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  • SteveFromLafayette
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    • Dec 2015
    • 118
    • Lafayette, LA

    Steve Makes Tuna Salad More Interesting!

    Tuna is a great way to economize your meal budget. It's a lean fish product (get the kind with water) and relatively inexpensive.

    I'm a bachelor and often have to throw out unused food, and it breaks my heart everytime. Unfinished milk, loaves of bread, chips/cereal etc. that I buy tend to go bad before I can finish them off.

    I recently bought a value pack of eggs (36 count) and the expiration date was quickly approaching. I saw a jug of vinegar and hot sauce in my cabinet, and had the idea to pickle the remaining eggs. The acids in the vinegar and salts in the hot sauce do a great job of preventing bacterial growth in foods that are submerged in these acidic liquids.

    I also own a neat little egg boiler. Boils 6 eggs at a time with a minimal amount of water. Not really any clean-up hassle after using it also!

    I boiled the remaining eggs and meanwhile mixed up a pickling juice.
    Nothing fancy, just a simple half and half mixture of white vinegar and hot sauce, and 2 small bottles of garlic sauce.

    I think this was a winning idea! I solved the problem of the expired eggs, I now have something to snack on (munching on the pickled eggs from time to time) and lastly spicing up my tuna salad. (Using pickled eggs in the salad)

    Hope this post gives you some ideas.

    Please feel free to share other ideas on how to economize! I'm always scouting for "loss leaders" and other deals. A deep freezer was such a wise investment for me, even as a bachelor. I can imagine the savings it provides for large families.
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  • ComfortablyNumb
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    #2
    An expiration date doesn't mean the food goes bad the day after. It is safe to eat well beyond that. Here's one of scores of articles on the subject: http://healthland.time.com/2013/09/1...ck-to-toss-it/

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    • ComfortablyNumb
      ComfortablyNumb commented
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      PS: Here's a simple test for egg freshness: https://food-hacks.wonderhowto.com/h...d-eat-0154309/

    • SteveFromLafayette
      SteveFromLafayette commented
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      Thanks for the links, but truthfully I knew this already. I usually sniff around and make sure there's no stink to things like milk. Dairy products in general are something I don't take risks with.

    • texastweeter
      texastweeter commented
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      We keep our yard eggs for months unrefridgerated
  • Huskee
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    #3
    Cool idea, thanks for sharing! I love me some Frank's, in fact I put that $#!+ on everything.

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    • SteveFromLafayette
      SteveFromLafayette commented
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      Darn right!

    • HouseHomey
      HouseHomey commented
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      t work I only use original franks. Go Thur one of those jugs a week. Love it!!
  • DWCowles
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    • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

    #4
    Thanks Steve

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  • Frozen Smoke
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    • Nov 2017
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    #5
    Very creative! Now I'm hungry for tuna salad.

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    • SteveFromLafayette
      SteveFromLafayette commented
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      Cheap and tasty, can't go wrong.
  • Huskee
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    #6
    My kids and I like to make tuna sandwiches with tuna & Duke's mayo, on toast with Frank's mixed in until it's pinkish orange. It's incredible, at least we think so. Never thought of tuna salad like this.

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    • SteveFromLafayette
      SteveFromLafayette commented
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      Hmmm, I've never had Duke's mayo but I just may have to try your method. I don't recall seeing it in my local grocery stores but surely it's easy to order online.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      SteveFromLafayette It's not at stores in my area either but I order it from their website. I think it's mostly a southern thing.

    • texastweeter
      texastweeter commented
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      Dukes is the best mayo on the planet. Blue plate is next, followed in a distant 3rd by hellmans
  • Hulagn1971
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    #7
    I see you shop at Costco too. That vinegar is a steal there.

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    • SteveFromLafayette
      SteveFromLafayette commented
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      Definitely. I buy most of my stuff in bulk if I can help it. I read the sale papers and scan for the good deals. I hate running into the dreaded "limit 2 per customer" disclaimer. But I try to get someone else to buy it for me, and I pay them back by cooking them a free meal. So it's win/win.
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    #8
    I was just thinking about tuna salad today - specifically that I haven't had it in a while. Now I might have to. I agree with Huskee, I can put that sauce on anything.

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    • HouseHomey
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      #9
      PsindersonSteveFromLafayette Huskee i make tuna every day at work. It is so under rated. It's amazing what some celery/ salt, egg, white pepper, eggs, Herb and an acid can do.

      try a sammich with flavored (franks) chicken strips in the sammich. So, so delicious!

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      • JCGrill
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        #10
        Pickled eggs eventually go bad too. Although it takes months. Cool idea.

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        • texastweeter
          Club Member
          • Jul 2017
          • 2746
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          #11
          One of my favorite drunk snacks are pickled quail eggs/garlic/jalapenos (all from the same jar) on a saltine... Mrs.Calhoun won't kiss me afterwards for some reason.

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          • texastweeter
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            • Jul 2017
            • 2746
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            #12
            Fry oysters, toss in hotsauce/melted butter mix. Add to a crusty hogie bun and top with slaw... Best possible boy on the planet... Or go to The Black Pearl on Galveston, and order the black pearl po-boy

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            • SteveFromLafayette
              Former Member
              • Dec 2015
              • 118
              • Lafayette, LA

              #13
              Huskee


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              • Huskee
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                • May 2014
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                • central MI, USA
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                  Smokers / Grills
                  • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
                  • PBC
                  • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
                  • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
                  • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
                  • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
                  • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
                  • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
                  • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
                  • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

                  Thermometers
                  • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
                  • (7) Maverick ET-732s
                  • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
                  • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
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                  • Thermapen MkII, orange
                  • ThermoPop, yellow
                  • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
                  • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
                  • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
                  • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

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                  • Instant Pot 6qt
                  • Anova Bluetooth SV
                  • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
                  • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
                  • BBQ Dragon
                  • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
                  • Weber grill topper
                  • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
                  • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
                  • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

                  Beverages
                  • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
                  • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
                  • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
                  • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
                  • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
                  • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
                  • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

                  About me
                  Real name: Aaron
                  Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

                  Occupation:
                  • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

                #14
                SteveFromLafayette That's a beautiful thing. You are set! My wife and kids even think it's a noticeable improvement over Hellman's and Kraft, and usually I'm the only one with weird picky tastes. Spinaker turned me onto it way back. It's just mayo, but it's good at being mayo!

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                • SteveFromLafayette
                  SteveFromLafayette commented
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                  I shall test it on a BLT soon.

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