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    mike echo got a reaction from Boater in Kamado Guru Closing 12/30/2022   
    Reddit is not that great. Besides Reddit covers so many topics and it's a guess as to how vested a posting on the topic is. I.e. KG has/had a dedicated group with grilling being a prime focus, not a web search result.
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    mike echo reacted to MtbChip in Kamado Guru Closing 12/30/2022   
    Best regards and a HUGE THANK YOU for all the effort you put into the site and helping those us with ceramic kookers. 
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    mike echo got a reaction from JeffieBoy in Kamado Guru Closing 12/30/2022   
    Same pattern as the disappearance of the really good small businesses?
     
    The "culture" of KG was good. 
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    mike echo got a reaction from JeffieBoy in Kamado Guru Closing 12/30/2022   
    Mind is made up. Discontinue. I was hoping for a plan B. I have no tolerance for FB or the like.
     
    Thanks for everything. 
     
    All the best John and the moderators.
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    mike echo got a reaction from Jack. in Kamado Guru Closing 12/30/2022   
    Mind is made up. Discontinue. I was hoping for a plan B. I have no tolerance for FB or the like.
     
    Thanks for everything. 
     
    All the best John and the moderators.
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    mike echo reacted to jark87 in Is Turkey/Shortage really a thing?   
    Yeah, Amazing Ribs is my go-to resource for technique/process. I love the scientific explanations that support their recommendations, which for me, separates them from the pack of all of the backyard grillers with a YouTube channel. As much as I love his Memphis Dust recipe, that Simon and Garfunkel rub just doesn’t do it for me, though. 
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    mike echo reacted to John Setzler in Is Turkey/Shortage really a thing?   
    I wish TURKEY would lose favor as a Thanksgiving and Christmas meal.... 
     
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    mike echo reacted to MikeRobinson in Is Turkey/Shortage really a thing?   
    Unfortunately, "fowl" are very susceptible to a great many diseases, which can spread like wildfire in the "factory" conditions in which most of the birds are kept.  (You really don't want to know ...)
     
    However, there are plenty of options for "Thanksgiving Dinner."  My wife and I, for example, often used Cornish Game Hens. But, one year, it was a shrimp and seafood gumbo dinner with a handful of friends.  When I was growing up, Thanksgiving at my grandfather's house routinely consisted of a pot-luck, and who knew what anyone would choose to bring.
     
    It didn't matter. There was my grandfather, holding court, with two black-and-white televisions tuned to different football games. And one transistor radio in each ear, each tuned to different stations. By gawd, he could tell you the latest plays and current score of every game, anytime you asked him. As he was always smoking the cigars that eventually killed him. (Yeah, I miss that guy ...)  But that was what it was really all about. Family. Together.
     
    While tasty turkeys can be found, I find that they are hard to find, so we usually just simply pick something else.  ("Steak or BBQ?" "Tacos?" Why not?!)   The [only] point is to be together as a family [at least] once a year, and to give thanks – of course with the help of your trusty Kamado grill.
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    mike echo reacted to jark87 in Is Turkey/Shortage really a thing?   
    The story seems to have legs, pun intended. When prices crashed back in ‘19, turkey producers scaled down. Then the pandemic hit, causing even more decline in production. Avian flu has killed over 7m turkeys so far and continues to spread. All of that adds up to fewer turkeys. 
     
    I haven’t tried to order one yet from our butcher, but am prepped for sticker shock. Might have to just go with the best I can find in a grocery store.
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    mike echo reacted to keeperovdeflame in Kick Ash Basket over the years.   
    When they first came out years and years ago, I bought a Gen 1 KAB, the one with the thin steel wire. It eventually rusted and warped but still worked just fine and fit my Egg perfectly, Not because it was less effective but only because I wanted one, I eventually got a Gen II KAB with thicker steel wire, which I used for a really long time. Just last week the top wire bent a bit, which gave me an excuse to get a new, I am thinking,  probably Gen III  or more, stainless steel basket. Man, is that thing beautiful. Quality construction, heavy as heck, and will probably last as long or longer than I do. The guy that came up with these, baskets always did quality work, but the baskets he is putting out now are just things of beauty. Probably the single most useful accessory I have, and I use it every single cook I do. Can't recommend one of these enough. But by now probably every one here already knows that.

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    mike echo reacted to philpom in JVR Industries Vac100 Chamber Sealer - 2 Year Follow Up   
    I have the same exact model you had, the Ultra USV32 and I looked back in my Amazon orders, it was $599 + tax.  I'm going to say that your problem is common because I had the same issue with the sealer bar not retracting all the way.  For me it caused the bag to be closed during the evacuation of the air which caused the bag to grow so bad seal.  After I figured out what was going on I called them and they suggested I lube the pistons with WD-40 and over time it would loosen up.  For the first 100 bags or so I had to press it down between each cycle but now it's fine.  I never had the other issue you had with a hot seal bar sealing bags early but I have seldom done more than 20 cycles in one setting, usually 1lb packages which puts a meal together for my family of 4.
     
    I also do what you do and press the meat flat in the bag.  They store in the deep freeze like a files in a filing cabinet.  Works perfectly for pulled pork, shredded brisket, ground beef etc.  Also works well for liquids if you lay them flat while they freeze.
     
    If someone was looking for a chamber sealer and an extra $400 - $500 above the cost of the Avid Armor is no issue then I would suggest the JVR over the Avid simply because it's a better machine.  I got the Avid because it was a hard sell at home (if you know what I mean) and I had a cabinet space for it but dimensions were tight, the USV32 fits perfectly.
     
    Everyone should get a chamber sealer, ours is out more than it's up.  Mrs philpom enjoys making her own pre-packaged foods from Mac&Cheese to "Pan Burger Partner" and more then sealing it up for us to use later.  Far better than what the store offers (We know what is in it and we can pronounce it).
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    mike echo reacted to John Setzler in JVR Industries Vac100 Chamber Sealer - 2 Year Follow Up   
    @philpom
     
    I can tell a bit of a difference on how tight a vacuum I can get between the JVR and the Avid Armor.  It's not a major difference.  I haven't looked at the Avid Armor line in a while, but the one I had was the Avid Armor Ultra series and I paid $600 for that.  It appears that they have two models below that one now that are $429 and $369.  That USV20 model looks suspiciously like the inexpensive VacMaster that I bought and it was purely crap.  Mine was defective right out of the box and I returned it for a refund after seeing how poorly that model was made.  I don't have hands on experience with either of the two lower priced avid armor models.  It also appears that Avid Armor has expanded into the oil pump machines as well and they are at the same and higher price points than the JVR.    Those three models are $999, $1199, and $1299 respectively.  I haven't dug into those.
     
    The reason I decided to part ways with the Avid Armor I had was because of a problem it appeared to have with duty cycle.  I don't know if this was a common issue or if mine was a one off problem.  My sealer bar was not fully retracting after each cycle.  That was creating a few issues for me on sessions where I was sealing more than 5 or 6 bags.  The hot sealer bar would partially start to seal the bag before the vacuum cycle had completed and I was not getting good vacuum inside of the bag because of that.  After having had an oil pump machine prior to having the Avid Armor, I decided I was gonna unload the Avid Armor and go back to an oil pump machine.  
     
    These less expensive machines could provide a lifetime of use for some folks I imagine.  I have been through somewhere between 2000 and 3000 bags in the 2+ years I have been using the Vac100 and I feel like that is probably more than the average person might use.  This is one of those situations that, for ME, should have been satisfied by the 'buy once cry once' philosophy that I so often tout.  But for some reason I didn't do that this time... lol.  Probably because of the price tags.
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    mike echo got a reaction from John Setzler in JVR Industries Vac100 Chamber Sealer - 2 Year Follow Up   
    I remember talk about Avid Armour being “the bomb”. Any long time users like it?
     
    2 year review has meaning. Thanks.
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    mike echo got a reaction from Pimp N Primo in IMPERIAL #5 KAMADO RESTORATION ATTEMPT   
    No. Just Cheerleading 
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    mike echo got a reaction from Pimp N Primo in IMPERIAL #5 KAMADO RESTORATION ATTEMPT   
    Great project. Please let see the final results.
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    mike echo reacted to jark87 in Another Thanksgiving Practice Run with Spatchcock Chicken   
    I was planning to dry brine and then I remembered the buttermilk brine. Since I had already started the dry brine, I didn’t add any salt to the buttermilk brine. That buttermilk brine is exquisite! I got it from the Salt Fat Acid Heat book. Even though it got up to 90° here in DFW yesterday, overnight temps are low enough to feel fall creeping in. Looking forward to getting my turkey on for Thanksgiving!
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    mike echo reacted to MikeRobinson in Another Thanksgiving Practice Run with Spatchcock Chicken   
    I feel very sorry for the people – including most of my relatives – who simply think that "Thanksgiving" is supposed to consist of tasteless Butterball® turkeys and perfectly-inedible cardboard stuffing.   This looks and sounds delicious.
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    mike echo got a reaction from TKOBBQ in Bacon is healthy-watch this and feel good   
    My 2 cents. 
     
    Notice the words….life style. A choice of what to put in your body or not.
     
    Keto/Paleo. One has to do some reading and self reflecting to go beyond definitions and gain a grasp of what each program represents. Each has standards and each has positive and negative reactions by those IMO, not fully understanding or looking for the “silver bullet” to fix some wrong in their body. 
     
    Think about optimizing body functions and how to do it. Notice I did not use the words weight loss. Weight loss may happen as one optimizes their food intake.
     
    Glad you are on the discovery end.
     
     
     
     
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    mike echo reacted to IMAVGAN in Global Knife Sharpener   
    You have to take the Reddit sub with a grain of salt, a lot of them go overboard. Sharpening for me is only a means to keep my tools in the kitchen sharp. I've been using slat stones 300 grit & 1000 grit for close to 50 years and in a pinch have used the bottom of a ceramic cup. People who come over to my house use my knives very carefully.....
     
    I also don't have very expensive knives nor matching sets. Each knife was bought for a purpose and budget in mind. I have friends who try to show off their full matching set of Damascus style Japanese knives but profess that they don't cook meanwhile they know I've been preparing 5 course dinners at the age of 12 so to each there own. To me they are only tools. I have a pull through for the wife in case she ever needs to use it, but she won't even use a sharpening steel so it sits in the drawer.
     
    John, good luck if you do decide to start a sharpening service. I considered this years ago but my current profession just pays better. Maybe if I ever retire & need something to do but there's also a lot of other interests I want to chase as well if I ever free up time.
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    mike echo reacted to keeperovdeflame in Global Knife Sharpener   
    My thought is, it is Globals sharpener specifically made for Globals knives. I am not aware of another pull through that uses ceramic stones in a water bath. I have four Japanese water stones and a water sharpening station in a plastic tub, but using it and trying as I might, I can't get the quality of edge I do with the Global sharpener. My technique so far is sampling using the sharpener, and then stropping the blades on thick folded news paper. It seems to work very well, and I can't see any damage to the blades. 
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    mike echo reacted to John Setzler in TempSpike by Thermopro   
    They don't mention it for sure.  And it's just my opinion that exposing a temp probe to direct flame when it has a rating of 527f is risky.  Radiant heat will bite you quickly.
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    mike echo reacted to NVRider in Cover for Akron w/cart   
    I have used this cover for the last five years. It has stood up reasonably well for me here in the northern Nevada conditions, although I have kept it under the carport. Still, it is outside and exposed to the extreme heat (100+) and cold (0-) we have here. It is a little big, but still works well with my Akorn and cart. It appears to be on sale now at Amazon ($41), so you really can't go wrong. I'm thinking about picking up another to have as a spare when this one gives up.
    Also, the emptying and cleaning of the ash pan after each cook is sound advise. Good luck!
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    mike echo got a reaction from jark87 in WHAT IS MISSING FROM YOUR STORES   
    Hard to find chicken breasts with rib bones.
     
    Used to be buying a larger size or in bulk was cheaper. I have seen that sizing more more expensive many times.
     
    Want to eat less processed, no sugar added stuff?. Be prepared to pay way more.
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    mike echo got a reaction from JeffieBoy in WHAT IS MISSING FROM YOUR STORES   
    Hard to find chicken breasts with rib bones.
     
    Used to be buying a larger size or in bulk was cheaper. I have seen that sizing more more expensive many times.
     
    Want to eat less processed, no sugar added stuff?. Be prepared to pay way more.
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    mike echo got a reaction from len440 in WHAT IS MISSING FROM YOUR STORES   
    Hard to find chicken breasts with rib bones.
     
    Used to be buying a larger size or in bulk was cheaper. I have seen that sizing more more expensive many times.
     
    Want to eat less processed, no sugar added stuff?. Be prepared to pay way more.
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