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  1. To be technical, vacuums necessarily have to do with voids (as a vacuum is defined as a space devoid of matter). But voids are exactly what we're trying to avoid by using flexible bags and sous vide. So it's really a pointless argument. And not one that sheds any light on chicken freezing.
  2. It really comes down to a distinction without a difference. Thomas Keller named his Sous Vide book Under Pressure even though Sous Vide means under vacuum. There are those that will argue that it's the external atmospheric pressure doing the work. But it's all relative. The key thing is the difference between the inside and outside. The side you root for is up to you.
  3. How are frozen turkeys done? There are great piles of them every year in November.
  4. Perhaps just oiling the cavity and plastering it with cling film would help. Actually, just cling film the whole thing while you're at it. Then just vacuum seal the whole thing. I doubt a Foodsaver could collapse a chicken. I like the balloon idea though, and will await the Youtube video.
  5. Sorry, didn't mean to bring all that into a price comparison thread.
  6. You didn't provide any specifics. I'm going to guess it wasn't less than $9.99 a pound. That's what they can be had for without memberships.
  7. WINNER! Costco: $1.39 for 3 pounds, or about nine bananas ($0.15 each) Trader Joe's: $0.19 each banana Oh gosh, I could have saved 4 cents per banana if I bought a $60 membership at CostCo and then bought more bananas than I could eat. Nice comparison.
  8. I believe that would be bourdain.
  9. French fries? or Flaming Hot Cheetos? I don't think there's any contest. Unless you're going to put one on the other. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IiEzD7wNhM
  10. As I understand it, the flip side is that if you have the non-washed room temperature eggs, you should really wash them thoroughly before use.
  11. Could this be adapted to a baguette shape? After having made some loaves in a dutch oven lately, I'm thinking that that size would be more useful day-to-day.
  12. Oh wait, what about nitrates/nitrites? Clearly, they're pretty good at penetrating meat, although they might not technically be flavoring agents.
  13. I'm reading all the posts and thinking how complicated this is. If I read the original post correctly the question is whether there's any point of adding oil based flavors to a brine. But the title asks if there's any point of adding *any* flavorings to a brine. But even water soluble flavors might be too large (molecularly speaking) to penetrate the meat. Also, sources of oil-based flavors, like a peppercorn, may have some other flavors that might not be oil based. Then there's the salt factor. Salt can bring out flavors we didn't know were there and that we might otherwise attribute to other ingredients. Then there's the osmosis/diffusion/just-sneaking-into-nooks-and-crannies angle. Would we be confident brining our piece of chicken in sewer water and salt? Confident that only the salt would penetrate? After thinking about all of this, I think the most relevant test is salt and sugar (vs. salt only). The sugar is often recommended as a way to balance the saltiness of the brine. They're both clearly water soluble. Perhaps invert sugar would be preferred in this case as the molecules would be smaller? If adding sugar to brine were to be debunked, that would move ball significantly. And if it held up, well then, just the same.
  14. 0.59-0.99 for Haas Avocados in my area right now. I think we're moving into the Superbowl prime sale season.
  15. * 7 cans of whatever you want. Don’t drain the cans. Just violently throw them into the pot. * Some kind of gourmet cheese stirred in at the end. And just a warning: My choice of cheese is a little intimidating in its level of sophistication, so I apologize in advance. Not. Wait, what?
  16. Not at all. My comments were in response to her two supporters in this thread who didn't address the quality of the show, but rather her stature in the community. Honestly, I've never even seen the show beyond pausing while flipping through channels. Now I'm more curious. But, IMHO, her supporters really have not done her a favor here.
  17. It wasn't an error -- just not a unique trait. But I will say the mentions of their land holdings in this thread kinda' paints a picture of people wanting to become landed gentry in America.
  18. I'm pretty sure that my family goes back several generations, as well. In fact, I think every family goes back several generations, if not more.
  19. This is just one brand... https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_2?fst=as%3Aon&rh=n%3A1055398%2Cn%3A284507%2Ck%3Acopper+chef&page=2&keywords=copper+chef&ie=UTF8&qid=1513726234 But it's hard to tell who is copying who. Copper Chef, Red Copper, Original Copper Pan, etc.
  20. IndyRob


    Slow roasting is traditional, spit roasting even moreso. I love watching porchetta videos (I haven't cooked one myself as I simply don't have a large enough crowd to feed), but what one calls a porchetta appears to vary quite a bit. I think traditionally, it's a whole boneless animal rolled up. Sometimes it's just a pork loin unfurled and rolled back up with herbs and spices inside. Others will wrap a pork belly around it. I think I'd go with pork shoulder wrapped in a belly.
  21. After doing my rounds this holiday season, I've come to the conclusion that we may need to increase the size of all the big box stores in order to accommodate all of this new 'copper' cookware. What the heck is going on?
  22. IndyRob


    Eggs and dairy are surely a regional thing. Timing as well. People upthread have complained that the price of heavy cream (for instance) had gone up. But not at my ALDIs at the same time. Then again, I just passed on butter for 2.99 after seeing it cheaper elsewhere. But today they advertised it at 2.39. Milk prices vary the most between my ALDIs less than 10 miles apart. But they almost always beat Walmart prices. and usually blow them away. I think milk and eggs may be their only loss-leaders. That said, I complained earlier in the thread about finding some small yolks in ALDI eggs. But not recently, and I've been getting them for $1 less than your quoted price. My favorite thing to do at ALDI is to buy a gallon of milk, often for less than a dollar, and turn it into $5-$7 worth of ricotta (at Walmart prices).
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