Spill Clean Up

Spill Clean Up

Spill Clean Up

If you are like me and have the occasional “klutz moment” in the kitchen you generally know how to clean it up really quickly however there is one mishap that quite a number of people encounter but don’t have the foggiest idea how to fix…. Spilling cooking oil on the floor.

Having spent years working in commercial kitchens I encountered this particular “hazard” many many times and found it odd that seasoned line cooks would immediately reach for the bucket of water and a mop in order to clean it up all the while not remembering that the water will simply spread the oil because, as we all know, oil and water don’t mix.

So you may ask what is the correct way to clean up such as mess? Plain old Kitchen Salt poured on the oil and left to dry. 

Now I don’t know the science behind this but I guarantee it works. Once the salt has dried simply sweep it up and no one will ever be the wiser.

So there you have it another “simple and easy kitchen hack from my kitchen to yours.”

Until next time……

                            Bon Appetit 

 

Kitchen Hack

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Kitchen Hack

I was cleaning up the other day when I came across this long lost Cast Iron pan and was sad to see the shape it was in.

In days gone by this guy would have been tossed however with the cost of things these days it was worth looking for a way to rescue it. Enter the Internet and a whole slew of ideas on how to bring it back to life. This particular hack seemed to be the easiest and since I was feeling a bit lazy I went with it.

I’m here to tell you this works and works very well……. In my  case it took less than 5 minutes to transform the above to this……..

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AND…. I used TWO simple ingredients—– Kosher Salt and half a Potato. That’s right!!!! Salt and a Potato… who’d a thunk it.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping list:

  • Kosher salt
  • Potato
  • High heat point Cooking Oil – Corn oil or Canola Oil

Putting it all together:

  1. Put a thin layer of salt in the bottom of the pan and, using the potato, scrub the pan with moderate pressure.
  2. Rinse the pan and repeat if necessary.
  3. Rinse out the pan with warm water and dry thoroughly.
  4. Re season the pan by heating it over a medium low heat and when hot enough brush on a thin layer of the high point oil and “cook” for about 20 mins.

There you have it. This may not be a “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond” but it is a kitchen hack that will last a long time.

Until next time……

                           Bon Appetit