Monthly Archives: April 2016

Have you seen this ultra delicious hot dog from The Hotdogjudge?

Well, the primary secret is those divine bacon-wrapped hot dog buns – and here’s how you make them!

You need 4-5 slices of bacon for each bun. The number of slices of bacon can vary depending on the bread size and the size of the bacon slices themselves. What’s important is that the bun is wrapped 100% as any exposed bread otherwise will get charred in your oven.

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Place the buns in a tray in your oven, pre-heated to 220˚C / 430˚F and keep an eye on them. In most ovens nothing happens the first 10 minutes, and then it escalates quickly. In a normal oven like mine it’ll take around 15 minutes to finish 8 breads. For more buns in one go the time increases, but what’s important here, is that you yank them out when they’re golden brown – before they char!

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You’ll notice there’s very little fat in the pan – that’s because the bun has sucked almost all of it from the bacon, creating a hotdog bun that almost has a donut texture – and obviously tastes of bacon. Divine. As they’re damn hot straight out of the oven, they need to rest before you can use them. It works excellent to store them in the fridge overnight and reheat them at half the cooking temperature.

And here’s the full recipe on the rest of this crazy good hot dog:
http://bit.ly/illbedamneddog

How to Store Coffee

For any coffee lover keeping your coffee beans fresh is a must. Let’s be honest, there is nothing worse than a stale tasting cup of joe after you have put all of the legwork into grinding and weighing your coffee beans prior to preparation. You could be using one of the best coffee makers of 2016 but if your beans aren’t fresh and up to scratch none of these top rated coffee machines will help you.

Keeping your coffee beans fresher for longer isn’t difficult as long as you use an airtight container you can keep coffee fresh for months. Some coffee drinkers also say that by keeping your coffee in the freezer you can prolong the life of the beans even more, but I’m not convinced. If you store your coffee beans in the fridge you are exposing the beans to unwanted moisture, this moisture can actually help to bread spores and mold on your coffee beans, so I recommend NOT keeping your coffee in the fridge or the freezer, unless bitter tasting coffee is your thing? Simply storing your coffee in an airtight container is all you need to do.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Storing Coffee

Do’s

  • Always try and buy freshly whole beans not coffee grounds (it will keep fresher for longer).
  • When storing your coffee store in small portions.
  • Keep your coffee stored in a dark place, the back of a cupboard is perfect!

Don’ts

  • Keep your coffee beans away from heat, moisture and humidity.
  • Don’t try and store your beans for years, up to 4 weeks should be the limit ideally.
  • Never keep your coffee in the fridge or freezer.

For most coffee drinkers getting through a pound or more of coffee in under two weeks shouldn’t be a problem so strong your coffee in an airtight container or even in the bag the coffee comes in using a clothes peg to seal the bag should be more than enough to keep you coffee fresh for up to 4 weeks.

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