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Picking up good sets of cookware

Picking Up Good Sets of Cookware

Cookware is commonly used in the kitchen. It comprises of cooking vessels such as, frying pans and saucepans. It is intended for use on a range top or stove. Cookwares come in many variations. With the proper understanding of its features, you can choose which best fits your kitchen.
Cookware is commonly used in the kitchen, and it comprises of cooking vessels such as, frying pans and saucepans. It is intended for use on a range top or stove in preparing the food or for cooking purposes. Many variations have been developed as people tend to discover various other vessels for cooking.
During the civilizations of Stone Age, it was believed that the first techniques of using cooking vessels have been used. Among this, there were the improvements to basic roasting, and the use of clay or large leaves in order to preserve the moisture of the cooked food.
In Asia, bamboo tubes can be a used as a container, while in other places, the shells of turtles or large mollusks are being used as a waterproof cooking vessel. As early as 7000 BC, the inhabitants of the Tehaucan Valley began carving large stone bowls. Pottery developments allowed the creation of different shapes and sizes for fireproof cooking vessels. Subsequent to this, the porous container was then converted in order to produce ceramic glazes. Aside from this, bronze and iron metalworking skills were allowed in making cookware.
By the 17th century, the Westerner’s kitchens began to use kettles, baking pans, skillets and pots. These were commonly produced by a local blacksmith in American colonies. The material was derived from iron, while brass or copper were common in Europe and Asia.
Cookwares are made from different materials, such as:
Metals
? Aluminum — a very good thermal conductivity that does not rust. It is lightweight, and resistant to many forms of corrosion. However, it can react with some acidic foods and changes its taste.
Hence, non-anodized (has no layer of aluminum oxide) aluminum may cause oxidation to some of the foods like sauces that contains egg yolks, or vegetables such as asparagus or artichokes. Aluminum is commonly used for pie plates, cake or muffin pans, baking sheets and even pasta pots, steamers, skillets and stockpots.
? Copper — is good for thermal conductivity, it provides most of the heating aspect. Copper tends to be heavy and requires occasional re-tinting. It is also expensive. So far, they are considered as the best for fast cooking and sautéing due to such high heat.
? Cast Iron — a reactive material that can withstand very high temperatures. Cast iron is a porous material that easily rusts and requires seasoning before usage.
? Stainless Steel — is a relatively poor heat conductor. It is commonly used for kitchen equipment that contains a minimum of 11.5% chromium. Stainless steel is an iron alloy that also blends containing 18% chromium with either 8% nickel, called 18/8, or with 10% nickel, called 18/10. It reacts with either alkaline or acidic foods. Thus, they do not easily dent.
? Carbon Steel — maintains high strength and heat resistance when rolled into very thin sheets of material. Carbon Steel may be an advantage for woks and paella pans, but it does not conduct any heat. A process of rubbing fat on the surface can be done as its recommended usage in cooking.
There are also composite and coated cookwares such as:
? Enamel casted iron — made of cast iron which covers the surface with porcelain. It is has the properties that combines cast iron with a non-reactive and low stick surface. Thus, this creates a piece that has retention and heat distribution.
? Enamel over steel — this technique creates a piece that has a non-reactive, heat distribution of carbon steel and a low stick surface. Enamel over steel is ideal for large pans that are used mostly in water based cooking. Thus, it is a popular piece of cookware for camping instances because of its lightweight feature.
? Clad aluminum or copper — a technique with a layer of heat conducting material that can fabricate pans, such as aluminum and copper. Both its inner and the outer portion of a pot made of aluminum are typically clad. This way, it provides stainless surfaces for cooking and a contact cook top. Plus, the interior surface of copper is typically clad which leaves more attractive copper for exposure to the outer side of the pan.
? Teflon coated frying pan (Non-stick) — Teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene) minimizes the possibility of food sticking to the pan’s surface. Using Teflon is much easier because it is effortless to clean it as compared to other pots. Aside from this, there are no frequent results of having foods burned in its usage. It is important that while cooking, never use metal implements on the pan. This requires cautious care and attention.
Non-metallic
Non-metallic cookware can be used in microwave ovens but cannot be used on the stovetop. Such examples are as follows:
? Ceramics — provides a nonstick cooking surface such as glazed ceramics like porcelain. Terra Cotta (unglazed ceramics) has a porous surface. During the cooking process, its surface can hold water and other liquids. Hence, some glazes used on ceramic have a highly contained level of lead that can be a risk to our health.
? Glass — Borosilicate glass is oven safe and allows the food to be seen with its clear glass.
? Glass-ceramic — this ceramic is used in making different products that has the best properties of both glass and ceramic cookware. It is immune to thermal shock because of it’s near-zero co-efficiency to thermal expansion.
? Silicone — able to withstand maintained temperatures of 675°F (360°C). It is light and flexible. The advantage of removing baked goods from the pan is its own flexibility.
Cooking vessels such as pots and pans have different variations and types. Such are:
? Braising pans and roasting pans — also known as roasters and braisers. It provides space for cooking chicken, pork or beef. It is also a shallow, large and wide pan, usually made of heavy gauge metal for safety usage on cook tops. Thus, it typically has a cover and two loops or handles.
? Casserole pans — can be used on the stovetop and in the oven. It is commonly made from glazed ceramic. A casserole is similar to having a roaster and a Dutch oven that can be used interchangeably.
? Dutch ovens — used for stews, soups, braised meats and a variety of large dishes, for slow low heat cooking. It is made from cast iron. Generally it is made into a deep pot with a heavy lid, for the purpose of re-creating oven conditions on the stovetop.
? Frying Pans or Skillets — sometimes called omellette pans. Frypans provide shallow sides, a large flat heating surface, and it measures 20-30 cm in diameter. Thus, it is best for frying food.
? Griddles — used for grilling, making pan breads such as pancakes and crepes, and frying. It is a flat circular plate metal with a semicircular hoop that is attached to the sides. It has a measurement of about 20 up to 30 cm in diameter. There are also rectangular and square griddles like grill pans, which enables its content to define a pattern similar to a waffle maker.
? Saucepans — used for boiling or simmering. It has one long handle unlike sauce-pots that possesses two handles, for easy lifting with both hands. Usually 1-8 liters, saucepans are measured by volume.
? Sauté pans — like a fry pan, it is used for sautéing. Sauté pans have vertical sides and a large area surface in order to prevent food during cooking from escaping.
? Stockpots — allows stock to simmer for a period of time. It is a large pot that comes in different sizes in order to meet the needs of a family who wants to prepare the food for a banquet.
? Woks — typically used for stir-frying, but can be used also for steaming and deep frying. It has a rough bowl shape that is wide and has one or two handles near the rim.
Here are the lists of most common cookware sets being introduced in the market today.
1. Berndes 674103 — Tradition 10-Piece Set (MPN 674103)
The Berndes 674103 has a 2 layer interior nonstick and 3 layer exterior surfaces that protects the food from burning and sticking. It is a 10 piece set with vacuum-pressure cast aluminum. Its price ranges from $369.99 to $399.99.
2. Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless 13 Piece Set (MPN: LS13)
The Calphalon Tri-Ply set is a stainless steel cookware with a combination performance with aluminum. Its aluminum core responds to quick temperature changes so as to continually spread the heat evenly. Its cool V design provides balance, allowing the heat to vent away from its long handles. This keeps it cool to touch. It is 100% dishwasher safe and designed ergonomically to provide an easy grip. Its price ranges from $356.29 to $399.95.
3. Edge Cookware 17-Piece Set with Silicone Handles (UPC: 00803659001097)
Edge Cookware is made from stainless steel and consists of: 3 interchangeable lids, 8- and 10-inch skillets, 5 utensils, 2, 4, 6-1/2-quart saucepans and measuring spoons, along with a Tri-ply 18/10 stainless steel with aluminum core. Its estimated price is $121.91.
4. Heuck 33002 Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron (MPN: 33002)
The Heuck 33002 is about 6, 8 and 10 inches for its varieties of 3 piece skillet. Aside from being safe and easy to use, it is capable of superior heat retention which will last for generations. Its price ranges from $17.99 to $19.99.
5. KitchenAid 15150 Gourmet Essentials Hard-Base Porcelain Aluminum (MPN: 15150)
The KitchenAid 15150 Gourmet Essentials is a 10-pc non-stick red cookware that includes: 8 Open French Skillet, 11 4.25 Qt. Covered Sauté, 1 Qt. Covered Saucepan, 8 Qt. covered Stockpan, 2 Qt. Covered Saucepan and a 10 Open French Skillet. Its price ranges from $139.00 to $149.99. Plus a $5.00 available bonus.
6. Rachael Ray Hard Anodized (UPC: 00051153806551)
Rachael Ray product is a 10-pc. Non-stick cookware with orange handles. The set contains: 10-inch French skillets, Hard-anodized aluminum construction, 1-1/2- and 3-quart covered saucepans; Soft-grip bright orange silicone (handles are oven-safe to 400 degrees F), 3-quart/10-inch cover, and a 6-quart covered stockpot. One can avail this for prices that would range from $157.88 to $179.99.
7. The Cuisinart Stowaway Cookware Set
The Cuisinart Stowaway Cookware set is a solid type of cookware that is advisable for apartment dwellers, campers or boaters and college students. It has a storage bag that makes it easily to transport this 8-piece stainless set.
The set includes: Canvas storage bag, 1 multi-cover for sauce pan and 8″ sauté pan, 2 Qt. sauce pan, 2 removable universal handles, 10″ sauté pan, 1 cover for stock pot and 10″ sauté pan, 6 Qt. stock pot, and a 8″ sauté pan. It price is estimated at $99.95.
Thus, household moms can bring their homes great cookware that can last a family. Collecting valuable cookware has become a family tradition, usually handed from one generation to another. This will go with the special recipes handed down as well.
Nowadays, interesting designs have set forth in the market. There are affordable prices that can guarantee durability. There are those that are pricey but are definitely worth it. Buying these can save you more because you will not be buying replacements for a very long time. Before buying cookware, you need to assess the type of cookware you need for everyday usage. It is also best to keep cookware you can use fro special occasions, especially if it involves catering to a number of people. Thus, knowing the right material used in cookware sets sold these days will help you with regards to your budget and with the comfort of knowing your cookware is something you can even hand down to your children..

How to deep fry turkey outdoors with a propane cooker

How to deep fry turkey outdoors with a propane cooker

Equipment Needed:
*15-20lb. turkey
*28-Qt. or larger turkey fryer pot
*Propane burner stove
*Oil thermometer made to withstand over 550 Fahrenheit 300 Celsius
*LP propane tank
*Thick work gloves(flame retardant cooking mitts works best), long and heavy sleeves(such as flannel)
*BC or ABC fire extinguisher, never use water to contain oil or grease fires
Preparations:
Completely thaw the turkey. This is extremely important for even cooking, measurable cooking time, and safety. Allow 1 day thawing time per 5lbs. of turkey in the refrigerator. Thawing at room temperature can breed and spread bacteria and also spoil the turkey. Once thawed, remove giblets and neck. Trim excess fat and skin. Make sure the opening at the neck cavity is wide and clear. Trim the opening larger if needed. Make a 1-inch cut at the leg joints to allow oil to drain after it’s finished cooking.
Next, measure the oil level needed for this bird. Mount the turkey on the poultry rack and insert into the fryer pot. Fill the pot with water until the turkey is fully submerged. Make a mark about a 3/4 inch below the waterline because oil will expand when heated. Pots made for turkey frying will usually have a maximum waterline, do not fill past this line. If there is not a maximum line, always leave at least 3 inches from the top of the pot. If the turkey is too large for the pot, the turkey will need to be trimmed down. It is very important to keep in mind that the water used to measure with will be contaminated. Thoroughly clean after draining the water. Completely dry the pot before adding oil.
Peanut oil is the most commonly used to deep fry turkey. It has a high flash point and is cholesterol free. Any good host should be mindful of peanut allergies of their guests. Any vegetable oil can be used for a lighter taste or due to allergies.
Once the waterline is measured, you may season the turkey. Dry seasoning works best on the turkey’s surfaces. Liquid marinade and or herbs may be injected into the the meaty parts. Mixing orange juice, beer, or wine with dry seasonings works wonders when injected.
Placing the Fryer:
One of the most important safety measure is properly placing the burner.The fryer needs at least 10 feet clearance on all sides from any buildings or flammable structures and should never be under any type of overhang or ceiling. Common dangerous mistakes include placing it on wooden decks, under the garage door, or loose uneven grass and dirt. Concrete or brick are the best surfaces to place the fryer. If using on the lawn, clear the area of grass and make sure the dirt is packed, firm, and even.
Wind and weather can be dangerous factors. Never use if there’s a chance for rain. Never use in medium or stronger winds. Always position the propane tank upwind and at least 2 feet from the burner. There needs to be extra clearance downwind than 10feet depending on how strong the breeze is. If winds are too strong, do not attempt to make a wind breaker or blocker. It’s too dangerous to use a gas burner in strong winds.
Time to Cook: NEVER leave the cooker unattended!
Light the burner before placing the pot on it for better sight and chance of knocking over the pot. Once lit, never leave the cooker unattended. The most important thing for a great fried turkey and to prevent any accidents is to always have at least one adult watching the cooker at all times. Add the oil to the measured waterline before placing the pot on the lit burner. Placing an empty pot on the burner will damage the pot.
Monitoring the oil temperature is important for deep frying anything. If the temperature reaches too high, there’s risk of fire. If the temperature drops too low, the food will stop «steaming» and oil will soak in causing it to become greasy a soggy. 350 Fahrenheit is the target cooking temperature for a turkey with peanut oil. Slight less, around 335 Fahrenheit is target for lighter oils such as canola. 400 Fahrenheit is a good critical limit. This means once 400 Fahrenheit is reached, shut off the gas. It will take more heat to flash the oil on fire than 400 Fahrenheit, but there’s no need to go this high and it will hurt the estimated cooking time. Temperatures under 400 Fahrenheit that are higher than target, should be controlled by lowering the heat on the burner. Turn off the gas if at any point the oil starts to smoke. Keep in mind that reusing oil will lower it’s flash point temperature.
Once the target temperature is reached, about 350 Fahrenheit, it’s time to drop the bird. Reduce the heat of the burner. Wearing thick gloves, long sleeves and thick shoes or boots, very slowly lower the turkey rack into the pot using a long grab hook. Lower the turkey so slow that it’ll take over a minute to completely do. Without gloves or long sleeves, oil splatter could cause «flinching» and might result in knocking over the pot filled with boiling oil.
After the turkey is completely inserted, increase the heat to raise the oil temperature back to target, this could take several minutes. Once the target temperature is reached, adjust the heat to maintain it. Be mindful of the critical limit, once 400 Fahrenheit is reached, don’t attempt anymore adjustments and turn off the gas. A turkey takes about 3 to 3 and a half minutes per pound to deep fry, about one hour for an 18lb turkey.
When the turkey is golden brown and done cooking, turn off the gas. Place newspapers or paper towels close by on a flat surface. Slowly remove the turkey rack from the pot using the same safety clothing as when it was lowered. Make sure the rack is high and clear of the pot before attempting to move to reduce chance of knocking over the pot still filled with boiling oil. Place the rack on the newspapers or paper towels to cool and drain. For several minutes.
Do not leave the fryer pot and burner unattended until it has cooled down which will take quite some time. Do not attempt to move the pot and burner until the oil has dropped down past 110 Fahrenheit. It’s very important to keep in mind that the oil is still boiling after the cooking is done and to keep children away from it.
Congratulations on your beautiful bird. Only problem is that you won’t ever be able to go back to dried oven cooked turkeys again.

Top best ways to use almonds

Top 5 Best Ways To Use Almonds

Almonds are a delicious and versatile nut perfect for any meal. Whether eaten by themselves as a snack or as part of an intricate dinner recipe, almonds shine no matter the culinary application. The hearty crunch of almonds is a tasty addition to any recipe. Full of protein, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, almonds are good for you too. Let this guide show you the best ways to use almonds in your everyday cooking.

As A Snack: Sometimes, the best way to use almonds is to enjoy them with little embellishment. The humble nut is full of rich flavor that sometimes an almond is at its best when its enjoyed simply. Bake raw almonds with the spices of your choice in the oven, or toast on the stove top, until golden brown. Coat almonds in a sugary glaze to make irresistible candied almonds that you will not be able to put down. Chop up toasted almonds and include them in a healthy homemade granola recipe.

In A Dessert: Almonds are not loaded with sugar, but its hearty crunch lends itself well to great dessert recipes. The savory crunch of raw almonds matches perfectly with sweet dishes to create an unforgettable dessert. Pair almonds with chocolate to make sweet Almond Bars or include almonds in your favorite cookie recipe to give your cookies a nice crunch. Anytime almonds and desserts are combined, the results are always spectacular.

In Vegetable Dishes: For vegetarians and vegans, getting protein into the diet can be a headache. Luckily, almonds are a fantastic source of protein for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Almonds add a distinctive nutty crunch to vegetable dishes, adding a flavor and texture contrast. Combine healthy vegetables with crunchy almonds in a variety of ways, be it with Brown Rice and Veggies or in a Mushroom Pate. Use almonds as a delicious protein source in a wide variety of savory vegetable dishes.

Almond Milk: By some estimates, over half of the world’s population is lactose intolerant, meaning that billions of people lack the enzymes to properly digest milk. Considering how many recipes call for milk or milk products, people with lactose intolerance can sometimes be left with few cooking options. Almond milk is a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or are vegan. Simply grind almonds into a fine powder and combine with water. This protein-rich drink is a delicious and protein-rich alternative to milk that all can enjoy.

Almond Flour: White wheat flour is a crucial ingredient in many dishes, but it has little in terms of nutritional value. Plus, many people need to have a gluten-free diet, preventing them from eating foods with flour. To avoid white flour, use almond flour. Simply grind almonds into a powder and use just like regular flour. Full of nutrients and health benefits, almond flour is way healthier and better for you than white flour. This gluten-free, low-carb flour alternative is great for making breads, desserts or even fried chicken.

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