KETO KITCHEN – 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=4.9.10 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!!
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Ingredients
  • 3 slices Bacon
Instructions
  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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Caveman Keto’s Kitchen https://cavemanketo.com/caveman-keto-kitchen/ https://cavemanketo.com/caveman-keto-kitchen/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:11:49 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?page_id=530 Looking for holiday gifts for the ketoer in your life? Just starting keto and want to outfit your kitchen with all the essentials? Look no further! I’ve compiled a list of all of the essential (and extravagant) keto gear required to cook the perfect keto meal! If you don’t already have Amazon Prime, you can …

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Looking for holiday gifts for the ketoer in your life? Just starting keto and want to outfit your kitchen with all the essentials? Look no further! I’ve compiled a list of all of the essential (and extravagant) keto gear required to cook the perfect keto meal! If you don’t already have Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial.

Also, please don’t drink and drive this holiday season. Whether you’re coming home from a holiday party or dinner with the missus, you should check out Uber. I used to always use cabs to get around but I was tired of the complete lack of service, technology and spotty availability. Now I use Uber to get around. Use the link above and your first ride is free!

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Stocking Stuffers:

Chicago Metallic Muffin Top Pan
Ahh, the muffin top pan. It took me weeks to find this beloved device but after I had it in my grasps, the most amazing thing happened, I created the Holy Grail Almond Buns! This is far and away the most popular recipe on the website. The curved yet right angled slop and flat bottom of this pan create the perfect keto bun.
Wilton Whoopie Pie Pan
Not to be out done, the Whoopie Pie Pan is the bastard cousin of the muffin top pan. Instead of 6 buns, it packs 12 into the same space. The edges are more round than the muffin top pan and so it creates a smaller, more cookie like shape. Its good for making tapas sized buns or for holding together keto cookies.
Bacon Press
The Bacon Press is mandatory for anyone calling themselves a keto cook. Its such a simple but useful tool. You place it on top of your bacon to hold it down. That is it. But it yields perfectly flat bacon and is the only way to get a perfect bacon weave!
Microwave Splatter Cover
The Microwave Splatter Cover is an interesting one. I don’t think much of the population even knows they exist. If you’re parents had one in the 80’s then you’ve seen it but chances are its a foreign invention. All it does is contain the splatter from your creations. If you follow the 5day montra of keto cooking, you’ll be microwaving 10 things a week at minimum! This saves a lot of cleanup time (and you’re coworkers will thank you)!
Splatter Shield
This is the same concept as the microwave cover but for your pans on the stove. Bacon grease splatters. A lot. Like an insane amount! Every time you make a dish like Blackened Pork Chops you’re going to get grease all over the stove, all over the floor, and all over the walls. Avoid that and get a splatter shield.
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!
Egg Ring Molds
There is something calming about perfectly round eggs. I use these on the weekends to craft the perfect breakfast. They are almost the identical size as almond buns and I even use it as a template to make my cheese circular.
Vidalia Chop Wizard
The Vidalia Chop Wizard allows you to cut a lot of veggies fast and consistently. I use it for Caveman Chili so that all of the pieces of onion and pepper are identically sized. Perfect for anyone OCD in your family.
OXO Fish Spatula
This is hands down, my favorite spatula. I don’t even let it go in the dishwasher for fear I’ll need to use it during the hour wash cycle. Its that amazing. The longevity and flexibility allows you to get under bacon weaves or complex egg structures with ease.
Ove Glove
Made from advanced space materials, this hot mat gives you the flexibility to handle any situation with ease. Don’t get burned, get ove gloved!
Cooking Twine
Useful for tieing up various parts of poultry like the legs on a roasted duck. If you ever debone your poultry like in my Turducken recipe you’ll have to use twine to hold it all together. Also helpful for holding stuffed meats like this flank steak!
Stainless Steel Prep Bowls
These little guys are perfect for pre-portioning ingredients. I use them for holding spices or in a dish where I incrementally add ingredients as I go. You can pre-chop some onions or peppers and store them for later. I even use them to store parts of a lunch I don’t want microwave like in my taco recipe!

Scrap Trap
This handy little invention attaches to a drawer in your kitchen and allows you to scrap the crumbs and extras off of your cutting board. Its a huge time saver to have a little trash bin right by your side while cooking. Dishwasher safe!
Sur La Table Grater / Shaker
This little guy is super convenient to grate hard cheeses like Parmesan and bring to the table to serve. It’s less messy than a rotary cheese grater and it even has measurement marks on it!
Metal Skewers
Metal skewers are a great addition to any BBQ set. They’re perfect for skewering some shrimp or making some kabobs. They can even be used in a deep fryer to make a super appetizers!
ThermoWorks TimeStick
This is the last timer you’ll ever have to buy. Its waterproof, tactile, counts up and down, and its magnetic! It even keeps counting up after it beeps so you know the exact cooking time.
Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat
These mats are great for working with sticky materials and for quick cleanup. Basically a reusable parchment paper that protects your regular baking sheets! Used in recipes such as eggs in a cloud.
Cheese Slicer
This kitchen accessory is perfect for anyone who entertains! It can quickly cube medium to hard cheese in a flash. Much easier than getting out a knife and yields consistent sized cubes.
Potato Smasher
Even though potatoes are a no-no on the keto diet, it doesn’t mean this common kitchen accessory is worthless. Use it to smash cauliflower or to rough shop any sort of veggies. Often the veggies used in keto have a high water content so smashing by hand yields much more consistent, less watery faux potatoes!
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!
Swivel Peeler
Back in the day I used to be quite the potato peeler. Of course those days are long gone but there are plenty of turnips, Kohlrabis, and Radishes that need peeling! I’ve used many different models and this one is by far the fastest and least knuckle busting.
Cheese Knife Set
Whether your spreading a Brie, slicing a Cheddar or crumbling a Feta this knife set will fit the bill. The stainless steel has a nice heft to it and the blades are super sharp!
Grill Tool Set
This 4-piece stainless steel barbecue tool set includes everything you need for your cookout. The set includes a set of locking tongs, a long handle slotted spatula, a great dual-sided, dual-head cleaning brush, and barbecue fork!
Metal Spoon Straws
You know those straws they always had for slurpies at 7-11? Relive your childhood with these metal, washable equivalents. Adds extra flair to drinks and adds a practical touch for Low Carb Smoothies!!

Kitchen Essentials:

Cuisinart PSC-650 6-1/2-Quart Crockpot
Useful for set it and a forget it meals where you place all the items into the crockpot and let it rip! Most crockpots use a ceramic, dishwasher safe bowl that’s heated from the outside to a low temperature which allows the ingredients to simmer for hours.
Lodge 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet
The only pan you really need. Once properly seasoned, this pan can cook anything you can imagine! Lasts forever and never wears out.
4.8 Quart Casserole Dish
Great for cooking those gigantic, week long casseroles! I call them 5day meals on the website. Normal casserole dishes are 10×13 but this one is gigantic and can easily be divided into ten portions.
Tovolo 7.5 Quart Mixing Bowl
Most of my large 5day recipes and casseroles are all mixed together before being baked. You really need a giant bowl to hold all the ingredients and this one fits the bill!
Glasslock 30 Oz. Lunch Containers
The easiest way to conquer keto is to premake your lunches. I used to use Ikea 365+ containers but they started to leak after a while. These glasslock containers are by far the nicest I’ve ever seen.
OXO Kitchen Scale
To really count calories on keto a good scale is essential. This one is the best. Period. It measures down to 0.1g, can handle up to 11 lbs and has a pull out display so you can put large items on it! Check out my MFP guide for more info on tracking calories.
Victorinox Fibrox 8″ Chef’s Knife
You really only need one good knife. This one is it. America’s Test Kitchen rated it the number one budget knife!
Large 8 Quart Stockpot
In addition to a cast iron skillet, you’ve really got to have a stockpot. Useful for cooking stovetop chilis or just cooking up some meat, its a great addition to any kitchen.

Non-slip Cutting Board
Let’s face it, keto involves a lot of prep. You’ve got to slice all those vegetables, cut up all that meat and not just any old board will do. Make sure to grab yourself a nice non-slip one for the kitchen!
Calphalon Roaster Pan
Perfect for roasting a turkey, chicken, duck or all three together! It can also be used for holding large cuts of meat off of the bottom of the pan for more even cooking.

GlassLock 17 Oz. Square Food Container
These are my new favorite food storage container! They are good for the refrigerator, microwave and freezer. Additionally, the gasket makes it so they never leak and the lids are super secure.
Calphalon Square Griddle
This low sided non stick pan is perfect for cooking any dish that needs to be flipped. I almost always use cast iron but sometimes you actually need a nonstick pan for things like pancakes or omelettes and this pan fits the bill perfectly.

Silicon Baking Cups
These non-stick, no mess silicon baking cups are the perfect replacement to a traditional muffin tin. They don’t wear out like a non stick pan and make cleanup a cinch! Also, use as many or as few as you want!
Nordic Ware Commercial Half Sheet
This is by far the best baking sheet made. If you’re anything like me, you had no idea your baking sheets were crap. Ever had a baking sheet deform in the oven? Pop? Twist? These won’t do any of that! Super easy to clean and they have a hefty, commercial feel to them!
12-pack of Ball Mason Jars (16 Oz)
Ball jars are the grandmother equivalent to the modern glass storage containers. However, it turns out they’re still pretty useful! You can pack a salad for lunch, store some soup and even use them as cute and practical serving glasses for Low Carb Smoothies!!
12 pk Ball 4 Oz. Mason Jars
These ball jars are the perfect size for cooking up a breakfast muffin or storing a keto dessert! Why use plastic storage containers when you can get these dishwasher safe, reusable glass ones instead!

Caveman Keto’s Appliances:

Cuisinart 9-Cup Food Processor
I first got this food processor as a wedding gift and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Well, let me tell you, its been a godsend on keto! I shred cheese, slice brussels sprouts, and rice cauliflower like a boss!
KitchenAid 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer
The KitchenAid mixer is a classic in any kitchen. Even though baking is tough on keto, there are still plenty of uses for this thing. You can bake some cheesecake, grind some meat, and even make ice cream!
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.
Cuisinart Immersion Blender
The Immersion Blender is another one of those items I thought would be completely worthless when I first got it. I knew you could make soups with it but I never imagined that you could whip up a chocolate mousse or even use its mini food processor to make homemade dressing!
Mandoline
Mandolines, they’re for slicing stuff thin in a hurry. This is one of the newer additions to the CMK kitchen and I plan on trying a lot of new stuff on it. So far I’ve just make some Goat Cheese Wraps by slicing some Zucchini super thing!
Weber Spirit E320 Grill
Sure, you can cook just about anything in a cast iron pan, but sometimes you just want those seared grill marks on your meat. A grill is the perfect addition to any keto kitchen.
KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment
KitchenAid mixers all have an accessory port on the front of the unit and this attachment allows you to grind all sorts of food! You can make your own hamburger meat mixes or even grind some meat!
Vitamix Pro 750
This is the crème de la crème of blenders. I know what you’re thinking, why would I possibly need this? What could I make? Wonder no more! Check out all the Vitamix Recipes where you can make low carb smoothies, soups, nut butters, keto desserts and more!

Stunt Cooking Accessories:

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!
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!
ISI Mini Whip
This little bad boy is another one of my more extreme purchases. I analyzed how much whipped cream I was buying and figured there had to be a better, healthier way. By controlling what you put into the whipped cream, you get a much healthier result. Oh, and you can make Vodka infused whipped cream and Keto Egg Nog as well 🙂
Thermapen
This probably shouldn’t be the first thing you buy for your keto kitchen, but eventually, you’ll end up buying this thermapen. It seams ridiculous to blow $80+ on a temperature probe but once you go through 5 other cheap ones, or burn your hand waiting for the temperature to stabilize, you’ll wish you just picked one of these up. Its way faster and more accurate at reading temperature and I now almost exclusively cook meat to a done temperature rather than a specific time.
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.
Bayou Classic 30-QuartTurkey Fryer
Of course I had to include the turkey fryer. If you’ve never made Fried Turkey, you’re missing out on life. Every time I’ve made one, people rave about how it is literally the best turkey they’ve ever had. That, and it reduces the cooking time of turkey from an entire day affair to a 45 minute session …
Zoku Popsicle Maker
This crazy kitchen tool makes near instant popsicles! Combine Heavy Cream, Coconut Milk and sugar free flavored syrup to make the perfect keto dessert. It can even be reused with out freezing to make up to 6 popsicles!
Wusthof 6-inch Boning Knife
A narrow yet flexible blade that is well suited for boning poultry. Useful in case you want to whip up a turducken or debone a chicken! Also good for anytime you need to remove skin or need delicate knife work. Very sharp!
Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer
Much like a mandoline, this device makes spaghetti out of any vegetable such as zucchini or squash. I haven’t personally tried it yet but they’re all the rage on reddit! Way less chance of slicing your fingers off than with a mandoline as well 🙂
Melon Baller
Even though fruit is mostly out on the keto diet, it doesn’t mean we can’t use a melon baller! These little guys are great for quickly removing the meat out of veggies or fruit and can even create decorative spheres of veggies for salads.
Wusthof Tomato Knife
If you’ve been cutting your tomatoes with a regular knife, you’ve been doing it wrong! This baby has super sharp surrated blades that slice up a tomato with ease. An added bonus is the two pronged spears on the end of the knife for picking up the slices when you’re done!
Juicer
Although not a super useful item for keto, if you ever need fresh lemon or lime juice, this is the device for you! Super fast fresh juice for keto margaritas!!
Boston Shaker
The Boston Shaker is the premier mixer for cocktails. It consists of a glass that fits into a metal container with a solid seal. Good for Keto margaritas, fizzes or flips!
Stainless Steel Smoker Box
Add that extra wood smoked kick to your BBQ without investing in a dedicated smoker! Just add some wood, sit it over the burner on the grill and you’re smoking!!
Variety of Smoker Wood Chips
Grab this variety pack of smoker wood chips to experiment with adding smoke to your grilling experience. Perfect for Pork, Beef and Chicken!!

 

Hard to Find Keto Foodstuffs:

EZ-Sweetz
EZ-Sweetz is liquid sucralose. In case you weren’t aware, powdered splenda contains carbs as binding agents to get it to look and act like sugar. If you’re making something like a chocolate mousse or a Low Carb Cheesecake, this stuff is perfect. I’ve never seen it in a store before so I stock up on it online. You can get liquid stevia or truvia at somewhere like Whole Paycheck but I like this stuff better.
Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour
Almond flour is the go to flour on keto. Its the base for stuff like almond buns and I use it as a filler anytime I want a flour substitute. I’d check your local grocery store first, but if you can’t find it locally, buy it online. By me, it varies between $8-$12 per lb.
Torani Sugar Free Syrup
Sugar Free Syrups are great if you want to create a special keto cocktail or spice up your coffee. Since these things are so specific, they are rarely found in stores and have to be bought online.
Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce
One of the lowest carb pasta sauces. Works well with any of the faux pasta sauces or for use in a keto pizza!
Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour
Coconut flour is a nice alternative to almond flour. It is a finer grind than almond flour and absorbs more liquid than almond flour. It does have a more distinctive taste but is a good flour alternative to have around the kitchen.
Quest Bars
Seriously, where have these things been all my life? They are insanely good! I’m sure there is some down side but they are so much better than Atkins bars. The cookie flavor is my favorite and its awesome for travel since they get even better when warm.
McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning
I don’t know why but I’ve always loved this steak seasoning. It has the right amount of kick and has a touch of cajun without being too spicy. I wouldn’t spice up a Wagu with this stuff but perfect for a quick fix on some standard meat.
Sunflower Seed Butter
A great alternative to peanut butter, especially for people that are allergic to peanuts. This stuff is crazy good and less carbs than peanut butter as well!
Carbquik Baking Mix
Not sure I 100% believe this product, but it claims to be independently tested for accurate low carb numbers. It performs almost exactly like Bisquick and is the only low carb baking mix I’ve ever come across. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Vermont Sugar-free Maple Syrup
Low carb sugar free maple syrup, perfect for use on low carb pancakes or anywhere you’d use a traditional maple syrup.
FlavorGod Seasoning Pack
Most seasonings are full of extra fillers and sugar. Not FlavorGod! they guy created a boutique line of seasonings attempting to get rid of the bull and deliver the best mixes possible.

Useful Amazon Finds for Keto:

Keto Strips
Keto strips provide a fast, convenient way of testing urine for the presence of ketones. These are super useful in the beginning of your keto journey to see if you have entered ketosis.
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.
24 Ounce Wide Mouth Mason Jars
These versatile jars are great for storing rendered lard or anything for that matter. If you need to take a soup to work they can hold up to heat, cold and the microwave! They’re even becoming a fashionable drinking glass.

Food Photography:

Nikon D7100 DSLR
Photography is mainly about the photographer and not the camera, but a good camera always helps! I actually started this blog taking pictures with a tablet. I cringe when I look at some of the old posts. My wife got me this camera for my birthday a year or so ago and I haven’t looked back!
Nikon 40 mm Macro Lens
To get close, I mean really close, you’ve got to get a macro lens. Oh, that and some sweet sweet bokeh! When I first started shooting I was always confused on why I had to stand so far away from the food I was shooting. It turns out the minimum focus length of the kit lens is 1.5 feet! With a macro you can practically shove the camera in the food!
MeFoto Travel Tripod
There is really no way to take video without a tripod. This one is super strong and very flexible. It holds up to a decent weight camera and works well for either videos or photos. It even converts to a monopod!
Cowboy Studio Lighting Kit
Unless your kitchen is in SoCal and filled with large windows, its going to be dark. Up in Boston its often cloudy and I often finish dinner late into the night. Light up your kitchen with this lighting kit and get great pictures every time!
White Balance Card
Use this set of cards to get perfect white balance for any lighting situation! No more washed out photos or icky food shots!!
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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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Keto Cookbooks, Diet Books and eBooks! https://cavemanketo.com/ebooks/ https://cavemanketo.com/ebooks/#comments Sat, 23 Feb 2013 16:43:54 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?page_id=1686 If you are new to keto, or just looking for more information, the eBooks below are a great resource.  I’ve listed a few cookbooks as well as a few academic type books on the ketogenic diet.  Also good resources for people looking for low carb / atkins guides as well! Cookbooks: Title: The Gluten Free …

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If you are new to keto, or just looking for more information, the eBooks below are a great resource.  I’ve listed a few cookbooks as well as a few academic type books on the ketogenic diet.  Also good resources for people looking for low carb / atkins guides as well!

Cookbooks:

Title: The Gluten Free Low Carber
Author: Mellissa Sevigny
Description: A decadent, yet healthy, selection of over 65 crave-worthy recipes – each one more delicious than the last! Pancakes, crackers, pizza, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, fried fish, cakes, pies, ice cream and so much more! You won’t believe that you can eat these delicious foods, all while dropping weight faster than you ever thought possible!

Title: The Keto Cookbook
Author:  Dawn Martenz and Laura Cramp
Description: The Keto Cookbook is a cookbook for those using the diet to treat epilepsy and other neurologic conditions. The book contains 96 recipes grouped by breakfast and brunch, appetizers & snacks, lunch, dinner, and sweets and treats. The book includes a 16-page color insert illustrating each recipe. Since many children start the Keto Diet before they speak, the pictures of the meal and snack options allow children to choose what they want, helping overcome food refusal due to lack of variety of foods and/or child’s loss of control over food options. This book provides parents and children with options that have been tested and are kid- and Registered Dietitian- approved.

Title: 500 Low-Carb Recipes: 500 Recipes from Snacks to Dessert, That the Whole Family Will Love
Author: Dana Carpender
Description: Low-fat or low-carb? A recent New York Times Magazine (July 7, 2002) cover story answered this question and said that Dr. Atkins was right all along, “its not fat that makes us fat but carbohydrates.” Though the government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in research trying to prove that fat is the cause of obesity, there has been a subtle shift in the scientific consensus over the past five years supporting what the low-carb diet doctors have been saying all along: if we eat less carbohydrates, we will lose weight and live longer.

General Keto:

Title: The Ketogenic Diet: A Complete Guide for the Dieter and Practitioner
Author: Lyle McDonald
Description: ‘The Ketogenic Diet’ is a complete resource for anyone interested in low-carbohydrate diets (such as the Atkins Diet, Protein Power, Bodyopus or the Anabolic Diet). It looks objectively at the physiology behind such diets, including potential negative effects, and gives specific recommendations on how to optimize such a diet assuming an individual has chosen to do one. Two modified ketogenic diets (which involve the insertion of carbohydrates to sustain exercise performance) are also discussed in detail, along with specific guidelines. Exercise is discussed in great detail, including background physiology, the effects of exercise on fat loss, exercise guidelines and sample workouts. A great deal of basic physiology information, dealing with both nutrition and exercise topics, is included so that readers without a technical background will be able to understand the topics discussed.

Title: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
Author: Gary Taubes
Description: Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

 

Title: Wheat Belly
Author: William Davis
Description: A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.

 

 

Title: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living
Author: Stephen Phinney & Jeff Volek
Description: Now, whether you are a curious healthcare professional or just a connoisseur of diet information, two New York Times best-selling authors provide you with the definitive resource for low carbohydrate living. Doctors Volek and Phinney share over 50 years of clinical experience using low carbohydrate diets, and together they have published more than 200 research papers and chapters on the topic. Particularly in the last decade, much has been learned about the risks associated with insulin resistance (including but not limited to metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and type-2 diabetes), and how this condition is far better controlled by carbohydrate restriction than with drugs.

Have your own keto / low carb / atkins recipe book? Have more books you think I should add to the list?  Leave a comment below!

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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

Parts:

Equipment:

Consumables:

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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