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  1. I'm not sure somebody else has to foot the bill for all of those things, nor do I think I have to be wealthy. The FDC that I linked to above is a government organization that is there to help people get products ready for mass production.  But they are not for profit.  There may also be some funding available - but that will take a little more research.

    As for getting things into stores - well, first of all, I have a store.  Second, I have a good relationship with at least 4 national distributors.  I plan on phoning the FDC tomorrow to get more information and hope to take a trip out to see the facility in the near future.  I'll also get in touch with two of my suppliers.  One is new(ish) and looking for good products to distribute.  The other may have mentioned that they had a production facility themselves. (though I may be wrong on that) 

    I also remembered today that we used to be members of the Manitoba Food Processors Association.  There could be a lot of good information available through them.

    Having said that - starting small does seem like a reasonable idea.  One, maybe two products to start. All of this testing and work costs money (hourly rates). Our labelling laws in Canada are quite strict, and I know that it costs a lot to get a nutritional label done for each product. And then it has to be bilingual. But I'm getting way ahead of myself.  First, more info. is needed.

    You seem to have all your own answers so I'm not sure what you're looking to get out of this thread.

  2. I'd think that a water stone would be as much or more of a mess.

    If by "mess" you mean "small puddle of slurry that needs to be wiped up with a rag," sure. If by "mess" you mean "complex assembly process that makes you feel more like you're playing with a Transformers toy than cooking food," then no.

  3. I very nearly bought one of these things since my years worth of utter failure had always made me assume that I simply lacked the skill necessary to sharpen knives by hand. Then I spent about half an hour with some Japanese knives and the feel of the metal was astounding enough to convince me to invest in a good water stone instead. I can't do any fancy double bevels or anything like that, but my knives are all scary sharp and I do find the manual process helps clear and focus the mind.

  4. Kitchenaid is probably the only company left in the world who does not give their phone support reps a knowledgebase full of pre-scripted responses to parrot back at their customers. Call them, tell them what you want, and if it exists, they will get it to you.

  5. Looking for step-by-step instructions for an experimental process that is supposed to be largely creative seems counterproductive to me--like asking "how do I paint the Mona Lisa?"

    A. The Mona Lisa has already been painted and

    B. If you have to ask how it was done, you're probably in no shape to bother with the attempt

    Just as buying the same strings a famous guitar player endorses will not make you play the same way that they do, dropping thousands of dollars on equipment and supplies you don't know how to use is not going to make you Ferran Adria. I have no strong feelings for or against high-tech food prep in general, but the entire point of the discipline is to create new things and give people something they've never seen before. If you're not going to give it any more thought than you would the back of a Betty Crocker brownie mix box, why bother?

  6. If someone else foots the bill for the packaging design, graphic design, distribution and marketing, you can bet your sweet bippy they'll be taking most of your profits further down the line. Assuming you're not independently wealthy, you're going to have to start small, sell locally, invest wisely, and wait to see if it catches on well enough to justify ramping up production.

  7. sushi rice?


    Add a little fresh ginger and palm sugar to your saffron water and you'll have a tasty treat. I usually roll it into little balls and sprinkle them with black sesame seeds.

  8. No, no, when it softens up a bit you can't get your teeth apart. :blink:  I made caramelized pecans with the expectation that they would crunch when you bit them. A few of them did but the rest would have taken out your fillings. They looked pretty but that's about it.

    True. That cake'd be dangerous any way you slice it. I believe it was Apu who said "A Jolly Rancher is not a sprinkle, sir."

  9. If you can manage to get the bagged stuff on the day it's delivered it's often perfectly acceptable. Since this doesn't tend to happen with any degree of regularity, it's more often completely unacceptable for anything other than chemistry experiments involving chlorophyl extraction.

  10. There seems to be some confusion here with respect to what a wrap is.

    It's arguable that this confusion would seem to indicate that the prevalence of these products in the marketplace is capable of being greatly exaggerated by one's perceptions. I don't doubt that they exist, but there's never been any shortage of really bad sandwich shops in the world; so what if they found a new substrate to slather? I'll take a horrible tortilla over the Texan rendition of sourdough any day.

  11. I don't know where you live but they are found in all the major super market deli's in California.

    They're usually made with flour tortillas which are sometimes flavored with spinach or tomato. Then they are spread with mayonnaise, thin slices of rubbery turkey, lettuce, etc. At least that seems to be the norm around here.

    I live in San Francisco and I've never seen anything like that unless it was on a KFC billboard. I did once eat at some kind of "wrap" place in Seattle many years ago, and while I did not enjoy the food there (tasted like lawn clippings), it bore no resemblance to anything you're describing. Guess I'd need to spend more time at chain stores and corporate events in order to get appropriately angry at things I'd never eat anyway, but for the time being, anything that comes wrapped up in a tortilla or hunk of lavash in my neighborhood is usually pretty good and completely mayo-free.

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