch Wusthof Santoku if you're in Europe

 

http://www.edenwebsh...knife-7inch.htm

 

I ordered on the 19th and it came on the 24th.  Seriously impressed.


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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:24 AM

I got not one, but two roasting pans with racks.  :laugh:   One is smaller than the other, so I will keep them both and love them to pieces.

 

Also, a remote radar gun thingy to check temperatures.  Loving that.  I checked my dogs and my husband several times last night.  :biggrin:

 

Annnnd, a blender.

 

Annnnd, a really pretty set of dishes.

 

'Twas a really fun Christmas.  


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:20 AM

Over the year, a good friend puts kitchen "thingies" in a box as she comes across them in the stores and gives them to me for Christmas. 

The most unusual gift was this Umbra 4-measuring-spoons-in-one (click). Each side of the spoon is a different measurement: tablespoon, teaspoon, 1/2 tsp and 1/4 tsp. 


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 01:22 PM

The most unusual gift was this Umbra 4-measuring-spoons-in-one (click). Each side of the spoon is a different measurement: tablespoon, teaspoon, 1/2 tsp and 1/4 tsp. 

Interesting idea.

 

I bought these at BB&B (of course using the 20% coupon) using some gift money. I like this shape for getting down into spice jars.

 

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 03:07 PM

Over the year, a good friend puts kitchen "thingies" in a box as she comes across them in the stores and gives them to me for Christmas. 
The most unusual gift was this Umbra 4-measuring-spoons-in-one (click). Each side of the spoon is a different measurement: tablespoon, teaspoon, 1/2 tsp and 1/4 tsp.


Innovative. I'm impressed in theory. How is it in use?
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:06 AM

 

Over the year, a good friend puts kitchen "thingies" in a box as she comes across them in the stores and gives them to me for Christmas. 
The most unusual gift was this Umbra 4-measuring-spoons-in-one (click). Each side of the spoon is a different measurement: tablespoon, teaspoon, 1/2 tsp and 1/4 tsp.


Innovative. I'm impressed in theory. How is it in use?

 

Sorry for the late reply...

I have only used the small measurements so far. It worked well. The spoon "thingy" could fit into the spice jar easily for a 1/2 or 1/4 teaspoon. But I can see the larger measurements (teaspoon and tablespoon) won't fit into the usual spice jar due to the larger size on that end of the spoon "thingy". But then, my old tablespoon measurement  spoon wouldn't fit in most spice jars either. The old teaspoon, however, did fit into some spice jars and this new Umbra spoon won't. So it's a small trade off. Still, it's convenient to have them at hand all at one time.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:43 AM

Over the year, a good friend puts kitchen "thingies" in a box as she comes across them in the stores and gives them to me for Christmas. 
The most unusual gift was this Umbra 4-measuring-spoons-in-one (click). Each side of the spoon is a different measurement: tablespoon, teaspoon, 1/2 tsp and 1/4 tsp.


Innovative. I'm impressed in theory. How is it in use?
Sorry for the late reply...
I have only used the small measurements so far. It worked well. The spoon "thingy" could fit into the spice jar easily for a 1/2 or 1/4 teaspoon. But I can see the larger measurements (teaspoon and tablespoon) won't fit into the usual spice jar due to the larger size on that end of the spoon "thingy". But then, my old tablespoon measurement  spoon wouldn't fit in most spice jars either. The old teaspoon, however, did fit into some spice jars and this new Umbra spoon won't. So it's a small trade off. Still, it's convenient to have them at hand all at one time.

Thanks. If I see one I'm certain I will succumb. The simplicity of the thing just grabs me.
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#104 Porthos

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 06:19 PM

New saucier ordered. :biggrin:

New saucier delivered. Now to give it a test drive. Not for tonight's dinner, though. Corned beef in Guinness with carrots paired with freshly-baked Irish soda bread have no use for a saucier.


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Posted 08 January 2014 - 10:41 AM

New saucier delivered. Now to give it a test drive. Not for tonight's dinner, though. Corned beef in Guinness with carrots paired with freshly-baked Irish soda bread have no use for a saucier.

 

 

I'm happy for you.  May you have many years of enjoyment and good cooking with your new pan.  It's nice to finally get something you've wanted for a while ... :smile:


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Posted 08 January 2014 - 10:51 AM

"  New saucier delivered. "

 

which one did you get ?



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 01:37 PM

which one did you get ?

Vollrath Intrique 3 quart.  Stainless steel construction. I strongly trend toward commercial kitchen equipment for my home kitchen since I know that it can go into the dishwasher and since it is an NSF-marked piece to can be easily cleaned to California (CURFFL health codes) retail food standards.

 

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 02:03 PM

I received some gift cards so bought myself a new 3-pound bread machine.   

 

I like having the extra volume to play with because I find the bread machine handy for mixing and proofing the dough which I then pull out before the baking cycle begins.

I can use regular loaf pans, pullman pans, bannetons for the final proof when baking directly on a stone.

 

This is a recently introduced machine  Black and Decker  and inexpensive (compared to some of my other bread machines).

 

I got it yesterday, tried it last night and am very well pleased with the first effort - a raisin/nut slightly sweet loaf, which I allowed to bake in the machine (after removing the beaters at the end of the last knead) and it rose to the very top of the pan, browned nicely and was baked all the way through. 

 

I'm going to write a review for Amazon after I have tried a few more bread varieties. 


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 05:11 PM

My other Christmas gift came in the mail today, a scraping-style paddle for my 6 qt KitchenAid mixer:

 

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#110 Panaderia Canadiense

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 08:29 PM

You must tell us how that works, Porthos!  I've been thinking of getting one for my own KA.


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 08:47 PM

I have two for my 6 quart and like both - I probably use the "Side Swipe" more than the other but it all depends on what I am mixing.

 

I use the New Metro one for creaming butter and sugar, beating cheeses, etc.

 

I use the SideSwipe for mixing cookie dough and other stuft that is thicker and stickier.

 

Some people complain that the SideSwipe is difficult to clean but I have a "trick" the same that I use on my ice cream machine beaters -  I use one of the silicone basting "brushes" which works great to get 99% of the material off the blades of the beater.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 11:52 PM

I pre-clean all such pieces using the sprayer function on my faucet with hot water. If they are particularly bad I will pre-soak and then wipe before the spray.


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 12:14 AM

Serendipitously, I discovered a great tool for cleaning in small or hard-to-get-at places - an old, battery operated, toothbrush, specifically this one: http://www.oralb.com...wer-toothbrush/ but I'm sure most any will work.  And last night, Toots reminded me that she, too, uses a toothbrush in the kitchen, although hers is just a regular brush, not battery operated.


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 10:44 PM

New saucier ordered. :biggrin:

New saucier delivered. Now to give it a test drive. Not for tonight's dinner, though. Corned beef in Guinness with carrots paired with freshly-baked Irish soda bread have no use for a saucier.

Cool! Enjoy! My saucier is my most used pan.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 11:58 PM

Flourgirl, my 5 qt sautoir is my most-used pan. I have used my new saucier once so far but absolutely loved it.


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Posted 18 January 2014 - 11:56 AM

I have returned to this topic to report that I absolutely LOVE my new bread machine. 

 

It easily holds a double batch of regular bread machine recipes and I also tried  the pre-packaged bread mixes  by Krusteaz and by Hodgson Mill (I keep some of the "flavored" ones on hand as it saves lots of time and the products are excellent).

 

I loaded the pan with two of the packaged mixes - combining a Honey Whole Wheat with a Country White  and adding 3/4 cup of raisins and 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts  at the signal beep.

 

At the end of the final knead, when the digital readout was at 150, I pulled the dough out and removed the 2 beater paddles  to avoid having big holes in the bottom, otherwise I left the machine to do its thing.

 

I forgot to take photos when this one first came out of the machine, and I have sliced away almost 1/3 of it (note arrows showing where the pan ribs and the beaters are located)  but this shows the nice interior crumb, with NO holes - often a problem in bread machines - and an evenly browned crust. 

 

One slice is essentially equal to two and fits horizontally into my Magimix toaster but cut in half it makes two slices that also fit nicely in my vintage Sunbeam.

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 02:49 PM

You must tell us how that works, Porthos!  I've been thinking of getting one for my own KA.

Used it today for the first time. I was so excited that I asked my DW, who gave it to me, to come look at it in action. Well worth the money.

 

As for cleaning, I immediately used my sprayer faucet to clean it as well as the bowl. This is my regular habit for all baking.  It's ready to go into the dishwasher. It will be a top rack item to help keep the rubber for hardening. Packaging says it is dishwasher-safe but I don't want to push my luck.


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 06:27 AM

 
At the end of the final knead, when the digital readout was at 150, I pulled the dough out and removed the 2 beater paddles  to avoid having big holes in the bottom, ....

:huh: 

I wish *I'd* thought of that.


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 07:22 AM

 

 
At the end of the final knead, when the digital readout was at 150, I pulled the dough out and removed the 2 beater paddles  to avoid having big holes in the bottom, ....

:huh:

I wish *I'd* thought of that.

 

I've been doing it for years.  In fact I got the idea from a lady who was demonstrating bread machines at Gottschalks, dept store right after the mall opened in Palmdale in 1994.  She had 6 or 8 machines at various stages and she showed how to pull the dough out of the pan (a vertical one) and removed the paddle. 

Later I got a machine - still have it somewhere, as I have several bread machines - that has the paddles that are supposed to fold down flat but they never really worked as they were supposed to.  One of these days I will have to get out all of them, line them up and take a photo.  Including my now "vintage" Zojirushi...


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 12:42 PM

Andie, you mentioned your Magimix toaster a couple posts up, is that the glass-sided one? I think you mentioned it in the Toaster thread a while ago, are you still enjoying it?

 

As far as Christmas presents, I am really liking the thermoworks Extra Big and Loud timer. No more endless punching up one number at a time. it counts up once the timer goes off so you know how long its been.


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