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  1. Where I grew up in western Kentucky, these were often used on kerosene heater stoves that were about 15 inches in diameter and the entire top would heat anything when the top "radiator" was removed. They were usually used on a porch or even in a barn. On my grandpa's farm, every barn had one of those heaters and the grooms often cooked their midday dinners in such pans or the largest iron skillets that were 18 inches in diameter, especially in the winters. My grandparents cook had several of the huge skillets and used them on the big wood/coal range that was in use in the winter - helped heat the kitchen - but also on the 2 Estate ranges (8 large burners) that were fired by "bottled gas."
  2. Allspice? I use 2/3 allspice 1/3 white pepper as a substitute. Black pepper works about as well.
  3. That was a problem with those old Mirros. I had three teens using the ones I had and the tops wouldn't stay on so I drilled holes in each side and use little 1/4 inch sheet metal screws to hold them on, starting with the smallest I could find. After a while the soft aluminum would enlarge so I would go to a larger diameter screw. This worked just fine for the few year the kids wanted to do that. The things are cheap but they do the job. I haven't made press cookies for a few years but I still have several presses. The last time I used a cordless, battery operated one.
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    How could I have forgotten to add Barley porridge to those I listed in my earlier post. Hulled barley was roasted in the oven in large batches and stored for later use as a side dish, ground to add to breads, and soaked and cooked for porridge to which pecans and sorghum molasses was added along with butter as it was cooking. I would have a bowl set in front of me and my grandmother would add some crumbled crisp bacon. It is delicious.
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    I was raised in such a large extended family that we had several breakfast dishes mornings. My grandpa often got up earlly and had breakfast in the kitchen with one or more of my uncles or great uncles, the farm manager (crops) the vet and an occasional visitor. The rest of us had breakfast in the breakfast room with food in chafers that kept the food warm. The cook made grits, oatmeal, semolina porridge and sometimes toasted buckwheat porridge (buckwheat was grown on the farm as a "cover crop" that was plowed under to replenish the soil where tobacco had been grown for years but some of it was allowed to mature and was harvested to make bread, quick breads, pancakes.) She toasted the buckwheat in a big skillet before putting it through the grain mill the evening before, soaked it overnight and cooked it in the morning. We had other things, biscuits, bacon, sausage, eggs, toast, gravy and I am making myself hungry. We had hand-cranked "flakers" for whole grains. I still have one and it still works just fine, when I have the energy to use it.
  6. i have a backup microwave still in box, never opened in my storeroom. "Just in case." It was one of the Amazon "gold box" deals a "just released" appliance - one year ago. September 2019, no price listed on the product page; Now it's listed at 398.04. I paid $112.88. It's a Cosmo huge - 2.2 cu. ft, 1200 W. My current MW that I got for free via the Vine Voices program is a Toshiba 1000 watt. no interior light, it stopped working several months after I got it. I like it because it has one-button pre-set times for 30 secs, 1, 2 and 3 minute times, a Re-heat sensor that is the best I have ever used and I have had microwaves since 1967. Also, it fits in my "microwave cabinet" while the Cosmo is 1 1/2 inches too wide to fit in the cabinet.
  7. I had the Breville elite die-cast one which worked great. I gave it to my daughter several years ago and her husband mainly uses it, juices everything that can be juiced and some of the pulp gets used in baked goods. It is ideal for a family of five that like to mix fresh juices with protein, collegen and other powders for easily transportable meal substitutes. Celery and apple juice combo is one of their favorites for super hydration while hiking in the hills around Livermore.
  8. Even my oldest bread machine has easily moved paddles and I believe that it is because I ALWAYS REMOVE THE PADDLES AFTER THE FINAL "KNEAD" before the machine begins the final rise and bake process. Since the paddles have never been exposed to the heat of baking, they remain as they were when new. I know one has to time the cycles but it is simple to set a timer, once the timing of the cycles is determined. And the bottoms of the loaves only have a small hole where the shaft is located, which makes it much easier to slice, no wasted bread. Also, when I replace the dough in the pan, after removing the paddles, I make sure the dough is even and my loaves turn out level most of the time.
  9. Hi Rob, Welcome to the best Foodie forum anywhere. I'm in California now but I was born and raised in western Kentucky long, long ago.
  10. Here is another old mixer, since sold. The KitchenAid 3 C Copper with the glass "beehive" bowl. It was in good working order when I sold it on ebay a couple of years ago. I still have a green one, same model and a white 3 B. I also have a white K4-B, the Kitchenaid with a front loop and tail fin. I bought it at Fedco in 1965, used it only a couple of years and then bought my first "bowl-life" model in 1968. It was used a few times over the years but mostly just occupied space in a cupboard. I began "collecting" mainly because I received some old mixers and other things from my family members who got the idea that since I wanted some old stuff from my childhood home in Kentucky (mostly cast iron and crockery) that they could send me any of the "old stuff" they had kept from decades earlier. I don't think anyone in my family ever threw anything away.
  11. Have you adjusted the height of the beater? When I first got the 6-quart KA there was too much space between the bottom of the bowl and the end of the dough hook - didn't matter so much with the "flat" beater but it did with the dough hook and small batches. INSTRUCTIONS: For bowl-lift models, remove the flat beater and bowl. Lay the mixer down backwards on a towel so it doesn’t slip. Locate the screw right where the top and body of the mixer meet. Again, take only quarter turns at a time – right for increasing contact, left for creating more space. Perform the dime test and re-adjust as needed. Watch this video for bowl-lift models.
  12. I have the "naughty elephants" mug - someone gave it to me many years ago. I also have a cartoon mug - by a cartoonist who was very popular in my younger days. Roger Price created Droodles in 1953 and later, when I was in the Army, stationed in San Francisco and hanging out in North Beach during my free time he did a lot of Droodles featuring the "Beatniks" but this one of King Farouk on a bar stool was very popular. King Farouk was not. He had a TV show for a brief time. Carl Reiner was on it. I have a couple of boxes of cartoonish mugs somewhere in my storage unit. I really should get them out.
  13. Those are Jadeite. I believe those with the 6 on the bottom are the later, non-uranium mugs but you can check with a black light. The last one looks earlier, has that slight yellowish tinge I associate with uranium glass but you would have to check.
  14. This is one of my very early Sunbeams from the '30s. This one was also rarely used, is in very good original condition I also have the malt mixer attachment and the glass.
  15. I don't recall ever thinking about color for this mixer. There were no other choices back then. I got a copper 6-quart KA because that was the only color they had at Costco when I bought it. I did buy some vintage mixers that were colors I wanted and I did get a copper KA, a Green KA that were early '50s models with the glass "beehive" bowls. I've still got several old Sunbeams from the 1930s. And a Hamilton Beach from the same era. I had two Magic Maid mixers - sold both last year. Both were pristine, one never used, one used only a few times - both came from my aunts.
  16. I ordered the mixed fruit from nuts.com and it is superior to the regular commercial stuff. I used to buy the Agrimonte fruit mix brand but that vendor went out of business - that sold it in small amounts and I can't use a 30-pound tub. It is the glazed fruit made in Italy. For many years beginning in the '70s, I made my own candied peel and candied citron in large batches, as well as candied ginger. But age and infirmity and really no one for whom to bake - I've outlived so many - makes it impossible now. Just limited baking for myself.
  17. Bed, bath and beyond has this one for sale Price seems reasonable.
  18. I've owned several like this over the years, both rectangular and round. All have glass liners. I think I sold the last one a couple of years ago. I often see them on ebay or etsy. I even had one - round that had an "insulated" top in which one put ice water on hot days or warm water when it was chilly. I had one like the ceramic one back in the '70s. Mine was orange - I have seen them on ebay and etsy in various colors, usually the knife is missing.
  19. The AH cup is not jadeite, it is one of the "cased color" pieces made by Hocking in the 1940s and '50s. This is a Fire King "D-handle" Jadeite mug ca. 1935. It glows under black light because it was made when they still used uranium. At one time I had a bunch of these. Sold the last one about 5 years ago. This is a Fire King Jadeite restaurant ware mug from the early '30s. With a "ring" handle. These were very heavy - more than one toe has been broken by one of these falling on it. They don't have the translucency of the somewhat thinner glass in the D-handle mugs.
  20. No problem. As you can see I don't have to put stress on the joint itself and I have good control of the huller. That joint at the base of my thumb is almost 3 times the size of the joint on the left. The enlargement has caused the joint to dislocate so the joint doesn't move. That is the result of 30 years of holding and using engraving tools when I was engraving and carving in glass and crystal and doing gemstone carving. Otherwise my hands don't look bad for 81 years.
  21. A small thing but surprisingly effective. I had one of the "claw-type" strawberry hullers a couple of years ago but it required pushing with my thumb to open the claw and I have severe arthritis in my right thumb /see photo enlarged joint that doesn't work/ and after a few strawberries, I was in agony. So I tossed it. And most of you know how much i LOVE gadgets. Just not this one. A few weeks ago I received this gadget from Amazon to test and it is amazing. So much easier for me to grasp against the base of my thumb/palm and operate with my fingers. And you should see what a job it does on tough pineapple "eyes" and so easy. It took me only 3-4 minutes to de-eye a large pineapple, a job that usually takes me at least 20 minutes - or longer. I went through 3 pounds of strawberries in short order and could use it to nip off the white parts in those that weren't fully ripe. Also tomatoes - I got some of the "ugly" tomatoes that are odd shaped and have very large stems and cores. Not a problem with this gadget. This is the review I posted on Amazon: andiesenji TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST STRAWBERRY HULLER Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2020 Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? ) I have purchased and thrown away more strawberry hullers than I can count. None worked really well. THIS ONE IS IT! It works easily, even with my arthritic hands, to neatly core/hull strawberries and does a fantastic job removing the "eyes" on a pineapple. (Watch the video) I bought a pineapple and after the outer trimming, used this huller to remove all those eyes in a FRACTION of the time it usually takes me using a paring knife. A really efficient and reasonably-price gadget THAT DOES WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO DO!
  22. I saw a post from you several months back!
  23. One of my neighbors, who has begun baking at home, after being "laid off" and then given the boot from her employer of 14 years, got one of these large capacity San LidA stand mixers in July after seeing one demonstrated in several You Tube videos. And it has a 5-year warranty. The price is extremely reasonable, especially with all the accessories. The 9.5 quart capacity means she can prepare the batter for several cakes at the same time. She also makes a lot of the Mexican "pan dulce" rolls - her recipe is very similar to the Japanese milk bread. She says her son - about 10 - calls it "The Beast" The last time I spoke to her she said she has used the blender once, but has a separate blender so put it away. she hasn't used the food grinder or the vegetable slicer yet but will probably need the food grinder when she starts baking for Christmas. I checked out the reviews and except for one disgruntled person, they are all good. Apparently they have reduced the price since she got hers because she said it was 185.00
  24. I had one for years, when I needed a mixer with greater capacity and strength - KAs did not survive the Struan Bread from Crust and Crumb. Finally sold it and it is still working just fine after 27 years.
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