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  1. 74.98% milk (weighed after it's been "burnt" and poured off of the solids of course), 6.96% cream, 16.02% sugar and 7.04% egg yolk.

    Are these percentages supposed to add up to 100? I figure they should if everything is scaled to the total batch weight. Then again, I guess there could be as much as 5% loss in the process.

  2. Anyone make lox/cold smoked copper river salmon?

    I got a couple fillets at Costco today at $9/lb was planning on vac packing and freezing 1 to keep until weather cools in the fall/early winter and cold smoking it.

    Yep, I have a fillet that will see smoke tomorrow. I went with the Modernist Cuisine proportions for lox-style salmon: simply 3% salt and 1.5% sugar.

  3. What is it?

    2 Cups Rhubarb Stems Chopped

    1/2 Cup Washed Raw Sugar

    1/4 Cup Bariani Balsamic Vinegar

    4 Cups Water

    What will it be?

    Answer: something I'll make this weekend. Also plan to whip up a batch of as-yet-undetermined berry shrub roughly following Neyah White's recipe here.

    Cherries are abundant at the farmer's market right now, and more stone fruits are popping up every day. All seem very shrubbable.

  4. one thing that i want from my dasher bottle whatevers is a way to augment aromatic intervals & tonality by the dash without augmenting my gustatory proportions. i need those aromas that decreases the perception of sweetness to create the tension that renders my drink compelling... this is usually the way that "bitter make it better"

    gustatory bitterness isn't a negative in dasher bottle bitters, but because of the order of operations of multisensory perception, gustatory bitterness can be a sensory distraction from aroma. so it comes down to what your favorite tension is; gustatory bitterness or various forms of olfactory dryness?

    I think I may be starting to understand a tiny bit of what you are saying. Scary. :biggrin:

    Count me in, too. Stephen's posts (and Andy's interpretation) have really expanded my perspective about the function of bitters in a drink. If a product labeled as a bitters doesn't have a strong bitter taste on its own but can play a similar role to traditional bitters in a cocktail, what should we call it? That's a semantic argument, and not terribly interesting to me. The more relevant issue is understanding exactly what function a dash of "bitters" provides to a drink. Personally, I appreciate that broadened perspective.

  5. I guess I wouldn't overthink this too much -- the nice thing about butter is that it cuts easily. I buy mine in 1 lb blocks and slice off pieces as needed to go into a run-of-the-mill ceramic butter dish shaped for standard 1/4 lb sticks. On the odd occasion I have some different butter format in the house, it gets sliced and diced accordingly to fit.

  6. If you use a modern (i.e., frost-free) fridge, you will need a humidifier. I haven't used a humidifier with built-in hygrostat, but reviews haven't been favorable (see comments in the link below). I think they are probably less accurate/precise than a stand-alone meter. In addition, there is the issue you mention of a humidity gradient between the top and bottom of the chamber, although this could be remedied by adding a small fan to circulate the air.

    For a more thorough guide, see jmolinari's excellent post on fridge conversion here.

  7. Strega Salutes all around tonight! :blink: Yikes, all three betray an almost complete lack of understanding of how to put their product to good use. Time to get a brand ambassador.

  8. If this is an extra fridge (not your daily use unit), try letting it air out (unplugged, door open) for a week or so.

    I second this. You'd be surprised how effective fresh air and a little time are. The stink might even be gone in as little as a day if you can have the fridge outdoors in plenty of fresh air and sunlight.

  9. Knife skills aside, I'm sure you'll find plenty of uses for a $20 Benriner!

    My thoughts exactly. I bought it years ago and it has certainly paid for itself many times over. I'm sure you'll find other uses for it other than the odd garnish here and there.

    As Chris said he already has a V-slicer, I think that comment was directed towards dedicated truffle or garlic slicers.

  10. I'm starting in on the Braised Short Ribs from volume five: today I put the flank steak in its marinade, and I just started the garlic chips. Here's the flank in its marinade (of soy sauce and fish sauce):

    Braised short ribs - 1 - Flank in marinade.jpg

    Can we actually go back a few steps here -- flank steak somehow works its way into braised short ribs?

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