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    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 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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    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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    1 Week Ago
    By the way...I didn't get a "harrumph" outta' that guy.
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    1 Week Ago
    I was drinking Tecate. Luckily, they never skimped on the limes.
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    I mean, there were a couple of times that the pool-side waiter didn't wander by fast enough...and I had to walk over to that pirate ship bar to get our drinks. It was hell.
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    1 Week Ago
    Actually, it was this place (Villa del Arco). But still...THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN MY MARLIN! Harrumph.
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    Even worse, I chartered a fishing boat when I took the family to Cabo years ago, and we got nothin' but one little barracuda I hooked into.
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    1 Week Ago
    You really do need a bigger boat. Giant marlin too big for boat, but novice anglers get their fish
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    DParker replied to a thread permethrin in Podunk Corner
    Take off and nuke the entire site from orbit.
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    1 Week Ago
    RIP Notre Dame Cathedral.
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Or maybe this.... Every time I hear the William Tell Overture I always think to myself, "Self, what this tune really needs is a 6-string plucked by a country boy in bell-bottoms." <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0bhuxkzjuQc" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> And then my mind wanders to musings like, "I wonder if these 'bone players do Wichita Lineman?" <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Mx5c-6SV3Hk" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Chevy Van is one of the best - maybe the best - songs of its genre, and not just because it reminds me of some of the better days of my youth. Thanks for reminding me that for some inexplicable reason I don't yet have it on my phone. I've since rectified that error. I'm not quite clear on how "fer it or agin it" pertains to the videos you posted, but that won't stop me from attempting to play along...so..."fer or agin?" It's always struck me as quite ironic that an instrument that was created to instill terror in the hearts of enemies in the lead-up to battle is also the one that is a the heart of the most stirring versions of an old-timey spiritual standard. Traditional... <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/M8AeV8Jbx6M" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> With an updated touch...
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    1 Week Ago
    He, Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters should take their comedy acts on the road. https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/apr/10/maxine-waters-goofs-grilling-banks-student-loans/
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Try the grey stuff...it's delicious.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    My son and his friends went to one of those places late last year. They said it was really a lot of fun. But then again none of them tried to turn their axe into a boomerang.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Sorry I didn't send out any cards, but apparently the teetotalers at Hallmark don't recognize the holiday. So this will have to do. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Beer_Day_(United_States)
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Here's something I'll bet you didn't know (I certainly didn't).
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Her voice in that tune did things to me when I was in high school.
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    I wanna know...
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    I seez what you done there.
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