Kettle cooking can mean two different things: cooking with a large cast iron or other sort of kettle, or using an electric kettle or tea kettle to heat hot water. Two very different methods, two very different results! Here is how to cook with both a cast iron kettle and a tea kettle:
How To Cook With A Kettle
- Cooking with a cast iron kettle: These cast iron beauties are a great tool to have around. They cook evenly and can be used for a variety of different recipes. They can even be used over the campfire. Before you start cooking with your new cast iron kettle, you will need to season it. Wash it in warm water and let it completely dry, then coat the inside and lid with olive oil and place in an oven heated between 350 to 400 degrees. Turn off the oven and let the kettle cool inside. This gives the kettle a stick-resistant finish. Now you are ready to start cooking! These kettles are great for browning meat on the stove, making casseroles over a hot fire, making delicious Dutch oven desserts, and, of course, creating your own kettle fried sweet potato chips.
- Cooking with a tea kettle: There is nothing quite like enjoying a hot cup off tea after a long day. But did you know you can do more with a tea kettle than make tea? If you have ever made noodles in a cup or poured hot water into a pre-made soup mix, then you will already understand how cooking with a kettle can work. Heat up hot water in your tea kettle or electric kettle, and pour over your soup ingredients. Some great things to try are combinations of finely chopped fresh vegetables, a protein source (cooked chicken, chorizo, or salami), a carbohydrate (couscous, chickpeas, or lentils), and some seasonings like soy sauce, miso, tomato paste, curry, or bullion cube.
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