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Understanding Other Cultures' Food

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Being a better cook means to learn about other food everywhere and not only where you come from. Here in this video shows a woman who has told her followers not to accept Halal turkey that is being offered by brand, Butterball. 

 

What she fail to realise is that Halal meat does not change the taste or the meat itself. It is just a way of sacrificing the animal and packaging. It is actually for the benefit of all since the meat has to be clean and disease free.

 

By learning more about food in other cultures can not only make you a better cook but also at the same time make you a better person.

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Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution | Why we need a food revolution | Jamie Oliver (US)

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution | Why we need a food revolution | Jamie Oliver (US) | How Being A Better Cook Can Also Make A Better You | Scoop.it
This Food Revolution is about saving America's health by changing the way people eat. It's not just a TV show; it's a movement for you, your family and your community. If you care about your kids and their future, take this revolution and make it your own. Educate yourself about food and cooking, and find out what your child is eating at school. Make only a few small changes and magical things will happen. Switching from processed to fresh food will not only make you feel better, it will also add years to your life.
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Jaime Oliver another renowned chef of our generation found a new mission when his children were born and now he has stuck to it. His food revolution is basically one of the reasons that I personally went into cooking. The problems that he describe that people are facing in the US is the same problems I see people in Singapore are facing therefore, there needs to be a food revolution here too.

 

Having to learn more about food and cooking could help save someone's life. By eating fresh foods our bodies would be healthier and life in general would be better. By having us help pass on the knowledge and encouraging others to do the same, we can actually make the world a healthier one. Less people will die of disease and more will get to live longer to spend with their loved ones.

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Jamie's Home Cooking Skills

Jamie's Home Cooking Skills | How Being A Better Cook Can Also Make A Better You | Scoop.it
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Jamie Oliver a celebrity chefs know for his easy recipes on television shares the tips for anybody who want to start cooking in the kitchen. All the information from basics terms in cooking like, "what is boiling vs simmering" or how to grate lemon zest, all can be found on this website. They have many step by step tutorial images to videos all under one website.

 

This website is really the one of the best beginners' guide that is available online for people to grasp the various concepts and start cooking in the kitchen. 

 

Even those already familiar with the kitchen can come and take a look if they can learn something new or they have been doing certain techniques wrongly.

 

I think being a better cook means to have the responsibility to learn as much as you can to ensure that your own health and the health of those you are cooking for is well taken care of. These tip and skills chart might help one do that.

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Cooking with my iPhone: A review of Supermechanical’s Range thermometers - GigaOm

Cooking with my iPhone: A review of Supermechanical’s Range thermometers - GigaOm | How Being A Better Cook Can Also Make A Better You | Scoop.it

meWe put Supermechanical’s new iOS-connected cooking thermometers to the test and were impressed. It’s Ember roasting thermometer and accompanying app combine the best elements of Silicon Valley design with actual kitchen utility.


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When cooking meets technology. When your kitchen meets silicon valley. This  piece of information from gigamon.com informs the public that the collection of kitchen tools are now not limited to the things that we were familiar with several years ago. In fact, technology has come so far that we now involve our cellular phones as tools in kitchen. Some use them for their timer function while others use them as recipe books. Now, we can turn our phones into accurate roasting thermometer or pan thermometer.

 

The article reviews the Ember roasting thermometer and share the pros and cons of the product. Being impressed by the product, the Ember is said to have accurate measurements at almost instantaneous timings. This would help when trying to roast a big piece of meant like a brisket or shoulder of lamb to the right internal temperature to ensure that we do not end up with raw portions of meat. 

 

The main drawback about the Ember product was that the device still needed to be connected your phone with a wire. That may not be suitable especially for those people whose oven may not be situated near any table or counter top. 

 

Knowing that this type of technology exist can only be beneficial for people thinking about roasting big pieces of meat for the first time. Even though having a thermometer like this is not necessary, I feel that in order to be a better "you", one must look after the safety in the kitchen. So, a very important point of food safety is to make sure that you cook all meats to the right temperature to ensure that all the bad bacteria has been cooked of and that the meat is safe for consumption. Yes some like to eat meats medium rare but medium rare is still dangerous as there could still be blood in the meat and we might end up just eating it. So this article helps us to find a meat thermometer which is accurate and easy to use.

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The truth about what's really in cooking sprays - Fox News

The truth about what's really in cooking sprays - Fox News | How Being A Better Cook Can Also Make A Better You | Scoop.it
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When cooking sprays came on the food scene, I was thrilled.
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In order to be a better "you" it is apparent that one has to take care of their own individual safety. So by being a better cook is to pay attention to food safety. Therefore, this particular article shares a very intriguing perspective on cooking spray.


On fox news, they received a letter from one of their viewers asking if cooking spray is indeed bad for you even though it has zero calories and helps making clean up a breeze. So the respond was yes, it may be bad for you. Yes the cooking spray is checked by local authorities and is deemed edible. However, the problem with commercial cooking spray is that chemicals are used in order for the spray to work. The expert on the article even claims that most of the time, the oil used in this types of sprays are even genetically modified. Therefore, would you still consume food that has been genetically modified or would you prefer to keep things organic and just use regular olive oil and cooking oil.

 

This article really highlights the important issue when it comes to cooking, health. Being a better cook will help you control some aspects of your health like diets. So, it is important to know whether some commercial products are actually beneficial for you. In this case, the decision is still up to the individual. If you do not mind having chemicals in your food and if further research shows that the chemicals has no lasting impression on your body then using cooking spray is no issue. At least now the information is that cooking spray does contain chemicals.  

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Gordon Ramsay: How to Cook the Perfect Steak

You can now pre-order Gordon Ramsay's new book - Ultimate Home Cooking - before it's release 29th August 2013. Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course is out...
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Gordon Ramsay one of the more renowned of television chefs of this generation with years of cooking experience and mastery under his belt showing a great tips on how to cook a simple steak.

 

Steak, a popular dish that everybody loves but seems to be hard to be replicated at home. Here Chef Gordon Ramsay goes through the necessary steps needed to ensure that your steaks turn out perfect every single time.

 

Tips Include: Making sure that the meat you are grilling is at room temperature so that you will not burn the outside without the inside still raw.

 

The pan is extremely hot so that you can get the nice sear on the outside of the beef. If not, your steak will end up boiling instead of grilling.

 

Flipping the steak almost every minute to ensure even cooking on both sides.

 

And MOST important tip that most home cooks tend to overlook is, to let the meat rest at least 7-10 mins after cooking.

 

A simple instructional video that aims to help home cooks replicate their favourite steak houses right at the comfort of their own home. In addition to maybe even saving some money in the process.

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Lincoln market kitchen offers vulnerable people cooking skills - The Lincolnite

Lincoln market kitchen offers vulnerable people cooking skills - The Lincolnite | How Being A Better Cook Can Also Make A Better You | Scoop.it
Kitchen skills: A new kitchen in Lincoln's Central Market will offer free cooking courses to pass on important skills and help vulnerable people.
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The nice part of being a better cook is that we can then be better people by sharing the knowledge to others.

 

This article serves as proof that as we learn we can help those around us learn more too. This article describes how a central market gives free classes to help vulnerable people like the elderly or the mentally challenged to survive and get the proper nutrition. 

 

As Jaime Oliver has been fighting for in his foundation, if we can get everybody cooking at home and encouraging each other in the process, the world would just be a better place. 

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7 Simple Ways to Become a Better Cook

7 Simple Ways to Become a Better Cook | How Being A Better Cook Can Also Make A Better You | Scoop.it
Recipes take you only so far. After that, instinct and experience must take over. We talked to some of our favorite experts to uncover easy ways to get you further down the path to kitchen fulfillment and control.
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This article highlight tips for beginner cooks to move on to the next step to reach the next chapter of the cooking journey. As the article says, "Recipes take you only so far".

 

The 7 steps they suggest is be mindful in the kitchen, dig into plants, patience, calibrate yourself, use the right metals, fire things up, try all the cuts.

 

Be mindful in the kitchen just mentions that it is important to be in the kitchen with the proper mindset and presence.

 

Calibrate yourself is about getting the experience to know your way around food. Like knowing the time taken for certain things to cook or knowing when to stop kneading the dough. These skills that propels the cook forward to the next level comes with experience in the kitchen.

 

Dig into plants is just a tip for cooks to incorporate more vegetables in their dishes. In the long run is a healthy tip and your body will thank you for it in the long run. The article is saying that sometimes eat vegetarian is as good as any other meal.

 

Fire things up is where the advice is to "play with fire" so to speak. Try grilling or using a firebox. Build a smoker and use the smoke to cook your food. Basically trying different methods in cooking your food.

 

Patience is key in cooking. Some dishes are quick and easy so as to be done in minutes. However, to move forward as a cook is to know that certain things require time. Pizza dough has to rise a whole day. Stews have to be cooked long so as the meat has time to cook until it falls apart. It coincides with experience but again is a very important trait in cooking.

 

Use the right metal highlights the importance in the pans that we use. Some heat up faster and some heats up slower but maintain the heat longer. Some foods need the heat retention, some needs the pain to get very hot. Knowing which pan to use can already be half the battle won or lost.

 

Try all cuts is about using and trying almost every single part of the cow or animal. There are close to 16 cuts of beef and each with their own purpose. The more expensive cuts were meant for beef and the cheaper cuts for stews and long cooking times. Some taste best when marinated, others are just fine on their own with just salt and pepper. 

 

These tips are what being comfortable in the kitchen is all about. They show that cooking maybe easy but cooking maybe a tough skill to master. However, with time and experience the knowledge gain it can help one change to a healthier lifestyle. Recipes would be from rules, to guidelines and that is how new recipes are being created.

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Barbecue safety: Cleaning just as important as cooking

Barbecue safety: Cleaning just as important as cooking | How Being A Better Cook Can Also Make A Better You | Scoop.it
As stories of people swallowing barbecue brush bristles become more common, experts say preventing such incidents is easy and inexpensive. Replace your brush regularly, spend a few extra dollars on it, or use an alternative cleaning method.
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A good cook should never neglect the rules of food safety. Although this articles is not talking about rules per se, it helps beginner cooks to understand that in the kitchen or on the outdoor grill it pays to fork out a little more money for higher quality products.

 

This article describes how swallowing of brush bristles are more common and people are suffering due infection in the stomach or intestine area. So in order to lower the risk of such issues the article has an expert that suggested to invest a little more money really helps in the long run.

 

I think this article helps being novice cooks with the concept of investing your money in you own health. If we spent a little bit more for higher quality product, we can reduce the risk of infected items or items breaking during use by a significant percentage. 

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5 Reasons NOT to use commercial cooking sprays

5 Reasons NOT to use commercial cooking sprays | How Being A Better Cook Can Also Make A Better You | Scoop.it
When was the last time you ate something that could double as a fast acting soap scum remover for your shower? If you responded never, you may want to rethink
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This article is like a follower up research on the information on cooking spray that is also on this page.

 

Here the article states that cooking spray is just bad for your body and that we should all stop using it as it will damage our bodies in the long run.

 

Cooking spray contain additives that are very unhealthy. These additives are added for flavour especially for sprays trying to mimic the taste of butter without the added calories.

 

It is also mention that cooking sprays tend to have genetically modified ingredients. This is the same claim as the article earlier in this scoop.it page. It shows that genetically modified ingredients contain more pesticides than normal fresher ingredients.

 

Cooking spray tend to contain soy, which means that those with soy allergy should stay away. 

 

The article claims that the cooking sprays might negatively affect the lungs of consumers. As study was done that longer exposure to the chemicals in the spray can lead to respiratory diseases and that health advocates think that having to inhale aerosol products long term cannot be good for you.

 

Another claim is that the spray is also just bad for the environment. With propellants in the can it is a form of greenhouse gas which creates a problem for the ozone. Plus the packaging is also bad as recycling takes a lot of heat and electricity to get it done.

 

So by being a better cook we become a better person in general as we help the environment to be a greener place and also not risk our own lives just for the sake of an easy clean up. So be a better cook and just wipe down your pots and pans with real cooking oil or olive oil before baking or cooking. 

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Anthony Bourdain_No Reservations_Cooking Techniques of Superstar Chefs

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Anthony Bourdain, an American author, television presenter and most importantly a professionally trained chef. Even though Anthony Bourdain is no longer a working chef, he never stayed away from food. Travelling the world learning techniques and culinary secrets from people worldwide and sharing them what he learned to others. His vast knowledge of food can only help others to be better cooks and learn a bit more about the world.

 

In this video, is actually an episode from one of his old television shows called, "No Reservations". In this particular episode, he shows the different techniques of some of the best chefs like Jacques Pepin and Thomas Keller uses to make simple everyday home food into fine culinary gourmet.

 

Anthony Bourdain himself goes through the process of making the "poor's man" french stew while Jacques Pepin goes through the techniques for making the perfect omelette. Later in the video, another celebrity chef, Scott Conant goes through the basics of making his family style Spaghetti and Red Sauce. Furthermore, more techniques are being showcased for a simple roasted chicken and even how to make the perfect french fries at home.

 

I find that this video has almost the basics covered for anybody who would want to get into the kitchen and start cooking at home. It has basic recipes that some could do at home and it had skills basics for some other recipes that beginner cooks would like to try. Like cooking a steak or burger and fries. This video will not make you a Michelin star chef but it definitely would start you on the way to one. 

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