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How to Make Crabapple Butter

https://youtu.be/LO4HcieJH3I Did you know you can eat crabapples? Are you wondering what to do with crabapples? Cooking with crabapples can sound sort of outdated, but these extremely tart little fruits make DELICIOUS jelly, butter, and wine, just to name a few possibilities! This post will explain how to make crabapple butter from this fruit that is barely edible when raw. PLUS, the juice drained off for this recipe is EXACTLY what you need to make crabapple jelly, so in a...

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How to Make & Smoke Sausage: An Interview with Arnis Robbins

Hopefully you’ve read our other fascinating smoked meat blog posts that came from time spent with Arnis Robins, Owner and Pitmaster at Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue in Wolfforth, Texas. If not, make sure you check out How to Trim a Brisket, How to Smoke a Brisket, and How to Slice and Serve a Brisket. And now we’re going to share what he had to say about making and smoking sausage. We were fascinated with everything he shared! Big Plate: Arnis,...

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Slicing and Serving Brisket: An Interview with Arnis Robbins

Our series of smoked meat blogs that came from time spent with Arnis Robbins, Owner and Pitmaster at Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue in Wolfforth, Texas continues with an in-depth discussion about slicing and serving smoked brisket. If you want to learn about selecting and trimming a brisket, or about smoking a brisket, click those links. You certainly need to have an understanding of those parts of the process before the slicing and serving. But the content of this post...

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How to Smoke a Brisket: An Interview with Arnis Robbins

We recently got to spend some time with Arnis Robbins, Owner and Pit Master of Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue in Wolfforth, Texas. He shared his entire brisket process with us, including selecting the raw brisket and trimming it (read about that here), plus seasoning, cooking, and serving it! (Read about slicing and serving brisket here.) This portion of the interview centers on seasoning and cooking Texas brisket, so read on to learn from the best! Big Plate: You taught us...

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How to Trim a Brisket: An Interview with Arnis Robbins

We recently got to spend some time with Arnis Robbins, Owner and Pit Master of Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue in Wolfforth, Texas. He went over—in great detail—how to trim a brisket, and we want to share this expert advice with you! Read on to learn his method for getting the perfect bark, how to shape the brisket for even cooking, and what to do with all the trimmings. And once you know how to trim a brisket, you'll want to...

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Seven Steps to a Perfect Smoothie

Ever wondered to how to make your own delicious, healthy smoothie at home? Want to know which blender we suggest you use? (Spoiler alert: our recommendation is NOT the most expensive smoothie maker on the market!) Have you been confused about whether or not to use crushed ice in your smoothie? We will answer all your smoothie questions in this blog post! Making a smoothie is truly as simple as tossing ingredients in a blender and letting it rip,...

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How to Sharpen (and Hone) Your Knives

Did you know that more accidents occur with dull knives than sharp ones because of the extra force required to cut with a dull blade? Dull knives will waste your time, tear your meat, bruise your vegetables, and squish your bread. Sharp knives are a necessity in the kitchen, but the best method of keeping a good edge seems like such a mystery! This article will explain exactly how to sharpen (and hone) your kitchen knives. We are going to...

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How to Pair the Right Beer with the Right Food

Never has there been a better time to enjoy pairing beer with food, because never has the beer scene been more exciting! With the greater variety of beer styles available and the diversities within each style being widely available, your beer pairings can be more sophisticated than ever. This article will help you learn the basics of pairing beer with food, but there are some special considerations we need to cover first. 1) The taster’s frame of mind is...

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How to Evaluate Your Beer

The beer scene is really "brewing" these days, so it's a great time to learn more about this ancient beverage and be able to enjoy and appreciate the variety (and diversity within each variety) that's available now. Whether you’re new to exploring beer flavor profiles or you’ve been at it for years, you’ll enjoy identifying flavors such as malty and sweet, hoppy and bitter, crisp and clean, sour and funky, and more. Before we discuss the different aspects of beer,...

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How to Evaluate Your Food

Did you know that "taste" and "flavor" are not the same? Taste is one of the five senses (touch, sight, sound, smell, taste), so it is physical and quantifiable within the five different taste categories. That's right--there are now FIVE taste categories: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami. While humanity has known about umami for thousands of years, the scientific community has been slow to add it to the official taste list because the receptors on the tongue for...

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