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  1. Heartsurgeon

    Power outage - sous vide

    A large tub of water provides some thermal stability in the case of a power outage. I insulate my tub as well, for the same purpose.
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    Coffee Ice Cream

    lets see some recipes!
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    Coffee Ice Cream

    I appreciate the journey that paulrapael is embarked on. I assume he is is a coffee lover, with the goal of capturing the varietal essence of his favorite coffees in a ice cream form. A noble effort! My recipe reflects my goals. That recipe results in a intensely rich, flavorful ice cream, that maintains an unctuous mouth feel when stored in the freezer. In my experience, with less than 100% cream in the base, frozen ice creams will develop a grainy mouth feel as ice crystals gradually form. If you consume your ice cream over s short period of time, this is less of a concern. If your primary goal is clarity of subtle coffee flavors, without imparting other flavors, than it makes sense to leave out caramel, leave out Kahlua, vanilla, reduce cream content. However in my experience, the mouth feel of such an ice cream will degrade more rapidly once frozen and stored. I have only made caramel for this ice cream, using the technique from the Chez Panisse Dessert book. I found making a large batch with that technique much more difficult than a smaller batch. It looks like there may be an easier way to make it, and I'm grateful for that information. In my life, I've rarely found opinions useful. First hand experience however, is invaluable. That's what I look for. That's why i posted a recipe.
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    Coffee Ice Cream

    I'm sorry I posted my ice cream recipe. I didn't know I was such a bad person. Mexican vanilla extract It's heartening to know we have a HACCP instructor reviewing posts. Yes, the warnings are from the Chez Panisse Dessert book, and confirmed by my own experience. The book had an even more explicit warning. Making a good custard base is trivial if you use a digital thermometer, and even easier if you do it sous vide. Thomas Keller (page 251, Under Pressure) has simplified custards bases to heating in a sous vide bag at 179.6-185 degrees for 20 minutes. I assume the time was selected at least in part, to assure his base was pasteurized. It works great (personal experience). I didn't list the sous vide approach, as not everyone has the equipment. With regards the 100% cream selection, I tried a variety of bases with varying ratios of whole milk, half&half and cream. I selected the ratio that gave me the mouth feel and flavor I thought was best I tried the ice cream with/without caramel. In the end I agreed with the statement in the Chez Panisse Dessert book: "This is a more richly flavored variation of coffee ice cream" The recipe represents my personal preference for flavor and mouth feel. I did make one batch using wood roasted beans that I thought was terrible, but someone else loved! To each his own. Hope that helps.
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    Coffee Ice Cream

    Started with the coffee caramel ice cream recipe from Chez Panisse Desserts every variable tweaked and refined. Some additions. The first time you make this, you should consider halving the recipe, in order to have some practice making the caramel Hardware Whisk, digital thermometer, large heavy pot, wire mesh strainer, ice creammaker (i prefer the cheapo Hamilton Beach model, yes i've tried many) Software: 1 pound bag of Stumptown Sumatran Whole beans 2 cups of organic cane sugar (Costco) 1/2 gallon of extra heavy whipping cream (Darigold 40%, Costco) 12 egg yolks Mexican vanilla extract Kahlua Liquor rock salt ice RECIPE: add 1/2 cup of water, 2 cups sugar to large heavy pot, mix continuously and cook over high heat until you form a light caramel (this is not easy) remove from heat and CAREFULLY add 1/2 cup of warm water. this will violently splatter, so be careful (this is dangerous) stir until caramel mostly dissolved, ok to add a little more water if needed. add cream and whole beans to pot warm mixture to 175-185 degrees stirring constantly (to further dissolve caramel) for 90 minutes. strain out coffee beans and discard whisk egg yolks in a separate bowl, temper with coffee infused cream, and add back into pot stirring continuously. continue to stir and heat mixture to 175-180 degrees for 15-20 minutes - should thicken considerably strain into a container add 2 tablespoons of Kahlua add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract stir refrigerate overnite. Make your ice cream. Put into containers and freeze overnite. The use of 100% cream and fantastic Sumatran beans makes for amazingly rich and flavorful ice cream. The Kahlua and caramel boost the coffee flavor even more. i serve one scoop of this in an espresso cup, with an espresso spoon. Its insanely rich, and well caffeinated.
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    i've tried multiple different chickpeas (canned and dry). MOST flavorful, in my opinion, canned Goya chickpeas i've tried multiple different tahini's Most flavorful, in my opinion, Krinos Tahini the balance of salt, acid (lemon juice) and garlic is crucial to elevate the dish. Most folks dont add enough lemon juice. finally, hummus tastes infinitely better on day two. just my opinion. hope it helps you make a tastier dish!
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    Mark Bittman and the politics of food

    As I have previously stated, Bittman is a culinary Chuck Shumer.
  8. We've all made a quintuple reduction duck stock, ending up with an elixir "too precious to use" kinda like that rare bottle of wine you keep, waiting for a real special moment that never comes....
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    Drowning in Figs!

    fig ice cream.
  10. Heartsurgeon

    Long cooked eggs

    part way down the page, pictures of hamine eggs a la pressure cooker hamine eggs in pressure cooker
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    Long cooked eggs

    I have made hamine eggs in the pressure cooker, probably the most efficient way to do this. they have a custard iike texture, and in my opinion, a hammy flavor (nothing to do with the name). 60 minutes in the pressure cooker at 15psi. let the cooker cool/decompress by itself off heat.
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    Long cooked eggs

    i have made hamine eggs in the pressure cooker. They have a unique consistency, kinda like a custard, and a hammy flavor! I don;t think that has anything to do with their name. Everyone should try a hamine egg at least once. They are intriguing. Never made it sous vide, although i suppose you could at 180F for a long time, but whats the point.
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    How should I cook this expensive steak?

    I've given up on sous vide steak. It has a "lifeless" taste, and granular texture for lack of a better description. My favorite steak currently, is a bone in prime rib eye, that I butcher myself out of a whole rack (Costco sells these at holidays, I highly recommend) My last (and final effort) with sous vide for these 2-3 inch thick cowboy steaks, was to pre-sear (in butter, heavy skillet), sous vide, then season, and re-sear under broiler (They looked fantastic, but did not have the depth of flavor i was used to) Reverted to my standard technique for cooking normal thickness steaks, season, sear (in butter, heavy skillet) then finish in oven (350 degrees 10 minutes) ..OUTSTANDING. Do not be afraid of a 2-3 inch steak. Teach it who's boss.
  14. Its possible to make instant gravy using multi-stock and wondra flour. add salt, pepper, little squeeze of lemon, sliver of garlic, dash of cream, pat of butter. hit the mixture with a blitz stick, microwave until desired thickness. best gravy ever in under 60 seconds.
  15. my sister coined this phrase about triple stock: "too precious to use" that;s the one drawback to making it, you become convinced it must only be used for an extra-special occasion. throughly brown the bones and bits before tossing in the Kuhn Rikon for 30 minutes on high. Repeat 3-4 times...oohhhh myyyy....too precious. made lamb risotto using multi-stock that was insanely good.
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    What Are You Cooking Sous Vide Today? (Part 2)

    Sous Viding homemade pastrami... dry cured some Painted HIlls brisket and some boneless short rib for 14 days. soaked 3 hours in water (changed three times) coated with pepper and coriander smoked at 150 degrees for 7 hours (applewood) final step sous vide at 150 degrees for 48 hours. i tried 12, 24, and 48 hours. 48 hours was winner. once i have my cure perfected, i will post it. so far, great pastrami...aiming for absolute best!
  17. i bought a commercial grade slicer when i started making bacon. In retrospect, i wish i had never bought it. CONS: clean up is a complete PITA. COMPLETE PITA. you have to disassemble the slicer with hand tools. the blade is like a giant, heavy, circular razor blade. If you drop it, it will likely remove your foot (i ended up buying kevlar gloves) once apart, it has lots of nooks and crannies..plan on spending some quality time cleaning... you have to reassemble the slicer with hand tools. PROS: bragging rights to owning a commercial slicer ability to select the exact thickness of the slice when you use the slicer, expect tiny bits of food to get shot out of the slicer all over the place...it is a spinning disc after all.. now you have to clean the room/walls/floor. given the time it takes to hand clean the slicer (and the room) your only going to end up using it when you slice enormous amounts of food... there's a reason it's called a commercial slicer, its just not practical for home use. i slice my bacon by hand now, and i don;'t dread doing it...
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    What's going wrong with my bread?

    I'm sorry, but " sprinkle the yeast and salt over top of the resulting dough and squish it all together " sounds like a technique guaranteed to result uneven distribution of yeast and salt throughout the dough. You can even end up with pockets of yeast (or malt in my case). I am a proponent of mixing the yeast, salt and any additives (such as malt) with the water first (i even use a blitz stick to make sure everything is dissolved). Flour is added last, mixing all the while
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    Laminate flooring in kitchen?

    laminate should work great! As long as you never drop anything on it. Oh ya, don't ever spill a bunch of liquid on it either. Problem with laminates is they will swell and deform if they get soaked (big spill of liquid), and their surface cracks/breaks when struck by a heavy object. Hardwood, you can always refinish it, or live with the "patina" it develops. Laminate just looks broken.
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    Sous vide for a newbie?

    YOU can sous vide chicken without removing it from the packaging, if you buy chicken from Costco. I buy bone in thighs from Costco that are vacuum sealed in a "six-pack" , each pack contains 3-4 chicken thighs. A friend that manufactures product (bagging materials) for Foodsaver, indicated to me that the bags have to meet a certain safety standard that falls well within sous vide temps. I cook these bagged chicken thighs at 150 degrees overnite when i go to bed. In the morning, i pop them into the fridge. When de-bagged, they are covered in gelatin/juice hence called jus). I reserve this, peel off the skin, and pat the thighs dry. I season like usual (salt, pepper, "secret rub"), set aside. I render the chicken fat from the skin, and make cracklings out of the skin. I then sear/brown the chicken thighs in the chicken fat. Put the chicken jus in deep container, add the crackling, salt, pepper, pat of butter, sliver of garlic, squeeze of lemon, dash of heavy cream, and WONDRA flour. Hit the mixture with a blitz stick to blend, stick in microwave until it thickens....GRAVY in under 60 seconds that is fabulous. advantages Buy bulk chicken, no need to portion and vacuum bag (already done for you!) cook over nite (multi-tasking! sleeping and cooking) every single piece of the chicken (except the bones) gets used up. killer gravy moist, fall off the bone chicken. Alternatives, use jus in cooking rice, cracklings are good straight up. I've also just tossed the season chicken thighs on the barbecue grill for quick perfectly cooked grilled chicken. pick the chicken off the bones (easy after cooking) season and turn into chicken salad
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    Screaming Toddlers in Restaurants

    When we had our first child, we took her on a trip to Napa around the age of 1 year, and had several memorable meals . At Auberge du Soleil, our daughter started getting fussy. The wife ate her meal while I walked around outside with our child, then I ate my meal while she walked around with her. It never would have occurred to either of us to sit there and subject the other diners to her fussing. At some other restaurants she did great. Funny thing was about 25 years later, she went and had dinner at Auberge du Soleil, without knowing it was her second time there! I also don;t understand a parent that could sit at a table (or eat or talk for that matter) with a child screaming for 40 minutes, and not try to remedy the situation. As i recall, non-stop crying meant either a poopy diaper, and empty tummy, or a sleepy head.
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    Cooking with Duck Fat: The Topic

    replace some (or all!) of the butter in your favorite mashed potato recipe with duck fat...sublime! confit your thanksgiving day turkey (thighs/legs) sous vide in duck fat..you'll never go back
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    Real Wasabi

    my local Japanese superstore sells local (Oregon) fresh wasabi root. a 1-2 inch chunk (about the thickness of a carrot) runs $15-18. Of course you still have to buy a sharkskin grater to make the wasabi paste
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    Onion overload

    Ditto on the caramelized onion idea. i make a batch of vadouvan once a year, and freeze the product in 1/4 cup pucks that i vac pak and freeze. the main ingredient of this happens to be onions. I go through a 10 pound sack like it's nothing. this isn't the vadouvan recipe, but you can process the onions in the same manner. basically, rough chop the peeled onions, saute in batches in canola oil until just starting to brown (this reduced the volume significantly). next, take the sauteed onions and spread them out over a sheet pan (it takes three sheet pans loaded about 1/2 inch thick to hold 10 pounds of onion i use a silpat in each pan). roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 1-3 hours until dark dark brown. scrape up the brown goo, package and freeze. you will have reduced the volume of the onions 10 fold by now. . the little brown pucks of caramelized onions can be added to soups, stews, sprinkled on pizzas, added to sauces for an intense flavor boost.
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    Need ideas for making a light corn chowder

    something to experiment with - highly recommended make your chowder using grilled corn on the cob (strip the husks off, and put the unadorned corn directly on the grill until it is well toasted (speckled char all over). cut the corn off the cob, and make corn stock out of the cobs! corn cob stock is amazing. use some in your corn chowder recipe of choice. many possibilities for corn stock. it is tremendously sweet and flavorful.