Category: cooking

Cooking: pork roast internal temperature

Self-tutoring about cooking: the tutor mentions findings about the desired internal temperature of pork roast. Yesterday I looked up the internal temperature for pork roast. Here are my findings, as I understand: USDA Health Canada 145F (followed by 3+ minute

Cooking: why I prefer butter (or margarine) to oil

Self-tutoring about pan frying: the tutor reflects. When cooking in a frying pan, I use butter (or margarine), even if the recipe calls for oil. My reason: oil can heat up without giving any sign, whereas butter (or margarine) gives

Lifestyle, cooking: wearing safety goggles in the kitchen

Self-tutoring about cooking: the tutor shares a safety tip. Last week I had to barbecue some burgers in the dark. The evening was beautiful for it (for about an hour), just luckily. Still, I wanted to be safe. After all,

Cooking: buttermilk pancakes

Self-tutoring about cooking: the tutor shares a recipe he found for a celebrated breakfast. Today, for my kids and their friends, is a day off from school. Therefore, last night, they each had a friend sleep over. My tutoring business

Barbecue: How many BTUs do I need?

Self-tutoring about barbecues: the tutor looks into the BTUs one should hope for. Apparently, 80 to 100 BTU per square inch is best. I measured our old one outside, which is very good, but wasted away by the weather. Its

What is clarified butter, and what is ghee?

Self-tutoring about cooking: the tutor arrives at the definitions of clarified butter and ghee. Clarified butter and ghee are not the same but can be explained as follows: Clarified butter is begun by heating butter at low heat so that

A rub for chicken legs

Self-tutoring about cooking: the tutor shares a find. I searched up a rub to elevate some chicken legs on the barbecue and found this one from Brenda McGrath at, a site I often visit for recipes. I rubbed the

Lifestyle, cooking: the different types of oats

More lifestyle self-tutoring: the tutor explains the three classifications of oats you might normally hear about. Groats: kernels from oat plants. They’ve had the outer, inedible husk removed. Steel-cut oats: groats that have been cut into two or three pieces

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Lifestyle, cooking: what is parboiled rice?

For me, learning to cook means constant self-tutoring. The tutor shares what he discovered about parboiled rice. Parboiled rice When rice is harvested, each grain is inside a protective, inedible hull. During parboiling, the rice is steamed while still inside

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Lifestyle: cooking: what is freezer temperature meant to be?

Lifestyle, for me, leads to endless self-tutoring. The tutor shares the answer to a question he’s often wondered. ideal freezer temperature Freezer temperature is meant to be -18C or below (0F or below). Apparently, food stored at -18C will remain

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