Tag: Cooking appliances

  • Curry in England

    The London Review of Books (“LRB”) published “Too Specific and Too Vague“, a review by the English culinary writer Bee Wilson of two recent books that refer to the ways that Asian cooking met tastes in England. One book is about the work of 7 women presenting immigrant dishes in British and American restaurants and […]

  • Breadboxes – dry or humid

    Bread is … an intermediate-moisture food product that is prone to mould spoilage. Normally bread is eaten fresh or preserved using additives or modified atmosphere packaging. Stanley P. Cauvain, Breadmaking, 2nd ed. 2012 Most bread is made of grain that has been harvested, milled,to be hydrated, kneaded, and baked. Agricultural, industrial and culinary art have […]

  • (Instant Pot) Dry Beans

    Cooked or Canned Cooked dry beans are a staple ingredient. Some recipes provide directions for cooking dry beans as a step in a the recipe, or by reference to another recipe for cooked beans in the recipe source/collection. Some recipes call for canned beans, which are dry beans cooked in the canning process. This is […]

  • 100% Whole Wheat Bread Machine

    100% whole wheat loaves, and loaves made with more than 67% whole wheat flour may be made with a bread machine in the whole wheat program. High WW flour formulas that aim for sandwich loaves with an moderately open crumb use a dough with enhanced visco-elastic properties. The dough is enhanced with vital wheat gluten […]

  • Small Dry Legumes

    I am decribing the lentils and other small dry legumes, as opposed to small phaseolus beans (including black turtle beans). Such legumes are commonly sold as dry grain; some canned lentils are available. Some were sold in bulk food stores and as bulk foods in grocery stores. The availability of bulk products was affected in […]

  • Instant Pot, Slow Cooker?

    An Instant Pot can be used in the pressure cooker program for simple cooked legumes, and some curries and prepared dal dishes. The pressure cooker program will be the better choice for some dishes. The pressure cooker program is also useful to cook or quick soak dry legumes for slow cooker dishes. Laura Pazzaglia has […]

  • Instant Pots and Pressure Multi-cookers

    Ffor 10-15 years, 2006-2020 multi-cookers were electric pressure cookers with: a heating element in a round plate below the cooking vessel, stainless or non-stick metal pots, sensors, a control panel and a programmed control responding to feedback from the sensors. Midea of Guangdong Province, China patented a multi-cooker in 2006. Fagor America and its European […]

  • Smaller Bread Machine Loaves

    Why? Bread is perishable: It dries out; It becomes stale; It is vulnerable to animal pests and microorganisms including mould. Animal pests may contaminate the bread with body parts, eggs, larva, bodily fluids and micro-organisms. Mould is a colony of microorganisms that chemically alters the bread – it can effectively poison the bread. The main […]

  • Instant Pot

    The principals of Double Insight developed the Instant Pot pressure multi-cooker in 2008-9. It was on the market by 2012, and took off in 2015-6 with social media and presence in Amazon Market Place. “Instant Pot” is not a trade mark like Vacuum Cleaner or Bandaid. Instant Pot launched a sous-vide heater in 2018, and […]

  • Electric Pressure Cookers

    A pressure cooker reaches cooking temperatures above the boiling point of water (212 F. or 100 C.). Pressure cooking involves time to bring water to a boil, reach cooking temperature, and a period at the operating pressure and temperature. Pressure cookers use high heat to build pressure and get food to a cooking temperature; low […]