Merve

This is Merve from the JarKitchen Team. I am a freelance content specialist, and I like cooking different recipes in my free time. During the pandemic, I have had plenty of time to practice my cooking skills and cooking turned out to be a hobby for me. Thanks to my exchange experience in Japan, I have learned more about Japanese culture and I have devoted my free time to cook Japanese dishes like sushi, onigiri.

Foods That Start With I- 20 Most Intriguing Foods for You

Foods That Start With I- 20 Most Intriguing Foods for You

Welcome to Jarkitchen.com, where we broaden your horizon more and more with each article. I must say that I really enjoy writing these series. In this article, you will be learning 20 foods that start with I. Like the previous one, I didn’t have any trouble in finding 20 foods that start with N thanks to the abundance of the world cuisine. Because there will be examples from Turkish cuisine as well, we hope that you will enjoy reading this article.

Be sure to check our YouTube video on foods that start with D as well!

Without giving a pause, we are directly diving into the topic:

Foods That Start With I

1. Icaco

As a tropic fruit, icaco is also known as coco plum. If you are in the American continent or Western Africa, you may have a chance to taste this fruit in its original birthplace. When I took a look at the image of icaco, it reminded me of the damson plum with its shape and color. Icaco is a plum-like fruit that grows better when the icaco tree is closer to the sea. In other words, its taste will get more neutral when the icaco tree is away from the sea. Like other fruits, there are many benefits of icaco as well.

Being the first of foods that start with I and a fruit that is rich in vitamin A, C, and K, icaco is a source of nourishment for you. You are free to consume it raw, but we will be giving some suggestions for you. Plum types like icaco become very delicious when you use them for jam, jellies, and compote. Besides vitamins, you will be getting the necessary potassium and calcium for your body as well. If you ask me, I would prefer adding some icaco to make compote considering that it will be refreshing during hot weather.

2. Iceberg Lettuce

Here is a food whose name sounded very surprising to me when I saw it first at the bazaar. Although it was very surprising for me, I never looked up why they used the word “iceberg” for lettuce. The fact is that when the first shipment of iceberg lettuce started, Californian farmers were using heaps of crushed ice to cover the lettuces. For this reason, we started to know this lettuce as “iceberg lettuce”. In Turkish cuisine, there are many ways to use iceberg lettuce but, I love eating it with “çiğ köfte”. Iceberg lettuce has a more crispy texture if we compare it to the usual lettuces. For this reason, it has a good use for salads.

If you are thinking of going on a diet, you should think of adding iceberg lettuce to your diet list thanks to its low calorie. Besides, iceberg lettuce has many benefits for your health thanks to the fact that it is packed with Vitamin K. It is also a good supporter for your eye health but I am not sure if it can heal my nearsighted eyes.

3. Ice cream

Chocolate ice cream with peanut sprinkles on them, third food on our list of foods that start with I

With the upcoming hot weather, icecreams have started to take their place at the markets and in our refrigerators. Depending on the ingredients that you use on it, ice cream could be either healthy or harmful to your body. Basically, you need to use fruits, aroma, milk to make ice cream but the ingredients will differ depending on the ice cream type. Usually, ice cream melts easily when you expose it to heat because it is usually served frozen and the texture is weak.

Most of you must have heard about it but there is this special Turkish ice cream that is resistant to quick melting. If you have ever seen a video of a man extending an ice cream as if it is gum, that is the special Turkish ice cream. Turkish ice cream is also called “dondurma” which means ice cream in Turkish. What makes it different from other icecreams is the fact that there is salep and mastic in it. Salep is some kind of powder while mastic is a type of resin. Besides, for the best quality, the owner should use goat milk to make dondurma. Otherwise, the taste, the flexibility, and the refreshing feeling of the ice cream will definitely change. It is also one of the most famous foods that start with I.

4. Ice cream Cake

There is no need to explain but, ice cream cake is a type of cake that you make with ice cream. As you can guess, you need to consume this cake while it is cold. Depending on your choice, you can make this cake without cooking anything but making an ice cream base. Or, you can cook the basement and cover it with the icecream. Ice cream cake doesn’t have remarkable popularity in Europe or Asia but it is very popular in America.

One of the main reasons why ice cream cake got so popular in the USA is that there is no need for you to use an oven to make it. So long as you have a freezer and a countertop stove, you can easily make this delicious cake. Although the most popular ice cream cake type is the one with chocolate, there are many other delicious recipes. For instance, you can make your own ice cream cake by using Oreos, banana pudding, snickers, or kit kat. It is up to your imagination to cook the best ice cream cake.

5. Iced Tea (or Ice Tea)

As the product of popular culture, ice tea has become our saviors during summer. Like most other drinks, the founder of ice tea probably discovered it by adding ice into the tea. However, I don’t recommend you doing this with a regular tea. It is not like ice coffee, it will definitely taste worse than anything you have ever drunk. When we refer to ice tea, it usually means the ones with ice, but it is not necessary for an ice tea to have ice in it. So long as you can drink it while it is cool, it is an ice tea.

Since the demand for ice tea has been increasing each year, there have been different canned ice tea products coming out. By using syrup, sugar, or sweeteners, the manufacturer tries to make ice tea taste better with the tea extract in it. During my stay in Japan, I even tried iced tea that included alcohol in it. Its taste was pretty funny but you should give it a try.

6. Ichiju-sansai

If I talk about food, there will always be samples from Japanese cuisine as well. Ichiju-sansai is not the name of the food, but the name of the serving style. When we translate it into English, ichiju-sansai means “one soup, three dishes”. There is a term “teishoku set” in Japanese that stands for a set menu. This set is usually created by the idea of ichiju-sansui. So, basically, there will always be soup, pickles, and gohan while the side dishes change depending on the menu. Of course, there are different types of pickles and gohan that you can choose but what I mean is that there will be some type of these without an exception.

If we plan an ichiju-sansai food table, we can arrange it like this: miso soup, pickled daikon, gohan (steamed rice), nikujaga (meat and potato stew), and vegetable tempura (fried vegetables and fish). What makes ichiju-sansai a favorable meal style by the Japanese is that it has a balanced style. While you can get all the necessary nutrition, it becomes nearly impossible for you to get fat with this meal.

7. Idiyappam

Idiyappam look like spaghetti or noodles, but are white in color

Idiyappam is probably the most interesting food on this list for me. I was wondering why any people would think of making flour from rice and turn it into noodles later while they can use wheat flour and make a normal noodle. Considering the less calorie option of rice and its health benefits, I guess it worths trying.

Idiyappam is a South Indian-originated rice noodle and it is usually consumed as the breakfast itself. Thinking about the broadness of Indian cuisine, idiyappam could be a great side dish for curries as well. Surprisingly, there is nothing other than rice flour, salt, and water in idiyappam. After the cooking process, idiyappam takes its brilliant white color and becomes ready to serve. When you think of noodles, you possibly imagine eating them when it is hot but you need to consume idiyappam while it is cold. I can’t help but imagine how it would feel like for the cold rice noodle sliding through my throat.

8. Ikan Bakar

This name may look interesting for you but we are talking about “grilled fish” when we mention ikan bakar. Ikan bakar is a part of Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine that is basically shaped around seafood. What makes ikan bakar’s taste so much different from the other grilled fish type is the process of marinating and the way they grill it.

For the marination part, they use margarine, sweet soy sauce, and coconut oil. I can’t even imagine how it may taste at that point. While grilling the fish, they usually use banana leaves for fish to absorb all the seasonings. Besides, they prefer cooking it on a charcoal fire so that it will taste more delicious.

9. Imagawayaki

As you may guess from its name, imagawayaki is Japanese food, actually, a dessert which I have tried before. If you want to try the original one and don’t like azuki bean paste like me, it may be a great failure for you. Imagawayaki is actually known as a festival dessert while it gets more and more popular lately. Because there are many people who don’t really like the taste of the azuki bean like me, they have started to change the ingredients into curry, vegetable fillings, or vanilla custard. In my opinion, like most Japanese desserts, imagawayaki doesn’t feel like a dessert because of its ingredients.

To get the fluffy texture of imagawayaki, it is important to mix the ingredients very well and use imagawayaki pan. Like pans for pancakes, imagawayaki pans are deeper and they usually have 4 holes to fill in. Other than imagawayaki, there is dorayaki whose ingredients and outer appearance are also similar to imagawayaki. But, imagawayaki is one cake while the latter is made up of two different cakes.

10. Imellety Perunalaatikko

Whenever I saw a food name like this, I immediately think of Scandinavian countries. Indeed, this food is one of the most famous casserole food in Finnish cuisine. Because it requires a long time to cook, imellety perunalaatikko is a Christmas special food. Although the main ingredients are mashed potatoes and wheat flavor, you will be getting a sweet taste after long hours of cooking. The trick is to let it stay around 50 °C and allow starches in potatoes to break down. After long hours of cooking, the taste of the flavor and the starches in the potatoes will turn into a sweet taste and you will enjoy this side dish during your Christmas night.

11. Inarizushi

Inarizushi, one of the foods that start with I looks like rice filled dough pockets.

Have you ever imagined sushi whose rice is hidden inside a pocket? Inarizushi is probably the easiest sushi recipe to make at home because you will not trouble yourself to make it look good. It is not a type of sushi that you eat at restaurants. Because of its easiness, it is a popular konbini food in Japan. You don’t have to use a chopstick so long as you have hands to grasp it. The main ingredient for this sushi is deep-fried tofu pockets that is what we call abura age. Other than that, you only need to have some soy sauce, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, sushi rice, sesame seeds, sugar, etc.

Inarizushi is a popular picnic food because it is easier to cook and eat. Although I spent almost a year in Japan, I never tried inarizushi because I hate eating anything made from tofu. For the next time, I will definitely try eating inarizushi and comment on how it tasted like. Since it is mostly known as konbini (Japanese 7/24 stores), it doesn’t have a good image on my mind but I still will try it when I have a chance.

12. Inasal na Manok

Mostly known as inasal, inasal na manok is a type of grilled chicken of Philippines cuisine. What makes its taste unique is the marination they use for the chicken. By using lemongrass, vinegar, achiote oil, calamansi juice, you can get the unique taste for inasal. While preparing the plate for inasal na manok, they usually combine it with rice, soy sauce, chicken oil, vinegar, and calamansi.

If you have a chance to check the images for inasal na manok, you will be seeing the golden color of the chicken. What gives this color is the annatto-infused oil that they use for brushing the chicken. That oil is also the one that gives the bitter taste of inasal na manok. As a person who mostly eats chicken rather than meat, this recipe could be my favorite if I could find calamansi and annatto oil by any chance.

13. Incaberries

Inca berries are a special type of berries that are indigenous to South Africa. It took attention with its unique appearance, taste, and health benefits. In Spanish, we call Inca berries uvilla, and the name Inca berries derived from the word Inca because they believed that Incas used to eat this fruit. With its sweet-sour taste and yellow outer appearance, Inca berries started to be the new trend in the diet sector. With its high fiber rate, Vitamin C intake, and health benefits like being rich in potassium, Inca berries are a great alternative for other berries.

Like most of the berries, you can consume Inca berries in the dry format with many options. If you like cooking, you put dry Inca berries on your cake, muffin, granola bars, bread, etc. Since Inca berries are like cape gooseberry regarding their amount, it is pretty expensive in my country. If I could see it in any market by chance, I will be trying to bake my cake by using it for the next time.

14. Indian Curry

Indian curry has a orange-yellow color to it, with a powdery texture. It is also one of the foods that start with I.

Although there are varieties of curry like Japanese curry, Bengali curry, Indian curry is the most popular one thanks to its distinct smell and taste. As the country of herbs, what comes to mind first when we say India is their curry. What makes Indian curry’s taste special is the mixture of cumin, ginger, turmeric, and other herbs. Other than these, there are basic ingredients like chicken breast, onion depending on your taste.

During my stay in Japan, I had plenty of chances to eat Indian curry from an Indian chef. Although I am not good at trying different spices, Indian curry has opened a different stage for me. Especially when you combine Indian curry with steamed rice, it tastes so good that you can almost eat your fingers. Or, you can eat it with naan bread by dipping it into the fluid part of the curry. Since you are what you eat, the smell of the curry will not pass for a while if you eat to much or absorb yourself too much to the smell of it while cooking. Still, it will be once in a lifetime experience for you and it worths giving it a try.

15. Infant Formula

We have talked too much about the food for grown-up people. Infant formula is an alternative for baby milk as you can guess. Since human beings’ diet has changed drastically in the last decades, there has been an issue for mothers to get enough milk for their babies. Ideally, a baby needs to get a mother’s milk for 6 months after birth. However, woman’s engagement in work-life has caused them to have less time for their babies. Of course, there are alternatives like preparing the baby’s milk in advance but using infant formula is easy to access for them.

However, there are some points that make the mother feed their babies with infant formula because of their health situation as well. As for the ingredients of the infant formula, it changes depending on the manufacturer. But, they usually use casein, vegetable oil, cow’s milk whey to create the infant formula. Using infant formula is also up to the socioeconomic situation of the families. While poor families tend to breastfeed their children because they cannot afford to get infant formula, middle or upper can easily afford it by refraining from breastfeeding.

16. Inihaw

Here is another Philippines cuisine for you. In Tagalog, “inihaw” is a word to stand for “grilling”. In other words, inihaw is the term for barbecue. When I saw the image of inihaw, it reminded me of Turkish şiş kebab. Like şiş kebab, they use skewers although they call it barbecue. For this barbecue, they usually prefer using pork or chicken meat although we associate barbecue with red meat.

There are different versions of inihaw. While you can cook it by directly putting it on charcoal, you can also add seafood by putting them in a skewer. As in other grilled food, what makes inihaw delicious is the marination itself. They usually use the same things for both marinating and as a dipping sauce: anatto oil and banana ketchup. This mixture is what gave inihaw the orangish color.

17. Instant Ramen

Being one of the foods that start with I, Instant Ramen in this photo is served in a bowl with chopsticks alongside it

This is a food that saved time and money for millions of people since the time it first came out. Just like the usual ramen, instant ramen is also a Japanese product. Instant ramen is also known as instant noodles but this is kind of different from the ones sold in plastic packages. Momofuku Ando found out instant ramen because people had trouble affording restaurant food after World War II. What matters most about making instant ramen is to keep it fresh all the time. There are different types of packaging styles to keep instant ramen. One of them is the ones filmed so that air or water can’t permeate in it. When they use sealed packages, it gives you an option to preheat your noodle as well. In a usual package, they also provide some seasonings along with instant ramen.

Although instant ramens are not a healthy option considering the rate of fat in them, people keep buying them because of the easy access and easy cooking. When I talk about instant ramen, I actually mean the original Nisshin ramen in plastic cups. There are different versions of it because of the popularity. I have had a chance to try curry, vegetables, seafood, and the normal versions and I must admit that all of them were delicious. If you ever have a chance to buy Nisshin’s products, you should try one too!

18. Iodized Salt

It may sound weird to open a separate title for the salt we are using at our tables. But, this salt has an irreplaceable place in our lives and most of you probably don’t have an idea about its benefits and harms. Iodized salt includes iodine that is very beneficial for your health. Iodine deficiency is a serious illness that most people have trouble with. When the human body lacks iodine, it may pave the way to intellectual and developmental issues. Besides, iodized salt is a great toxin remover for your body. Besides, iodine boosts thyroid function and helps your blood functions get regulated.

Although they say that iodized salt takes your body under control, it is possible so long as you keep it in the minimum amount. Especially when you are on diet, your dietitian will not suggest you use iodized salt at all. But, it will be better for your body to use it from time to time. Furthermore, upon excessive consumption, iodized salt may have an effect on those with Goitre disease.

19. Iskender Kebab

Iskender Kebab, served with tomato sauce and turkish yoghurt, looks yummy

I would feel uneasy if I cannot mention Iskender kebab on this list. Although there is this joke saying that Alexander the Great is the founder of Iskender because his name is “Büyük İskender” in Turkish, he is not. The founder of Iskender kebab is Iskender efendi who used to live in the Bursa district in Turkey. When you have heard the word “kebab”, you probably imagine the rotating one. It is actually “tavuk döner” which basically means rotating chicken kebab. In Iskender kebab, the layer consists of cubed cut pitas. On that, the cook puts thinly cut grilled lamb and there will always be yoghurt, one tomato, one pepper, small meatball on the same plate.

After the cook finishes preparing your Iskender, they will bring it to the table and pours tomato sauce on it. Since the plate will be too hot to hold, they will always say “The plate is hot. Please do not touch it”. They will also pour melted butter on your Iskender but it depends on your preference. After all that sauce and pita, there will be too many calories to burn for you. Once you give it a try, you will not regret getting those calories though.

20. Israeli Falafel

Falafel is like the backbone of Israeli cuisine. As the best friend of vegans, falafel is a great option for your light meals. There is a common belief about the birth of falafel. In old times, people in Egypt were looking for an option to eat food at festivals because they cannot consume meat during definite holidays. Since its ingredients are easy to find and it is pretty easy to cook, falafel has become a very popular street food as well.

The irony is that I have never eaten falafel in my life just because I don’t like tahini, and chickpea together. For this reason, it would be hard for me to give an exact explanation about how it tastes but it definitely looks delicious. Combining chickpea, tahini, garlic, cumin, baking soda together is an interesting choice. But, apparently, the outcome is too successful that falafel has become famous worldwide.

Bonus: Ice Pop

Ice pop is one of the foods that start with I

Ice pop, ice lollipop, popsicle, ice block, freezer pop…Have you ever heard of any of these names during your childhood? If you have, you probably had the best childhood ever. I still remember the toothache the popsicle gave me when I was trying to eat one during my preschool times. As you can guess from those alternative names, ice pop is a block of ice that you can easily make even at home. People know this usually as popsicle because popsicle was a brand famous for its ice pops.

For the usual ice cream, they keep whipping the ingredients to prevent them totally freeze while they freeze ice pop passively. In other words, ice pop turns into a solid block because there is no process in between mixing the ingredients and freezing it. If you want to make your own popsicle, you need to blend the fruit of your preference, honey, milk, and some salt and put the mixture into pop molds. Since there won’t be any additives, it will be healthier compared to other ice pops.

Conclusion: About 20 Foods That Start With I

It was a pretty challenging experience for me to write about 20 foods that start with I. While I was writing about these 20 foods that start with I, I found myself heading to the kitchen more than ever. I have tried to sum up this article by mentioning foods from different country’s cuisine so that anybody could come across some food that they haven’t seen before when they check 20 foods that start with I. We will be continuing our “foods that start with” series with the letter K and hope that you will keep following us until our next article.

If you ever think of any other food than the ones in the article “The 20 foods that start with I”, please give us a comment down below and teach us the delicious cuisine of your country. In case you have any other suggestions for the next letter, you can tell us by commenting on this article. I hope that you will enjoy reading about 20 foods that start with I will be as I did.

Foods that start with N

Foods That Start With N – 30 Trips to The Delicious World

Foods That Start With N – 30 Trips to The Delicious World

Welcome to the world of Food with Jarkitchen.com where you can learn different food names from different countries. In this post, we will be talking about 30 foods that start with N.

If you wish to have a look at foods that start with D, we’ve made a video for you going over 5 foods that start with D. Video below:

Compared to the other alphabets, finding 30 foods that start with N will not be that hard for me. Hoping that you are going to like this list, I am diving right into the topic:

1. Napoli Salami

Known as the finest spicy sausage of the southern part of Italy, Napoli Salami is also known as Salame Napoli. Italy got to know this type of salami starting from the end of the 17th century. To get Napoli Salami ready for service, you need to hang it in a room for 7 to 8 days with a well-tight cover. You need to use black pepper, spices, and fresh Italian pork to make a Napoli Salami. People usually use pottery barrels to keep Napoli Salami fresh.

2. Nashi Pear

Have you ever seen that juicy, yellow-green pear on the shelves of the market? It is what we call Nashi Pear. The fact is that Nashi means pear in Japanese. Since this pear was originated from East Asia, there have been different names like Asian pear, Chinese pear. But, the most popular one is Nashi pear as you can see. If you eat 1 nashi pear, you can get the %8-10 of your daily vitamin C intake. You can get the most delicious Nashi pear between March and November.

3. Natillas

We are back in Europe with this delicious taste. Natillas is a product of Spanish cuisine and it is a variety of custard. Here are the main ingredients for you: milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and egg. It doesn’t seem so hard to make right? “Natillas” is actually a revised Spanish version of “cream”. Since all Spanish-speaking countries are familiar with this tradition, there have been different interpretations for this amazing taste. While some of the natillas look like pudding as in Peru, others look like flan. The cinnamon is for use as a topping but I have to pass that as well because I am a big hater of cinnamon. When I saw the recipe for natillas, it reminded me of Turkish salep.

4. Nøkkelost

Our fourth stop is this delicious cheese from the borders of Norway. First of all, it would be helpful to translate this word into English for you. Nøkkelost means cumin cheese because they use cloves and cumin to create the flavor. Although there is a confusion that nøkkelost resembles the Dutch cheese Nagelkaas, nøkkelost is made from cow’s milk. I am not a big fan of trying different cheese types because most of them stink, this could actually be a better option for me.

5. Naan

Naan is one of the foods that start with N

 

We are taking you to West Asia with my favorite Indian food. Most of you might have fallen into the fallacy of thinking that naan is from Indian cuisine but it actually is from Persian cuisine. In Persian, “naan” means bread but it has a different texture compared to usual bread. I have tried the Indian version of naan and it was the thick flatbread. The most delicious type of naan is the cheese-included version for me. Since it is originated mainly from the Middle East, some people might say that it even looks like a pita in Turkish cuisine.

6. Nabemono

Here we come to the kitchen that I am familiar with very well. Nabemono is one of the most popular Japanese dishes for crowded gatherings. Taking its name from Japanese words “nabe” meaning pot and “mono” meaning thing, nabemono basically stands for anything that you cook in the pot. Considering the other cuisines, it looks like a stew but meat is not the main flavor.

There are two types of nabemono; lightly and strongly flavored and these also split up into different parts. Mizutaki is the lightly flavored type of nabemono I have tried when I was in Japan. You basically dip all the vegetables in the boiled water and keep the stove open. And, you can dip the meat in your preference by using chopsticks and eat them immediately. I can admit that because of the concept of “cook and eat by yourself”, eating nabemono was a wonderful experience for me.

7. Nacho

Now, we are getting back to the other side of the globe. From Mexican cuisine, nacho is probably a type of food that most of you are familiar with. The ingredients are pretty simple to collect: a cheese-based sauce that is also known as totopos and heated tortilla chips. Nachos are usually not the main dish but the appetizer because they don’t fulfill the necessary nutrition for your one meal. While you can find tortilla chips in all versions, the toppings are left to your choice. The most popular toppings are black beans, tomato sauces, guacamole, olives, etc. It is up to your imagination to enrich the taste of your nacho.

8. Nantua

Taking its name from the region in France, Nantua is a part of French cuisine. Nantua is a region that is famous for its crayfish and Nantua sauce also has crayfish as the main ingredient. To make this sauce Béchamel sauce methods are used but the type of butter is very essential to the taste itself. For the best experience, it would be better to use crayfish butter for the sauce itself. The main ingredients for Nantua sauce are crayfish butter, cream, crayfish tail, and Béchamel sauce. Pike dumplings (quenelles de Brochet) usually go well with Nantua sauce if you think of cooking the sauce by yourself.

9.Nasi Goreng

As a part of Indonesian cuisine, Nasi goreng is a type of fried rice. Most Asian cuisine has different versions of fried rice. But, Nasi goreng has some unique features. With its aromatic, smoky smell, Nasi goreng will be capturing your hearts. Besides, this rice is budget-friendly because you do not have to cook fresh rice for it. According to the recipes, what makes Nasi goreng more delicious is using leftover rice.

The ingredients are not hard to find either. Leftover rice, egg, some vegetables, sweet soy sauce, and seasonings will be enough. You should cook the egg as separate from the main dish and prepare it as sunny side up. You will be enjoying the best of it when the egg yolk mixes with the rice. Although this is rare in Turkish culture, nasi goreng is a great food to eat for breakfast when it is combined with tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.

10. Natto

Ater one example from Mexican cuisine, we are back to Japanese again. This time I will be talking about the weirdest Japanese cuisine I have ever tried. Natto is a type of food which you can either like or hate totally. Natto is basically a Japanese food that you can make by fermenting soybeans. Along with natto, people usually prefer using soy sauce, karashi mustard, or tare sauce.

The weirdest thing about natto for me is that people prefer eating it for the breakfast along with Gohan (steamed rice). It has that strong smell as if you are eating a stinky cheese that has ripened too much. Considering the long lifespan of Japanese people, eating natto can be one of the reasons thanks to its nutritious ingredient. If you would ask me whether I would eat it for health, it would be a big “no” from me because I am very sensitive to heavy-smelling food. But, I would encourage you to try it anyhow.

11.Navy Bean

It is an interesting way to name a bean as “navy bean” even if it doesn’t have navy blue colors. But still, this bean has a long history about its name. When you see this tiny bean which is smaller compared to regular-sized beans, you may be confused about the relationship between the name of the bean and its shape. In fact, this name was given because the US Navy army has been using this bean in their kitchens since the middle of the 17th century.

During World War II, the navy bean might even become the lifesaver of the US army settled in Queensland because it is a cheap supply and it gave enough nutrition to the marine troops.

12. Nectarine

Nectarine has a soft surface and looks like a small peach, but a harder one.

This fruit will make you question if it is closer to peach or apple. Basically, the nectarine is accepted to be from the peach family but without the fuzzy texture. Compared to peach, nectarine has a firmer texture and they have more aroma. Nectarine’s history dates back to 4000 years ago. It is a common belief that China is the first producer of nectarines. If I have to make a decision between nectarine and peach, I would go with nectarine be my first choice because it is easier to eat. By the way, the nectarine is a great source of Vitamin A and C. For the recipes, I would highly recommend using nectarine for pies, jams, and smoothies. This is one of my favorites on this list of foods that start with N. 

13. Neep

Neep is a Scottish word that stands for turnip (also known as swede in England). For the best experience, you should decide on whether you want to cook frozen or fresh neep. The most tricky part of using the neep is having to peel it. Especially when you want to cook neep out of its season, using frozen neep will help you get all nutrition and it won’t take much of your time either. People usually consume neeps by mashing them like mashed potatoes and serve them with other food.

14. Nen Dzem Fen

When I first came across this name, I thought the word was either Chinese or Vietnamese. It turned out to be a Chinese word to define a specific type of noodle. And, this noodle is a fresh short-hand rolled noodle that actually looks like some type of Turkish cheese. You don’t have to boil them or soak them in the water. Actually, you can directly fry them with other vegetables. I would like to give it a try when I find it because I really love eating fried noodles.

15. Nesselrode

This food sounds like a real person’s name, doesn’t it? Well, it is actually true because the recipe is created by a chef for Count Nesselrode. Apparently, that count was a Russian who is a big fan of eating desserts his chef made especially for him. Eventually, Nesselrode pudding is the one that has become well-known. The recipe comprises cream-improved custard blended in with chestnut purée, sugar-coated organic products, currants, raisins, and maraschino liqueur. Just looking at the ingredients, you can imagine how elegant this recipe could turn out to be.

16. Nettles

Actually, I have a good story with nettles. When I was a child, I fell off the fig tree to the pile of nettles and all my body was swollen. Since that time I have grown some kind of an allergy to nettles. However, this plant is actually very healthy for your body. My mom used to cook nettle soup and force us to eat it. It helps the blood circulation system, alleviates digestion-related disorders, and supports those with diabetes. It is a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

You may ask why nettles cause irritation on the skin. Because nettle has spicules that cause mechanical irritation. This plant may not be familiar to you but its birthplace is actually Europe. Especially in the East part of Europe, people use nettle as an ingredient to make börek. I have never tried it before and I don’t think I will ever want to try because of my phobia. But, this should not stop you.

17. New York Steak

With its firm and tender texture, here is a slice of mouth-watering meat you won’t regret buying. What makes New York steak special is that it is made from the beef short loin. Basically, the New York steak was known as Kansas City Strip steak but after some changes with the strips, it started to be called New York steak. The biggest difference between these two is that New York steak does not have the bone. For the best experience, it is better to cook New York steak at high temperatures.

18. Nigiri

Nigiri is basically sushi without the seaweed covering. Looks yummy. Is also one of the foods that start with N.

If you are not familiar with the Japanese language or not a sushi gourmet, it is highly possible for you to mistake different sushi types. When I say “sushi”, I am not talking about made-up sushi like California rolls. This sushi comes from the original Japanese sushi recipes. Nigiri sushi stands for sushi that is made from rice and raw fish top. In other words, you don’t have to use seaweed to make it. You only need to cook rice for making sushi, roll them in the elliptical shape, and put the raw meat on it.

During my stay in Japan, I found out that the only topping option for nigiri is not raw meat. There were fried salmon, fried or raw octopus, oily salmon, etc. I still remember the taste of oily salmon in my mouth. It is a must-to-experience food for everyone.

19. Nikujaga

This article has become an area for me to improve my Japanese skills somehow but choosing this food is only a coincidence. As another Japanese dish, nikujaga is a made-up name. While “niku” means “meat”, “Jaga” is the abbreviation for “potato” in Japanese. So, the main ingredients of this dish are stew and potato. Other than these ingredients mirin and soy sauce has a great role in the flavor. While you can cut potatoes in cube shapes, it is best for the meat to be thin sliced so that it can simmer very well.

During my stay in Japan, I went to a restaurant Sukiyaki that basically serves meat-based food. I had a chance to try nikujaga there but the taste was totally different from what I imagined. Mirin has a decisive factor with its sake-like taste. It is definitely different from the usual idea of stew but it still delicious.

20. Nocciola

As you can guess, nocciola is an Italian word. When you look up the dictionary, you will see that nocciola means “hazelnut” in Italian. Because Italy is the second biggest hazelnut producer in the world (The first one is Turkey), it is not surprising that nocciola has taken place in English dictionaries. Italian desserts and snacks made by nocciola are so delicious that words fall for to explain the aroma of that taste.

21. Noodles

This is the food that comprises 70% of an average Asian man. Thanks to its convenience, it is one of the easiest food to make. You need to open a package of noodles and pour hot water on it to eat it. Or, you can maximize the taste by adding it to chicken and mix with vegetables like I usually do. Noodles are probably one of the oldest food in world history. There are people who usually mistake noodles for Japanese ramen. Noodles are only made up of unleavened dough that is cut in the shape of long strips. The main ingredients for noodles resemble pasta but they are totally different from each other. Noodle is one of the ingredients of ramen while ramen is a kind of soup that includes noodles, nori, meat, etc.

22. Nonpareil

If you have ever stopped by a bakery selling cupcakes, you must have definitely seen nonpareil. But, it must be surprising for you to hear that if you don’t know what that word means. Nonpareil is a type of topping used for cakes, muffins, and cupcakes. When we think of toppings for muffins, sprinkles are probably the first thing coming into mind. However, nonpareil is the round-shaped version of sprinkles. In French cuisine, there was a system of categorizing food according to its size. Nonpareil was the word to categorize the smallest food types. For this reason, it is no surprise to use this name for small round dots that are made from sugar.

23. Nopalitos

When there is a speech about cactus, the first country coming into our mind is Mexico. You may ask me why I am telling you this now but cactus is very related to this dish. Nopalito is a dish that is made by using Nopal cactus. Please do not forget to clean the thorns before starting to cook! Surprisingly, the Nopal cactus is something that can be consumed when it is raw as well. Besides, there are many health benefits coming with the regular consumption of this cactus. It is believed to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. I can hear you asking for the recipe already.

Nopal cactus can be used in both nopalitos or nopal salad. For Nopalitos, you need to finely chop nopal cactus pads, add tomatoes, crumbled cheese, and green onion on the top and start mixing those ingredients. If I get to Mexico by any chance, I am definitely going to try this dish. If you are willing to get more information on Nopalitos, you can also check this page as well! 

24. Nori

Here is another Japanese food for you although it is not my favorite. Nori is a dried edible seaweed type. Almost 6% of nori consists of protein. Like other seafood, nori has a distinct smell that makes it harder to eat. However, I have seen people who ate nori like a snack despite that distinct smell. Nori is one of the main ingredients for sushi and onigiri. When you wrap the sushi ingredients with nori, the type of sushi is called “maki”. In Japanese “maku” means wrapping so I assume that this type of sushi is “maki” because they wrap it into nori. As stated before, there are different types of sushi like nigiri and maki. This became the second type of sushi I have mentioned to you.

Depending on the type of ramen you are eating, you can find nori as the ingredient of ramen as well. Because it is really nutritious, Japanese people mostly prefer putting nori in anything they can eat. In my opinion, nori goes best with sushi because sushi balances the distinct smell of nori with seasonings and soy sauce.

25. Normande Sauce

When I saw the name of this sauce first, it reminded me of the Norman conquest. Because this sauce will captivate your hearts with its taste especially if you like mushroom-like me. Normande sauce is also known as Normandy sauce and it is a classic for seafood. The combination for this sauce is interesting because there is fish velouté, mushroom, egg yolk, and cider if you prefer. Especially when you think of pouring this sauce on seafood, it may make you feel awkward but you are not going to believe in the harmony between the food and the sauce.

There are some recipes in which they also prefer putting Normande sauce on shellfish other than usual fish. I haven’t had a chance to taste it so far because it is not a usual recipe that you can see in Turkey. But, I think it will be an interesting experience for me.

26. Nougat

Nougat is mostly used in chocolate bars and cakes. Is chewy and sweet.

Nougat has a familiar taste in Turkish cuisine and it is called “nuga” in Turkish, which makes it one of the foods that start with N in two languages :). Although there are different theories regarding the origin of this delicious snack, nougat was probably first produced in Iran territories. “Nougat” comes from the Latin word”nucatum” meaning nut. The main ingredients of nougat are roasted nuts, honey, whipped white egg part, and sugar. As you can guess, the taste will be too sweet if you overeat it. From the outside, nougat is in between Turkish delight and halva. But, when you eat it, you will be realizing the resemblance between nougat and crunchy bars.

27. Nouvelle Cuisine

As you can see from the keyword, Nouvelle Cuisine is not only about one food but a whole cuisine. In French, nouvelle stands for “new”. In other words, nouvelle cuisine means “new cuisine”. Compared to the sophisticated, high-calorie food of usual French cuisine, nouvelle cuisine has become a breakthrough with its simple, light, and delicate dishes.

Along with the taste of the food, the presentation also matters a lot because they need to get away from the complex recipes. Times spent for the preparation of the ingredients started to be used for the presentation itself. Thanks to its light ingredients, nouvelle cuisine has become helpful for those trying to lose weight as well. Since they paid more attention to the simplicity of the ingredients by stopping using heavy sauces, nouvelle cuisine took the role of dietary cuisine. Each plate has turned into an artwork thanks to the efforts of the chefs who tried to create inventive and simple dishes.

28. Noyaux

We are continuing our series with another French word. Although it sounds like an elegant food, noyaux basically stands for the kernels of some fruits like cherry, peach, plum, and apricot. Then, what makes this kernel so precious that we can call it noyaux? When you google Noyaux, the first image coming out will be Crème de Noyaux that is basically creme liqueur made by fruit kernels. There is a warning that noyaux contains prussic acid that could be potentially dangerous. However, for prussic acid to be fatal for your health, you need to consume more than 10 teaspoons to get poisoned. In other words, you can enjoy your drink without worrying about it. Other than using noyaux for a liqueur, there are people making jam without removing the kernel of the peach.

29. Nugget

Glorious chicken nuggets, they are crisp and golden. Just like how they should be.

As the lifesaver of students, nugget has an important place in our kitchens like pasta. Especially when you get it from the market, it is cheap and ready to cook. Since it is cheaper to get nugget from the market, I wouldn’t suggest you cook it by yourself. If you are insisting on cooking it by yourself here are the ingredients for you: breadcrumbs, chicken breast, egg, flour, black pepper, garlic, vegetable oil. While cooking, you need to cut the chicken breast in the nugget shape and dive it into the mixture of egg water and breadcrumb later. Although I have tried cooking schnitzel before and did a good job, I have never tried cooking nugget. Nugget has always been lazy person food for me. I usually fry them with potatoes and eat them for dinner when I feel too tired to cook. It is also one of the most famous foods that start with N. 

30. Nut Milk

This is a product that gets more and more in demand in the last few years because of the claims that cow milk is not healthy. Along with that, the idea of consuming vegan milk might have been very popular as well. Since it takes more effort to make nut milk, the prices change accordingly. Normally, you don’t have anything to do if you want to drink cow milk other than boiling it.

But, when it comes to making nut milk, it is a long process. You can use nuts, cashews, almonds to make your nut milk. If you want to make it by yourself, you need to soak the nuts in the water for one night. On the other day, you can blend them with fresh water after you rinse and drain the soaked nuts. Since there is no sweetener, you can add a little sugar or honey if you prefer and get the best taste.

30 Foods That Start With N- Conclusion

In this article, we have tried to sum up 30 foods that start with N. I must admit that finding 30 foods that start with N was not that as hard as I thought. While listing those 30 foods that start with N, I felt like my mouth was drooling, but I eventually finished the whole article. From these 30 foods that start with N, my likes and dislikes were both from Japanese cuisine. While nigiri may be the food I liked most about Japanese cuisine, natto is the one I hated most. If you found this article helpful, please take a look at our other article: foods that start with D. Although we have tried listing 30 foods that start with N, this list will go on when we broaden our perspective.

Please notify us in the comments if you know any other food starting with N other than the ones we listed in the 30 foods that start with N article.

Can you put a pot in the oven

Can You Put a Pot in the Oven? Is There Any Risk?

Can You Put a Pot in the Oven? Is There Any Risk?

Can you put a pot in the oven

When you crave a stew, the first step would be cooking it on the stovetop. After you check the recipe, you will see that you need to put your pot in the oven to finish cooking. Especially if you are not sure about the material of the pot, you will ask if you can put a pot in the oven? If you are looking for a safer way of cooking your dishes in the oven, check out our Oster Roaster Oven review.

We need to answer this question depending on the type of pot you are going to use for cooking. That is why we have summed up the most common type of pots for you.

Most Common Types of Pots

Crockpot

If you are a lover of stew, you must definitely have heard of a crockpot. A crockpot is a type of pot that works with a small electric appliance. They are known as the “slow cookers” of the kitchen and you can use them to cook for long hours. In this way, your food will taste delicious especially if you are cooking a stew.

Stainless Steel Pot

You need to be careful with steel pots before putting them in the oven

When it comes to the pots, we can’t ignore the existence of stainless steel pots. Thanks to their durability, they have an irreplaceable place in our kitchens. Its aluminum interior helps you get food that is cooked evenly. However, they usually don’t have a coat that will prevent getting stains and this means they are not actually that “stainless”.

Stock Pot

If you ever had a chance to visit the dormitory’s kitchen, you must definitely have seen those big pots with a flat bottom. They come in various sizes if you are worried that they are too big. As befits the name, stock pots are for stocking meals like soup.

Dutch Oven

It is surprising to see that the dutch oven is referred to as “oven” although it is in the category of pots. Like crockpot, the dutch oven is an ideal pot type for cooking slowly. Its structure is basically iron and this gives the pot preheated walls effect.

Steamer Pot

A steamer pot is a type of pot with which you can cook your food by using steam. Its different layers help you to cook the soup and the vegetables together without taking away all the proteins inside the vegetables.

Fondue Pot

Do you remember the last time you have eaten fondue? Fondue pot takes its name from the french word “fondue” which means “melt”. You will enjoy the taste of the chocolate once you start heating it with electricity.

Copper Pot

Copper pots are very similar to the stainless steel ones except for their material. Because they are faster in transferring the heat, copper pots could be better to use for cooking. When you have heard the word “copper” first, you might get worried if they are toxic or not. Thankfully, manufacturers designed them by covering the surface with protection.

Rondeau Pot

If this name is not familiar to you, you might know this product as “brazier”. Its shape is similar to stockpot but the rondeau pot has a shallower but wide surface. This feature helps you use less water to cook your vegetables.

I was surprised to see there are a lot of types of pot that you can use to cook. You can put all of those pots on the stove but you need to be careful while using the oven. Here is a piece of short information about which pot to put inside the oven.

What Type of a Pot Can You Put in the Oven?

Can you put a pot in the oven? Pot dishes are exceptionally delicious in the oven.

Do you keep the instruction paper of the products you have bought? The answer is no from me unless it includes the warranty. For this reason, you may have trouble while using your pot. Of course, you can take the advantage of the magnificent information source of the internet but is it reliable? That is why we have prepared this article to assist you in your cooking journey.

Before Putting the Pot in the Oven

As long as your pot has the oven-safe sign on it, the type of the pot doesn’t matter. However, if you haven’t seen any signs of it, there are things you need to pay attention to:

  1. Please make sure to cut all the electrical connections if your pot works with electricity.
  2. Regardless of the oven-safe description, do not expose your material to too much heat.
  3. If the pot has plastic covers, please do not put it in the oven. Melting plastic may cause inflammation.
  4. Make sure to check the coating material. Some coating materials might be dangerous for use in the oven.
  5. Even if you throw away the instruction book, you can always check the website of the brand you are using.
  6. Do not forget to check the manuals if you have one.

We have made a list of the pots that can be used in the oven. Although some of them are called oven-safe, exposing your pot to over-heating may not be good for its material.

Oven-safe Pots

Crock Pots

If your crockpot has a cookery lid that is removable, you can safely put it in the oven. However, it is always better to check the manual first. Usually, for the oven-safe products, it is better not to set up your oven for more than 400 °F.

Stainless Steel Pot

Most of the steels can stand up to 800°F but it is better to be careful about it. Once you make sure that the handles or other parts of the pot are not wooden or plastic, you can use it safely.

Stock Pot

When it comes to stockpots, the first question must be the material of it. While copper, cast iron, and stainless steel stock pots are oven-safe, carbon and aluminum stockpots are not recommended for your safety.

Dutch Oven

Like stock pots, Dutch ovens are a great helper for slow cooking. Dutch ovens usually have oven-safe etiquette on themselves because they are very durable against high heats.

Copper Pots

As you can see in stainless steel pots, copper pots are also durable against heat. But of course, there is a limit of 450°F. Like other pot types, copper pots with plastic coverage or handles shouldn’t be used in the oven.

Which Pot You Can’t Put in the Oven?

A ceramic pot may crack due to extreme heat in the oven

So long as your pot has a stainless steel or iron material, we can say that you can put it in the oven without using too much heat. However, pots with delicate materials like the ceramic, plastic cover, or aluminum ones should not be put in the oven.

For these reasons, we do not suggest you put a fondue pot in the oven because their material is usually ceramic.

Conclusion

Although I don’t have a personal experience using pot in the oven, I remember my mom cooking stew in the oven by using pot. Using pot will make your food tastier thanks to cooking it for long hours. Because of their proportions, pots are usually for big families but you can stock your food for a long time.

In this article, we have tried to sum up the types of common pots that we use. If you have any comments or questions, please let us know in the comments.

Omega Juicer 8226

Omega Juicer 8226: Everything You Need to Know

Omega Juicer 8226: Everything You Need to Know

Omega Juicer 8226

Juicers have an important place in our kitchens thanks to their durability and versatility. Especially if you are looking for a way to change your eating habits, having a juicer will definitely help you. Who doesn’t want to taste the freshness of the fruits and vegetables with a smooth texture? Who wants to know more about what a juicer can do except for juicing? Believe me, you will be looking forward to trying new recipes once you get your juicer. In this article, we have chosen Omega Juicer 8226 to enlighten our readers more about this juicer. Here is everything you need to know about Omega Juicer 8226.

Basic Parameters of Omega 8226

  • The origin-country of this juicer is South Korea.
  • The manufacturer is Omega Products.
  • It weighs 6.4 kg (average of 14 lb)
  • It works with 200 Watts power.
  • Omega juicer works with a single auger during juicing process.
  • The dimensions of this juicer are 26 x 17.5 x 21.5 cm.
  • It has 80 RPM.
  • Only two color options are available for this juicer: chrome and white.
  • Warranty differs depending on the parts. It is 60 months for the motor while 36 months for the other parts.
  • It comes with a cleaning brush, the body, and the other basic parts like an auger, a container which comes with a mush separate, another container to keep the fiber, etc.

These parameters are very similar to Omega 2006 but there is a difference in voltage and color between these two models. Considering these parameters, we will be looking at what kind of features they provide for Omega 8226:

1. Durable Auger

As we have mentioned, Omega 8226 works with one auger whose material is very durable. The juicing parts are made from GE Ultem and this material is famous for being a durable BPA-free material. You will not believe your eyes once you start using this juicer.

2. Slow Juicing

This feature has stolen our hearts when we experienced it. Thanks to its 80 RPM feature, you will be getting the best juice slowly but surely. When you use your juicer at low speeds, there will not be any disruption in the enzymes and nutrients of the fruits. That is because of the fact that low speeds necessitate lower heats. When you take your time to make a juice, you will be seeing the smooth surface that is enriched with the whole nutrients of the ingredients you use.

Since there will be no froth coming out after the juicing process, you can keep your juice up to 72 hours. In other words, even if you prepare more than you need, you can keep it for later if you don’t live in a big family.

3. Versatility

You might have fallen into the misconception that this product is only for juicing but you are wrong. Thanks to its homogenizing feature, you will be getting more than a juice. From soy milk to nut butter, you can make anything you want. By using 6 different pasta nozzles, you can also prepare a delightful dinner for yourself. Its masticating juicing mechanism will be a lifesaver in your kitchens. You can throw any ingredient in it and get it back with the maximum vitamins.

4. Simplicity

There are some products that make you feel like you are constructing a home from nothing. They have too many pieces and complex manuals to understand. Omega 8226 is for everyone. You don’t need to be an engineer to set it up. There is a simple mechanism through which you can control your juicer. You will only need to throw whatever you are going to use inside, and start processing.

5. Easy to clean

Omega 8226’s simple set up makes it easy to clean as well. You will only need to put the removable parts under the water and wash them softly. Since it comes with a cleaning brush specially designed for itself, you can easily clean the juicing screen with that brush. But, we suggest you not put the parts in the dishwasher since there is no information if they are dishwasher-safe or not.

Pros and Cons: Everything You Need to Know About Omega Juicer 8226

Omega Juicer NC1000HDS is an upgraded version of 8226 with almost the same looks.

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You will not be able to find the Omega Juicer 8226 on the market anymore, because it is discontinued. However, Omega NC1000HDS Juicer is an upgraded version of 8226 with almost the same look and almost the same price. 

Honestly, we have found it hard to find unappealing sides of this juicer. But still, each product could appeal to different groups of people. Although it may look like the perfect creation compared to other juicers, we have taken a look at the comments of the users and found the worst parts that we couldn’t see as well.

Pros

  • It has many extra parts that could be helpful for making different recipes.
  • Durable auger
  • Easy portability
  • Easy to set up
  • Quiet while using

Cons

  • It takes a longer time to make juice because it works slowly.
  • Some parts are not under warranty so you have to pay for them if anything happens
  • Still has more pulp compared to centrifugal juicers
  • A bit pricy considering its efficiency

As you can see from this list, every product comes with its setbacks. Its slowness might be better for you but if you are trying to get out as fast as possible, this juicer may not be for you. But, you still can make your juice the previous day and drink it later. To feel healthier and better, we are ending this article with the healthiest recipe ever. By drinking this detox for three days, you will be feeling lighter and healthier.

Detox Recipe with Omega 8226

A detox recipe you can make with Omega Juicer 8226

Especially if you are working on a tight schedule and don’t spend much time cooking, you might have a feeling of bloating on your stomach. That might be because you don’t spend time chewing what you eat or you don’t drink enough water. With this recipe, you can prepare a delicious detox cure for your body.

Ingredients

  • A handful of spinach
  • A handful of parsley
  • 2 small cucumbers
  • Half lemon
  • 5-6 leaves of mint
  • Water

There is not an exact amount for the green ingredients since it is better to measure by yourself. 

How to do:

Since you have your Omega 8226, you don’t have to cut any of these products. However, it would be better to cut the lemon so that it could fit in your juicer. Starting from cucumbers, start juicing all the ingredients except for the mint. Since you don’t have to use too much heat, you will be getting the healthiest detox cure ever. Once you finish juicing, remove the mush and pour your drink into a bottle. And add the remaining mints on it. After that, you need to add some water to it so that it could be easier to drink. You need to consume the whole bottle in a day and repeat this cycle for three days. 

Conclusion: Did Omega 8226 Pass the Test?

While drinking my detox cure, the only thing I have thought was how fresh it feels. To get the best experience in the kitchen, we suggest you make detailed research about the juicer you will get. Omega 8226 has stolen our hearts with its versatility and basic features. Especially if you have concerns about the juicers that take away all the nutrition, you don’t have to worry about it thanks to Omega Juicer 8226. If you are looking for a more quiet one, be sure to check our Best Quiet Blender Article.

Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or comments about this juicer. You can help other people to decide if you have previously used this juicer.

The Effect of Oven Cleaner on Kitchen Countertops?

The Effect of Oven Cleaner on Kitchen Countertops?

Effect of Oven Cleaner on Kitchen Countertops

We love inventing new ways when it comes to cleaning. Everybody has their secret recipes for the cleanest kitchen. If you ask me about my secret recipe, it is probably using toothpaste to clean my white outdoor shoes. I can also use the same toothpaste in my bathtub for the places the usual brushes can’t reach. However, I can’t say that I am an expert in cleaning because it takes too much time and I tend to do things in a loose way. While I was listening to the gossips between my mom’s friends, I heard that some of them use an oven cleaner for their kitchen countertops. But, what is the effect of oven cleaner on kitchen countertops anyway?

For most housewives, the thing they could boast about most is the cleanliness of their house. For this reason, they might carry out different steps for a more clean home without thinking about the consequences. What worried me most was the fact that they have used a powerful product on their kitchen countertop.

What are the Ingredients of an Oven Cleaner?

Have you ever taken a look at your oven since you last cleaned it? If it has been a long time, you can probably see the greasy stains that stuck into your oven. After seeing those stains, you can imagine how powerful an oven cleaner must be to sweep away all those stains. Without giving a specific brand name, it would be hard for us to be more clear about the ingredients of an oven cleaner. For instance, “easy-off” is one of the most popular brand names for oven cleaning. One of their products called “heavy-duty” is as heavy as it sounds.

If you are looking for an oven that is easy to clean and use, check our Oster Roaster Oven review from our article of Best Roaster Oven reviews.

Before going any further, let’s take a look at the ingredients of “easy-off” and see the possible threats those ingredients have:

  1. Sodium Hydroxide: This chemical substance provides an oven cleaner to maximize its performance. But it may cause different problems like irritation in the skin, feeling nauseous, or itchy. That is why it is risky to touch with your bare hands. Even if you cover your hands, the vapor caused by sodium hydroxide might be bad for your eyesight.
  2. Diethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether: This chemical is used to dissolve at least one of the other ingredients to form a solution. But the toxic air ether releases might be harmful to your body.

As you can see, even if you are not using the oven cleaner for the kitchen countertops, you still need to be careful while using it.

How Harmful Can an Oven Cleaner Be for Kitchen Countertops?

Oven cleaner standing in front of an oven, ready for cleaning

When we think of the powerful cleaning effect of the oven cleaner, we cannot help but wonder what it could do to the kitchen countertops. As there are different kinds of products to make a kitchen countertop, the effect might be different depending on the type of this product. We will be looking at them one by one and compare the effects.

Tile Countertops

Once you apply the oven cleaner on your kitchen countertop, it will start to eat the top glaze. The toxins released by the oven cleaner is the biggest enemy of your tile countertops because it will be effective from the beginning. The more you apply the oven cleaner, the less smooth your tile countertop will get.

Wooden Countertops

Considering that my kitchen’s countertop is wooden, this is something I can bet on. Wooden countertops can’t even handle being exposed to too much water. There is no way to clean them with an oven cleaner. It will eat away the weak varnish and the top will look sticky and ugly at the end.

Granite Countertops

Thinking that granite is a durable and expensive product, you may think that it is okay to use oven cleaner. Please don’t do that to your beautiful countertop. Because the oven cleaner will destroy the top layer, you will be left with a sticky, soft countertop which will become uneven finally.

Marble Countertops

Even if your precious marble countertop is safe with the polyurethane seal, it won’t be safe anymore once you start using an oven cleaner on it. You should refrain from using any chemicals while cleaning marble let alone using an oven cleaner. Otherwise, you will have a faded, ugly marble countertop left.

Laminate Countertops

Compared to other countertop materials, laminate is the most durable one by far. But that doesn’t necessitate the fact that it will stay the same. Because its shape will be disturbed once you expose it to the oven cleaner, you should refrain from doing so.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is a famous natural stone thanks to its durability and beauty. If you think of damaging its beautiful surface, how dare you? You should consider what it will cost later once the surface is damaged with chemicals.

As you can see, oven cleaners could damage and leave stains on your kitchen countertop rather than cleaning them. Once you apply this chemical to the kitchen countertop, you may think that there is no way to save it. Here are some tips that could backspace your mistake.

Fixing the Stains Caused by Oven Cleaners on the Kitchen Countertops

A woman trying to get that stain out from the kitchen countertop

The tips we will give you may not permanently save your countertop if the damage is too much. But, if you try to remove stains after you use the oven cleaner once or twice, these steps might be helpful. And, before you try any of these steps, you should try them on a small part of your countertop to see if it does any damage.

Cleaning with Baking Soda and Water

This might be useful if the countertop has a marble or granite surface. But, you shouldn’t rub the surface with baking soda and water. After you gently spread the baking soda, you need to wait for a few days without removing it.

Cleaning with Vinegar

As an acidic product, the vinegar might prevent the destructive effect of sodium hydroxide in oven cleaner. You should clean the stained area with vinegar and wait a little more to see the effects.

Cleaning with Beeswax Polish

Beeswax is a natural healer especially if you have wood or laminate countertops. It will be covering the countertop and forbid any kind of bacteria entry to the surface. Once you apply, you will see the revival of the countertop’s shiny surface.

Cleaning with Dishwashing Soap and Baking Soda

This mixture is the best to remove stains from steel kitchen countertops. You shouldn’t rub the surface with all your power, but you should move the cloth on the stain. For further information about how Baking Soda is a cleaning agent, be sure to check its Wikipedia page.

You can also check this awesome YouTube video for tips on using on-the-counter materials for kitchen cleaning.

Conclusion

After all, our suggestion will be to use your cleaner wherever it is supposed to be used. Even if when you want to try something new, please check the side effects that chemicals will cause. If you are already the victim of using an oven cleaner on your kitchen countertop, you can revive the counter with the steps we have mentioned before. If you are still looking for a cleaner for the kitchen countertop, be careful not to spread it all over it. First, it will be better to check on a small part of the countertop before causing serious damage.

For further questions and ideas, please do not hesitate to put a comment down below.

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Can You Microwave Paper Plates? Is it Safe?

Can You Microwave Paper Plates? Is it Safe?

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What is the best part of taking paper plates to the picnic? For me, using paper plates means not having to wash the dishes later. You can use paper plates not only for a picnic but also at home. Especially for a lazy bird like me, they are a total lifesaver. Once you have put the chicken on the paper plates, the rest is to heat it up. You are about to open the microwave and a sudden question comes to your mind: can you microwave paper plates?

A lot of people must be asking the same question to themselves because there is usually no sign showing it. In this article, we will be answering these questions and make sure that you have no question marks left in your mind.

What is a Paper Plate Made of?

As befits the name, the main ingredient of the paper plates is paper-based materials. When it comes to the inventor of this material, Martin Keyes must be the one we should be thankful for. If he didn’t think about the idea of providing better material to keep lunches on it, there wouldn’t be any paper plates now. At that time, Keyes used the wood pulp to make a paper plate. For today’s products, there are more disposable materials used for making paper plates.

Since Martin Keyes has invented the paper plates, there has been a lot of change in the appearance of the paper plates. They have become lighter and more colorful compared to the ones in the 1900s. Have you ever had a paper plate with designs on it? I used to have one of those with a flower design. But I have never tried to put them in the microwave, and I am very glad that I didn’t do that. Because what I will tell you next might come as a little surprise for you.

Can You Put Paper Plates in the Microwave?

If you are looking for a “yes” to this answer, you are right. There is no harm in putting paper plates in the microwave but… Well, there is a “but” for your safety. When we consider the paper plate as a plain white paper plate, you don’t need to worry about it at all. You can put it safely in the microwave. Plain paper plates include useful wastes and paper scraps in their construction besides cellulose and some wood chemicals. There is no proof saying that these materials are not suitable for microwave use.

However, if you are using one of those printed paper plates just as I do, you need to be careful. Because paper plate designs are not permanent like porcelain china, the design might leach into your food when you heat up the microwave.

Can Paper Plates Make a Fire?

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When you see the word “paper”, you can easily associate it with fire. While there are some types of paper that can easily burn, there are non-combustible ones too. Paper plates are an example of microwave-oven paper materials while coffee bags are not. Even if you have a plain white paper plate, please make sure that it is not too thin.

Even for a thin white paper plate, there is a risk of melting and combustion when it is exposed to too much heat for a long time. That is why paper plates with medium thickness are always the best ones to use. Besides, it is better to make sure that you use paper plates only for reheating your food. So long as they don’t include any prints, there won’t be any health risks as well.

You should, of course, use glass containers to reheat your food. If you do not want to use anything, you can always use roaster ovens. We have gone over 10 roaster ovens in our best roaster oven reviews article. If you want more details in-depth, you can also check our oster roaster oven review.

To Make Sure if Your Paper Plate is Microwave-safe

After a long day, you have finished your shopping and came back home. While you want to reheat some chicken, the paper plates take your interest. But, you are not sure if they are microwave-safe. Here is your guide to confirm your plate’s safeness:

  1. Take a cup and fill it with water.
  2. Put that cup in the microwave along with a paper plate.
  3. Let the plate wait a minute or two in the microwave.
  4. Take out the plate and the cup and check their situation.

There are two possible outcomes for this scenario:

  1. If the water in the cup is warm and the paper plate is cold, that place is suitable for microwave use.
  2. If the water in the cup is cold but the paper plate is warm, you need to reconsider using that plate.

How About Other Paper Products and Plates?

Since we have talked about paper plates, it could be helpful for our readers to know about other products as well. While reheating your food in the oven, you need to think of your health. Otherwise, there might be a fire breakout or you might get poisoned from your food. Here are some reviews on other kinds of paper products or plates to see if they can be used in the microwave.

  1. Paper Towel: Because it doesn’t contain any humidity, paper towels are suitable for use in the microwave. You can cover your spaghetti so that it won’t splatter around your microwave. Also, its spongy surface makes it easier for the steam to get through the food.
  2. Newspaper: As a non-sanitary product, using a newspaper might spoil your dinner. The texture of the newspaper causes the emission of toxic fumes to its surrounding.
  3. Brown Paper Bag: Like the newspaper, there is a risk of toxic fume emission when you use a brown paper bag. Besides, it cannot handle too much heat and it can easily burn.
  4. Ceramic plates: Ceramics are microwave-safe products. However, you may need to check the place of the manufacture for your safety. When you see the label “made in China”, slowly leave the plate and run away. Because the plate might crack when you expose it to the heat of the microwave.

Some Tips For Reheating Your Food

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  1. Do not put colorful designed paper plates to reheat your food.
  2. Put enough food inside your plate so that it won’t get smashed.
  3. If necessary, use two paper plates to reheat your food.
  4. For reheating foods like spaghetti and noodles, please make sure to cover them with a paper towel.
  5. Make sure that you have removed any kind of plastic from the paper plate before reheating.

Conclusion

For more than 100 years, paper plates have had an important place in our lives. From picnics to daily usage, they gave a hand to those who don’t want to deal with the cleaning after dinner. If you have those paper plates only to put food inside, you can be as free as a bird while choosing the type of plate you want. But, if you have an intention of putting that plate in the microwave, you need to sacrifice your taste for your health. Otherwise, you might enjoy your dinner inked with the colors of the paper plate. Besides, please use your paper plate only if you want to reheat your food.

For the best experience, we suggest you use white plain paper plates for reheating. When you follow our suggestions, you can be sure to make use of your paper plates in the best way. Please feel free to comment and share your ideas about the article in the comments.

 

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Can You Put Cardboard in the Microwave/Oven?

Can You Put Cardboard in the Microwave/Oven?

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Frozen food has an essential place in our lives due to our lifestyle. Because it is cheap and takes less time to cook, it is a popular choice for most people. Frozen food is a lifesaver especially if you are a single person. After you spend long hours at work, you may not have the energy to cook something by yourself. Then, you remember the frozen pizza in the freezer and you take it out with its package. When you are ready to heat it, the question comes to your mind: can you put cardboard in the microwave or oven?

We have given the example by using pizza but, there are many types of frozen food that are covered with cardboard. While some of the packages say that it is safe to heat your food with cardboard, some of them don’t. How will you find about the truth then? We will be talking about the situations regarding the oven and the microwave separately because those two have different working mechanisms.

Putting Cardboard in the Microwave

While you use your oven to cook something, the microwave is usually for heating the leftovers. What if you don’t have an oven to cook your frozen food? If you check the signs on your microwave, you will see that it can be set for longer times as well. I have even tried using my microwave to cook souffle in a cup. The most important part is to know how much time will be necessary.

To Defrost Your Food

It will usually take 7~8 minutes for the frozen pizza to cook completely. But, it is always better to check the instructions on the package for the best experience. If your frozen food comes with a cardboard package, you should check if it is microwave-safe. If not, it is best to put it on a microwave-safe dish. You have checked the package and see that there is no sign. What would you do next?

If you are worried that a fire might break out, there is actually no such risk. Microwave’s working mechanism depends on the water molecules inside your food. With the high frequency of those molecules, your food will start heating. Because there is no water in the cardboard, there is no risk of combustion at this point. It will not heat up as quickly as the food itself.

However, we do not suggest you put cardboard in the microwave if you want to defrost your food. Although it is highly impossible to catch fire, it is risky for your health when you microwave your food for 7~8 minutes. There are some chemicals in the structure of the cardboard to make it durable. And these chemicals might leach into your food when you microwave your food for a long time. This could also change the taste of your food in a bad way and you may not enjoy your delicious pizza.

To Reheat Your Food

As for the reheating process, it usually takes around 1~2 minutes for your food to heat completely. The heat won’t affect the cardboard because it doesn’t contain any water molecules. But this doesn’t mean that you can put the cardboard in the microwave. You still need to double-check the microwave-safe sign.

You might see some comments on the internet saying that other people microwaved the cardboard safely. Please keep in mind that each microwave might react to the cardboard differently. If you don’t want a kitchen fire, we suggest you microwave the food without the cardboard.

When you put the leftover inside the microwave, do not forget to place a bowl or a cup of water. Placing water will help you to get soft, nicely cooked food.

Putting Cardboard in the Oven

In contrast to the microwave, the oven can be very dangerous because its mechanism depends on air circulation. Because the cardboard itself could absorb the heat circulated by this air, it could easily catch fire. Depending on your purpose, we will be giving you different options to use the cardboard in the oven.

To Cook Food

Well, the oven’s basic principle is to cook food, right? How about cooking defrosted food that comes with a cardboard package? No matter what you cook, you need to preheat the oven before you put anything in it. The temperature for cooking frozen pizza is around 375~425°F while the cardboard can start a fire around 450°F.

What are you gonna do at this point? There are many cons than pros to put the pizza in the oven with the cardboard. Although the numbers may suggest that you can put the cardboard in the oven, this might be deceptive. Have you ever tried a recipe where the temperature doesn’t match your oven and the food didn’t cook well? This shows that the temperatures may differ depending on the oven itself. To be able to have more control and over your food while cooking it in an oven, you can try using a roaster oven as well. You can check our best roaster oven reviews article to find the one most suitable for you! If you are lazy to find one, we have reviewed Oster Roaster Oven for you on JarKitchen.com as well!

That fact shows us that we need some alternatives to cook our defrosted food without the cardboard. At this point, let’s think of the pizza as an example again and see some alternatives. For instance, you can use a pizza station, baking tray, or aluminum foil to cook the pizza.

Besides the heat factor, there are other reasons why you shouldn’t put your pizza in the oven with the cardboard. When you put the pizza in the oven with the cardboard, it will take a longer time to heat because the cardboard will be absorbing the heat coming from the bottom part of the oven. Unless the cardboard is not suitable for baking, do not put it in the oven. It will not only lengthen the time for cooking but it will also cause your food to taste weird.

To Heat Your Food

As a combustible material, the cardboard can easily catch fire in the oven. The only way to put cardboard in the oven is when the oven doesn’t work. Or, when you double-check that the cardboard is oven-safe. Otherwise, the next person you call will be a firefighter.

When it comes to the best way to use the oven to heat your food, here are the steps. Heat the oven to the lowest temperature possible and wait for a few minutes for the oven to heat. Then, turn off the power and put the entire box in the oven. In this way, there won’t be a power source to start a fire. Besides, your pizza will heat properly thanks to the cardboard itself. It is a known fact that these cardboards are specifically designed to keep the pizza warm.

Conclusion – Can You Put Cardboard in the Microwave?

Depending on the type of cardboard you use, it is questionable whether you can put it in the oven/microwave or not. When you don’t see the oven-safe or microwave-safe label on the cardboard, it is better not to take a risk and use something else instead. In this article, we have answered the question “Can you put cardboard in the microwave?”

Microwave is safer than oven thanks to its mechanism but you shouldn’t keep the cardboard in the microwave for a long time. As for using the oven, we suggest you refrain from cooking your food with cardboard even if it says oven-safe. You may not know if it is easier for your oven to burn it or not. But, you can put the cardboard only when the oven is not working.

Using non-oven safe cardboard might even change the texture and the taste of your food when it is exposed to too much heat. For the best experience, you can keep the cardboard during reheating your food while you shouldn’t use it for cooking.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to let us know in the comments.

 

 

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Can You Put a Pizza Box in the Oven?

Can You Put a Pizza Box in the Oven?

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Pizza! The grace of Italy! Who doesn’t love the addictive smell of the pizza and the melting cheese on the top? As one of the biggest lovers of pizza, I was unsure whether to order a pizza or not because I had to live alone during the pandemic. If you live alone like me or order a big pizza, it is highly possible that there will be leftover pizza that won’t taste good when you reheat. Or, when the delivery comes it might be too late and your pizza might be too cold to enjoy it. At this point, you might think of putting it directly into the oven in case it may not fit in the microwave. And that question comes to your mind: can you put a pizza box in the oven?

In this article, we will be explaining whether you can put a cardboard pizza box in the oven or not. Besides, there will be some tips about the best ways of heating your pizza. Read until the end before putting your pizza in the oven. 🙂

What Happens When You Put a Pizza Box in the Oven?

The next time when you order a pizza, try to take a look at the box first and check the material. You will see that the pizza box is cardboard paper and it is combustible. If you put a pizza box in the oven at high degrees, it will catch fire easily. Although the pizza box is safe until 450°F, it is always better to be safe than sorry. And you will be eliminating the possibility of fire in your kitchen.

Instead, you can recycle the pizza box. This way you will fulfill your duty for the mother nature as well! Check this link for more info on recycling cardboards.

The only reason why we shouldn’t reheat pizza with the pizza box is not the danger. Besides, your pizza will not taste good if you decide on heating it with the box. When you put them together in the oven, the cardboard will disturb the circulation of the heat. And as a result, the top of the pizza will melt while the bottom burns and gets crusty. Also, there are some chemicals in the structure of the pizza box that will possibly change the taste of the pizza.

If you do not want to have a soggy or dry pizza when you heat it, we will have some advice for you. Depending on what kitchen appliance you have, you can choose any of these options.

reheating the pizza

Safe Ways to Heat Pizza and Keep It Warm

Your pizza has arrived and suddenly, you remembered that you had to do something before dinner. When you come back, you see that your pizza got cold. There are three options for you at this point: oven, microwave, and countertop stove.

Using Oven to Reheat Your Pizza

This option doesn’t only help to heat your pizza. But, it can also help you keep your pizza warm. When you are finished with heating the pizza, you can put it back in the pizza box and put it back in the oven. In this way, the pizza box will be keeping the heat coming from the oven.

Without any equipment:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. If you are not worried about the cleaning, put your pizza directly on the oven rack.
  3. Wait for 6-9 minutes.
  4. Dinner is ready!

With aluminum foil:

  1. Separate the whole pizza slices.
  2. Wrap each slice individually to an aluminum foil. (Because aluminum foil might be unhealthy when it touches the food, it is better to wrap the pizza with a baking sheet first.)
  3. Set the oven to 400°F.
  4. Heat your pizza slices for 10 minutes.
  5. Your pizza is ready to enjoy!

With the baking tray:

For a crispy pizza;

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Make sure that you leave the baking tray in the oven during preheating.
  3. Wait for a few minutes and put the pizza in the baking tray.
  4. Wait for almost 10 minutes until the cheese melts.
  5. Bon appetite!

For a softer pizza dough;

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Leave the baking tray on the outside.
  3. When the oven is heated, put the pizza in the baking tray.
  4. Put the oven in the baking tray and wait until the cheese melts.
  5. Enjoy!

Using Microwave To Heat the Pizza

Heating your pizza with radiation may not sound good but this is also an option for you. Whenever I try to reheat my pizza in the microwave, it will either be too dry or too soggy. However, microwaving pizza is a popular option because it saves more time compared to the oven. Here are the options for the most delicious reheated pizza for you:

With a paper towel:

  1. Use a spacious dish and put a paper towel on it. (The paper towel will take the extra moist from the pizza and prevent it to be soggy.)
  2. Put each pizza slice individually on the paper towel.
  3. Set the microwave to 1 minute and repeat this if necessary. ( In this way, you will be able to check the temperature of the microwave and take the pizza before it burns.)
  4. Enjoy your pizza!

With a bowl of water:

  1. Fill 2/3 of the bowl with water.
  2. Place the pizza on the top of the dish. *If you have a whole pizza to heat, put the pizza in a dish and place a glass of water next to it.
  3. Set the timer to 1 minute and heat your pizza in medium heat.
  4. You can enjoy your crispy pizza.

Using the Countertop Stove

With a stainless steel pan:

  1. Preheat the pan to medium heat.
  2. When preheated, add pizza slices and wait for a few minutes.
  3. Add a few drops of water next to the pizza, not on it. (This will provide every part of pizza to be heated)
  4. Cover the pan by using a pan lid.
  5. Wait for a few minutes until cheese melts.
  6. Your pizza is ready to get served.

How About the Pizza Box?

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After all, we suggest you throw away the pizza box for your safety. By applying one of our suggestions, you can enjoy your pizza without worrying about a fire breakout. Although it is said that you can put the pizza box in the oven at 350°F, you cannot know how the oven will react. As we stated earlier, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Conclusion

We have tried to sum up the most useful ways to reheat your pizza and enjoy it as if it is just served by the cook. Because I am usually on a strict diet, I didn’t really have much time eating pizza. And whenever I did, there always have been leftovers. Trying to find the best strategy to enjoy the leftovers, I tried reheating my pizza in the microwave by using the water bowl strategy. That is why I can assure you that you will get a delicious pizza when you use the microwave. While using the oven, please make sure to use a baking sheet before wrapping your food with aluminum foil. We have explained why your food shouldn’t directly touch the aluminum foil in this article.

It is time to enjoy your pizza while reading this article. If you have ever tried heating your pizza with one of these ways, please let us know in the comments.

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Can You Put Aluminum Foil in the Oven? Do’s and Don’ts

Can You Put Aluminum Foil in the Oven? Do’s and Don’ts

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When you want to cook without making a lot of mess, aluminum foil usually becomes your first choice to use. That is why it might be surprising for you to see this question in the first place. How often do you put aluminum foil in the oven? Can you use aluminum foil in the oven whenever you want?

The answer to the question in the title is of course a “yes” but, there are some pieces of advice for your health. First, we will be refreshing our minds to remember how we use aluminum in the oven.

The Most Common Ways to Use Tin Foil

As you can see, we have used the term “tin foil” instead of “aluminum foil” because they are the same thing. With its affordability, aluminum foil is not only our favorite but also restaurants as well. Do you remember how the restaurant sent your food the last time you ordered chicken or meat? They usually use aluminum foil pans to keep the food juicy and hot. How about the way you use aluminum foil in the oven? Can you put aluminum foil pans in the oven? We will be answering these questions shortly.

1. Covering the Top of the Food

Growing up in a Turkish family, I got used to seeing an aluminum foil over the chicken or the fish in the oven. And, I asked my mom why she is using it, she told me that it is to keep the food juicy. Aluminum foil actually prevents food from getting dry by reflecting the heat. Whenever my mom cooks something with a stewpan, she covers the top with aluminum foil so that the vegetables don’t get burned.

2. Wrapping around the Food

After having a nice meal, it is the easiest way to wrap the leftovers with aluminum foil. In this way, you won’t have to use another dish to reheat your meal and it won’t take time either. If you need to do some work before eating, aluminum foil will keep your food warm as well.

3. Putting it directly on the Oven Rack

While you are making a toast or pizza in the oven, you may not want to make the baking tray dirty. Instead, you can put the aluminum foil on the bottom of the oven rack and put the toast above it. In this way, you will prevent the oven from getting dirty and you won’t spend an extra dish.

4. Putting in on the Bottom of the Oven Rack or Oven itself

Because aluminum doesn’t touch the food directly, the main goal is to keep the oven clean at this point. When the food spills, the aluminum prevents it to spill on the oven itself.

5. Covering the Baking Sheet

This is probably the healthiest way to wrap your food because your food won’t touch the foil directly. In this way, you will keep your oven clean and your food juicy.

6. Heating by Using Aluminum Foil Pan

Aluminum foil pan is something I am familiar with because I tend to order food online. When the delivery becomes late and the food gets colder, it is an easy way to reheat your food with an aluminum foil pan. They are less risky than using aluminum foil itself because there won’t be any cracking or spilling.

We have mentioned the most common ways to use aluminum foil but, do we recommend all of them? We don’t recommend most of these tactics for your own health and we will be telling you why.

What is Wrong with the Way We Use Aluminum Foil?

The fact that you can use aluminum foil in the oven doesn’t mean you should. Using too much aluminum foil with your food might be dangerous for your health. Or, the way you use the foil might break your oven.

A human can take 40 mg of aluminum per kilogram to their bodies daily. In other words, I can take 2600 mg of aluminum per day because I weigh 65 kg. However, when you overdose on the intake of aluminum, this can damage your brain cells. Aluminum is not only available in aluminum utensils but also in foods and drinks like tea, spices, and corn. That is why you might be taking more aluminum into your body than you think.

cooking fish with aluminum foil in the oven

Other than those utensils and foods, how about the aluminum teapots and pans you use in your kitchen? They also contain a high amount of aluminum. Whenever we eat something that is wrapped with aluminum, we are in danger of taking too much aluminum into our bodies. Here are some tips about not to do while using aluminum foil.

1. Don’t Wrap Your Food with Aluminum Directly

When you directly wrap the tin foil around your food, the foil might leach into your food and you might eat a chicken wing that is seasoned with aluminum. Although aluminum foil might be innocent while you store your food with it in the fridge, it is dangerous when it comes to the oven. Cooking spicy or acidic foods or cooking at high temperatures makes it easier for aluminum to leach into your food. However, some studies revealed, that this actually has no effects on healthy adults. You can read the news article using this link.

Instead of using aluminum foil while storing your food, it is healthier to keep it in a glass container. As for wrapping your food to cook, you can use the 5th method we have told earlier. By wrapping your food with a baking sheet and using aluminum foil to cover it, you will be eliminating the risks. There are special baking sheets that are wrapped with aluminum foil for this purpose as well.

2. Don’t Put the Foil on the Oven Rack or Oven itself Alone

Aluminum might seem innocent, but it is very dangerous. When you put foil directly on the oven itself, it might get stuck to the surface because of the heat. As a result, it will be harder to clean and it might give cosmetic damage to your oven. Besides, if you put foil on the oven itself or on the oven rack, you will cause the food to cook unevenly. You won’t want that to happen if you are making cookies. 🙂 You can also use aluminum foils in roaster ovens safely by sticking to the guidelines in this article. If you are interested, you can check our article on oster roaster oven or our best roaster oven reviews.

There is no need to go farther and fare worse. If you clean the spills after you have finished cooking, there won’t be any problem left. Besides, you won’t have to pay for another oven eventually.

3. Use Baking Tray to Cook Food

Even if you worry about your oven to get dirty, it might be worse you only use aluminum foil. It will not only disrupt the heating cycle, but it might also leave you hungry. What if the aluminum foil rips apart suddenly? All the food will be spilled on the ground and it will get dirtier. The safest way is to use a baking tray while you can.

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Conclusion

Aluminum foil has an important place in our kitchens thanks to its affordability and versatility. However, it is better to be careful while using it because it can trigger some health issues at some point. For your safety, it is better not to put aluminum foil directly into your oven or on your food.

As for me, I never use aluminum foil while cooking. Instead, I prefer those baking sheets which are covered by aluminum foil. If there is no such product at the market, you can create the same effect by wrapping the foil around the baking sheet.

We hope that this article has taken your interest. For further questions, feel free to write a comment. 🙂

 

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Can You Put a Glass in the Oven? Is it Safe?

Can You Put a Glass in the Oven? Is it Safe?

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After a long day at work, you may not have time to cook. Then, you realize the leftovers in the fridge from yesterday. Because you have put them in a glass container, you might have a question on your mind. Can you put a glass in the oven? If you are not sure about the answer, you will learn a lot after this article.

If you are afraid of putting glass in the oven, you can check out our roaster ovens. This way, you will take no risks and still be able to roast what you want! Hint: Oster Roaster Oven 22QT is especially good 🙂

Before showing the products that you can or cannot put in the oven, let’s remember why glass is a better product for storage?

Benefits for Using Glass to Store Food

1.Cleanliness: Compared to the plastic containers, you can easily clean glass containers and there won’t be any smell left.

2.Non-toxicity: Glass is non-toxic even if you heat it at high temperatures. However, there are other non-toxic materials that release toxic chemicals when heated.

3. Can be put in the oven: You don’t have to change the container to heat your food when you use a glass container rather than a plastic one.

4.Transparency: When you store your food inside a glass container and cook it later, you will clearly see if the ingredients are baking or not.

5. Quality: Glass containers might be more expensive than plastic ones. But, you do not have to worry if it melts or warps when you wash it in the dishwasher.

Oven-Safe Glasses

Can you put a glass in the oven? This picture shows the glass type symbols

If you are a careful buyer, you will realize these signs behind the glass you want to buy. The second image shows that you can put your glass inside the oven and it will be safe. Some of the well-known oven-safe glasses are tempered glasses, glasses made of borosilicate glasses, and pyrex glasses for instance.

However, if you do not have the second image at the back of your product, it may as well shatter if you are not careful enough. How about other glass products that don’t have the sign on?

It is better to show other products that you should think twice before putting in the oven.

Can You Put Other Glass Products in the Oven?

Can glass go in the oven? We have mentioned that tempered, borosilicate, and pyrex glasses are oven-safe glasses. That is only true when they have the oven-safe image on their package. How about other glass products that don’t have the oven-safe label on themselves?

Other Glass Products

1. Drinking Glasses

Like most coffee mugs, drinking glasses are not oven-safe unless they have an oven-safe sign on them.

2. Glass Bowls & Oven Safe Glass Bowls

Depending on the size of it, some of the glass bowls might handle the heat while some of them doesn’t. That is why it is better to be safe by checking the oven-safe mark on your bowl.

3. Glass Tupperware

If you move your Tupperware from the fridge to the oven directly, it is highly possible to shatter into the pieces. Glass Tupperwares are oven-safe but it is better to wait at room temperature for a while before you put it in the oven.

4. Glass Lid

A glass lid is more fragile when we compare it to Glass Tupperware. So long as you put it in the preheated oven, there won’t be a problem. But, the heat of the oven must not be more than 400°F.

5. Glass Plate

It is very risky to put a glass plate in the oven unless it has an oven-safe image sign on itself. When it is exposed to higher heat, it is very likely to crack.

6. Glass Pan

So long as it has the oven-safe label, you can use a glass pan to reheat your food. Otherwise, you might have an unfortunate experience in your kitchen.

As you can see, so long as there is no oven-safe label on your product, there is a high risk of shattering. Even if it does have the label, you need to follow some steps to make sure that you won’t have an unfortunate accident.

What to Do to Save Your Glass in the Oven from Shattering?

If you see that your tempered glass shattered even if it has the oven-safe label on itself, you might be doing one of the following mistakes:

1.Sudden Change in the Temperature

When you move your tempered glass from the fridge to the oven directly, it may not handle the sudden heat change and shatter eventually. It may not always happen but don’t forget that there is always a risk. You can make a science experiment to see if this really works. When you put boiled water inside a drinking glass that stayed in the freezer, it will surely shatter. The same rule applies to the fridge and oven as well.

2.Heating at High Temperatures

Just because your product has the oven-safe label doesn’t mean that you can throw it inside the lava. Each product has a temperature limit and you shouldn’t exceed this. For instance, tempered glass is safe to use inside the oven up to 350°F. The ultimate limit for Pyrex glass is 450°F. There are incidents showing that Pyrex glass can shatter at 500°F. So, it is better not to use your product at high temperatures.

cooking with glass in the oven

3.Not Pre-heating the Oven

While cooking something, the cook usually recommends to pre-heat the oven so that the food will cook better. The same rule can be applied to glass products as well. When you put your dish inside a cold oven, it will take much time to heat the dish. That is why your glass product will be exposed to radiant heat for a longer time. Whether you pre-heat the oven or not, it is inevitable for the glass to be exposed to this radiant heat. By preheating the oven, you will shorten this time and keep your product from breaking.

4.Using the Wrong Type of Product

As we have described before, there are some products which are suitable for heating in the oven like tempered glass. If you put a glass bowl in the oven without knowing if it is oven-safe, then, you are doing wrong.

5.Using Product with a Crack on it

If you put a glass with a crack in the oven, it may not handle the high temperature because the pressure will be on the cracked side. That kind of glass could even break inside a microwave. That is why please be careful before putting your glass product in the oven and check its flaws.

Conclusion

Using glass products is the best way to keep your food thanks to their durability and non-toxicity. When it comes to reheating the food you stored in your glass container, you need to be careful about its safety. Although your product is labeled as oven-safe, there are other steps you need to follow. After making sure that you have kept it at room temperature, you can put your glass in the oven. But please make sure that you have followed all 5 steps before heating your meal. If you do that, you will not meet a surprise while waiting for dinner to get ready.

As for me, I only put tempered glass in the oven if necessary and use the microwave for heating other stuff. Is there anything else you have put in the oven so far? Let us know in the comments if you have any questions or experiences about this topic.

 

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