Category Archives: Cooking

NSNG – 30 day plan failure and what I plan to do about it

OK so technically right now I’m on day 20. On or about day 15, I have a little sugar in the form of a peanut butter cup. Then on day 16 a few m&ms at work and then more on cups and I have been slowly falling off the rails and now a full serving of ice cream… I can’t stop, I can walk away from bread and grains without a 2nd thought but take away my Hershey chocolate and I start twitching like a fiend.

I’m going to see what I can find out about my sugar addiction and what to do about it. I will post my findings here… 

Once I have a plan I will restart my 30 day plan and try and complete it this time.

Cooking with Cast Iron

So cooking with cast iron… it can be scary if you have never used it before but if you take care of your pans they will love you back. In fact you can hand them down to your children and even grandchildren if you teach them the right way to care for them.

Seasoning

A new cast iron pan will need a quick rinse with water, but never EVER use soap! I like to use olive oil for almost everything but you could also use canola or even grape seed oil. cover the whole thing, use a thin cloth to spread it.

 

Once it’s covered, go a head and cook on it! Make a nice steak or a chicken. Once you are done clean it immediately while it’s still hot. Again use some water. You can use a plastic bristle brush if you need but again no soap!

Once it’s clean, dry it off and cover it in oil again, you will leave it like this until the next time you cook on it. The coating of oil will keep it from rusting. If you have a hard to clean spot do not use a wire brush or SOS…

Take some oil and a tablespoon of salt and pile the salt over the crud. Now time for some elbow grease… Get a paper towel and fold it up a few time and use that on the salt, grind it into the crud until it’s gone. Once you are done, rinse it off, dry it, and oil it again.

This is a tedious process but trust me it’s worth it.

General Use

Cast iron heats evenly all the way into the handle. Use a towel to use your pan so you don’t burn your self. Use wooden or plastic/silicon utensils. Try not to use metal if you can help it.

Cast iron can also be put in the oven. It’s great for making pies and cobblers in. Also, because they heat so evenly, you can fill it half way up with oil and fry away 🙂

If all else fails, you can always use it as a weapon 🙂

BBQ Links and Resources

So every once and a while I will send out emails to the people on my list and I ask a short 5 question survey so I can keep track of what you guys are really looking for content wise. This past survey brought up some things that I wanted to answer right away.

I would like info on where maybe bbq classes are being offered

This is really dependent on where you live in the world. This list might help, some have their own class page others mix them in with the events pages.

USA

Canada

Australia

Affiliates:

If this conversation is getting you hungry, try out The Pig Of The Month Club They have Ribs, Pork, Sausage, Chicken, and many other meats all sent directly to you once each month! They also carry Rubs and Sauces for your enjoyment as well.

UK

External Resources

There are a few places other than my podcast that are giving out great info. Here is a list of resources that you might like.