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How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet for the First Time

Cast iron skillets are a great addition to any kitchen. Not only are they durable and last for years, but they can also be used for a variety of tasks – from searing steaks to baking desserts. The only problem is that many people don’t know how to season a cast iron skillet the first time. In this blog post, we will discuss the best way to season your cast iron skillet so that it lasts for years!

One of the best ways to season a cast iron skillet is by using flaxseed oil. Flaxseed oil is a natural and healthy way to season your cast iron skillet. It helps to create a smooth and non-stick surface, which makes cooking much easier. Plus, it’s good for your health!

Another great way to season a cast iron skillet is by using butter. Butter has a high fat content, which helps create an even surface on your skillet without adding any flavor or texture to the food being cooked.

The last way we will discuss today is seasoning with lard or bacon grease. Lard and bacon grease are great ways to season your cast iron skillet because they have a high smoke point, meaning that they don’t break down or create any harmful chemicals at high temperatures.

No matter which way you choose to season your cast iron skillet, make sure to do it slowly and evenly. This will help the seasoning process to be successful and will ensure that your skillet lasts for years!

How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet in 6 Easy Steps

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Clean your skillet with hot, soapy water and a stiff brush. Rinse well and dry completely.

3. Apply a light coating of vegetable shortening or cooking oil to the entire surface of the skillet.

4. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 1 hour.

5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before storing or using.

6. To season your skillet, heat it on the stove over medium-high heat until it is hot enough to produce a light haze (about 400 degrees F). Add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil per 10 inches of skillet diameter and swirl to coat evenly (you may need more if using a larger skillet). Cook for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool before storing or using.”

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Brava Oven Review: The Pros and Cons of Cooking with Light

Brava cooking at the speed of light: Brava is unlike any other cooking device and uses an innovative, new technology and at a price tag of $1095 it better be something specials. Here are a few key reasons our customers are choosing Brava.

They claim to cook in a fraction of the time of a normal oven dose. According to the manufactures the Brava cooks on its own. They say the Brava can significantly reduce time and it cooks just about anything to perfect level doneness. And finally they claim the Brava makes the food taste incredible. This oven claims to do a lot, so let’s try to figure out how it does it?

Most common questions about cooking with light.

How does cooking with light work? Cooking with light means transferring energy directly to the food itself, rather than the space around it or the pan it’s sitting in, which translates into vastly more efficient and faster cooking.

Is Cooking with light safe? Yes. Pure Light Cooking™ relies on infrared (just like a regular oven) and visible light (which is how we see the world, but without using UV or blue light). Traditional ovens, toasters, and grills use infrared for broiling, baking, toasting, and roasting.

Is cooking with infrared healthy? Infrared grills are similar to cooking with a microwave by using electromagnetic energy (EM). Extremely high energy forms of EM radiation may pose a cancer risk, but infrared grills do not have enough power to alter or denature the protein in foods.

Brava is easy to use; but like any new technology, there is a bit of a learning curve.  Once you know the basics, your next delicious meal is a button push away!

How is the Brava Build

Six Lamps

Six individual lamps deliver Pure Light to specific tray zones simultaneously to cook a complete meal in record time.

Sensor System

Our TempSensor and camera work together to help us measure how fast food is cooking so we can adjust the power in real-time.

Materials and Design

Accessories and oven chamber designed to give the most flexibility for optimum cook results every time.

One of the great things about Brava is that they offer a free and live video tutorial for new customers to learn the basics of cooking with Brava. 

The tutorial is in a small group setting (less than 5 people).  You will have many opportunities to ask questions. https://www.brava.com/start

5 Reasons why you should buy the Brava.

  1. It has Breakthrough technology
  2. Undeniably the brava is fun to use
  3. What it does well, it does brilliantly
  4. The Brava has a Small footprint
  5. The Brava preheats in moments

5 Reason why you shouldn’t buy the brava 

CONS

  1. If you are not technically inclined the interface can be complicated.
  2. Little flexibility in the programming
  3. Meat thermometer/probe is weird and hard to use 
  4. Timing errs on the side of too well done
  5. The Brava is too small for a meal for more than four people.

Other sites reviews on the Brava:

Reviewed.com

But, if you like high-tech toys and/or prefer a countertop oven to a full size-model, and you have the money to spare, you’ll find the Brava convenient and quick to use. It definitely takes a lot of the guesswork out of cooking and could be a boon to beginner cooks. Just don’t get rid of your full-size oven—you’ll want it for roasting a turkey and making lots of cookies.

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Pcmag.com

The Brava Oven is a fast countertop appliance that can bake, sear, toast, air fry, and even dehydrate food, with loads of automatic cooking settings and internal cameras for watching your meal as it cooks.

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Thespoon.tech

I went on a strange journey with Brava. I was skeptical at first, won over by the cooking, but put off by the little annoyances. A thousand bucks is a big chunk of change for a countertop oven. On its own, I think the Brava is best suited for younger (affluent, I guess) folks living in smaller spaces, and younger couples who are busy and want to automate their cooking.

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