Cleaning and Maintaining Your Cast Iron Skillet March 08 2016
Cast iron skillets are a staple in just about every chef’s arsenal. But if you don’t properly take care of them, you’re in for a rude awakening - and some lousy-tasting meals. In order to extend the lifespan of your skillet and enjoy mouthwatering cuisine follow the care and maintenance tips below:
First and foremost, you need to understand that cast iron should NEVER be placed in the dishwasher. Although it may take a bit more effort, hand wash and dry your skillet every time - even before the first use. The heat of the dryer setting and detergent used in the dishwasher can damage the coating and cause excessive rust.
Secondly, it’s vital to season your cast iron prior to the first use and after each cook moving forward. To do this, rub with a light coat of vegetable oil after each wash. A little bit goes a long way when it comes to seasoning, so use just enough oil to restore the sheen.
When it comes to washing your skillet, you don’t need to use soap. Consider that cookware can reach 400°F in 4 minutes on medium heat and becomes sterile at 212°F. Refrain from using scouring pads and abrasive cleaning products - warm water and a soft cloth or sponge will do the trick. See some rust? Don’t panic. This is normal and can be washed away with some extra elbow grease.
When taste is everything, La Flor is all you need to transform your next skillet recipe into an extraordinary culinary delight. Shop our selection of spices, herbs, and blends on the web - keep it spicy, America!
Valentine's Day Teriyaki Rib Eye February 12 2016
It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and LOVE is in the air! What are you cooking up for your significant other this Sunday? For those of you who have already created a menu, we’re sure it will come out great. But for those who need a last minute idea, we’re here to save you - you can thank us later!
This Teriyaki Rib Eye Recipe will surely light up you love’s taste buds and maybe even create that extra spark you’re looking for. Just don’t overcook the steak or you might find yourself in the dog house.
- Teriyaki Sauce
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- La Flor Onion Powder
- La Flor Garlic Powder
- 2 (6 ounce) Beef Rib Eye Steaks
In a bowl, mix 2 tbsp. Teriyaki sauce with 1 ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Rub approx. 1 tsp. olive oil on each steak and then add teriyaki-worcestershire mixture. Season with onion and garlic powder to taste. Let the steaks marinate for about 2 hours and then fire up the grill. Cook over high heat for approximately 4 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 140° (this will give you a medium-rare steak). Coat steaks with a light layer of honey for the final 2 minutes of grilling.
When taste is everything, La Flor is all you need to add some love to your palate this Valentine’s Day. Shop our selection of spices, herbs, and blends on the web - keep it spicy, America!
DIY Spice Infused Oil September 15 2015
Whether you’re looking to create an infused oil for personal use or are getting a jump start on DIY holiday gift planning, look no further than your pantry to create a delicious and flavorful spice infused oil! Not only are they easy to make, but they can quickly jazz up salad dressings, go great in a stir fry, and much more.
Generally, you will need about 2 tablespoons of spices per cup of oil you choose. Oil can be flavored using whole or ground spices, either on the stovetop or in the oven as detailed below:
- Stovetop: Heat your oil (like olive, peanut, grapeseed, or avocado oil) in a medium saucepan with selected spices for about 5 minutes - or until the mixture is slightly bubbling. Remove from heat to cool.
- In-oven: In an oven safe bowl or pot, heat oil and spices at 300°F for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow it to cool.
Once your oil mixture is cool from the above methods, strain it using a fine-mesh sieve lined with a cheesecloth, then funnel the liquid into your bottle. Infused oils should last about a month when stored properly(refrigerated) so if making for a gift, be sure to include use by date and storage instructions!
For some inspiration - try infusing your oil with your favorite La Flor spice, like crushed red pepper, achiote annatto seeds, anise seeds, coriander, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, or fennel seeds!