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General Kitchen: food, storage, recipes, questions, tips, etc.
« on: December 16, 2011, 02:55:43 pm »

I have wondered about many things, but didn't want to start a thread each time. So whenever I have a question or other thoughts, I'll post here. Please add your experiences, too!

I needed a new rolling pin so I decided to purchase a French rolling pin (like this: http://www.amazon.com/Ateco-French-Rolling-Pin/dp/B000KESQ1G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324068716&sr=8-1). I look forward to trying a new gadget next week when I make some sugar cookie cut-outs with the kiddos. (Santa will need some cookies ;))

QUESTION: Does anyone have experience freezing cream cheese? [http://www.stockpilingmoms.com/2011/02/can-you-freeze-cream-cheese/]
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Re: General Kitchen: food, storage, recipes, questions, tips, etc.
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2011, 03:43:15 pm »

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QUESTION: Does anyone have experience freezing cream cheese?

I freeze it frequently along with Fromage Blanc, Chevre, Ricotta, and Mozzarella.

If I purchase the Cream Cheese - I leave it in the packaging - marking last date it should be used (for us 1 year).

If I make cheese, I seal a meal it and freeze it up to one year. Unless it is Mozzarella which I butcher paper and then seal a meal for up to one year.

(TMM General Cheesemaking Stuff)

Also - if you want nice even cookies - either place 1/4" thick rubber bands at either side of your rolling pin. This prevents you from making the dough too thin. Or find a nice woodworker who will make you a frame for around where you roll out that is the thickness of the cookies you are making.

« Last Edit: December 16, 2011, 03:45:30 pm by mutti »
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Re: General Kitchen: food, storage, recipes, questions, tips, etc.
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2011, 03:06:23 pm »

Thanks, MUTTI! I will freeze the cream cheese then :)

BTW, am I imagining this or did you mention that your groom makes drop biscuits? I've tried Mama Liberty's recipe a few times with success and would like to try another member's as well.
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Re: General Kitchen: food, storage, recipes, questions, tips, etc.
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2011, 03:36:18 pm »

ND drops them. I'm sure he'll be by shortly  ^_^. I'm a "rolled biscuit" snob (not really), but fun to think we've been together almost 18 years and somethings never change!
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2011, 03:58:58 pm »

My sweetie is pestering me to come up with a device I REALLY need.  I can't think of one. I have a really good mixer, small kitchen tools.  Blender. Any suggestions?  Specialized cheese making tools?  Maybe a potato masher, but that doesn't really say I Love You like something with a motor.
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2011, 04:09:58 pm »

AMAGI - This isn't a device or gadget per se, however I really like a spreader I picked up from Pampered Chef earlier this year. I probably use it about once a day and I cannot go back to using a regular ol' dinner knife. I'm sure there are similar brands for not a lot of $$:

http://www.amazon.com/Pampered-Chef-All-Purpose-Spreader/dp/B001AO6QSA

There is a William Sonoma outlet near us so I get a few things from them I like as well:

POP-UP SPONGES: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/pop-up-sponge/ (I perfer the regular size for dishwashing)

SPONULA: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/silicone-spatulas-and-spoonula/ (I have them in all sizes)

I picked up this style apple slicer/corer for about $10:

http://www.amazon.com/Calphalon-Easy-Grip-Apple-Slicer/dp/B000SOAT0Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324419509&sr=8-1

Last month I got this spice organizer and so far, I really like it:

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=17621912
« Last Edit: December 20, 2011, 04:20:49 pm by Moonbeam »
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Re: General Kitchen: food, storage, recipes, questions, tips, etc.
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2011, 04:28:37 pm »

My sweetie is pestering me to come up with a device I REALLY need.  I can't think of one. I have a really good mixer, small kitchen tools.  Blender. Any suggestions?  Specialized cheese making tools?  Maybe a potato masher, but that doesn't really say I Love You like something with a motor.

Food Saver? Wine making kit? Whisper Grain Mill? Sausage stuffer? Plyban for cheesemaking (Hoeggers or Caprine Supply)?
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Re: General Kitchen: food, storage, recipes, questions, tips, etc.
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2011, 05:30:15 pm »

My sweetie is pestering me to come up with a device I REALLY need.  I can't think of one. I have a really good mixer, small kitchen tools.  Blender. Any suggestions?  Specialized cheese making tools?  Maybe a potato masher, but that doesn't really say I Love You like something with a motor.

I just bought something I've needed for YEARS... a cooking thermometer made especially for milk. I've been fooling around all this time with a candy thermometer, but it is not graduated finely enough and I had to guess. Just made yogurt with the new one this morning and I'm so tickled. It will work fine for cheese as well.

http://www.amazon.com/Rattleware-7-Inch-Easy-Steam-Thermometer/dp/B0016CDFDK/ref=sr_1_8?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1324423639&sr=1-8
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Re: General Kitchen: food, storage, recipes, questions, tips, etc.
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2012, 03:01:17 pm »

I bought a cheap popcorn maker to roast my green coffee beans.  Yum. 

I am looking for long term spices though, does anyone know where I can find them? If you know of a place how do they send them?  Mylar or just in jars or what? 
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Re: General Kitchen: food, storage, recipes, questions, tips, etc.
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2012, 03:10:06 pm »

I bought a cheap popcorn maker to roast my green coffee beans.  Yum. 

I am looking for long term spices though, does anyone know where I can find them? If you know of a place how do they send them?  Mylar or just in jars or what? 


http://www.bulkfoods.com/

Buy in bulk, do long term storage packaging yourself. Saves big bux. :)
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« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2012, 10:11:19 am »

Has anyone ever made unleavened bread? Experience? Recipe?
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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2012, 11:46:13 am »

Has anyone ever made unleavened bread? Experience? Recipe?

Yes, tortillas for the most common. I've had other, but can't say I care much for it. :) I'm not sure if the AmerInd "frybread" is leavened or not.

The most interesting one I tasted was made from regular flour and cattail pollen. Strong flavored and very chewy, but ok if you didn't have anything else. Don't have a recipe, but I can find one. :)
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« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2012, 04:52:17 pm »

I have a recipe for Pumpkin Fry bread if you want it . It uses self rising flour in the recipe.
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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2012, 05:05:23 pm »

I have a recipe for Pumpkin Fry bread if you want it . It uses self rising flour in the recipe.

That would be great in a regular recipe section. This question was about unleavened bread, however.

I'm partial to pumpkin anything! :)
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2012, 09:42:17 pm »

Just curious about a recipe for a loaf of unleavened bread...

Anyone have experience with freezing cooked potatoes such as mashed or home/southern-style potatoes? I'd like to freeze already cooked meats and I was wondering about freezing cooked potatoes as well.
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