Month: April 2021

Why Is My Pizza Stone Sticky?

Pizza stone

Isn’t it funny how, with something as simple as a pizza stone, literally a flat rock you preheat in the oven and bake pies on, 1,001 things can go terribly wrong?

And they don’t go wrong because you know how to use it. Before buying one, I’m sure you saw it in a recipe, magazine, blog, or YouTube channel you followed. They go wrong because of the things you don’t know you shouldn’t do.

Which Salt is Best to Use for Cooking?

Flake salt

A staple ingredient in home kitchens for centuries, salt helps you bring out the flavor of food and preserves meats and vegetables for extended periods of time by drawing out the moisture from them.

Ask any food expert about the composition of salt, and they’ll tell you that, in its simplest form, it consists of approximately 98% sodium chloride (a chemical compound of equal parts sodium and chloride ions) and 2% trace minerals.

Can You Eat Sausage Every Day?

sausage

Sausage meat is delicious! For home cooks shopping on a budget, it’s also significantly cheaper than other staple meats at the grocery store, like ground pork or beef.

Most sausage is made from pork, with a smaller number of sausage varieties made from beef or poultry. Its other ingredients include salt, spices, and other additives, including fillers and flavorings (especially in the cheapest sausages).

How to Make Smash Burgers Without a Spatula

How to Make Smash Burgers Without a Spatula

There’s something about a smash burger that regular burgers can’t give you. Maybe it’s in the way a flatter burger browns better, making it more aromatic and flavorful. Or in how it comes out chewier and drier, just like the drive-thru burgers your family used to eat on road trips when you were growing up.

Whatever it is (and I can’t put my finger on it), one thing’s for sure: a well-made smash burger is damn right delicious. In fact, it’s probably one of the best burgers you’ve ever had.

Should You Smash Your Burgers?

Regular burgers vs. smash burgers

Partly thanks to the success of Smashburger, one of America’s fastest-growing restaurant chains in the last few decades, partly thanks to burger historian, author, and filmmaker George Motz and his show on First We FeastBurger Scholar Sessions, in recent years, smash burgers became a thing.

True to its name, you make a smash burger by pressing it down with a spatula as soon as you put it on your frying pan or flat-top grill. If, for some reason, you don’t have a spatula in your home kitchen, Lifehacker recommends that you pre-smash the burger by pressing down on the meat firmly with the bottom of a heavy skillet.

Keep French Fries From Sticking to Your Frying Pan

French fries

The other day, I made French fries—and they stuck badly to the bottom and sides of my stainless steel frying pan. I tried to free them with my spatula, but that only made things worse as it cut them in halves.

That’s the thing about stainless steel. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best types of cookware. But if you don’t know how to use it (and you learn something new every day), cooking with it is often a hit or a miss.

How can you keep French fries from sticking to your stainless steel frying pan?

Do You Cook Pasta on High Heat?

Pasta

Do you need to cook pasta on high heat?

It’s a question a friend of mine, who recently got into cooking, asked. And, truth be told, I hadn’t given it that much thought.

Since she’s probably not the only one asking, I thought to do my usual research into the science of cooking pasta—and write this post.

So, for all of you out there who may be wondering whether or not to set the heat on your stove to high when cooking pasta, here’s everything you need to know (and nothing you don’t).