Cooking for yourself has several benefits. Chief among them: You know what’s in your food. Today I ate steamed organic carrots and Siberian kale, grass-fed ground beef and two eggs. It’s a perfect lunch.
Meanwhile, national grocer Safeway announced it was pulling pink slime from it’s stores. The implication of Safeway’s decision is that you’ve been eating this stuff for decades:
Boneless lean beef trimmings refers to an industrial product created from beef trimmings using particular processes; these products are occasionally referred to using the neologism pink slime. These processes, which include meat trimmings passing through a centrifuge, and (in the most common process) being exposed to ammonia gas, have drawn attention as the subject of possible health and consumer concerns.
A 2012 ABC News investigative report indicated that 70 percent of ground beef (beef mince) contains the lean beef, and that the USDA has allowed it to go unlabeled over the objection of a few of its own scientists.
When you cook for yourself, you can source your ingredients. Farmer’s markets have become prevalent, and even people in flyover states can order from Eat Wild. When you cook your own food, you’re putting your health first.
Even if you want to cook for yourself, you probably find shopping for cookware daunting. I spent an hour fucking around at Bed Bath and Beyond last night.
In truth, you only need three things to cook in a manly kitchen. Additional items are nice but not needed. If you’re a smart shopper, you can outfit your kitchen for around $50-100.
First, you need to eat your vegetables. Veggies taste better when steamed. What more is that several vegetables are healthier when steamed:
Kale can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw kale still has cholesterol-lowering ability–just not as much.
Carrots are delicious eaten raw or cooked. While heating can often damage some of the delicate phytonutrients in vegetables, the beta-carotene as found in carrots has been shown to be surprisingly heat-stable. In fact, carrots’ beta-carotene may become more bioavailable through well-timed steaming. Still, be careful not to overcook carrots if you want to your carrots to retain their maximum flavor and strong overall nutritional value.
A quality steamer is only $25. Here’s the one I have.
Second, you need something to cook eggs and grass-fed beef in. If you’re only cooking for yourself or yourself and one or two other people, a 10″ skillet will do the job. I have this bad boy in 14″, but 10″ works well enough. Last I checked, they were under $30.
Third, you need something to flip your eggs and burgers with. Since you’re cooking on stainless steel, use a metal pancake turner. (The “non-stick pans” are toxic waste dumps; throw virgin coconut oil into your stainless steel pan to avoid toxins and get the health benefit of coconut oil.)
My kitchen has a lot more than a pan, veggie steamer, and pancake turner. I enjoy cooking for myself and friends and can talk about kitchenware all day.
Most guys, though, don’t need to get too fancy. Get a pan, steamer, and something to flip your burgers and eggs with, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, fitter lifestyle.