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    Silver Linings in the Pandemic

    I thought we should start a topic on good things we've discovered or heard of as we adjust, day by day, to this pandemic crisis.

    So I'm going first.

    Today I learned that Everclear, sold in liquor stores, is 75% alcohol, which exceeds the CDC's recommendation of 70% alcohol for a disinfectant for coronavirus. Rubbing alcohol, 70% or more, is not available in our area.

    So I bought some Everclear today for ourselves and for a 97 year-old neighbor. It's more expensive than rubbing alcohol, but if we don't need it, we can always drink it when this is all over. Or not.

    Come to think of it, I hope our neighbor doesn't drink it all up. That guy does love his martinis.

    Kathryn

    #2
    In certain areas, Everclear is even higher proof. (Many states limit proof to 151, which is double the alcohol percentage, about 75%.) But many states have Everclear 190 which is 95% alcohol. If you can't find Everclear, Bacardi 151 would do in a pinch.

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    • jfmorris
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      I’ve bought the Everclear 190 proof before - that’s some powerful stuff!

    • ddmcwhirter
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      Yeah, we have the 190 proof Everclear, but the liquor stores are sold out of it. We also have 90% rubbing alcohol. You can't fly with Bacardi 151, it is flammable. A friend gave me a whole quart of 190 proof Vodka he'd got in Wisconsin...whoa! We've used Everclear to marinate fruit, like injecting watermelon or grapefruit. A long time ago, one of my old bosses, steeped in Polish ways, threw big parties with Champaign punch spiked heavily with Everclear. We'd come around in a few hours.

    • Mr. Bones
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      Way back when, late '70's, I was able to persuade my recalcitrant XLCH to start, on a sub-zero mornin, with some Everclear...

      Smooth stuff

    #3
    Ethanol/water at 70/30 by weight is one of the best sanitizers. We use it ay work.

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      #4
      I learned from Alton Brown a pretty cool hack on how to quickly cool a pot of homemade chicken stock (must watch the video): https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/...recipe-1914051

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      • Huskee
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        I absolutely love him, especially his "Reloaded" series, where he makes fun of his older shows and shares updated info.

      • texastweeter
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        have every epinside ever recorded, lol.

      • Mr. Bones
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        That was a really cool (no pun intended) an enjoyable watch, I really likeys Alton!
        Many thanks fer postin it up in here, Capn!

      #5
      Wow Doc. I appreciate the good vibe nature and the intent of your post so here I go.

      I am blessed even in these circumstances that I have a new roof and the Pacific Ocean didn’t rise.

      Many blessings besides, including ya’all.

      As far a the current sitch... I got nothing.

      👇👇 thanks Dewesq55 I forgot I have 4 corned beefs I bought. There’s the upside Doc!!!!
      Last edited by HouseHomey; March 17, 2020, 04:24 PM.

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        #6
        I went to the supermarket today. I had a coupon for brisket flat corned beef for $1.88/lb. which I took with me for a "just in case." There were still a whole bunch in the case (unlike partially any other meat) so I grabbed one that was on the thicker side. When I got to the checkout, it turned out I had grabbed one without a price label or bar code. After waiting a couple of minutes for the meat department to get back to him and with the pandemic-swelled checkout line getting longer by the minute, he said "it's on the house" and sent it down the bagging line. One practically free pastrami coming up in a few days!

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        • fzxdoc
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          I just knew that was going to happen, HouseHomey. Good going.

          K.

        • Huskee
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          Same here, LOTS of corned beef flats and points in sep. packages, not lots of any other meats. So many folks do not know how to make pastrami out of it or there'd less there for sure.

        • Dewesq55
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          Huskee - I searched high and low in the cases for a point but there were none to be had ☹️

        #7
        Y'all may want to think about getting the garden going and buying seeds. Vegetables will probably be expensive soon. Coming into autuum here ,so not much help for me. Nice time to be doing some gardening if you are stuck at home.

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        • Thunder77
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          😂😂😂

        • Huskee
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          Keep coming back to Texas and you'll have everlasting summer!

        • Murdy
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          Still too early here to plant, but were planning on getting some seeds in pots soon.

        #8
        I’m impressed by some of the common sense ideas coming from some businesses and state and local governments such as senior only hours at grocery stores first thing in the morning while the stores are still clean after overnight cleanings, cities that are suspending street sweeping so residents don’t have to leave their homes just to move their cars, and other ideas like Maryland converting their vehicle emissions testing centers, which can handle lots of cars at a time, to drive thru virus testing centers.

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          #9
          Silver lining: I get to stay home and bake food with my kids.

          Cloud: On target to gain 20lbs by next week...

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            #10
            My silver lining is my wife isn't badgering me to get out more and socialise.

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            • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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              still getting nagged for playing videogames here, maybe in the coming weeks I'll get the missus on board

            #11
            Thanks for this thread!

            My neighborhood is very neighborly, and I was reminded of this when someone posted on our Nextdoor site to be sure and check with the elderly and others who can't get out to see if they need anything. Lots of helpful responses, including one from a teacher who offered assistance to parents trying to help with their kids' school assignments while the schools are shut down for three weeks.

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              #12
              I've been doing stress cooking lately. I went nutz over the most recent Milk Street issue. Made 3 quarts of Ragu Bolognese and used some of it to make Lasagna Bolognese with Parmesan Besciamella . Since we're social distancing, we've been watching old episodes of The Sopranos, which made us hungry as heck for Italian food.

              Then I made their cornmeal pineapple upside down cake. Delicious.

              In between I made some Blasphemy Ribs just to let my kettle know it wasn't forgotten.

              The nicest silver lining in all during this stress cooking binge of mine is that Christopher Kimball has dropped his paywall to his Milk Street cooking courses during the pandemic. Here's the link: https://milk-street-cooking-school.t...le.com/courses. I already watched the Instant Pot one, getting some good tips and some tasty recipes.

              Kathryn

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              • Dewesq55
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                The recipes you linked to are paywalled, however. Bummer!

              • fzxdoc
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                Bummer indeed, Dewesq55 . The recipes from the latest issue are free for all for a few weeks after each issue is released. They were not behind the paywall last week. I subscribe to the magazine but balked at paying extra for online access to the same recipes. Then I discovered that unless I moved quickly I couldn't download my favs into my Paprika app so I ended up purchasing online recipe access. The paywall for the now free courses is different from the one just for the magazine's recipes.
                K.
                Last edited by fzxdoc; March 17, 2020, 09:28 PM.

              #13
              Our neighbor knocked on the door about 500. In hand a Irish Soda Bread, warm out of the oven. I did look for buttermilk the other day in W.F. not to be found. So I'll delay that bake. Haven't tasted it yet. If it tastes as good as it looks going to enjoy it.

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              • texastweeter
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                What about powdered buttermilk?

              • RichieB
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                Thanks for the alternatives. The neighbor used sour cream. I'll look into it,. For now I'm good, plus some.

              • CaptainMike
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                From Meatheads biscuit recipe: To make a cup of buttermilk substitute, pour one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice into a measuring cup and top it off with milk until it measures one cup. Stir them together and let them sit for five minutes. Here's another hack: whisk together half a cup of sour cream and half a cup of water. Yet another hack: take 2/3 cup heavy cream and 1/3 cup sour cream and beat them til fluffy.

              #14
              Sorry I haven’t read this thread yet.
              but. This is what I got going on right now. Click image for larger version

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              • HouseHomey
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                Nice man!

              #15
              My silver lining is that I am not out of work, if anything I am more busy (double edged sword though, since i get paid the same whether I'm busy or not). And when I'm off work, all other events are cancelled which means more chances for fmaily meals, cooking, BBQ, etc.

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              • FireMan
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                Fer fmaily meals? Dare I ask!

              • Huskee
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                FireMan Fmaily, it's like daily+family, but in an I've-had-a-whiskey-drink accent.

              • HouseHomey
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                No meat on the shelf’s though.

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