Posts tagged: Cooking

Homegrown Evolution: Our Rocket Stove

By , July 1, 2008 9:55 pm

Homegrown Evolution: Our Rocket Stove

Low-tech is the new high-tech, and the best example of the low-tech revolution is the miraculous rocket stove–a stove that makes it possible to cook with small twigs–no logs needed! Best of all rocket stoves are easy to build. We liked the idea so much that we decided to build a permanent one just off our back deck for entertaining and as a backup to our gas stove should an emergency take out our utilities.

Interesting build. I’m still looking at building one but haven’t decided on the design yet. May build one like this to try it out.

Microwave your foods safely

By , April 3, 2008 8:09 pm

Microwave your foods safely
Bucknavage offers the following recommendations for good microwave cooking:

1) Rotate food frequently to help prevent cold spots. If your microwave oven does not have a turntable, be sure to stop the oven during cooking and rotate the food item by 90 degrees every couple of minutes.

2) Stir the food frequently during cooking if possible to help distribute heat throughout the product.

3) Let food sit for at least two minutes after microwaving to allow more time for the residual heat to distribute throughout the food.

4) Don’t cut cooking time short. Allow enough time to get the product hot throughout, using manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging as a guide to cooking times. Check temperatures in the food with a properly calibrated thermometer – product temperature must reach 165 degrees F throughout. Check the temperature in several places to assure that no cold spots exist.

5) Cook large pieces of meat on a lower power for a longer period of time. This allows more time for heat to reach the center.

6) Don’t continue to eat food if the product seems cool; stop and reheat the product to get it to the right temperature.

7) Cover food to keep the product moist; the steam generated will help distribute the heat. Use a container that is manufactured for use in microwave ovens.

8) Continue cooking immediately after defrosting or precooking food in the microwave. Storing partially cooked food in the refrigerator may allow harmful bacteria to grow within the product.

Microwaves work real well for warming or reheating cooked foods but I like to cook most stuff (meats especially) on the stove.

#7 is a REAL good tip. I’ve also found that small containers (just larger than the food being cooked) with a loose lid and a SMALL amount of liquid will cook much quicker and better than a larger container or one with a large amount of liquid. When cooking beans, peas, corn or the like, I drain all but one to two table spoons of the liquid and they will cook much better in a quarter of the time than if all the liquid is used.

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