There is an endless amount of variety when it comes to cooking outdoors. Before you even decide what to cook, you have to decide how to cook it. There are choices galore all vying for your cookout attentions. Outdoor fryers exist, along with smokers, ovens, and other means. Most of us tend to fall into the grill category, but even then, the choices don't stop. Between charcoal and gas is where most of us fall. Charcoal adds a dimension of flavor, but can be quite messy. Gas offers convenience without sacrificing quality results. Sometimes, however, the gas grillers out … Read more
These days, it always seems to come back around to food, and analyzing each other's food issues is pretty enlightening. Here are some tools to appease the inner food critic.
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The Everdure "e" series was created for those of us who appreciate gadgets that combine practical designs with modern features. Modeled after minimalist Danish designs of the 1940s and 1950s, the series provides a huge list of available features in very small packaging.
The series includes three sizes: the e7 and e5 have larger cooking surfaces with more burners, while the smaller e2 offers many of the same features in a grill with a smaller footprint. The e2 and e7 sport a ton of innovative features, including mult-e-cook heat control system for temperature regulation; a patent-pending mult-e-cook system, … Read more
OK, so maybe it's not the most practical of grill designs, but what this Heibe Solino swinging basket grill lacks in practicality, it definitely makes up for in style.
The grill has a fixed-height bin that's filled with charcoal and can be removed easily when you want to empty it. The height of the suspended meats and veggies on the 50-centimeter diameter chrome-plated grate can be varied, letting you adjust the cooking time and temperature.
Maybe you won't be able to feed a big backyard crowd with this pint-sized swinging grill, but you'll be able to … Read more
In a perfect world, all food would get cooked on the grill. Our modern kitchens make that dream impractical if not impossible. Walls, and a ceiling overhead do little for open fire cooking. Not only would it be difficult to achieve, but downright dangerous. There's a reason why bags of charcoal always insist upon outdoor use. So while it may be difficult to bring the grill inside, the next best thing is to bring the kitchen outside.
Burgers and hot dogs may be what most people think about when they think about firing up the grill, but times are … Read more
I've never been a big fan of taking a fork and piercing meat that is on the grill. (I also cringe every time someone takes a spatula and presses down on their burgers.) However, as a steadying device, those large barbecue forks can be quite useful. Just don't go constantly poking your dinner letting all the wonderful juices run out. That being said, sometimes you do need to know what is happening underneath the surface. Namely, when you want to take its temperature.
I never knew you could get a spatula with what amounts to training wheels, but the more I look at this thing, the more I like it. Think about it: the first actual cooking implement most of us use as we learn to cook is the spatula. I'm going to guess one of the first things many children learn to do in the kitchen is to fry an egg. At least it was in my case (ruining the good egg pan in the process). As hand-eye coordination develops, it can be challenging for a child to do simple tasks … Read more
When you're grilling kebabs, what should be a simple cooking method can get a little complex. Wooden skewers can char or break, while metal skewers can burn fingers. The Fire Wire BBQ Skewers offer an alternative to those two options: they're stainless steel cables that you can still easily skewer meat and vegetables on. The basic process of making a kebab remains the same with Fire Wire skewers, but you can get more even coverage by bending the skewer so that each piece of food gets equal heat, no matter what size it is. You can also hook … Read more
Pizza, quite possibly, is the world's perfect food. Bread, sauce, and cheese form a deceptively simple base, while toppings can provide everything from nutrition to heart palpitations. Having a veggie slice may not necessarily make pizza healthy, but compared with a pizza loaded up with sausage, pepperoni, ground beef, linguica, ham, salami, and more cheese, it certainly is. While this amusing meat combination should rarely ever make it to the table, it does highlight an essential fact about pizza. It is customizable. That goes for how you prepare it too.
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