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Post by Andrew » 10 Apr 2017, 13:07

The green tech nonsense made me hesitate, too, but it worked. I did the first wash with the recommended 1-hour rest in the middle (so the clothing can soak), and it took the funk out of clothing that had been horrifying for much too long. At $20 for a decent sized tub, it's a competitive price with the other products out there.

I've switched most of my hiking clothing to merino, and yes, it's amazing. I can't quite justify switching all my running/gym stuff to it, though.
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Post by Warren » 18 Apr 2017, 20:02

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Post by Hugh Akston » 02 Jul 2017, 18:23

Anyone looking for a food scale could do a lot worse than the Oxo analog. Super easy to calibrate, readouts in both standard and metric up to a pound, the bowl reverses into a cover so you can keep it clean and take it with you if that's your jam. For $13 it's a pretty solid value. The digital one I paid $23 for at IKEA kinda sucks in comparison.
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Post by Warren » 03 Jul 2017, 17:36

Hugh Akston wrote:Anyone looking for a food scale could do a lot worse than the Oxo analog. Super easy to calibrate, readouts in both standard and metric up to a pound, the bowl reverses into a cover so you can keep it clean and take it with you if that's your jam. For $13 it's a pretty solid value. The digital one I paid $23 for at IKEA kinda sucks in comparison.
That's fine if you're not concerned about precision. Also, I don't trust spring scales over a year old. It's entirely possible they work better now than in the past, but they use to be shit after a few years.
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Post by Fin Fang Foom » 13 Aug 2017, 22:15

Got a Roku. It's pretty kick-ass. Amazon and Google on one device as well as the rest.

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Post by Highway » 13 Aug 2017, 23:04

Fin Fang Foom wrote:
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Got a Roku. It's pretty kick-ass. Amazon and Google on one device as well as the rest.
We have been very happy with the 3 Rokus we have. The new Premier+ we have for the 4k HDR TV works well also.
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Post by Andrew » 28 Mar 2018, 23:23

Kodiak pancake mix is solid. I've now been through several big boxes from Costco. I make big batches and then use them instead of protein bars for breakfast. The pancakes seem to keep forever in the fridge.

I use the milk and egg version to get the most protein I can, and adding cinnamon and vanilla makes them taste like an actual breakfast food and not the modern version of hardtack.
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Post by Jennifer » 08 Apr 2018, 18:10

I've long needed a new pepper grinder, and I wanted an easy-fill model, not one of those PITA old-school pepper mills that still think peppercorns are worth their weight in gold. (The first pepper grinder I ever had actually required a jeweler's screwdriver to open it.)

Yesterday Jeff and I went to IKEA< and I bought their "IHÄRDIG" spice mill for $5.99. Filled and used it today, and it is AWESOME.
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Post by Warren » 08 Apr 2018, 19:19

Jennifer wrote:
08 Apr 2018, 18:10
I've long needed a new pepper grinder, and I wanted an easy-fill model, not one of those PITA old-school pepper mills that still think peppercorns are worth their weight in gold. (The first pepper grinder I ever had actually required a jeweler's screwdriver to open it.)

Yesterday Jeff and I went to IKEA< and I bought their "IHÄRDIG" spice mill for $5.99. Filled and used it today, and it is AWESOME.
By attaching the grinding mechanism to the IKEA 365+ IHÄRDIG spice jars, you can easily change the spices in the mill.
That's a good system if you got several whole spices and a big ass spice rack to put them in. For just a pepper grinder, it's too much of a pain in the ass to take the grinder off and put the lid back on.
I'd go (Indeed already went) with a salt and pepper mill set like this
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Post by Jennifer » 08 Apr 2018, 19:43

Warren wrote:
08 Apr 2018, 19:19
Jennifer wrote:
08 Apr 2018, 18:10
I've long needed a new pepper grinder, and I wanted an easy-fill model, not one of those PITA old-school pepper mills that still think peppercorns are worth their weight in gold. (The first pepper grinder I ever had actually required a jeweler's screwdriver to open it.)

Yesterday Jeff and I went to IKEA< and I bought their "IHÄRDIG" spice mill for $5.99. Filled and used it today, and it is AWESOME.
By attaching the grinding mechanism to the IKEA 365+ IHÄRDIG spice jars, you can easily change the spices in the mill.
That's a good system if you got several whole spices and a big ass spice rack to put them in. For just a pepper grinder, it's too much of a pain in the ass to take the grinder off and put the lid back on.
I'd go (Indeed already went) with a salt and pepper mill set like this
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I bought mine as a permanent grinder; the grinding mechanism is only removed if I want to add more pepper. However, now that I've tried the grinder and determined I like it, I intend to get a couple more. At only $5.99 apiece, I'd much rather get one separate grinder for each spice, rather than share one grinder among several spices and have to either clean the grinder after each use, or worry about "cross contamination" so to speak. The one I bought yesterday holds black peppercorns; I want a second grinder for the "rainbow" pepper medley, a third for whole allspice, and maybe pick up a fourth to have just in case.

(FWIW, I have PLENTY of spice-rack space. My current apartment has a fairly large built-in "spice closet" (pretty much the ONLY convenient aspect of this otherwise tiny-PITA kitchen), and packed away I have the several large wooden knick-knack wall shelves I used to hold our spice collection.)
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Post by Warren » 08 Apr 2018, 20:06

But does it have an air-tight lid?
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Post by Jennifer » 08 Apr 2018, 20:26

There is a little wheel in the center you turn to give it a smaller or larger grind; I think it's airtight when the wheel is turned as far as it can go in the "small" direction and the cover is on, surrounding the screw and grinder mechanism.
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Post by Highway » 22 Sep 2019, 12:24

Wanted to post some impressions of our induction stove, since we've had it around 1/2 of a year now.

We got a GE Profile range, and one thing that I found when searching for it was that there isn't a lot of options when you're looking for induction. Most manufacturers have only one, at the top of the product range, so, it's more figuring out what brand you want for reputation and feature set. I was also looking at Frigidaire's version, but the reviews and manufacturer answers to a specific question pushed me away from that one (clarified below).

Starting with best part: The cooktop is as easy to keep clean as I'd hoped. All I've heard from people with radiant glass cooktops is that they are very hard to keep clean, due to food splatters getting cooked onto the glass. Because the glass just doesn't get that hot on this one, that never happens, so it's still looking great.

And because the stove itself doesn't get very hot, it's nowhere near the issue in the summer of cooking being a hot, uncomfortable task. There's really very little heat that comes off the pots, even. My wife did comment that she'll probably miss that a little in the winter, because she won't be able to warm herself up as much.

The temperature reaction, especially on turning the heat down, is super fast. There's no coasting down to a lower temperature. It has definitely taken some getting used to, and we've had some not that great rice on the way to learning this. With the calrod stove, we'd turn it down to like 2 out of 10 to simmer, because there was still a lot of thermal mass in the calrod. On the induction, that just makes it stop cooking, so we've learned that you don't turn it down so much, more like 4 of 11 (We're using the stove for rice because Hello Fresh includes just enough for 2 servings, and it's too small for the instant pot).

We like the pots we're using, which are Circulon non-stick. We looked at the All-clad ones, and they're generally a bit nicer than the Circulon, but we found the handles to be so bad that we thought they were unusable for us. Maybe if you use some really supinated hand position you'd be ok, with them, but with a neutral grip the side of the handle just dug into my hand.

The thing I've found the most frustrating about the stove is the large burner. Because induction is matching the active area of the burner to the pot or pan, and there is a limit to the adjustment the burner can do, the large burner can go up to a 12" pan and cover the whole thing, but has a minimum limit of 8" (the Frigidaire was actually limited to a 10" or 12" pan, which many people found just absolutely useless, and was the main reason we didn't get that one). And that's the contact patch of the cookware, not the top width. So right now, we only have a couple of fry and saute pans that can use the biggest burner. If the pan is too small, the burner will just not turn on. And if it's juuuuuust a little too small, it will turn on, but not really work. So, we're working with it now, but are definitely looking for some additional pots to be able to use on it for pasta and soups. It's hard to get a good read on them over the internet, tho, because when they report the size of a pot, it's something like the average diameter, or the top diameter, not the base diameter. And even if it says it's 8 or 9 inches at the top, a taper would make the bottom too small.

Overall, we're really liking it. It took us a while to use it much, but at the beginning of summer we starting using Hello Fresh, and since then we've been using it 3 or 4 times per week, and have gotten more used to it. I'd definitely recommend induction to anyone looking for a higher end stove, and the only downside is really the minimum pot size.
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Post by Warren » 22 Sep 2019, 16:35

Thanks Highway. I doubt I'll be in the market for a new stove in the foreseeable future. But you've added to my induction cooking knowledge of which I have an interest.
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Post by JasonL » 22 Sep 2019, 18:16

I could save a lot of money doing induction instead of gas - but I really like gas.

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Post by Mo » 23 Sep 2019, 09:18

I loved my induction stove and you can fix the minimum size with a plate under the pot or pan
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Post by Warren » 23 Sep 2019, 09:22

Mo wrote:
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I loved my induction stove and you can fix the minimum size with a plate under the pot or pan
A ceramic plate?
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Post by Mo » 23 Sep 2019, 09:45

Magnetic metal plate. Basically the same disks you would use to allow you to use non magnetic cookware on an induction stove.

https://www.magneticcooky.com/best-indu ... ter-disks/
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Post by Highway » 23 Sep 2019, 10:18

Ah, that's good to know, I'll look into one.
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Post by Dangerman » 09 Oct 2019, 19:57

Does anyone have a recommendation for a drip coffee maker with a timer?

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Dangerman wrote:
09 Oct 2019, 19:57
Does anyone have a recommendation for a drip coffee maker with a timer?
My Krups works well, but it's slow. Before that, I got many years out of a Cuisinart with a thermal caraffe. It's also hard to go wrong with Braun.
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Post by Warren » 09 Oct 2019, 21:35

Number 6 wrote:
09 Oct 2019, 21:29
Dangerman wrote:
09 Oct 2019, 19:57
Does anyone have a recommendation for a drip coffee maker with a timer?
My Krups works well, but it's slow. Before that, I got many years out of a Cuisinart with a thermal caraffe. It's also hard to go wrong with Braun.
Thermal carafe is the market if you like to sip your coffee all morning long.
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Post by Number 6 » 09 Oct 2019, 22:27

Warren wrote:
09 Oct 2019, 21:35
Number 6 wrote:
09 Oct 2019, 21:29
Dangerman wrote:
09 Oct 2019, 19:57
Does anyone have a recommendation for a drip coffee maker with a timer?
My Krups works well, but it's slow. Before that, I got many years out of a Cuisinart with a thermal caraffe. It's also hard to go wrong with Braun.
Thermal carafe is the market if you like to sip your coffee all morning long.
This. Americans, for reasons I don't understand, inside on putting hotplates under their coffee. That is wrong.
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Post by Dangerman » 10 Oct 2019, 11:46

The goal is to have coffee ready to pour into a thermos to take to work without any fussing in the morning.

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Post by Number 6 » 11 Oct 2019, 12:11

Dangerman wrote:
10 Oct 2019, 11:46
The goal is to have coffee ready to pour into a thermos to take to work without any fussing in the morning.
If you're not looking for certain features other than a timer, pretty much anything from the makes above will work. I do recommend cone vs. basket filters, though. And if you must have a hot plate, an adjustable temp one is a good idea.
I have this one, and apart from it's habit of brewing slower than death by consumption, I like it a lot. That problem can be fixed by setting the timer a bit earlier.

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