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Thursday, March 2, 2017

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CONVECTION OVEN
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Now, I don’t know about you, but when I come across a recipe in the Unnamed Idahoan Yuppie Scum Survival Lite Blog, I quickly scroll down as I’m rolling my eyes and hollering about bitches and ho’s talking to each other about how to cook the best apocalypse dish for their extended families they procured with the blessings of their cult ( because if Muslims are popping babies like they are a jihad factory it is bad but if pearly white religious fanatics do the same it is all good ), wondering why I must be exposed to such fare when all I’d care to do is read about economics or how to blow things up.  In short, I’m not a big fan of recipes.  They certainly have their place, such as how to make a condiment for one sixtieth of the retail price ( remember the sweet and sour sauce? ).  And if you just generally describe how to make something, that isn’t a recipe ( such as my description on making nuke bread ) and is acceptable.

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Otherwise, recipes are like BOB lists.  They blow, and I want nothing to do with them on my blog.  So, with that strong caveat in mind, today we talk about convection ovens in general and greaseless French fries in particular.  Don’t worry, soon we shall return to imploding economies, oil wells drying up and the perils of MRE’s and semi-automatic weapons.  This was just something a little different that is usually on my mind almost every day.  It isn’t pertinent to post-apocalypse but for during the collapse after electric prices triple or sextuple.  You don’t think that is going to happen?  You think a kilowatt hour won’t reach a buck even as minimum wage stays the same and unemployment reaches 50% ( reported as a manageable 7.8765% by the elite )?  Jane, you optimistic slut!  Of course it will.  And then you’ll be happy you had both another way to prepare a starch food AND the means to cook far more cheaply.  Okay, I know you can cook outside with cast iron on the rocket stove.  As I said, this is for prior to the 100% off grid living.

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You can probably find cheap convection ovens in thrift stores all day long.  We got a free one that had hardly been used, but never used it ourselves-even last summer when it got too hot to use the regular oven-as it was old timey and felt like it was made out of thick glass and cast iron.  Which is good.  It was built to last ( Betty Crocker brand ).  I think we just didn’t want to deal with a new learning curve at the time, even if we were also adverse to hauling and cleaning such a monster.  But then, I got a birthday gift from my NOL’s ( newbie acronym alert: New Old Lady-the latest common law wife in my collection ) daughter, a brand spanking new “Air Fryer”.  A few weeks prior I had seen one in Wally and quickly passed it by after seeing the hundred dollar price tag.  It was still in the “just past being advertised on late night TV” high price phase ( too many items of cheap construct and dubious engineering are sold such and the high price tag is indicative of ad cost rather than intrinsic worth ).  Needless to say, I was pleased as punch.  The daughter is such a sweetheart, a 180 difference from the last one I had inherited, and enjoys spending her husbands money even after I begged her to not expensive gift me ( who wants to be reminded they are a year closer to the coffin at this age? ).  She nicely told me to shut up as the giving is her enjoyment.  Okay, twist my arm!

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So, being genuinely grateful because of the cost, I threw in a batch of frozen French fries ( no, Senator, I won’t call them Freedom Fries, you insufferable twat ) right after I opened the gift.  It would have been rude if I’d just placed it back in the box and promised I’d one day use it.  Well, let me tell you, I’ve NEVER, and I mean never in all my days, not even when my heatburn could still handle using the Fry Daddy, tasted as good of a frozen fry, EVER.  Frozen French fries are to fries as a frozen budget burrito is to a just made soft taco with steak and cilantro and sour cream.  Frozen fries never taste good.  Mainly we buy a bag or three when they are on sale and they sit for months in the freezer, saved for a day when neither of us wants to cook ( besides being deliciously busty, the NOL is a damn fine cook.  I try to keep encouraging that by relieving her at the kitchen several times a week ) and fish sticks and fries in the oven are all we can muster the energy for.  I never look forward to eating them, they are just fuel.  But with the Air Fryer-Momma Mea!

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When same said daughter visits with us ( she lives ten miles down the road ) and brings her lunch from McDonalds, she always gives me her leftover fries ( eyes STILL being larger than her stomach even at this late age ).  Now, I despise Micky D’s as their crap is Pink Slim and sawdust and no matter what I eat it upsets my stomach badly.  Except for the chicken nuggets and the fries.  I won’t buy there but I’ll eat from there, and while McDonald’s fries are no where near as good as they used to be they are still tasty even lukewarm.  If you need to nuke them, they are tolerable.  All other fast food places have fries that are only good hot and fresh ( except Wendy’s who are under a total embargo from me, due to the Great Colossal Frosty Hump You Of 2007 where the once almost-a-meal-onto-itself chocolate frosty went from a dollar to $1.29 and shrunk by two thirds if not more.  I gave them one last chance a few years ago when their fries went to skin-on and they blew that as they tasted like, literally, dirt.  I thought it was just me and asked around and that did indeed seem to be the consensus ).  When I put the Mickies fries in the Air Fryer, they came out tasting brand new.  Yum!  Much better than the microwave.

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As you might be able to tell, I value my French fries almost as much as I do my coffee.  We continue tomorrow.

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22 comments:

  1. Hot air is a standard topic round here.

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  2. Wait until you put the fish sticks in it. Spouse got us one of those air fryers too, and once the learning curve is mastered (about as easy as the microwave) it is the best no-oil cooking method that still uses electricity. It takes a little longer than a microwave but makes things come out crispy and tasting fried without the deep fried oil.
    Obviously near useless when off grid or grid down, other than maybe a _very_ occasional treat. But until then a great way to do sausages/hotdogs, reheat pizza slices, fish, fries, etc. Even veggies come out better than most quick cooking methods- brussel sprouts (never nuke them) come out pretty good, though I still end up adding butter or cheese. You have to defrost or give extended cooking time if you are cooking from frozen.

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    1. It's a shame you can't do fish and fries at the same time-I was concentrating on the fries. Perhaps regular oven cheese bread and Air Fryer fish sticks will be next up on the menu. It amazes me how good food tastes in this-I'm so used to being over promised and under delivered.

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  3. Hey Jim;
    These fryers sound cool.... how many watts does it draw? Can you do other stuff besides potatoes? (don't need the starch at my current girth) maybe chicken or fish, or vegetables?

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    1. 1500 watts. Not bad compared to a large regular oven, and not too insane compared to microwaves. See JJ's comment regarding other foods.

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    2. Does best with starches, but also does meats and veggies as long as you don't do anything that cant be baked or fried and is solid- which means nearly everything except eggs so far. Everything comes out as though roasted or toasted.

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  4. Good luck on the new Amazon book Jim. I recognized your writing style,even tho you used a aka.

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    1. No, I don't use an alias. I love me and always give myself full credit. What book are you talking about, please?

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    2. Living Amongst The Dead.....That ain't you that wrote that??

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    3. I'm actually honored. I thought the book was very well written. But, alas, no. I'm far too prudish to write sex scenes.

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  5. 1500W is some serious juice from a "just barely" off-grid system. First of all, my micro-inverters that can barely run a 4 cubic foot freezer-refer (300W continuous /600W 30Min, pure-sine, thrifty idle current!) and some LED's won't run any kitchen heaters, but let's say I got an awesome 60# 2KW Magnum Energy MMS-series inverter from a wrecked RV...

    1500W is full-capacity (13.4A)of a typical 15A on-grid home circuit, 20A in deluxe houses with paranoid firemen owners who use 12ga copper home runs everywhere. Easy current calculation for a 12v dc system is 10X the current of a 120v system. So, 1500W of inverter output will require NO LESS THAN 134A of current draw at the battery (I know, your battery is 12.6v delivering, but the inverter is only 92% efficient and your battery-to-inverter wires are too skinny and too long, so it's a wash). When you need to deliver 100+A over any distance (over a few dozen inches), you need serious connectors/copper cable/fusing. These things add up fast in weight/space/cost. Buying the inverter is just the beginning of expense. Now, you need a battery bank that can deliver that current. Anyone care to calculate the cost and weight of a bank that can deliver 130A for 30 minutes on a regular cycle (3 times a week?) for 5 years before breaking down? It's 65A/hrs, but I wouldn't want to discharge more than 20% on this one thing before recharging, so I'm going to want at least six 6v deep cycle batteries weighing about #500 total to keep the load distributed. Betcha you could do it with a pair of 6v GC2's (170 pounds?, 12v 220A/hr total), but it's not going to do anything good for battery life.

    Convection ovens are great. Agree completely that they are fun and useful when the grid is up or you are burning fuel in a gennie.

    pdxr13

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    1. The above is a scrounge scenario. If you want to buy a set-up that can actually run a 1500W appliance, I would recommend NOT having a 12v battery bank. You need a 48v+ battery bank. Battery to inverter current is only one-quarter of the 12v system delivering the same Watts and it's easier/cheaper to have a single-string of batteries that is large enough (eight 6v GC2 batteries = 48v 220A/hrs= 10.5KW/hrs to dead, 5.25KW/hrs to 50% "regular cycling") at about 650 pounds.

      This inverter/charger uses a 48v DC battery bank and will deliver grid-quality power to a big RV or a cabin/"reasonable" house. https://www.wholesalesolar.com/2524480/magnum-energy/inverters/magnum-energy-rms4448pae-inverter

      It has a pretty serious charger built-in to take advantage of any time that you are running a genset to charge the battery bank. Coordinate big uses like running shop tools, washing machine, pumping water, to recharge a 50% discharged battery bank up to 85% and then let the solar panels charge it above 85% charged. Batteries have poor "charge acceptance" above 85% charged, so a panel system that will make 5% of the battery capacity (c20 capacity) will finish the job. For example, if you have 10.5KW of battery 5% of that is only 528W. 800W or 1000W of pv and a controller that can put out 48v (like a Morningstar Tristar) will do the trick. This is a big system that is pretty capable and pretty expensive. I would add a secondary system to it that is completely independent like my "barely good enough" 12v 300W pure sine system that can have a trickle charger (grid AC and/or the big inverter) and separate small pv system. The small system could run a completely-independent interior lighting and small device charging system. I'd go crazy on the small system battery and spend big (2x or 3x cost of a wet deep cycle, but smaller bank will be only about ~$600 for AGM/Gel of ~200AH) on AGM or Gel battery so it doesn't need watering or venting.

      pdxr13

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    2. Reading your mind numbing details makes me glad I went minimalist on my solar system :)

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    3. Start minimalist obviously. Get the lights on, and small device charging. Then save the power bill money to buy a seperate bigger system. And have pumping and essential fan systems on their own panels and setup. Most people I know spend more than $150/month on power bills. If they were to go without grid electric for 2 years they would have the minimalist system and more than half what they need for the big system.
      Going solar now while the PV panels are @$1/watt just makes sense. I use your amazon links every couple months and buy another panel for less than $200. (I already have a modest 12v charge controller, I need more batteries then to get a bigger 24/48 v one - when I get to that point you should have a nice amazon commission...;-) )

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    4. Spending $100 a month gets me $6 commission, which is 3% of my monthly revenue. ONE friggin person does this. Out of a thousand plus readers I can't get more than thirty readers to buy one solar panel every other month??? Yes, I know I'm exaggerating. It is however sad that so few pay for so much reading. Sir, I thank you. You others, free riders, stop being a dingus.

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  6. Jim,
    what's this stuff about convection ovens? Are you becoming civilized?

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    1. Not civilized as much as willing to concede to living a smidge less primitive. I still need some other types of primitive to stay frosty.

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  7. Hey, never really used this blogspot site before, but I went ahead and Google'd your name after seeing your review on Amazon and found your blog here. I'm the fellow who goes by J N Morgan; my pseudonym for writing. You left one HELL of a review for my book Living amongst the Dead! I don't have an Amazon account worth speaking of, no purchases, so it prevented me from commenting on it so I'm glad I found your blog so I could thank you. Yours is pretty much the first review I've gotten even though I have two books self-published, and I can't tell you how amazing it felt to see such praising words from someone who got my book, read it, and enjoyed it.

    I may have to hand in my man-card, but it damn near brought a tear to my eye when I found it a couple days ago. I'm pretty new to the whole book-writing and publishing thing, and have been eagerly awaiting my first review for months to see what people think. I also read the comments you had above with one anonymous fellow who thought you wrote my book, and you felt honoured that he thought it was yours. I can't possibly begin to tell you how much I appreciate your review, especially considering all the other book reviews you've made (not all of them being 5 stars like you've given me), even the note on the sex-heavy/smutty bits is appreciated. What can I say? I like to get naughty from time to time and I like to be as realistic as possible, for better or worse.

    Anyways it was all constructive, thoroughly appreciated, and I just can't thank you enough; it really inspires me to keep going, to keep writing. You know, I got 5 eReader sales over the next 2 days after you wrote that review? You've got a pretty awesome fanbase (or followers, or whatever term is used on this site), I suspect! It's truly amazing that the words I'm writing is getting out there, and I hope the other readers enjoy my book as much as you have, even if they're not partial to the smut either.

    Working on a third book now, with LOTS of gun porn in general (glad you enjoyed the Lee Love! I've got a hard-on for the No.4 Lee Enfield the size of the British Empire, haha!), and you'll be happy to know that thus far there's minimal sex! Thanks again, man. Your words have meant the world to me, they truly have, and I can't thank you enough.

    (Er, I pressed the 'Preview' button to see what it did and I don't know what happened to the message, but I'm glad I copied it so I didn't lose it just in case. My apologies if I'm double-posting it by pressing 'Publish' this time.)

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    1. Sex in books doesn't bother me-I'll read it. I just can't write it. It does pay to warm off those whom it does bother, I think however. I've got millions of words in on these blogs and several books ( most books tend to be blog posts first ), so I'm finally a better writer than I was, but I'm not so good I can't see and appreciate the greatness in others. And you did a bang up job, brother. Okay, the Smelly Love grabbed me. But you have true talent. In a world of hacks and quick buck artists, that means something. Hope to keep you here as a "loyal minion", if only to get a heads up when you publish again. Be cool, be safe.

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    2. I'm already checking out your other posts, including one from April 2014 where you talk about some great surplus bolt-actions; No.4 Lee Enfield, Kar98k, and M91/30. I actually ended up typing such a long comment that I had to chop off 2-3 paragraphs just to make it fit the character limit. Anyways, I imagine I'll be sticking around, we seem to have pretty similar tastes on quite a few things, including rifles. Thanks again for the kind words, truly.

      Be cool, be safe, eh? I like that; smooth. Well I do have one other book but it does focus on sex quite a bit, potentially more than Living amongst the Dead. It's sort of summed up in the title; 'When her No means Yes'. To be honest, I wrote it in literally less than 3 weeks, didn't even have time to do a 2nd draft so I'm kind of nervous about reading it again since it might have grammatical errors. For now, I'm working on my third book, but I plan to read over WhNmY sometime to be sure that it's smooth reading. Anyways, what with the heavy aspects (mentioned early on in the book in the 'Dedication' section or whatever (complete with a spoiler alert), probably viewable on Amazon without even buying the book), no worries if it's not your cup of tea. My NEXT one though, it's going to be firearm aficionados like ourselves, with LOTS of detail, and perhaps refreshingly this one is going to be set in the US with a main character that won't be a Newfie. So far it's a lot of fun to write!

      Well I don't want to spend all my time shilling or talking about my plans for writing; thanks again, and I'll probably see you around here on your blog. I'll be sure to check out your book sometime though admittedly I sadly have very little disposable income at the moment. Perhaps I should look into getting one of those Kindle devices. Anyways, cheers! You keep writing your awesome survivalist/firearm stuff, and I'll do the same. ;) I'd love to write a book someday about living COMPLETELY off the grid, living only off the land, that would be fascinating. BAH! ENOUGH! See ya! lol

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    3. I'd be happy to e-mail you a book or three. Heck, most of them are posted on the blog anyway so it isn't like I'm losing money. my mail is jimd303@reagan.com
      Glad to have you on board.

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