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Old 05-21-2016, 03:42 PM   #31
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For recipes not requiring baking I write them as follows:

My Perfect Fish Batter (IMHO)
Ingredients:
3/4 cup AP flour
2 Tbs. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. fresh snipped dill (optional)
3/4 cup ICE cold water
juice of half of a fresh juicy lemon (about 3 Tbs.)

Directions
Use a med. bowl, and with a wire whisk, whisk dry ingredients to be sure they are well blended. Have a large skillet ready with an inch of vegetable oil nearly smoking hot.

Squeeze half a juicy lemon into a measuring cup, and fill to the 3/4 line with ICE cold water. Mix quickly into the dry ingredients, till only small lumps remain. It does not need to be smooth.

With tongs, drag each piece of fish through the batter till well coated on each side. Lay the piece in the hot oil, and continue.

Do not crowd the pieces. You can do this in batches, keeping cooked fish on a rack in a warm oven. It will take a very short time, depending on the thickness of the fish. Do not overcook. Serve with lemon slices

I'm flattered you enjoy my recipe Addie. My "Perfect Fish Batter"
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Old 05-21-2016, 03:50 PM   #32
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I keep my recipes on my computer and a flash drive.
Flash drives are magnetic media, too. They're not designed to be used for backup, but for moving files from one computer to another.
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Old 05-21-2016, 04:18 PM   #33
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Flash drives are magnetic media, too. They're not designed to be used for backup, but for moving files from one computer to another.
I don't want to stray off topic, but flash drives are non-volatile electronic memory, similar to the memory chips in your computer. Prices have dropped enough so that solid state drives are replacing traditional hard drives in computers (desktops, laptops, notebooks), mostly for performance reasons. iPads have solid state drives. Flash drives will work just fine for backups, although they are about ten times the cost of an external hard drive for the same capacity.
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Old 05-21-2016, 04:45 PM   #34
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They're not designed to be written to multiple times. I'm not willing to risk it.

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Can USB flash drives serve reliably as backup drives?

The Answer

SuperUser contributor Brendan Long has the answer for us:

I cannot think of any reason to use USB flash drives for backups. First off, read the reviews of the most popular 128 GB USB flash drive on Newegg and ask yourself if you want to use that for backups:

PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE (Newegg)

Some Choice Quotes:

Cons: Bought four and they all worked in the beginning, all but one stopped working. One was only used three times and only contained one small file. RMA-ed one last week, two others failed today.

Pros: It was defective from the onset, so my friend did not lose any data.

Cons: Died after one use, tried it on three different PCs and it was no longer recognized. Had to pay to return it.

I think you get the idea.
http://www.howtogeek.com/218390/can-...-backup-drive/
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Old 05-21-2016, 05:00 PM   #35
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They're not designed to be written to multiple times. I'm not willing to risk it.



Can a USB Flash Drive be Used Reliably as a Manual Backup Drive?
Sorry, but that's no longer true. Modern flash drives are designed for more rewrites than a consumer will ever encounter.
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Old 05-21-2016, 05:11 PM   #36
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Sorry, but that's no longer true. Modern flash drives are designed for more rewrites than a consumer will ever encounter.
Okay. They do fail, though.

I guess I'm going to be irrational about this one I have lost too much data over the years with different types of media, so it gives me great peace of mind to turn the responsibility over to a professional company. It's well worth the $50 or so per year to me. YMMV, of course.
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Sorry, but that's no longer true. Modern flash drives are designed for more rewrites than a consumer will ever encounter.
I don't rewrite over anything ever on my flash drive. I have never had a problem with it yet. I recently plugged in one that was several years old. I came across it when cleaning house. I was curious as to what I had stored on it. No problem opening it or reading anything that was on it.
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I don't rewrite over anything ever on my flash drive. I have never had a problem with it yet. I recently plugged in one that was several years old. I came across it when cleaning house. I was curious as to what I had stored on it. No problem opening it or reading anything that was on it.
I'll see that anecdote and raise you two!
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I'm flattered you enjoy my recipe Addie. My "Perfect Fish Batter"
I hadn't seen your recipe before, Kayelle, so I just gave it a glance. It sounds like something I'd like to make. Two questions. First, do you think this would work in a fish taco? When I finally get around to making them, I was planning on just dusting the pieces with flour and doing a shallow-fry. Second, I was thinking that fish might benefit from the dry brining process that is suggested on Serious Eats when preparing shrimp. I tried this process, fell in love with it, and use it all the time when I cook shrimp now, no matter how I cook it. It reads:

You're looking for about 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda for every pound of shrimp; give it a quick toss and rest the shrimp in the fridge for anywhere from 15 minutes to about an hour. After that 15 minutes, I rinse, pat dry, and return to the fridge to cool its heels for at least an hour.
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:30 PM   #40
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Yes, that batter and method would work great for fish taco's CG. I'd chunk up the fish before frying to have more surface area, or maybe cook strips of fish to lay in the tortilla.

Interesting about the shrimp at Serious Eats! SC came home with a bag of big raw frozen shrimp yesterday, so I'll be trying it soon!
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