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Originally posted by J.Son79
Another nifty little trick you can do to impress people is this:
Before you prepare it though, place two skillets on medium heat. After about 4 to five minutes, cut the burners off and remove from heat. Place the sandwich in the bottom of one skillet, then place the other hot skillet on top of the bread. Just place the bottom of the skillet on top. Trust me, it will be fine.
Congratulations, you just improvised and made a homemade panini press. Let that sit there for a few minutes, and voila. Simple, cool, and flashy.
But if you read my other post, this little trick pertains to the saying Food + Heat = cooking. This kind of thing is one of the things you'll figure out you can do. NEVER buy fancy kitchen steamers, gadgets or stuff like that. Only get the basics. A good rule of thumb is, if it doesn't serve more than one purpose, it doesn't belong in your kitchen. I live by this literally.
For instance, a chefs knife, its the only knife you will ever need. But not only does it cut, you can do many things with it. Lay it flat on garlic and crack the garlic with the palm of your hand, then the peeling comes right off. That's just an example of how something has more than one function. All of your basic kitchen gear will have more than one function. Most of that crap they sell on tv late at night doesn't. Like juicers, or panini makers, or crock pots, or funny do-dad spatula's, or that routeissere thing that's always on. You never need that kind of crap.
Crock pots I can make an exception for. Even though I still don't need one. Most people don't understand that most crock pot recipes can be accomplished easily without one. You've had a crack pot this whole time, all your life. The OVEN and a large pot, lol. Once again, Food + Heat = Cooking. It does the same thing. Add liquid to make meat tender, cook on 250 degrees in the oven, and BAM crock pot recipe.
What does this have to do with grilled cheese? Nothing, but I just wanted to add this so people would see that ALL cooking is related and is far more simple than some think. I was just proving a point like with the homemade panini maker other things can be done like that to without shelling out extra bucks for "special" gagdets that only serve one sole purpose. Those you don't need. Next time your in your kitchen check out your basic kitchen equipment and find two uses for every cooking utensil. Trust me, you will. Get creative. And when you do, you'll be like, "hey, I never thought of that".
Okay, strainers? Good for pasta and draining greasy hamburger meat right? Well, they can also be set up over a large pot with a little bit of simmering water. Throw broccoli or whatever veggie in there, put a lid on the strainer and you now have a steamer. What was you going to pay, or how much did you pay for that fancy steamer at William Sonoma or Bed, Bath, and Beyond that only does one thing? Your strainer strains, and steams. See what I mean, Food + Heat= Cooking.