Slow cookers are a super machine to own in the kitchen. Not only does it save time, it also produces super, well-cooked, great flavored meals. Not everyone has operated a slow cooker however, and for those people who have not, read up on this general information.
Dark roasts, oftentimes called Italian, turn out darker brown beans to almost jet black bringing the natural oil out. The beans have a smoky taste and have a pungent flavor. Roasting time takes about 14 minutes. Darkest roasts or French roast has a smoky taste like that of burnt charcoal with a bitter aftertaste. This kind of roast is oily and mostly used for espresso. The beans are really shiny and have shorter shelf life because of the amount of natural oil that came out during the roasting period.
Jim’s is a local roaster oven review, located in Wareham, MA. They sell an assortment of whole bean coffees. I was able to sample a variety called “Wonder Brew,” a medium heavy with bold flavor and not too much acidity. Strong, fragrant and complex, the sample did not disappoint.
The unit can be used for other things as well. Place some tin foil over the meat rack and you can bake small items like refrigerated biscuits or rolls. The tin foil is simply to prevent the baked item from expanding into the meat rack’s ribs. Similarly one can also cook various other types of meats like hamburgers or kielbasa. Add water to the cooking well and place your vegetables on, say , a pie tin from a store bought pie and it makes a useful steamer. You can remove the meat rack and use the interior to make soups, stews and chilies. It has a variable temperature control so it can be used as a slow cooker as well. There is no timer and you have to be available to manually shut off the device. Don’t hesitate to experiment with new uses. I regularly use it to cook frozen French fries, for example.
If your pig arrived frozen, give it a few days to thaw out. The trick is to keep it warm enough to thaw but cold enough that it doesn’t spoil. Once ready for preparation, here comes the fun part, butterflying the pig. You will need to cut the pig from pelvis to skull so the pig lies open and flat. Once butterflied, you can then season the pig with your preferred rub or salt and place the pig on the rack.
Personalized thermal coffee mugs are another great gift for the coffee lover on your list. You can find mugs that they can personalize themselves or you can gather up pictures and have one personalized for them. These are available at coffee shops and online anytime of the year.
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