Re: [gardeners] Heat wave

George Shirley (
Fri, 01 Sep 2000 08:38:48 -0500

I've got an el cheapo Hamilton Beach, $30 or $40 at Walmart, don't remember
exact cost. Not suitable for heavy duty cheffing but works for making slaw,
julienning carrots, etc. Has a chopping blade, and three grating, slicing
blades. Two of the blades are for either thick or thin slicing. When I'm putting
up carrots I use the slicing blade. Only problem I have with it is that the
place where you shove the veggies in is rather small, particularly if you're
slicing cabbage for kraut. I solved that by going back to my old method with the
big chef's knife.

Like you I tend to use the old hands for mixing stuff unless someone is
watching. I cream butter, etc with either a whisk or a spoon unless it's a big
recipe when I use the 20-year old Oster Kitchen Center mixer. I dread the day
when my kitchen center gives up the ghost, parts are no longer made for it. On
the bright side I would then have an excuse to get the big mixer from either
Regal or KitchenAid. 

Good to hear from you Lucinda, how's the farmhouse remodel going?


lneuru wrote:
> it's hot here, but especially humid, 98%.  Only 18 celsius at the moment,
> but will go up to 30 at least....don't know what that is in F. anymore, but
> it's uncomfortable.  We've slept, or tried to, on top of the sheets for the
> last week.
> I am thinking of buying a food processor.  What I want to do is finely
> shred or slice veggies; many of the machines seem to be capable of doing
> all sorts of things.  We like shredded veggies in salads, claw and the like
> but the old fingers are tired of using a grater.  That's what I've always
> done,  with a collection of graters I got while we lived in europe.  north
> Americans don't seem to do much with veggies that way, or much by hand.
> I'm still using a spoon to cream butter and make cakes, even if I own a
> hand blender (probably why it's lasted 37 years).  OK, sometimes I *do* use
> my hands to mix stuff....
> Any ideas on food processors?
> Thanks in advance,
> Lucinda
> ----------
> > From: George Shirley <>
> > To:
> > Subject: Re: [gardeners] Heat wave
> > Date: Thursday, August 31, 2000 9:26 PM
> >
> > Byron, come on down. Ambient temp today was 107F with a heat index of
> 116F. Lots
> > more heat than my old bones can stand. The temperature last night at 10
> pm was
> > 97F on the heat index, ie the perceived temperature. On top of that our
> utility
> > company is asking people to voluntarily cut back on electricity use or
> they may
> > have to institue "rolling" brownouts. Public Service Commission has told
> them
> > they had better find some more juice or be prepared to be fined millions.
> >
> > Anyone up in Canada that wants to can open the door and let some cold air
> down
> > here if they've got any. Could use some rain too.
> >
> > George
> >
> > byron bromley wrote:
> > >
> > > Penny in NY
> > >
> > > You can stop doing the "Heat Wave" anytime
> > > 70 to 90 overnight, is a little more than these old bones can handle.
> > >
> > > Byron