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They will warp over time, some will take longer than others, depending on its make up, size, etc., but they will all eventually warp.  Not a big deal though.  Just pick up an old pie pan at a garage sale and just use it for creating your steam.  If that's all its used for, who cares if it is warped.
 Then I assume that you don't order pastas at most restaurants, Italian or otherwise as most places don't use fresh pasta and usually cook large batches of dried pasta and reheat in a quick hot water bath.  Even most higher end Italian places can't/don't serve fresh pasta exclusively and use the hot water method. 
 Sorry Millions, but I totally disagree with most of what you said.  I have been in the business for decades and rarely have I weighed my spices when cooking, and almost none of my chefs, when I was coming up in the business, wrote recipes where they weighed out their spices.  It was all done in volume measurements, i. e. measuring cups and spoons.  Baking was a whole different story though and most of my best recipes for baking use weight measurements. I do agree that...
First off, isn't it possible to freeze this soup as opposed to canning?  Unless you are using a pressure canner and really know what you are doing, this is not something that you can safely can.  Even without the dairy, you still have a meat product and that cannot be safely canned without a pressure canner.  Secondly, the dairy in the soup will  raise the ph level making it less acidic.  Most any other liquid addition will do the same.  Raising the ph level is also a...
This may not be able to happen today, but when I was growing up, in the 1980's I worked my parents restaurant at age 9-10.  I often bussed tables, washed dishes, did some prep work (mostly cutting salad), and it was my duty, in wintertime to keep the fire going in the large wood burning fireplace we had. Didn't do much cooking although on slow nights my dad would teach me a few things on the line. I know of many family owned places nowadays were I see the young kids...
I'm not saying that it doesn't happen, because I know of documented instances where it has happened, but I think the concept is much more wide spread than the actual deeds.  As I cook, we talked about it a lot, but never did (and never would) anything in all actuality.  While we might have talked about doing it, we took way too much pride in what we put out to ever pull a stunt like that.  I can honestly say that I never took part, or even saw, anything that comes close to...
So everyone else has talked about balsamic vinegar specifically but what about the broader question about deciding what quality vinegar to use. In many ways what applies to wine applies to vinegar, to a point. Vinegar may not be something you would want to "drink" but the same overall principle applies, at least IMHO. Any vinegar that isn't pleasant to the taste, straight is not a vinegar I really want to cook with. Many store brand vinegars are overly harsh with horrible...
One of my favorite dishes to cook, and one of the few ways my 9 year old daughter doesn't object to sweet potatoes, is to make Ground Nut Stew.  It's a somewhat spicy stew (you can control how hot), from Western Africa.  It's made with chicken and finished off with peanut butter (traditionally, finely ground peanuts).  We love it here, and make it often throughout the year.
I couldn't really choose between the 2 as there are things that I love about both cuisines.  I agree that it is like comparing apples to oranges as they are each very different.  That's what I like about living in the US.  I don't have to choose.  I can eat Chinese one day, Japanese the next, and Thai or Vietnamese the next.  The great thing about each of these cuisines is that they all have variations on some kind of noodle bowl.  I could live for a few years eating...
I would find out what kind of volume they are pushing on some of their other spice blends.  $0.05 doesn't sound like a lot, but if they are distributing nationwide and selling thousands of bottles a month, of each of their offerings then you look to make some decent money.  It's not money you can retire on, but for doing nothing it might well be worth it.  But you're gonna have to ask some questions first.
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