10 Best Kept Secrets for Grilling Your Steak to Perfection!

10 Best Kept Secrets for Grilling Your Steak to Perfection!

Perhaps the most difficult dish to perfect in the griller’s repertoire is the great steak. Creating a perfectly cooked, moist, and tender steak, with just the right amount of juice, flavor and burnt parts, is the griller’s pinnacle of achievement. I’ve been invited to several food fests and have discovered some very helpful rules for the perfect grilled steak.

Here are some tips on how to grill your best steak:

  1. Let the steak warm up.

Before even thinking of lighting up your grill or smoker, whichever model you find here at https://smokeysteakranch.com/, make sure that the stake is at room temperature for at least one hour. Try grilling a steak directly taken out from the fridge and you’ll end up disappointed.

  1. Right thickness.

For best results, your steak should be at least one-and-a-half to two inches thick. That’s not some random measurement. This thickness will help you achieve the ideal char on the exterior and the desired temperature on the inside.

  1. Salt from start to end.

Lightly sprinkle with salt both sides of the steak few hours before grilling. Place it on a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Salt ensures that your steak is juicy by helping it retain water. Right before grilling, pat dry the steak with paper towels and sprinkle with salt again. I recommend kosher salt for better result. And finally after grilling, sprinkle the steak again with just enough salt.

  1. 10 Best Kept Secrets for Grilling Your Steak to Perfectio-1Pepper for crunch and spice.

Add some spice and crunch to your steak with a combination of different sizes of peppers – fine, medium and large bits. Place whole peppercorns on a plastic bag and crush them to pieces.

  1. Simple seasoning.

You don’t have to overdo on seasoning. Usually, the best steaks are achieved by simply using coarse salt and pepper. No extra seasoning or secrets.

  1. Keep it hot and lubricated.

You don’t have to own any pricey fancy pellet smokers to create a great steak. You just need grill grate that is hot, well-oiled, and clean. That should be enough to prevent sticking as well as gives your steak killer grill marks.

  1. Achieve mouthwatering marks.

For a picture-perfect grilled steak, arrange slightly on diagonal to the bars of the grate so the char would all run the same way. Carefully rotate the steak after 2-3 minutes to create a crosshatch of grill marks.

  1. Turn the steak.

Avoid stabbing the steak, instead, use tongs to turn the steaks. You only stab the steak to drain out some juices. And surely, you don’t want it to dry up. A good indicator that it’s time to turn the steak is the beads of blood that form on top of it.

  1. Poke the steak.

Test how well done your steak is by poking the steak with your index finger. If it’s firm and springy that’s well done; gently yielding, medium-rare; squishy and soft, rare. That way, you’ll know when to take it off from the grill.

  1. Let your steak sit.

Give your steak 5-10 minutes to settle and spread its juices. As the temperature evens, the meat reaches its final tenderness. Don’t get too excited, let time work its wonder on your great steak! Once done, cut it to your desired sizes and give it a nice presentation.

Finally, don’t leave your grill unclean!

Always keep your grill clean – that’s your key to achieving the best grilled steaks in the future!

How Food and Music Go Together

Those of you who have been reading my posts regularly know that the overriding theme is food, glorious food, lots of it. You also know that the website promotes a lot more than just food. It’s a fusion of many cultures, and during my food-expo visits I spend a fair amount of time observing how dishes and menus are put together and how gourmands and ordinary folks like you and me react to the feasts put before us.

No good chef worth his salt likes to see his patrons go hungry. More importantly, he does not like to see them disappointed either.

Food, glorious food

Before I elaborate any further, let me explain this ditty a little more for you. ‘Food, glorious food’ is taken from one of the movie industry’s all-time musical greats. This British movie came out in the seventies and, critically acclaimed, won numerous awards. Oliver was adapted for the screen from the famous English writer, Charles Dickens’ nineteenth century classic, Oliver Twist. ‘Food, glorious food’ is a musical reflection of this scene; The story’s protagonist and dozens of other little orphans, stomachs grumbling, are celebrating the fact that they are finally going to eat.

Porridge and gruel is hardly a meal but these kids were starving. To them, a meal is still a meal. But to you and me, and we are grateful for this, it is much more than that. It is a celebration of life. It is a cultural experience. Invariably, the meals that we prepare for our families are indicative of embracing other cultures apart from our own. Without mentioning any particular dishes, we are visiting countries from around the world while we dine.

Music is on the menu

To name just a few in no particular order; India, China, Italy, France, Germany and England, even Thailand and Vietnam. And because we have embraced our cultural diversity, we have adopted one or two of these countries as our own. Hands up those of you who enjoy Mexican dishes. I have an indelible impression of this nation’s typical restaurant setting.  Picture this then; it is Valentine’s Day and you are out dining with the love of your life.

To add to the culinary and cultural experience, apart from the romance, a talented group of Mexican musicians, resplendent in their traditional costumes, wide-rimmed Sombrero’s, accompanied by the notes of their brass-coated horns and acoustic guitars, are doing the rounds of the tables, much to the delight of the restaurant’s regular patrons. To add to the romantic flavor, a lone musician does his solo right before you, strumming his fiddle. Playing the violin is no mean feat, let me add. Further, Violinio mentions briefly what budding violinists are in for when applying themselves to this instrument for the first time.

Now, the next time you go out to wine and dine, try and locate a restaurant which adds music to the culinary and cultural mix and experience first-hand how food and music go together.

Eating on a Road Trip with Kids

Eating on a Road Trip with Kids

People often ask me what to do when it comes to food when travelling with kids. They don’t want to give them something unhealthy, but don’t want to stop for wholesome meals. So, in this post, I’ll write a bit about eating while on a long road trip with children.

Why Pack a Meal When on the Road

Most people don’t have the time to stop for meals when travelling, and it might be better that way, since most roadside restaurants don’t really serve good food. Most of the food you can find is fast food, which is not really healthy, or good for car rides. Packing your own meals is more healthy and overall better. It’s also more cost-effective. Roadside places tend to have high prices, since people have less choice than in a town, and taking your own food with you can be really cheap, especially if you plan it well.

But, one of the most important pros of packing your own meal is the flexibility it provides. This is especially true if you’re travelling with more than one kid. That way, your kids can eat whenever they want, without you having to stop each time one of them is hungry. It will also preoccupy your little ones, so they’ll be quieter during the ride!

Things to Bear in Mind

One of the most important things to think about when preparing road trip food is whether the food is car safe. If you have a toddler strapped into a quality convertible car seat, you can’t give them anything they can choke on such as grapes or popcorn. Liquids are generally fine, as well as liquid foods – the worst thing that can happen is that they spill some of it.

When packing the food, it’s a good idea to pack it in convenient smaller lunchboxes. That way you won’t have to dig through a lot of stuff before getting to the item you want to eat. It’s also a great for teaching older children responsibility for their food.

Healthy Road Trip Food Ideas

Here are some interesting ideas for healthy road trip snacks which are easy to make and will be enjoyable for the kids:

  • Peanut butter and apple slices

Cut up a bunch of apples before heading out and drizzle them with lemon juice to keep them fresh. When you want to eat, just take the apples out and smear peanut butter on them – healthy and appetizing!

  • Salads

When packing salads, make sure you make them filling – egg salads or potato salads are a great idea for a healthy lunch or dinner in the car.

  • Grilled chicken

Grilled chicken is appetizing and extremely easy to package and eat. It doesn’t lose its taste when you leave it in the box for a few hours, and most children love chicken so they will be looking forward to the meal

  • Sliced cheese

If you want to bring a snack which will be filling, just slice up some cheese, put it in a vacuum sealing box, and you’re ready to go!

Great Ways To Burn Off Those Calories in the Winter

Great Ways To Burn Off Those Calories in the Winter

If you’re on my page, that probably means that you love food! And if you love food as much as I do, you sometimes probably eat too much of that delicious dessert, or stuff yourself during the holidays. During my long career as a food enthusiast, I have simply had to find ways to keep fit, otherwise I would balloon up!

If you ever find yourself in this situation, especially during the holidays, here are some great ways to get rid of those extra calories through fun and adventurous activities!

  1. Aerobics

One thing to try this winter is aerobics. Although it sounds like an activity only women and old people do, aerobics is actually great for anyone who wants to lose some weight and get in shape. Work those thigh muscles and arms, and keep your heart healthy. Aerobics is perfect for those who want a good ratio of muscle-building exercises and cardio workouts.

  1. Skiing

I really got into skiing last year, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. The fresh air works wonders for your lungs, and it’s an easy way to burn off calories by simply having fun and racing down those slopes. Although skiing is generally thought to be an expensive sport, I was surprised at how cheaply you can buy decent equipment for it. Just look at this site and see for yourself.

  1. Snowboarding

While I went for skiing, my husband thought it would be cooler if he took up snowboarding! When it comes to burning off calories, skiing and snowboarding are basically the same, and you can also get some nice reviews for snowboarding equipment at WinterNinja. I was sceptical at first, but he really did end up losing quite some weight and he had fun doing it. He also gained some impressive muscle strength in his legs.

  1. Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing looks like running with skis, and although it doesn’t look demanding, I tried it once and it was absolutely exhausting. I read later that a single hour of this type of skiing costs you approximately 800-1000 calories. And that’s the same as jogging for more than 3 hours! Although I didn’t find it really enticing, I have to admit that the nature you can see while doing it is really amazing and I do understand the allure. It’s definitely worth trying!

  1. Walking

Yes, it can be as simple as walking! It doesn’t matter whether you’re walking through a snowy forest or a city, walking during winter inherently burns off more calories because your body needs more to stay warm. If you just need to lose a few pounds, walking is a great way to go. This activity is also amazing for older people and people who have health problems such as a bad heart of weak knees. Walking is relatively easy and doesn’t put a lot of strain on the body, and it can be really interesting and exciting if you have good company. So put on some decent shoes and get to it!

Crossing Culinary Art With Hunting Tradition

Crossing Culinary Art With Hunting Tradition

Culinary experts are often frustrated by the quality of the meat products they find in their stores. I rely on specialty butchers and delicatessens which are consistent with their selection of organically produced meat. I know that it tastes a lot better, but I also know that it is more expensive than most supermarket fare. It was not a novel idea but my husband and I had been thinking about it for a while. Recently we decided to combine our love for nature with my own passion for cooking.

Responsible hunting

We asked ourselves over and over again; what would it be like to hunt our own food, just like our forefathers did for centuries. What would it take to hunt responsibly without harming our natural environment and without making a grossly negative impact on the species that we had in mind? Thankfully, as beginners, our targets would be small and modest. We also decided that we were not going to comply with the American tradition of owning at least one firearm.

Deep down, while we still appreciate the need to hunt for food, we are pacifists at heart. We had no desire to disturb our natural surroundings with the unfair advantage and loud noises that accompany heavy duty rifles. Hunting for a decent but not too expensive pair of crossbows seemed to make a whole lot of sense. It did not take us long to find what we were looking for. And if you pardon the expression, what we found blew us away.

Arbalist Zone is the perfect place to plan your first hunting expedition. It is rare to find so much attention to detail given in one dedicated website, in this case to the mission and craft of sourcing the most suitable crossbow for beginners and for hunting. In the hunting arena, we will be looking for small animals, such as rabbits, quails and foals. I was already thinking about the perfect rabbit stews, roasted quail with seasoning and succulent venison steaks.

Zoning in on our target

Before we even began looking for our first set of bows, we were able to learn in detail how they work and align these instructions with our hunting needs and what these weapons should be used for. Helping us to make informed choices, Arbalist Zone narrowed our target considerably. It came down to two factors; purpose and convenience. As beginners we did not want to be saddled with heavy duty weapons that would take us months to master anyway.

Also, because we would be hunting small wild-life creatures occasionally, a light-weight mini crossbow was perfect. It was also recommended that as first-time hunters, we consider the recurve crossbow. It requires little or no maintenance, is simple to use and a lot quieter than its larger alternative, the compound crossbow, never mind rifles and sub-machine guns.

Plan well

We have not yet left on our hunting expedition. There is still a bit of planning going on in my kitchen. For now though, our compact crossbow kit has been safely stored away until we leave.

Framing A Strong Surface

Framing A Strong Surface

Food has always been my passion.

Celebrating life through food is part of a long family tradition for me. I responded to my passion and followed my dream. I studied culinary arts for a few years and now I am happy to share my knowledge and experience on everything related to food. Food is also a cultural event. My latest cultural journey took me to the original Italian tradition of creating new, divine pizza recipes.

Framing inspiration

Because hundreds of recipes have already been tried, tested and tasted, this was always going to be a challenge. But, of course, I enjoy this, so I embraced my new project wholesomely. Fortunately, I did not work alone. I wanted to work as authentically as possible so was looking for a rustic, wooden surface on which to knead my dough and prepare fresh, new ingredients.

My loving husband guided me to an ideal site for finding a framing nailer. The reason for sourcing the perfect nailer had to do with framing my thick and heavy new chopping board, made entirely of wood, to my teak wood kitchen table so that it does not slide about and remains fixed to the table.

My husband introduced me to Nolan. He is a friendly, all-American who created a website dedicated to giving life to inspirational ideas and projects, even if it sounds impossible at first. Framing Nailer Report specializes in finding the most appropriate framing nailers for your particular project. Nolan has taken a lot of time and effort in getting to know these products so all the information, advice and product reviews are qualified.

Helping out

This framing nailer professional is extremely helpful and reliable. All our questions were answered clearly in a way that we could understand. For instance, we discovered that having a compact cordless nailer would be convenient for our immediate purpose. Also, we learned that for our small project we would only need a finish nailer. I am already thinking about new ideas for future kitchen projects for which this type of nailer would be perfect.

Because both my husband and I are still fairly new to the idea of do-it-yourself projects within our home, we still needed to learn how to use our framing nailer properly and safely. The contents sidebar on the website’s home page was the perfect place to start. We already knew where to look for the best product reviews. More importantly, we were able to take into account criteria for choosing and buying the right nailer. We also know how to play it safe with our new tools.

For now, I have what I want

My board sticks perfectly to my table and I am making good progress with my new culinary project. My husband will be returning to the framing nailer pro for up to date information on a new nailer to help him with his fresh idea while I get things done in my kitchen.

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