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  1. @Hassouni I am no expert but the two things that made a major improvement to my tortillas were the proper hydration and using food wrap on the press rather than thicker plastic bags. I credit @Okanagancook with the hydration. A recipe is 300g masa and 400g water.
  2. The NY Times recipe calls for 3 cups all purpose flour and 1 5/8 cups of water. The KAF ingredient weight chart says a cup of all purpose flour is 120g. Three cups would be 360g. For the water, 1 5/8 cup, according to the Windows calculator, is 384.4559 ml, or approximately 384g. To calculate percent hydration divide the water weight by the flour weight times 100: 384/360 x 100 = 107% hydration. I don't see any weight conversions on Bittman's recipe. However if he gets 345g water out of 1 5/8 cup I would seriously suspect his scale. (But this from the woman who just added half the proper amount of sugar to her batch of cookies, so take it with a grain of salt.)
  3. I shall never again carefully transpose a dry-measure cookie recipe to milligrams and then inadvertently add only half the sugar.
  4. Very pretty. Having refreshed my memory of the NY Times recipe, am I correct with my math that the hydration is over 100%?
  5. I am no expert in no-knead baking (having only tried it once when the NY Times first published the technique) but what Modernist bread recommends is a Lodge cast iron combination cooker, which they describe as an upside down Dutch oven. They say the Lodge combination cooker is a good investment as it is suitable for a lot of other uses besides baking bread. Your mileage of course may vary.
  6. There are many ways to bake bread. Modernist bread recommends against using a Dutch oven. Why ruin a good pot?
  7. Amazon came through with my Whole Foods delivery tonight. Not all my heart desired but at least I won't die of scurvy.
  8. Life goes on. For the nonce. This time all low protein flour. Edit: I also baked cookies.
  9. The Modernist Bread folks found it an exceedingly poor solution for baking bread.
  10. JoNorvelleWalker

    Dinner 2020

    Hsiao-Ching Chou simple stir-fried greens. Comfort food.
  11. A friend who lives about a mile and a half from here, outside of Whole Foods' delivery area, reports today she can't get anything delivered. And Uber probably still requires a cellphone.
  12. Harvested by hobbits...it comes from New Zealand. And while I was clicking trying to get a delivery slot, Whole Foods ran out of onions.
  13. I had not realized butter was one of the hoarded goods. I just checked Whole Foods. The least expensive* unsalted butter is $13 per pound. Not that I can get a Whole Foods delivery anyhow. *and only.
  14. JoNorvelleWalker

    Dinner 2020

    These are not normal times.
  15. Teo, did you ever decide to get one for yourself?
  16. UPS drivers are not allowed. But as you suggest, hiring a contractor is a possibility. Not something I had budgeted for. However, on the brighter side, my stimulus check is coming.
  17. Four days, minimum. I realize you are undoubtedly an expert on these things. But does a hand truck help with stairs? Once the freezer is upstairs I'm pretty sure I can manipulate it into position. Could you send your blimp?
  18. An only slightly larger, more expensive Summit forced air freezer (that does not get as cold as the Vesta) has a shipping weight of 51 kg. So 32 kg sounds reasonable.
  19. Because of the virus we have been asked not to contact management except in an emergency. And schlepping upstairs is not something they would do (for insurance reasons) even in normal times.
  20. Worst case I leave the Vesta outdoors. I have a long extension cord from the days I had a Diesel Jeep with a headbolt heater. Almost as amusing as the time back when I was in business and our office manager ordered 2000 2meter USB cables shipped via UPS. She never thought about the weight. Though I'm not sure I would have either. USB cables don't weigh much do they?
  21. Specification not given. The power is listed as 210 Watts which would be 0.281615 horsepower. Wish I had a horse to help get it upstairs. If I ever get it unpacked and operational I will measure the power.
  22. I wondered how they got a freezer to weigh 32 lbs.
  23. Sadly, even in times of corona virus units of measure matter. My long delayed Frysta arrives shortly. UPS states the weight as 79 lbs/36 kg. I can't lift 79 lbs. I can't lift 36 kg either.
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