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The 10 most pretentious products ever
« on: December 03, 2013, 10:21:47 PM »
Bahaha!

(Can of air doesn't really fit into this list, except by name, but oh well)
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Re: The 10 most pretentious products ever
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2013, 07:43:15 AM »
The link is not working for me!

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Re: The 10 most pretentious products ever
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2013, 08:07:52 AM »
Yeah what is up with can of air on the list, dropping 6 bucks every few years to clean off your keyboard does not sound crazy.  As someone who works daily at a stand up desk I am more than willing to entertain alternative chair designs, but did not see a price listed so I assume it is rather high.  If you have to ask-you cant afford it.

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Re: The 10 most pretentious products ever
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2013, 08:46:01 AM »
Marketwatch has had nice pieces on $35k hats, $1k dog perfume, etc. Great stuff!!

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Re: The 10 most pretentious products ever
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2013, 10:16:33 AM »
If I were more financially stable, I'd totally try the water just to say I did. You know what they say about curiosity and cats....

But I hear salt blocks are actually really nifty cooking tools. Like, you can cure fish just by placing it on the block. And apparently the salt tastes different? Not my cup of tea, but if you're into higher level cooking techniques, it's not really that stupid.

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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2013, 11:47:49 AM »
I use this to clean my electronics or anything really. Picked it up for $45. It's been very useful and has paid for itself.

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Re: The 10 most pretentious products ever
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2013, 11:52:23 AM »
But I hear salt blocks are actually really nifty cooking tools. Like, you can cure fish just by placing it on the block. And apparently the salt tastes different? Not my cup of tea, but if you're into higher level cooking techniques, it's not really that stupid.
Also you can cook with them, and also you can pay less than $50 for them. I hope to own one someday, maybe.

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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2013, 02:49:31 PM »
If I were more financially stable, I'd totally try the water just to say I did. You know what they say about curiosity and cats....

But I hear salt blocks are actually really nifty cooking tools. Like, you can cure fish just by placing it on the block. And apparently the salt tastes different? Not my cup of tea, but if you're into higher level cooking techniques, it's not really that stupid.

If you want the taste of different and more exotic salts, you can buy specialty salts in bulk. There aren't a ton of places on the east coast that have them, but out here in the west we have specialty spice/salt/tea stores that don't sell anything else.

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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2013, 02:56:35 PM »
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There aren't a ton of places on the east coast that have them, but out here in the west we have specialty spice/salt/tea stores that don't sell anything else.

I call shenanigans, specialty salt shops?  No.

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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2013, 03:13:07 PM »
But I hear salt blocks are actually really nifty cooking tools. Like, you can cure fish just by placing it on the block. And apparently the salt tastes different? Not my cup of tea, but if you're into higher level cooking techniques, it's not really that stupid.
Also you can cook with them, and also you can pay less than $50 for them. I hope to own one someday, maybe.

If you want salt blocks for cheaper, check out your local feed store: https://www.naturalfeedstore.com/content/salt-block-4

I can't help but wonder what happens after the kids/staff place yuppie cook's expensive Himalayan salt block in the dishwasher.

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Re: The 10 most pretentious products ever
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2013, 04:02:27 PM »
I want Himalayan salt block  counter tops.

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Re: The 10 most pretentious products ever
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2013, 04:20:13 PM »
Anything with the words "artisan" or  "organic" in it. It might be tasty, but the mark up tends to be ridiculous.

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Re: The 10 most pretentious products ever
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2013, 04:24:45 PM »
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There aren't a ton of places on the east coast that have them, but out here in the west we have specialty spice/salt/tea stores that don't sell anything else.

I call shenanigans, specialty salt shops?  No.

Yes.

https://www.marketspice.com/ is at the Pike Place market in Seattle. There's more than a handful of other specialty spice/salt shops as well in the area.

I don't go all that often, but they do have some very good spices and salts there.
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Re: The 10 most pretentious products ever
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2013, 04:52:45 PM »
I want Himalayan salt block  counter tops.

In a house built from ice?

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Re: The 10 most pretentious products ever
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2013, 04:59:05 PM »
But I hear salt blocks are actually really nifty cooking tools. Like, you can cure fish just by placing it on the block. And apparently the salt tastes different? Not my cup of tea, but if you're into higher level cooking techniques, it's not really that stupid.
Also you can cook with them, and also you can pay less than $50 for them. I hope to own one someday, maybe.
My husband wanted one of these, and I was going to get him one for Christmas . . . 'til I read some reviews and learned that they may last as few as TWO USES.  If we could plan on using this thing for a good, long time, I'd buy it -- but not with the understanding that it's a very temporary purchase.  I bought a large bottle of the pink Hym. salt for his stocking instead.

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Re: The 10 most pretentious products ever
« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2013, 05:15:45 PM »
I want Himalayan salt block  counter tops.

In a house built from ice?

The sinks have two faucets, one for tequila and one for lime juice.

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« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2013, 06:34:20 PM »
I too am all over the salt blocks.  I agree it can be cheaper than $50.

Actually, for most purposes you can just use a bed of coarse salt -- I'm not sure it really needs to be in block form.

Can you use road salt safely?

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« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2013, 06:42:15 PM »
I want Himalayan salt block  counter tops.

With LED lights underneath to make it glow pink at all times! Yeah!!

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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2013, 07:10:06 AM »
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There aren't a ton of places on the east coast that have them, but out here in the west we have specialty spice/salt/tea stores that don't sell anything else.

I call shenanigans, specialty salt shops?  No.

Yes.

https://www.marketspice.com/ is at the Pike Place market in Seattle. There's more than a handful of other specialty spice/salt shops as well in the area.

I don't go all that often, but they do have some very good spices and salts there.

there's a place called "the filling station" in chelsea market in new york city that i love, too. i would much rather get or give fancy salt for christmas than almost anything else!

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Re: The 10 most pretentious products ever
« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2013, 08:37:50 AM »
I want Himalayan salt block  counter tops.

In a house built from ice?

The sinks have two faucets, one for tequila and one for lime juice.

Mind blown!  I just need to convince dw that these renovations are necessary (they are).  The LED lights under the countertop will add a nice pinkish glow to my igloo!  Check for updates in DIY.

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« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2013, 08:50:35 AM »
I want Himalayan salt block  counter tops.

In a house built from ice?

The sinks have two faucets, one for tequila and one for lime juice.

Reminds me of the movie Mr. Deeds where he has Hawaiian Punch fountains.

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« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2013, 11:22:57 AM »
I too am all over the salt blocks.  I agree it can be cheaper than $50.

Actually, for most purposes you can just use a bed of coarse salt -- I'm not sure it really needs to be in block form.

Can you use road salt safely?
I think a bed of coarse salt (in a casserole dish) is a cool idea and worth trying. I do think you could safely save the salt and use it again.  Perhaps it'd be wise to choose what you cook carefully.  The medium-sized bottle of Himalayan salt I bought for my husband's Christmas stocking was $5-7 at Home Goods.  That's a whole lot cheaper than $50. 

I'm not sure road salt is food-quality safe, and I don't think I'd do it. 

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« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2013, 12:09:03 PM »
i would much rather get or give fancy salt for christmas than almost anything else!

Why?  Salt is salt.

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« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2013, 01:50:56 PM »
i would much rather get or give fancy salt for christmas than almost anything else!

Why?  Salt is salt.

No it's not. It does actually taste different. Try some different salt sometimes.

I generally stick with sea salt, but occasionally I'll buy some better stuff.

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« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2013, 02:07:18 PM »
Back in the early days of Apple's App Store (soooo, 4-5 years tops), some guy made an app that did nothing but sold it at the maximum price that Apple would let you charge. I believe it was $999.

Anyway, it got a few downloads and was then removed when it got ridiculed.

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« Reply #27 on: December 05, 2013, 02:35:22 PM »
i would much rather get or give fancy salt for christmas than almost anything else!

Why?  Salt is salt.

these are just a few of the fun salts i have and love:

- bacon salt
- merlot salt
- truffle salt
- hawaiian black salt
- himalyan pink salt
- kosher salt
- very fine sea salt
- ghost pepper salt
- ginger salt

they are all really tasty on different things. and i kind of knew my man was the one when i saw that he had as many wacky varieties of salt as i did.

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« Reply #28 on: December 05, 2013, 03:40:09 PM »
Why?  Salt is salt.
No it's not. It does actually taste different. Try some different salt sometimes.

Yes, it is.  Salt is sodium chloride, pure & simple.  Now it's possible that something being sold as 'salt' actually contains impurities that change the taste, but I suspect that about 99% of purchasers are experiencing the 'wine bottle' effect - i.e that if you put the same wine in different bottles, people will rate the quality according to how expensive the label appears.

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« Reply #29 on: December 05, 2013, 03:54:30 PM »
Quote from: Madgeylou
these are just a few of the fun salts i have and love:

- bacon salt
- merlot salt
- truffle salt
- hawaiian black salt
- himalyan pink salt
- kosher salt
- very fine sea salt
- ghost pepper salt
- ginger salt
it's possible that something being sold as 'salt' actually contains impurities that change the taste
Yep.

Also, note that even if we're only talking the grocery store stuff, the crystal size affects both perceived saltiness and its suitability for some baking/cooking applications (pickling, curing, salt crusts...). And that's before we talk iodized vs. not vs. diet salt. Salt is far from just salt.
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« Reply #30 on: December 05, 2013, 04:08:59 PM »
Why?  Salt is salt.
No it's not. It does actually taste different. Try some different salt sometimes.

Yes, it is.  Salt is sodium chloride, pure & simple.  Now it's possible that something being sold as 'salt' actually contains impurities that change the taste, but I suspect that about 99% of purchasers are experiencing the 'wine bottle' effect - i.e that if you put the same wine in different bottles, people will rate the quality according to how expensive the label appears.

Except when it's potassium chloride or some other salt.

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« Reply #31 on: December 05, 2013, 04:25:53 PM »
Why?  Salt is salt.
No it's not. It does actually taste different. Try some different salt sometimes.

Yes, it is.  Salt is sodium chloride, pure & simple.  Now it's possible that something being sold as 'salt' actually contains impurities that change the taste, but I suspect that about 99% of purchasers are experiencing the 'wine bottle' effect - i.e that if you put the same wine in different bottles, people will rate the quality according to how expensive the label appears.

Except these are flavored salts. So, yes, they do taste different.

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« Reply #32 on: December 05, 2013, 04:39:46 PM »
Browsing elitetraveler.com and found this $45k doozy

http://www.elitetraveler.com/features/holiday-gift-guide-for-him/3

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« Reply #33 on: December 05, 2013, 04:44:58 PM »
Why?  Salt is salt.
No it's not. It does actually taste different. Try some different salt sometimes.

Yes, it is.  Salt is sodium chloride, pure & simple.  Now it's possible that something being sold as 'salt' actually contains impurities that change the taste, but I suspect that about 99% of purchasers are experiencing the 'wine bottle' effect - i.e that if you put the same wine in different bottles, people will rate the quality according to how expensive the label appears.

Except these are flavored salts. So, yes, they do taste different.

Yeah, I was given a small bottle of smoked salt from a friend and I like it.  It pumps up flavor in vegetarian dishes, especially split pea or lentil soup in lieu of ham or bacon.

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« Reply #34 on: December 05, 2013, 07:03:38 PM »
Why?  Salt is salt.
No it's not. It does actually taste different. Try some different salt sometimes.

Yes, it is.  Salt is sodium chloride, pure & simple.  Now it's possible that something being sold as 'salt' actually contains impurities that change the taste, but I suspect that about 99% of purchasers are experiencing the 'wine bottle' effect - i.e that if you put the same wine in different bottles, people will rate the quality according to how expensive the label appears.

Except these are flavored salts. So, yes, they do taste different.

Yeah, I was given a small bottle of smoked salt from a friend and I like it.  It pumps up flavor in vegetarian dishes, especially split pea or lentil soup in lieu of ham or bacon.

I enjoy sampling fancy salts in the store for free, but I assume they are one of the more expensive ways to add that flavor to your dish.

This is why I never understood garlic salt or onion salt.  What if you don't want extra salt?  What's wrong with the unsalted powders?

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« Reply #35 on: December 05, 2013, 07:30:47 PM »
Or actual garlic and onions!

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« Reply #36 on: December 05, 2013, 09:25:58 PM »
Except these are flavored salts. So, yes, they do taste different.

But it is the flavoring added to the salt that adds the taste.  You could take plain table salt, add the appropriate flavoring, and get the same taste.

Except when it's potassium chloride or some other salt.

OK, if you want to be pedantic, and use the word 'salt' in its chemical sense.  But don't just assume that any chemical salt can be consumed: many are toxic.  Even KCl, while fairly safe to eat, is toxic if injected.

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« Reply #37 on: December 05, 2013, 10:00:42 PM »
Even KCl, while fairly safe to eat, is toxic if injected.

Air, when injected, can be fatal.  Who's being pedantic now?

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« Reply #38 on: December 06, 2013, 09:53:03 AM »
Even bath salts, when smoked, can be dangerous. 

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« Reply #39 on: December 06, 2013, 10:56:25 AM »
Except when it's potassium chloride or some other salt.
OK, if you want to be pedantic, and use the word 'salt' in its chemical sense.
"Diet salt", sold at literally every grocery store I've ever been to, is KCl. He's not using it in the chemical sense but in the vernacular one.

And since when did pedantry offend you?

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« Reply #40 on: December 06, 2013, 10:58:12 AM »
Even bath salts, when smoked, can be dangerous.

Don't even get me started on hypernatremia

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« Reply #41 on: December 06, 2013, 12:02:23 PM »
And since when did pedantry offend you?

It doesn't offend me.  Sometimes it annoys me, when it is being used to obscure or confuse, as above, but otherwise no.  I mean, if we wanted to get really pedantic (and I had two working hands - one hand typing is not a Zen koan :-)), we could discuss the very different roles played by Na and K in cellular metabolism, the worings of ion channels, and so on.  But Wikipedia is your friend here...

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« Reply #42 on: December 06, 2013, 03:19:24 PM »
Except when it's potassium chloride or some other salt.
OK, if you want to be pedantic, and use the word 'salt' in its chemical sense.
"Diet salt", sold at literally every grocery store I've ever been to, is KCl. He's not using it in the chemical sense but in the vernacular one.

And since when did pedantry offend you?

What on earth is diet salt? No calories in the regular kind.

We frequent very different grocery stores. All the salt available in the ones I go to has a little girl with an umbrella on the package. Except the store brands.

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« Reply #43 on: December 06, 2013, 06:15:34 PM »
KCl does less to aggravate hypertension.

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« Reply #44 on: December 06, 2013, 06:28:43 PM »
And since when did pedantry offend you?

It doesn't offend me.  Sometimes it annoys me, when it is being used to obscure or confuse, as above, but otherwise no.  I mean, if we wanted to get really pedantic (and I had two working hands - one hand typing is not a Zen koan :-)), we could discuss the very different roles played by Na and K in cellular metabolism, the worings of ion channels, and so on.  But Wikipedia is your friend here...

Says the guy who derailed a discussion about flavored salt because "salt is salt"

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« Reply #45 on: December 06, 2013, 08:58:22 PM »
Says the guy who derailed a discussion about flavored salt because "salt is salt"

And?  Salt is salt - NaCl.  Flavorings are flavorings.  Thus flavored salt is merely a convenience, like buying pre-made spice mixes rather than mixing up your own.

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« Reply #46 on: December 07, 2013, 08:08:37 AM »
It's not always flavored salt. Sometimes it's "impurities" that occur naturally in the salt and that can't be purchased elsewhere. There's no way to get "volcanic black" outside of "volcanic black salt".

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« Reply #47 on: December 08, 2013, 02:45:50 PM »
Says the guy who derailed a discussion about flavored salt because "salt is salt"

And?  Salt is salt - NaCl.  Flavorings are flavorings.  Thus flavored salt is merely a convenience, like buying pre-made spice mixes rather than mixing up your own.

And?  The poster enjoys flavored salts.  So your pedantry about the distinction between salt and flavoring obscures and confuses the discussion of flavored salts.   Saying salt is nacl does nothing more to further the discussion than my comment that it can also be kcl.

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« Reply #48 on: December 08, 2013, 03:00:08 PM »
I can tell the difference between sea salt and table salt by taste - maybe the sea salt has impurities but they taste good. I can also tell some varieties of grape by taste - we used to have brown bag wine events and a small minority of people had a higher degree of accuracy.

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« Reply #49 on: December 08, 2013, 03:23:20 PM »
Says the guy who derailed a discussion about flavored salt because "salt is salt"

And?  Salt is salt - NaCl.  Flavorings are flavorings.  Thus flavored salt is merely a convenience, like buying pre-made spice mixes rather than mixing up your own.

Even "plain old" sea salt is a mixture of NaCL, KCl, CaCl, etc. (and things like Himalayan pink salt, Hawaiian black salt, and French grey salt have different proportions of these things plus other tasty impurities). It does make a difference.

Getting back on topic: I was disappointed with canned air being included on the list (although it should cost closer to $3 instead of $6). They should at least have mentioned this!

Edit: Oh, dear god. I thought I was making a joke but I was wrong!
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