Monday, March 26, 2022

How Beer is Made

Root Beer Float

Many of us drink beer on a regular basis. Some of us even drink lots of beer on a regular basis. However despite being well acquainted, not all of us are aware precisely what beer actually is or what goes into its creation. Here we will look at precisely how beer is made and what you are drinking when you’re relaxing in front of the game or enjoying the taste of a local ale.

Ingredients

First of all, beer is made from four ingredients in most cases. These are grain, water, hops and yeast. Sugar is extracted from the grains (normally barley is used as the grain in question) and this is then consumed by the yeast (which feasts on sugar) before being processed into alcohol. In short, you mix sugar and yeast, and you get alcohol as a by-product. CO2 is another by-product and this too will enter the mixture.

Hops meanwhile are small green fruits that come from vine plants. These are what give you the ‘taste’ of beer. They are very beer and this helps to balance out the high amounts of sugar in the wort. They also act as a natural preservative preventing beer from going off (it also helps that alcohol is antibacterial).

Brewing

To brew beer you first must take your grains (when barley isn’t used it’s likely to be rye or wheat) and then process them by heating them and thereby drying them out, and then cracking them open. This isolates the enzymes ready for mashing. Here the grains are steeped in hot water just below boiling point for roughly an hour which starts to release the sugar. At this point the water is boiled and the hops are added.

Fermentation

Now the wort (the name for the mix) will be cooled, strained and filtered leaving us with a nice smooth liquid. The brewing is complete – on with the fermentation. To accomplish this next step the wort will be sealed in a container and the yeast will be added to create alcohol and CO2 as described above. This process takes a few weeks however and during this time the beer will need to be stored at room temperature (lower for ales). Much of the difference between various brands of beer comes from how long they are fermented for and this is primarily what makes the difference between a beer and a lager.

Bottling and Aging

Finally the beer will be bottled in its nicely branded bottle. However at this point it will still be flat which leaves the manufacturers with two options. Either it can be artificially carbonated which is how the more prickly tasting beers are made as well as most soda drinks, or it can be allowed to carbonate naturally. This latter process is referred to as ‘bottle conditioning’ and here it is reliant on the natural CO2 produced by the yeast as mentioned previously.

The beer will then be aged by being left which can also affect the taste of it, as well as the appearance. Once it has been aged for an appropriate amount of time, it is ready. All that’s left to do is simply to open it, pour it and then say ‘aaaaaaaah’ as you slump back into your chair.

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Monday, March 26, 2022

Quick & Easy Grilling Recipe Collection: Santé Fe Chicken Packets

 

Sante Fe Chicken Packets

Sante Fe Chicken Packets

 

Sante Fe Chicken Packets

 
With spring here and summer right around the corner, the amount of delicious fresh produce available at the farmer’s market should definitely be taken advantage of. What better way to welcome the new seasons than by breaking out the grill. If you are anything like me you are excited to savor the warm weather and to bring your family’s favorite dinner ideas  to life on the grill. The only not-so-fun part of preparing a spring or summer grilled feast: the hours and hours of preparation and cooking that is usually involved. Easy grilling recipes  are hard to find, that is why I am absolutely in love with this Santé Fe Chicken Packet recipe. This delicious meal is ready in only 30 minutes and requires little prep time and 0 clean-up, just toss the aluminum foil packets away when finished!
 

 

Sante Fe Chicken

Sante Fe Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 oz. each) Rosarita® Premium Whole Black Beans, drained, rinsed
  • 2 cups frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 can (10 oz. each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies,drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (5 oz. each)
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced fat Mexican cheese blend

Instructions

  1. Preheat outdoor grill to medium-high heat according to manufacturer's directions.
  2. Stir together beans, corn, drained tomatoes and cumin in medium bowl.
  3. Place four 18x12-inch pieces of heavy foil on counter.
  4. Spray each with cooking spray.
  5. Place 1 breast in center on each piece of foil.
  6. Spoon 1/4th bean mixture over chicken for each packet.
  7. Bring up short sides of each foil packet and double fold top.
  8. Double fold both ends to seal each packet, leaving space for steam to gather.
  9. Place packets on grate of covered grill.
  10. Grill 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in centers (165°F).
  11. Carefully open packets; sprinkle 1/4th cheese on top of each breast.
  12. Close foil and let stand 2 minutes or until cheese melts.
https://www.in-our-kitchen.com/grilling/quick-easy-grilling-recipe-collection-sante-fe-chicken-packets/

 

 

This recipe could not be any easier or more delicious. Add any seasonal vegetables that you like for a nice variation on this simple recipe. Enjoy this grilling season!

Monday, March 26, 2022

Cookbook Glory Awaits the Foodies

Cookbook Contest

Cookbook Contest

 

Recognition and glory don’t really come into cooking for us foodies; it’s about the artistry and satisfaction gained from a cooking session that feeds the addiction. For the most part the audience remains our nearest and dearest and this is often enough. Dreams of being a famous chef or having a cookbook may be entertained but most of us are grounded enough to know this will most likely never happen…or will it?

 
The other day I found my dreams ignited once more but this time they appeared to be attainable. Whilst surfing the net I stumbled upon some news that I found most intriguing. The recipe website mydish is holding a competition that is quite possibly every foodies dream. The basic gist is simple enough, formulate an original menu that has a starter, main and dessert and submit it to https://www.mydish.co.uk/dinner-party-competition.

 
If your menu is then chosen as the menu of the week you will not only be placed on their popular blog but your menu will be one of the 52 menus published in a cookbook at the end of the challenge. Personally I was sold as soon as I processed this information but for those who feel immortality isn’t enough it gets better.

 
An overall winner will be selected at the end of the challenge and will win a cooking holiday for two to Tuscany (Italy) were they will learn from top chef’s.
Now I’m not a mathematician but I know on this one the juice is definitely worth the squeeze and the fact is if I’m not successful this week I’ll just re-enter the week after lol. Have you ever been to Tuscany? The food is amazing and the countryside and towns are absolutely fantastic.

 

Win a cooking holiday for two to Tuscany

Win a cooking holiday for two to Tuscany