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  • bluecat's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    bluecat replied to a thread Y'all want me to... in Podunk Corner
    Dang, somehow I missed all this.
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    10 Hours Ago
    bluecat replied to a thread Y'all want me to... in Podunk Corner
    Are you an Easter worshipper? Just had to ask...lol.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    There were good people on both sides...
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  • DParker's Avatar
    13 Hours Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Y'all want me to... in Podunk Corner
    Oh, and...nothing says Easter like big pots full of boiling crustaceans....
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  • DParker's Avatar
    15 Hours Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Y'all want me to... in Podunk Corner
    It occurs to me that I neglected to post about the other...and more interesting...meat-aging project I have going in the fridge. A month ago I had a hankering to make some Irish Stew in the pressure cooker. So I wandered into the Costco by my office to see if they had any lamb shanks. They were fresh out, so I had to make do with a boneless lamb leg instead (which turned out excellent anyway). But on the way out of the meat section I spotted some whole vac-packed USDA Prime ribeye subprimals going for a very reasonable $10.69/lb. I've long been wanting to try my hand at doing my own dry-aged steaks at home, which is best done using a whole subprimal rather than individual steaks so as to significantly reduce waste. The process produces a hard "rind" on the surface that is generally trimmed off, and a whole subprimal exposes a lot less surface area than one that's been cut into individual steaks...so less waste. This seemed like an ideal opportunity to give dry aging a whirl, so I grabbed one of the smaller packages and headed for the check-out lines: Yeah, that's a lot of money for a hunk of cow. But I can freeze the steaks once the meat is done aging and eat them over the course of the next 1-2 years (though I doubt they'll last anywhere close to that long). And individually-cut Prime ribeyes...when you can find them...generally go for anywhere from $18-$24/lb around here, so this really isn't a bad expenditure at all. Of course my per-lb cost will go up significantly once the weight reductions due to moisture loss and trimming are taken into account. Everything I read leads me to expect a final total weight loss in the neighborhood of 30%-33%. So the worst case is that I'll end up with about 11.5 lbs of finished product, for a per-lb cost of just over $16/lb. That sounds high at first, but bear in mind that's for dry-aged Prime ribeye...which goes for obscene prices at high-end steakhouses...and it's still below the retail cost of even non-dry-aged individual Prime ribeye steaks. So still a good deal, IMHO. There are multiple methods for dry aging beef, most involving expensive equipment, as well as elaborate and space-consuming setups to control temperature and humidity, as well as ensure food-safety. But for the home kitchen, which tends to lack such facilities, there are large dry-aging bags made by the same company (Umai Dry) that makes the bag I'm using for my Capicola project (which still has about another month left to go before it's ready). These bags cling to the surface of the meat and form a semi-permeable membrane that allows moisture to escape, while keeping bacteria and other nastiness off the pricey meat. It also prevents the transfer of odors in/out, which is a plus when it's sitting in your fridge for 30 days...or possibly longer. Here's the whole shebang bagged up and ready to begin it's journey to beefy Nirvana: It's been sitting on a rack on the bottom shelf of the fridge for 26 days now, and has already lost just a hair under 20% of its original weight due to shedding of moisture, and exhibits a pronounced darkening of the surface color (I'll try to snap a pic of what it looks like now when I get home tonight). My original plan was to shoot for 45 days of aging, but I'm not certain I have the discipline to wait that long. And some further reading I've done since then suggests that I might want to start with a 28 or 30-day age for my first project, see how I and the wife like it, then maybe shoot for something longer (for even more intense flavors) after I finish this one. We'll see if I can make it through the weekend.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    You always have a little collateral damage.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    April 21: 1918 German fighter ace Baron von Richthofen, "The Red Baron," is shot down and killed. https://www.historynet.com/red-baron-world-war-i-ace-fighter-pilot-manfred-von-richthofen.htm
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Some of the Germans killed by that joke, I assume, were good people ...
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    LOL ... +10 for making the connection ...
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    https://youtu.be/_yo9WHrTvks
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Sure, but none of that is as bad as the killer joke.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Was that the WWII battle where Brian Williams won an honorary Medal of Honor for single-handedly taking out 3 German MG nests armed only with his pen and notepad?
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    I remember my dad telling me stories how the German troops struck fear in the American lines at the Battle of the Bulge by singing A Doe A Deer A Female Deer between shellings ...
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread permethrin in Podunk Corner
    How can you tell?
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  • crookedeye's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    crookedeye replied to a thread permethrin in Podunk Corner
    centipeds, ive been reading alot about these bugs, monsters.. i quess they live in packs, when you see a cricket leg in your basement it was attacked by centipeds..according to researchers that study centipeds, conclude that there is a leader among them.. the more bug spray you put down the more they get immune to it..you will no when you see the Grandaaddy of all centipeds, hes just afraid of us as we are of him..
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Those are pretty good. I heard where some "journalist" was trying to ban Sound of Music because it is Nazi music, and of course, Donald Trump is a Nazi.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    This is getting to be like bashing used-car salesmen at this point ...
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    .....
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    A Priest Saved ‘The Body of Christ’ From Notre Dame, and NY Times Thought He Meant a Statue https://freebeacon.com/blog/a-priest-saved-the-body-of-christ-from-notre-dame-and-ny-times-thought-he-meant-a-statue/
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Actual AP headline: “Tourist Mecca Notre Dame Also Revered As Place Of Worship” https://hotair.com/archives/2019/04/19/actual-ap-headline-tourist-mecca-notre-dame-also-revered-place-worship/
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Coulter: Let’s face it, this border crisis wouldn’t be as bad under a Democratic president https://hotair.com/archives/2019/04/19/coulter-lets-face-border-crisis-wouldnt-bad-democratic-president/
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Oh ... No comments? ... <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GHq87F2fS-s" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Premier night of the final season of Game Of Thrones: Coincidence?
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Troll Level: Unmatchable Master
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1994/07/03/a-life-and-death-on-the-high-seas/0f54ff89-2c7d-4799-b858-c46bc8aac77a/?utm_term=.a957a09f023e
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread permethrin in Podunk Corner
    LOL ... I was wondering if it was Martins, CE. Let me know how you like it after a few months/washings. I don't know if make your own p-dope is a big thing on other sites, but I'm a little surprised I haven't heard many people talking about it. Everybody's all over make your own scent killer all the time.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    "My friend went to Cabo and all I got was this lousy non-bikini pic"
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    The mate is doing the best he can, but you're right ... We're in Major Bozo No-No territory if that fish is still alive. (Or even if it isn't. ---Google it) The gaffer on the far right has absolutely no control. That boat rolls and/or the fish twists and somebody's getting poked. It seems like it happens once or twice every few years that somebody gets impaled or pulled overboard and drowned wrapped up by the line. https://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2015/06/01/hawaii-angler-dies-impaled-swordfish/ https://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2015/04/07/california-angler-holding-trophy-catch-dragged-boat-sea-lion/
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Yt3GBlVjUd0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>....
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