I've heard credible liberals argue that in the case of a boycott, like Barilla, that the about face by the company should, in fact, be rewarded by buying from them again. If other companies see that, you're more likely to get a positive result from any boycott, right? Barilla did some good things to repair the… » 3/26/15 4:28pm Thursday 4:28pm

One of the things that makes processed cheese processed—including making it nice and creamy when melted—is (I believe) potassium citrate. If I am remembering my readings from Modernist Cuisine correctly, the emulsion that is cheese tends to break down when heat is applied, resulting in grainy sauce. The additive… » 3/26/15 1:03pm Thursday 1:03pm

Is there any evidence that the electrolytes in sports drinks are metabolized by your body in any meaningful way that improves performance in a long workout? I recognize you lose electrolytes. I recognize there are electrolytes in sports drinks. But just because you ingest them doesn't mean they are instantly… » 3/25/15 3:05pm Wednesday 3:05pm

I'd note that total time is likely to be less if you talk about thawing/cooking. In other words, dropping something from the freezer into your sous vide and cooking will take less time than taking it from the freezer, thawing, then putting into the sous vide and cooking. A water bath is a very effective way to thaw... » 3/25/15 3:44pm Wednesday 3:44pm

Perhaps I'm not twigging on something. I can accept that the sell by date could be 45 days after the packing date. But if I look for the latest sell by date, don't I still assure myself of getting the freshest eggs? If the julian date is sell by date - 45 days, looking at either will give you the same ordinal… » 3/24/15 9:53am Tuesday 9:53am

I don't think anyone is going to argue that French-fitted drawers are the most space-efficient way to store tools (although, if you build your own cabinets like I did, you can build a lot of thin drawers that help with efficiency). But, they have other benefits—like easy tool recognition, safer storage of delicate… » 3/24/15 9:50am Tuesday 9:50am

I'm glad there is an alternative to Sawstop out there—as much as their rhetoric was about saving fingers, they don't seem to have been willing to license their patents at reasonable rates (judging from the fact that no one else seems to have incorporated that technology). I'm hoping Bosch will see a bigger picture,… » 3/18/15 5:59pm 3/18/15 5:59pm

Hmmm... Where's "None"? None of these seem particularly good for your lips on a daily basis. That said, I'm going to vote for Aquaphor, but I'm going with the "repair + protect" version that is also SPF30. That's because the only time I ever wear the stuff is while skiing and sunburned lips are no fun. As for all… » 3/11/15 4:15pm 3/11/15 4:15pm

The wall rail systems all seem derivative of Slatwall, commercial product, which is what I installed. When garage-branded systems came out, I remember thinking they were expensive compared to what I'd used, but I haven't compared prices recently. » 3/11/15 10:14am 3/11/15 10:14am

The idea of a 52W headlamp gave me pause. Turns out the model number is "H52W" and it is a AA headlamp, so not 52W. Was thinking the batteries might be kind of a PITA to lug around. Or the battery life would suck. » 3/09/15 5:18pm 3/09/15 5:18pm

While the article notes that 2x lumber hasn't been actually 2" thick in a long time, they should also note that the nominal plywood sizing is overstated as well. 3/4" plywood used to be shy of that dimension by 1/32", but these days seems shy by 1/16" or more. » 3/06/15 5:23am 3/06/15 5:23am

You can also simple triage access in your kitchen like I do—keep the tools you use most often in a bain marie on the counter, and relegate things that are lesser used to less accessible storage. I have a tupperware cupcake transporter filled with my cake frosting/decorating items, since I don't bake a lot of cakes. … » 3/06/15 5:05am 3/06/15 5:05am