Unlike more fragile and highly sophisticated home instruments, the best electric smokers combine simplicity with ruggedness. Therefore, if the smoker is stored properly and electric smoker cleaning tips are followed regularly, the average electric smoker will work fine for a long time. However, if you are using the smoker on a regular basis and are not a pro at managing the temperature, the fluctuating heat inside the smoker (even with a standard temperature controller) can wreak havoc on both your food and the health of the smoker. The answer to “how to maintain an electric smoker” is therefore to be found in “how to ensure that the temperature inside the smoker remains even and stable”, though there are some additional maintenance tips as well. To make it easier for you to concentrate on the culinary aspects of the smoking, we have compiled a list of such easy DIY tips.
Every professional cook who smokes food on a regular basis has his/her own smoking secrets, which the world will perhaps never know. However, there are many others semi professional and part-time cooking enthusiasts who are only too happy to share their tips for perfect smoked foods. While you may be able to discover many interesting variations in course of your culinary journey to the heights of smoking expertise, it definitely doesn’t hurt to learn some of the tried and tested tips that highly experienced cooks have shared with the wider community. Here are 7 such tips for perfect smoked foods.
There may be a lot of science involved in the disadvantages and advantages of smoked foods, but it is hard to deny that using the smoker to cook food is also an art. While it is easy to learn, like any art it takes a long time to master. Getting to an acceptable level of expertise, though, is not difficult, provided that one follow the right steps. However, given how a single mistake can ruin the entire smoking procedure, those who make early mistakes sometimes tend to get disheartened. To help you stay on the right course during your first few smoking attempts, we have compiled for you a short list of common mistakes made during smoking foods, and how one can avoid and/or mitigate them.
Every cooking method has its advantages and disadvantages and though the benefits of smoking foods far outweighs the disadvantages, it would be a lie to say that there are none on the latter count. Indeed, if you are not careful, smoking certain types of foods, especially meats, in a certain manner can cause serious health risks. Unlike other types of cooking, however, the disadvantages of smoking foods can be mitigated if certain precautions are taken before and during the process. To help you make smoking foods a healthier process, we have listed the major disadvantages and how to eliminate them from your smoking process.
Smoking as a means of cooking and preservation of food has been around for at least 250,000 years, according to latest research by archaeologists studying hominid behavior. More recent examples include “smoking houses” in Ireland (2,000 years back) and smoked foods among Greeks and Romans (1,000-200BC). If humanity discovered smoking so early and retained it till the modern age, clearly there are some major advantages of smoking foods which persuaded them to do so. Below we shall explore some of the most important advantages of smoking as a means of cooking foods in the age of electric smokers and advanced culinary techniques. [Read more…]