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  1. Here's how my gasket looks, the ends should be butted up right next to each other to minimize leaks. If your machine was new when you got it the gasket should be in good shape and you might just be able to tug the ends together a bit to close the gap, just be gentle so you don't tear it. If you got the machine used and the gasket is worn or hardened you can get replacement ones pretty cheap. The machine should work fine for most things as-is, but you might have an issue trying things that require a strong vacuum like vacuum compression of fruits.
  2. I get almost all the way to the end of the green zone after 30 seconds. Check that your lid gasket is in good shape and properly seated. Also check that the rim of the chamber which the gasket seals against doesn't have any dents or deep scratches and that your oil level is at 1/2 or a little higher on the sight glass.
  3. How large? Here is a 9.5" x 13" cast iron lasagna pan but it might be a little deeper (3") than you want... https://www.amazon.com/112010-01-Artisan-Preseasoned-Rectangular-Lasagna/dp/B072QGBNHG/ref=sr_1_4?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1550164844&sr=1-4&keywords=cast+iron+lasagna
  4. This is being offered on Woot.com... https://home.woot.com/offers/bruntmor-double-handle-cast-iron-skillet-pizza-pan-1?ref=w_cnt_wp_5_6
  5. Coogles

    Food recalls

    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service does have an email notification list you can subscribe to here... https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/current-recalls-and-alerts If you scroll down the page a bit it shows a list of current recalls.
  6. The vacuum removed some of the moisture but not enough to dehydrate the herbs, I don't think the volume of the Ball jar (1 quart) is big enough to allow enough of the water to boil off under vacuum. After repeating the vacuum procedure several times the leaves had shrunk significantly and gone limp but were still moist to the touch. Something like a vacuum degassing chamber would probably have a better chance of doing this successfully due to the larger chamber size and the ability to keep it under vacuum indefinitely.
  7. Never tried it before, but since I needed to prune the basil growing in my Aerogarden anyway I thought I'd give it a go. My chamber sealer doesn't have the option of holding at vacuum so I sealed up the basil in a Ball jar at high vacuum (45 sec, ~99.9% vacuum according to the gauge) along with a little rice to act as a desiccant. I'll open up the jar in a few hours to see how it looks and repeat the vacuum a few times if the herbs aren't dry enough.
  8. GE still makes the Advantium ovens, we have one of the older over-the-range oven/exhaust hoods in our kitchen. Only used the "cooking with light" feature a few times before it got old. Now its just used as a microwave and rather inefficient exhaust hood. Biggest issue we've had is that the plastic they chose to make the door out of became brittle over time, I've had to epoxy the handle back on several times when the plastic it was secured to gave way.
  9. It's a Chinese pancake rake. End of the dowel fits in to the hole where the zip tie is now. https://m.asia5b.com/goods.php?id=272128
  10. I saw an infomercial for this not long ago on one of those mornings that I woke up way to early, only stuck in my mind because it was hosted by people who had (or maybe still have) shows on Food Network. Thought it looked interesting, but not $179 interesting.
  11. I never did find any reviews of the VAC-VIDA sealer online, the only thing I did find is a thread (now deleted) on Reddit asking the same thing I did here (the manufacturer responded to that thread). While I was trying to decide they sold out, then another vendor on Amazon put up a Vacmaster VP215 for $670 so I ordered one of those instead.
  12. Anyone have any experience with the VAC-VIDA VS301 Vacuum Chamber Sealer? Specs seem quite similar to the VacMaster VP215 but it's selling on Amazon for ~ $125 less. Only has 4 reviews, all 5 stars but Fakespot gives those reviews an F for reliability (75% questionable). I've been saving up my credit card points/Amazon gift cards to use towards a VP215, if the VS301 is of decent quality I could afford it sooner but I don't want to end up with a $625 door stop because I was impatient. VAC-VIDA VS301 Vacuum Chamber Sealer
  13. Here's one on Ebay... https://www.ebay.com/itm/ALPHABET-Cookie-Mold/123271306371?hash=item1cb38adc83%3Ag%3Af5MAAOSwv~lawXds&_sacat=0&_nkw=alphabet+gelatin+mold&_from=R40&rt=nc&LH_TitleDesc=0|0 Not sure if they would ship to Sydney but might be worth asking them.
  14. I bought some smoke alarms, does that count as culinary? Also picked up a "DALSTRONG Kiritsuke Chef Knife - Shogun Series - VG10V - 8.5"" for myself and some Etee organic reusable food wraps for my stepdaughter.
  15. Woot.com has the Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator up today for $170, same model on Amazon is $240. Their deals are up for one day (or less if they sell out their stock in under 24 hours). https://home.woot.com/offers/excalibur-food-dehydrator?ref=w_cnt_cdet_home_dly_img Edit: And it's gone...
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