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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    We may have reached a new low. When you don't have the sense God gave you to cut your own cheese:
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    Do I detect a trend? <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What apparently began as a home invasion turned quickly into a frightening scene for the suspects, after the resident started to defend himself. <a href="https://t.co/xNmuGmqobx">https://t.co/xNmuGmqobx</a></p>&mdash; ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) <a href="https://twitter.com/abc7newsbayarea/status/1086774495107575808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 19, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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  • DParker's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    That's a nice haul for the season.
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  • Jon's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    I have 2 weeks of hunting left, Saturday starts a week of shotgun and then followed up with a week of muzzleloader and then done. Club rules are only 6 deer can be taken combined between states, with only 2 in each state being bucks. I'm currently at 6 BUT one was taken on a farm that deer don't count for the total tally(We're trying to get as many does as possible per the farmer) so the one tag left can be either buck or doe but then I'm done hunting club land. My home property seems to have an over abundance of does BUT they all look pregnant and I hate shooting them when I can then see the babies moving around when I'm dressing them. I'm not sure what I'll do. I did pop a big doe a few weeks ago with the crossbow at 5yds, the bolt didn't pass through which surprised me but she died in sight half way across the corner of the field. She wasn't carrying any babies.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Yeah, I think I'm going to try that as well. Even on the lowest air pump setting that cold smoker puts out a really good amount of smoke.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Next time I may just do an hour.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Grilled cheese sandwiches using smoked cheese is out of this world.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I tried all of the 2-hour cheeses tonight. I had 1 small piece of each by itself and found that all were just slightly overwhelmed by the smoke. But then I had more of each on some good old-fashioned Ritz crackers and found that, surprisingly, that seemed to make the cheese stand out a little more. I'm guessing that had something to do with the salt. Either that or it was just my imagination. But either way, I like it.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Lol, okay. Good write up.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    That's one of the most notable differences. Although the edge has a slight curve to it, it's much straighter than those on European chef's knives. It's designed primarily for what I've seen termed "push cutting" and light chopping, both of which involve keeping the edge parallel to the cutting surface. Push cutting simply means a single motion cut in a mostly downward direction, but also pushing the blade slightly forward (away from you) at the same time. By "light" chopping I mean pushing straight down through an item, but with relatively little force. That's as opposed to, say, the sort of things you'd do when breaking down a chicken...like having to force the knife into the joints between bones, for instance. It an be used to cut in other ways too, of course. And like anything else...there are many competing views on how they compare with other designs, the best ways to use them, etc. And I probably mischaracterize all this as being specific to the kiritsuke, when in fact much of it applies to several other Japanese blade profiles as well. But I'm only now learning about this stuff myself, so take it all with a medium-sized grain of NaCl. Not yet...but there's a hibachi joint in town where the chef's put on those sorts of displays, so it might be a handy skill to have in case this whole computer software thing turns out to be just a passing fad.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    So how does the cutting technique differ than a normal Chef knife. You don't rock it back and forth? Do you make the flaming tower of onions and catch an egg in your Chef's hat? How does it hold up to all the fidgeting and banging that goes on when you are cooking.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I've used my new Shun knife several times over the past week or so and am finally getting the hang of the cutting technique that the kiritsuke profile was designed for, and all I can say is that I really, really like this blade. It's gone through everything I've used it on like a light saber through butter (OK, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit....or am I?). Last night I brought home an 11 lb pork belly and wanted to cut off a few 1.5 lb portions for making chashu (gesundheit!), saving the rest of it for the next time I make bacon. I used the Shun to do so by cutting right through the heavy-duty vac-pac the bellies come in, and then just peeling the plastic off the individual cuts. It was ridiculously easy. It's like using an 8" scalpel. Of course, the thin, hard steel requires some careful handling in order to avoid chipping it. But the way it glides through whatever I'm cutting means that I don't need to use much pressure at all, so it doesn't hit the cutting board with enough force to do any damage, or roll the edge. I haven't even needed to use a steel on it yet, and it still feels just as sharp as when I took it out of the box. I think that so long as I don't try to use it like a cleaver (or drop it, or otherwise abuse it) it'll hold up just fine.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Close to Philadelphia, but on the Ohio side of things?
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  • DParker's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    No cinnamon and he didn't boil any hamburger, so I'm going with no. And the beans were the least of his transgressions.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Let me guess: He's from Cincinnati.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    That's a collection of craziness. Orange Juice, brown sugar, brats?
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    "Beans belong in chili." ----Change my mind.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    So long as we're talking food, I need to vent. Even ignoring the beans...bell pepper, cabbage, orange juice and BBQ sauce?! But he put 1 tsp of chili powder in his pot of random-ingredient soup, so that magically makes it "chili", right? My star-spangled ass! Here, look at this spaghetti I made. Yeah, it's instant ramen noodles covered in V8 Juice, but that's my spaghetti recipe! And I've been wanting to experiment with using the pressure cooker for chili, so sat up last night scouring YouTube to see if anyone had pressure cooked anything even remotely resembling actual chili, just to get an idea about how much time it took. The results? Nothing but weapons-grade failure. Vegan "chili". Quinoa "chili". Pretty-much-nothing-but-bean-soup "chili". Frank Tolbert and Wick Fowler are both spinning in their graves like the props on a P-38 over Berlin.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Well, I like the 2-hour Swiss so far. And smoked Gouda has always been popular in my house, so I'm sure we'll like that. I'm least sure about the Mozzarella, for the same reason you mentioned (I'm concerned the smoke will obliterate the flavor). But, we'll see.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thanks, I just happened across a pamphlet I'd squirreled away some time ago regarding smoking times for various cuts of meat. They listed cheese as 30 minutes. I'd also be interested in what cheeses you liked smoked. I like mild cheese but found the smoke sort of dominated the subtle flavors. So I've kind of settled with cheddar as it seems to take the smoke as a compliment whereas the Havarti, Swiss didn't. It would be a good experiment to try those cheeses again but this time just smoke an hour or less.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Oh, yeah...I forgot. So I didn't go with the 2-days-after-smoking taste test, but waited 1 whole week instead. I opted for that because the smell from even the 2-hour smoked batch (which didn't seal properly, and was letting odor escape until I put it in a zip-loc baggie) was still pretty intense after 48 hours. So this past Saturday I opened both vac-packs and the wife and I tried a small sample from just the Swiss block from each (because Swiss was one of the mildest varieties, and I figured if it wasn't overpowered by smoke then they'd all be OK). We both agreed that the 4-hour version could still use some more time, but that the 2-hour one would be OK to eat now (and was quite good). But we're still giving both one more week just to see what happens.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Must still be deer hunting.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    "It's not for eatin' ... It's just for lookin' through ..."
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Did you ever eat your cheese?
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Countdown to St Paddy's Day: https://days.to/st-patricks-day/2019 :clap: :beer:
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    That Aer Lingus flight is right up there in Irish lore with the Flight of the Earls and the Flight of the Wild Geese.:-) There's probably a song about it. :wink Maybe an air chantey. :grin: Oldtime flight song: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/zxjvNUNXhkU?controls=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> Newtime flight song---When you're stuck at the airport in Ireland ... LOL : <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4_XvKcLxj6I" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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