Category Archives: Cooking Ideas

Slow Roasting Is The Newest Cooking Trend

It’s winter, a time when most people want a hearty, home cooked meal, and there is nothing better than slow roasted meat. This technique isn’t new by any means, but it’s gaining in popularity and it’s something everyone should try at least once.

Slow roasting is pretty simple. The meat is coked slowly at a low temperature for a long period of time. It’s catch phrase is “set it and forget it”, making it similar to crock pot cooking. It’s a very forgiving process that anyone can do, but there are a few rules to keep in mind when using this process.

It may go against you’re way of choosing meat, but when it comes to slow roasting, the fattier the cut of meat, the better it will be when slow roasted. The slow roasting process breaks down the collagen, the steam in the oven as the meat cooks literally makes it dissolve and keeps the meat juicy, tender, and tasty. Meats that are most popular for slow roasting are often things like short ribs and pork shoulders.

The meat should take on a nice brown color as it cooks. Think rotisserie chicken with brown and crispy chicken. If you notice your meat is cooking but it isn’t browning as well as you would like, hit it with the broiler for a few minutes at the end of the cooking cycle.

Finally, keep in mind that there will be no automatic rich sauce from slow roasted meat. Braised dishes on the stove top often provide their own rich and tasty sauces to add some tang to the dish, but braising doesn’t work the same way. When you serve your meat, try to offer sides like crunchy vegetables with punchy dressings or sauces, even fresh herbs, to bring some liquid pop to the plate.

Don’t let this process scare you, it’s a great way to cook large hunks of meat that turn out tender and juicy. Check out this Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder recipe from Food Network to get you started. It is basic, simple, and most importantly, incredibly tasty.

 

 

Bacon Is Perfect, but You Might Be Cooking It Wrong

If one thing is for certain in today’s food industry, it is that bacon is for everything. Aside from pairing one of the greatest foods in existence with other tasty foods, its enticing, unmistakable aroma is being used to punctuate perfume and even scratch tickets. From bacon ice cream to bacon wrapped scallops, it is important to understand how to properly cook the meat candy before incorporating it into other food or your diet in general.

Bacon Cooking Tips: What You Have Probably Been Doing Wrong

Which Pan Are You Using?

Many believe that they should heavily grease a pan or to use a non-stick pan while cooking bacon, but this is false and actually does more damage to the meat than good. Professional cooks recommend a well-seasoned cast iron pan to cook this treat in because the high-fat content of the meat will do all of the work for you.

Put It in a Cold Pan First

A common misconception is that a frying pan should be scorching hot before putting the meat in it, but that results in an unevenly cooked or completely burnt product. Instead, place a pan on medium-low heat and add the bacon when it is still fairly cold.

You Are Probably Undercooking It

Though most prefer their bacon to be nice and crispy, some like it chewy. Regardless of personal preferences, it is important that the meat is at least cooked. Placing it into a pan that is too hot will cook the outside, something that forces you to believe the inside is also cooked. Turn the heat down to ensure your bacon is cooked thoroughly.

Storing the Excess Grease for Future Cooking? Do This!

Before placing your grease in the fridge, strain it. This removes bits of bacon that were left behind and allows the grease to set better in the fridge. Of course, the flavor is better when you remelt it for another use.

Have You Forgotten That Bacon Is Salty?

Too often, the popularity of bacon results in it being paired with foods high in salt. Bacon is salty, so unless you want a meal full of sodium, be mindful of what you are pairing this perfect food with.

Cooking Ideas for Those Last Dog Days of Summer

When it’s hotter than the dickens and you have to cook, it can feel like you’re an army cook in the trenches. What are you supposed to make for everyone now? No one wants you to turn the oven on, and even standing over the stove sounds horrible. But do you really want yet another cold cut sandwich? Takeout is getting expensive, and your waste line is not thanking you for all those last minute runs to the pizza place.

So what will it be tonight? Why not try these recipes for you and the family. They’re simple, delicious, nutritious and perfect for those last dog days of summer.

Delicious Avocado and Cucumber Salad

First, let’s talk about salad. This is always a good idea when it’s hot out. There’s only chopping involved, and there’s no need to turn on the oven or the stove. You can also use some of your delicious summer vegetables and fruits if you have a garden.

The salad we suggest to you combines two favorites of summer. First, we have avocado. Next, there’s cucumber. These are fresh and easy to find ingredients in the summer.
You’ll be chopping these two ingredients and adding them to cherry tomatoes, sliced radishes, halved cherry or grape tomatoes and a few cups of freshly grilled and chilled corn kernels. Put all of this together with some chopped red onion, lime juice from a fresh lime, a few drizzles of olive oil, cumin seeds and salt and pepper to taste. It’s a delicious combination that the whole family will love. Don’t forget to add a pinch of freshly ground red pepper as well!

A Delicious Summer Soup

Who says soup is only for fall and winter? Gazpacho is a classic summer dish in Spain and a traditional Iberian dish. Cold soups like gazpacho can be made at any time, and they’re even perfect when you’re in a rush. Again, there’s no need to use your stove or oven. All the ingredients are cold.

Start with a half pound of fresh tomatoes and one pound of cubed watermelon in a blender. Throw some mint leaves and a diced English cucumber in. Add a few drizzles of olive oil and some freshly squeezed lemon juice. Blend this mixture and top with fresh cheese crumbles.