KITCHEN TOOLS – Caveman Keto https://cavemanketo.com Weight loss through low carb cooking Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:11:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 The Perfect Bacon Bowl? https://cavemanketo.com/perfect-bacon-bowl/ https://cavemanketo.com/perfect-bacon-bowl/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 12:10:43 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=5227 So when this first came out, I vowed to never buy one. A Bacon Bowl? Who would get such a thing? Sure, I’ve made Bacones, hundreds of Bacon Weaves, even a Bacon  Basket Weave, but never have I bought a commercial product just to cook bacon!  Well, this gem was on clearance at a local …

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So when this first came out, I vowed to never buy one. A Bacon Bowl? Who would get such a thing? Sure, I’ve made Bacones, hundreds of Bacon Weaves, even a Bacon  Basket Weave, but never have I bought a commercial product just to cook bacon!  Well, this gem was on clearance at a local store so I decided it was finally time to take the plunge.  That, and as the holidays approach, I was looking for more cool gadgets to add to the Caveman Keto’s Kitchen section of the website.
Bacon Bowl ApparatusWell, here it is, the bacon bowl. There are some cool features built in.  First, the groves along the sides allow air to get into the bacon bowl and the bacon grease to flow down. Then there is a spout to pour the bacon grease.  The box says this is to discard the grease, Ha!  I of course pour it directly into my grease keeper!!Bacon Bowl BaseIt didn’t come with any instructions, I guess they figure its obvious.  Of course, my first one completely fell apart so its not so obvious.  The first time I didn’t put enough overlap and the bottom had holes.  On this round I cut two pieces in half and used four slices as shown for the bottom.  I use pretty thick and long bacon so YMMV.Wrapped Bacon BowlFinally, wrap a piece of bacon around the outside toe form the sides of the bacon bowl.  I didn’t use a toothpick or anything to hold it but it might not hurt.Bacon Bowl in the OvenThe box says you can put this in the microwave. I would not be caught dead cooking bacon in a microwave so I used my tabletop convection oven.Finished Bacon BowlHere’s the bacon bowl out of the oven.  It browned up well and you can see the amazing bacon grease at the bottom.Shape of the Bacon BowlHere’s a shot of the side. It held together better than I thought it would.  I think the ruffles help.Inside of Bacon BowlAnd here’s a shot of the inside.  The first time I cooked one I did it at my usual baking temperature of 450 with convection.  This resulted in the bottom of the bowl being undercooked.  Instead I lowered the temp to 375 and cooked it for 18-20 minutes.  Keep in mind that I always use super thick bacon so if you use wimpy bacon it will cook faster.Bacon Bowl with EggsAs advertised, it worked quite well at holding some eggs!  Of course it fell apart as soon as I cut into it but at least its something bacon-y that you can buy for that special ketoer this holiday season!!
The Perfect Bacon Bowl?
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 slices Bacon
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  1. Preheat convection oven to 375
  2. Cut two slices in half and spread four pieces over the base for the bottom of the bowl, make sure to overlap pieces
  3. Tightly wrap the third slice around the base to form the side
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown
Bacon Bowl
Ok, so I honestly never though I’d buy one these. I even made my own bacon bowls before they were cool. But, this was on sale and I made an impulse buy. Pretty convenient if you want a bacon-y bowl for your eggs 🙂
Black and Decker Convection Oven
My convection oven is my best friend. Whenever I am making a dinner for just one or two I always use this over my full sized oven. Meals like Lazy Keto Chicken were designed for this thing, the hot air cooks stuff super fast and uses less energy.
RSVP Stoneware Grease Keeper
Never throw away bacon fat. Ever! This thing is the coolest invention. It’s a little ceramic container that has a built-in filter that stores your bacon grease. You simply pour the grease into it when you’re done frying some bacon and its ready to spoon back into the pan next time you’re frying some veggies!

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Fry-day: DIY Bacon Weave Frying Basket https://cavemanketo.com/fry-day-bacon-weave-frying-basket/ https://cavemanketo.com/fry-day-bacon-weave-frying-basket/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:30:55 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=2627 Ever since I started using my deep fryer I knew I wanted to fry bacon.  Sure, I had fried bacon in the first intro to deep frying article but it twisted, turned and wasn’t very useful for anything but bacon bits. I knew there had to be a way but I wasn’t sure how to …

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Ever since I started using my deep fryer I knew I wanted to fry bacon.  Sure, I had fried bacon in the first intro to deep frying article but it twisted, turned and wasn’t very useful for anything but bacon bits. I knew there had to be a way but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. Then, as I was walking through an asian grocery store, I saw this grill basket.  I got inspired and realized I could shape a standard grill basket into a custom press that could hold foods while frying.  This way I could get that perfect, bacon weave shape but in the deep fryer.  So, today on my Fry-day series I’ll show you how to make a bacon weave frying basket!Completed Grill Basket

Here’s the finished product.  Basically I created a basket with a lid that you can clamp down on food to hold it in the oil.Grill BasketStart with a grill basket like this one.  The benefit of using a grill basket as opposed to raw materials from home depot is that this device is already designed and certified to work with food.Grill Basket with Fryer

So this picture shows the problem.  My fryer, and many like it, are round.  Even the larger ones are rectangular and this shape won’t do.One Side of Grill Basket

So, I traced out the outer dimensions onto the basket.  Originally I thought I was going to make a round bend basket but I ended up with a rectangle for engineering reasons.Grill Basket with Clamps

So the first step was to cut down the grill basket to a dimension that will fit in the fryer.  Then I used some bar clamps and two pieces of wood to hold the metal grate down.  Then I used a combination of bending by hand and hitting it with a hammer to bend the clamp into a right angle.  This is so that it will fit in the basket and also so you have a handle to pull the device out of the fryer.Bent Grill Basket

Now as you can see we have the base of the fry basket.

Bent Basket in Fryer

And, as you can see, it fits in the fryer.Second Part of Grill Basket

Now I got to work on the second section.  With this model grill basket, one section runs horizontal while the other one runs vertical.  So, I couldn’t cut the horizontal piece, but rather I had to bend it.Side of Grill Basket Top

I again clamped the piece between two boards and banged away with a hammer.Two parts of Grill Basket

Now I had the flat bottom piece with the vertical runs and a second piece with the horizontal runs.Clips on Grill Basket

I reattached the two pieces together with the clips.  These came with it, I just used some pliers to get them apart and I reattached them with it.Bacon Weave Start

For the bacon weave, take some thick bacon and cut it in half.  For more information on making a bacon weave, check out the original article or the video on YouTube.Bacon Weave

Form a cross pattern with the bacon.  This is a 3×3 but you could make any configuration from 2×2 to 6×6 or even 3×4’s, etc.Bacon Weave on Grill basket

The bacon weave fits perfectly into the bacon weave frying basket.Captured Bacon Weave

Then close the top to secure the bacon weave!Basket in Fryer

Throw it in the 375 degree oil for about 5-7 minutes or until crispy.Fried Bacon Weave

Here’s the bacon weave after frying.  As you can see the basket did a pretty good job of holding it down.Finished Bacon Weave

Here’s the finished product!  Its a great topper for a burger or as a bread substitute!

I hope you enjoyed this installment of my Fry-day series.  Leave a comment on what you think I should fry next!

DeLonghi Deep Fryer
If you follow the blog, you know that I’ve gotten a little obsessed lately with my Deep Fryer to the point where I post a weekly Fry-day article. I had one of these in college and it always made me feel guilty using it. I feel so liberated that there are all sorts of keto friendly fried foods like nuggets, wings and brussels sprouts!
Cone Filters, 50 Pack
To keep your frying oil clean, you really need to filter it on a regular basis. Fryers will come with one or two filters in the kit but they run out fast. This 50 pack will keep you going for well over a year
Filter Stand
Use this stand in conjunction with standard cone filters to easily filter your oil. This system is in place of the filtering method that comes with your fryer.

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Deep Fried Keto https://cavemanketo.com/deep-fried-keto/ https://cavemanketo.com/deep-fried-keto/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:34:44 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=2467 Back in college I used to own a deep fryer. I remember it fondly; we would bring it out, fry some tater tots, fry some chicken tenders, coat candy in pancake batter and fry that, etc. Basically the most unhealthy thing imaginable. I got rid of it a long time ago but recently I’ve been …

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Back in college I used to own a deep fryer. I remember it fondly; we would bring it out, fry some tater tots, fry some chicken tenders, coat candy in pancake batter and fry that, etc. Basically the most unhealthy thing imaginable. I got rid of it a long time ago but recently I’ve been thinking if it could be used as an effective, time saving tool for the ketogenic diet. Fryers have gotten a bad rep because most of the food that they are used to cook are carb heavy, sugar laden disasters that I outlined above. What if I could cook keto friendly foods in the fryer? So with that in mind I set out to pick out a new fryer. I settled on a DeLonghi Deep Fryer and started frying!  Today I’ll show you the results of some of the obvious frys such as Chicken Wings and some cooler ideas like almond bun coated jalapeno balls.
DeLonghi Deep FryerHere is the beast in action.  As I mentioned above, I read all the reviews on Amazon, and finally settled on the DeLonghi D677UX Deep Fryer. It was a tough decision because I had a few specific requirements that I needed to fulfill. The number one thing I wanted was the ability to use lard as a cooking oil as opposed to something like peanut oil or vegetable oil. The issue is that lard is a solid at room temperature so many of the “higher” end models of fryers use immersion heating elements to heat up the oil. Basically it is a large coil of metal that gets really hot and heats the oil. If you use lard with one of these, the solid lard will burn out the heating elements. As it heats up, some of the oil will melt and turn to liquid, then causing air gaps, which will let the coil get to hot, then lard will drip on it, causing little explosions of near boiling grease. Basically a recipe for disaster. So, I had to go with a fryer that was designed closer to looking like a crockpot or rice cooker rather than one with heating elements in it. This left the Fry Daddy line and this one. The second thing is that my wife was already pretty opposed to the idea and I wanted one with filters and that was easy to clean. This one has an air filter on the top, all of the cooking happens with the lid closed. Also, it has a spout at the bottom so it is easy to drain and clean the unit. Now you could also fry in just a dutch oven, but then you would have grease everywhere and cleanup would involve draining a 30 lbs cast iron pot with boiling oil in it … Anyway, that’s the long reason why I went with this model. On to the frying!

Bacon prepped for Deep FryerFirst up in the fryer was some regular old bacon.  I cut it up into sections so it would fit in the frying basket.  With this model you load the basket, close the lid, then drop the food into the oil after the lid is closed.

Fried BaconI don’t know what I expected to happen but the bacon shriveled up as shown above. The bacon was crisp and well cooked but it was really curly.  As you know, I normally go to great lengths trying keep my bacon flat, with bacon presses and such.  I’ll have to think about this one, possibly build a device that holds it flat during the frying.
Fried Bacon on HamburgerNever the less, the bacon served its purpose well and was delicious! I had a burger on top of an Almond Bun, topped cheese, then  with pan fried onions and peppers, then an egg and finally the bacon pieces.
Cauliflower ready for fryingNext up, some vegetables.  Cooking vegetables in a pan always takes a while and can often turn to mush. So, I decided to try some cauliflower florets in the fryer.

Fried CauliflowerThey turned out really well! The outside was nice and golden brown and the it was super soft. I would recommend trying this one again.

Onion Slices

I love onions.  I know they are a pretty high carb vegetable but I can’t help myself sometimes.  So, I wanted to see if I could create a chip like texture with the onions.  I chopped an onion into four parts and separated the layers as shown.Fried Onion Slices

It went ok. It had a good taste and texture but it wasn’t crisp.  I think the layers of the onions were too thick so it was a bit soggy.Fried Onion Strings

While I still had the onions, I wanted to recreate onion strings.  This is a traditional topper for a green bean casserole but the type you buy from a store is battered.  I just cut the onion really, really thin and threw them in!  They worked out really well except they cooked super fast. Some of them shown above were perfect, some were a little over done. Also, they go through the mesh of the fryer basket.  Next time I’ll just throw them into the oil in small batches and use a strainer to pull them out when done.  I would definitely recommend using this again as a topper for recipes.

Chicken Wings ready for Fryer

Now for the classic, Buffalo Wings! All I had on me were some frozen wings so that’s what I used. I first rinsed them with water to get rid of any ice particles, then dried them and threw them into the fryer.
Fried Chicken Wings

They turned out pretty decently.  It was more crisp than when I baked them but I’ve had better in restaurants.  I’m going to keep experimenting, maybe trying fresh wings and different oil combinations.  Overall, I would make them in the fryer over the oven, but I need to figure out an ideal method to get really crisp skin.Fried Jalapeno Poppers

Finally, my greatest accomplishment, a reinvention of my classic Jalapeno Poppers.  I had to think of a way to put it together that wouldn’t totally fall apart in the fryer.  So, I fried some bacon, then combined cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sliced jalapenos and the bacon into little balls.  Then a refrigerated the balls.  Then I made an almond flour based batter with eggs and almond flour, dipped the balls, refrigerated the dipped balls, then fried them!  I’ll have to do a separate article on them but they were amazing!  It was gooey and and cheesy and spicy all at the same time.  I think this batter will have to be a base for my future frying experiments.Cat in Fryer Box

As an added bonus, the fryer box serves as the perfect bed for cats. It might be worth buying it just for your furry friend.  He was quite sad when recycling day came and we had to get rid of his new bed.

So there you have it, my first foray into keto frying!  Overall it went well and I’m happy with the results.  In the coming weeks I’m going to try and render my own leaf lard, aka pork fat, and use that for the frying oil. Let me know in the comments what you’ve fried on keto and also any ideas you have for future frying adventures I should try!

DeLonghi Deep Fryer
If you follow the blog, you know that I’ve gotten a little obsessed lately with my Deep Fryer to the point where I post a weekly Fry-day article. I had one of these in college and it always made me feel guilty using it. I feel so liberated that there are all sorts of keto friendly fried foods like nuggets, wings and brussels sprouts!
Cone Filters, 50 Pack
To keep your frying oil clean, you really need to filter it on a regular basis. Fryers will come with one or two filters in the kit but they run out fast. This 50 pack will keep you going for well over a year
Filter Stand
Use this stand in conjunction with standard cone filters to easily filter your oil. This system is in place of the filtering method that comes with your fryer.

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Caveman Keto Quick Tips: Reseasoning Cast Iron https://cavemanketo.com/video-reseasoning-cast-iron/ https://cavemanketo.com/video-reseasoning-cast-iron/#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:29:09 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=3117 In part 2 of this guide I will show you how to take a raw cast iron pan and reseason it. This will involve applying multiple cycles of oiling, curing at a high temperature, and then cooling. The end result will be a robust, non stick cast iron finish! If you missed it, check out …

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In part 2 of this guide I will show you how to take a raw cast iron pan and reseason it. This will involve applying multiple cycles of oiling, curing at a high temperature, and then cooling. The end result will be a robust, non stick cast iron finish!

If you missed it, check out part 1!

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Caveman Keto Quick Tips: Cast Iron Rust Removal https://cavemanketo.com/video-cast-iron-rust-removal/ https://cavemanketo.com/video-cast-iron-rust-removal/#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:10:03 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=3114 Have a rusty old cast iron pan in the basement? Need to remove the rust from your latest antique purchase?  Enter Electrolysis Rust Removal! Simply follow this easy to understand tutorial to use electricity to remove the rust from any rusted piece!  All items available from Home Depot or your local Auto Supply store. This …

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Have a rusty old cast iron pan in the basement? Need to remove the rust from your latest antique purchase?  Enter Electrolysis Rust Removal! Simply follow this easy to understand tutorial to use electricity to remove the rust from any rusted piece!  All items available from Home Depot or your local Auto Supply store. This is part 1 of a two part series.  In this part I show you how to remove the rust and crud from a cast iron pan and in part two I show you how to re-season the skillet.

Check out part 2!

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Caveman Keto Quick Tips: Shredded Cheese https://cavemanketo.com/video-shredded-cheese/ https://cavemanketo.com/video-shredded-cheese/#comments Sat, 03 Aug 2013 12:11:16 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=3098 Did you know that store bought shredded cheese uses potato starches (carbs) to keep the cheese from sticking? Why not save money and carbs by shredding your own! In this Caveman Keto Quick Tip I’ll show you how easy it is to shred your own cheese. When you’re done, use the cheese on top of …

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Did you know that store bought shredded cheese uses potato starches (carbs) to keep the cheese from sticking? Why not save money and carbs by shredding your own! In this Caveman Keto Quick Tip I’ll show you how easy it is to shred your own cheese.

When you’re done, use the cheese on top of some Caveman Chili!

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Caveman Sous Vide https://cavemanketo.com/caveman-sous-vide/ https://cavemanketo.com/caveman-sous-vide/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:40:46 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=1025 Update: Consumer Sous Vide machines have really dropped in price since I made my sous video machine.  I now recommend an Anova Sous Vide instead of making one. You probably thought I was going to throw some hot rocks into a pool of water, didn’t you 🙂  Well if you haven’t heard of Sous Vide …

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Update: Consumer Sous Vide machines have really dropped in price since I made my sous video machine.  I now recommend an Anova Sous Vide instead of making one.

You probably thought I was going to throw some hot rocks into a pool of water, didn’t you 🙂  Well if you haven’t heard of Sous Vide before, its pretty much the ultimate keto cooking tool. The basic idea is that you vacuum seal food into a bag and place it into a hot water bath for a period of time.  The temperature of the water bath is maintained at a steady temperature which is the desired finishing temperature for the meat.  This is how restaurants get perfectly pink steak from side to side without burning it.  They simply set the Sous Vide to 140 degrees F and bam, medium steak.  The only problem is that even the lowest end consumer Sous Vide machines go for a lot of dough.  So, what’s a man to do, build my own of course! I started my journey by reading the Make: Sous Vide Immersion Cooker but I ended up varying quite a bit on the components and design.  I went through two earlier revisions but I think this latest one is good enough to share with the world.

Caveman Sous Vide

As you can see, the unit is contained in a standard Rubbermaid container and clamps to a storage container where the water goes. You set the temperature on the controller and off you go!

Another view of the Caveman Sous VideHere is a side view of the unit with no water. From left to right, you have the mounting bracket, the pump, then the temperature probe, followed by three heating elements.  Now that you’ve seen the goods, lets get on to how to build your own!

Caveman Sous Vide

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Disclaimer: This project involves electricity, power tools and water.  If you don’t feel comfortable combining all three of these, I would just buy a commercial machine. I am in no way responsible if you hurt yourself and you should undertake this project at your own risk!

So my main goal in making this Sous Vide machine was for it to be as easy as possible for the average hobbyist to make.  I did the whole design with no custom parts and everything can be bought from Amazon and shipped directly to your house.  In reality, my version included some items I already had and some of them I bought from either Home Depot or Radioshack. Things like the electrical clamps and small hardware are probably cheaper at a hardware store and you should go there for those items. Let’s get started!

Electrical ClampThe first step is to attach the electrical beam clamp to the bottom of the container. It took me a while to find a suitable way to mount the container to the water vessel but when I saw this in the hardware store I was ecstatic!  It can hold 750 lbs and comes with all the proper mounting orientations we need built in.  Place the mount as shown with the edge up against the lip and centered.  Then mark the center of the whole and drill it out with a #16 or close drill. You can either secure the mount on now with a 3/8″ hex bolt and washer or wait.  I should also note that if you can’t find hex bolts short enough to not hit the container, buy a longer one and cut it with the dremel.

1/2" Electrical Clamp holeNext cut the three holes for the heaters.  Make sure to space them out enough so that the nut can secure on the other end.  Roughly put them in the center line of the container.  In an ideal scenario, all of the heaters are aligned and the pump pushes the water through their aligned holes.  Use the paddle bit to make the whole but you might need to expand it a little with a dremel to make it fit.

Electrical Clamps InstalledHere is a picture with the three clamps installed.  It really was a moment of genius when I found these clamps.  There really is no good way to hold these stupid heaters because they are just plastic with no retention mechanism.  However, they do have a little lip on them and it perfectly fits into the cable clamp.  Originally I was just going to grab the wire coming off the heater but they held even better on the lip.

PID Controller HoleCut out a hole for the controller.  With this container the PID controller fits perfectly under the lip.  Trace it and then very carefully cut it out with the dremel.

Pump HolderThe aluminum rectangular bar is for the pump.  Technically the pump has suction cups on the back of it but they are pretty miserable.  Also, this keeps the pump in the exact position you want. Measure twice and cut once, hence the two drill holes …  You’ll end up zip tieing the pump to this bar after it gets bolted to the same clamp that holds the container.

Finished BottomHere is the finished bottom.  Quite nice looking if I do say so myself 🙂  You can see that I ran another electrical clamp for the pump wire and I also installed the thermocouple.

LidI put all of the electronics on the lid of the container. On the left is the SSR or solid state relay.  Because the elements of the system can draw a lot of power, the PID controller actually only sends out a low voltage signal that then switches this SSR.  This SSR is then capable of switching a much larger load.  Basically the PID connects to this and it acts as a large switch for the heaters.  The item on the right is a terminal strip and just makes wiring easier.  To connect these, just use #8 screws with nuts and washers.  I just marked them and drilled holes through the top.

Top of the ContainerHere is the top.

Switch and CordHere you can see the last container mod which is the power cable and the power switch.  I originally bought a really cool switch from Amazon but it was rectangular and would have been near impossible to install.  Instead I drove to Radioshack and picked up a simpler switch that can be installed with one drill hole. I also secured the power cord with the last of the five electrical clamps.

Soldering the SwitchMost of the wiring is via screw terminal but the switch needs to be wired another way.  You can do it however you want, twisting, duct tape, crimp connectors, whatever.  However the correct way is to feed the wire through, then twist it, then solder it as shown.  I specified leaded solder because simple, cheap soldering irons have problems with lead-free solder and this small amount of solder isn’t going to hurt anything.

Heat ShrinkAgain, you can do it anyway you want, but ideally it should be covered in heat shrink.

Wiring of the Sous VideHere is the final wiring.  I should note that rather than buy wire, I just took an old extension cord I had and ripped it apart.  You then have 25 feet of wire designed for this purpose without having to buy anything expensive!  Also, make sure to read the manual regarding your particular controller to make sure you wire it up properly.  The theory with the wiring was that I put the hot side (black) on a switch and ran neutral to wherever it was needed.  So when you hit the switch, it turns on the pump and the controller and makes half of the SSR live.  Then the PID controller controls the SSR and can connect the hot to the neutral to complete the circuit for the heaters.  The thermocouple then connects directly to the PID controller.  NOTE: Make sure it is in water when you hit the power because these pumps and the heater will burnout if not submersed underwater.

Wiring Diagram:

Well folks that’s it!  I will likely be cooking a lot with this in the near future so check out my Sous Vide Recipe section and as time goes on I’ll post all of my vacuum cooking adventures!

Oh, and just for fun, here are some pictures of the earlier revs I went through before I settled on this one!

Rev 1.0This was the very first test, I literally just wired it and used it in the sink.

Rev 1.2Rev 1.2 used a huge old pond pump I had and some rebar to hold the heaters. I left the house while cooking some eggs and they all exploded because of the power of the pump!

Rev 1.5For rev 1.5 I did a tighter integration with more cooking space.  I also put a filter on the pump to reduce its speed.

Rev 2.0For rev 2.0, I attached all of the components to the lid. This was also the first time I attached the pump to the same switch.  Prior I had to plug in the pump separately.  This version worked well, and I used it a lot, but it isn’t portable and its completely built into this one container.  It also was very hard to keep a consistent temperature with the lid on like this, the temperature would rise too much.  Not to mention all the electronics were exposed.

Well, thanks for reading this far!  Here is some 24 hour cooked flank steak for your effort:

Sous Vide Flank Steak

 

Anova Sous Vide Cooker
Sous Vide was one of my first forays into extreme stunt cooking. I made my own DIY Sous Vide machine but you can skip all that trouble and just pick up a commercial model. The prices have dropped dramatically and its insane how nice cuts like prime rib cooked for 10 hours come out!
FoodSaver V3835 Vacuum Food Sealer
A Vacuum Sealer is more like an enabling technology in the CMK kitchen. Its necessary for a Sous Vide setup but once you get one you’ll find yourself resealing half eaten bags of pork rinds, or buying bulk meats at BJs and freezing them in perfectly sealed, pre-portioned bags.
FoodSaver Bag Combo Pack
Perfect companion for any of your Sous Vide needs! Either cut and seal to a custom size or use the precut bags.

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Kitchen Tools: Cast Iron Griddle! https://cavemanketo.com/kitchen-tools-cast-iron-griddle/ https://cavemanketo.com/kitchen-tools-cast-iron-griddle/#respond Sat, 03 Mar 2012 13:57:20 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=470 I finally got my Lodge cast iron griddle in from Amazon.  For some reason, the bacon I’ve been buying from BJ’s is really long.  As a result, when I cook it in my regular 12″ skillet, I can only fit so many pieces and they end up curling.  Additionally, its a lot harder to use …

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I finally got my Lodge cast iron griddle in from Amazon.  For some reason, the bacon I’ve been buying from BJ’s is really long.  As a result, when I cook it in my regular 12″ skillet, I can only fit so many pieces and they end up curling.  Additionally, its a lot harder to use a bacon press for perfect, flat bacon because the pan is round.  So, I got a griddle!

Cast Iron Griddle with Bacon and EggsHere is the griddle in use with breakfast cooking away!  One major advantage is I can cook the eggs and the bacon at the same time.  Also, as you can see there is plenty of room for the bacon.

Bacon Press holding down the fortHere is my bacon press holding down the fort.  I just place it over the part that is curling.  Additionally, you can place the bacon press on the griddle at the upper end to keep it warm.

Frying an eggOnce I was most of the way done with the bacon, I started frying the egg.  The bacon grease is already on the griddle and you can prepare a ton of food on this thing!

Finished Skilet BreakfastFinished griddle breakfast!  The bacon is really straight and perfect!

Mini Review:

Griddle Box

It comes well packed from Amazon.

Flat SideHere is the flat side. It has a large drip area on the right side and the face is sloped in that direction.  It comes preseasoned but the bacon was sticking a little for the first round, I’ll have to run a bunch of bacon over it to get a good coat on there.

Grill SideThe other side is a grill pattern.  I’m excited to try this with steaks and burgers for indoor grill marking!

Griddle TiltOne thing I was really concerned about is the griddle tilt.  This griddle gets amazing reviews on Amazon except for people with 8 point burners.  Their is a video showing how bad it is and they appear to use my exact same oven!  Now, being an engineer I was not too concerned, I figured I could fix it no matter what.  Above is what they are talking about, the middle point of the burner hits the handle.

FixedHowever, this is really just fear mongering.  All I had to do is slide it either forward a little or back a little and the handle falls into place.  So either they didn’t try too hard or the device has been reworked.  This does distribute the flame a little bit less to the back but it still works great.

Second FixThere is also a second option I came up with of removing the second burner cover and sliding the remaining cover more towards the center.  The griddle is so big and heavy that it easily rests on one of these.  If the other solution doesn’t give you enough flexibility, than this will allow you to center the griddle over both burners.  Originally I was going to break out an angle grinder or build up some steel holders to keep the griddle in place but none of that was necessary, I believe this griddle will work with all ovens, unlike the spurious reviews on Amazon.

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Kitchen Tools: Microwave Food Cover https://cavemanketo.com/kitchen-tools-microwave-food-cover/ https://cavemanketo.com/kitchen-tools-microwave-food-cover/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2012 05:05:11 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=441 This one is so simple but I doubt many people even know they exist!  We had something similar when I was a kid but I never thought to look for one until now.  On the keto diet we are ALWAYS microwaving stuff. Almost 100% of my meals are prepared ahead of time and therefore need …

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This one is so simple but I doubt many people even know they exist!  We had something similar when I was a kid but I never thought to look for one until now.  On the keto diet we are ALWAYS microwaving stuff. Almost 100% of my meals are prepared ahead of time and therefore need to be microwaved to heat up.  This was creating a really messy microwave that constantly had to be cleaned.  Sauces would explode, chicken would pop, and the result was a nasty microwave with dried, old food everywhere.  Yuck!  Enter the microwave food cover!

Microwave Food CoverHere is the cover. Most of my food fits under the entire thing, for my large plates it sits on the plate.

Clean MicrowaveStart with a clean microwave!

Microwave cover in placeHere I am microwaving my lunch.  This week I was eating Chicken Broccoli Soup.

Finished MicrowavingHere is the completed microwave.  Steam forms on the inside and any food is caught.  As you can see, nothing can get dirty!  Both the base of the microwave and this cover can go in the dishwasher so its makes it much easier to clean!

Finished FoodBon Appetit! I am seriously considering bringing one into the office, if to only try and keep other people’s nasty food from falling off the top of the microwave into mine!

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