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Infrared Temperature Gun

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December 9th, 2011 >> Uncategorized

This is a great way to monitor temperatures (of cooking oils for example) quickly and from a distance.  Seems fancy and expensive, but I got this from Amazon for under 20 dollars!  I’m not a big fan of candy thermometers when deep frying because they tend to be unstable depending on the size of the pot you are using.

Butter

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December 9th, 2011 >> Uncategorized

Fats carry flavor and as little as a half a tablespoon per serving for a dish can go a long way.  Without flavor, our taste buds do not register satisfaction from foods we eat.  We end up feeling deprived and then get tempted to reach out for junk.    There are many types of cooking fats, butter being one of distinct flavor.  I use it occasionally and variably with other oils.  And why not—it’s certainly not a highly processed food.  All it is an immediate by product of cream.  In fact, some ayurvedic treatments include ghee (clarified butter).  And forget those butter “substitutes”-I can’t even pronounce half of those ingredients on the label (TBHQ?!?!).   Whereas unsalted butter has one simple ingredient: cream (and of course a natural byproduct of bacteria, lactic acid, to help in the formation of the butter curds) .   As always with dairy, opt for organic and grass-fed.

Deep Frying

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December 9th, 2011 >> Uncategorized

 

This method of cooking makes many a health fanatic cringe—but fret not, it’s not so bad.  Yea, I said it, deep frying does not deserve the evil reputation it so often is given.  But there’s a condition—it must be performed properly.  When deep frying takes place with certain parameters in place, it turns out that the level of fat absorption is comparable, if not less, than other forms of cooking.  So what are these conditions you ask…well they can be summed up as one word:  temperature, temperature, temperature!  Here are some basic points:

  1. Fry at the correct temperature.  The usual range is between 350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Any temperature below that makes foods absorb more oil than is desirable.
  2. Maintain the correct temperature.  Temperature can fluctuate between frying batches, so use a thermometer to make sure you bring the temperature back up before adding a new batch of food.
  3. Don’t crowd your fryer or pot of oil.  This will cause the temperature of the oil to drop too much during a frying batch.

These are the most basic points..stay tuned for more.  Let’s not demonize oil or fats—besides they carry flavor.  If we eat more flavorful whole foods, we’ll be more satisfied (and in turn will be eating  smaller portions) and feel less deprived.  This doesn’t mean we deep fry everything or pull a Paula Deen and install a deep fryer into our countertops, but that we remain open to it as a viable cooking method.

Fundamental Principles Behind An EatFree Lifestyle:

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December 9th, 2011 >> Uncategorized

 

  1. Eat foods as close to their natural state as possible (for example, choose steel cut oats over rolled oats.) This will in turn maximize your micronutrient intake.
  2. Employ a variety of tastes and textures in your meals.
  3. Choose meats that are raised humanely and other animal-based products (ex: dairy) that have been produced without the use of antibiotics and hormones.
  4. Remember that fat is not your enemy.  Fats carry and develop flavor so a little bit can a long way in helping one maintain a lifestyle of whole-foods based eating.
  5. Eat mindfully.  Savor your food.  Involve all your senses. Don’t substitute food for a much needed hug, smile, or good night’s rest!