Nacho Cheese Dip Seems Easy Enough, But Following The Instructions Is Key For These Two Recipes

 

Nacho cheese is one of the best snacks for watching a football game, entertaining a crowd, or just having your own Mexican fiesta — but not all nacho cheese recipes are the same. If you don’t already have a nacho cheese machine. its simple enough to make! A good batch is all about following directions. Cheese in general can be difficult to cook without ending up with clumps or burning it. If you do it right, however, making your own signature homemade nacho cheese is easy as pie — well, actually easier.

If you are going to make cheese sauce, you have to keep some general rules in mind:

  • When making nacho cheese, you need to combine and cook the butter and flour together for one minute to give it a “consistent” and creamy flavor.
  • Don’t use sharp cheddar cheese; rather opt for medium cheddar. Medium cheddar is easier to break apart and isn’t as “grainy” as sharp cheddar, which means that it will melt more uniformly.
  • When you are ready to stir the cheese, make sure to remove the pan from the heat. If you overheat the cheese, it can become super thick and clumpy. When you are initially heating it, have patience and use only low heat so that it can melt fully.

The ingredients you will need are:

2 Tablespoons flour

2 Tablespoons butter

6 ounces medium cheddar cheese (the shredded variety)

1 cup milk (whole)

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. To begin, add both the butter and the flour together in a saucepan. While it is heating, use a whisk and continually whip the mixture until it has a creamy consistency. Make sure that you don’t let it sit or it can cause clumping and risk burning the mixture. The cooking time should be about a minute and no more.
  2. Add in the milk and begin to whisk it with the butter and flour. Increase the heat a little. You will want to get a slight simmer in the milk, all while whisking it constantly. Once you are satisfied that it is thick enough, remove it from the heat altogether and place to the side.
  3. Gradually add the cheddar cheese. You will want to add small amounts into the sauce and wait for it to melt before adding more. If you are having a hard time getting it to melt, you may put the saucepan back on the stove; just make sure that it is at the lowest temperature possible. If you overheat the cheese, you are going to get clumps, and it will have a “burnt” taste.
  4. Once you have melted all the cheese and you have a good sauce mixture, add in the spices. If it starts to become too “thick” for your taste, then you can add warm milk to thin it out. Make sure to keep tasting it and add more spice as you see fit.

If you want to forego the cheddar and make it easier on yourself, try this alternative:

2 tablespoons flour (all-purpose)

2 tablespoons butter

7 slices American cheese

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk (whole)

1 can chilis

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add in the flour and stir until it is a thick paste.
  2. Add the 2 tablespoons of milk and continue to stir until the consistency is thick, making sure to stir constantly.
  3. While still heating, add the American cheese and the salt. The mixture should take about 15 minutes to cook entirely. At the end, you can add some green chilies to give it that extra kick, depending on the amount of heat you want it to have.

Nacho cheese is an excellent snack and a cheap one, too. If you follow the directions carefully, you can make it just like the pros. The key is to understand how to melt the cheese. Cheddar cheese might take a little extra TLC and time, but it just can’t be beaten. If you are on a time constraint or just don’t want to go through the hassle, American cheese is an excellent substitute for cheddar.

 

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Crispylicious Lechon Belly (Roasted Pork Belly)

Lechon Belly (roasted pork belly)

Are you drooling right now? yes I know it’s a sin food with all those fats staring at you, lol. Who could refuse that crispy skin and the soft, mouth-watering and savory meat inside, well not me, hahaha. Let’s enjoy food while we can!

We ordered this for the second time at a lechon store near our subdivision. We know that Cebu is popular for this food as they are the pioneer (in my knowledge) for roasted pork belly, it’s popularity already reached Manila and there are many stores that cater to this famous delicacy.

It has lemon grass and other herbs inside for flavor, boneless and roasted for 3-4 hrs according to the seller until it reached the crispiness of the skin we all desired plus the softness and savory of the meat.

For me, it’s ideal to buy this instead of the whole roasted pig if you’re only have small gatherings with few guests. For this one it costs Php 1,750 ($35) with estimate weight of 3 kilos. For the sauce, you can choose between Mang Tomas lechon sauce or calamansi with toyo and chili.

 

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Best Cookware for Glasstop Stove Shopping Guide You Need to Know

 

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A glasstop stove is a feast for the eyes. It looks modern and sleek, provides convenience and offers easy cleaning. On top of it all, the glasstop stove is perfect for whipping up delicious dishes for your loved ones.

One problem is that you should not use just about any cookware for this type of stove or else your experience won’t be as pleasurable as compared if you’d use the best cookware for glasstop stove.

Using the wrong cookware, you might break the stove accidentally, stain it with painted pots and pans, or spend more time cooking for uneven heat distribution.

How to Choose the Best Cookware for Glasstop Stove

Structure

The stove’s top is flat; thus, it will only distribute heat to the surface that comes in contact with it. Do not use your old pots and pans – including oversized and those used for gas stoves.

Avoid using cookware that will go beyond the burner zone; otherwise, your food will not cook properly.

For the pots and pans structure, it is advised to stick with the one-inch rule wherein their diameter must be an inch bigger or smaller than the burner.

Weight

Opt for heavy base pots and pans as they are more likely to weigh themselves down the burner, getting as close as possible with it; thus, you will achieve better and faster cooking.

Medium-Sized

It is unavoidable to buy sets with a combination of small, medium and large cookware, but medium-sized types are best due to even heat distribution.

Smaller ones heat up quickly; larger ones leave some portions unheated or heated.

Unpainted Bottoms

Avoid using enamel-coated pans – or painted ones. If you do, the high temperature might make them bleed and stain your glasstop stove.

Material

Regarding this department, consult your glasstop stove manual to learn about the safest material to use for it.  There are a few cookware materials used in pots and pans manufacture.

One is aluminum, which is fairly cheap, rust-resistant and durable.  However, it reacts to acidic and alkaline food. As a result, it may corrode easily and food can absorb it, too.

Instead of aluminum, opt for anodized aluminum that’s possesses the same characteristics as non-anodized models, except it does not react to food or damage the glasstop stove.

On the other hand is stainless steel for the best cookware for glasstop stove. It is pricier than aluminum and for reasons.  It is easier to clean, more durable and non-reactive to food.  But while stainless steel isn’t a very good heat conductor, makers improved its technology by adding aluminum or copper core in the bottom.

Flat-Bottomed

Flat-bottomed cookware will be in a better contact with the heating element of the stove.  Thus, flat-bottomed ones to avoid spending much time cooking due to design inappropriateness of curve-bottomed ones for glasstop stoves.

Using this guide in finding the best cookware for glasstop stove, you can ensure of even heating and great performance overall. So when shopping around, look for flat-bottomed, anodized material, unpainted bottoms and heavy base cookware for the best cooking experience all the time. And if searching for yamaha silent guitar strict guidelines for best quality musical instruments has to be applied too.

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