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Category Archives: Food

Healthy Clay Pot Cooking

1. Always Choose Primary Clay

Primary clay is the purest form of clay – it has absolutely no toxins. Only primary clay is naturally inert, so doesn’t react to food like metals and ceramics. There are many clay pots available in the market that are made from secondary or tertiary clay but they have contaminants that may leach into your food while cooking.

2. No Chemicals, Glazes or Enamels

Most makers start using chemicals to make the process easier. In fact, every mechanized process needs the raw material to be treated with chemicals. The glazes and enamels might make your clay pots and pans colorful, attractive and even robust but they contaminate food. So always choose a cookware made from unglazed primary clay (or pure clay).

3. Seasoning Is Important

Seasoning your pure clay pot as per instructions is very important for cooking delicious food every time and it also increases the life of your pot. Pure clay is naturally non-stick, so after proper seasoning, if done right, the food should never stick to the bottom.

4. Choose Ingredients Carefully

You have finally chosen the healthiest clay pot – great, but it will all be in vain if you won’t use the right ingredients. For healthy clay pot cooking, make sure you choose all-natural organic ingredients that are unprocessed and nutrition-rich. A balanced diet is all you and your family needs for a healthy body, so always pay attention to the nutritional value of your ingredients.

5. Cook At Medium to Low Heat

Pure clay pots are great retainers of heat and the near infrared heat radiating from their walls cooks food evenly with gentle heat. It keeps nutrients intact and food cooks in almost the same time at low-medium heat as it does on high heat in metal/ceramic cookware.

Cooking at low-medium heat not only prevents food from burning and sticking to the bottom, it also improves the durability of your pure clay pot.

Cook With Brown Sugar

Brown sugar can be used to crust your food without using bread crumbs and egg. The sugar will give the food a lovely flavour and crunch that can’t be replicated with crumbs. This method works best in the oven with different kinds of protein.

Brown sugar is often used in Asian cuisine. Many of these foods involve the sweetened taste because of how many salty foods and sauces get added into the mixture. The sugar takes any overwhelming flavour away.

The best way to use this sugary product is to put it in desserts, of course.

Brown sugar gives biscuits a chewy texture. If you are the type that doesn’t enjoy the sweet treat crumbling everywhere then a brown sugar biscuit should work well for you. It works well with baking soda when it comes to giving your homemade treats a professional flavour. It allows the soda to produce more carbon dioxide. This means that more air goes through the dough and ultimately changing the texture to be fluffy and soft. The sugar also allows the dough you have made to set quicker than if you had used white sugar because of its acidic content. You will also notice that when the biscuit is cooked it is much higher because there is more air inside the dough.

You can also use brown sugar to complement other ingredients in different dishes. When using the sugar with nuts such as pecan and almond nuts, it masks the hint of bitterness and adds a delightful flavour. Can you imagine how amazing this combination would be once mixed together? Amazing!

Tricks To Use When Grilling Fresh Fruits

Use indirect heat

Don’t grill fruits when the coals are hot – hard ones will dry out quick while soft one will easily get mushy. They will cook perfectly in indirect heat so place them on the outer edges of the grill or when the coals have started to die out.

Grill soft fruits with skin on

Leaving the skin on while on the grates will help maintain the shape and form of softer fruits like bananas. Many fresh produce also have plenty of nutrients that are in the skin.

Prevent them from sticking to your grates

Nobody like their food sticking to the racks – your ffod will be ruined plus it’s a hassle to clean. Make sure to brush your fruit with melted butter or your choice of oil before they hit the grill to prevent sticking. If this is not an option, spray your grates with non-stick cooking spray before cooking anything.

Add sugar at the last minute

While a fruit cooked on the grill is tasty by itself, many opt to add more flavour and texture to complete a dish. You can brush fruits with butter or lemon juice or sprinkle them with brown sugar or cinnamon. If you’re going to use sugar, make sure to add it at the last minute or when the fruit is heated through as sugar tends to burn quickly.

Olive Oil For Cooking

Know Where The Oil is From – It’s important to read the labels so that you know where is coming from. As a basic rule of thumb, you want there to be as little time that goes by between harvest, processing, and bottling. The longer the oil has to travel or go through steps before getting into a bottle can mean degradation of the product, and that is never a good thing.

Harvest Dating – Some years ago, beer manufacturers decided that it was unfair for their product to be judged as being “skunky” simply because a store put out old product. As a way to help the consumer, they decided to add dates to the packaging so that people could see when the beer was “born”, thereby giving consumers a better chance of avoiding old beer. Still others go so far as to remove the product from store shelves. In the name of freshness, look for harvest dates on bottles of olive oil. Keep in mind that the contents don’t age like wine, so knowing a harvest date will give you a chance to know just how long the contents have been sitting.

Keep It Local – As with most things, there is a movement to support local businesses by buying their products. There is greater transparency in the transaction, and you get to know where you products come from. The same goes for olive oil. The U.S. has slowly become a big player on the market, with professional chefs taking notice & requesting domestic product in their kitchen. For the home chef looking to buy a quality cooking ingredient, support local business, and be on the cutting edge of culinary development, this is a no-brainer.

Cook Healthy Food

For one, the cookware we use greatly affects the quality of food cooked in it. Consider conventional cookware that’s made of different metals and ceramics that are not appropriate for cooking albeit being so popular. Why is it not appropriate? Read on:

Food is a biochemical entity. All metals are reactive to nutrients that are in the form of oxygen, hydrogen halogens, acids, and bases. At cooking temperature, metals break into ions and react with food. They are then digested with food and accumulate in tissues and organs. When this continues for long, it becomes the foundation for various health problems that may range from minor illnesses to chronic diseases. The immune system is compromised as well which makes it difficult for the body to fight diseases on its own.

Try touching a metal pan five minutes into heating, it burns tissues and leaves a scar. Same thing happens to the nutrients in food when cooked in metal or ceramic cookware. On one hand, the harsh heat damages the delicate nutrients by dissolving them. On the other, water-soluble nutrients evaporate as steam and deplete the nutritional value of food. What’s left is food lacking in nutritive value and full of toxins.

Panini Meals

2. It is now time to make the Panini worth its popularity! While grilled chicken and turkey meat are well-known ingredients, they might not be the best for you.

In order to get the tastiest Panini for you, make sure to use your favorite ingredients in it! You may prefer ham or porch, instead of turkey meat, so do not hesitate to replace it into your Panini! The important thing, however, is not to forget any of these: meat, vegetables and cheese.

The classic Panini includes meat. But if you are a vegetarian, Vegan Panini’s are well-known in the Indian kitchen, and are made with fruits and vegetables, so you can adjust them to your tastes, too!

Just a little advice: Panini is great with meat, of course, so you’d better use it in order to feel the authentic, divine taste of this Italian food!

Beautiful Panini

Here we are, at the main point! The aesthetic of Panini is one of the principal facts that brought it the high place, above other Italian foods.

Don’t use just ciabatta or michetta bread, but also baguettes and make different notches on the upper surface of them, in order to give it a nicer aspect. Use as many ingredients – it’s preferred to use as many colors as you can (red tomato, green salad, brown meat etc.), to give it both best look and taste at once.

Apps Are Helping Busy Moms in Easy Cooking

#1 Deciding the type of recipes

Breakfast or Brunch, Dinner or Lunch? Provide Moms with recipes for all with search options. Once you are ready to make an app, incorporate easy and quick recipes for all types of meals. They can search from hundreds of recipes and preparations provided under different categories with a few taps. This seems a lot more convenient for someone who is new in cooking than going through a book.

#2 Recipes according to ingredients

Your app must have a comprehensive list of cooking ingredients to give users with a quick comparison of what they got at the table and what not. This way they can search for only those recipes that can be prepared with selected recipes.

#3 Grocery lists and shopping feature

Link your app to a grocery shopping cart so that Moms can buy food ingredients, veggies and everything else when they run out with one tap. Moreover, help them to create lists of their everyday essentials, set reminders, place order of exhausted items and pay for them online.

#4 Recipes as per moods

As said, cooking is never a cakewalk for Moms, especially when they have to prepare delicacies for their families or kids according to their moods, occasions or taste buds. Thus, create your app with different cooking modes and cuisines like Continental, Italian, Chinese, Thai so that Moms could explore and experiment with new dishes every day.

#5 Text instructions & Videos

A cooking app is incomplete without high-quality content i.e. video guides, photo-wise instructions, tutorials, cooking tips, etc. that make the process of cooking more fast, simple and also interesting for the Moms.

Perfect Cupcakes

Cooking oil is often used instead of butter because it is a smoother liquid and mixes better. It is also a healthier option because not as many fats are contained. It’s also easier to mix if you don’t have an electric hand mixer.

The whole idea of the cupcake is its aesthetic appearance. You will always find a beautiful cupcake, no matter what the flavour or colour it is. This is due to the way the small cake has been frosted.

A piping tool has many nozzles that can give you different effects and appearances. The trick to keeping the frosted part upright is to use butter and icing sugar as edible cement. You also need to use it immediately as it solidifies quickly.

When piping you need to keep a consistent motion when going around the top of the cupcake. You can either start from the circumference at the top of the cupcake or in the centre and then move outwards. If you start piping on the circumference you will achieve a taller decoration. The higher you want to go the bigger the piping nozzle needs to be to support the frosting. Also remember that this will use more of the mixture so make sure you have enough for all the cupcakes.

Also pick the nozzle that suits the idea you want for your cake decoration. Traditionally, the star nozzle was used. It makes a busy texture that gives character to the cupcake where a plain round one actually gives the cupcake a playful look despite its simplicity.

Make Yogurt At Home

The Additives in Store Bought Yogurt

The store-bought yogurt gets its taste and texture from a number of additives and artificial sugars which may be good to the taste but are a lot less nutritious and even bad for health sometimes. The commonly used additives for thickening are gelatin (glue made from animal bones), pectin (a bio-polymer acid, lab-made ingredient), powdered milk etc. And it is usually loaded with unhealthy sugars and artificial sweeteners that can make things really bad for people who have type 2 diabetes. While real and all-natural yogurt is actually supposed to help with many health issues, this one with the additives does just the opposite.

So, if one wants to take advantage of all the essential nutrients the yogurt can offer, it’s important that it is made at home using the natural method, which is actually quite simple if you know this secret:

The Natural Method of Making Yogurt at Home

The secret to making the thickest and creamy yogurt is making it at home in a pure clay pot! Pure-clay pots are made from the highest quality natural clay (primary clay) that has no contaminants and is made by hands without using ANY additives. These pots are Non-toxic – will make sure nothing leaches into your yogurt and contaminate it, and semi-porous – allow excess water to evaporate making the yogurt thick and creamy, naturally and WITHOUT any additives.

Once you have the pot, the rest is easy:

  1. Heat the milk to just before boiling point (till small bubbles form on the surface). Turn stove off, and open lid and let it cool down for 30 mins or so, till you can put your little finger and hold it there for 5 secs. Now the milk is ready for the culture.
  2. Add yogurt culture.
  3. Set in the oven with the lid on and oven light on.
  4. Let it incubate for 6-8 hours and the yogurt is ready.

Cooking Collard Greens

If you have a slow cooker you can cook the greens with ham hocks for a southern-style dish. Use chicken stock and seasoning to enhance the flavours. It’s best to cook this dish over night. Be careful when removing the ham hocks as you don’t want to leave any slivers of bone in the greens. Then stir them. Let the hocks cool before attempting to handle them. You need to remove all the fat from the hocks and of course, remove the bone from each hock.

Put the meat back into the slow cooker and add the greens, stirring them so that the meat and vegetables are combined well. You may want to reheat the mixture before serving this traditional Southern-style dish.

If you are vegetarian, stick with the garlic and red pepper flakes and, naturally the greens, but add chopped spring onions, and some other greens, such as kale, and turnip and mustard greens.These go very well together and some chopped tomatoes would also help to enhance the flavour. To spice them up a little, you can add tamari, or the more usual soy sauce, smoked paprika (or a hot paprika), and seasoning.
These green leaves are very nutritious, containing, as they do vitamins K, A, E and B complex ones. As for minerals they have iron, manganese, and calcium, to name just a few. Why not cook some and give yourself a healthy treat?