Purchasing a great smoker, but that doesn’t cost as much is hard to find. Especially, if you don’t know what to look for when you are looking for your first smoker.
The good news is that many different smokers are affordable and that will give you value for money. You just need to know where to look, and what type of smoker to look for.
You don’t want to purchase the cheapest smoker you can find, and you are ending up with a cheap thing that doesn’t smoke correctly. With this guide, you will be able to find the best smoker for the money and have a great time smoking food with friends and family.
Can you purchase a cheap smoker, but that still offers you value for money? That you are still going to get a high-quality smoker but at cheaper prices? This is the one question that you might ask yourself when you are going to purchase a smoker for the first time but on a tight budget.
The good news is that you can purchase a cheap smoker, but that is going to give you the same quality smoked food. The secret is that you should just make sure that you are going to find the right smoker. Don’t just purchase any smoker you can find.
This is the first thing that you need to make sure about. To make sure that you know what smokers are going to be value for money, and which ones aren’t.
The best way that you can do that is by doing research. To do as much research as possible about different affordable smokers. To read reviews, ratings, features, and problems with the smoker. Then, you will know that you are going to purchase a good quality smoker, even on a tight budget.
Another thing that you need to consider, is where you are going to purchase the smoker. It is also playing a part in purchasing a high quality, affordable smoker.
Some places, especially online, are just not selling the same quality products as other retailers. And, this is mostly because they want to get as much money for cheap smokers as possible.
This is why you need to make sure that you research the online store where you are thinking about purchasing the smoker as well. The more the ratings about the online store, the better the quality of the smoker will be. Even if the smoker is cheaper than in other places.
It is important to make sure that you are finding the best smoker for the money. And, not just purchasing a cheap smoker that wasn’t really good purchase. That wasn’t giving you value for money, and that might not even last for a couple of months. This is why you should remember these tips.
Read the reviews to make sure that you know that customers are recommending the smoker. Make sure that you know why the smoker is cheaper than other smokers.
The size of the smoker, the material that it is made of, and the durability of the smoker is also playing a big part in finding the best smoker on a tight budget.
Don’t purchase a smoker, if it doesn’t have good reviews, and if the product isn’t recommended. If there is a lot of negative reviews, this is also something that you should rather avoid.
The best way to make sure that you are purchasing the best affordable smokers is to choose one of these smokers. These are the best smokers that you can purchase on the market, but that is more affordable than the rest of the other smokers.
You must be purchasing something that is still good quality, and that still provides you with value for money. Then, you will know for sure that you aren’t going to regret your final decision.
Not everyone has the money to purchase expensive smokers that are high in quality, and that is expensive. And, this is why it can be hard to find the best smoker for the money.
With this guide you will get to learn everything there is to know about the different types of smokers you can use. And, you will make sure that your meat will be soft and tender, no matter in whose kitchen you are preparing it
Though it comes from the toughest muscle on the cow, tri-tip steak is delicious and it requires good marinade.
However, some people do not know how to cut this steak or whether to cut it cooked or not. As such, this post gives you some tips that can help you to cut the tri steak to serve your guests.
Tri-Tip is a cut of meat that is obtained from a cow and it comes in a triangular shape. The right side is shorter than the left side upon closer inspection.
There are only two tri-tip cuts that can be obtained per each cow. You can also recognize the seams of fat that run from the top to the bottom on this cut of meat.
The meat is popular among many people and they often experience about how to cut it. Other characteristics of tri-tip include low-fat content, has two different directions of fibers of beef, rich in flavor and very tender. This type of meat is also found in only specialized butchers since it is very rare.
Many people wonder whether it is proper to cut the meat before it is cooked or after. It is recommended that it is best to cut the meat after it has been cooked. To cook tri-tip steak, you must use an open pit with live or red oak chips.
Before cooking the meat, you can rub garlic powder, salt, pepper and you can serve it with macaroni salad, pinquito beans as well as garlic bread. You must cook the meat at 130 to 135 degrees F but the center is thick hence it can remain with a pinkish color.
When cooking is done, leave the meat to rest for 15 minutes so that the juices can settle. If you rush into cutting the meat, you can end up with dry steak after the juices escape.
When the meat is ready for cutting, you need the following items:
A wet towel under the cutting board is also essential to prevent it from moving. This is a safety precaution meant to protect you against any harm. It is recommended that you should cut the tri-tip steak into thin slices for easy chewing and making it tenderer.
Each cut of tri-tip steak usually weighs up to 1.5 to 2.5 pounds and it can serve about three or four people. If you are serving the meat along with sandwiches, then you can serve more than four people.
Cutting tri-tip can just be confusing but it is not a very difficult task to do.
The first thing that you should do is to cut the meat into two halves. You should be guided by the direction of the grains on the meat. On each half, the grains run in the opposite direction.
The seams usually run in straight lines from top to bottom and your first cut should dissect the tri-tip into half. You should further establish how the seams run after dividing the steak into half. You can start by cutting the first half and make sure that you do it in a perpendicular line to the seam.
This particular method where you cut the steak perpendicular to the seam lines is also called cutting against the grains. The method is ideal in that it helps to maximize the tenderness of the meat. When you finish cutting the first half, you should also identify the grain from the seam on the second cut.
You can repeat the same action that you performed on the first half to the second cut. You should always cut on the bias and be able to identify how much the seam changes on the second cut of the tri-tip.
When you follow the perpendicular line strategy to the seam when cutting the tri-tip steak, you will realize that it gives you thin slices that are tender.
If you do not cut the meat after cooking, it can be difficult to chew and it can also lose its flavor. It is essential that you cut the meat into thin slices that are easy to chew. You should always bear in mind that cutting a tri tip follows a follows a particular direction.
The underlying thing when you decide to buy tri-tip steak is that it is rare and there are only two cuts on each cow. When cooking this type of meat, you can use a variety of recipes that satisfy your needs.
Cooking is not an issue but cutting the tri-tip steak can be confusing hence the need to know the skill of performing the task.
Are you considering purchasing a grill?
Then, you might realize that there are different grills that you can choose from. The problem is that you need to make sure that you know the different type of grills and you should make sure that you know which one is going to be best for you. This is the full guide about the different types of grills. So that you can make sure that you choose the right one.
This is the most popular backyard grill. This is mostly because it is easy to use. These gas grills run on propane gas or natural gas. The gas isn’t that expensive to refill. You should look for the best gas grill for outdoor BBQ parties or indoors.
It is great for those people that are looking for a grill that you can set up and use immediately. No more waiting for the charcoal to heat up and no more charcoal clean up afterward. Maintenance is a bit more expensive, because of all the valves and gas that needs to be refilled and maintain. The taste of the meat isn’t like the normal BBQ smokey taste, because there isn’t any smoke involved. You can choose between different sizes and different quality. Some are really expensive, while other gas grillers are more affordable.
Charcoal grills are those grills that are the traditional way of Barbequing. It gives the great smoking taste, is great to enjoy family time while you are preparing the grill for the BBQ. Maintenance is really cheap, but cleanup will take a bit longer than with the gas grill.
This is a great grill for those that are looking for the traditional BBQ. The smell of charcoal and the taste of the BBQ meat. The thing that people don’t like about the charcoal grill is the fact that you always need to have charcoal at hand. And, it can take a bit longer to start grilling the meat. Cleaning the grill afterward is also taking a bit longer than with the gas and electric grill. Buying the charcoal grill is cheaper than with the gas grill and the electric grill. But, you need to remember the added costs of the charcoal every time you are barbequing.
If you are looking for an electric grill, you need to make sure that you know that you are getting an indoor and outdoor grill. With this grill, you don’t need to have gas or charcoal to be able to BBQ. However, electricity can be costly if you are barbequing a lot.
This is a great option if you are living in an area where you are prohibited from grilling on gas or charcoal. It is safer and easier to use as well. When you are using an electric grill, you should know that the smokey taste will be lost. This is because electricity can’t produce smoke and fire. It is easier and faster to clean, and maintenance is a lot cheaper. The thing that you should know is that it is more expensive and you are able to purchase cheaper and more expensive versions.
There are a couple of things that you should consider when you are choosing your grill. What taste do you want at the end of the day? Do you want the smokey taste or just want to BBQ with friends and family, and doesn’t mind the smokey-less meat?
The maintenance cost is also really important to consider. With the gas grill, the maintenance costs are the highest. The charcoal grill takes a longer time to clean and the electric grill can give you high utility bills. The price is also really important to consider. You want to take your budget into consideration, but you want to have a grill that is going to last and that will be value for money. The cheaper the grill, the lower the quality will be.
The last thing that you should consider is if you are looking for a portable grill that you can take with you when you are going on holiday. Or, if you are looking for a grill that you can only use at home. Gas grills are hard to transport, because of the different equipment that you need to take with you.
With this guide to the different types of grills, it will be easier to decide which one you should consider. And, you will know the benefits and problems that you can expect with each grill. This guide is making it easier to know the maintenance costs, what the meat can taste like and what experience you want from the grill.
Do you want to have a quick BBQ, or are you looking to spend some time with family while you are barbequing? It is a lot easier to choose your grill if you know the different types of grills.
Last Friday I experienced something that I never thought would happen to me so early in life- a private chef came to my house and cooked an entire Shabbat meal for me and 10 guests. Is this a joke? No. This is reality, people.
Thanks to Jerusalem Village, an organization based in Jerusalem that helps young people connect to each other through interesting events and groups, I was able to invite 4 friends and 6 strangers into my house for a night of food, drinks and many laughs. The concept behind it is to get new “olim” (immigrants) and native Israelis to meet over a shared Shabbat experience in an intimate atmosphere.
When I heard this- I jumped on the offer. Jerusalem Village provides the ingredients, the chef, and even a portable kosher kitchen- great for me since the kitchen I have now isn’t kosher and I always want to invite my more religious friends, but can’t. Thursday night the food was delivered, and early Friday morning we got to cooking. For 6 hours. Naturally, we started drinking early.
the menu for the evening- drum roll please…
And while I’m looking forward to hearing from Orit Bon Apetite (the chef who graciously came over and planned an exquisite meal) about the specific recipes, I can’t actually speak to them right now as I was strictly the sous chef. It was so nice not having to worry, but just be a helping hand. And so while I can now roll grape leaves like a mother fucker, I can’t really say what the exact recipe is- yet.
In the meantime, here’s a classic recipe for an Israeli night cap, or as one Israeli guest described it as: Israeli water!
Viola- you’re now Israeli!
**If you or someone you know is looking for an unforgettable experience, I would highly recommend both Jerusalem Village as well as Orit Bon Apetite for a more private or intimate occasion. Seriously people, she makes miracles happen in the kitchen.
Malabi is a Middle Eastern pudding traditionally made with orchid root and milk and topped with shredded coconut, cinnamon, nuts or in this case- goji berries. It is basically sahlav, cold and turned into pudding format.
What you really need to know is that once you make the magical drink of sahlav, you can stick the leftovers in the fridge (preferably in adorable tiny teacups) and have pudding for breakfast the next morning.
“In Jerusalem, before the days of coke and lattes, tamarind drink and soos (made from licorice twig) were the typical refreshing summer beverages; their winter counterpart was sachlav”
I got this recipe, like most other things I’m cooking up these days from the Jerusalem cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sammi Tamimi- if I haven’t said it yet: go out and get this cookbook. It’s been on countless gift guides across the web, and really, what foodie wouldn’t want such a gorgeous cookbook?
Whisk cornflour together with 100 ml of the milk to make a paste. Pour the remaining milk, water, and sugar into a saucepan and heat so that the sugar dissolves. When the mixture begins to release steam, whisk in the cornflour paste. Continue to whisk until it turns into a thick custard. Remove from heat and pour into your holder of choice: wine or champagne glasses make for a classy dessert. For a more homey feel pour into tea cups like above. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Garnish with coconut/ nuts/ cinnamon/ berries- whatever you like!
January 2013 has been quite the roller coaster ride. I started three (yes, you read that correctly) new jobs, I’m moving apartments, my website re-design launched, and I’m still trying to keep this little ol’ blog running smoothly. While I’m definitely counting my blessings, I’ve also had zero time to myself.
And so, on Tuesday, when the elections were happening in this country, and I found myself with a day off from work- I knew it was time to bake. I’ve been doing pretty well on my resolutions list – listening to episodes of This American Life and The Moth, are pretty easy- getting my finances in order is a slower process, but with the help of Ramit, I’m on my way.
I read about this recipe for olive oil cake from Kim Boyle’s Good to the Grain cookbook via Heidi awhile back. It intrigued me so much- olive oil? In a cake? As you know by now, I’m a huge fan of olive oil– I wrote my freakin senior thesis about it.
So as the gods has aligned it to be, I was set up with some time to myself to finally breathe, beautiful weather (which, by the way, totally affects my mood), and all of the right ingredients. Rosemary from my container garden, Trader Joes dark chocolate brought from my lovely boyfriend on his recent trip back home, and even artisan olive oil from a farm in the North. It was time.
I hope this cake makes you as happy as it has made me. The rosemary gives it a really nice subtle flavor, and with big chunks of quality chocolate, as well as smaller shavings- the chocolate permeates throughout the cake. Bring it to a potluck or savor it for a few days in the morning with a cup of tea. I wish you all a relaxing weekend- take some time for yourself, and if you can, try an olive oil cake to match your happy mood.
3/4 cup spelt flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup olive oil (the better quality olive oil you have, the more of that flavor will come out in the cake)
3/4 cup milk (I used organic soy milk)
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped – give or take, I think a bit more next time would be lovely
5 ounceschocolate (70% cacao), chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons sugar for top crunch
Serves 8 -12.
Prep time: 15 min – Cook time: 50 min
In case you have some spare time whilst awaiting impending doom a la the Sandy variety – here’s a list of 13 reasons why you should eat local. This list comes from the book, The 100 Mile Diet, which I read this past summer.
If you’re looking for an interesting read about one couple’s journey into eating local food (within a 100-mile radius of their home in British Columbia, Canada) for an entire year- definitely check out this book. Thoroughly enjoyable, and not pretentious at all. They ate potatoes for like, months. That’s commitment right there.
Do you have any more reasons to add? Please share your tips on why eating local is great in the comments!
Today we have a guest post from Lisa over at Wine Telegraph to give us an education about wine. Hope you enjoy!
The role of wine merchants is rarely confined just to providing an avenue for the purchase and consumption of wine. Modern wine merchants are about enabling the whole experience – from widening choice in wine buying to finding the foods and equipment that make the experience of enjoying fine eating and drinking complete.
There are plenty of reasons to shop with a local wine merchant – here are seven of the best.
Wine merchants offer expertise you can’t get in a supermarket. This is as much a function of the purpose of each establishment as it is of the specific knowledge of individual shop assistants. A wine merchant is there to give information and expertise in addition to product – while a supermarket is there simply to offer choice on a shelf.
While a supermarket wine department may aim to direct the customer using shelf tags, a merchant is there to deliver in depth recommendations after consultation and exploration.
No shop that sells lots of other things can hope to match the variety of wine and wine-related accoutrements in the merchant’s emporium. No supermarket, for example, can offer the range of independent alternatives in lower price brackets that the merchant provides.
A wine merchant often sells wine by the case only – so the minimum purchase is usually either six or twelve bottles. In either case, there’s often a price break when bottles are purchased according to specific rules – for example, if six or more of the same wine is bought then the merchant may sell each bottle for less than if the case is made up of six different wines.
The merchant is usually happy to deliver, because he or she is selling wine by the case rather than by the bottle. Larger merchants usually have a weekly delivery day for individual towns or postal areas. In city areas, a merchant may even operate daily deliveries. As a result, it’s possible to go in and shop in person for large quantities of wine without having to worry about getting it all home again.
The merchant is there to make the customer’s experience of good wine better. To this end, he or she may either directly sell, or facilitate the sale of, food that complements the wine in question. During specific seasons, these services often extend to the creation nor ordering of hampers; or the facilitation of ordering festive boards and festive meats, which will go well with the festive wines being sold.
A merchant may also directly sell a number of snack foods designed to complement his or her selections of wine. If a customer is having a party, he or she may therefore be able to offer all drinks and nibble scattering from under a single roof.
There’s a difference between expertise and information – expertise allows the customer to be guided directly to wines that will serve a required purpose, while information helps the customer to expand his or her palate through his or her own journey of discovery. Again, the merchant is much better placed to deliver this kind of information – which may range from simple inquiries about wines from specified regions of the world; to more complex requests for information about whether any animal products or animal related products have been used in the creation of each wine.
A merchant may also supply the wine furniture required for the storage and enjoyment of the wines he or she sells. Wine furniture isn’t just a wine rack or cabinet – the term also refers to bottle openers and serving receptacles.
Today we have an awesome guest post from Shelly Stinson, about five easy ways to eat more healthfully and locally – my two favorite things! Check it out and let us know in the comments what you would add to this list! xo, belle
The benefits of eating healthy, nutritious foods include having an easier time controlling your weight, experiencing better moods, developing fewer diseases and illnesses, enjoying more energy, and living a longer life. And while you can find these types of good-for-you foods in a variety of different places, some of the best options you can choose are available locally.
This is good news since a few different institutes, such as Michigan State University in the U.S., contend that eating local foods means that you not only get more flavor, but you also get more nutrients because “local food has a shorter time between harvest and your table.” This allows it to keep more of its healthier qualities, providing you the most vitamins and minerals possible.
Based on this, here are five different ways that you can eat healthily and locally:
Most communities have some type of farmer’s market at least part of the year, allowing you to pick up some of your favourite fresh fruits and veggies, and sometimes meats, within just a few miles of your home. One major benefit of using this option is that you have some wiggle room on price as these types of venues are common for negotiating lower costs.
If you happen to live in an area that does not have a farmer’s market, you can still get healthier food by contacting local growers directly. This means talking face-to-face with a farmer who raises beef cattle or meeting one-on-one with someone who has a garden big enough to support their family and yours. By buying directly from an individual person, you’re in the perfect position to ask any questions you may have about how the animals were raised or the crops were grown, increasing your knowledge of the foods (and other substances) you’re putting in your body.
Of course, you can always grow your own food if you have an extra bit of land and want to try your hand at filling your own dinner table. This way, you control everything that goes into your food, as well as what doesn’t—like herbicides, pesticides, and any other substances you don’t want leaching into your food, and therefore your body as a result.
Sometimes you just want to go to one place for all of your food items, which makes getting to know your local produce manager critical to your health. He or she can tell you which foods are bought locally and which ones come from other places. Additionally, if you’re in good with this person, you’re also likely to learn about upcoming fruit and vegetable deals, making it easier to plan your menu in advance.
Following this suggestion means not only getting your produce and/or meat locally but also preparing it in a way that allows you to get as many nutrients out of it as you possibly can. For instance, you could juice your fruits and vegetables, enabling you to get all of the high-quality vitamins and minerals they contain. Another option is to freeze any excess foods that are seasonal so you have access to their nutritious goodness all year long.
When you eat healthily and locally, it’s good for your body as well as the local economy. That makes it the best case scenario for your health and your pocketbook!