Cleaning the Cooler Day

July 21, 2014

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One of my most favorite things in the kitchen is cleaning the cooler day.

I know it sounds strange, but I admit I am, so it’s all good!:)

I’ve learned that this job can be really quite easy when done on a regular basis, or quite dreadfully awful if left for too long…

We pick a day before a big supply order is going to arrive and our cooler supplies are low.  We quickly transfer everything over to one side, remove the shelves from the empty side, and pull them out to be wiped out.


Then a few of us wipe down the shelves while someone else wipes down the walls and floor of the cooler.

cleaning the shelves

And, voila! It’s all ready to be filled with yummy food again!

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As I mentioned yesterday, this little home decor blog is going to take a bit of a diversion as I spend the summer cooking at our camp kitchen.  The days are pretty full, but I thought it might be kind of fun to try to blog about 1 (or 2) pictures a day from the camp kitchen.  Cooking may not be your thing (honestly, it’s not mine, either, but…shhh…don’t tell anyone!!), but it’s what I’m doing these days, so I thought I’d document some things here.  This is only day one, so we’ll have to see if this will work practically speaking, but here goes!

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Sunday roast beef was a tradition at our house growing up.  Mom would put the roast in the oven on time bake before we left for church, and we would come home to a delicious smelling lunch.

I admit that I haven’t carried on the tradition.  Neither my husband or I am real fans of roast beef.  In fact, in all the years we’ve been married, I’ve probably only cooked a few roast beefs.

I’m making up for lost time now!;)

Today we cooked 5 (approximately) 20 pound roasts.  Here’s how my chef teacher Connie taught me to do it:

1.  Place the frozen roasts on the bottom shelf of the cooler (on a large tray or pan) to thaw 3 days before you want to cook them.

2.  On the morning you want to serve them, remove the outer plastic wrapping, and rub on a mixture of paprika, rosemary, thyme, garlic, and crushed peppercorn. Don’t use salt, as it may dry out the roast.

roast beef with rub

3.  At 10:30 a.m., place the roasts uncovered in a 450 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Then reduce heat to 225 degrees.

4.  They should have reached temperature (69-74 degrees Celcius)  by about 3:30 in the afternoon.

roast beef temperature

5.  Cover loosely with a “tent” of foil for at least 1 hour.  (This lets the juices settle and makes it really tender.)

6.  Slice and place in a warming oven until serving time.

I cooked extra roast beef today and had some shaved some extra thin for tomorrow’s lunch of philly cheese steak sandwiches.


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May 18, 2014

Today’s Sunday. The “day of rest”. I’m taking that as literally as humanly possible.  In fact, I got out of bed at the crack of 12:30 today. I can’t remember a time when I’ve been more thankful for a time to rest… I just sat out here on my front deck sipping a cup of […]

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