We are very excited to announce that we, at The Rusty Spoon, have acquired the wonderful Farm Burger. We loved the work being done by the team behind Farm Burger, and we are delighted to be able to introduce fans of Farm Burger to our work.
Cooking is a truly wonderful hobby. It allows you to be mindful, creative, and have fun as you produce something delicious! Sharing your cooking with others and learning how to alter your dishes to suit the needs of your group is a particularly rewarding experience.
Here at The Rusty Spoon, we want as many people as possible to experience the wonderful world of cooking. However, we know just how intimidating cooking can be. That’s why our main goal is to make cooking simple, straightforward, and most importantly, fun!
Whether you’re a beginner looking for some clear tips and tricks, or you are hoping to really push yourself to step up your skill level, The Rusty Spoon will be able to help you out. Learn more about our work below.
What Is The Rusty Spoon?
The Rusty Spoon is a site with a love of cooking at its core. The team behind The Rusty Spoon has an unrivaled passion for both cooking and educating as many people as possible about cooking so that it becomes a more inclusive and less-daunting hobby.
The Rusty Spoon aims to help both beginners and experienced chefs by giving them the tools necessary to feel confident, creative, and excited about their cooking. Specifically, The Rusty Spoon focuses on providing a huge variety of recipes and communicating necessary food knowledge to ensure that your cooking is as well-informed as possible.
The team behind The Rusty Spoon also knows just how frustrating it is to constantly feel as though you don’t have access to the specific ingredients that recipes call for, or you can’t use them because of dietary restrictions.
As such, The Rusty Spoon places a large emphasis on how to determine what makes a great substitute for a particular ingredient. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to cook any dish that you desire, regardless of what you’re missing!
If you’re interested in cooking and The Rusty Spoon’s Mission, take a look at the information below. We have a strong passion for food and we hope that we can help make your culinary dreams come true (however large or small they may seem)!
Whether you’re a total newbie hoping to make a delicious dinner, or you’re more experienced in the kitchen and fancy challenging your pastry skills, the first thing you need is a good recipe.
A good recipe is clear and describes each step as concisely and precisely as possible. Here at The Rusty Spoon, we think that all good cooking starts with a good recipe – which is why we post so many of them!
Dinner is a versatile meal. It means different things for people with different lifestyles and different cooking abilities. For instance, a super busy parent is likely on the hunt for delicious but simple weeknight dinner ideas that can satisfy even the pickiest eaters around the table.
Whereas, someone who has some extra time and wants to try their hand at a new style of cooking might be looking to expand their repertoire and learn how to construct a meal using top-quality ingredients. For example, they might want to know what to eat with lobster tails, or how to cook with a duck breast.
We at The Rusty Spoon are firm believers that a passion for cooking should be shared as widely as possible! This is why we focus a lot of our posts on recipes for dinner parties or other types of social gatherings.
We’ve collected some of the best party food ideas around – and they come in a range of different cuisines and levels of difficulty. In fact, whether you’re hosting a potluck or a summer spread, we have hundreds of recipes for you to choose from.
We also know that the hunt for side dishes and appetizers for a dinner party can feel rather taxing. So, regardless of what cuisine you are working within, The Rusty Spoon has the solution. We have recipes that are Thai, French, Japanese, Mexican, Mediterranean, and so many more!
For many people, the prospect of making a dessert from scratch is incredibly overwhelming – and we understand that! It often feels as though dessert cooking requires a set of special ingredients that need to be measured very precisely and combined in a specific manner.
However, this preconception of dessert cooking isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, there are many novice-friendly recipes out there, spanning a huge range of different cuisines, that produce some of the most delicious sweet treats and indulgent desserts.
For instance, whether you love Peruvian desserts, German chocolate cakes, indulgent Puerto Rican delicacies, or sweet Asian treats, there are a plethora of super easy, simple, beginner-friendly, step-by-step recipes available to you.
However, that isn’t to say that The Rusty Spoon only focuses on dessert cooking for beginners. We love encouraging people with a pre-existing passion for cooking to expand their skill set and reach new heights.
If you fancy showing off your skills, why not make an extravagant dessert for a potluck party? Or, step outside of your comfort zone and learn how to make desserts using a new ingredient, like matcha.
As previously mentioned, in addition to being passionate about cooking, the team behind The Rusty Spoon is committed to providing you with the necessary knowledge that will allow you to cook confidently and safely.
Having a basic understanding of food safety, food storage, appropriate substitutes, and cooking methods are integral when you’re trying to become a better cook. Take a look at the sections below to learn more about this part of The Rusty Spoons’s mission.
Can You Eat…?
More often than not, many people fear cooking with certain ingredients because they don’t know how they should consume them. For instance, you might wonder, ‘should you eat mushrooms raw?’, or ‘is it safe to eat undercooked potatoes?’, or even ‘are shrimp tails edible?’
The Rusty Spoon aims to answer all of these questions – and more – so that you can feel comfortable in your culinary decisions. We also believe that many people avoid cooking because they are afraid to ask ‘silly’ questions.
However, in our opinion, there are no silly questions when it comes to cooking. Whether you’re wondering if you can mix cereal with water or if gingerbread houses really are edible, we’ve got the answers!
As mentioned above, being able to appropriately substitute one ingredient for another is an important aspect of cooking. This is particularly the case if you don’t have access to certain ingredients or you are cooking for someone with a dietary restriction.
The Rusty Spoon aims to provide people with the information and understanding necessary so that they can make these substitutes confidently. If, for instance, you have wondered if you can use butter instead of oil in brownies, The Rusty Spoon has got you covered.
Having the necessary knowledge regarding substitutes opens up many doors for a cook. For example, you may live in a rural area that doesn’t stock the necessary vinegar and spices for East Asain recipes.
However, if you are equipped with the top substitutes for ingredients such as rice wine, and the best alternatives to Chinese five-spice, you will no longer feel so limited! Many more cuisines will be available to you.
If you or the people you are cooking for live with dietary restrictions, it can potentially feel quite overwhelming to cook. For instance, if you cook for a vegan friend, it can often feel as though all of your go-to recipes are off-limits.
Although, when you understand more about dairy and meat alternatives, you’ll realize that the possibilities are limitless. For example, you might be surprised to find out that you can make mash without milk, and you can bake delicious goods without eggs.
Food vs Food
Similarly to the section above, when cooking, it is also important to be able to understand the differences between foods that may sound or seem similar. At the end of the day, it would be a shame if you ruined a dish by getting confused between parsley and coriander.
Understanding the differences between spices and their forms is quite important when you want to learn how to cook properly. For instance, understanding distinctions between garlic powder vs minced garlic, red pepper flakes vs chili flakes, and parsley vs flat leaf parsley is very useful when reading recipes.
Likewise, it is very important to understand the differences between different cuts and pieces of meat. Having knowledge of these distinctions will make you a more well-rounded and less-restricted chef.
For example, if you’ve ever wondered whether turkey meat was healthier than ham, if flank steak is the same as skirt steak, or even if capicola and prosciutto are the same things, The Rusty Spoon can help you out.
Food storage is a very important part of cooking. More often than not, when you cook a large meal, there will likely be leftovers. Whether these leftovers are already cooked or they are leftover fresh ingredients, it is important that you know how to store them safely.
For instance, if you’ve bought a lot of bacon for a delicious cooked breakfast, but you happen to have some leftovers, you might be interested to know that you can actually freeze the leftovers. However, it is important that you follow guidelines properly.
In fact, many people are nervous about storing raw fish or meat. For example, you may wonder how long you can keep raw shrimp or salmon in the fridge before it goes bad. You may also be concerned about storing ground turkey meat or cooked scallops.
If you feel nervous about storing such foods – that is ok! You should be a little nervous because contaminating one of your wonderful dishes with ingredients that haven’t been properly stored could result in food poisoning.
However, The Rusty Spoon is here to ensure that all of your food storage-related queries are answered quickly and clearly. Being equipped with the right food storage knowledge will also ensure you waste less food and make the most out of your leftovers!
Finally, many of the other important questions people have about cooking usually concern microwaves. Microwaves are wonderful tools – they allow us to reheat leftovers quickly and enjoy our food in no time at all. However, they are also a bit of a mystery.
For the longest time, we ourselves have wondered, how on earth do you know if a cup is microwave-safe? And, is it safe to put cardboard, styrofoam, or plastic wrap in the microwave? If you have similar musings, don’t worry, you are definitely not alone.
The Rusty Spoon aims to answer all of your microwave-related questions. Whether you’re too embarrassed to ask your friends what happens if you microwave nothing, or you are desperate to find out if you can defrost chicken using the microwave, we’ve got you covered.
You will be a microwave expert in no time at all!
Here, at The Rusty Spoon, we are incredibly excited to have acquired Farm Burger. We have a passion for cooking and education that we cannot wait to share with Farm Burger’s audience.
We hope that our recipe and food knowledge content encourages you, whether you’re a newbie or a keen chef already, to feel more confident and creative in the kitchen. Be sure to give our recipes, tips, and tricks a try – let us know how they go!