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  1. Thermoworks is discontinuing the thermapen mk4 (and replacing it with something they say is better.) the Mk4 is on close out for $69, while they have them. https://www.thermoworks.com/Thermapen-Mk4?quantity=1&color=16
  2. I don't know what your willingness to work on such stuff is, but if it dosn't extend to resoldering battery packs, a few calls to cell phone repair places will find someone who will do it, probably pretty cheap.
  3. A former office was recarpted overnight, while I was working the overnight shift. It was not communicated to anyone working in the space it was going to happen, the guys just showed up at about 8pm. So no one had done any cleaning or other prep. They cleared a small area, ripped the old carpet up, glued the new stuff down, and put stuff back. This was carpet tiles, not rolls of carpet, which made it easier. Huge crew, they did several thousand square feet by five am. Apparently, many people didn't even notice the work had happened (it was a different color carpet, but not by much).
  4. use it in place of celery in mirepoix in hearty soups or stew.
  5. There's a company called Dolly, who provide muscle for hire. I've used them move radiators from one floor to another, and to have some furniture moved from one location to another. Don't know if they're where @JoNorvelleWalker is, or not, though.
  6. the assets from many of the recently closed Godiva retail shops are up for auction. https://www.grafeauction.com/events/upcoming There are around 87 locations for auction, online only, closing 19 February. there are tempering machines, fridges, blenders, tools, display stuff, and other random things.
  7. It's relatively expensive in the most of the US, and it's not as dramatically pretty as walnut (which is also expensive). In areas where it's common, it gets used for cutting boards. I have a large edge grain board made of birch; it came from a restaurant supply place. It claimed to ave been made in finland, home of many birch trees.
  8. We had a whole bunch of really good pears this fall. Normally, two or three I buy are okay. This year, we had them every week for five or six weeks, and they were excellent, once ripened.
  9. 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./
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 expensive machinery, etc, and sand is cheap. So it's not commonly done.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. dscheidt


    I'm sure it is, for the accountants.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.)
  22. dscheidt

    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, in two layers. Then it's cooked at 147 for an hour or a bit longer. If you have two layers, I'd increase the time. From there, you could either hold hot at 140F, if you're serving it immediately, or it goes into an ice water bath and to cold storage. Serving is thaw if required, then brown (and make sure it's to temp internally, I sometimes heat it in a low oven, or in the water bath, before browning. Speeds things up, if you are doing a lot at once.) I first did this when I had to feed breakfast to 40 of my wife's relatives at the family cabin with a kitchen woefully ill suited for it. I bagged and cooked it all at home, hauled it to the cabin frozen, and used the circulator to thaw it and start the warming. Worked very well for that, so I've been doing it for home, and for a few other mass breakfast and brunches.
  23. 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.
  24. Baked a couple loaves of my cinnamon bread yesterday. I had some timing problems with other stuff, and it got over proofed on the first rise, and the second wasn't quite enough to fill the pullman pans. Still turned out okay. It almost all got turned into meal prep french toast, cooked sous vide, and into the freezer. (well, one batch is in the fridge for tomorrow....)
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