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Why I will season my stainless steel pans forever

A couple years back I switched from the typical teflon coated non-stick pans available in every department store to a set of stainless steel pans. I gotta say that I have been very happy with my decision and have not looked back.

As I have been looking to live on a boat I have been reading experiences from other liveaboards. On a boat water is used sparingly. This is not only because there is a limited water tank (though easily filled from the dock if in a marina!) but also because boats carry around all their waste with them until they get to a pump out facility. Think about all the activities you do on a daily basis that produce some sort of waste that would make its way into the holding tank. It is much greater that you would think. To that end I have been researching water conservation, particularly when it comes to the kitchen and doing dishes. Yesterday I read an article on The Boat Galley (fantastic resource for boaters, RVers, apartment dwellers, and tiny home owners) talking about seasoning stainless steel pans. I did not know this was possible with stainless steel, but not only is it, it turns stainless steel pan surfaces in to a much better non-stick pan than teflon!

My Pans

Why I will season my stainless steel pans foreverOver the years this post has grown in popularity and many of you have wondered what pans I used. It was a Cuisinart set
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Why season stainless steel pans?

  • Creates a non-stick surface – better than teflon!
  • Makes cleanup a snap. No soap needed, just water and a paper towel.
  • It only takes minutes!

How to season a stainless steel pan

Seasoning stainless steel pans is so easy my dog could do it. Seriously. You need 3 things:

  • Stainless steel pan
  • Cooking oil (your choice, I used Canola Oil)
  • Paper towels

(Update 01-04-2017): Since writing this post I have learned that Canola Oil may contain artificial chemicals that can be hazardous to some. I switched to vegetable oil as it seems like a more natural/safe oil. I am not a medical expert though so do your own research.

The process:

    • Pour the oil into the pan until the entire bottom is covered
    • Spread some oil on the sides of the pan with your fingers to ensure coverage of the entire pan. I skipped this step and have a brown ring around the pan where the top of the oil is. It is normal and will come off with soap (do not do it unless you want to reseason the pan!)
    • Turn a burner on high and set the pan on it
    • When the oil starts smoking remove the pan from the heat and turn off the burner. Let the pan completely cool
    • Dump the oil in a safe location and use the paper towels to gently wipe up the excess oil

Done! Maybe a 20 minute job tops and you now have an amazing, safe, cleanable, antistick pan.

Cleaning seasoned stainless steel

DO NOT USE SOAP OR ANY ROUGH CLEANER SUCH AS METAL MESH. It will strip the seasoning off and it will need to be reapplied.

This is the most beautiful part of a seasoned pan. To clean simply rinse the pan under hot water and wipe out with a paper towel. Done! If there is hard stuck on gunk boil some water in the pan and by the time you are done eating it should come right off.

Hands on with the seasoned pans

To test out my newly seasoned pans I made some hamburgers. Typically after cooking I would rinse the pans and then soak them in soapy water for a while. Even then I needed to use a rough scrub pad to get the gunk scraped off. Cleaning after seasoning was a snap and was completed in less than a minute! Check out the following photos for yourself.

Seasoned pan. Not yet cooked in

Notice how shiny the pan is? Seasoning creates a reflective surface on a stainless steel pan.

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Pan after cooking a hamburger

I did not add butter or any nonstick, such as Pam, to the pan.

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Pan after rinsing with hot water

This is after rinsing with hot water from the tap for 15 seconds.

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Pan after wiping with a paper towl

This is after wiping the pan with a single paper towl for 20 seconds. See how clean and shiny it is?

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Cleanup took incredibly less than a minute to complete!

I will be seasoning all my stainless steel pans from here on out!

Here’s more about anti-corrosion coating: Orion Industrial PTFE Coating Services.

2013 Macbook Air still has 16 hour battery a year later!

Macbook Air 16 hour batteryApple products continue to amaze me. I have a Macbook Air from 2013 that still holds a great charge. Check out this screenshot recently taken. It shows a 16 hour charge on a battery with 86% left!

Now this in not entirely typical. The time to battery depletion will change depending on what you are doing with the machine. In this case I think I only had the browser open and nothing else.

I work from coffee shops quite often and with the Macbook Air I no longer worry about carrying around a power cable with me wherever I go. The only time I have had power issues is when doing multiple long video conferences.

Go Apple!

Cows are Yummy!

20140904-194018.jpgAs I was going through some old music books tonight I ran across a song that had been lost in the annals of time. The song is called Cows are Yummy.

I distinctly remember writing this song. I was at a youth camp with some friends in junior high. There were three of us sitting on a small hill with our acoustic guitars in a goofy mood. Clearly this was just before lunch and we had our bellies in mind while writing the song.

The song starts with the chorus which goes:

Cows are yummy (yummy)
Cows are yummy (yummy)

The verses are all ad-lib sing-song talk style and tell about someone driving along a country road who sees a cow and gets hungry.

I picked up my guitar and recorded a quick snippet for you listening…err, just listen to it if you dare. Fair warning, I make no claim on my singing ability…

I am the top Mephobia sufferer according to Google

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According to a Google image search for “mephobia sufferer” I am the number one ranked sufferer!

If you are not familiar with Mephobia it is typically a self-diagnosed personal issue and is defined by Urban Dictionary as:

Fear of becoming so awesome that the human race can’t handle it and everybody dies.

Notice in the following photo that not only is my mug the first image found it is also at number 13, and of the photos shown on that page the percentage of photos that were taken by me is 33%. This clearly indicates I am the most awesome. This also indicates that I am allowing myself to reveal far to much of my awesome and the world may be on the brink of collapse. I apologize in advance if none of you wake up tomorrow morning.

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Feast of Fish!

My childhood friend Josh came over last week with a backpack full of fresh fish. 12 pounds of fish to be exact! Neither of us had cooked fish before but we were up for a new challenge.

There was Red Rockfish and Halibut. We decided to split the cooking into pan frying and baking in hopes that one of the methods would turn out good. It all came out amazing! We gorged ourselves on fish. I was eating fish for the entire following week. It was truly delicious!

 

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