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  1. The replacement product will have Chris Kimball's voice telling you it reached the point he thinks you should cook to, not what you programmed.
  2. Features the vp215 doesn't have, that some other machines of the same physical size (but not price) do: 1) controls that let you pull a particular vacuum level (instead of just by time) 2) gas back filling 3) the ability to seal retort pouches After that, it's mostly size. I have a vp215. I want a bigger machine a lot more often that I want the others. (I also want my wife not to kill me in my sleep, so I have not looked at machines since I bought the vp215...)
  3. Plastic wrap

    I bought a Snap-wrap 7500 (or whatever it's actually called) a few years ago. When i brought it home, my wife yelled at me for buying something so stupid. Since then, we have given at least six as wedding presents, plus a few others to people who clearly needed one.
  4. there are low temp models that use chemicals for sanitizing. Current ones even work well. There are also booster heaters that will heat the water from domestic temp to 180F.
  5. The calculation for that is more complicated than you'd think. A lot depends on how much energy is used moving your water around. If you're in California, where water is pumped long distances and over mountains there's a lot of electricity in supplying your water (20% of all electricity used in California was used pumping water around, as of a few years ago.). Saving a few gallons of water can save more than the dishwasher takes to run. Temperature of hot water when it comes out of the tap maters, too. My hot water is 140 F, and the dishwasher doesn't heat it much if it all unless I run one of the sanitize cycles. If you wash dishes by hand in colder water, the dishwasher will use more electricity heating it up. Sewage disposal matters, as well.
  6. Amazon Prime Day - your loot ?

    wow, I'd buy it for that.
  7. Amazon Prime Day - your loot ?

    It's the day amazon has a garage sale, basically. Probably some good deals on stuff worth buying, good deals on crap you don't need, and lots of fake deals on stuff. The Anova BT cooker is currently on sale for $99, which isn't a bad deal, if you need one. It's about what it was around giftmas.
  8. Costco membership

    the pharmacy is open to all comers. there's a federal law or regulation that requires that.
  9. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    I ate two, and gave the box away. They're good, and I can see why people like them. Not enough chocolate in the cookie to balance the very strong (and good) coffee in the filling. so far, the only joe-joes I actually like are the peppermint Christmas ones.
  10. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    The mocha joe-joes are back in stock at my local TJs.
  11. Cuisinart Recall

    Mine showed up yesterday.
  12. Grading is optional in Canada and the US. lower quality animals are not graded, and tend to get used for process stuff, as opposed to steaks, roasts, or (good quality) hamburger. people buying those animals know what they're getting before they whack 'em with a hammer, grading is an unnecessary expense. Your source says ' In 2012, the Canada A, AA and AAA grades together represented 97.1% of all graded beef from fed slaughter cattle in Canada.'. That's a very different statement from 97% of graded beefs. Cows sent to the feed lot should be in good shape before they get fed, and feeding them is going to improve them. 'D' grades represent 13% of all graded carcasses, and are older animals, mostly cows. (As opposed to steers, heifers, or bulls, not pigs...) So the Canadians do grade some lower quality animals.
  13. Canning Jar Lids

    I don't can. I put ball jars in my vacuum sealer (put the lid on, leave the ring loose, vacuum sucks the air out. The ring keeps the lid in place when air is let in, and you get a good vacuum in the jar.). I can get five or six cycles out of a lid before it won't hold a vacuum, if I'm gentle when prying the lids off. About 10 or 15% of the lids supplied with jars won't hold a vacuum when brand new. I don't think I've had a boxed replacement fail.
  14. I used to run a convenience store with a very large cooler (20 something merchandising doors, plus about 5 feet behind that for back stock storage). There were thermometers around the cooler, with sensors to go with them. They were largely in air, but one was in a fluid filled capsule. The air temperature would drop pretty fast when a door was left open, at least near the door. When the door closed, a fan would come on, and circulate the air, and the temperature would go down again. The compressor only came on when the temperature didn't go back down, and it could run for a longish period.
  15. and people who don't rearrange things when I'm not there.