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Old 09-05-2019, 09:38 AM   #181
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Ancho peppers and celery leaves are about the only 2 I plan on doing regularly though I may expand on that later. Grocery store prices for most spices are way out line.
Absolutely. I used to be able to get Anchos loose for $3.99/lb. Now they have them bagged 8oz. I believe. Works out to around$15/lb. I don't buy them. Need to make a road trip to a Mexican spice dealer I know of to check their prices.
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Old 09-05-2019, 09:46 AM   #182
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I use the ninja mini express food processor. Itís a double blade.
I got to at walmart on sale two christmasís ago for 13.99
original price was 15.99 ...now itís 19.99.

It works great on chopping small stuff and also making
bread crumbs.
...except for the motor everything goes in the dish washer.
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I found it on amazon prime for 17.95

https://www.amazon.com/Ninja-NJ100-E...ateway&sr=8-16
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I tried roasting & grinding whole Mexican spices in a mortar with pestle, for a flavor I read about in a new Mexican cookbook.
It was very labor intensive, but it made me happy.

My BIL was not impressed. He said he'd tasted that before. I realized it was the flavor in a $1 Mexican tamale.

I also made a garam masala (curry) roasting & grinding spices by hand. Never again!

I will make a Peking Duck again. It's worth it.
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I love my mortar and pestle! I have the marble type, wish it was about twice the size it is cause I'm a messy grinder, but I think the spices and what not keep better in whole form
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I love my mortar and pestle! I have the mjarble type, wish it was about twice the size it is cause I'm a messy grinder, but I think the spices and what not keep better in whole form
Chinese markets & Chinese curio shops have them.
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I had a marble mortar and pestle. Wife moved the cabinet it was in to clean after I had told her not to move it without taking everything out of it. Several things got broken when stuff fell out including the marble pestle. It wasn't the first time she'd broken a bunch of stuff like that. Some of my pottery Olive Oil containers got destroyed the same way. That was years ago and I'm still extremely whizzed.
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Finished curing 4 1/2 pounds of pork loin for Canadian Bacon. Cut it into approx half pound pieces, put in vacuum zipper bags. Got it in the freezer now firming up and in a while I'll take them out and pull a vacuum on the bags. Should be good for a year maybe more depends on how fast it gets used. May go pretty quick.
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Tonight the wife made white chicken chili. It isn't truly white as there are black beans and red kidney beans in it. One of these days I will actually start the beans from a bag and not from a can.

A mortar and pestle are great for grinding small quantities of spices. I wouldn't use it for large quantities, for that I use a $20 coffee grinder. (I washed out my old coffee grinder and let it dry thoroughly and then use it ONLY for spices. I now have a burr grinder for my coffee)

The key for most spices is to keep them whole as @Mystriss said above. Heck, a whole side of beef will keep longer than a pound of ground beef.

Another trick is to toast the spices and then when grinding them, shake the grinder. Even when tossing in a handful of dried oregano or basil, I rub them between my palms to help release the fragrant oils.
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This week I've canned 43 pints of sliced carrots.

I'm not sure I'd call that an adventure but I would call it a lot of work even with a food processor to do the slicing.
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Congratulations Bugs. You should be all set for the winter.


Seriously. To endure that you must have grown them cause that is a lot work for $22 worth of canned carrots.
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Congratulations Bugs. You should be all set for the winter.


Seriously. To endure that you must have grown them cause that is a lot work for $22 worth of canned carrots.
Yeah I'm set for a while on canned carrots. I use them in tomato sauces besides just eating as is.

$22? Cheap where you are. Store brand $34, name brand $54. I paid $16.74 for 30# (6 5# bags.) and still thought the price was about $0.15 lb. too much.

Also use fresh carrots a lot.
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Time to bump your thread for you.


Yesterdays adventure was a birthday pie, coconut cream, for Mama. Made the hard way. I would have posted a picture but she cut it before I could get the meringue on it. That girl loves her coconut pie.


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$22? Cheap where you are

49 cents a can for the store brand. I prefer fresh but sometimes use the canned ones.
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