Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Daniel Hindman - Tips For Hiking Up Mountains

If you enjoy the outdoors and are looking for a way to stay in shape, hiking is a hobby you may enjoy. Daniel Hindman enjoys mountain hiking and knows that while hiking can be fun, it can also be challenging. If you are going to try mountain hiking, consider these tips.

Be Prepared

You never know what could happen when you are hiking in the mountains so it is always a good idea to be prepared for anything. Make sure you keep plenty of water and safety supplies with you at all times. You can keep them in your backpack.

Use a Walking Stick

You may get tired when you are hiking in the mountains so a walking stick may be a big help. The walking stick will help you keep your balance and give you something to lean on if you get tired or even injured.

Stay On the Trails

It is never a good idea to stray from a trail or path. You never know what kind of dangers could be out there. Trails are designed to show hikers the safest route to their destination. Follow the trails and always keep a map of the area with you in case you get lost.

Hiking is a great way to see the outdoors and enjoy nature. If you are looking for a way to get active and spend some time out of the house, consider taking up mountain hiking like Daniel Hindman.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Basic Cooking Techniques

Contrary to what many people think, cooking is often not that difficult. In fact, cooking is often very easy. it’s often only that you need to plan to prepare what you want to cook, and the rest is quite simple from there on. There are two basic methods of cooking; dry heat cooking and moist heat cooking. Most cooking falls into one of the two methods, or at times a combination of both.

Oils and Other Fats
Cooking methods such as deep-frying and sautéing are considered dry heat methods of cooking. Oil and water don’t mix, fats can take the form of liquid, but it is very much different from water, hence the term “dry” heat.

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Using the right cooking method for the type of food you are cooking is an important part of the culinary arts. If you are cooking cuts of meat, such as lamb shank or beef brisket, you will need to cook the meat slowly at low temperature for a long time. You will also need to use plenty of moisture. If you cook these cuts properly, it can be extremely delicious. On the other hand, if you try to cook beef brisket on a grill with high temperature, it will be tough and chewy. Interestingly enough, a beef tenderloin steak cooked on slow heat with moisture will turn out tough and chewy.

Dry Heat Cooking
The dry heat cooking method is where heat is transferred to the food without using any moisture. It also often requires using temperatures in excess of 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Roasting and baking in an oven are also dry heat methods of cooking, as they use the hot air to conduct heat. Pan-searing steak is also a form of dry heat cooking, as it uses the heat from the metal pan to cook the meat. 

Moist Heat Cooking
Meat cooked using moisture, such as water, wine, stock or any other liquid, falls under the moist heat cooking method. The cooking temperature in the moist heat cooking method can fall between 140 degrees and a maximum of 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Simmering, boiling, poaching, braising, steaming, and stewing all come under the moist heat cooking method.

Daniel Hindman enjoys cooking family-styled food for his family and neighbors.