Microwave Cooking is the Wave of the Future

When it comes to cooking there are few tools that are more versatile in the kitchen than the microwave. This device offers so many functions when it comes to cooking that most people never bother to utilize. It’s sad really. In most homes, the microwave has been relegated to doing duty as a meat defroster, popcorn popper, and coffee warmer rather than using is as the fabulous device for actual food preparation that it really is capable of being. Before you set up to change your ways, you need to understand that when it comes to microwave cooking, not all microwaves were created equal. Wattage is vitally important as is the quality of your microwave. The average el cheapo microwave …

Different Types of Barbecue Grills

Summer is here and the steaks are ready to grill, the only problem is that you don’t know exactly what type of barbeque grill to buy. There are many questions that need to be asked when buying a grill. Things such as cost, ease of use, other uses besides grilling, flavor and portability should be considered. The most important item in this list depends on what you want. This article looks in detail at the different categories and makes a judgment on which grills would be best in that category, charcoal, propane, natural gas or smokers. Cost If cost is the main factor, the grill to go for is charcoal. They start at $15.00 for a small, basic unit and …

Deep Fryer – Pieces of Wisdom

For a time I worked in a convenience store as a clerk and cook and I used a deep fryer quite a bit for cooking battered chicken and French fried potatoes. Of course the chicken doesn’t start out battered. It comes delivered frozen in big cardboard boxes. Before the chicken is ready for the cooking part it must be prepared and time to thaw out. Each piece of chicken is rinsed in cold water, then put in a vat of tenderising, salty water to soak for several hours in a refrigerated area. It is again rinsed and kept cold, until needed for cooking. When needed for cooking the chicken is breaded in a special spicy flour mix, dipped in spice …

Cooking On the Grill

Summertime is rapidly approaching. This means it is time to begin preparing meals without heating the house whenever possible. If you haven’t considered the value of cooking on the grill in the past, perhaps now is a great time to adjust your way of thinking. Cooking on the grill is a great way to keep the heat of cooking outside your home as well as to bring the family together for the entire cooking process. Moms read: this is a great way to get dad to help out with meal preparation. While this is said somewhat in jest, there is some truth to the fact that men are much more inclined to slave away over a hot grill than a …

Cooking for Two

Whether you are cooking for two out of a sense of romance or necessity you will find that there are many resources online and off when it comes to finding the perfect combinations for those terrific twosomes. One thing to keep in mind however is that when cooking for two, it is sometimes best if two are doing the cooking. This gives cooking an opportunity to become a communication event rather than a chore. Despite the fact that there are many resources and recipes available to those that are cooking for two there are also equal occasions to take traditional recipes that are designed to feed four and make them an opportunity to stretch your food dollars even further. By …

Cooking As A Culinary Art

Culinary arts is the art of cooking. Cooking is a way to prepare food that will be eaten or served to other people. The culinary arts is comprised of many categories – some of which are tools, methods, combination of spices and ingredients that adds flavour to the food. It normally needs the right measurements, proper selection and accurate combination of ingredients involved to reach desired result. The diversity of the Culinary arts around the world mirrors many considerations such as: – Economic – Aesthetic – Nutritional – Religious – Cultural 1. The Dawn Of Fire The culinary arts, if not always, is associated with fire. The heat generated by fire is oftentimes required to be applied to be able …

Cooking Advices For Meat Preparation

There are people that have gained great notoriety in the preparation technique that they have patented to prepare many different grades of meat. These meat preparation specialists have listened carefully in the past to cooking advices for meat preparation and in one form or another, have modified their learning and created a specials cooking style, or taste that is trademarked. Some of these trademarked cooking advices for meat preparation might come in the form of barbeque that they have created, and generally it is the sauce that has been changed, rather than the meat itself. There are various levels for cooking meats for barbeque, and some of them require boiling for long periods of time to simply cut the cooking …

Fun, Grill & Sizzle

Beach party, picnic or just a simple get-together at home will never feel complete unless you mount gas grills on one side and start grilling your favorite fish or meat. Just the aroma of smoked fish can confer you a festive mood. In fact, it can afterwards drag you to a luscious and appetizing meal. The festive mood will be contagious and the fun will linger. Isn’t it amazing how a simple grilling session on your front yard can trigger delightful bond and overwhelming fun? People, by nature, longs for fun and excitement. Nobody wants to sulk in one corner all the time. He sure wants to take a break and enjoy. Every person deserves to be happy. Moreover, if …

Famous Names In Barbecue

They are grilling celebrities in their own right. You’ve seen them on TV and you see their cookbooks lined along the shelves of your local bookstore. They may have different backgrounds and a variety of cooking styles, but just like you, they all share the same passion and that is for grilling and barbecues. Bobby Flay is one of the most successful chefs who specialize in grilling and barbecues. In 1991, Flay’s restaurant, Mesa Grill opened and was dubbed as the Best Restaurant by New York magazine. In 1993, Chef Bobby Flay was voted as James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year. It was during the same year that his other restaurant, Bolo opened. Bobby Flay’s love affair …

Eliminate Outdoor Cooking Mistakes

As humans, we all make mistakes. It is human nature to do so, and cannot be prevented each and every time. When it comes to barbequing, this rule is no different. We often make mistakes that we do not even realize until we taste our food, or something potentially dangerous happens. Some mistakes just mean that the food you cook is not going to taste very good, while others could potentially mean a trip to the hospital, or a visit from your claims representative on your home insurance policy. No matter the severity of the mistake, you should do your best to try to avoid them whenever possible. Cooking Mistakes You must properly prepare the meat you are cooking, before …

Buying And Using A Pressure Cooker

The pressure cooker has been a common household equipment that almost every kitchen has it. Well, you can’t deny the fact that it makes cooking stews and chunky soups more convenient with the added convenience of tenderizing tough cuts of meat. The pressure cooker offers the advantage of cooking your food at a faster pace since high temperature is trapped inside the pot. If you have been using your mother’s or worse your grandmother’s hand me down pressure cooker, don’t you think it is high time you buy a new one to replace it? Sure, you can’t let go of your old reliable pressure cooker since it brings back good old memories of the dishes you use to prepare in …

Beat the Summer Heat with Crock Pot Cooking

When the weather outside warms up, the kitchen can be a terrible place to be. There are many things you can do however, when it comes to cooking a nice home made meal that doesn’t require traditional stove top or oven cooking. Learn to utilize some of the lesser heat producing equipment in your kitchen, such as the crock pot, in order to truly beat the summer heat and keep your cool while preparing a nice hot meal for friends and family. So, how does crock pot cooking really help beat the heat? Simply put, the crock pot in and of itself puts off far less heat when cooking than an oven or stove top. This is the first and …

BBQ Safety Tips

When it comes to barbecuing, what could be more fun than whipping up sumptuous food on the grill in the company of family and friends? The thing of course is finding the right place for grilling and barbecuing. One favorite spot among true barbecue aficionados would be their very own backyard or outdoor kitchen with their own brick barbecue pit. Actually, any outdoor area is a potential spot for a barbecue but truth be known, the best places for a barbecue are the safest ones. Choose a location for your BBQ grill that is away from trees, leaves, brush and overhanging limbs. Do not setup your gill in a high traffic area where someone may accidentally brush up against the …

BBQ Myths Getting You Down?

If you’re cooking your food properly on your barbeque, you’re getting delightful results every time. However, all too frequently, people are falling victims to very common barbeque myths. It’s not because we’re gullible or stupid in any way. Many barbeque myths are so well known and so wide spread that they are more frequently passed on as truth than they are as the myths that they truly are. For example, many people love to try to get perfect grill lines on their barbequed foods. Either straight lines, or the more fancy criss-crossed ones are often accepted as a sure sign of the expert barbeque chef. What this involves is flipping your meat, so that the lines are on the both …

Barbeque Techniques: Two Methods to Consider

When it comes to barbequing, there are two main schools of thought for the techniques that you can use. The first of these techniques – and the most popular method for those who grill in their back yards – is the style where the food is cooked directly over the source of heat. This way, the food is rapidly cooked on a hot grill suspended directly over the charcoals, the wood, or the gas burners. Rarely is the lid ever closed. Any foods, including the most tender cuts, hamburgers, steaks, kabobs of all kinds, chicken, and even vegetables are quickly seared and cooked to perfection using this technique. If sauces are desired, they can be added before hand, during the …

Barbeque and Grilling Blunders – Learn to Eliminate Outdoor Cooking Mistakes that Kill Your Cookout

Your average backyard cook is no expert in the barbeque or grilling field. He has no television shows on the Food Network. He has no grilling cookbooks out. Nor has any of those been part of his lifetime goal. No, your average outdoor cooking enthusiast makes more mistakes with bbq grilling than you could ever imagine. The meat ends up dry and tough time after time, despite marinating for hours. Or the meat is burnt or cooked too long. These mistakes are made time and time again because your average backyard cook usually does not know any different. He does not automatically know How to Barbeque. Here are some of the more common mistakes and do’s and don’ts made in …