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  1. Freezing your Anson Mills

    Here's what I got back from Anson Mills, cut and pasted: Your Carolina Gold Rice and Sea Island Red Peas are new crop .. meaning they are live (viable) and aerobic when milled. They have associated robust and unique aroma/flavor profiles when cooked. When stored ambient, both will lose that lovely aroma/flavor profile because it will volatilize when you open the bags for cookery. Stored frozen, this will not happen. With regard to your fresh cold milled to order hand pound emulation Carolina Gold Rice... because we choose to emulate how rice was prepared from scratch paddy rice a la minute for cookery before the industrial revolution, we hull/mill so that we just nick the outer bran of each kernel leaving the inner bran layer and germ intact... this form can oxidize and/or spoil stored at room temperature even though we vac pack on CO2 envelope at -10 F. to protect this rice for shipment at ambient temperatures for about 2 weeks only. We mill this way for flavor.. Carolina Gold Rice is suppose to be "non-aromatic" rice.. milled new crop "partial white", which is how we mill to emulate hand pounding.. it is slightly aromatic which we love.
  2. Freezing your Anson Mills

    So. Anson Mills came up on the cooking with grains thread, and I realized that I am dying to know -- who really freezes their Anson Mills goods? Every.Single.Item I've ever gotten from them has come with instructions to freeze or use, but . . . . I do tend to freeze the corn products, because my mind can grip the notion that rancidity could be a possibility there. But I just got a box of rice, and I can't understand why I would freeze rice. Or the peas, frankly. But. I want to know: are y'all freezing your rice? Am I going to be grieving???
  3. Cooking with Grains

    After reading this thread, I'm going to order some of the Anson Mills rice, which I've never had before. Their polenta is my very favorite on the planet, though, and I can't recommend it enough. The other corn products have a justly-earned rep, but I personally think there are a lot of good cornmeals out there, if we're talking basic cornbread opportunities. That said -- I hate how at Anson Mills you have to either buy a tiny pouch of an item or 10 pounds. I don't get why this works for mail order. By "works" I mean works for the retail consumer. Sigh.
  4. I think beans are good-looking! (ps -- sucking up in order to get a spot in the bean club)
  5. $5 Meal Challenge

    Me too! It's my favorite kind of exercise! Stay tuned.
  6. For me, this is the utility of the fatties: I won't eat as many. They function like a true "side". Cause with [any variety] of French Fries, I'll eat a mountain of them in bliss, and then lick the salt off the plate after. It's not really the taste that gets me all fiended out, it's more like the texture or something. I don't know. But I get so lost in french fries I sometimes can't remember nothing about the protein.
  7. NYU Dining Hall Shame

    I know plenty of African-Americans who won't even eat watermelon in the company of white people, because they don't want to bring to anyone's mind anything even close to one of those horrible pictures. This is old-school, for sure; but it persists. It's a trope that's left a pretty deeply felt sense of insult.
  8. NYU Dining Hall Shame

    Here's an article on the history of the derogatory association of watermelon with an irrationally negative view of African-Americans: https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/12/how-watermelons-became-a-racist-trope/383529/
  9. I thought line cooks at fine-dining-type restos made good money. Actually, I really thought I'd read that this was the case in "Kitchen Confidential" way backalong. So that's why I was startled.
  10. Rethinking tipping culture

    Having done the math, I now think the MA meal tax was not applied to the surcharge here, so that concern is allayed.
  11. Rethinking tipping culture

    But can they collect sales tax on it? I was talking about sales tax. However -- this is going off topic.
  12. Cauliflower Rice - Ideas?

    I suspect it probably does. Thanks.
  13. Rethinking tipping culture

    I'm back in my office today and reviewed the receipt. You will see, the Kitchen Appreciation Charge is actually subject to sales tax. Taxing a surcharge seems, frankly, questionable. And -- since most customers would tip on either the total or subtotal -- which includes the surcharge -- wouldn't the disparity in compensation be replicated -- bigger basis for tips for the FOH?
  14. Cauliflower Rice - Ideas?

    I haven't loved cauliflower rice, and one thing this thread has made clear, I'm doing it wrong. I'm overprocessing the cauliflower to a pulp, and then cooking it too long (I was wondering why mine is ALWAYS yuckily mushy unless I've essentially fried it). One question -- do any of you freeze it raw after ricing it? If so, do you blanch it all all (which I do when prepping florets for the freezer). I confess I tried it once and it was a disaster. But in my head, frozen un-blanched cauliflower is not a good idea. This is possibly something I got from my grandma who died thirty years ago, but it stuck. Actually -- I have a second question -- I am stunned at how little rice you get out of a whole cauliflower (and I trim and rice the stem, too). It seems . . . wrong or something. Does this bother anyone else???