Thursday, July 31 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:45:13 GMT
Jasper County authorities have found the body of a man missing since last weekend. Sheriff Chris Sargent said a search team located the body of Ricky Page, 54, around 7 p.m. Thursday in his Ford pick-upMore >>
Sheriff Chris Sargent said a search team located the body of Ricky Page, 54, around 7 p.m. Thursday in his Ford pick-up truck in a wooded area off Highway 11 in Vossburg.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:37:09 GMT
An Ellisville man fell victim to an international scam after chatting with a woman from Africa on a dating site for six-months. The man was unaware that she was slowly gaining his confidence in orderMore >>
An Ellisville man fell victim to an international scam after chatting with a woman from Africa on a dating site for six-months.More >>
Friday, August 1 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-08-01 17:12:18 GMT
A Hattiesburg man is now in custody and charged with aggravated domestic assault. Roger Holder was wanted in connection with a Tuesday incident at Greenbriar Apartments on McInnis Loop that sent a victimMore >>
A Hattiesburg man is now in custody and charged with aggravated domestic assault. Roger Holder was wanted in connection with a Tuesday incident at Greenbriar Apartments on McInnis Loop that sent a victim to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:17:53 GMT
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union.More >>
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union. Biloxi Police Department Investigator Steve Schlicht said Cynthia Ann Brosh, 57, turned herself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:38:38 GMT
The Evansville Police Department says a man is arrested after an attempted robbery early Tuesday morning. EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob aMore >>
EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob a customer at a west side gas station.
If your garden plants are flopping instead of flourishing, the problem could well be your soil. Many enthusiastic amateur gardeners believe that any soil problems can be fixed by adding...More >>
If your garden plants are flopping instead of flourishing, the problem could well be your soil. Many enthusiastic amateur gardeners believe that any soil problems can be fixed by adding organic...More >>
Cast iron cookware has long been appreciated by professional chefs and home cooks alike for its excellent heat retention properties. It's also hard wearing and long lasting, with no fiddly bits to break or get lost. Add classic good looks to those qualities and you'll see that there's a lot to like about cast iron. It does come with a couple of problems and call for some special handling, though. Here are the facts you're looking for.
Q. How do I season cast iron cookware?
A. All cast iron pots and pans need to be seasoned to build up a protective coating before their first use, unless they are specifically sold as pre-seasoned. If you or anyone you'll be cooking for has food allergies, its recommended to take care of the seasoning yourself so that you can ensure no triggering ingredients are used. To season, rub the cookware inside and out with fat, shortening or oil (many aficionados swear by flaxseed oil for its polymerization effect). Then heat it in a medium slow oven, set at 250 to 350 degrees F, for approximately one hour.
Q. To soap or not to soap?
A. Diehards advocate never cleaning your cast iron cookware with anything more than a paper towel, perhaps lightly oiled. Some will relent enough to agree that rinsing with plain water probably wont hurt. But sometimes even the best cook manages to make a horrendous mess burnt, sticky, gloopy, left overnight (or longer) without any TLC. Possibly you inherited the mess, or got it for next to nothing at a garage sale. In drastic cases like these, you might choose to make a no-holds-barred effort to salvage the pan, scraping or steel wool-ing off any food remnants and then washing the pan down with whatever works including even soap. Following such treatment, you'll need to thoroughly dry the cookware, since iron rusts easily. A shortcut cleaning method is running the cookware through your ovens self-cleaning cycle. In either case you will then need to re-season the pan.
Q. What are the nutritional benefits or hazards of cast iron?
A. Cooking your food in cast iron skillets, pots or Dutch ovens has long been praised as a source of dietary iron, especially if the food contains acidic ingredients such as tomatoes or wine in conjunction with a high percentage of moisture. Long slow cooking and frequent stirring will up the iron content even more. But be cautious. While consuming higher levels of iron is beneficial for some people especially teenagers of either gender and women up to the age of menopause too much of this mineral can be harmful, especially to young children. Whats more, iron accelerates the oxidization of fats, meaning that deep frying in cast iron is likely to turn your culinary creation rancid. In addition to its disgusting taste, rancid food can cause digestive upsets including abdominal pains, vomiting and diarrhea.
Q. Which is better plain, enameled or nickel-plated?
A. Plain cast iron boasts a relatively low price tag and is excellent for searing to create a crisp crust. However, adding an enameled coating eliminates the need for seasoning and cuts out irons problematic reactivity. Enameled cast iron cookware is more susceptible to chipping, though, and food cooked in it will stick more than in plain. Nickel-plated cast iron conducts heat well, doesn't need seasoning and is tough enough to be cleaned in the dishwasher. The drawback is that it is quite a bit pricier than plain cast iron.
Q. What special instructions apply to cooking with cast iron?
A. Cast iron is versatile in that it can be used both atop your Worcester electric stove and in the oven in fact, favorite Massachusetts regional dishes like baked beans are excellent started off on a burner and finished in the oven. After seasoning a cast iron skillet, stick only to frying at first to help the seasoning mature and always preheat your pan before adding the oil and food. Although omnivores enthuse over cast irons winning ways with steaks, chops and roast chicken, many vegetarians consider the cookware indispensable for making the worlds best cornbread and hash browns.
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