Are Deep Fat Fryers Safe?

Chip pan fires can and do happen. But if you take sensible precautions, they should be avoidable. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • If using a thermostatic Deep Fat Fryer, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If you’re using a ‘homemade’ chip pan never fill it more than a third full of oil.
  • Never leave any kind of fryer unattended. The phone will have to wait!
  • Don’t put too much food into the fryer at any one time as the oil could overflow causing a fire.
  • If the oil is smoking, don’t put any food in and turn the heat down immediately.

If A Fire Occurs:

– Turn off the heat if possible.
– Never throw water on it – this can make things much worse
– If you have one, put a fire blanket over the pan.
– Don’t try to move the pan or fryer.
– Call emergency services.


All Clad 14pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set Review

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We have just added our second cookware review and this time it is for the All-Clad 14pc Stainless Cookware set.

All-Clad are one of our favorite brands of cookware. The quality and style is exceptional and this set is one that anyone would be proud to own.

This set comes with 2 frypans, 2 saucepans, 2 saute pans, a chefs pan and a stockpot.

Read our review of the All Clad 14 Piece Stainless Steel Set here…

Is your pressure cooker really safe?

is-your-pressure-cooker-safeRemember the days when you used to have to carry your hissing pressure cooker from the stove over to the sink in order to release the steam valve. You might have had to leave it under the flowing water for anywhere up to 20 minutes before you would be able to release the lid.

If you were like me you probably kept your face way back from the top of the pressure cooker… just in case!

Thank goodness, these days, pressure cookers are a lot safer and a lot easier to handle.

Read our latest article about the safety of pressure cookers here.

How to Season Your Cast Iron Cookware

If you own cast iron cookware then you know that to cook successful meals you need to season your cookware correctly.

Without proper seasoning your food will not only stick to the surface but it will also react with the metal resulting in food that tastes and looks unappetizing. Your pans will also begin to rust, making them unattractive.

You can use your raw cast iron cookware in the kitchen and it is equally serviceable for use on the campfire when you go camping.

Raw cast iron cookware will give you many years of good service if properly cared and these pans are often passed down through the generations. So they are definitely value for money.

In fact I have a set of 3 saucepans that were handed down to me from my grandmother and they are in as good condition as when she owned them.  And because I take the simple steps below, they will be able to be handed on to my daughter.

Here are the steps to seasoning your cast iron cookware:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300F and place aluminum foil or similar in the bottom of your oven to protect it from oil spills.  If you have purchased your cast iron cookware as new then you will need to thoroughly wash it with warm water and soap using a scourer to remove any rust proof coatings.
  2. Dry the cookware thoroughly before proceeding to the next step. You can place it in the oven for a short period in order to do this.
  3. Coat the pan and the lid evenly with a heavy fat like lard or bacon grease. Many use Crisco for this purpose. The pan should be coated inside and out.
  4. Place the pan and the lid upside in your oven for about an hour. If you place them right side up then the oil will accumulate in the bottom of the pan.

For best results repeat steps 4 and 5.

Repeating this process once or twice will ensure an optimal non-stick surface to cook on.

Read more about caring for your cast iron cookware…

 

Read why cast iron is one of the best…. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/01/prweb619511.htm

You will find a wide range of reasonably priced Lodge Logic Cast Iron Cookware at Amazon.