Broiling and Baking
James Walton “I Am Liberty”
For week two of the I AM Liberty series of cooking methods we are going to move the conversation over to the dry side. Week one was all about the wonders of braising. This week we are going to talk broiling and baking. Do you even use your broiler? Do you know if you have one? Chances are you do. The broiler can be an incredibly effective tool in cooking things like fish, shellfish or just finishing dishes. Its a skill practiced in kitchens all over the world. Do you love a wood bowl of french onion soup. That crispy bread and melted Gruyere cheese on top. That’s a broiler. The soup gets a crouton on top then a liberal sprinkle of Gruyere and under the broiler to melt.
Now baking is no simple pursuit. Nothing g like broiling. Baking can be a science. One of either exact ingredients or a science of the understanding of heat. Hams to breads happen through baking. To bake well you have to understand what you are trying to achieve and how heat can help you achieve it. Buckle in as we discuss these two powerful cooking methods and add them to your arsenal.
Its a firm belief of mine that cooking and learning to cook for yourself should be as important as learning to read or add. Its insane that we leave high school with AP courses under our belts but still look to others to prepare our food. Nutrition an cooking should not be an elective. The direct correlation between what we eat and our health is scientifically undeniable. That said it only makes sense that in a house of learning this gets conveyed. Instead we have mandatory classes like ‘how to hit a ball with a stick.’
This series will be geared towards how and when to utilize each cooking method. It will arm you with a new set of tools when it comes to food preparation. The ability to transform raw ingredients from your pantry or the wild into food is an indispensable survival skill. The most important thing to understand is that you can become an expert at all of these cooking methods. I hope you look at food through a different lens following this series of shows. So tell your friends and family the crazy host of I AM Liberty is going off the deep end on cooking and you won’t want to miss it.
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