CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | June 2014 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Valentina Bertazzoni

Cooking With A Meat Probe

The meat probe - provided for with some of Bertazzoni latest generation ovens - is a very useful device for the control of the internal cooking temperature of any type of meat or fish in the oven. It is a sensor which enables you to measure core temperatures of food, that is in the thickest part of meat or fish, which is difficult to cook, thus helping you to get perfect cooking results. The sensitive part of the meat probe is its point, about 0.59 inch long. The use of a meat probe is connected to the selection of appropriate cooking programs, either manually or automatically. The probe must be pushed into the meat after the preheating phase, when the oven signals that the desired temperature has been reached, by sending the message to insert the probe. At this point, you have to identify the thickest part of the meat or fish and insert the probe so that its tip reaches the desired area. It is important to place it at least 0.8 inch away from any bones and it is preferable to wear an oven glove to perform the operation.
Once the probe is set, cooking stops automatically when the desired temperature has been reached. Another factor to be taken into account when cooking with a probe is that, if you cook thick pieces of meat or fish slices, the right core temperature detected by the probe corresponds to a much higher external temperature, with the consequent risk of burning the outer part of the meat or fish. It is therefore adviseable to set the cooking programme at a slightly lower temperature and just cook your food a little longer.
On the other hand, this type of precise control of cooking allows you to get the maximum taste and consistency out of your meat or fish.
In fact, meat and fish are made of fibers, water, proteins and collagens or hard tissues. Water starts evaporating at a 212°F temperature, while collagens start dissolving at a 131 °F temperature.
The combination of temperature and time allows you to obtain perfect cooking results. When the temperature is below 212°F, water remains inside the food, while a long cooking time above 131 °F causes the hydrolysis of collagens. Thus fibers become tenderer.
Each type of meat and fish requires a specific cooking temperature, whatever degree of cooking is desired (rare, medium, well done, etc.).
For example, a roast beef is cooked to the level of rare, when the meat probe reaches 131°F and cooked to medium at 149 °F. The more core temperatures increase, the more the meat is well done, but to prevent it from getting hard, we suggest that you cook it at a lower temperature, so that it cooks more slowly, without losing too much water, so the cartilages have time to melt and the meat gets very tender.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | April 2014 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Elisabetta Bertazzoni

How to Clean Worktops, Burners and Pan Supports

Before cleaning your worktop and burners, don’t forget to disconnect the appliance from the main power supply and to close the gas valve.
Burners, pan supports, caps and gas rings should be periodically cleaned with warm soapy water, then rinsed and carefully dried. It is highly recommended not to wash them in the dishwasher, due to the presence of salt in the wash solution used.
Stainless steel worktops and appliances should not be cleaned with abrasive products, nor with products containing chlorine - such as bleach - nor with steel wool, but only with specific products. Ideal cleaning products contain ammonia. As an alternative, you can use soap or neutral detergents, then rinse and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use any steam cleaners.
To avoid both burn marks and stains that cannot be removed, do not place hot pots on your steel worktop. They would cause irreparable damage to the worktop finish.
Many natural products, such as salt, lemon juice and milk processing residues, prove particularly aggressive. It is therefore essential to rinse worktops thoroughly after use.
Enamel can also be affected by prolonged contact with acidic substances. Remove tomato sauce, lemon and vinegar stains immediately. For more stubborn stains, use baking soda or non-abrasive cream detergents. Do not use any descaling products: you would irreparably damage the enamel.
After cleaning, dry the appliance off with a soft cloth. Non-drying may cause oxidation.
Burners are made of brass or pyral - an aluminium alloy – and can be cleaned with soapy water. You can also use a fine bristle brush to clean the small holes in depth. Use neither steel wool nor abrasive sponges.
To maintain burner functionality over time, please check that the caps are correctly positioned, before turning on the burners. They are generally made of enamelled steel or brass and they can be cleaned following the above instructions.
As for pan supports, they can be either made of cast iron or of enamelled iron. We recommend that you clean them with specific degreasers. Do not wash them in the dishwasher.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | February 2014 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Valentina Bertazzoni

Induction Vs. Gas

The choice between an induction and a gas hob is not a simple one, as it depends on your needs and habits. From the point of view of design, one must admit that an induction hob is gorgeous: in ceramic glass, smooth, flat, with touch controls. It is also easy to clean, simply by wipe cleaning it with a damp cloth. It is supplied by electricity. It is subject to a very low heat loss. Heat is evenly distributed over the surface of the pan. Thanks to an electromagnetic field, energy turns into heat only when it comes into contact with a pot and only inside it. A safety device automatically blocks the energy supply as soon as the pot is removed. Residual heat indicators, however, warn if the hob is still hot, even when the zone is switched off. Induction is even safer than gas, because no flames could possibly emanate from the burners, nor is there any danger of a gas leak. The hob remains cold even during use - save in the zone where you have placed the pot - thus eliminating the risk of fire due to distraction. The hob can therefore also be used as a counter. It is more eco-friendly than a gas hob and it requires, in general, less servicing. The control of the cooking temperatures is very accurate and adjustable thanks to digital displays. It is true that electricity costs more, but it is used for a shorter time, as its performance is by far superior.
It should be noted, though, that the use of full-power induction may require an increase in the electricity supply power, if you wish to use other electrical appliances at the same time. In addition, pots and pans must be made of steel with a high iron content. You cannot use aluminium, glass, ceramic or terracotta cookware. Therefore, a few typical dishes of Emilia-Romagna, such as pot roast, stew or risotto cannot be cooked at their best on an induction hob.
Induction is ideal to reach high temperatures in a very short time, for example with oil or water (about 4 minutes to bring 12.6 cups of water to boil), then the cooking time of food remains the same. Moreover, gas burners are easier and more intuitive to use, as most of us learnt how to cook on gas burners. So you feel more comfortable with gas, especially for the calibration and adjustment of the cooking temperature. In fact, you need a certain experience to use an induction hob properly. It is true that the heat generated by a flame is dispersed more easily than electricity, but burners are not all the same: Bertazzoni dual burners, for instance, with their separate controls, deliver the best-in-class heat-up times. In addition, gas hobs cost, in general, less than induction hobs. To finish with, an advantage of gas burners is that they work even in case of power outage.
If you hesitate between the two options, try the unique Bertazzoni segmented hob, winner of the prestigious Interior Design Best of Year Award. This highly flexible hob delivers the power of gas, together with induction and is also provided with a Teppan-Yaki griddle, typical of Japanese cuisine and very useful if you wish to cook in a healthy way a wide variety of foods, from meat to fish to vegetables, since it requires a minimum amount of fat. Preparing a healthy meal is easy: a few minutes to boil water on an induction zone, while making a sauce on a gas burner and grilling vegetables or fish on your Teppan-Yaki griddle. Healthy, speedy and tasty!

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | August 2013 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Valentina Bertazzoni

Pairing dishes with olive oils

Typical produce of the Mediterranean area, extra-virgin olive oil - obtained from the mechanical pressing of olives - is a key ingredient of the Mediterranean diet, with its high content of monounsaturated fats, facilitating the replacement of LDL (bad) cholesterol, with HDL “good” cholesterol in our blood. Extra-virgin olive oil is very digestible and therefore also recommended in the daily diet of those who have digestive problems. Its acidity reaches maximum 1%. Eighteen out of twenty Italian regions produce olive oil and several consortia are now issuing the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) labels. Each region can boast at least one brand of extra-vergin olive oil.
We asked Roberto Carcangiu – a famous chef consultant - to help us choose the right type of extra-virgin olive oil, when preparing a dish. Here's what he suggested!

Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino
The typical cultivars of Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino are extensively grown mainly on the shores of Lake Garda and the hills of Veneto. The olive oil they yield has a floral fragrance and tastes of ripe apple and musk, sweet almond, olive and vegetable. I recommend to use it to dress up pasta salad, vinaigrette, freshwater fish and desserts such as carrot cakes.
Liguria
Liguria main varieties of olive trees are grown on the Riviera di Ponente and on the Riviera di Levante: the coastline to the west and east of Genoa. The oil smells and tastes of olive, almond and vegetable. Great for cooking and frying, this type of oil is ideal in the preparation of mayonnaise, to flavour rice and boiled fish, and for the preparation of desserts, such as olive oil cakes and gruel.
Emilia-Romagna
This region can boast a great gastronomic tradition and that has to include olive oil, whose producion is small and mainly limited to the hills of Romagna and the provinces of Ravenna, Forlì and Rimini. There are many cultivars in this area. Among them a native variety of olive tree is grown in Brisighella - near Ravenna - known as Nostrana di Brisighella. This oil is ideal for the preparation of roasts and sauces.
Tuscany
In Tuscany, side by side with the famous vineyards, there are important cultivars that taste of olive, artichoke, fresh grass, almond, vegetable and spices. Tuscan olive oil can be paired with grilled meat, bruschetta made with fresh tomatoes, vegetable soup, fettunta - garlic bread, the typical local unsalted bread, panzanella – a Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes. It is also used in the preparation of the so-called salsa verde - a savoury sauce made with parsley, anchovies, onion, olive oil and garlic -  and for the seasoning of boiled cannellini beans.
Umbria
Important cultivars have been grown on the hills of Umbria for centuries. The oil produced in this area is spicy and tastes of vegetal. It has the flavour of apple, olive, artichoke and almond. It can be paired with many dishes, such as red meat, legumes, fresh or steamed vegetables. It is at its best for the seasoning of spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chilli, for the dressing up of the typical local unsalted bread, of pumpkin pie and, finally, of grilled lobsters.
Marche
Marche is another region in central Italy worth mentioning for the delicacy of its oil. Cultivars grown in this region yield an oil smelling and tasting of olive, almond and vegetable. Due to its delicacy, this oil is perfectly paired with beef and fish carpaccios. It can also be used for desserts, for fried food, especially fish and as an ingredient for a delicious mayonnaise. Abruzzo
Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, we find the lands of Abruzzo, whose cultivars stand out for their pungent scent of olive, sour almond, apple and vegetable. The oil they yield is very versatile. You can use it on the typical unsalted bread to make it tasty, on egg pasta, on savoury fish and on swordfish tartare, for the preparation of mayonnaise and vinaigrette. It is excellent raw on bitter tasting food, but also as an ingredient in desserts, such as lemon cake and short pastry.
Lazio
Getting back to the opposite shores of the Mediterranean sea, we find the typical varieties of Latium cultivars. The oil smells and tastes of olive, almond, artichoke and vegetable. This oil is very delicate. It goes well with several dishes and is therefore classified as an all-round oil. It is perfectly paired with rabbit meat and pasta with clams.
Campania
Further south, in a warmer climate, we find the famous shores of Campania. The oil grown there has the scent and taste of olive, almond, dried fruit and vegetable. The oil from Campania is best served on fresh vegetables and used in vegetable pies, homemade pasta and white meat.
Calabria and Basilicata
Having reached the southern regions of Calabria and Basilicata, located between the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian seas, we find olive groves of great suggestion, with ancient and tall trees. Next to the regional production of dense and full-bodied oil, perfectly paired with the strong flavours of the local cuisine, there is an equally robust oil, yet fresher and more fluid, to be used for a more delicate and lighter cuisine.
Molise
Back to the Adriatic coast, among Molise olive groves, we find an oil that combines the smell and taste of olive, almond and vegetable. It is a well-rounded oil, best served on homemade pasta and fresh vegetables, for the seasoning of white meat, boiled fish and for the preparation of sweets.
Puglia
In Puglia, one of the Italian regions with the longest-lasting tradition of olive oil production, oil has a typically pungent smell of olive oil, fresh herbs, artichoke and vegetable, while tasting pleasantly spicy, with notes of fresh grass, artichoke and olive. It is excellent on bruschetta, for the preparation of salsa verde for boiled meat and of pesto sauce, as seasoning for pasta and beans and of red meat.
Sicily
The sun shining on this island makes its olive trees yield a quality of oil that smells pungent and tastes spicy. It has the flavour of olive, artichoke, sour tomato and fresh grass. It is best matched with bruschetta or with bread, grilled meat, fresh vegetables, caprese - a salad of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and fresh basil – and with salmoriglio: a sauce made of oil for the seasoning of grilled fish.
Sardinia
The typical cultivars of Sardinia, the other major Italian island, produce oil which has a pungent aroma and a spicy taste. It has a characteristic flavour of olive, artichoke and fresh grass, as is the case with the oils produced in Puglia and Sicily.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | June 2013 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Elisabetta Bertazzoni

Dehydrating food for long term storage

Among the functions of Bertazzoni new generation electric and hybrid ovens we can find dehydration, a method of long term food storage consisting in removing water from food, to prevent the proliferation of mold and bacteria that would find in water the suitable environment to develop. This method has been known and practiced since ancient times: people dried vegetables, fruits and mushrooms in the sun, during the warmer months, to make provisions for the winter. Nowadays it is possible to dehydrate food using other heat sources. Dehydration is preferable to other natural methods of storage, such as salting and cooking, as it allows you to preserve food for a long time, without significantly altering its organoleptic characteristics. In particular, dehydration allows you to maintain minerals and proteins. It is an alternative technique to storage in glass jars, or in the freezer.
The flavour of dehydrated foods is generally stronger than that of fresh foods.
Among the foods that are commonly dehydrated or dried we find legumes, fruit, tea, vegetables, aromatic plants and herbs such as basil, parsley, rosemary and sage.
The ideal dehydration temperature varies depending on the amount of water contained in the food, but the temperature of 104 ° F can be considered as a reference value. A low dehydration temperature requires a longer process, but the nutritive properties of food will be better preserved. You can also leave the thermostat set to zero degrees and let the lamps in the oven be the only heating source.
The foods you intend to dehydrate must be perfectly clean, mature and not bruised.
Once dehydrated, they must be hermetically sealed in sterilized containers, to prevent them from reabsorbing water from the air.
Keep in mind, as a rule, that fruit requires much longer average dehydration times (24-36 hours) than vegetables (4-8 hours) or aromatic plants and herbs (3-5 hours). Food should be subject to dehydration in the oven for several hours - up to 8 hours per day - for 3-4 days. Then you should let it rest each time for 12 hours. Dehydration times are greatly reduced if fruits and vegetables are cut into slices or small pieces. For best results, cut the food in halves, or to pieces, or slice it up into thin slices, 0.39 inch thick at most. 
If your oven is not provided with the dehydration function, use an electric oven, preferably in fan-assisted mode. If your oven operates only in conventional, static mode, open the oven door to let the air circulate. You can also dehydrate food in a gas oven, but since it is unprovided with low temperatures, the oven lights and fan must be switched on only. Do not use a microwave oven, which does not have fan-assisted modes, except for the dehydration of herbs.
Keep containers of dehydrated food in a cool, dark, dry place. You can eat dehydrated fruit for a whole year, while vegetables should be consumed within six months.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | May 2013 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Nicola Bertazzoni

Oven cleaning

Many last generation Bertazzoni ovens have a pyrolytic self-cleaning function. It is therefore extremely easy to keep the oven in perfect conditions of hygiene and cleanliness. The special coating makes it possible for the oven to reach a very high temperature, removing dirt and food scraps. It is a perfectly ecological system, which does not require the use of detergents, but is based on high-temperature cleaning and sterilising. A thorough cleaning of the oven, in Bertazzoni most recent series, is also made possible by the removable inner glass. This operation is to be performed with a soft, damp cloth, when the oven is cold, taking care not to use abrasive products. Use neither an abrasive sponge nor steel wool, nor products containing chlorine, such as bleach, when cleaning the stainless steel oven cavity and wire grids. Use only neutral detergents and lukewarm water, or even a mild grease remover. The best cleaning products contain ammonia. After using the oven, take care not to let any solid or liquid residues deposit, because the steel may become permanently stained. It is adviseable to clean the oven after each use, especially after cooking a roast or after using the grill. Once heated, the dirt would burn and stick, so it would become very difficult to remove it. Before cleaning the oven, it is essential to remember disconnecting power to your range and turning your gas valve off. If the oven is not too dirty, clean it when it is still warm with a solution of hot water and detergent and leave it open to dry. Polish up the oven coating and the wire parts with a cloth.
If the dirt is particularly resistant, put a baking tray or pan on the bottom of the oven and fill it with water, then let it evaporate to soften the dirt. Proceed to remove the dirt as shown above. Never use steam cleaners or high pressure water cleaners.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | March 2013 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Valentina Bertazzoni

Cuts of meat

Here are a few tips to obtain an excellent meat dish. First and foremost it is essential to know how to choose the suitable cutting. I have listed for you, below, the main types of cooking, next to the recommended cuts of meat, both in British English and American English, when the words differed:

1. BOILED MEAT: plate, brisket, thick rib.
2. BRAISED MEAT: plate, shank, shin, leg.

3. BROTHS: brisket, shank, foreshank, shin, leg, tail.

4. CASSEROLES: round, topside, silverside, shank, foreshank, shin, leg.
5. ESCALOPES: rump.
6. FILETS: tenderloin.
7. GOULASH: brisket.

8. HAMBURGERS: flank, plate.
9. MEAT SAUCE: flank, plate.

10. MINCED MEAT: flank, plate.
11. POT ROASTS: shank, round, thick flank.
12. ROAST BEEF: ribs, rump, sirloin.
13. ROAST MEAT: plate, brisket, round, round steak, topside, chuck, brisket, thick rib.
14. SIRLOIN STEAKS: sirloin.
15. SLICED VEAL SHANK: shank.
16. STEAKS: sirloin, short loin, rib.
17. STEWS: plate, round, topside, silverside, thick flank.

18. STUFFED VEAL ROLL: plate, flank.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | October 2012 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY NICOLA BERTAZZONI

How to choose the right material

When you buy a pot or a pan, you should consider carefully the type of use you want to make of it. Not all materials, in fact, are suitable for the same function!

Stainless steel, for example, has many advantages: it is durable, it is hygienic and easy to clean. It is particularly fit for boiling, while food tends to "stick" to the pot easily. It has low conductivity.
Aluminum is light and has high conductivity. It is suitable for all types of cooking, with the exception of frying. However it buckles, it is porous and it tends to stain light-colour sauces.
Teflon non-stick coatings allow you to cook without fats and do not stick to food. However, the coating is easily scratched. These types of coating are particularly suitable for the preparation of omelettes and sautés.
Ceramic, as a coating material for pots and pans, has lower non-stick properties and it is more fragile than an ordinary non-stick pan. On the other hand, it is healthier and it is ideal for golden brown and crisp cooking.
Tinned copper has high conductivity, it is hard-wearing and it does not stick, but it oxidizes easily. It is suitable for all types of cooking, but it is used primarily by "professionals", because of its high cost.
Iron is non-stick and thermostatic. It is used for cooking on a high flame and for frying, but it rusts easily.
Cast iron has good thermo-regulating capacity and it is non-stick. On the other hand, it is very heavy and fragile. It is ideal for stewing and casseroling.
Clay is fit for all heat sources, but it heats up slowly. It is ideal for cooking stews, on a low flame, but it is fragile and it absorbs odours.
Pyrex glass is not a good thermal conductor. It is used almost exclusively for cooking in a traditional oven or in a microwave. Excellent material when it comes to food, it is fragile and not very resistant to sudden temperature changes.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | September 2012 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Valentina Bertazzoni

Cooking with a Wok

Native of China, but nowadays used all over the world, a wok is a dome-shaped pan, once made only of iron or cast iron, now also of stainless steel or teflon.
It allows you to cook by dipping the food in little oil, as the central point is in direct contact with the flame. It is used for any type of cooking, from deep frying to steaming, casseroling, or stewing. A typical characteristic of wok cooking is its speed. This type of cooking allows you to maintain the nutritive value of food unaltered, while its flavour remains unchanged.



A tip:

rinse your wok under running water, with little or no detergent and a soft sponge. Dry it on the fire and put it away after having spread a few drops of oil on its surface.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | May 2012 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Valentina Bertazzoni

Oven cooking

In the Bertazzoni family tradition, baking and roasting have always been considered as healthy alternatives to cooking on a burner. The baking, in fact, is excellent both to cook foods and to warm them up. For each type of use and for each type of food there is an ideal type of oven and an ideal cooking function/setting. Gas ovens, for example, are ideal for fish and roasting meat. Gas reaches a high temperature in a short time, which helps to seal the food, making it crispy outside, but keeping it juicy inside. Electric ovens, on the other hand, are ideal for mid-to low-temperature cooking, such as baking or recipes that require slow cooking, such as casseroles. Moreover, the non-convection mode is excellent for baking cakes, while the fan-assisted mode ensures an even heat distribution, for single and multi-level roasting and baking, without flavour crossover.

Steam ovens, designed for professional chefs, employ water vapour for fast and healthy cooking. Keep that seals in flavour and vitamins. Steam ovens are ideal for vegetables, fish, meat and they allow you not to use added fats. The quality of the food remains excellent, while you save on time and energy, up to 15-20%, compared to traditional baking. It is also ideal for the warming of food.
To finish with, microwave ovens, heat up very fast. In fact, the heat is produced without heating the oven and the pan, as is the case for traditional baking. Microwave ovens preserve the nutritional value of foods and produce a lower fat oxidation. It is not, however, suitable for reaching high temperatures or for cooking thick food. They are unsuitable, for example, for the preparation of cakes and roasts. They are ideal for the defrosting and for the warming up of food. Remember to use glass or porcelain pots and no lid.

The Bertazzoni family recipe book includes many easy ways of cooking vegetables in the oven. Here is a simple and tasty one:
put sliced tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes and onions (or leeks) into an oiled tray and cover them with a mixture of bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, basil, salt and oil. Bake at 180 ° C for about 20 minutes. Turn the grill on for the last 5 minutes. Enjoy your meal!

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | April 2012 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Nicola Bertazzoni

The Bertazzoni Assistant

Created by renowned Italian chef consultant Roberto Carcangiu for Bertazzoni Professional and Design Series, the Bertazzoni Assistant has been designed so that you, the cook, remain in control, without being obliged to monitor the cooking all the time. It consists of a specially-developed micro-processor control system, with exclusive settings. To use the Assistant, you decide on the main ingredient and its size/weight. You also select the type of cooking, including slow cooking, and the desired finish. At this point the Assistant takes over and continuously adjusts functions, temperature and time. Once the manual cooking of a particular dish has been completed, you can save it to the oven’s memory for future automatic use. The retrieve function allows you to repeat automatically the cooking method of any dish you have previously saved. There are no pre-loaded recipes, only suggested cooking methods organized in food categories and desired results. Simple, versatile, useful, the Bertazzoni Assistant lets you build up your own bank of cooking methods that are yours only.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | February 2012 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Valentina Bertazzoni

Pasta

Human beings have eaten pasta for over 7,000 years and it is therefore very difficult to determine who invented it. The term pasta derives from the Greek πάστα and it means “dough”. One hundred years before Christ, Cicero and Horace already loved pasta, and, in A.D.1154, the Arab geographer Al-Idrin celebrated "a delicacy made of flour, in the shape of cords". It was called triyah, and it was manufactured in Palermo. Here is the first evidence of the existence of spaghetti nine hundred years ago!

In Italy, dry pasta - the one commonly on sale, not to be mistaken with handmade fresh pasta - is prepared only with durum wheat. According to the Italian law, it can be made exclusively with durum semolina or durum wheat and water. Durum wheat allows pasta to hold up to cooking, unlike soft wheat.

When you have to choose the right type of pasta, remember that smooth surface pasta is appreciated for its lightness, while the ridged type of pasta is usually preferred for its ability to retain the sauce.

A suggestion:

when you want to cook pasta, fill a large pan with salted water, so that pasta does not stick. If you find out at the very last moment that the pan you have chosen is too small and you can do nothing about it, you can always add a little oil to the cooking water!

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | July 2011 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Elisabetta Bertazzoni

Green looks good on everybody

If you are a “green” person and you are looking for some energy saving tips you can turn the oven off a few minutes before your food is ready. Cooking will continue by inertia allowing you to save up to 40% of energy.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | April 2011 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Valentina Bertazzoni

Coloring with the grill

When grilling pay attention to how long it takes to the food to become crusty. If it’s too slow your food is sweatting and evaporating is getting colder. The grilling function is also used just to color your food: the golden brown finish makes your dish look better and more tasteful... appearence matters also in cooking.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | February 2011 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Valentina Bertazzoni

Keep boiling water for sautéed pasta

There are two reasons to do this: the first one is that you can really save your pasta if you have dried it too much, for example if you are tossing it in a hot pan with other ingredients or simply if your time management is not so perfect, as sometimes happens when cooking.

The second reason has to do with chemistry: the water in which you boil the pasta collects starch. Once heated again it expands and mixes very well with the gravy and the pasta. Get a sumptuous presentation and a pleasant creamy feel to the palate, not an oily one, but much lighter!

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | November 2010 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Nicola Bertazzoni

Gas Ovens

For your home cooking needs it might take some getting used to using a gas oven, however the difference in results in very noticeable.

When using a gas oven remember that the temperature rises very fast and that pre-heating the oven is a must. Observing those basic ground rules is definitely worth it, as the moist heat generated by natural and LP gas does wonders to the food.

During combustion humidity is released and envelopes the food, resulting in tender and juicy roasts or plump patisseries coming out of your gas oven.

The Bertazzoni obsession with precision engineering has optimized the gas oven to prevent the drying out of foods and can be depended on to give you tasty results every single time.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | September 2010 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Elisabetta Bertazzoni

Finish your cooking in the oven

Did you know a roast can be made to perfection using a large roasting pot? Start on the cooktop burner, in this case from cold (yes let’s break the rules), letting it cook slowly and covered until nearly done. Then remove the cover and give it a good ten minutes roasting in a scorching hot oven, by using the grill at full power. The taste is fantastic.

And here is one more tip: make sure your pot has metal handles, not plastic! Otherwise your family and neighborhood might notice that your experiment went wrong.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | July 2010 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Valentina Bertazzoni

Roast frying in the oven

Here is a tip for a healthy alternative to deep frying. We call it “Roast Frying”.

Roast frying is very easy and applicable to low profile foods that are thin in shape, such as breadcrumb battered pork chops: just spray olive or frying oil all over the breadcrumb covered pork chops, preheat the oven to 430 F° (220° C) temperature and place the pork chops on a wire shelf or the roasting insert for the oven roasting pan. Then place the food on the wire shelf for 10 to 15 minutes. Wait until golden brown.

Your results will even be better when selecting the convection cooking mode. All Bertazzoni gas and electric ovens offer a convection cooking option as a standard feature. The resulting taste of the food might differ from traditional deep frying yet the flavors are plentiful and definitively healthier.

As an added bonus there is no oil splatter from the frying pan all over your kitchen counter and cooktop.

CATEGORY Tips And Techniques | April 2010 | PERMALINK
POSTED BY Elisabetta Bertazzoni

Pre-Heating

For excellent cooking results always remember to pre-heat the oven.

Pre-heat the oven to about 35° F (20° C) above the desired cooking temperature. When opening the oven door to insert the food, some heat will escape, and in addition the food and the roasting pan/baking sheet will be cold, resulting some degrees of heat loss.

The higher pre-heat temperature will have several benefits: tastier and crisper food, shorter cooking times and some energy savings! Don’t forget however to re-set the temperature selector to the original recipe temperature setting after inserting the food.