Friday, January 12, 2007

Food for Thought

Okay, not really for thought...just food.

A couple days ago Risa posted a cooking tip of adding a can of pumpkin to chili. I thought this was ingenious because pumpkin is not high in calories, but is very high in nutrients. What better way to sneak some veggies in? I had to try it. So yesterday I made some chili and added a can of pumpkin. You really cannot taste it! It gave the chili a smoother and thicker texture but that was the only difference. Thanks Risa!

Next, a question for anybody who might know. I have come across a couple different recipes for a Pepsi (or cola) pot roast. Now, is this just a novel way of adding the liquid, or does cooking a roast in cola really do something special? Anybody try this?


Blogger kelly jeanie said...

Neat tip, I'm definitely going to try it with the umpteen cans of pumpkin I have around here, from back before Thanksgiving when I thought it would be a good idea to pick up a bunch on sale. Maybe I won't even tell my husband and see what he says after tasting it. :)

2:08 PM  
Blogger Risa said...

We have used Coke in a roast before. It's been a while but I don't think there was any big difference. I think it's just a different way to make it more moist besides just adding water. Maybe if you Google it you will get more info. Coke Roast or Pepsi Roast...just a thought, I usually Google EVERYTHING I can't find an answer for! :)

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

I have never tried coke on a roast but used it to make pulled pork in the slow cooker. Dr. Pepper actually, and it adds to the taste. I believe though the acidic of the pop helps tenderize the meat during cooking. Like Risa wrote, google it or go to Alton Brown probably had a special about at one time. He is the one that put the science into his cooking show. Chris and I both love the series.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Princess Ruby said...

I've heard the Coke thing but never tried it. Coke is also supposed to be good to put in the washing machine to get out grease and oil stains. Kinda scary! Anyway, I can't talk food no more right now;)

9:28 PM  
Blogger andria said...

I usually do my roast in the crock pot with the can of coke and a packet of dry onion soup mix. This week I bought a roast really cheap but when I got home I didnt' have any coke so I substituted a can of beef broth for the coke and it was much drier than when I use the soda. Maybe the soda keeps it juicy? I just know I'll make sure I have coke the next time.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Wethyb said...

I don't know about a roast, but I know if you add a can of coke to brownie mix, instead of oil, it tastes just the same and doesn't have all that oil! My girlfriend made 'em that way once and you couldn't even tell the difference!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Wethyb said...

I take that bake, use Diet Cokie...silly me.

6:23 PM  
Blogger DDK23 said...

I've done the diet cola thing in can use any kind of diet soda to replace in cake mix. 7-UP/Sprite for yellow cake, coke for darker mixes....I haven't tried it yet but I think a diet ginger ale would be good in a pumpkin bread mix. You just use a 12 ounce can of whatever to sub for oil and eggs.
I have done the pot roast. Chad's Aunt did it while camping (using a crock pot while camping....we were really roughing it!). I just remember Chad and I walking to the other campsite to get the soda. I don't remember if it tasted any better though.
I really want to try that pumpkin thing!

11:08 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Try cola (or my fave, diet cherry vanilla Dr Pepper) in place of the water in a pound cake or angel food cake recipe. Delish!

I found you through Sweetisu and wanted to say CONGRATS on your baby girl!!! I'm a mom to boys also and know how much fun that can be.

11:46 PM  

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