Brief summary on the can cooker's first workout.
Like I said before I put the following in (in order)
2 quartered onions
5 lbs peeled russet potatoes (cut into 8ths)
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 bag (a pound maybe) of baby carrots
3 lbs Polska Kielbasa
10 ears corn on the cob (broke into halves)
3 lbs Chicken tenderloins, heavily dusted with lemon pepper.
1 stick butter
1 can Budweiser.
we decided not to do shrimp this time and the wife forgot to buy shrooms.
Clamped on the lid, put it on my rocket-burner camp range, and put a penny over the vent hole. When the steam moved the penny, I turned the heat down to medium, and set the time to 1 hour.
Total prep time, about 10 minutes. Total time from "Hey, lets get dinner going" to stuffing my face, about an Hour-20. The aroma while cooking would have to be smelled to be believed. Better than new-car smell
The result? OMG! The onions practically liquified in the beer, very soft and translucent. The potatoes and peppers were perfect. Soft, but not 'mushy'. The carrots were good enough that I had quite a few, and I really don't like carrots at all. The corn was just the way I like it. Very hot and crisp,not overcooked or mushy at all. The Kielbasa was as good as any I have ever had. Well cooked, flavorful and juicy. The chicken was good as well. Of course, you cannot brown chicken in steam. I prefer a bit of brown on my chicken, but the flavor and juicyness were spot on. I had the can pretty much full and fed 6 adults, 4 teenagers, and 2 pre-teens, with a bit left over.
Lessons learned: More green/red peppers. I did not know who all liked peppers. Turns out everyone did. I might try to brown the chicken a bit next time before I put them in. Or maybe afterwards on the grill. I'll have to play with that a bit to see what works. Also... one can of beer is plenty. I was worried that it will all steam off, but there was still enough liquid in the can to put out a good jet of steam from the vent hole even after an hour.
My verdict. Shut up and go get one.
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