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  1. dcarch

    Dinner 2019

    The once-a-year sous vided corned beef. It was very good. But the potatoes with crispy corned beef fat cracklings were even more memorable. Actually better than bacon with potatoes. dcarch
  2. dcarch

    Click and Grow

    That must be a fantastic BLT you had! dcarch
  3. What do you guys do with the thick fat cap that you get on the corn beef? dcarch
  4. As a single guy, with a possible change in your career direction soon, if I were you, I would put my first priority in consideration on returns on my real estate investment. Then suitability of needs would be my second priority. With a little luck, the two priories may coincide. If you get a big raise, that's when you will be looking for your ultimate dream house. dcarch
  5. Depends on what kind of fish. I cook the flesh side first. Some fish fillet will curl up if you crisp the skin first. dcarch
  6. dcarch

    Dinner 2019

    I have been busy lately. A recent cook; Roasted duck semi-Peking style. Peking duck is all about crispy skin on steamed buns. No time for making steamed buns, just biscuits-in-a-tube. Not bad actually. :-) Very happy with how the skin turned out. dcarch
  7. Hey schmuck, I am trying to out schmuck you, and out cheap you !!! My goal is first to gain two to three more months of vegetables from the garden, then hopefully year round supply and not having to go to supermarkets. Not easy in zone 6, but doable. Yeah it's my New Green Deal. dcarch
  8. KennethT explained well. Thanks. On a separate topic. I am superstitious about white light. It is an extremely competitive world for plants. Over million years of evolution and adaptation, plants have learned to utilize any and all available energy and nutrition from nature to grow faster and stronger than the plants right next to them. It was said that if plants don't compete, we would have no trees today. I don't believe that plants would only use limited resources (light colors) for survival. I believe that white light is best for plants. Sure, there can be specific colors which will promote some growth characteristic of some species, but who know what else is missing. Can humans live on vitamin pills alone? dcarch
  9. As far as I know there is no such thing as white LEDs. They all come in different narrow band wave lengths (monochromatic), from IR to UV. By modifying LEDs, "white" can be achieved. dcarch
  10. Sure, it is possible most LEDs produce UV light, question is what kind of UV light and how strong. LEDs are monochromatic, almost single frequency (wave) devices. Unless they are specifically UV LED chips, all others are devices using phosphorus coating to turn LED light into multi-light wave devices. The UV light from these LEDs are very weak. As someone has said, for your eyes to be damaged, you will need to tape the LED to your eyeball. dcarch
  11. There is no need to wear eye protection. LEDs produce no harmful rays. I sometimes wear sunglasses mostly because the glare from the brightness. I was lucky. A guy on eBay was selling those used huge heatsinks. I was searching on ebay and Amazon for a long time. dcarch
  12. The Sun Will Come Out, Tomorrow Today, Everyday, ---- Just flip a switch. It has become easy to build your own high power LED grow light. COB 110vac LEDs are not expensive. No more need to have complicated power drivers.. I made 4 COB LED grown lights, each with two 150 Watt chips. Cooling fans and heat sinks and switches. Plus Acrylic rods for focusing. 1,200 Watts of light. So incredibly bright. It's like having my own sun! With only one light turned on No, nothing medicinal or recreational. dcarch
  13. Unfortunately my friends will treat me differently if I wear panty hose. So instead, I do this: dcarch
  14. dcarch

    Dinner 2019

    Thank you! I like skate a lot. It is a mild tasting fish. I think the texture feels like crab meat. It is important to prepare skate properly. The skin needs to be removed, or it will taste like someone did a #1 on it. Sous vide is a good way to cook fish to avoid over cooking. This one was SV at 135F for 40 minutes. dcarch
  15. dcarch

    Dinner 2019

    Cheapskate Valentine's Day dish Skate was on sale. SV skate and shrimps dcarch
  16. Soon $5.00 a lb white truffles? dcarch
  17. China seems to be the only country which succeeded in large scale morel farming. dcarch
  18. I like wollensky steakhouse . dcarch
  19. Try not to drink too much liquid during the game. There is a serious world environmental problem during Super Bowl. The entire world flushing toilets at the exact same time during half time!!! dcarch
  20. dcarch

    Click and Grow

    Cheap indoor long lasting, good looking stakes, for starting indoor climbers: BBQ bamboo sticks come in 36" long, a few dollars for 100 sticks. dcarch
  21. If you use a pressure cooker, and if you find a way to adjust the regulator weight, I think you can have very stable and accurate temperature control from 212F to 250F, possibly to within one degree. dcarch
  22. dcarch

    Click and Grow

    Last year's. dcarch
  23. You can find PIDs which can take over 1000F. Try ebay also. dcarch
  24. "Accurate" may not be the total temperature control personality of a cooking appliance. You probably would also need to know the temperature control range. For instance, your oven may be very accurate to keep temperature from 200F to 250F. dcarch
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