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  1. After replacing the one that got stuck in my ear, it's been working pretty well. Scrapes jars well, small enough to get into even little jelly jars, doesn't seem to have odors stick to it. I'd buy another, but we lack space in the counter utensil canister./
  2. There three imperfect vans parked in front of my house the other day when I came home. I was afraid they were going to get me for saying bad things about them, but I think they were just doing inventory transfer between them.
  3. So have various grocers in inner cities. Very little of the produce imperfect et al sell was in any danger of going to waste, at least before they ended up in a consumer's kitchen.
  4. Carefully block the spout (don't burn yourself) when it's boiling. If it it whistles, the problem is in the spout. If it doesn't, it's the lid.
  5. I bought lots of used text books in college, saved lots of money. the markings in them told you a lot about the prior owners. Most had random highlighting and underlining, some had interesting marginalia. One, I was sure had never been used, until I got to chapter five, where nearly every single word was highlighted, as words, with gaps in the highlighting between them. Just the one chapter, which was on legislative process or something. Similarly, I mark up my cookbooks. Notes about "needs more parsley" or "leave out the parsnips", or cooking instructions, or scaling.
  6. Everyone reuses casting sand. It's not just sand, it's sand with stuff in it to make it behave the way the foundry wants it to. Typically that's a clay, and water. As you pour molten iron into the sand, some of the clay gets cooked. As the amount of used up clay in the sand increases, it behaves poorly, so it has to be discarded. Most foundries discard part of the sand, and replace it fresh stuff, more or less continuously. It's possible to separate the clay from the sand, and just add the appropriate amount of clay back. That's expensive. It takes time, it requires expens
  7. Yes, I've seen it done. T&S brass sell a number of lavatory faucets that work like this (and parts to make others work, as well). It's possible to put kitchen spouts on them. I suspect most commercial faucet lines have the parts required to do this. I've also seen it done with with a check valve (probably a pair of them, but I didn't get under the sink to check it out), on a mainstream kitchen faucet. The faucet's mixing valve fed the spout with a hose, the valve went there, allowing the spout to get water from either the regular handle or the foot pedals.
  8. It's possible to build a kitchen faucet that uses a standard two pedal mixing valve (what you see in medical settings, and some food service hand washing sinks) and leaves the regular handles or knobs intact and usable. So you can turn it on and off and set the temperature with either control.
  9. A friend is waiting for a refrigerator, since like April. She reports her appliance store tells her that there's stock of fancy models, but not midrange stuff.
  10. dscheidt

    Costco

    I'm sure it is, for the accountants.
  11. I bought the oxo one, on the grounds that if my wife hates it, she can't blame me for buying some strange brand. We'll see how it works out. It turned up today, I'll use it later for dinner.
  12. I need a couple small spatulas, suitable for getting the last of contents out of a small jar or can. Any recommendations? The last one, which worked pretty well, was from Tovolo, but it had a wooden handle that didn't last. I'd strongly prefer silicone.
  13. https://camelcamelcamel.com/ will tell you the price history of an item. Because of the way amazon does short sales and garage sale day, their data may not reflect the current price, but it will still tell you if what you're seeing is a decent buy or not. There are lots of fake deals on garage sale day, black friday, etc. (The TV I bought a couple years ago was 100 more expensive as a prime day deal than it was when I bought it the month before. It was also advertised as a black friday deal, again for more than it had sold for regularly.)
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    Breakfast 2020!

    Sure. I soak the toast as usual. Then it's bagged and sealed (don't pull too hard a vaccum, you'll squash the slices). The first time I did this, I did not have a vacuum sealer, so I used zipper bags and sealed them with an impulse sealer. Six slices from my pullman pans fit in the 10x15 bags I use. I get 13 1" slices from each loaf, so it works out well. It's also what we eat for breakfast. I think if I had bags that held two slices without horrible waste, I'd use that, because it's more flexible. When I'm doing it for a group, I will put more slices into a bag
  15. dscheidt

    Breakfast 2020!

    French toast from the cinnamon bread I made the other day. I make this in bulk and cook it sous vide, so we have three more batches in the freezer.
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