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  1. I love mine, but also can't imagine the hassle of trying to ship it. Someone in Boulder should snatch this up!
  2. Zingerman's is having their spring sale, which includes some bacon products. I stocked up on some apple and cherry smoked Neuske's bacon. I'm looking forward to having it again -- it's been years! The first true country bacon experience I ever had was Neuske's purchased direct at Zingerman's deli in Ann Arbor. My life would never be the same...
  3. btbyrd

    Wok burner advice needed

    It came with a steel pan/plate thing to put under it, but sometimes I use a ceramic plate similar to what's pictured in Nickrey's photo. You could use just about anything... and could probably get away with using nothing at all, depending on the surface.
  4. btbyrd

    Wok burner advice needed

    Happy to help.
  5. Engraved kanji are one thing. Links to your website is another matter entirely. I have thought about bead blasting the "Richmond" off of the Richmond spoon. But I do hate having to put labor into a new purchase to make it look like it should. Especially if it's just a freaking spoon.
  6. While it's bad, it's not *that* bad. And the spoons aren't priced like luxury tableware, so I'm willing to cut it some slack. Ruhlman should still figure out something better in the future. This isn't an uncommon problem. Mark Richmond from Chef Knives to Go makes some nice knockoff versions of the Kunz spoon, and he had some damascus ones made. They're pricey at $40, but I'd totally pay that for an etched damascus Kunz spoon equivalent. But I will not be buying any of them with the Richmond logo on the back. I'd accept a small "CKTG" or something. But this is dealbreakingly unattractive: Kunz's spoons say "Gray Kunz 18/10" on the back, but it's small and tasteful and perfectly in line with industry norms for branding flatware. No giant text; no URLs.
  7. The one thing I hate about Ruhlman products:
  8. btbyrd

    Wok burner advice needed

    I intended to be a good person and break the table down when I'm finished using it, but I've left it outside for months at a time through rain and snow. I think it's been outside for the past three months, as a matter of fact. It's weathered the weather well, but it's not really built to be used outdoors permanently. I'm sure it would hold up outside for a couple of years in most climates pretty well, but the tabletop part that rolls up is held together by bungee cord-like material. It's probably super durable stuff, but that's the part of the table that I suspect would eventually fail (since everything else is aluminum, except for a couple of plastic end caps). And +1 on jmolinari's observation about these burners rusting. Mine started rusting being left outside overnight simply from the condensation. Good tip about the exhaust paint.
  9. btbyrd

    Wok burner advice needed

    I use a small square ALPS Mountaineering collapsible aluminum table. The legs fold and the tabletop rolls up, and the whole thing fits in a bag. They're good for camping and tailgating or wherever you might need a popup table. It's a good height for wokking while standing. I also use it with my konro. Not at the same time, of course... but as you can see, there's ample room even on the small one. We go enough places with enough stuff that having an extra table like this is extremely useful. They make a slightly larger size for not much more money, as well as giant picnic table type things. I could see any or all of them being useful for a catering operation, or for cooks like me who want a big backyard kitchen, but can't have everything out all the time. There are many other styles of packable table on the market. This one is fine, but it's not super heavy duty. Check out these reviews to see what the competition looks like.
  10. btbyrd

    Dinner 2019

    Cheese plate.
  11. btbyrd

    Wok burner advice needed

    I'd be curious to hear how it performs for yakitori. I've wanted to try one of these just to see how hot they get and what the experience of wokking is like on them. They also look like they might work well to cook with clay cookware/donabes. Sure, butane burners are cheap, inexpensive, and super portable. But there's something about pulling a huge meal together using nothing but charcoal really appeals to me. Let us know how yours works for chicken, or whatever else you end up using it for. I treated myself to a Japanese konro last year. Prior to that, I'd just been putting lump charcoal in a hotel pan and using a stainless steel cooking rack as a net. It sort of worked.The airflow in your bucket looks like it'd work a *lot* better than the janky setup I was using. Please report back.
  12. btbyrd

    Wok burner advice needed

    Since Import Thai Food stopped selling their propane powered burner, this bucket-style charcoal-fueled wok burner is all they offer. I've always been curious as to how they're constructed... and here's an explanation!
  13. btbyrd

    Wok burner advice needed

    I got Rambo as an all-in-one outdoor burner and it's served me well enough, though I can't say that I've used it for any non-stirfry tasks apart from getting my large stock pot up to temp in a hurry. But based on what I observed, it'll work just fine for big pot stuff like low-country boil and clam bakes. Deep frying should work as well, but I've only deep fried in a wok. Maybe one of these days I'll do the turkey thing myself... but for almost everything else, wok frying is a great way to fry. Because of the shape, you're able to fry larger items (like whole fish) in a relatively small volume of oil, and given the power of the heat source, the oil temp's recovery time after you add your product can be very short. The shape is also nice because you don't really have to worry about throwing in product and having the oil/steam bubble over on you. I also just like fying outside, because deep frying in my ventless kitchen makes my entire house smell like "fried." Anyway, I suspect you'll be just fine using a wok burner as an all-in-one. Its worked for me thus far.
  14. I have one. It's nice. I don't know if it's "$24 nice," but it's essential if you're going to cook in a large vessel like the "classic" industry standard Cambro that everyone uses with Polyscience units. I'd agree with the Amazon review in that Big Clamp does sort of feel like an accessory that should just come with the circulator when you buy it. The Big Clamp was always a planned feature, as the "interchangeable clips" system was one of Joule's selling points. But the rollout of Big Clamp had some missteps. They must have run into some problems getting it produced because it took (what felt like) forever for it to finally come to market. They first teased the prototype of the clamp in their "Game of Thrones feast" YouTube video, where they use Joule to cook a suckling pig in a Yeti cooler. (I prefer Pelican coolers, but whatever.) That video came out months before Joule even shipped, so I had the expectation that the clip would be available pretty much when Joule was available. Nope. The nice thing about Joule as it comes from the factory is that you can cook in small vessels and not have to use a big old hot tub like you did with the old circulators. The downside was that there is no good way to use Joule with the kinds of containers traditionally used to cook sous vide (biggish Cambros and Lexans), much less large coolers for your sous vide suckling pig needs. I had my Joule for six months before the Big Clamp finally made it to market, and the lack of Big Clamp drove me nuts. My ultimate workaround was to take a can of beans, remove the paper label, stick Joule to the can with the magnet, and then use that as an anchor in the Cambro. I was pretty pissed off about the situation. When The Big Clamp became available, I placed my order literally within seconds of the announcement. I think they sold out the first batch in record time, if memory serves. Probably because everyone had been waiting half a year to use their Joule in a big Cambro without having a freaking can of beans stuck to it. Anyway, you asked about Big Clamp, not The Rollout of Big Clamp. And the good news about the actual clamp is that it has a high build quality and the sort of excellent design you'd expect from the people who brought us Joule. Using the clamp with large containers is super easy -- it's easily the best "circulator attachment device" I've seen. It's light years beyond the agonizing "screw it on" clamps found on many popular brands. It does make Joule take up more space in a drawer if you leave the clamp on all the time, but it's so easy to swap them in and out that this is almost a non-concern. I paid $19 for it, and would gladly do so again. I might even pay $24. In part, that's because the clip is well constructed. In part, it's because the alternative is a can of beans.
  15. btbyrd


    I was born and currently live about 30 minutes from Food Lion's corporate headquarters in NC. In my experience, they're inferior to every other major grocer in my region. Whenever I enter a Food Lion it feels like I'm going back in time. And not in a charming way. Each week, I shop at a variety of grocery stores in accordance with their comparative virtues... Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Publix, Trader Joe's, and Walmart are my primaries, but others are sometimes also in the mix if I'm in the neighborhood. There are four Food Lions in this geographic region, and I frequent none of them. They all feel like a giant step down compared to the competition. Food Lion's primary marketing strategy over the years has been to compete on the basis of price. The only things going for it are the occasional weekly sale items on processed food items (corn-wheat-soy soda/snacks/garbage). None of the Food Lions in my area have a decent produce section, and I'd never purchase meat (or seafood) from someone who can't be bothered to properly sell vegetables. And there was a scandal about Food Lion and food safety from the 90's that I'm old enough to remember. While that's some old news, the Food Lions 'round my parts haven't stepped up their game enough in the subsequent 2.5 decades to gain my trust. The Internet reports that Food Lion operates in 10 states. Perhaps things are different in far away lands, but here on the homefront, things are rather dismal. I know this isn't the case in all markets. I've been to some decent Food Lions up in the mountains where the local Food Lion is basically the only store in town. But in my neck of the woods, which is also Food Lion's neck of the woods, they're kind of a horrorshow.