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    Making the Best Hamburger

    The tenderloin strap is found on whole untrimmed tenderloins, roughly starting about the middle of the whole tenderloin and running down to the tail end. If you're lucky, it has a single layer of silverskin under it. Many times you can almost pull the strap off and it usually is very fatty, having lots of little "balls" of fat on it. doc
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    Making the Best Hamburger

    How many times I've read threads about grinding one's own hamburger and what cuts to use, etc. I've been trying to duplicate the hamburger that used to sell for $0.19/lb for regular and $0.29 for lean when I was a kid in the 1950's. Here's some observations: 1. The meat today isn't the same. They used to pasture feed the cattle, bring'em into the barn when they were about 2-3 years old, finish them off on corn, grain and beets for 2-3 months. Then to the butcher who hung the meat and (what is now called) dry-aged it. 2. Maybe some stores add blood, but where they gettin' the blood? I think it is the fact that most meat today is cryovac'd when it is aged, which means it doesn't dry out, and has a lot of blood in it already. When its ground, you're getting that blood. They don't have to add more. 3. THe closest I've come to hamburger of the old days is 1:1:1 ratio of prime sirloin, choice chuck, and tenderloin strap (sans silverskin). I use my KA mixer grinder with the fine sieve and grind only once. It does help to have the meat slightly cold but not frozen. Grinds better. I've had room temperature meat, especially from meat that had been mechanically tenderized before I bought it turn into Vet's Dog food consistency. Yuck! Fry the burger on one side until it is brown half way up the side of the burger, Turn it over, turn down the heat, add S&P, and slow fry it until done. Works very well every time. ANd try as I might, I've never mastered being able to completely rid the meat of gristly bits, tendon bits, and other objectionable stuff. Ya just never know what's really hidden in those thick fat veins, especially in chuck roasts. That's probably why I like to add the tenderloin strap as it is usually very fatty, and most of the time, the silverskin is easy to remove. However, with that said, there are times when the silverskin seems to just riddle all through the strap. Bummer! ANyway, I trim a lot of suspicious fat from the chuck just to be more certain I don't get chewy crunchy bits in my hamburger. The fat from the tenderloin makes up for that, and the sirloin adds a meaty flavor that "beefs" up the taste. No pun intended. doc
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    Rice Salad

    My favorite rice salad isn't really made with rice, its made with grass seed. I figured this out from Jean Claude Tindillier, Le Petit Chef in Wayzata, MN. Now retired to France. I ate it so often I figured out how to make it myself purely out of desperation. Wild Rice Salad Boil Wild Rice in slightly salted water until it "blossoms" (bursts open). Rinse, drain and cool. Add: Halved Sliced Black Olives Whole brined Green Peppercorns (drained) Golden Raisins Sliced Almonds Chopped Fresh Tarragon 1-2 TBSP Dijon Mustard S&P Chopped fresh tomato Red Wine Vinaigrette Proportions are to individual taste and appearance. Careful on the green peppercorns, they're supposed to be like little island surprises of spicy taste sensations. I'm tellin' ya, this stuff is addictive! doc
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    Grilled Beef Tenderloin

    Because of the varying thickness of a whole tenderloin, your's is not an easy question to answer. I tend to cut off the end pieces and let them rest in the open and cool off faster because they're usually more done. The centercut, going by temperature probe, gets set on a dish with a pot cover over it. Usually comes out just about the rare side of medium rare, which is perfect. My wife likes her meat more done, so it works out in the end. Anything I think is overcooked is just perfect for her. Anything I think is perfect, and she's liable to stick it in the microware for 30 seconds! Whew.... doc
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    Grilled Beef Tenderloin

    Like I said, I was just curious. Tenderloin, being one of the most tender, combined with Fat Guy's response about slicing 1/4" thick for "sinking your teeth in" made me wonder about cutting technique. For instance, flank steak, sirloin, roasts, many of the "tougher" cuts of meat, are recommended specifically to be cut against the grain, which I take as a form of mechanical tenderizing. By reverse logic, I wondered about possible instances where the technique is to cut "with" the grain, being that since there were specific instances where it was recommended to "cut against" the grain, i.e. by supposition, somewhere someone for some reason must be cutting "with" the grain. I cut against the grain, because the muscle fibers aren't always neatly "stacked" when looking at the grain. So it isn't as easy to cut "with" the grain because of this, if I even ever wanted to. But, I hardly would ever think of slicing than against the grain too. doc
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    Grilled Beef Tenderloin

    Just curious. Do you cut with or against the grain when you slice your tenderloins? tx, doc
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    Frozen Pizza "From Scratch"

    When I make fresh pizza dough, I usually make one right away that gets put on a corn meal dusted pizza peel and directly onto the hot pizza stone in the oven. The dough is enough to make 3 pizzas total. I put the other two dough crusts onto round pizza pans. I paint them with olive oil to keep them from getting mushy. I proceed to make the pizza the same way as the fresh one. When the time comes to take one out of the freezer, I simply remove it (easily) from the pizza pan, and put it on a pizza peel and then into the oven. I usually let the oven and pizza stone heat up after I take the frozen pizza out of the freezer. I shake the pizza peel occasionally to keep it from sticking. It usually partially defrosts while the oven is heating up to the mandatory 550F. Sometimes it takes 12-14 minutes instead of the usual 9-11minutes for a completely fresh pizza, but I can barely tell the difference between them. Sometimes I actually think the partially defrosted pizza has a tendency to be a bit crisper crust (they're always thin crust anyways) than the fresh ones. So, it is very convenient for me to make 3 at a time, and freeze 2. doc
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    Range Hoods & Vents

    More important than almost anything else is replacement air capability. Your vent can't remove greasy air if there is no air coming into the house to replace what is being exhaused. Close to importance, is to make sure that there is a fire barrier and a surge of flame cannot start an attic fire. I have a 4-fan (total 1200 CFM) Vent-a-hood with fireproof baffles. Not much fun to take apart and clean but they do fit in the dishwasher. We open a door and a couple of windows (even in winter) to allow the exhaust to work. Otherwise, the grease just collects inside the baffles, and we've found it dripping down into our food, especially if we're boiling water or steaming something! Our motors are right in the hood, and the noise has never been a problem. Had it over 17 years now, and never a maintenance problem or part failure. doc
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    Malted milk powder

    Ever since the 1950's, it's always been Carnation Malted Milk Powder. We still have a jar in the cupboard, been awhile since I made it. However, a new ice cream shop opened nearby recently, and everyone was raving how good their malts were. Went there to find that they spoon out Carnation Malted Milk Powder to make their malts. They taste to me like the best I ever had since 50 years ago. I dunno... doc
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    Summer Salad Ideas for Outdoor Potluck

    Two ideas come to mind: 1) Jerusalem Salad: Alternately peel cucumbers so they have stripes, cut lengthwise, use spoon to dig out the seeds, then slice however thick you want them. Throw in a bowl with coarsely sliced onion (Vadalias work nice), sweet bell peppers sliced similarly in size to your onion slices, and seeded, chunked fresh tomato. Make a dressing of: (You'll have to figure the proportions you need based on this basic recipe) 1/2 C Roasted Sesame Tahini Juice of 2-3 lemons 1/4 C EVOO 1 clove of garlic S&P to taste All into the processor and whirl away. Add cold water until you get the consistency you want. Usually doesn't take too much. For color add some chopped fresh flat leaf parsley. A dash of cumin and/or a dash of cayenne will add some zip. Doesn't need too much as the lemon juice makes this dressing go great with the fresh salad ingredients. 2) Wild Rice Salad: Boil a 1lb of (real) wild rice (minnesota). It should just be starting to puff out. Don't want it to look too much like dark rice. Drain and cool. Add EVOO, red wine vinegar, chopped black olives, whole green peppercorns, diced green onions or shallots, coarsely chopped tomato, S&P to taste, chopped tarragon, dijon mustard, golden raisins, and slivered almonds. Experiment with the proportions. It all goes well together. Easy does it on the green peppercorns! doc
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    Artichokes

    Couple of celery sticks, a bay leaf, a garlic clove, and onion sliced, and into the water of a large pot. Then the steamer insert, then the groomed artichokes. I used to steam them with all the leaves on. Now, I cut off the top 1/3, dig out the choke with a rounded small spoon, pull off all the leave, cut off the stem, so I end up with what is officially called the "artichoke bottom medallion". These I steam until just fork tender. Shock in ice water to stop the cooking after draining them. Then I whip up some white wine, red wine vinegar, tarragon, chervil, S&P, and chopped red onion or shallots or scallions. Cook down until almost no liquid. Whip up an appropriate amount of egg yolks, dump in the reduction, whip like crazy over low heat until the mixture begins to thicken (no double boilers for me....too slow). THen I add clarified non-salted butter, until I get the consistency and taste I'm looking for. A sprinkle of more tarragon and a smidgeon of cayenne. Microwave the artichoke medallions, and ladle on lots of bearnaise sauce. Yum! Just ate 4 medallions like this a few days ago. AND....if I can get really fresh crab meat, I will pulverize it in the food processor, put it in a clean dish towel, squeeze out the moisture (important tip...took me years before I figured out how important this step was), and then incorporate into the bearnaise sauce. EVEN more YUM than without the crab meat. doc
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    Canning "uncannable" foods

    Hoy Hoy, Nickrey!
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    Canning "uncannable" foods

    Just so everyone gets this completely straight: You cannot use a pressure cooker to do what a pressure canner can do. Got this straight from Presto in Wisconsin. Largest manufacturers of pressure cookers, pressure canners and pressure cookers/canners. We've been canning all sorts of things for over 35 years. Only thing to watch out for is loss of vacuum usually due to a small chip on the sealing surface. You must check carefully for these, because sometimes the process of opening a canned canning jar can chip the sealing edge. Also, if the color changes or it smells bad, throw it out. On the other hand botulism leaves no smell or taste. That makes it a sneaky bugger to watch out for. doc
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    Sandwich for the freezer

    Approximately every two weeks, I lay out 12 pre-sliced regular English muffins opened on my cutting block. They just fit. Then I lay a 1/4" slice of sharp pre-sliced good quality cheddar (the meat man slices them for me off a large block of cheddar). I then take 3 boxes of frozen regular Hormel sausage links and cut them into 3's, put them on a preheated griddle. While they're cooking, we take 12 eggs, one at a time into a measuring cup, add a pinch of sea salt and a LOT of freshly ground black pepper. Into the egg rings they go (I have 4 rings that just fit on the griddle along with the sausages). As the sausages get nicely browned on both sides, I scoop them up and place them on the cheese thats lying on the open bottom of each English muffin. As the eggs cook, I slip off the ring and turn them over. They're scrambled when I added the S&P, and I plop them on top of the 3 sausages per sandwich. Top of the muffin goes on, and I slide them into individual sandwich bags and all but one goes into the freezer. Night before I go to work, I take one out of the freezer and its just right to take to work the next day. I heat it on an open paper plate for 55 seconds at work, and immediately turn it over, so the underneath side doesn't stay moist and chewy. I've been doing this for years. In fact, looking forward to my sandwich and a Coke when I first get to work is what keeps me going to work. Haven't missed a day since I started in May of 2005! doc
  15. Actually, the lycopene from cooked tomatoes is more easily absorbed by the body, but it is still present in tomato paste to the tune of ~6.5 mg/100grams of paste as compared to 3.1mg/100 grams of tomatoes. Average consumption is still being worked out, but ~6.5 mg per day is considered beneficial and safe. doc
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