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  1. I will not dispute you on theory. All I know is the results! Editing to say that I know the results of the 28 day brine. I cannot testify that a briefer brine would not be just as good.
  2. The other evening I borrowed an Anova from a friend and cooked up a beef tongue prepared according to Thomas Kellers Corned Beef Tongue Pain Perdu from Under Pressure. I skipped the whole pain perdu part, sliced it chilled, and warmed it in a non-stick skillet before placing on a baguette with some mayo and mustard. Amazing! The recipe called for 28 days of brining, so don't delay too long!
  3. Great hard-to-find condiments

    A quick google of "hot sauce online" shows quite a few established competitors in that niche. How would you be able to differentiate yourself? I think a broader array of offerings would be a good idea. I cannot think of any other retailer with the focus that you have named in this thread, and I would look forward to browsing such a site, just to see what has been curated.
  4. One Click Butter Cutter

    Have to share! A few days ago a friend posted on facebook that she was getting supplies together for a craft with her kids. Only the gluesticks were nowhere to be found. After a few minutes of searching she questioned her daughter. "In the freezer." she admitted. "Why are they in the freezer?" "To harden the butter." She had emptied all the gluesticks, melted butter, then poured the melted butter into the gluestick containers with plans to use them for applying to her toast in the morning. May be another option to the butter cutter!
  5. Rooibos

    Thank you, Kerry. That looks like a great site! You would not happen to know if they ship to the US, do you? I could not find an indication on the site. Everything there seems to assume you live in Canada.
  6. Rooibos

    Recently I have been looking for a new evening beverage. I have tried several herbal teas but would really like something that I did not feel a need to add sugar to. I can find this in coffee and tea easily enough, but then there is the caffeine I have to avoid in the evening (please don't mention decaf!). I n pondering the topic, it occurred to me that one thing that tea and coffee have in common is a fermentation process that contributes to their complexity. Google tells me that rooibos is processed similarly, and that it potentially may be much better than the spiced blends I have already sampled. So I would love some recommendations. If you drink rooibos, what is your favorite and why? And if you can tell me where to get it, so much the better! Thank you!
  7. The Costcos I have been to in the past couple of years, in Virginia and Maryland, do have exactly that. They do not, and have never had (to my knowledge) any sort of polish sausage or kielbasa.
  8. Rethinking tipping culture

    Ok, today I experienced the customer side of what not to do as a restaurant manager. I stopped into a local place to grab a quick sandwich for lunch, and was startled by the price. When I questioned the charge, which seemed out of line with the menu prices, the cashier responded with a reference to taxes. I accepted her response, figuring that the city must have caught this particular joint (located in an unusual location where I would not be astonished by multiple taxes applying) with several tax codes. So I commented, "Wow. 20%. They really hit you, huh?" as I payed the check. It was as she ran my credit card that she admitted that tax was only 9%. The management of the restaurant had applied a 10% surcharge to every check "instead of raising prices." There was a full sheet explanation taped to the counter, which I had not yet noticed (this being the only notice of the charge) saying that they felt their food was worth the charge, and asking people to please still tip the staff. I took a picture of the notice, to read in more detail later, but needless to say, I do not plan to return any time soon. I have worked in restaurants similar to the one I was dining at today. I know what it is to run a small business, and frankly, this place offers a type of quickcasual local cooking not easily available where I live. But this felt deceptive. If you need to raise the prices, then raise the prices. If you want to do a service surcharge, then do so. But DO NOT try to do a surcharge without explaining the policy prominently and then ask me to tip on top of it! I cannot imagine a practice more damaging to the waitstaff, both in terms of undermining the tips they receive, and in having to deal with pissed off customers like myself. I passed on my feedback directly. I should have asked to talk to a manager to give them my feedback, but I cannot say that I am deeply enough invested in their success to bother going back to talk to them. Anyhow, I typically tip 20-30%, but I will simply cease to patronize any place that feels like they are trying to slip something past me.
  9. Drinking raw milk from a farm you do not know... That's a bad idea. I grew up drinking raw milk from our own cows. The first time brucelosis hit our herd, Dad stopped bringing milk from the tank home with him. Its not worth the risk. I have purchased raw milk from a local farm for cheesemaking, but my first step was to check their history and reputation. In a small, close-knit community, they had done a good job of making certain they were reliable in taking care of the animals and people around them. There was another certified raw milk dairy nearby. Their reputation was nowhere near as good, and I would never have bought milk from them. Sure enough, they had a similar recall a couple of years after we moved to the area.
  10. All Things Mushroom

    Isn't there a last meal thread around here somewhere?
  11. Jim Beam Apple

    I tried a sample... Maybe look to see what other people have done with green Jolly Ranchers?
  12. Urban honey

    Urban beekeeping is not that new. I started keeping bees about 10 years ago, and it was a topic of conversation among beekeepers then. Famously (among beekeepers) the White House had some hives installed at that time, and our local Bee Club hosted the White House Beekeeper for a presentation. So far as what the bees source their honey from, it is true that they can make use of anything sugary. But they can also be quite picky. When we had some display hives at the local fair, I noted yellow-jackets swarming over every half-empty soda can in sight. But the honeybees, they stuck to the organic lemonade stand! Cities, with their parks, and abundance fo flowers and flowering bushes and trees can often be a more concentrated source of real nectar than some rural areas, where wildflowers have been wiped out in favor of acres and acres of monoculture corn.
  13. Cannot say I am a huge fan, but I do know one youtube channel that focuses in this direction: https://www.youtube.com/user/jastownsendandson
  14. Advice: Braising in Smoker?

    300-325 in a smoker? I suppose it is possible, depending on your equipment, but that is way above what I would consider "smoking" temperatures. There may be some adjustment/adaptation necessary to make this happen.
  15. Lay Off My Food

    I suspect family-style dining is becoming an increasing rarity in the US. I have been to a number of places that serve this way. It is even more common (though still rare) for sides to be served this way. I cannot remember any family-style service that did not include refills. Most of the family-style services I have experienced have been connected in some way to Pennsylvania Dutch culture (ie Amish, Mennonite, etc.). Maybe this is a relic that they have held on to? Or maybe it has to do with their own cultural preferences and emphasis on sharing in community.