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  • Best Chuck Roast I've Ever Had!!!

    I know the first rule of posting is, "If there aren't pictures, it didn't happen."  But, I have to share this with the group because the cook was a big confidence builder.  I started with a well marbled chuck roast of almost 4 lbs., made a simple marinade of soy sauce, honey, lemon juice, chopped onion, minced garlic, salt and pepper.  I vacuum sealed the roast with the marinade and left it in the refrigerator for about 24 hours.  I removed the roast from the marinade and put on a heavy rub of Emeril's Essence, granulated garlic, seasoning salt and pepper, vacuum sealed again and returned to the refrigerator for about an hour.  I then put it in the sous vide, at 131 degrees for 30 hours.  I fired up the BGE, roasted some potatoes and mixed vegetables, then brought the temp up to 600 degrees, removed the roast from the water bath, patted dry and seared on all sides, made a sauce of sliced mushrooms and onions sauteed in butter and olive oil, a little red wine and the juices from the cooking bag.  Served with mashed potatoes from the BGE roasted potatoes along with the roasted vegetables.

    I have to say, this was the best chuck roast I've ever tasted, and the Mrs. is telling everyone about it.  It had the texture and tenderness of tenderloin, and the flavor was simply amazing.  When I was making all of the preparations, I really wasn't sure how it would all turn out, therefore, no pictures.  But next time, watch out, LOL!!!
  • Re: HFD

    Thanks for all of the well wishes.  My dad was a great father.  Sadly, he is not with me anymore.  I continue to miss him, but, keep his memory alive through my kids and grand kids.

    Happy Father's Day to all of you!!!
  • Re: -OT- Dryer Sheets for Mosquito Repellent- IT really works!- OT

    Here is an idea that seems to work well when out on the deck.  A homemade mosquito trap.  I thought about doing something similar for flies using sugar water or something.

    HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP:
    Items needed:
    1 cup of water
    1/4 cup of brown sugar
    1 gram of yeast
    1 2-liter bottle

    HOW:
    1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
    2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
    3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
    4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
    5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)

    Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.
  • Re: Best place to get a cast iron skillet and what do you recommend?

    You might try Goodwill and re-sell shops for used pieces, but if you buy new, Lodge is all I would consider, and Amazon has good prices.
  • Sous Vide Toolbox

    For all sous vide enthusiasts out there, struggling with temperature and time issues.  I've found a tool that may help.  I mentioned it in another thread, but thought it would be helpful to mention it to the masses.  It is an app for iPad and iPhone called: PolyScience Sous Vide Toolbox.  I don't know if there is an equivalent app for android or not.  I have found the app to be very helpful, with my limited experience, determining temperature and time when cooking sous vide.  After plugging in the type, shape, and size of the food to be cooked, indicate cooking method including pasteurization choices and target temperature.  (Along with other optional variables.)  The app then calculates and graphs the cooking time.

    I know to some of you sous vide veterans, this all may be automatic, but to a newbie like myself, it has been very helpful.  Please let me know your thoughts.  Especially you experts.

    Here is a demo on youtube: 
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