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Date: 2003-05-18 15:46
Subject: Smokescreens for dummies
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I went shopping at the new HEB up the road on Westheimer.
So I bought a stainless steel pain with a copper bottom for $30 to see if it would do as a searing pan.
I was not optomistic as the instructions said 'do not use on high heat'
But I though I'd try it anyway as it was only $30 bucks as opposed to the $120 searing pan I've been considering buying. So I crank up the stove, put the pan on and get it nice and ultra hot and drop the steaks in there with the fan on high. Woosh! Instant smokescreen even with the fan on high. The whole place filled up with smoke. Luckily I had taken down my smoke detectors in anticipation of a bit of smoke but man did I get more than I bargained for.
It was like a thick fog after searing two t-bones. I opened the door and the smoke just poured out in a billowing wave. The steaks came out good. One was just right, the other was a tad overdone, but it's a learning experience.
The copper bottom didn't hold up well. It grew a thin layer of like carbon paper that flaked off. Very messy.
But it didn't melt or anything like I had thought. Not what I expected. I expected it to either hold up ok or just melt off leaving me with just a stainless steel pan.

Ken's Steakhouse Italian dressing with Romano cheese is very, very tasty stuff on salad.

Later this evening I should be seeing Cowboy Bebop (an anime movie) at the Angelika theatre here.
Edited to Add : Riley is flaky and bailed on me after managing to slow me down enough to miss the 7:15 show.
Guess I won't be seeing it tonight.
I now plan on seeing it Monday.

I saw the Matrix Reloaded yesterday at the Alamo theatre at West Oaks mall. Wow! what a fancy theatre.
You can order beer and ice cream and it's state of the art. So state of the art when the previews came on the
sound system blared so loudly we all put our hands over our ears until they turned it down.
I had Amy's Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. Very yummy. So I now have a new theatre of choice for movies around here.
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Kaleidoscope Eyes: Me
User: kaleidoscopeeye
Date: 2003-05-18 15:10 (UTC)
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That theater sounds cool :)
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User: parc
Date: 2003-05-18 21:11 (UTC)
Subject: Searing pan
The reason that you can't use copper-clad bottom pans is that they act like bimetal plates (well, they are bimetal plates) similar to those used in house thermostats. The copper and steel have different coeffecients of expansion, and will eventually break apart.

Get a good cast-iron skillet. A nice big one by Lodge (the only cast iron skillet made in the USA). SEASON IT per the directions that come with it, or search for how to do it online. DON'T WASH IT WITH SOAP AND WATER. Use Kosher or sea salt, putting about 1/8 cup(a coffee scoop) worth in it and scrubbing it like an abrasive.
Cast iron pots can get crazy stupid hot, and will take care of anything you need searing-wise. If you don't wash them in soap/water, you won't need to use oil to prevent sticking.

Obligatory useful cast iron link

Also: the draft house rules. The ones in Austin come complete with free wireless Internet access.
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