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Sweet and Sour Steak

March 26th, 2015 by ironcooker

A great recipe you are sure to enjoy that is made just for two

101_4877As always we are looking for new recipes to use with our cast iron cookware .
This cooks in our Universal Cookware cast iron skillet very well.

Recipe

1/2 pound round steal cut into 1/4 inch strips
1 small onion thinly sliced
1 small green bell pepper
1 cup water
2 teaspoons corn starch
1/4 cup sweetened pineapple juice
1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon peeled and grated ginger
1/4 cup canned pineapple chunks, packed in their own juices
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon low sodium Worcestershire sauce

Spray the inside of a medium heavy cast iron skillet   12 inch with non stick vegetable cooking spray.101_4878
Place over high heat until very hot, but not smoking. Ad meat and sauté for 3 minutes, or until brown, stirring constantly
to prevent burning. Add the onion and bell pepper, continue stirring for about 10 minutes. When mixture starts sticking to the skillet stir in the water;
101_4880continue cooking for 10 minutes longer
Meanwhile in a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the pineapple juice.  When all the liquid is evaporated from the skillet stir in the dissolved corn starch.
Stir in all the remaining ingredients and reduce the heat; simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or until meat is tender and gravy is thickened
 

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Camping for Foodies: Eat Well In The Great Outdoors

March 23rd, 2015 by ironcooker

Camping for Foodies: Eat Well In The Great Outdoors

Camping provides you with an excellent opportunity to enjoy nature and also create quality memories with your family. It doesn’t matter if you’re pitching a tent in your backyard, or if you’ve decided to venture deep into the wilderness. You can enjoy good food during your adventure! With a little advanced planning it’s possible to enjoy every single meal you prepare during your camping trip.

Be Resourceful!

Be Resourceful while Cooking Camping - Cast Iron PotYou don’t need fancy cooking utensils like jet boils, fancy propane stoves, and fold up pans. These items are nice, and if you go on camping trips several times a year, they can be a sound investment, but casual, resourceful individuals find they do quite well with items they already have in their kitchen and a fire pit.

Grabbing your favorite cast iron skillet or large pot might is definitely a preferred way to go.  But if you’re still waffling on a longer-term purchase, all you need is one or two good aluminum pie pans, a pair of tongs, and a full roll of heavy duty aluminum foil. You will be able to purchase everything you need for a few dollars at a grocery store.

The variety of items you can cook on your fire pit with these tools will astound you. Whenever you want to eat anything hot, you simply wrap the food in an aluminum packet and toss it on the fire pit. In ten minutes you’ll be ready to dine. Since the foil will be hot when you remove it from the pit, you’ll want to use the tongs to unwrap your dinner.

Not only will you have hot, delicious food, but cleanup will be a breeze!

Having the pie tins makes it possible for you to fry any bacon you might have brought along, or to heat soup and chili.

A few simple tools make it possible for all foodies to enjoy great cooking while camping!

Simple is Simply Delicious!

Hamburger Brioche RollsAs a foodie, you want your cooking to net delicious results. The type of camping you’re doing and the amount of food you bring along will determine what you can make. The good news is that you’ll be able to use your campfire to make a number of simple meals which will appeal to your taste buds, and provide you with the energy needed for a full day of exploring.

A few pounds of good hamburger can go a long ways.  With the addition of some brioche rolls, a little seasoning and some butter you won’t need the condiments you use at home. When preparing the meat, take a thin pat of butter and place it in the center of each patty.  Wrap the meat in aluminum foil and place it on the fire for a few minutes. The burger will explode with flavor—and you can even toast your buns!  In the morning you can mix a little burger into some cream of mushroom soup and add a little seasoning and prepare it the same way you would make sausage gravy.

A cooking fire and your pie tin make preparing scrambled eggs easy, and they’re a great source of protein which will keep you going all day long. Add a handful of diced peppers and a pinch of your favorite savory spice blend for an extra dose of flavor.

S’mores might be the standard campfire dessert, but they’re not your only option. Take an apple. Put it and some butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a foil packet, and bake in your fire pit. It will be the tastiest apple you’ve ever eaten!

Keep an Open Mind

Keep an Open Mind Cast Iron CookingJust because you’re camping, there’s no reason you have to subside on trail mix, granola bars, and jerky.  Anyone can use a campfire and prepare some simple, delicious meals.  The types of meals you enjoy will be determined by the ingredients you bring along. When shopping look for food that you can use for a couple of meals. Don’t forget, the better the quality of your ingredients, the better you meals will taste.

In addition to cooking on the camp fire, you might also want to prepare a few meals ahead of time and bring them along.

Do you have favorite campfire recipes? Helpful tips? A campfire cooking story? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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Cast Iron Cook Pot

March 6th, 2015 by ironcooker

A One Stop Solution to Explore Culinary

Dutch oven with feetBaking cake, frying chicken or stir-fry is incomplete without utensils made out of cast iron. With this metal pan, you can explore a wide gamut of culinary wonders. It is fun to cook in this pan. Use of these utensils, date back to the Han Dynasty, when they were used for the evaporation of salt. In kitchens across the globe, this cookware is treasured by generations owing to its manifold benefits. Over the years, appearance of this appliance has evolved. For the convenience of users, handles and stands are attached to these cooking vessels. Durability and even heat distribution are two important attributes that have made it a must have for any kitchen.

 

An age-old asset

You do not require any special utensil to cook food in this. Be it oven or stove, you can cook anything in a Cast Iron Cook Pot. A seasoned pot improves with age and lasts for a lifetime. These pans are made from a single sheet of metal and helps in uniform distribution of heat while cooking. Professional chefs, as well as your mother and grandmother, depend on this cookware owing to its temperature control attribute. Around the globe, enthusiasts opt for this vessel for fat-free cooking as food glides its surface seamlessly. Owing to even circulation of heat, you can use this cookware for searing, frying and baking.Bread in Dutch Oven

Take care of seasoning Cast iron Roast Beef Recipe

Versatility of cast iron pans and skillets makes it stand out. In fact, you can utilize your creative best and experiment with different cuisines. Cast iron is non-stick in nature. Curing and seasoning prevent food particles to stick to the surface and appearance of cracks. If you are using a frying pan, then preheat it. Avoid pouring cold liquid on a hot surface, as it will lead to cracks. While cooking in Cast Iron Cook Pot on the electric stove, you need to take extra care. Preheating and setting the temperature should be done with utmost care. If you heat the pan too fast then, it might form hotspots.

Maintenance of utensils

Every time you cook in these pans, the surface will appear smooth as seasoning fills the microscopic pores of cast iron surface. Maintenance of pots decides durability of Cast Iron Cook Pot. You can wash utensils in brief intervals and then dry to get rid of excess oil. Unlike utensils of other makes, you cannot wash a cast iron cookware in dishwasher. You can use water and dishwashing soap for cleaning utensils. Never let the water rest on the surface, as it will lead to the formation of rust.

Prevent it from rust formation 

In case, your food tastes metallic or has a blackish appearance then know that layer of seasoning has depleted. In Cast Iron Cook Pot, avoid storing food as it affects the curing level. Refrain from boiling water in these pans as it affects seasoning applied on the surface and causes it to rust. Metal pans are preferred for its unique cooking properties. Those suffering from iron deficiencies can benefit from the process of absorption of iron. However, quantity of iron absorbed depends on the age of cookware and duration of cooking.

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Easy Chicken Breast Recipes

March 5th, 2015 by ironcooker

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Try these Chicken Breast Recipes cooked in your favorite cast iron

We eat chicken several times per week, so we always experiment with new flavors and new recipes. If time is limited, I always suggest buying a bottle of either already made marinade or salad dressing and marinating the chicken while you’re at work. The flavor seeps into the chicken and when you get home from work, just bake for an hour and you’ll have a delicious flavored chicken.

In this article I’d like to share 2 fruit flavored chicken recipes and one herb flavored recipe. They are Italian Flavored Chicken, Pineapple Flavored Chicken and Apricot Flavored Chicken.

Pineapple Flavored Chicken

3 or 4 chicken breasts
4 cloves of garlic, minced
about ½ inch slice of ginger, minced
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 can evaporated milk
1 can crushed pineapple
½ cup soy sauce
butter

Mix together, pineapple, ginger and soy sauce. Marinate chicken in pineapple mixture for 2-3 hours. Saute garlic and onion in butter for a couple of minutes . Add chicken breasts and cover. Cook about 15 minutes. Add marinade to pan and bring to a boil. Cook until done. Once the chicken is done, add the milk, mix and cook a few minutes more.

 

Italian Flavored Chicken breast

4 medium chicken breasts
1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
3 large eggs, beaten

Marinate chicken for one hour in Italian dressing. Mix together cheese and bread crumbs. Dip chicken into eggs. Roll chicken in cheese and bread crumb mixture. Pour Italian dressing over chicken and bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Apricot Chicken

6 chicken breasts
1 package dry onion soup mix
flour  lightly dust the chicken pieces
1 can apricot nectar
1 can apricot halves
1 small onion, chopped
salt and pepper to prefered taste

Lightly dust the chicken in flour. Place chicken in baking dish. Salt and pepper to taste. Place the chopped onions and soup mix on the chicken breasts. Pour the apricots and nectar over the chicken and bake about an hour at 350 degrees.

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Chocolate Chip Dutch Baby Recipe

November 7th, 2014 by ironcooker

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A Dutch baby is a puffy, baked pancake.

dutch-baby-ck-577204-xA preheated cast-iron skillet enables the batter to start cooking immediately and causes it to puff. Cook the bananas while the Dutch baby is in the oven, so they’ll be done at the same time.

3/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 large firm bananas, halved lengthwise
1/2 cup coffee-flavored liqueur (Kahlúa)
1/2 cup frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed

Preheat oven to 450°.

Place a 9-inch cast-iron skillet in a 450° oven for 15 minutes. Combine first 5 ingredients, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in preheated pan until browned, swirling to evenly coat pan. Add batter; sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until puffed and browned.

Cut banana halves in half crosswise. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bananas; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Add liqueur; simmer 1 minute. Serve with Dutch baby; top with whipped images (4)topping.

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Cranberry – Orange muffins

October 18th, 2014 by ironcooker

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A great recipe for your cast iron muffin pan.

100_4100With this recipe you can use a muffin pan or make larger muffins with
the six  impression muffin topper pan, What ever you choose you will enjoy this recipe 

2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 stick butter (unsalted), melted and cooled
2 large eggs
3/4 c. orange juice
1 tbsp. grated orange peel
1 c. dried cranberries
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar and baking soda; set aside.
In a separate bowl, stir in butter, eggs, orange juice and orange peel.
Stir liquid mixture into dry mixture until just combined. Stir in
cranberries. If using topping, stir together 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon
in a small bowl. Spoon batter into 12 paper-lined muffin tins. Sprinkle
topping on top, if desired.
Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and a
toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.100_4101
Makes 12 muffins or 6 larger ones

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Sweet and Sour Steak

Thursday March 26th, 2015 in Iron Cookware Recipes | No Comments »

Camping for Foodies: Eat Well In The Great Outdoors

Monday March 23rd, 2015 in Campfire Cooking, Family Camping | No Comments »

Cast Iron Cook Pot

Friday March 6th, 2015 in Iron Cooker Updates | No Comments »

Easy Chicken Breast Recipes

Thursday March 5th, 2015 in Iron Cookware Recipes | No Comments »

Chocolate Chip Dutch Baby Recipe

Friday November 7th, 2014 in Iron Cookware Recipes | 2 Comments »

Cranberry – Orange muffins

Saturday October 18th, 2014 in Iron Cookware Recipes | No Comments »

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