Jim the Home Cook
Jim the Home Cook is the creator of Home Cook World. Here, he shares his best cooking tips, how-to’s, recipes, and equipment for people who like to cook and eat at home.

The Best Oils for Cast Iron Cooking

The Best Oils for Cast Iron Cooking

You stopped by to read this, so I’m going to make two bets. First, you own a cast iron skillet, grill pan, or Dutch oven. Second, you want to learn about the best oils for cooking with it.

Too few TV chefs, cookbook authors, and food bloggers talk about the importance of selecting cooking oils. This often baffles me, as the wrong choice of oil can affect how your food tastes and make it unhealthy.

7 Things You Need to Know About Red Pesto

7 Things You Need to Know About Red Pesto

Red pesto is a classic Italian sauce that’s been around for hundreds of years. Some even say it has predecessors that go back as far as ancient Rome.

Traditionally, it’s made by hand-crushing sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, extra virgin olive oil, and Mediterranean sea salt with a pestle and mortar.

11 of Your Pesto Questions, Answered

11 of Your Pesto Questions, Answered

Pesto is an Italian uncooked cold sauce traditionally made with garlic, fresh basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and sea salt.

The original recipe for pesto comes from Liguria, a beautiful region in northwestern Italy also known as “the Italian Riviera” thanks to its dramatic coastline along the Mediterranean Sea.

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes (Review)

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes (Review)

The salt you and I eat today tastes nothing like what our great grandfathers and grandmothers ate. Back then, salt was harvested naturally and consumed pure—free from additives and without excess processing.

Much of the artisan traditions of salt-making have been replaced by mass-production techniques that yield subpar salt at a fat profit margin through cheap labor and corner-cutting. And many of the companies that once prided themselves in making the best salt have disappeared into history.

Happily, a few of these companies still stand. In this post, I’m going to tell you about one of them called Maldon, which makes sea salt flakes so tender, they taste like the sea and melt in your mouth like snow.