[CnD] Learning to boil water!

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Fri Jan 27 14:45:03 EST 2017


You can use a timer, pphone or our clock. I use a braille timer and at times my talking watch.

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From: Hector Elias via Cookinginthedark [mailto:cookinginthedark at acbradio.org] 
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2017 11:34 AM
To: cookinginthedark at acbradio.org
Cc: Hector Elias
Subject: Re: [CnD] Learning to boil water!

What is the best way you keep time? Do you use a talking timer? I was thinking of using my iPhone. Does that apply to all meats, or just hamberger?

Thanks,

Hector
> On Jan 27, 2017, at 11:30 AM, Lovette Yewchan via Cookinginthedark <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> wrote:
> 
> If you can put the stove to medium heat and keep stirring your hamburger for instance, it should take about 10 minutes to brown. Often you can hear it is drying up. Taste and smell are your best friends in the kitchen, oh and timing.
> Lovette
> 
>> On Jan 27, 2017, at 11:28 AM, Hector Elias via Cookinginthedark <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> wrote:
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>> Hello:
>> 
>> I am not faking :), I am blind. I live in California (Orange County area). I am turning 32 in a few days. I have never followed a recipe because I never had too. I went blind at the age of 16 and my family always lived with me. They wanted to let me cook, but got frustrated and took over. I own a Crock-Pot, George Foreman grill, a talking thermometer,, boiling alert disk, and a set of measuring cups/spoons  with braille. My stove is a electric glass top. The ones that don't have any indication where the burner is at. I usually hover my hand over the burner, but I can't place the pot dead center most of the time. I have never gone to a center to learn to cook, only to one in Arkansas (that was a joke). I only learned to toast bread with jam. I don't know if learning to use the George Foreman and Crock-Pot would be a better start or not? I want to learn the basics and go from there. I have watched many youtube videos on cooking; however, I don't know the jargon. I also don't know ho
 w
>  t
>> o adapt the recipe when they say to look when the meat is brown. Ummm! I am blind and can't see it. I would appreciate any suggestions for websites with easy and good recipes, or book suggestions. I just need a starting point. I am on medical leave from work so I have time now. If I return to work, going to a center may not be a solution for me.
>> 
>> I have not asked someone for help with the Crock-Pot and George Foreman because it ends up being a frustrating situation on both sides. I do like to learn new techniques and am willing to put in the time to learn to cook.
>> 
>> I hope this clarifies any questions people may have.
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> 
>> Hector Elias
>>> On Jan 27, 2017, at 9:13 AM, Brenda Mueller via Cookinginthedark <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> wrote:
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>>> Well, he says he has never attempted to follow or read a recipe? Why not? Are there cookbooks online for beginners with very basic recipes that anyone who cooks knows how to prepare? Are there books that are better for blind readers online? If he purchased a crockpot, why hasn't he asked someone to read the literature that came with the crockpot? As for training, we need to know where he is and maybe how old he is.  Before we give him instructions, it would be good to know what equipment he has: gas stove, electric, hot plate, etc.  Which simple things does he want to learn to prepare first.  I hope the guy is really a blind guy who wants to learn and not some poster who is playing around.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> After all as a blind kid I figured out a lot about cooking just by keeping my ears open and using my nose when I was in the kitchen while Mom was cooking, long before microwave even came on the market.
>>> 
>>> Brenda Mueller
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>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
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>>>> On Jan 27, 2017, at 10:32 AM, Blaine Deutscher via Cookinginthedark <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> wrote:
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>>>> Hey there.
>>>> 
>>>> Even though many of us can assist in technique we can't assist to much in terms of gaining confidence.  My suggestion, take a course through centres like the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), not sure if the American Council of the Blind (ACB) has a similar program.  It's one thing to give technique, but confidence is another. Just a suggestion. Deborah is right though, you can tell when a pot is boiling by the steam coming out of the top. Also, there are products available that will whistle and indicate when the pot is boiling. For more products check out www.blindmicemegamall.com. 
>>>> 
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
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>>>>> On Jan 27, 2017, at 3:45 AM, Deborah Barnes via Cookinginthedark <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Hi Hector,
>>>>> 
>>>>> Well, there are quite a number of folks on here that can surely help.  Most of us had to start somewhere, and even though I'm an old lady, I remember when I didn't know how to boil water.  <g<
>>>>> 
>>>>> When using a crock pot, cooking on Low might help.  The nice thing about a recipe is that it gives you some guidance to help you get started.  Once you get some confidence in cooking, you may find that you don't really need that recipe, or you'll start to make changes to suit your personal tastes.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Now about boiling water:  one thing I will say is that when the water is boiling: if you put your hand over the pot, not on the pot, there will be a steady flow of steam when the water is boiling.  <g<
>>>>> 
>>>>> So what's the first thing you'd like to cook?
>>>>> 
>>>>> Deb B.
>>>>> 
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: Hector Elias via Cookinginthedark [mailto:cookinginthedark at acbradio.org]
>>>>> Sent: Friday, January 27, 2017 2:56 AM
>>>>> To: cookinginthedark at acbradio.org
>>>>> Cc: Hector Elias
>>>>> Subject: [CnD] Learning to boil water!
>>>>> 
>>>>> Hi everyone:
>>>>> 
>>>>> I'm a blind guy who is wanting to learn how to cook. I don't know much, when it comes to cooking. I am learning to boil water. I am looking for a way to begin. I recently bought a Crock-pot, but I burned the food. Any advise is greatly appreciated. I have never followed a recipe before, and there is many things I don't know.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Please help.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>> 
>>>>> Hector Elias
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