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27-09-2013, 01:19 PM
RE: What Americans eat....
Homemade bacong is SO worth it. I cheat a little, but it still works great. I "warm smoke" my bacon. Just my little saying for not truly cold smoking. I also make my own cooking charcoal out of oak deadfall I harvest from my land. If you drop a couple lumps of charcoal on your smudge once in a while it seems to boost the temp in the smokehouse enough to accelerate the bacon by up to a few days! The regular lump charcoal you buy for BBQ would work exactly the same.

Sure wish I could get my hands on some hickory and alder wood. Alder is the only wood to smoke bacon with IMO, but alas, the only way I can get it is by buying those bagged wood chips. Bah! Angry


(discussing bacon supersedes all other conversations. Therefore, consider this thread derailed.)

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27-09-2013, 01:26 PM
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Nah Girly, when I say processed foods I'm talking about the "added" stuff - the fillers and shit they stick into it instead of the real or at least more natural shit - like using high fructose corn syrup instead of just cane sugar or maple syrup sugar.

And all the "fortification" they do to grains ... they wouldn't have to fortify it, if they hadn't have stripped all the nutrients out of it in the first place. And don't get me started on the amount of sodium they put in many canned products - it's ridiculous!

Preservatives are another thing altogether - some good, some not so good - hell, many people in my family "can" stuff and I know they have no idea what malto-dextrose even is! There are simply safer, more natural preservatives and yes, flash freezing is a great way to go for produce that needs to be shipped! Thumbsup

The thing is... when food is "made" by large corporate bakeries, they don't do it in small batches, they make everything in giant batches which require altering the original recipes... things need to be stretched out and because of that, they don't taste the same. In order to make stuff taste like the original, they add an over abundance of salts, sugars, fats, and yes, chemicals.
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Fantastic news Stark!! Clap Keep doing what you're doing; whatever it is, it's keeping that shit out of your life.

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27-09-2013, 01:46 PM
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(27-09-2013 01:19 PM)Stark Raving Wrote:  Homemade bacon is SO worth it.

MAKING BACON! Drooling




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27-09-2013, 02:01 PM
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Apparently there are a lot of people who don't want all kinds of crap added to their food. Hormel came out with a line of cold cuts and bacon that has no additives. That's a pretty big company, so someone must be paying attention someplace.

Their additive-free salami is excellent. Haven't tried the bacon though.

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27-09-2013, 02:05 PM
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(27-09-2013 12:05 PM)Stark Raving Wrote:  This is the first time I've been willing to announce this publicly: I am officially (for now) cancer free.

I'm real happy for you, and I'm'a let you finish...
(but seriously, that is great news and don't get me wrong)

(27-09-2013 12:05 PM)Stark Raving Wrote:  With the exception of a couple of tumors on the outside of my skull that were removed surgically, I treated myself SOLELY with food.

Seems to me that's one heck of an exception!

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27-09-2013, 02:15 PM (This post was last modified: 27-09-2013 02:29 PM by kim.)
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Saw Bourdain roaming around Italy -
He met up with this Italian guy curing some kind of pig - a big hunk of it - it's aged and marinated in wine. He was air curing it and it took 2 whole years to do it. I'm not all that fond of pig but... but man, this air cured stuff looked so damn delicious! A beautiful, deep red color - just gorgeous.

To eat it, it was shaved super thin - you could see light through it. They served it with a little individual bowl of a lovely wine and some tomatoes and a crusty bread. Damn. It was about the size of a basket ball, but I could have eaten the entire thing.

Holy shit, I found it - it's called Culatello -
- Culatello (coo-lah-TEL-oh): More prized in Parma than prosciutto, culatello (little rear end) is made from one specific muscle in the hind quarters of a pig. The meat is traditionally seasoned and stuffed into a pig’s bladder, tied into a pear shape and hung to cure for 12 to 18 months. The fog that rolls through the Po valley, along with the region’s cold and windy winters, is said to contribute to culatello’s sweet flavor and rich texture. A lean, rosy red, raw Italian ham that has been cured and soaked in wine during aging. Considered superior, culatello has a clean, delicate flavor. It's often served as part of an antipasto platter.

Culatello.
I want.

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27-09-2013, 03:42 PM
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(27-09-2013 02:05 PM)cjlr Wrote:  
(27-09-2013 12:05 PM)Stark Raving Wrote:  This is the first time I've been willing to announce this publicly: I am officially (for now) cancer free.

I'm real happy for you, and I'm'a let you finish...
(but seriously, that is great news and don't get me wrong)

(27-09-2013 12:05 PM)Stark Raving Wrote:  With the exception of a couple of tumors on the outside of my skull that were removed surgically, I treated myself SOLELY with food.

Seems to me that's one heck of an exception!

Nope. Where's a tumor on the outside of my skull gonna go? ... Hair cancer? ... Melanoma's scarier than a tumor on my skull. Tongue

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27-09-2013, 05:18 PM
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(27-09-2013 02:05 PM)cjlr Wrote:  
(27-09-2013 12:05 PM)Stark Raving Wrote:  With the exception of a couple of tumors on the outside of my skull that were removed surgically, I treated myself SOLELY with food.

Seems to me that's one heck of an exception!
I think you misunderstand. The three tumors they removed were on the outside of my skull, and easy to access. In fact, calling their removal "surgery" is laughable. The other seven tumors were on the inside of my skull. Two of those were connected to my brain, the remaining five to the bone. The outside ones were removed because the doctors treating me decided that whatever it was I was doing was working (on all ten tumors) , and so why not remove the ones that were easy so my body could concentrate on the really threatening tumors.

The tumor removal was an exception of the very minor kind.
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27-09-2013, 06:10 PM
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(27-09-2013 12:05 PM)Stark Raving Wrote:  This is the first time I've been willing to announce this publicly: I am officially (for now) cancer free.

You announce you have brain cancer in the Casual Coffee House...and announce you are rid of it in the FOOD section? WTF is wrong with you!?

That's awesome news! Incredible! I know we aren't best friends or anything, I don't even know you that well, but I was genuinely worried about you. People can call me a bitch all they want, I don't care. I'm very happy for you and glad you're healed! Big Grin

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27-09-2013, 07:01 PM (This post was last modified: 28-09-2013 09:58 AM by DLJ.)
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With modified products, it's all about the advertising:

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