We're getting sociopolitical on this week's episode of Cooking Issues! Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are in the studio taking your questions about cooking and other food-related topics. We start this week's installment with a listener question about the proposed ban on sodas of certain sizes in New York City. Tune in to hear Dave's opinions about the proposal, considering his love of bubbly beverages. Other questions include troubleshooting vacuum reduction devices, and the safety of homemade cultured butter products. What is the proper ratio of fat-to-meat when making sausage? Tune in to hear the answer, as well as types of fat make good additions to sausage mixtures. Finally, Dave and Nastassia talk about some of the food destinations they visited in their recent trip to Tokyo. This program has been brought to you by Tekserve.

"I detest the phrase 'empty calorie' as much as I detest the phrase 'junk food.'"

"It takes about 6 kilos of ice to condense one liter of water."

"You definitely don't want to have coffee go in and out of the freezer because condensation will form." -- Dave Arnold on Cooking Issues