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Outdoor Kitchen Hood Recommendation?

We're building an outdoor kitchen on a covered, screened in patio. It will be used for grilling and smoking.

I'm thinking of putting a hood out there to keep the smoke of the patio.

Is there a large hood that will remove most of the smoke from a grill or smoker? I'll have the grill and smoker on wheels so they can be placed under the hood when in use.

Thanks for any help.

Feb 02, 2014
pguidry in Cookware

My search for a Non-Stick alternative, my results, and THANKS!

I'm still using the Carbonne Steel pans I originally purchased. I clean them as above and wipe them with olive oil after every use.

I agree with getting a dedicated fish pan. i cooked fish twice in these and it took a while to get the smell out.

I'm looking at some of the ceramic non-stick pans for fish.

Nov 08, 2013
pguidry in Cookware

Carbon Steel Grill Pan vs Cast Iron Grill Pan

That's the type of pan I'm talking about. It appears the grill pan will cook steaks slower than a flat surface pan. It might work for "grilling" romaine lettuce. Right now when I don't have the grill on, I'll cut a head of romaine in half lengthwise, brush w/ olive oil, and put it under the broiler. Not as good as on the grill (it seems "soggier") but I don't want to start the grill up to just cook 1 head of romaine. The grill pan might be an improvement and I could also throw it under the broiler.

Seems like the grill pan might

Aug 21, 2012
pguidry in Cookware

Carbon Steel Grill Pan vs Cast Iron Grill Pan

I want to get a Grill Pan to cook occasional steaks and to saute vegetables (bell peppers, asparagus, along with Romaine lettuce).

Will veggies/romaine stick even if the grill pan is seasoned? Is either material (Carbon Steel or Cast Iron) better?

Thanks for any info!

Paul

Aug 20, 2012
pguidry in Cookware

Best BBQ in Jacksonville???`

One more that's close is Fat Jacks in Baldwin. They have good brisket and they smoke and slice (not sure about pulled pork) pork collar that is tasty. It's worth the drive. I plan to try Mojo's based on these recommendations.

Jul 15, 2012
pguidry in Florida

Beef Ribs in Central Florida

MT's in Gainesville has good beef short ribs. It might have been a special the night I went.

Jul 15, 2012
pguidry in Florida

Need a good non-fried chicken wing recipe

Coat them with Old Bay Seasoning and bake them in the oven @ 350 til done. Flip them halfway through. I love the way these come out.

Jan 22, 2011
pguidry in Home Cooking

Best and Worst Recipes You Made From a Cooking Show

My two favorites are Nigella's Pasta Carbonara and Ann Burrell's Pasta Bolognese. I make these over and over and the whole family loves them.

Jan 21, 2011
pguidry in Home Cooking

What is the difference between mineral steel and carbon steel?

nocomicsans: I immediately dry mine after washing and then lightly oil a paper towel and wipe the inside of the pan and the outer welds (I use olive oil).

My paper towel does discolor a little (brownish) similar to what PaulJ reports.

Jan 06, 2011
pguidry in Cookware

Cheap non-stick without Teflon (Ikea vs. Greenware vs. ???)

I recommend carbon steel. I've converted to it for almost everything. No non-stick or cast iron. Here's a link where I found a good deal on them:

bakedeco.com

Jul 02, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

Matfer Bourgeat Black Steel Round Frying Pans as an Omelette Pan: Break- Period?

Jazzcook,

I have the DeBuyer carbon steel pans. I first boiled some potato peels in them to remove the coating and then I cooked bacon in them. After that, I rinse them in hot water, dry them, and rub them with a little oil. They were ready to use.

They did season more over time. When making eggs, I put a little butter and/or olive oil in the pan and fry eggs. When making scrambled eggs, I let the eggs set for a while, lift the edges (omelet like), and then mixed them up.

I love these pans and can't figure out why I never heard of them before. I've retired my non-stick and cast iron. I do have 1 stainless pan that I use when I want dishes with fond.

I have 4 of the carbon steel pans and after 6 months or so, still smile when I get to cook in one.

Jul 02, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

My search for a Non-Stick alternative, my results, and THANKS!

OK, I got the pans from bakedeco.com today. Low and behold, they're the Carbonne Steel line. What a great price. The 14" will be great for big batches of food, like they next time I want to fry up 6 big pork chops. Can't do that with the 12", have to do 2 batches. Leftovers for work. When my kids move out in a few years, I'll probably get rid of the monster.

I haven't touched my cast iron since I got these. I'd get rid of them but they were passed down from my Mom.

Jun 02, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

My search for a Non-Stick alternative, my results, and THANKS!

I believe the original ones I bought (Carbonne Steel) were made in France. I checked the pans and they don't say "Made In" anywhere on them. The handles are stamped "DeBuyer France" though.

I haven't seen the new ones yet (next week). The site I ordered them from says they're made of Black Steel. That's not listed on DeBuyers website. We'll see what shows up.

May 31, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

Donut Muffins

The recipe says "These dense, slightly tangy, cinnamon-sugar-coated muffins". To me, dense would be heavy, not fluffy. I think I did something wrong. Too much mixing, not enough milk, egg, etc.

May 30, 2010
pguidry in Recipes

Donut Muffins

These came out lighter than doughnuts for me. Very cornbread consistency. I was hoping they'd be a little heavier and moister. Did I mix them too much? Can I put less/more of something in?

May 30, 2010
pguidry in Recipes

My search for a Non-Stick alternative, my results, and THANKS!

I want to post one more update. I love these pans. I've gotten rid of all my teflon and use these all the time. I also have a stainless steel sautee pan that I use sometimes. I just ordered 2 more of the Debuyer's today (9.5" and 14"). I need at least 3 but the new ones were so cheap. I got them from bakedeco.com their page says "black steel" not Carbonne but the thickness goes to 3mm. I should have them next week. I hope they're as good as the first 2 I got.

May 29, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

What size DO would you use for this recipe?

I watched the show again and it looks like he's using an oval crockpot. The largest oval LC is 6.25 qt.

Maybe the 7.25 qt. would work.

Will a Stainless Stock Pot work as good as enameled cast iron?

Apr 26, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

What size DO would you use for this recipe?

I'm looking to get an enameled cast iron dutch oven. I currently have a 12 qt. Cusinart Multiclad-Pro DO/Stock Pot (great deal for $89.99 at Overstock.com).

I use the Cusinart to make large pots of homemade pasta sauce and chili.

I want to make the recipe below. You sear the meat, then saute the onions etc. on the stove top, then cover and finish in the oven.

Would a stainless work as good as the enameled cast iron?

I'm thinking the 9.5 qt. Le Crueset would work. Would the 7.25 qt be large enough? I watched the show and can't figure what size he used. There aren't many choices in the 9.5 qt. range.

Thanks,

Paul

http://www.tv.com/tylers-ultimate/ult...

Ingredients
Extra-virgin olive oil
8 Ultimate Meatballs (these are tangerine size
)2 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, plus freshly ground black pepper for seasoning
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
1 rack 8 pork spare ribs, cut into 2 to 3-rib pieces
1 (2 pound) boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2 pieces (so it cooks at the same time as the ribs/meatballs)
4 sprigs fresh thyme
4 sprigs fresh oregano
4 medium carrots, roughly chopped
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
2 cups dry red wine
3 (28-ounce) cans tomatoes (recommended: San Marzano)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 pounds spaghetti, cooked al dente in salted water

Apr 25, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

Is a 12-inch saute pan too big?

For burner size, you can always get one of these. It would help a 12 inch pan.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

Mar 22, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

My search for a Non-Stick alternative, my results, and THANKS!

I got them from www.finestcookware.com It was very hard to find the Carbonne Steel model. Amazon has the newer Mineral Steel line which has the same thicknesses. I bought the 12 5/8" (2 handles) and the 11".

finestcookware.com was great. I ordered on a Saturday and originally ordered the 9.5" instead of the 11". I sent them an email and they called me Sunday evening at 9:00 to help me straighten it out.

I have a gas range. A basic Kenmore. With the points you mention, the thicker is probably better. I'd stay with the Carbonne Plus or Mineral Steel in the future.

The pans are great. I just finished making Philly Cheese Steaks in them.

Mar 21, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

My search for a Non-Stick alternative, my results, and THANKS!

A while back, I decided to get rid of my teflon pans and was searching for an alternative.

Thanks to this forum, I picked up some DeBuyer Carbon Steel pans. It took a while to find them and to figure out which ones were "best". I finally got the Carbonne Plus. Turns out (thanks to Chemical Kinetics) that the Force Blue line might be better for me. The thickness is based on your heat source and the Carbonne Plus is probably thicker than I need at home.

Regardless, I received my 2 Carbonne Plus pans, followed the steps boiling potato skins, and then heated some peanut oil in the pans. I've cooked bacon, hash browns, pancakes, scrambled and fried eggs with no problem. I clean them with hot water, a nylon scrub pad, NO SOAP, and wipe them dry when done.

These pans work great. I have some seasoned cast iron and the steel pans stick less for me plus they are lighter.

Thanks to all of you for steering me to these.

I just need some silicon sleeves for the handles and I'm all set. No more teflon for me!!!

Hope this helps someone in the future.

Paul

Mar 21, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

Single cup coffee maker recommendations?

You could consider a french press. It doesn't meet your "no carafe" requirement but makes good coffee. Personally, my french press hasn't been touched since I got my Aeropress but I make more of a latte/cappuccino drink.

Mar 18, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

Bialetti? Aeropress?

I have an Aeropress and love it!. I bought a Pino water kettle that heats water to a preset temp. Super easy combo to use.

I have an aluminum Bialletti Moka Pot that I bought packaged with a milk frother. The Aluminum Moka Pot gives the coffee a metallic taste to me. I would give it to you if you were near me. I have an older stainless Moka Pot that's great. The Aeropress with the Pino kettle is a BREEZE.

However, for traveling and not having the Pino, the Moka Pot may be easier to use. Just be sure to get the stainless one.

Mar 06, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

What is the difference between mineral steel and carbon steel?

Chemical,

One difference is the thickness of the pan. You can see that on DB's site. The Carbonne and Mineral lines go up to 3mm think. Blue only goes up to 2.

I ordered from finestcookware.com I spoke with them about my order last night (they called me on a Sunday evening to confirm some details). They will be getting the mineral line in about a month. It appears the mineral line is the new "green" version and very similar to the Carbonne line. Same dimensions and all.

Based on BreadChick's post, I'm staying with those two lines. Is there a reason you're interested in the Blue Line?

Feb 15, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

What is the difference between mineral steel and carbon steel?

I've been looking for 10" and 12" De Buyer carbon steel pans with no luck. I've seen mineral steel pans instead. Can anyone tell me the difference?

I want these to be my egg, pancake, taco meat, chicken, etc. type pans. I am getting rid of my non-stick.

Thanks for any info.

Paul

NOTE: I just found and ordered the Carbon Steel so it doesn't matter.

Feb 13, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

Best coffeemaker?

I use an Aeropresso (from Amazon). I love it. It's really simple, quick, and fun. You can microwave your water to the right temp and make a few cups.

Feb 13, 2010
pguidry in Cookware

Should I own an Electric Knife?

I have an electric knife. I use it when I BBQ and have 2, 14 lb. briskets to carve up. I'll also chop 2, 6-8 lb boston butts. It saves me a ton of time.

I wouldn't have one if I didn't BBQ.

Jan 22, 2010
pguidry in Cookware