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speee1dy
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juliekay, see what you can do.

randyntaj, if you make pizza, i will be over.

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Posted : April 8, 2014 11:11 am
SaraSherman63
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What's the deal with the humidity/elevation? I live at 1090 ft right now, but have never had to deal with a cooking and elevation issue! Do breadmakers work well down there? I'd love to make my own bread too.

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Topic starter Posted : April 10, 2014 3:23 pm
Rowdy802
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Ranges from 0 to http://www.geonames.org/VI/highest-mountains-in-u-s-virgin-islands.html

Not very high as you can see, so the effect is nil

Since the islands are smallish, humidity varies greatly with your location, season, and residence orientation... September in STX close to the ocean can be a bit tough at times... For the most part it is super nice...

I had no issues making bread... Yum yum...

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Posted : April 10, 2014 3:37 pm
OldTart
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Ranges from 0 to http://www.geonames.org/VI/highest-mountains-in-u-s-virgin-islands.html

Not very high as you can see, so the effect is nil

Since the islands are smallish, humidity varies greatly with your location, season, and residence orientation... September in STX close to the ocean can be a bit tough at times... For the most part it is super nice...

I had no issues making bread... Yum yum...

I've never lived in a place with high elevation and the only adjustments I've ever seen to standard recipes are for those at higher elevations. Not an issue here at all. I'm sure bread makers work just fine here but I do all my breads by hand! Given the power outages here I keep electrical doodads to a minimum.

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Posted : April 10, 2014 3:42 pm
RandyNTaj
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High elevation is usually over 4000' feet for some things, 5000' to 6000' is where you start getting 'weird' stuff with bread and cakes- which means you alter your flour/moisture ratios, and even then--- bread will bake up gorgeous and then fall- or be rock hard, or flat, or.... or.... baking and doing some things at high altitude becomes a habit when you've lived here so long- then you go to lower elevations and cook as you always have- some things it doesn't seem to affect too much- others....it really messes with flavor, texture, etc.

I have friends at 9000' who can't get rice to cook. I live at about 8000' feet and when I moved from 6500' to 8000' I had to alter a bunch of my bread recipes.

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Posted : April 10, 2014 8:11 pm
Rowdy802
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High elevation is usually over 4000' feet for some things, 5000' to 6000' is where you start getting 'weird' stuff with bread and cakes- which means you alter your flour/moisture ratios, and even then--- bread will bake up gorgeous and then fall- or be rock hard, or flat, or.... or.... baking and doing some things at high altitude becomes a habit when you've lived here so long- then you go to lower elevations and cook as you always have- some things it doesn't seem to affect too much- others....it really messes with flavor, texture, etc.

I have friends at 9000' who can't get rice to cook. I live at about 8000' feet and when I moved from 6500' to 8000' I had to alter a bunch of my bread recipes.

Agreed... I had quite an experience when I lived temporarily in Salt Lake City, Utah... I was at approximately 4700 feet in the town of Bountiful... No worries in the Caribbean... except for the price of groceries...

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Posted : April 10, 2014 8:24 pm
OldTart
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The highest elevation in the USVI is Crown Mountain at 1555 feet so happily bake away!

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Posted : April 10, 2014 9:48 pm
crazyflamingo
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Is bison meat available on either STJ or STT? Also, what is the availability like for grass fed beef? I saw on another thread that there are a couple of places that sell organic products so I was thinking maybe they would sell it, if its available at all in the USVI. Gourmet Gallery and the Fruit Bowl on STT, are they similar to like a Trader Joe's/Whole Foods or are they regular grocery stores with organic sections? Thank you!

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Posted : April 13, 2014 7:55 pm
ms411
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I think I saw frozen bison meat at Gourmet Gallery in Havensight. They or Fruit Bowl may also have grass fed beef, but I never noticed it. Those stores cater to the yachts so they have items that mainstream stores don't carry. They can also special order with advance notice.

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Posted : April 13, 2014 10:45 pm
crazyflamingo
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Awesome! Thank you! I will definitely check them out when I get there later this year! Glad to know its available. 🙂

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Posted : April 13, 2014 11:30 pm
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