HOW TO CLEAN A BURNT LIFETIME PAN

 

By using “Blue Magic” metal polish we purchased at Farm & Fleet, we used a stainless steel cleaner such as Bar Keeper’s Friend and finished it with Blue Magic polish.  We used a scrubbie sponge such as Chore Boy on the rough side and got as much off as possible.  Then using a clean soft cotton cloth, we polished it by rubbing it in.  Voila!  Good as new!

By the way, the bottom picture is a reflection of taking the picture, not more burnt pan!

Stuffed Green Peppers

I love stuffed green peppers and bought two beautiful perfect green peppers at a roadside stand.  This is how I made dinner last night:

First, using a steamer and pan with water in it, steam the ground beef.  It will be tender and devoid of grease which will drip into the water.  I used grass fed hamburger meat I bought at Aldi’s.

  Add minced onion.  I used a Vadalia.

Add fresh basil.  I grew this myself in my herb garden.

 Boil your rice.  I bring to a rolling boil, time it 90 seconds, cover and let sit for 20 minutes.  I used brown rice.  You can either make your own sauce or use any spaghetti sauce you have on hand.

I used 3 cloves of minced garlic.

Add some tomato paste and fill the can with water again and add that to your mixture.

Now, stuff the peppers, adding the remaining hamburger mixture to the bottom of the pan, cover and cook for 1/2 hour or more.  Start your burner on medium and turn down to low after the lid is hot and starting to puff.  Cook for 1/2 hour.

I don’t bother to precook the peppers.  I just core them and rinse them well.

Enjoy, I love these peppers!

Eggs on Toast

I love making breakfast for my honey!  Sour dough toast with thick sliced bacon done on the griddle and over-medium eggs  sprinkled with sharp cheddar cheese cooked in the 8″ gourmet skillet.  Eggs are so easy to cook in the gourmet skillets!

Cooking “hard boiled” eggs without water

Happy Easter!  I just cooked a lot of eggs without water to make our annual Easter breakfast.  I need perfectly cooked eggs to use to make the sauce and the grated yolks from.  Here’s how I did it.

1st, prepare the pan with very wet doubled paper towel lining the bottom of the 11″ stovetop skillet.

Next, lay all the uncooked eggs on the bottom of the pan, single layer.

Cover and start on medium heat and wait until the lid puffs out some moisture.  Turn to low and cook for 14 minutes.  When finished, immediately put into an ice bath meaning ice and water.

Next peel your beautiful eggs!  I just bought these 2 dozen eggs last night!

I had to separate the yolks from the whites, but I wanted to show you how beautiful they are.  They have a moister texture and better flavor than boiling.

I’ll post our picture of breakfast in the morning.  Hope you have a blessed Easter.   Did you know that hard boiled eggs and the tradition of egg rolling symbolize the boulders that rolled away in front of Jesus’ tomb?

Sprinkle with a little Paprika and voila!  Delish!

Chicken without oil

 

It’s easy to cook meats without grease.  In this case, just preheat pan on medium, wait until water beads up in pan and put meat in pan and cover.  Wait 5 minutes; flip over; wait another 5 minutes and your food is ready to eat!  Enjoy!  Let me know how you did when you tried this!

Cleaning the Cookware for first time use

When you receive your cookware for the first time and  take it out of the box, make sure to immerse it in hot soapy water with 1 C white vinegar .  Scrub well all over with a sponge.  It takes the manufacturing oil off along with the polishing compounds used to make it shiny and new!  Once you do this, you will never have to do it again.  If you don’t do this and you heat your cookware, it will turn a golden yellow and things will tend to stick to it.

The Best Oatmeal Ever

Want something simple yet elegant?  Here’s a recipe we made by accident.  I’m not a real fan of oatmeal.  I don’t like sugar in it, either.  John always asks me if I want some of his.  I usually don’t, but this one day I did.  I wasn’t ready to eat it when he was so he put it back on the burner.  We love fresh frozen blueberries  heated up in it and I love bananas in it, too, but usually just added on top after served.  He had added the bananas and put it back on the burner on low.  I ate it about 1/2 hour later.  The bananas caramelized  & tasted like plaintains!  Oh, the oatmeal was so good!  Mmm, warm oatmeal heated w/blueberries and caramelized bananas!  Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 C quick cooking oats
  • 3 C water
  • 1/4 C blueberries, frozen or fresh
  • 1 T flax seeds
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 medium-sized banana

Directions

  • Add water to the oatmeal.  Add the flax and chia seeds.   Bring mixture to a rolling boil and boil 1 minute.
  • Turn burner to low and add blueberries and bananas.
  • Cover pan.
  • Cook on low for 5-10 minutes until bananas are caramelized.

 

 

 

 

What to do if your food is sticking to the pan

Are your foods sticking?

  • Always use a stainless turner to flip foods over.  Nonstick utensils tend to melt at a lower heat and therefore it’s your turner, not your pan.
  • Have you cooked your meats long enough?  Initially when you put your meat in a preheated pan it should stick while it’s searing.  Give it a little more time and it will easily release.
  • Did you overheat your pan before adding your food?  Take the pan off the burner for a minute and resume your cooking.
  • Are you covering the pan to allow the moisture to stay in your food?  Even while frying chicken without the oil, it’s best to keep the lid on the pan.  Meats will still brown nicely.

What to do if you are burning food

Having trouble burning things?  This could be why:

  • Check your heat, probably starting too high or leaving on higher heat too long.
  • Preheating pan too long before adding meats to the pan.  If you flick water in the pan, it should bead up and roll around like a marble; if it sizzles it’s still not preheated hot enough.  If the water turns color, it’s like burning the minerals from the water in the pan…way too hot!  Just take the pan off the burner for one minute and resume.
  • Preheating a pan to cook fresh vegetables.  Start with a cold pan and then start your burner on medium heat.  When the lid spins, turn down to low and make sure the lid stays loose.  If it sticks on, your burner is too low.