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  1. Staphylococcus aureus toxin formation is prevented at a pH of 5.3 or less. So you shouldn't have a problem with Staph If your process reliably achieves this pH (and without using a starter culture, that's a non-negligible if). Bottom line: I wouldn't be comfortable with this process unless I was monitoring pH during the fermentation step.

  2. Making ice is one of the rhythms of daily life I most enjoy. Of all the plastic twist trays I've tried, I've found these to be the best option: they release easily and cleanly and I like the size and shape of the cubes -- as close to a true cube as I've seen, apart from the silicone trays. They stack very securely up to 4 high; above 6 and the going gets squirrely. They're dirt cheap, but hold up well (I think the only reason I've bought new ones over the years is because they were left behind in moves).

  3. Living in Southern California, it was all you could do not to trip over 40 lb bags of lump charcoal (like this here). Every store carried them, from the national chain supermarkets to the tiny bodegas. Back in Rhode Island, all I can find are measly 8 lb bags. That's about two chimney loads full for me, which ain't gonna cut it with grilling season approaching. Any leads?

  4. When I couldn't get local Ridgebacks, I'd often pick up wild Mexican shrimp from the fish market in Santa Barbara. They usually had some serious chow "in progress", and I got in the habit of shelling and deveining those varieties even though I prefer to cook shrimp shell on.

  5. You're cooking the pig's feet, aren't you? The cold weather is perfect for making something hearty with pig's feet.

    I have the wrong pigs or I'm doing this wrong, but I can never get any meat off trotters. I keep them for stock. What recipes do you use?

    Doubt it's just you (or your pigs). Meat yield will depend entirely on where the trotters are lopped off.

  6. Just as there are good sparkling white wines made outside of Champagne, are there any good "tequilas" made outside of Jalisco?

    I know Kent asked this a while ago, but since there were no responses, I'll bite. The guys at K&L have been bringing in a bunch of interesting agave spirits lately, some of which get a mention on their Spirits Journal blog. One such product is Los Osuna, hailing from Sinaloa north of Jalisco. Coincidentally, they use the same champagne/sparkling wine analogy to explain the relevant terminology.

  7. I'm using spreadsheets a lot in the kitchen, with weights of all ingredients scaled by the amount of a main ingredient (say, pork shoulder for a sausage). Does anyone have experience using spreadsheets with a non-iPad tablet? Both app and device recommendations are welcome.

  8. Hank Shaw has a useful post on foraging books here. For that matter, his website has a lot of great information, albeit not in book form. The content there may have been condensed down somewhat into his recent book, Hunt Gather Cook. I haven't laid my hands on a copy, but I gather it's not meant to be a thorough foraging manual as much as to provide inspiration and some gentle encouragement to get out and explore the natural bounty.

  9. Thanks for the tips, I used Tanqueray, so not the most forward gin, ill use my Hendricks next time and see how that plays.

    Do try the Hendricks, but Tanqueray and Beefeater are two of the most juniper-forward gins (what Dan was suggesting) in wide distribution. Me, I lean toward Beefeater for Corpse Revivers, although all taste is personal.

  10. All right, you made me go out to the garage where I keep the bottles I'm still too steamed about purchasing to look at everyday -- that's where I keep the bottle of Cruzan white. I tasted it again and I'm with Chris; I get a wee hint of rum beneath a wallop of nail polish remover (the neutrality of vodka would be a considerable improvement). Is this variability bottle-to-bottle or market-to-market? All in all I find it very interesting.

  11. What I've come to call a "Hemingway Mocquiri":


    And it's so tasty, mock or otherwise.

    Yes. Yes it is. Thank you very much. I used Cruzan white. I think I'll try Rhum JM. I just got a bottle and have been enjoying its funkadelic grooviliciousness.

    The best Hemingway daiquiri I've ever had (and one of the best drinks I've ever been served by just pointing at a bottle and letting the bartender decide the rest) was at Nopa in San Francisco and used the Rhum JM 1997. I need to get a bottle of the white.

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