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  1. I'll grab 3 or 4 packs of turkey, honey ham or roast beef if I see it marked down and freeze them. I also freeze pepperoni and hard salami. I haven't noticed any major difference in quality when thawed.
  2. I have a separate account for private things. Real name for family and some friends, other name for religious and personal life. I'm 46 but there are still things mom doesn't need to know. It's nothing xrated or wild it's just private and having family privy to those things would make me uncomfortable.
  3. FoodSaver V2222 Vacuum Kit $24 Shipped, Reg 79.99 Through Brad's Deals http://www.bradsdeal...ped-p60528.html Mine came out to $25.98 with the tax added in. It includes the hose but not the caps for dry sealing canning jars.
  4. Here we have low cost spay/neuter clinic that will fix them, give them shots and clip one of the ears for free if you bring in a feral in a humane trap. The clipped ear is to indicate that the feral has been fixed and returned to the wild, it's supposed to keep the same cats from being trapped and taken to the clinic over and over.
  5. I watched the videos. The Bosch is really slick, I especially like the big opening on top to add in ingredients.
  6. You can do the same thing with a stand mixer, once the dough wraps around the hook it's all done but the risin', shaping and bakin'. No hand kneading required.
  7. I don't have a Bosch but I recently did a lot of research on mixers. There are a lot of complaints about the Kitchenaid not being able to handle bread dough, it tends to burn out the motor in a short amount of time. Many people did like the Bosch or Electrolux mixers but like you said they're pricey. I ended up getting a Cuisinart, it got good reviews from bread makers and is comparable in price to a Kitchenaid, a little less even depending on the model. http://www.amazon.co...46&sr=8-1-spell Cooks Illustrated did a review of stand mixers in 2008: http://www.cooksillu...asp?docid=12382 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Cuisinart 5.5 Quart Stand Mixer In addition to acing its way through heavy tasks like kneading bread and pizza dough and churning cookie batter full of oats, nuts, and dried fruit, this machine offers a host of modern updates—a digital timer with automatic shut-off, a fold function for incorporating ingredients delicately, and a splash guard attachment with a built-in feed tube. It also features a spiral dough hook, which worked more efficiently than most other models to knead dough. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $299.00 RECOMMENDED KitchenAid Professional 600 Stand Mixer 2009 update: Still a true kitchen workhorse, this cookware standard is strong enough for the thickest cookie batter and the tackiest bread dough. Newer models feature a "spiral" dough hook, which is more efficient at kneading than the previous "C-shape" dough hook, bringing this model back on par with the Cuisinart and negating the single gripe we had with the mixer when we last reviewed it in 2008. Please note: the new hook does not work on older models that feature a "C-shape" dough hook because of its vertical kneading motion, which puts a strain on the motor of older models designed to work with the horizontal motion of the C-shape hook. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $399.99 RECOMMENDED DeLonghi DSM5 Stand Mixer Watching this compact mixer expertly cream butter and sugar into a uniform consistency was a thing of beauty. Flared bowl and well-sized attachments kept ingredients "low in the bowl" and minimized scraping. A bit more composure during heavy workloads might have broken the near-tie with the KitchenAid in its favor. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $329.95 RECOMMENDED Hobart N50 Stand Mixer "Purrs like a kitten," said testers about this industrial-strength lion, as it calmly processed rustic dough, oatmeal cookies, and anything else we threw its way. Narrow bowl mouth (the narrowest) made it awkward to add ingredients, and turning off power to change speeds was a pain—but not as much as transporting the 55-pound beast. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $1850.31 RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS Wolfgang Puck Bistro Stand Mixer Whipped stiff peaks into cream in under a minute and a half and breezed through chunky oatmeal cookie batter, but machine rattled on heavy yeasted bread dough. Suction counter-grips were almost too strong at first and then weakened too much after just one day of use. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $249.90 RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS Viking VSM500 Stand Mixer If Viking ever figures out the "locking" concept, this 5-quart model might be the mixer to beat. Shaft-arm lock required ridiculous force to slam shut, but the real tragedy was how often attachments plummeted from the poorly designed socket during scraping breaks. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $384.88 RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS DeLonghi DSM7 Stand Mixer The DSM7 suffered the plight of tall, cavernous bowls—difficulty whipping small amounts and awkward scraping of sides. ("The hardest part is keeping yourself clean," noted one tester.) Despite huge-sounding wattage, more shaking and screeching with heavy loads than many other models. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $383.95 RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Kneading caused audible strain on the motor, as did adding heavy dry ingredients (oats) to cookie dough. Creamed and whipped like a pro—an economical choice for infrequent breadmakers. Narrow bowl mouth hindered tidy addition of dry ingredients. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $249.99 RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS KitchenAid Accolade 400 Stand Mixer More wattage (more money) than the Artisan, but consistently performed at a lower level. This "deluxe" motor sounded weaker, and attachments seemed ill designed for the slightly tweaked bowl shape. Some hated the "delayed start" feature, preferring the KitchenAid Artisan's immediate response. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $239.99 RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS Viking VSM700 Stand Mixer Same problems as the VSM500 (plummeting attachments, "slam lock" shaft design), and the two egg whites we'd hidden at the bottom of the cavernous bowl remained safe from agitation, no matter how far down we adjusted the whip attachment. This "1,000-watt" machine did seem powerful, but not more so than more modestly labeled motors. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $524.95 RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS Hamilton Beach CPM700 Stand Mixer The CPM700's 5-quart sibling stalled permanently during the elimination round, and this one stalled twice before finishing the task. Separate on/off switch is awkward, and mixer arm lurched violently. Large bowl presented usual problems for small amounts. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $484.57 RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS Bosch Universal Kitchen Machine Shaped like a food processor with mixer attachments, the Bosch did a commendable job when kneading bread dough. But the decentralized mixing space (a "doughnut" around a central spindle) kept less cohesive contents from meeting in the middle. Condensation from the lid affected dough moisture. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $329.00 NOT RECOMMENDED West Bend 12-Speed Stand Mixer A giant leap—down. Stationary (versus "planetary action") attachments prodded rather than kneaded tacky bread dough while the unanchored bowl spun erratically and almost caused the whole machine to fall off the counter. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $96.10 NOT RECOMMENDED KitchenAid Classic Series Stand Mixer Amid hefty contenders, KitchenAid's smallest model seemed more like a toy. The Classic did a fair job of creaming and whipping, but it wasn't cut out for kneading dough and had a chronic case of the shakes. You're better off opting for the more powerful Artisan, which costs the same. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $199.99 NOT RECOMMENDED Electrolux DLS-2000 Assistent Stand Mixer Wide bowl allowed easy access and capacity for nine bread loaves, but cookies, cakes, and even single loaves get lost in the abyss. The roller tool's grooves are a haven for butter, and the least intuitive user interface in the lineup had us constantly re-deciphering the manual before every task. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ $499.00
  8. Cracker Candy http://whippedout.com/2009/12/09/easy-chri...-cracker-candy/
  9. My mom would take goodies for the guys she worked with every year. We made a couple different bundt cakes that could be sliced and arranged on a tray. She'd make a huge batch of bourbon balls and we'd do chocolate and peanut butter fudge. Those can be packed into containers. Peanut butter fudge always seems to be big hit. Another thing that is simple to make in large batches and travels well is cracker candy.
  10. Kroger often has store brand peanut butter and Wolf's chili on sale 10 for 10. Even the no bean chili. I usually grab 5 or so of each kind. That's usually more than we'll use until the next sale rolls around, so I have a growing stock pile of those. I also haunt the blemished fruit and veggie racks and bargain bins. I can or dehydrate the fruits/veggies and I've gotten a lot of staples from the bargain bins, King Aurthur flour, Red Mill corn meal and the other day I got a bag of brown sugar for .50 and before that 25 lbs of AP flour (store brand) for 1/2 price.
  11. I've been using some Tattler lids and I really like them. I've reused some of them 3-4 times now and they're still working like a charm. They are BPA free. I've only been using them for about 4 months but on the Tattler website there's at least one person who says they've been using the same lids and rings since the 70's.
  12. You can make it by adding buttermilk to cream and letting it rest at room temperature overnight. You can also make your own buttermilk by adding store bought cultured buttermilk to regular milk and letting it culture over night. That way you can keep a chain going. http://www.ehow.com/how_5785283_make-homem...sour-cream.html http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/blog/2010/...red-buttermilk/
  13. Potato leek soup! I didn't have a spring garden this year I decided to wait until fall, yesterday I built some raised beds and I have cabbage and onions to set out. I'll also plant some carrots and beets and I still have time for some beans.
  14. Russian Tea - 1/2 OJ, 1/2 black tea (prepared), sugar. You can add spices too. Drink hot or cold. Mmmm
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