| Kamado Joe "MoJoe" Newscast||December 2010 |
Kamado Joe Company
4034 Enterprise Way
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
Recipe: "Caesar Steak Salad"
A "beefy" salad with a robust flavor.
Caesar salads are as varied as the restaurants that serve them. Making your own Caesar dressing only takes minutes and you'll find that it's fresher than any dressing you'll get when dining out. Another advantage is that you can tailor the recipe to fit your particular taste.
The salad's creation is generally attributed to restaurateur Caesar Cardini in 1924. Years later his daughter Rosa, claimed that her father created it when an unexpected number of patrons on the Fourth of July depleted much of his food supply. To satisfy hungry and waiting patrons he put together the standard items we find today in Caesar dressing; romaine lettuce, olive oil, garlic, wine vinegar, raw egg, lemon juice, fresh Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, croutons, salt and pepper. Many restaurants no longer use raw egg due to the fear of salmonella, but typically the pH level is acidic enough to kill any bacteria.
Caesar dressing by itself is hearty and adding your favorite steak makes it all the better. I like to add shaved Parmesan cheese over the top for a little more bite. Enjoy!
* Derald Schultz, Kamado Joe
| Product Review: Grate Chef
Keeping a tidy grill.
Mike Griffin, the owner of Grate Chef
recently gave me some samples from his line of grilling accessories. He game me two products for
cleaning the cooking grate and another that cleans and protects stainless steel.
I admit that I'm a griller and smoker that doesn't care if my
cooking grate looks shiny and new. I fire up my Kamado Joe, let the
grate get hot and vigorously brush it until clean. To me the heat and
fire ensures that I'm cooking on a clean and sterile surface.
Of the three products, I tried the Grate Chef "Groover" first. It's a very coarse pad with a food safe liquid cleaner. I followed the instructions and heated my grill to 250°F, then used my grill brush to scrub the grate with the pad. There was a good amount of liquid in the pad and it did a good job of cleaning off the grime. I wasn't able to get to the larger pieces of dried food on the bottom of the grate rungs. Did it make my stainless grate look like new? It did an especially good job of bringing back the shine of the grate around the edges, but no, it didn't look brand new.
Next I tried the Grate Chef "Grill Wipes". It uses partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and other ingredients to clean and oil the grate. It warns on the package not to wipe the grate if flames are present. I used the wipes on the whole grate and I will say it keep my steak from sticking to the grate.
Finally, I tried Grate Chef's Stainless Steel Wipes. I have a Kamado Joe
Black Stainless Steel grill in a table, but I didn't think that just
cleaning the bands and hinge would be a valid test. I don't own a gas
grill, so I opted to test it on my stainless steel kitchen appliances.
According to the directions I used a single wipe and applied normal
pressure wiping with the brush marks in the stainless steel, then I
allowed it to sit for 10 minutes and wiped it off with a dry cloth.
I did see a small about of grime on each pad. One pad covered the whole front
of my side by side refrigerator and one pad more than covered the double
liquid in the pad has a pleasant "clean" scent and you don't need
gloves to handle the wipes. It did a good job of getting off the
fingerprints and small bits of dried food on the surfaces, and it leaves a slight film on the surface as a protection.
The Last Word
If you prefer to clean your grate regularly the Groover and Grill Wipes will remove grime via the coarseness of the pads and the cleaning liquid in them. My opinion is that these cleaning pads are better suited for gas grills where you can control the amount of flame. I was impressed with the Stainless Steel Wipes. They did a very good job or removing surface grime and fingerprints.
Grate Chef products can be found at a number of retailers including
Lowe's and Home Depot. See their website for other locations and to
learn more about their products.
* Derald Schultz, Kamado Joe
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