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Keeping It Real

February 6, 2015
Now that's some beurre noisette

Now that’s some beurre noisette

1)  Do not forget to set the timer that reminds you to check the ghee.

2) Especially on the day you want to make chili and you actually remembered to soak the beans the night before.

3)  Consider using your chili pot for chili only.

3)  Etch the smell of burned butter into your brain and the arduous task of cleaning that pan, so you remember the timer next time.  (Usually this is occurs about every 6 weeks.)

4)  Make new blog tag:  Scratched cooking.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2015 1:29 pm

    Sometimes the best learning tool for something wonderful is a mistake. I bet you will never have it burn again!!

  2. February 6, 2015 1:42 pm

    🙂 Thanks for this.

  3. deb permalink
    February 6, 2015 2:18 pm

    Since we are keeping it real, i put a few chicken eggs in my jacket pocket on a trip to the coop, and then forgot they were there. Proceeded to shovel snow. And then, reached my hand into my pocket………😊
    the real part? This isnt the first time……

    • February 6, 2015 3:07 pm

      I hear ya, this is not the first time I’ve burned the ghee either 😦 Eggs are so hard to wash out too! Especially if your barn jacket pockets are like mine…one never knows what could be in there and sometimes it’s pretty scary!

  4. Bee permalink
    February 6, 2015 3:48 pm

    Reminds me of the time back in my early cheesemaking days when I put too much rennet in the milk and left it (well, actually I forgot about it) overnight. I got up the next morning to a mass of cheese curd that had lifted the lid four inches off the pot and oozed clabbered milk all down the sides and over the stovetop. Took me two hours to clean the stove and I don’t think I quit swearing for two days…

    • February 6, 2015 3:51 pm

      …and all the little bits you don’t get and then you smell them when the stove is hot. Why did we listen to the folks who told us to multitask? Crazy!

  5. barefootfarmflower permalink
    February 6, 2015 4:13 pm

    Ah- I was doing a google search this morning trying to see if you had a ghee tutorial posted. I’m in the middle of my first batch of ghee myself. I don’t think I got all of the buttermilk out when I made my butter today, so we’ll see how it turns out. Now the peas that I was canning didn’t fare so well in my own version of multi-tasking…

    • February 6, 2015 4:44 pm

      I’m not as careful when I’m going to do ghee, I just drain off the buttermilk and cook the butter. Sometimes too much! Just make sure you get the bottom of the pot at least caramel colored, you have to go beyond the clarified butter stage or it won’t keep or strain too well, the milk just goes through the cheesecloth too.

  6. sherry permalink
    February 6, 2015 5:05 pm

    No, no, no more multitasking for me! Put a loaf a bread in the oven, went out to check for eggs, noticed some snow drifted onto the walk, shoveled that, remembered the bread and raced in to take it out before the smoke was too thick, left the gate open, dog got out (he stays around real well as long as you’re out there with him), spent an hour tramping around the back 40 calling for the dog, came home to find him ensconced on the porch.

  7. February 6, 2015 6:07 pm

    It happens to us all.. we know that.. but we hate it when that happens!.. c

  8. Roz permalink
    February 6, 2015 6:44 pm

    wow, I am SO glad I’m not the only one habitually doing things like all of the above! Thanks ladies!

  9. Emily Summer permalink
    February 7, 2015 12:34 am

    I have a timer on a rope that I hang around my neck before I leave the stove to go outside or wherever………when I remember it, that is.

    • February 7, 2015 5:26 am

      A good idea! I’d be thinking “what’s this thing on my neck?”

      • Bee permalink
        February 7, 2015 7:46 am

        That makes me think of a little gift my sister recently gave me, a sign that says: “I’m so busy, I don’t know whether I found a rope or lost my horse!”

  10. February 7, 2015 10:24 am

    Haven’t burned the ghee yet but I did recently waste a whole pan of bacon. I burn stuff more often than I’d really care to admit but I will say that the trick behind not burning stuff is to 1) not walk away in the first place or 2) set a timer if you have to leave it cooking. First thing my husband asks me when I burn something is “did you set a timer?” because of course, the answer is “no.”

    I really like your heading ‘scratched cooking’. It appeals to my pun sense of humor.

    • February 7, 2015 10:32 am

      Well, it’s worse than I let on too, I was in the next room…surfing the interwebs :p And like you I didn’t set the timer! At least it wasn’t the pressure cooker, I don’t leave when I have that on the stove!

      • mom24boys permalink
        February 25, 2015 8:58 pm

        my worst burning is when I walk away from “drying” my cast iron on the stove. You know the drill, get it dry and hot, then add a nice fat coating…
        I totally ruined the seasoning on my favorite sized cast iron, not once but twice now. I hate that.

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