I love to make my own baby food for our 18 months old. I don’t own any orchard, not even a vegetable garden. But I do have my favorite fresh grocer I go to where I can buy fruits and vegetables by bulk and enjoy good discount. I allot one good day to make an assortment of baby food using these fresh produce. In the long run, this method saves us money and best of all, I am sure that our baby gets the healthiest and safest baby food there is. [Read more…]
What is Sous Vide Cooking?
Sous Vide is a French word that translates to ‘under vacuum’. It is a process of cooking that can take a long time, 95 hours or more.
It has two steps: the first part is sealing the food inside the plastic bag, and the second part is the water bath, where the sealed plastic bag with food is placed inside a pot or equipment with the temperature controlled at around 55 – 60 degrees Celsius which is lower than usual when using traditional cooking methods.
How is Sous Vide Different from Traditional Cooking?
In traditional cooking, the food is directly in the cooking ware, like the pot or pan. In sous vide cooking, the food is encased inside a vacuum sealed plastic bag. For safety purposes and to achieve the best results, bags have to be either vacuum sealer bags or ziplocs.
In traditional cooking, the food is directly subjected to heat. In most cases, the exterior which touches the food is more cooked than the meat inside, especially if you are cooking a thick slab of meat. The temperature cannot be so high because it will burn the food. The cooking time cannot be too long either as it will cause overcooking. Remember, overcooked black parts are not recommended for human consumption. It can contain toxins harmful to our bodies.
When using sous vide, the temperature and cooking time are adjusted depending on what you are cooking and its thickness. However, in general, the temperature of the water bath usually ranges from 60 degrees Celsius and higher, which is actually lower compared to traditional cooking. Cooking time is also longer in sous vide, from 1.5 hours to 72 hours, which can never be done in traditional cooking.
In sous vide cooking, the food being cooked is thoroughly and evenly done, without losing its succulence. [Read more…]
What is marination?
Have you tasted juicy ribs that had you asking the cook for a recipe? The chef will mostly likely say the secret was in the marinating. Marinating involves soaking foods in your preferred seasoning, or the chef’s secret seasoning, before cooking it.
This article will discuss the different kinds of marinade, which is the liquid seasoning where the meat is soaked. We will also talk about the benefits of marinating, especially with meat. Which food items do you marinate before cooking? How long does it take to thoroughly marinate a food item? Will using a FoodSaver vacuum sealer really cut down the marinating time? These questions and more will be discussed here. [Read more…]
Most often, we are too busy at work to take a lunch break to get some good food. So our usual options would be to take a short, quick lunch from a fast-food or a food cart, or to bring food from home so you can eat on your desk while working.
I have been there, and done that. My heart has a quota on the greasy food it can take. Besides, in the long run, buying lunch can come out expensive. The best option then is to bring lunch from home. But then again, who has time to actually cook meals? I may have some tips to share with you on easy-to-make lunches which you can prepare the night before thus making it also an easy-to-make dinner.
I want lunch that is delicious, more to my taste and preference and will not break my budget. This article will give you a recipe that is easy to make and quite affordable. It will give you storage tips and even re-heating tips.
The Recipe: Chicken Fried Rice
I love this recipe because it has chicken, vegetables and rice so it’s a full meal in itself.
This serves 4, and costs as low as $1/serving.
Estimated preparation time: 7 minutes.
Estimated cooking time: 15 minutes.