Sunday, September 4, 2016

It’s Curanto Time Guys. I want to give you all a short explanation of what Curanto is and then I will give you my recipe. Hear it goes.

The ingredients for a traditional Curanto are:

Shellfish – clams, ribbed clams and picorocos a type of giant barnacle.
Meat – cuts of any low cost beef cut.
Potato’s – medium to small size, any type.
Milcao – this is a kind of potato pancake that is cooked in the process.
Chappelle’s – this is a kind of dumpling also cooked in the process.
Vegetables – onions,
Sometimes Fish – white firm meet fish.

Traditional Curanto Recipe:

All of the quantities are not fixed, the idea is that you try include a little bit of every ingredient. First you dig a wide hole in the ground. This hole should be around 50cm in depth and depending on the amount of ingredients the diameter can be from 1 meter to2 or 3 meters in size. First you start a large fire and try to get a lot of heat and coals. Later on top of the hot coals you place a bunch of river stones so that these get very hot (about 30 to 40 minutes). When you notice that the stones are ready you place a layer of nalca leaves (this is a kind of rhubarb leaf) you can also use fix leafs or cabbage leaves. Each layer of ingredients is covered by the leaves and then for the last layer this is covered with wet potato sack cloths and over this chunks of earth with grass. This creates the effect of a giant pressure cooker. You cooking time is relative depending on the amount of ingredients. But usually the cooking time is about 1.5 to 2 hours.

Ok now my version of Curanto but cooked at home in a medium to large Pot or Casserole. For best results cook in a clay pot or casserole. This will give the best results in taste and concentration of all the liquids released from the cooking process.

Chef Rudy’s version of Curanto:

Ingredients:

Beef 200gr. - 300gr. Per person your choice of cut.
Pork- 200gr. Per person also your choice cut.
Sausage – 200gr. Per person also your choice. I prefer a nice white German sausage.
Chicken – 150gr. – 200gr. Per person (breast usually ½ or ¼ per person)
Clams – in the shell (make sure to wash well)
Ribbed mussels – in the shell (make sure to wash well)
Vegetables – onions cut in 8th, tomatoes diced (1 per person), carrots in slices (one per person), potatoes cut in wedges (on large potato per person).
White wine – enough to reach halve of the preparation. You have to add water enough to reach ¾ of the preparation.
Salt – to taste (I usually do not use salt for this dish) the concentration of the combined flavors from all of the ingredients is superb and needs no salt)
Pepper – this is also to taste (I like to add a bit just so that you get that pepper aroma)
Basel leaf – 3 to 4 Large leaves.

Place all of the ingredients in the above order (as in ingredients list). Turn on your kitchen stove to medium heat and cook covered for 1 hour. Uncover and taste liquid. You should try to evaporate all of the alcohol from the cooked liquid. (should not have that alcohol taste). If the alcohol has evaporated, then cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes more. And that’s it. It’s done. Start to place the ingredients in a deep dish bowl so that you can serve with the cooked liquid. I usually separate all of the cooked ingredients into deep pans and then serve each plate so that I can get the plating that I want my guests to experience.
If you have any questions leave me a comment or write me an email and I will answer ASAP. Enjoy and be warned that this preparation is known to take you strait to bed for a power nap. This is due to the concentrated flavors and nutrients in the preparation. Later you will wake up ready for action and full of energy.


Enjoy.

This one has some shrimp. You can add any sea food product that you wish and create your own unique recipe.

This one is how it looks cooked the traditional way in the ground. but all of the juces are lost. This is a steamed process. great flavor but I prefer my preparation at home.

video

This is a friends video from a Curanto preparation in Chiloe, Chile.

Hope you enjoy and please post comments.

Take care from Chef Rudy and Family

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hello everyone. Today was a busy day. Had a lot to do and I needed more hours in my day to finish. I started putting together some recipes from Chile and some of my own today. Hope to have them done soon so that I can start to post them for all of you. Ok have to go for today. Talk again tomorrow. It is 11:45pm here in Chile and I have to be up at 5:00am to start working so have to rest. Take car all from Chef Rudy.

Thought for the day guys before I go:

Eat Better, Live Smarter, Help Others

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Some photos of Me Chef Rudy doing what I do best.





The photos are from an Wedding Event that we did for a couple in Olmue, Chile. "Cordero al Palo"
Hope you like. If you want to know how to prepare this Cordero just let me know.

Take Care all.

Clay EarthenWare Chile and a bit about Sol and Chef Rudy

Cooking in unglazed clay is an ancient tradition with modern-day health benefits. Clay cookware is still the most popular cooking choice in many parts of the world. Whether steam-cooking vegetables, cooking meats and fish or making soups and delicious baked goods, this time-tested method of cooking has become a modern and healthy way of cooking.

Today's clay cookware and bakeware are created to go straight from the oven or microwave to the dining table.

Craftsmen in Pomaire, Chile, have been making unglazed clay cookware since the 19th century. These products are healthier because little or no oil is needed as the food steams in its natural juices. Clay pots also hold in nutrients, while foods that are boiled often lose them during the cooking process. Foods cooked in clay dishes also retain more flavor than in traditional cookware. Clay pots are free of lead and aluminum and are safe to use in the oven up to 450 degrees F, in the  microwave and on the stovetop or grill.

Researchers have discovered that traditional cookware contain substances that are harmful to our health. For instance, not only will acidic foods cooked in aluminum leave a metallic taste in the mouth, but there is also a risk of heavy metal poisoning. Cookware that contains tetrafluoride (Teflon), a fluoride compound that produces a toxic gas when heated to over 500 degrees F, can cause an illness known as the Teflon flu.

Even when cooking with the freshest organic ingredients, people will often saturate the pan with butter, oil or cooking spray, which turns healthy food into an unhealthy meal. There are other safety concerns when using traditional cookware that include pots boiling over, scorched pans and burned hands from the stovetop. Those that grill food have to watch for sudden bursts of flames and scorching.

Why Earthen Ware?

1. Cooling Water:
We all remember the good old days when we would drink water stored in the Matkas. Scientists claim that storing water in a clay water pot is the best way. Clay pots not only cool the water down, they also provide healing with the elements of earth. Most significantly, clay pots transfer the chill to the water based on the climate. This quality of a clay pot is unique, and no other container has the same quality.

2. Porous:
Clay is porous. In the same way, a clay pot is also porous. When you store water in a clay pot, the evaporation happens. This process causes cooling as water particles gain energy in the form of heat, then change to gas and get mixed with air. A clay pot has small holes visible at the microscopic level through which water seeps out and gains energy to become gas and gets evaporated causing cooling. Heat and moisture circulate throughout the pot, quite opposite to the metal or enamel-lined crockery that we use today. Some pots are made of a special type of clay containing speckles of mica,
colloquially known as 'micaceous' clay. Mica is a natural insulator.

3. Alkaline:
Another benefit of clay water pots is the alkaline nature of clay. The alkaline clay interacts with the acidity of water and provides the proper pH balance. This water can help curb acidity and in turn provides relief from gastronomic pains. This nature of clay is quite useful and is one of the few well-documented benefits of drinking water from an earthen pot. When acidic food like meat or milk is cooked in an earthen pot, the clay helps to neutralize the overly acidic qualities of food as well.

4. Improves Metabolism And Virility:
Drinking the right amount of water everyday can help us boost metabolism. We usually store water in plastic containers, without realizing that there are harmful chemicals like BPA (Bisphenol A) in plastic that cling onto the water molecules and pose a health hazard. Alternatively, drinking water from a clay pot can help improve metabolism without dangerous chemicals like BPA added to the fray. Drinking water from a clay pot can also help maintain a level of testosterone in your body, as opposed to plastic, which in turn reduces the amount of testosterone in our body. Clay water tastes natural, pleasantly chilled and also helps improve metabolism and virility (3).

5. Gentle On The Throat:
Remember the summer vacations, when we came back from the park after a nice game of football or hopscotch. Mum or Grandma would insist on drinking water from the Matka rather than the fridge. Although we never knew why, one of the reasons could have been to avoid sunstroke. And the other reason could have been that the sudden temperature change could make us sick.

This preparation is called Curanto en Olla. It is cooked slowly for about 90 minutes and has a mix of shel-fish, beef cuts, pork cuts, sausage and vegis. Also in this preparation is about 3/4 of a leter of white wine, salt and pepper to taste. Later on I will post the recipe.

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Care & Use

AG pots are dishwasher & microwave safe. They clean beautifully with 10 minutes of soaking. Feel free to use any scrub pads, they will not scratch the surface of your pot. You can use metal utensils and carve with a knife directly on the pot. Please be mindful that your pot is made of clay and needs to be handled appropriately. AG is not held responsible for user damage. The surface of your pot naturally changes with use and over time. This is a natural part of the maturation process, creating a rich patina & history of use. If you wish, a bit of vegetable oil rubbed into the surface after cleaning will rid the surface of “discoloration”. Pots may be used in the oven, under the broiler, on the grill and stovetop all depending on the shape & structure. You can use round-bottomed pats directly on the
stovetop -- electric, gas or wood. The pots may easily be transferred from the refrigerator or freezer to a hot cooking environment and back again. No seasoning or soaking is necessary. We make flamewar pots for slow food aficionados, lovers of fine food, appreciators of quality kitchen tools, cooks, chefs...everyone who loves to cook!

How to Clean Clay Cookware?

You can put your Earthen Ware items in a dishwasher, hand washing is recommended. Extreme temperatures and harsh detergents may damage clay cookware. Allow the clay pot to cool completely after it has been taken from the oven and soak it for a few minutes in worm water to loosen any bits of food. To remove food items, use hot water without detergent and a gentle abrasive pad. To neutralize strong odors fill the pot with warm water and add two tablespoons of baking soda. Let the cookware soak for at least 15 minutes. For general and deep cleaning, allow the earthen pot to soak overnight in the sink in water mixed with baking soda. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda per liter of hot water. Wash it using a soft-bristle brush or nonmetallic scrubbing pad. Do not use abrasive scouring powders because they will clog the pores and make the pot useless. Salt can be used as a nontoxic alternative to chemical cleaners. Sprinkle salt into the pot and scour it using a scouring pad. Rinse the pot with warm water and allow it to dry on. If any mold forms during storage periods, sprinkle baking soda inside the pot, then rinse with warm water using a brush to remove the mold.
If clay pores become clogged, the pot should be cooked in boiling water for about 30 minutes.
Never use soap or detergent because the porous clay will absorb the soap. Detergent may leave unpleasant soapy taste and this flavor will leach back into your next clay pot meal.
Over time your clay pot may darken slightly retaining scorch marks and stains. This will not affect its cooking qualities.

Clay Cookware Storage

After washing, dry thoroughly to prevent the forming of mold. Store the clay pot with the lid off allowing air to circulate. Or invert the lid and place a paper towel between the pot and the lid to prevent chipping. Make sure the pot is thoroughly dry before storing it. This eliminates the risk of mold growth inside the pot. Store your earthenware in dry and well ventilated areas.

In a short time we will have our Facebook page up and running and hopefully a WebPage so that you can learn more about us.

Well friends we will try to write something new every day and answer all of your posts.

Talk soon,

Sol and Chef Rudy