Apr 202017
 

Such an informative video on how to properly care for your cast iron pans!

What’s so great about cast iron?

Cast-iron pans are basically indestructible. Even if they’re old and rusted, they can be repaired. And if you take good care of cast-iron cookware, it can last you a lifetime! Some people in the Tasty kitchen even have cast-iron cookware that has been passed down to them by their parents or grandparents.

You can also cook quite a variety of things in your cast-iron skillet. They’re great for searing meat and roasting veggies, but you can also make a ton of sweet recipes with them. And the more you use cast-iron cookware, the better it gets!

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Apr 072017
 

How to gut fish the Japanese way with a pair of chopsticks.

If you need to gut your fresh catch of the day, all you need is a pair of chopsticks. Warning: you will literally see a fish’s guts get yanked out of its mouth.

This gutting method removes fish innards and gills without forcing you to cut it open or remove the head. Take a pair of throw-away chopsticks and insert them into the fish’s mouth past the gills, give the chopsticks a few hard twists, then slowly pull out the innards through the mouth. Rinse the inside of the fish with water and it’s ready to be cooked or frozen for later use.

This fish cleaning method is known as the “tsubo-nuki” technique in Japan, and is popular throughout many parts of Eastern Asia. It’s ideal when you’re serving fish whole or just tossing them on the grill because the body stays intact and keeps its shape nicely while cooking. You also avoid accidentally cutting into the fish’s digestive tract or other organs that may require additional cleaning of the fish.

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How To Of The Day: Make Perfect Pancakes

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Dec 302016
 

Pancakes are delicious, but it’s easy to screw them up if you’re not careful. Before you make your next batch, check out this handy graphic with tips on how to get them just right.

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Let’s start by admitting that the nature of a perfect pancake is a subjective thing. Some people love thin, almost crepe-style pancakes, while others crave flapjacks that are heavy and almost cakey in texture. In the middle of those extremes is what we’re after — a pancake that’s got crispy edges and a moist, but not too dense inside. If you want to make the sort of hotcakes you’d find at an all-night diner in the middle of a long road trip, where heavy ceramic mugs accompany warm jugs of maple syrup ready to pour over golden stacks of butter-covered pancakes, these instructions will guide you.

The key to creating these divine cakes starts with fresh ingredients: don’t use flour, baking soda, or baking powder that’s more than 6 months old, as it weakens key interactions that make the difference between great flapjacks and mediocre ones.

Illustration by Ted Slampyak

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Goodfellas Prison Sauce

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Dec 022016
 

“Binging with Babish” is a cooking series where home chef Andrew Rea recreates iconic dishes from films and TV Shows. In this video Andrew prepares his take on the “prison sauce” from Martin Scorsese’s classic 1990 crime film, Goodfellas.

Enjoy!

Recipe

Say what you want about gangsters – the garroting, the cocaine use, the shooting-a-guy-in-his-foot-for-no-reason – the guys know how to eat, even in prison. Follow along as we make old-school Sunday gravy, and please, try not to piss off Tommy. Recipe below!

Music: “Cream on Chrome” by Ratatat

*Ingredients*
-3 cloves garlic, cut paper-thin
-3 small onions (keyword: small) chopped
-1 lb each sweet and spicy italian sausage
-1 beef shank
-1lb veal neck bones w/ meat attached
-1 glug red wine
-3 cans DOP San Marzano tomatoes
-1 tbsp tomato paste
-2 large stems fresh basil
-1 large carrot, peeled and cut into big chunks
-1lb meatballs
-Olive oil or butter for finishing (optional)
-Parmesan cheese (not optional)

*Method*

In a large stock pot, brown the sausage, beef, and veal in batches until well browned and fond has formed on the bottom of the pot. Add onions, sauté until translucent, add tomato paste and garlic and sauté until fragrant. Deglaze with wine, scraping up all the good stuff on the bottom of the pot. Add tomatoes, crushing with a spoon (or processing with a food mill if desired), and return meats to the pot. Add basil and carrot, and bring to a bare simmer. Let sauce simmer for hours, stirring and scraping the bottom occasionally (don’t let anything stick – it will scorch and ruin your sauce). Add meatballs during the final hour of cooking, and simmer until desired consistency is reached.

Remove carrots and beef/veal bones – add a spoonful of sauce to coat some freshly-cooked pasta (preferably something ridged so it holds onto lots of sauce), and serve with meat and extra gravy. Top with parmesan. Eat.

 

How To Of The Day: How To Cook A Turkey

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Nov 242016
 

fatmanwithturkey-800pxHow To Cook A Turkey:

Step 1: Go buy a turkey
Step 2: Take a drink of whiskey
Step 3: Put turkey in the oven
Step 4: Take another 2 drinks of whiskey
Step 5: Set the degree at 375 ovens
Step 6: Take 3 more whiskeys of drink
Step 7: Turk the bastey
Step 8: Whiskey another bottle of get
Step 9: Ponder the meat thermometer
Step 10: Glass yourself a pour of whiskey
Step 11: Bake the whiskey for 4 hours
Step 12: Take the oven out of the turkey
Step 13: Floor the turkey up off of the pick
Step 14: Turk the carvey
Step 15: Get yourself another scottle of botch
Step 16: Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey
Step 17: Bless the dinner and pass out

 

Alton Brown’s Mega Bake Oven

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Oct 072016
 

Alton Brown made an Easy Bake Oven that is so big and powerful it can be seen from Outer Space.

Enjoy!

We went to Alton Brown’s secret workshop in Atlanta to learn how he uses the heat of lights to cook a pizza in under five minutes.

 

How to Clean Burnt Pots: How To Clean Burnt Pots

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Aug 162016
 
How To Clean Burnt Pots

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We’ve all been there before. While cooking rice or something similar on the stove top, we are distracted just long enough for something we are cooking to get stuck to the bottom of the pot. The resulting layer of blackened food gunk not only causes our home to reek of the evidence, it also creates a difficult situation in terms of cleaning.

Rather than scrubbing the pots incessantly, which can potentially damage them long-term, we suggest trying the following natural and effective method.

Things Required:

– the soiled pot
– baking soda (1/2 cup)
– water
– your stove
– dishwasher detergent

Instructions

1 Add Water

Add enough water to your pot to cover the burned and stained area. Place on the stove top and set to high. Remember to be careful while working around the stove as you should observe all the necessary safety precautions.

2 Baking Soda

Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to the pot and bring to a boil. The baking soda will help loosen up the burnt areas on the bottom of the pot. Depending on the size of the pot you may want to add more baking soda for it to be effective.

3 Time Heals

Allow the solution to boil until the blackened and charred stain begins to disappear. Continue boiling until the stained area is completely gone. If some of the stain still remains, move to the next step. Be careful while the water boils as you do not want to get burned.

4 Detergent

Drain the pot and place it in your sink. Add enough dishwasher detergent to cover the remaining stained area. Add 1″ of boiling water and allow the pot to sit overnight.

In the morning, rinse the pot and the remaining stains should be gone with some gentle rubbing. Remember not to scrub too hard as you do not want to damage your pot.

5 Cleaning solutions:

You will also find a wide variety of different cleaning solutions that are designed specifically for the purpose of removing burnt stains from pots. Most of these cleaners are readily available at any convenient store. The basic premise is that you spray the solution on the pot and it will begin to create a thick foam. Then you let it sit for a few minutes. The foam will loosen the burnt out stains and then all you have to do is rinse the pot to clean it. Most of these cleaners do not require any tedious scrubbing.st of these cleaners do not require any tedious scrubbing.

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