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    Long cooked eggs

    Has anyone experience with cooking eggs sous vide for extended periods of time? It's been my experience that cooking meats for too long, even at precise temperatures, can cause textural changes--sometimes rubbery sometimes mushy. I'm wondering if this could be used with cooking eggs to some advantage.
  2. Has anyone ever made "uova inhaminade" or long-cooked eggs? I'm looking for suggestions for a good temperature at which to cook them and any experience regarding length of time. I'm equally curious if anyone has tried to do this sous vide?
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    Lemon I.D.

    Well those just look awesome, whatever they are. I think they are likely Assam lemons--The last time I saw them, I think I was in NYC buying an etrog and they were nearby. Assam lemons seem like citrons to my nose--the peel is wonderfully perfumed and maybe thats the Chinese slang. Less likely, maybe this: http://idtools.org/id/citrus/citrusid/factsheet.php?name=Faustrimedin
  4. When I am home curing pork, say to make guanciale, pancetta, or coppa, I typically put the meat, cure #1 or #2 depending, spices/herbs together then vacuum seal and keep at about 38F it until I'm ready to do whatever I plan next for it, such as air curing. Rarely is it left in the bag for very long...the longest stretch has been 2 weeks. It has always been successful for me. This time I have a situation where I have several cures which have had to sit vacuum sealed for a very extended period--nearly 4 months. I am confident the temperature was controlled under 40F the entire time. Given th
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    Well then, Keller probably wouldn't mind them The reference picture from 'ad hoc' above demonstrate the 'teeth' and easily cause tears.
  6. If you put it in water for that long, I'm guessing the water content is going to increase and you're not going to have something with the texture of coppa. Agreed on both points. I wonder what the impact on texture would be if I let it bathe, then re-hung it for a few days?
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    Tongs have teeth. Teeth chew. For me, for occasions when I can't use a spoon, I find offset pallet knives work great, even on a grill or broiler. Though, they are handy when you need to open a beer bottle. Or for grabbing that mussel which foolishly leapt out of your pan, is now literally on fire, but wedged in the gas burner.
  8. I'm sure this matter has been discussed in part or whole somewhere on egullet, but after 20 minutes of various searches I sure can't find it! ]So, thanks for a pointer if you know of a previous thread. In short, I recently cut down a coppa I made and the end product ended up having too salty a taste. I've made this recipe several times with great success. This time, I'm positive the extra saltiness has to do with the fact that, due to an personal emergency, it had to spend too much time in the salt cure before it was hung (as in over a week extra). This raises a few questions for me about
  9. It really depends on how gelatinous is your stock. I find if it has any real body or viscosity, it makes the risotto gummy. I really prefer broth. If you don't have broth, I'd severely thin down the stock at least 50/50 with water--or more. As other have mentioned, use the filtered broth from reconstituting your shrooms.
  10. Thanks--your point about removing scum is well taken. I guess I wasn't clear about my cloudiness question--I was wondering if the toenails (not the whole foot) themselves might cause cloudiness. I'd rather not spend time giving these things a manicure if it isn't necessary.
  11. Works fairly well for marinaded thinly sliced flank steak. I found out the hard way that the block cannot have any moisture in it at all before warming (read: explosion). If you wash it off, even with a wet towel, it can take a good 24hrs to dry thoroughly. Melting chocolate onto a cold block is also a good show.
  12. I recently acquired a large amount of frozen chicken feet. I've cooked and eaten these before, but here I'll primarily be using them to enrich a chicken stock. I found a few old threads on this topic, but I didn't see any address my questions; apologies if I missed something. Do the talons/nails/claws actually need to be removed? Specifically, I'm curious if they will cloud a stock. These feet do appear to be de-yellowed/scraped/skinned. What weight proportions might you recommend to just add body? I'm thinking somewhere around 3::1 for bones::feet. Also, I'm curious if anyone can describe
  13. Filling tortellini, surrounded by the aroma of parmesan brodo.
  14. If you look at what your family is saying from a different perspective, is it possible they're saying you don't have enough other flavors to balance it out, like fat or sourness?
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    Big Batch Bechamel

    The rule I've always followed for a roux ratio destined to make a sauce consistency is 1lb flour, 1lb butter per gallon of fluid. I'm guessing that's what you mean by 2lbs of roux per gallon. I've used this with volumes up to 10gals with no trouble. I'll add water to offset evaporation to end up with a finished sauce volume equal to my starting liquid. A few possibilities come to mind. It is possible you're shocking or breaking the starch in the flour because your butter is too hot when making the roux. Similarly, if your milk is too cold (it should be scalded) it can shock the flour and prev
  16. Regardless of "sv vs. old" methods of cooking, the commonality I see in all the suggestions is that cooking (slowly?) to a specified temperature is key to retaining a sense of moisture.
  17. If you're curious about documented dishes, you could start with old cookbooks such as "Le Viandier de Taillevent" circa late 1300's. I'm sure if you researched some of the dishes you'd find he mostly documented dishes which were made long before he published it. Although many of the proteins have fallen out of favor (e.g., peacock), there are recipes for soups, potages, apple tarts, and roasted meats you could likely find on a menu somewhere today. I also remember reading that Jordan Almonds are likely one of the oldest desserts.
  18. With that lean of a meat, I'd probably dry poach it, seasoned and buttered on both sides, in between parchment. Or, if you wanted to be fancy, how about slow poached in a beurre monté?
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    Glazed Onions

    Maybe you mean pearl onions? Invariably, I end up making some sort of holiday onion dish which involves caramelizing to sweeten, souring with vinegar, and coloring with beet jus.
  20. I always used a middle-of-the-road type, like orange blossom or clover honey.
  21. When I lived in Florida, for years I had a pretty good sized pepper garden with several types of habeneros. One "tree" had a 4 inch diameter base stem! They're so damn hot, but unlike most other hot pepper, they have so much flesh with so much deep flavor. Here's what I've found to work for me. I should mention, before you do anything, and I'll spare you the ghastly details, but experience has shown that you want to wear gloves. I'd first recommend that you fully remove the stems, piths, and seeds and lightly roast them skin down for about an hour (or longer if you prefer) in a 200F oven. T
  22. Although I've not read that book, I'd suspect Keller is talking about bringing refrigerated proteins (not thawing from frozen) to room temperature prior to cooking to help ensure more even heat distribution for high-heat/quick-cooking techniques, like pan searing. It shouldn't be a problem if you're thawing or "de-refrigerating" as part of the cooking process and the temp continues to increase. In other words, you're effectively starting to "cook" the meat/fish in a 70F oven--the air in your kitchen--but you wouldn't want hold any part of it at 70F.
  23. Thanks for all the good ideas. I ended up prepping nearly everything in advance and leaving just the grilling and boiling for the site. Since this was for all practical purposes, "car camping", I didn't need to hike the food and gear. I also intentionally selected items which (mostly) didn't require to be refrigerated. Instead of "cook-to-order", I did "assemble-at-leisure". I brought foods people were happy to eat for nearly any meal and could be put out while making a fire (or futzing with the campstove propane): crostini grilled on-site the first night with a slew of pre-made toppings (eg.
  24. I'm going on a large camping trip--18 adults and 12 kids--and have been asked to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for a two days. I'll only have access to a couple of little camping propane stoves and a fire pit. I have plenty of ad hoc recipes which I've used in the past during camping. My rule has always been to plan to re-use the leftovers (e.g., if a simple curry is for dinner, then curry burritos for breakfast). However, I'm seriously struggling for good ideas due to the large number of people and serious dietary restrictions. Basically, I'll need to plan "pesco-vegetarian" meals--fish
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