Cast Iron Tips

Great facts on cast iron cookware and how to choose the best product out there!

Heritage and trail cooking

Back to basics, returning to the best.

I now own three complete sets of cookware. First is a conglomeration of non stick pots and pans. Second is my cherished Tramontina Stainless Steel cookware and third… is the holy grail of all cookware, my mixed set of Cast Iron.

The first two I could live without, the third I couldn’t. I called it a mixed set, here’s why. I show little allegiance to name brand. In fact, most of my cookware is so old that if it ever had a name, I’m sure by now the company is long out of business. Many of them are well over 100 years old. The reason I chose each one individually is due to the quality. Even new pots and pans have flaws in them. They may not show but if you look closely at the rim and see a slight difference in thickness…

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Knife Skills 101

I have often been asked why such importance is placed on knife skills.  The food taste just the same, some think, regardless of how neat they chopped, diced, or julienned.  However, attention to detail pays off in even cooking and delicious presentation.  We eat with our eyes first and a pretty plate can go along way in the culinary world.

My first 8 weeks spent in culinary school were filled with perfecting all these cuts.  The vast piles of carrots, celery, potatoes, and onions I tortured in creating cuts that past the mustard to the large, intimidating French chef that taught all incoming culinary hopefuls still haunts me a bit, lol.  Hopefully you can have a more light-hearted experience while mastering your best cuts at home 🙂

Fantastic illustrated tutorial on basic knife skills!  Check out Illustrated Bites , you won’t be disappointed.

Illustrated Bites

Knife Skills

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