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  1. 59 minutes ago, rotuts said:



    your idea is an interesting one.


    the problem these days is you have to get cuttings. 


    that's the difficult part.    the cuttings root easily , etc.


    and from that point on the rest is also easy.


    Those days one used seed.


    that's all I can say.

    Many small growers still grow from seed. There are many online retailers that will ship all over. But I don't really know anything about these things...

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  2. 21 minutes ago, gfweb said:



    Not too long ago I compared paper bag vs plastic for mushroom storage. Over a week, the plastic bag ones lost almost no weight and looked fine.  The paper bag ones were something like 50% lighter and much much smaller.


    Did you have any issues with the mushrooms that were in contact with the plastic?

  3. 45 minutes ago, AlaMoi said:

    "Not sure why we don't do it here in the US. "


    grab 100 people off the street, put a basket of morel down in front of them and ask:

    "Would you eat this?"


    that's why.....


    true.  But the ones who know what it is are likely to pay a high price for them - in NYC, they have no problems selling at $40-$50 per pound.  I'm not saying they will replace white button mushrooms, but I definitely think there's a market here for a predictable annual supply.

  4. 38 minutes ago, dcarch said:


    Not sure why we don't do it here in the US.








    In China




    I've heard of it being done in China but I heard that the flavor isn't the same as the wild ones. Wish I could try them (or know someone who has).

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    Duck breast with morels, sauteed radicchio and roasted potato wedges. Probably the last morels of the season and they were on sale!

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  6. 18 minutes ago, Jacksoup said:

    I made larb tonight but it wasn’t the larb I wanted .  I’ve made it maybe 4  times, the first was the best. I can’t remember what recipe I used, going  to go back and read the thread on it.  


    Do you have Andy Ricker's Pok Pok book? He has 2 recipes for laap - one is the standard Isaan version and the other is the less common Northern Thai version.

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  7. 58 minutes ago, MokaPot said:

    IMO, it would be possible to ship / fly a mango (well-packed) to another location without a crazy loss in quality. IIRC, mangoes can ripen after they're picked. So, maybe you could ship mangoes that are 2 days away from peak ripeness.


    IMO, the type of mango is very important. The types vary greatly. (Sort of like how a Hass avocado, IMO, is so much creamier than other avocados.)

    Exactly - variety is super important.  I've had some tree ripened mangoes in Indonesia that looked amazing and were super juicy, but literally had like no flavor at all.

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  8. 57 minutes ago, Kim Shook said:

    But most of us in the US aren't ever going to get that Thai mango.  So, if what we can get is, to our palate, lovely and delicious and something we'd eat again and again, what's the point of hearing how it doesn't measure up?  I'm truly, truly not trying to be belligerent, but I don't ever get the point of telling someone that they aren't getting the "best" when they are perfectly happy with what they are getting and are unable to get to what is supposed to be "best".  

    I'm sorry - I'm really not trying to make anyone feel bad or like they're missing out... One of the things that I love about this community is that we have representatives from all over the world, with a huge host of experiences. I love reading about when other people experience something that I may never experience... or maybe I might.  Maybe some of the things I read here inspire my travel so I can get the opportunity to experience what they have. I understand that I have the opportunity to travel more often or to farther flung places than others and I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to do so. When I read about people in barbeque country talk about the stuff they can get, I love it, and I love knowing that no matter how good the barbeque is that i can get in NYC (some of it is pretty good), I like to keep it in perspective as to what is available all over.  One day I will make it to Franklin BBQ, or to eastern North Carolina for whole hog... but until i can get there, I can live vicariously through the stories I read here.  That's what I'm trying to do when talking about the Thai mangoes as compared to what is available in NYC.  As someone who has had both, I want to put things in perspective - I'm not trying to knock the NY available product - I'm trying to say (albeit maybe not very well) to people to try to imagine how good it could be.. so those who may never have an opportunity to see the things I've seen to live vicariously through me.

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  9. 34 minutes ago, MokaPot said:

    Yes, lots of differences in mangoes from different parts of the world. A friend who traveled to Africa told me that those were really, really good. She compared it to a peach & said that there was no stringy stuff close to the seed.

    This is similar to some of the best I've had in SE Asia.  I had one in Thailand where you didn't even need to chew - you just put a piece between your tongue and roof of your mouth and press.... it would just squoosh... and it was just sooo juicy....

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  10. 1 hour ago, weinoo said:

    Sometimes my guy on the corner.

    I'm sorry, but I don't think that any mango that you get in the NY area, no matter how good your fruit distributor is, is going to compare to a tree ripened fruit.  Before going to SE Asia during mango season, I used to think that the Champagne or Ataulfo mangoes (grown in Mexico and picked green and "ripened' in a warehouse) were the best things ever - but once I had a mango in Thailand everything changed.  The whole perspective changes.  Don't get me wrong, I still get the ataulfo mangoes (much better than the Tommy Atkins variety, imo) but I can taste and smell the difference.

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  11. 2 hours ago, Okanagancook said:

    CSO chicken leg, West Indian peas & rice, grilled zucchini & spring onion and fresh tomatoes.  The chicken was so moist and the onions a bit 'stringy'...should have chopped them up before putting them on the plate.


    what temp/time did you use for the chicken leg?  What did you coat it with? I keep playing around with temp/time combos....

  12. @jaw Thanks for that.  I had found a price for the 2600W (230V) version on webstaurantstore.com for $935 - this model has the temp probe as well as a dial for adjusting temperatures rather than the screen slider.  I understand that the pan temp may not be as accurate as the CF, but I think for my needs, it will be close enough, plus I really like the expanded field feature and the fact that I can control the output in 1% increments from 1-100%, which makes it emulate gas.  And at 2600W, it will be very powerful - enough to boil a pot of water quickly, or bring a pot of oil back to temp fast when deep frying without the fear of overshooting like with gas.  One thing I'm looking forward to is using my pressure cooker (a kuhn rikon) with it.  On my gas range, i have a really hard time getting it to stay stable once it reaches pressure - either the flame is too low and the pressure drops or the flame is too high, and the overpressure kicks in at some point.  So I have to check on it every 5 minutes to adjust the flame based on the spring valve.  I'm sure it won't take long to find whatever temp setting the vollrath needs to keep it at the pressure I want.  And a big pot of stock or something has a lot of mass, so its temperature won't change that fast anyway - so the speed of the temp sensor is likely to be much faster than how much that pot changes from instant to instant.

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  13. 3 hours ago, PositiveMD said:

    Dang it's making me wonder whether I should pick up another one in case they discontinue it soon

    I've lately been looking at the Vollrath series 4 line. It seems to have the control and accuracy of the control freak, but they have a 2600W version (220V) that's a similar price to the control freak.

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