Category: How To

Steaming Dried Baked Goods

By , December 19, 2019

The other day, while preparing to bake some cornbread, I peeked in the oven to make sure there was nothing in there before I preheated it. I found forgotten treasure: some scones Michelle had made a week before!

We welcomed the unexpected bounty of the next morning’s breakfast suddenly arranged, but soon realized that the scones had dried out considerably as they sat, neglected, in the oven.

No problem. Michelle took care of it with this simple process, a variation on the steaming we do instead of microwaving when we want a fast, hot meal without drying it out (see Fast Cooking: Steam Vs. Microwave):

The inside of the pan arranged (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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It’s Important to Preheat Your Cast Iron

By , November 20, 2019

There’s a common myth about cast iron cookware. It’s so pernicious, I’ve endorsed and spread it myself: “cast iron cookware heats evenly.”

That’s simply not true. Not just simply—demonstrably. So much so, that I have observed the falsehood of this claim in my personal experience, and yet disregarded it.

It took America’s Test Kitchen to change my view, and now, I preach their gospel!

Cook It in Cast Iron

Cook It In Cast Iron, from America’s Test Kitchen’s Cook’s Country series (Image: Overdrive Media).

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