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Tri2Cook

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  1. I wouldn't agree that's necessarily an accurate indicator of how much a person making chocolates cares about what they do but as you said, "you do you".
  2. Most websites I've seen that sell chocolate molds tend to carry the non-polycarbonate plastic molds in addition to the polycarbonate. Some places carry them in two different grades, professional and hobbyist. As far as that specific design goes, I have no idea. I'd be happy to help if I just happened to know the answer but I don't want to sift through hundreds of plastic molds on 20 different sites to see if I can find it... but you could. Or you could email a picture of it to Ikea customer service and see if they can help.
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    Melanger experimentation

    Interesting. 50% sugar and 17% fruit. So, not having tried either, I'm guessing a whole lot sweeter and somewhat less fruity than what Kerry is doing... but explains why they can afford to sell it at their price point.
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    Melanger experimentation

    I don't think Kerry's home kitchen is the standard piece of kit. I think a lot of food labs and high end restaurants would be jealous...
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    Andrey Dubovic online classes

    A Herpstat and Flexwatt… do you work with reptiles? Herpstats are amazing controllers. Most of them are a bit pricey for a cocoa butter warmer but the Intro that you're using is pretty reasonable. I'm running a Herpstat 2 on each of my enclosures controlling a radiant heat panel up top and a UTH underneath and I've had zero issues with them. I have some less expensive controllers that I used to use for enclosures with less temp-reliant species that I'm going to play around with and see if they're precise enough for cocoa butter purposes. Not trying to convince you to do it but just for the record, I'm willing to say it isn't beyond your skills and I don't even know you outside of here. That stuff is marketed to the reptile hobbyist/enthusiast and is very user-friendly to work with.
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    Melanger experimentation

    Got sidetracked with other ideas and never got back to it after my initial disappointment that it was too soft. I have it stored with some other things waiting to be molded and it actually did seem to harden up more eventually, it just took longer to do it than most things usually do, so I need to finish that and see what I end up with.
  7. In my universe! That's my story and I'm sticking to it...
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    Melanger experimentation

    Nice! I'm still going to give this a try just so I can say I did but I became a little less excited about it when I started tracking down freeze dried fruits and realized what it would cost to do it as a regular thing. I can still see maybe doing it as a seasonal limited edition or something though.
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    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Decided to play around with a different rub than I usually make. Made a basic rub with sea salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and a little cayenne pepper then tossed in a fairly large amount of fresh ground black pepper and very finely minced fresh lemon zest. 2 hours with pecan smoke followed by 2 hours wrapped in foil at 225 F and the ribs are out of the smoker... Sticking with the lemon theme, I made a bbq sauce with lemon juice replacing the usual vinegar and a healthy dose of fresh lemon zest that I strained out at the end. It's tasty but after a quality-control rib without sauce, I'm not sure how much I'll be using. I'm really happy with the flavor of the dry ribs. The goal was to not heat the house today with oven or stove, it's really hot and humid for here, so the only side dish is a basic garden salad.
  10. Are those break room finds hints or just happy coincidences?
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    Melanger experimentation

    I have to confess that I haven't actually ordered it yet. I was excited about it and geared myself up to grab it when it hit the website, especially when it hit the site with an introductory sale price. But then I took a careful read of the specs and now I'm waffling over whether I consider a 500 gram minimum batch size micro enough to be worth the expense (which is significantly higher than the number on the website after shipping and currency conversion to Canada are added on). That's not really as small as I had in mind for testing and experimenting, I can get down almost that small in the full size unit. I realize there are limits to how small it can go and still generate the forces necessary for it to do it's job and I'm betting that 500 gram minimum is a safe number and can be flexed lower so I'm still giving it serious consideration.
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    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    That's a pretty hefty time savings but I don't think I have the patience required to stir something every 10 seconds for 5 - 10 minutes.
  13. Thanks! That was easy. I really do learn something here every day.
  14. I am following them... I just don't know where to find the stories I suppose. Social media beyond forums really isn't my strong point. I kinda have Facebook down now but I was pretty late even to that one.
  15. Yeah, I saw that. I assumed I had 24 hours from when Rob posted about it. That was probably a silly thing to assume, it may have already been available for hours before that.
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