Salt Block

Got a salt block from Salt Works for Christmas a few years back and decided to put it back to good use.  Salt blocks can be used for either cooking food or serving cold food on to get a bit more flavor (without heating it up).  I normally do the former.

IMG_1733[1] To do that, you heat it up very slowly over the course or 45-60 minutes.  You can do it on a gas or electric stove, with some considerations in mind, based on what the salt block makes contact with, so that it doesn’t crack. Over the course of heating the block, we increased the heat on the (gas) stove incrementally over the course of about 45 minutes, in 10 minute intervals.

IMG_1732[1]When you put the meat on the block, it picks up just a hint of salt on the exterior and then you get the balance of the meat flavor on the inside.  We decided to cook a nice tuna steak the other night.  When we felt the block was hot enough, we brought it to the table and threw the tuna steak on there.  Of course, after you spend all this time prepping this piece of salt, it takes zero time to cook the meat.  But, that’s why we love cooking — the prep!  Took less than a minute or two to get the tuna to where we wanted.  Even cooked a bit more than (I) wanted, but it was fun to watch.

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Kangaroo Burgers

Am finding more good new stuff to try.  In this great local store called Sprouts, while walking through the meat department I noticed some kangaroo (easy way to get to Australia, right?), distributed by Durham Ranch.

IMG_1615[1]After trying warthog and ostrich earlier this year in South Africa, I had to consider this.  I picked up the package to inspect.  Very lean so decided to give it a try.

IMG_1617[1]Looked up some recipes that evening and most said just to add some spices, an egg and breadcrumbs.  Did that and the patties are cooked rare-medium rare.  With all said and done, very good!  Very unique, mild flavor.  Tough to give it an exact description for taste because it doesn’t taste like anything else.  You can tell it’s wild game, but it doesn’t come across ‘gamey.’  I definitely recommend picking some of this up if you enjoy trying new food!