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The Ultimate Burger Smasher

I came across a Korean Street Food video on youtube ( I watch a lot of these, and you should too! ) and they made these burgers.

After trying it once, I was hooked for life. The video itself highlighted how they sell hundreds a day, so I knew when I was supposed to make burgers for a large family gathering, this was my only option.

Everyone went crazy over them and it was really simple!

The most important thing is the smasher. Every time I tried using a spatula it would just bend and I always had to use two hands and two spatulas and work it down to a flat patty.

This smasher can be used in a pan or any flat top skillet you have.

I’ve even used them on those cheap electric skillets from wal-mart and still got amazing results.

Here is the video,

You can use a lot of things to smash, I’ve even used another cast iron skillet before. But there was always something that made me want a dedicated perfect too.

If you love a good smash burger you owe it to yourself to grab one of these and feast!

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Learn To Make Amazing Pasta

The first time I ever made spaghetti from scratch, I swore I’d never eat boxed pasta again.

For 7 years now, I haven’t!

A small hand full of tools allows for quick execution of making pasta from scratch that I have used for years to quickly crank out deliciousness.

Tools

Sifter

Roller / Cutter

Pot

Strainer

Mixing Bowl

Ingredients for pasta

2 cups flour

2 eggs + 2 egg yolks

pinch of pepper

big pinch of salt

olive oil

Directions:

Mix your sifted flour, pepper, and salt together.

Make a well with the mixture that will hold your eggs, yolks, and oil.

carefully beat the eggs, mixing in the oil and slowly incorporating a little bit of flower at a time.

Mix until it has combined enough that you need to work it with your hands.

Start kneeding the dough. This can take 15 or so minutes, and can be tiresome. If you have a mixer, no shame in busting that thing out. I’ve done it a few times.

once all the flour is incorporated into the ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and let it sit.

Some people say an hour, some say over night. Some say 10 minutes.

Personally, I’ve done what ever I had time for, including immediately with no rest and it was still just fine.

After it rests, set up your roller machine and set it to the widest setting.

Force feed the pasta through the roller.

After each pass of the pasta, lower the dial on the machine to the next step down.

Repeat this until you’ve reached your desired thickness. If you don’t know, take it to wehre you think it might need to go and try boiling a single strand of it and tasting it. If you go too thin, you can fold it in half and run it through the machine again at the next step up.

Now run the strips of pasta through the desired cutter. Most machines come with spaghetti and fettucinni sizes.

throw the noodles into boiling water for a few minutes.

once the noodles reach your desired doneness, immediately strain them into a big mixing bowl to keep all that pasta water.

Your noodles are now complete. Enjoy!

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Want To Make Your Own Seasonings?

You won’t regret this, and it is a lot easier than you might think at first.

With garlic, jalepenos, habeneros, onions, bell peppers, and more, I’ve been able to improve the flavors of my dishes with a little bit of extra effort and a couple extra pieces of gear.

If you’ve already got a knife and cutting board, then you’ve already got half the equipment.

Once you slice up your soon-to-be seasoning, you’re going to need a dehydrator to remove all the moisture and get it ready for grinding.

I started off with a old school dehydrator but upgraded to a nesco one that I absolutely love for around $50

It does look like the prices has increased a bit over the years but I still feel at $75 it is a great value because you can and will use it for a lot more than just seasonings. (you can even make your own raisins, jerky, fruit roll ups, and more with this, no joke)

Once you’ve got your dehydration step complete, you can pulverize it to a dust or leave it whole.

I picked up this grinder because it was small enough to not take up a lot of space, and still powerful enough to make all the seasonings I could possibly throw at it for me, my family, and my friends.

Then get yourself a nice little set of seasoning jars and package em up!

I’ve really enjoyed these seasonings vs the store bought varieties, and will probably cry if I ever have to go back to using store bought stuff.

I’m still only doing the basic seasonings too, these can get you into better herbs & spices.

If you’re looking to step up your seasoning game this is definitely a step in the right direction.

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Food Storage Containers

between meal prepping and left overs, I’m always storing something!

I do like to keep it simple, and for the most part of my past I’ve always gone with clear glass containers and clear plastic lids.

The last handful of years though I’ve enjoyed brightening up the colors and found these wonderful ello containers.


The glass and silicon bottoms are oven safe up to around 500 degrees. Which is higher than any of my ovens ever went.

I haven’t had a leak yet and have been using them for over two years.

I didn’t even know what a trivet was until I bought a set of these.

Now i’m fancy with built in ones.

I mix the colors of the lids and bottoms and it makes it even more fun.

Originally, I discovered the ello brand water bottles and I loved everything about it. Still use it to this day.

I’m glad I did too, because I’ve bought about 4 packs of their food storage systems and love the silicone decoration and heat protection.

These containers are great for a lot of reasons, so check them out if you think they’d fit in your kitchen too!

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Kitchen Essentials

I’ve never been blessed with a big kitchen or a big budget for my supplies.

Over the years I wasted a lot of time and money learning what I actually needed to create my dream kitchen that has minimal waste and maximum value.

If I had to start from scratch right now, these would be my first purchases to make sure I could make a wide variety of meals.

Water

Making sure your water is good, let’s start with a simple filter that gives us plenty of fresh water to cook with.

This can be for every daily drinking water, making veggie or meat stocks, cooking rice, steaming vegetables, boiling noodles, etc…

I even use it for my dogs sometimes!

Depending on your water, filters can be used up at different rates. It is always a good idea to have back up filters to keep your water fresh month after month with out having to worry about running out of fresh water!

Mixing Bowls

These can be used for a wide variety of tasks in any kitchen.

From marinading meat, mixing ingredients, making salads, or even storing left overs.

A Cast Iron Skillet & Lid

Everything you can imagine throwing at at a cooking pan, a good cast iron skillet will handle it and deliver delicious flavor right along with it.

Veggies, Meats, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, meals for one, meals for whole family, meal prepping for a week, cookies… you name it…

catch my drift?

A Good Cutting Board

a dedicated surface for prepping all your ingredients that is both beautiful and anti-microbial.

Make sure to get one that has a grease trap on one side for anytime you need to cut juicy meats, and a flat side for all your veggies.

These will last and last for years to come and you will constantly find yourself using it.

A Nice Chef’s Knife

this one knife can pretty much do it all.

Save money and space and learn the joy of having one good knife that holds the weight of 10 other knives

Metal Spatula Set

You need to be able to manage and handle your food through out the cooking process.

These spatulas allow for flipping, smashing, scraping, flopping hot ingredients.

Digital Thermometer

Cooking any meat requires a minimum temperature before it is safe to eat.

These digital thermometers eliminate the guess work and allow you to safely cook any recipe you dare to try.

This one has a built in probe and a tethered probe that you can use in the oven while being able to read the temperature from the counter.

Tongs

These tongs allow you to grab and move your food no matter how hot it is.

Reusable Bags

reducing waste is pretty important these days and making the switch to silicone bags was a no brainer.

These come in all shapes and sizes just like sandwich bags, and you simply wash them instead of throwing them away.

Adjustable and Refillable Grinders

I’ve bought too many grinders that weren’t refillable and I absolutely hated it.

So when I found these, I knew I had to get them.

They have adjustable grind sizes too so you can customize each twist to your specific liking.

Like coarse grind pepper for big juicy steaks, or a fine grind pepper for soups.

Drying Racks

One of the most important steps in cooking is the rest after the cooking is done.

These drying racks can be used for everything from baking cookies to cooking steaks, or even fried chicken, etc….

Prevents juices from piling up on the bottom of your food and possibly soaking into it and removing any desired crispiness.

Baking Sheets

a good working surface for inside of the oven.

throw all kinds of delicious food on these from french fries to cookies.

One of my biggest uses for these is pre-heating steak to 125 so that I can reverse sear them on the cast iron.

They also work as drip catch trays incase something you are cooking makes a little mess in the oven.

Measuring Cups & Spoons

A full set to help you measure out all your ingredients for all your favorite recipes.

Sizes are imprinted into the sides and wont scrape off or fade away over time.