Any Home Bakers Here?

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  1. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    Thanks!

    I have a Kirkland enameled cast iron dutch oven that has a self basting lid--it makes great oven braised roast. I might try a round roast in it next time--They are not cheap either but have a great flavor.
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Every recipe I found with dutch ovens, require browning meat…on all sides ..and doing a pot roast in liquid.

    I don't have one.

    What else do you use it for? What is a self-basting lid?
     
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    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    It has a dome shape that directs the moisture down around the meat as it condenses.

    It is weird that they have you brown the meat. It is not necessary since you are cooking above 250 degrees. The heat level will cause a Maillard reaction in the meat which changes the flavor. Browning is needed if you are doing stove top cooking since it only gets to the temperature of boiling water--212 ish.

    http://modernistcuisine.com/2013/03/the-maillard-reaction/
     
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    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    [​IMG] A real cook scientist. Love the explanation. Thanks. ( Not joking).
     
  5. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Sounds really good. I especially like adding veggies to a roast.
     
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    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Oh man, that sounds good too. I see a roast in our future, lol.
     
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    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    The price of meat is really high now. We don't eat a lot of it and make it stretch as far as possible, roasts are good for that.

    Speaking of cost of meat...we lucked out our last trip to the grocery store. We were looking at chops and 2 of the packages looked odd. Turns out someone in the meat department had mis-labeled 2 packages of rib eyes as pork chops. We pointed it out to the meat guy but he let us have them as marked, $3,99 a pound. Nice! That will be helpful, DH's birthday is next week.
     
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    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    I really do like learning about things in general but cooking and chickens are two of my favorite things to learn about.

    Pressure cookers get hot enough for the Maillard reaction too--no browning needed when using one of them too.
     
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    [​IMG] Oh I am so jealous…I'm too cheap for today's prices steaks! You go girl…congrats. You must have the Luck of the Irish with your clover Avatar..
     
  10. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Fortunately, we aren't big on steak anyway. But if the avatar brought me some luck, so be it!

    DH wants beef stroganoff for his b-day. I've never made it, have any of you? I sure could use some pointers!
     

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