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How To: Add a Non-Stick Surface to a Cast Iron Skillet

Many cooks refer to well-seasoned cast iron skillets as the original non-stick pan. A cast iron skillet is a versatile piece of cookware, going from the top of the stove to the oven with ease, provided the handle is also cast iron. The secret to a non-stick skillet is in the seasoning and cleaning process. Improper seasoning, cooking acidic foods and incorrect cleaning methods can all remove the non-stick capabilities. Achieving and maintaining a non-stick cooking surface is uncomplicated and...

How To: Open a stubborn jar

Want a quick meal, but the jar won't open? Here are some tips: try slamming it on your kitchen counter-top upside down, but not with enough pressure to break the jar. Another option is running hot water over the lid of the jar, to loosen it up. You can wear rubber gloves to give yourself a better grip, as well. This should solve any hurdles in the way of last-minute dinner preparations.

How To: Season and protect a cast iron skillet with oil

Cast iron skillets are the original non-stick "Teflon" coating. An iron skillet seasoned properly will keep food from sticking, and its is great for browning and easy to care for. And good cast iron cookware will last a life time. Cast iron skillets have been handed down from generation to generation. Rita's favorite cast iron skillet was handed down from her mother and is at least 100 years old.

How To: Grind your own spices

In this tutorial, we learn how to grind your own spices. Spices grow all over the world, which can give them all unique tastes. Start off by grabbing the spices that you want to mix together. Use your favorite spices to make your own unique tastes. If you are roasting, you should not roast or toast the spices all together at once, so they don't incorporate smells. After you do this, you will use a mortar and a pestle to crush down the spices. Start pounding on the spices to release the oils a...

How To: Use a Swiss Army knife can opener

This video shows you how to use a Swiss Army knife can opener. It is easy to confuse the can opener with the bottle opener. The can opener has a small screwdriver tip and a sharper edge. Cans of spaghetti are good for a quick meal on the train. Put the bottom part of the can opener underneath the lip of the can. Use leverage to poke the top part of the opener through the lid of the can. Move the opener backwards a little and push through again. Keep doing this all the way round the top of the...

How To: Make a miniature electric stove

Learn To Hack a Glue Gun and turn it into a Small Electric Stove to heat up your food. Its cheap to make and very helpful for when you don't have anything to cook you food with. Find out how by watching this video. All you need is a hot glue gun and some paper clips. Watch this video cooking tutorial and learn how to build a mini electric stove.

How To: Build a barrel rocket stove

A rocket stove is a "rocket" combustion approach to preparing meals, which provides high combustion efficiency and efficient heat transfer to the cooking pot. Research suggests (through practical experience) that by using a rocket stove, you could save at least 50% of fuelwood, which is a significant savings for anyone's financial situation.

How To: Build your own sous vide rig for cooking

Sous vide, or ultra-low temperature poaching, is transformed into a safe and precise science when you create your own rig in this informative video from Cooking With Geeks entrepreneur Jeff Potter. The essential components of this cooking device are a slow cooker, a thermocouple and a temperature controller. Watch the video to see these components combine into a DiY sous vide rig.

How To: Warm tortillas

1. This video describes how to warm tortillas. If you have a gas stove, set the burner to simmer and put the tortilla on the burner and keep the tortilla for 8 to 10 seconds on each side. After that transfer it to a pan covered with foil to keep tortilla warm.

How To: Season a cast iron pan

A Food Network chef gives the low down on seasoning a cast iron pan. Cast iron pans need to be seasoned before use because it will make your pan stick resistant and last a lifetime. Another plus of seasoning your cast iron pan is that you will not have to use any additional oil when you are cooking. The cast iron is a great heat conductor and the whole pan heats evenly instead of just in spots. To season a cast iron pan you will need to take a neutral oil, vegetable oil works fine, and rub it...

How To: Use the Cool Noodle Tool to make noodles at home

In this video, we learn how to use the Cool Noodle Tool to make noodles make from thai coconut, auzzhini, jicama, daikon radish and yellow squash. First, grab a half of a coconut and your noodle tool. Take your tool and scrape the inside of the coconut and you will have coconut noodles in no time! Do this for all of your different vegetables, whichever you prefer. Place all of your vegetable noodles into a large bowl and you can now prepare these with any sauces that you prefer. This tool mak...

How To: Clean a crockpot

Over time, stains can collect in your crockpot. Learn how to properly clean your crockpot and remove stubborn mineral stains and water marks. When cleaning the crockpot, fill it with hot, soapy water once the cooker has cooled. Let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes, then scrub with a cloth, nylon pad, or plastic sponge. Do not use harsh cleaners or metal pads. Rinse well in hot water and dry.

How To: Build a BBQ food smoker using parts from Ikea

The idea is to buy a few items from IKEA and use them to make a back garden BBQ smoker. The concept is also know as IKEA hacking and the principles are simple, re-engineer IKEA products to make a entirely different item. This video will take you step by step through the buying, preparing and constructing of your very own BBQ smoker. All plans for construction can be found on their Website and a big thanks to ford for lending garden fork a car for the summer.

How To: Marinade food for cooking

Learn some basic tips on how to marinade with the Rookie Cook. Watch this how to video and learn a technique that is essential if you want to be a good cook. Marinating allows you to infuse great flavor into any kind of meat. Marinades also tenderize meat making it juicy and soft. Follow along with this cooking tutorial to learn how to marinade.

How To: Clean a cast-iron pan

This tutorial shows you how to clean your cast iron an. First, pour salt into your pot. Then you will need to scrub it. You may add water. NO SOAP! Put it back on the stove on medium heat. Pour any type of cooking oil in it. Wipe it down. Your cast iron pot is now clean!