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Paella--Cook-Off 31


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Plan tonight is paella.  Since my Darto warped I'd been looking for a responsive pan that was less likely to warp.  Yesterday I took delivery of a Falk.  The Falk is slightly larger than the Darto but still fine for one person or two, allowing for leftovers.

 

As it happens I have a lid that fits the Falk.  Normally I don't cover my paella at the end of cooking, though I have read one should.  Newspapers I'm told are traditional.  At work we have an almost unlimited supply of newspapers that we've not been putting out for patrons because of COVID concerns.  But since I have a lid that fits would it be OK just to use the lid for five minutes or so after the paella cooks rather than worrying with newspaper?  Or is the purpose of the newspaper to absorb extra moisture?

 

 

Cooking is cool.  And kitchen gear is even cooler.  -- Chad Ward

 

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Interesting as covering is not in my experience. Do let us know how it goes. I always visualize paella in the field over an open fire - were I lucky enough Rabbit and snails maybe. 

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First light for new Falk pan:

 

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Not all was perfect.  Unlike my last paella there was no socorrat*.  Normally I cook my rice before adding the stock but this time I added the rice to the already boiling stock.  Scallops made a nice addition.  Everything was tasty.

 

 

*socorrat can be a euphemism for burnt rice.

 

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Lately, I've taken to removing the skin from chicken parts, if the chicken is to be braised or otherwise cooked where the skin would end up not being as appetizing as if the bird were roasted. Hence, the legs, thighs, neck and wings (if the skin is a pain in the ass to remove, why bother I say), cut up and generously salted hours prior. The back, wing tips, drumstick knobs, gizzards, and other assorted saved parts made stock.

 

Then, browned the chicken well, removed it and proceeded with making the sofrito.

 

Somewhere, in some resident cookbook, it was read that scallions are sometimes used to divide up the paella, so that everyone knows where their portion starts and ends. I was always a terrible art student.

 

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But was always good at getting the biggest portion. My sisters didn't have a chance.

 

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A very tasty version.

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3 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

@weinoo, how much rice to what size pan was that?

 

Hang on - that's my 10.5" paella pan and last night I used 1.25 cups of Bomba. And almost 4 cups of stock. (Actually, in this case, 3 cups of stock and a cup of water; yesterday's stock was rich).

 

There was enough for dinner last night and I just reheated the leftovers in the CSO for us for lunch and it was enough again.

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5 minutes ago, weinoo said:

Hang on - that's my 10.5" paella pan and last night I used 1.25 cups of Bomba. And almost 4 cups of stock. (Actually, in this case, 3 cups of stock and a cup of water; yesterday's stock was rich).

 

There was enough for dinner last night and I just reheated the leftovers in the CSO for us for lunch and it was enough again.

 

Thanks.  Your pan is the same size as mine but I think you used more rice.  As I recall I used 200g last time.  Next time I make paella I think I'll try more rice.

 

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26 minutes ago, weinoo said:

200 gram is around a cup?  I use weights whenever I work with the donabe, as it's around 4:3 water to rice ratio cooking in the  donabe.

 

Yes, about a cup.

 

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