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Perched in the middle of New York City's Central Park, the Loeb Boathouse restaurant has been adored for almost 70 years. Countless movies and television shows like "27 Dresses" and "When Harry Met Sally" have used it for its charming and scenic backdrop. But thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the Loeb Boathouse has officially shut its doors. However, just like the famed romantic comedies and programs that feature it, there could be a happy ending!For those looking to enjoy favorites like the Breakfast Breads, Macaroni Au Gratin, Seafood Cocktail, or the Stuffed French Toast one last time, that won't be possible. The same goes for rowboats and gondolas. The Loeb Boathouse eatery and boat rentals have been closed since March. When COVID-19 hit the city, over 160 workers were furloughed. They all are now being permanently laid off, according to the New York Post. (For more cherished things we miss, check out the 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.)"They weren't going to reopen short-term, since the Boathouse depends a lot on both tourists and large parties," a source told the newspaper. "The tourists aren't there, and large parties aren't allowed, so it made no sense for them to try to reopen now."Dean Poll, who has owned the restaurant for over 20 years, says the layoffs are for good. But he also says that the restaurant is set to open again next spring! The staff could also be rehired based on terms set up by the restaurant's union. The restaurant currently in the early years of a 15-year license with the New York City Parks Department.It officially opened in March of 1954 and was designed by Stuart Constable, who was the Chief Park designer. Boating on the lake began around 100 years earlier in the 1860s. Almost $3 million in renovations forced the Loeb Boathouse restaurant to close for a few months in 2017. It hasn't paid a fee since it shut down in March. This is because the shutdown was government-mandated. So don't count out a twist in this story and keep your eyes peeled for next spring's opening.Some restaurants have not been as lucky and were recently forced to shut their doors for good. Here are 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.
Less than four days after being hospitalized for COVID-19, President Trump left Walter Reed Hospital and returned to the White House on Monday night. A few hours later, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told CNN's Chris Cuomo that Trump is early enough into his illness that he and his doctors should be concerned about a potential complication. Read on to find out what that is, along with Fauci's latest predictions on a vaccine and what Thanksgiving will look like this year. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 What Could Happen to Trump Within Days Although Fauci said that Trump "looks fine," he said that the president's doctors need to be on guard for a sudden deterioration in his condition. "It's no secret that if you look at the clinical course of people, sometimes when you're five to eight days in, you can have a reversal," said Fauci, who added that he is not involved in Trump's primary care. "A reversal meaning, going in the wrong direction and get into trouble. It's unlikely that it will happen, but they need to be heads up for it. He knows it, the physicians know it." 2 He's 'Strongly Suspicious' Trump Received This Treatment Fauci said he was "strongly suspicious" that the president received monoclonal antibodies—a treatment not yet FDA approved for coronavirus—to help him beat back the infection. "It could have been, he was naturally going to turn around anyway," said Fauci. "If you're asking me my opinion, I think it made a difference … monoclonal antibodies can really do a knockout punch to a virus."RELATED: CDC Warns of Deadly New COVID Syndrome 3 Fauci's Latest Vaccine Predictions "I think comfortably around November or December we'll know whether or not the vaccine is safe and effective," said Fauci. "I actually am cautiously optimistic from what I've seen about preliminary data in phase one, that there's a very good chance we'll have a safe and effective vaccine. They've already started to produce doses way before we'll know whether the vaccine is safe and effective. So by the time we get to the end of November, December, there should be some doses that are available for distribution." 4 'Flood the System With Testing' Fauci said the U.S. government has committed to buy 150 million rapid coronavirus tests which are about the size of a credit card, cost about $5 and display results within 15 minutes. "And then I think there'll be more after that," he said. "I'm going to be pushing for more … we need to flood the system with testing." 5 Will Americans Be Able to Celebrate Thanksgiving? Fauci noted that the U.S. is still reporting about 40,000 new coronavirus cases a day, and what Thanksgiving and holidays look like should depend on the infection rate in each local area. "Some people in this country are going to be able to have a relatively normal type of a Thanksgiving, but in other areas of the country, you're better to hold off and maybe just have immediate family, make sure you do it in a way that people wear masks, and you don't have large crowds of people," he said." I'd like to say that everything is going to be great by Thanksgiving, but honestly, I'm not so sure it is. We've got to get that baseline of infection down." RELATED: Dr. Fauci Issues Warning About Thanksgiving 6 How to Stay Healthy Fauci strongly recommends wearing a face mask, avoiding crowds, social distancing, washing your hands frequently, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, has been out front since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, providing nervous Americans with science-based information about how to live in the COVID-19 era. For those efforts, Fauci was recently named federal employee of the year by the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. But he's not resting on any laurels, Fauci told CNN's John Berman on Monday—in fact, he's downright "disturbed" about how the coronavirus battle is going right now. Read on to find out why, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 On President Trump's COVID-19 Treatment "Personally, I have not been involved in the direct care of the president," said Fauci, before praising the president's physicians and saying he was confident Trump is receiving "optimal care."RELATED: CDC Warns of Deadly New COVID Syndrome 2 Why He's 'Disturbed' In Fauci's view, there are still too many new coronavirus cases being reported on a daily basis. "I'm actually disturbed and concerned about the fact that our baseline of infections is still stuck at around 40,000 per day," he said. "That's no place to be when you're trying to get your arms around an epidemic and get it to a very low baseline as you get into a situation where you're going to be indoors more than outdoors." Fauci has repeatedly advocated gathering outdoors, where the virus is less easily transmitted than by indoor ventilation systems. Cold weather will soon make that impracticable in much of the country. 3 Why We Need to Work Together Fauci said that parts of the country are doing "really well" at containing infection rates. But "if you look at the test positivity rate in certain areas in the Midwest, the Northwest—and now we're even starting to see a bit of the uptick in New York—you've got to pay attention to that," he said. "And you've got to jump all over that, because if you don't do that, you're going to see the surges that we've seen in different parts of the country, where parts come down and parts go up. We've got to stop that trend and get everything going down as a country, all together, working together."RELATED: Dr. Fauci Says You're Most Likely to Catch COVID Here 4 Why Science Matters "We're living in such a very divisive society right now, not only in the United States, but even globally, that's very charged politically," said Fauci. "And you've got to keep your eye on the ball of doing things that are purely on the basis of science and evidence, and make sure you stay on that path because otherwise things don't work out right." 5 Why Contact Tracing Is Important Fauci wouldn't comment on the news that contact tracing isn't being done after a Rose Garden event that has been connected to at least eight coronavirus cases. But he said contact tracing was key to controlling the pandemic. "That is the important public health measure—to do the identification, isolation and contact tracing so that you can get people who have been exposed to going through the appropriate quarantine, get tested and do the things that are very clearly delineated in the CDC guidelines," he said.RELATED: 11 COVID Symptoms No One Talks About But Should 6 How to Stay Healthy As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
President Donald Trump, diagnosed with coronavirus, was discharged from Walter Reed hospital last night and is now at the White House, but his doctors say he's "not out of the woods" yet. Although they didn't offer specific details about how exactly Trump's case is progressing, there is reason for concern on a general level: "Clinicians should be aware of the potential for some patients to rapidly deteriorate one week after illness onset," the CDC warns in its clinical guidance for managing patients with COVID-19, updated last month. Trump remains in his first week. Read on to hear why experts are worried about him, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.A 'Sudden, Dramatic' CrashIn an interview with Medscape's Eric J. Topol, MD, and Abraham Verghese, MD, earlier this summer, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, discussed one of the more alarming side effects of COVID-19: the "cytokine storm." Doctors, including Fauci, have observed that many patients who managed to survive COVID-19 feel better only for a short time. After that time their confused immune system reacts out of proportion causing dangerous organ inflammation—or a "storm." It can be deadly."The one thing that we do know is, and I don't even think this clarifies it anymore, is that when they were first looking at people who progressed rapidly — the ones who got sick, went to the hospital, they look like they're okay, and then all of a sudden, dramatically, they just crash and go on ventilators — that was felt to be a hyperactive, aberrant immunologic and inflammatory response," Fauci says. "And actually, I think it's at least partially true, based on the data from the UK study in which dexamethasone in individuals on ventilators and those requiring oxygen — but not in early patients — significantly diminished the death rate. So we do know that there's a lot of cytokine secretion. If you measure IL-1 beta, IL-6, TNF, they're all sky-high." RELATED: Dr. Fauci Says This is How Long Trump Will Be ContagiousHow a Cytokine Storm Rages"One of the great mysteries of the new coronavirus is why it causes only mild disease in most people, but turns fatal for others," reports WebMD. "In many cases, it seems the worst damage may be driven by a deranged immune response to the infection, rather than the virus itself. In many of the sickest patients with COVID-19, their blood is teeming with high levels of immune system proteins called cytokines. Scientists believe these cytokines are evidence of an immune response called a cytokine storm, where the body starts to attack its own cells and tissues rather than just fighting off the virus."As a cytokine storm is similar to the immune response seen in people with a type of arthritis, the scientists are investigating several anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat this disease as possible treatments for COVID-19.In the interview, Fauci went on to wonder: "What is the nature of the protective immune system? Is it clearing virus and you have a hyperimmune and aberrant cytokine storm that's giving you pathogenic symptomatology at the same time that you're suppressing the virus? We don't know. I have to tell you, I'm humbled by it that we don't know. We have so many people who have gotten sick, and we can't write a really good paper on delineating A-B-C-D or what's going on…[and] I'm not so sure that gives you much insight because we know, prior to COVID, that when you get people in dire straits with a lot of inflammation, you get a bit of a cytokine storm anyway. We just don't know."RELATED: I'm an ER Doctor Who Had COVID and Here's What Trump Is Going Through"It Can Go in a Lot of Different Directions"The storm joins an ever-growing list of COVID-19 side effects, including neurological damage, blood clots and chronic fatigue syndrome, that are frightening patients and doctors alike. Will Trump experience one? It's possible. The President's case is unique because he has been given medicines that could help, with no guarantees."On Sunday, Conley"—Sean Conley, the White House physician—"confirmed that Trump has been given a steroid, dexamethasone, that is normally only recommended for patients with severe cases of COVID-19 who are having serious trouble breathing. The drug damps down the body's immune system, which can jump into overdrive and damage the lungs and other organs," reports BuzzFeed News. "In a large UK trial, dexamethasone was shown to reduce the risk of death in patients requiring supplemental oxygen by about one-fifth. But even after being given dexamethasone, patients who required oxygen still had a mortality rate of about 20%." "These are not miracle drugs," Robert Wachter, chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told BuzzFeed, and the website continued: "Trump has also been treated with remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug made by Gilead Sciences authorized for emergency use in May, and a cocktail of two monoclonal antibodies against the coronavirus, developed by the biotech company Regeneron. Both have yet to be proved effective.""It can go in a lot of different directions," Wachter told Buzzfeed. "For the next few days, I'd want him 50 feet away from an ICU, not a helicopter ride," Wachter said. As for yourself: to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
In light of President Trump tweeting "Don't be afraid of COVID" while hospitalized with COVID, we asked doctors what they made of the Commander-in-Chief's advice. Read on to see how Darren P. Mareiniss, MD, FACEP, reacted, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. It's a Dangerous Public Health MessageI am an Emergency Medicine doctor who has both treated many COVID patients and been hospitalized with the disease. The current COVID-19 pandemic has been a worst-case scenario for physicians and public health officials. It is a highly transmissible virus with a significant mortality. In addition, it spreads actively while patients are asymptomatic. Currently, we have some limited medications for treating infected patients. Remdesivir is an IV anti-viral agent that has been shown to significantly decrease the duration of illness. In addition, Dexamethasone appears to have mortality benefit for ventilated COVID patients. As of today, over 7 million Americans have been infected and over 200,000 have died. The United States has the largest number of infections and deaths of any country in the world.In light of our limited tools to fight the virus and the current lack of a vaccine, we have urged the public to socially distance, wear masks and perform hand hygiene to limit the spread of the disease. This is important because the US healthcare system simply does not have enough resources (such as ventilators, ICU beds and non-invasive ventilation equipment) to care for massive volumes of patients if the virus's spread is not checked. A recent study in Nature showed that such restrictions prevented millions of infections in the U.S. Further, a study by Markel et al. in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2007 previously showed that nonpharmaceutical interventions as social distancing and school closures significantly decreased death rates in 1918 during the great influenza pandemic. Cities that delayed enacting these social distancing interventions had significantly increased disease and death rates compared to more proactive cities. RELATED: CDC Warns of Deadly New COVID SyndromeMixed Messages Have Made Matters WorseDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to limit the spread of the virus have been hampered by an administration that has provided mixed messages, downplayed the dangers of the virus and failed to fully support public health measures. The CDC has been limited in its ability to communicate important public health interventions and advice about reopening. Recently, the President was infected with COVID-19 and although we do not know much about his clinical condition, we know he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday and was treated with multiple medications including Remdesivir, Dexamethasone and an experimental antibody mix by Regeneron. This cocktail of medications is not a standard treatment regimen. With respect to Remdesivir, this drug is typically only used for COVID patients who are hypoxic and require supplemental oxygen. There is a limited supply of the drug and my hospital specifically allocates it. The anti-viral drug acts to inhibit viral replication and may have benefited the President by impeding the progression of the disease course. If he was truly only symptomatic as of Thursday, he would have received the drug on day two of symptoms. This early intervention could speed the President's recovery. With respect to Dexamethasone, it is given to COVID patients who are intubated or require supplemental oxygen. RELATED: 11 Symptoms of COVID You Never Want to GetWe Must be Appropriately Fearful of this VirusToday, the President tweeted that he would be leaving Walter Reed at 6:30 pm. He stated that he was "Feeling really good! Don't be afraid of COVID. Don't let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs&knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!" These statements by the President are extremely troubling from a public health perspective. As an Emergency Medicine doctor who was admitted to the ICU with COVID pneumonia and has treated dying patients with the disease, I disagree with the message. We must be appropriately fearful of this virus and respect the damage it causes. The President's statement is essentially messaging to the public that they should not be afraid and nor modify their lives due to the virus, i.e., they should not observe the social distancing and non-pharmaceutical interventions we need to prevent further spread, deaths and strain on limited hospital resources. This is the exact opposite of what the public needs to understand. Winter is coming and so is the second wave of the disease. In the 1918 pandemic, the winter wave was the most destructive and deadly. Now more than ever, we need people to follow guidelines for social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing. If not, we may have a massive surge of disease and death in the winter months ahead.With respect to the President himself, he still remains infected and if he is to return to the White House, he should be quarantined from staff and family members to avoid further spread. It is not clear if he will continue a five-day course of IV Remdesivir at the White House (the drug typically is only given in hospitals). Beyond this, if he is still early in his course, his symptoms could become worse. Often, patients can become sicker on day 5-10 of symptoms. If the President first became symptomatic on October 1, his symptoms could still progress over the next week. Only time will tell. As for yourself: To get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
There really is nothing more frustrating than uncovering one strand of gray hair that seems to have suddenly appeared on your head. It's like that uninvited party guest who just doesn't seem to get the hint! Gray and white hair is, in fact, a lack of pigmentation and melanin. In effect, gray or white hair is actually clear hair and only appears gray because of the way that light is refracted from it. So now you know that!But going gray can still make you seem older than you feel. Before you get too bent out of shape, though, there is a silver lining. Although gray hair can be the consequence of age, genetics, and stress, vitamins, and minerals you're not getting enough of can hasten graying. Add these foods to your diet, and you could help stall the process. And to make sure you're really keeping up with your healthy-eating goals, try out these 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time. 1 Liver Liver has an abundance of the nutrients that will prevent you from looking like a president nearing the end of his second term in office. Four ounces of beef liver contains a whopping 95.48 micrograms of vitamin B12, a lack of which (also known as pernicious anemia) is associated with early graying. (The recommended daily allowance is 2.4 micrograms for most adults.) As you get older, your ability to absorb vitamin B12 from food decreases. So people older than 50 should eat plenty of foods that contain lots of it. Liver is your one-stop-shop.Liver is also rich in copper, a deficiency of which can increase the chances of premature graying, according to a study published in Biological Trace Element Research. You can get all the copper and iron you'll need by eating one 4 oz serving of either lamb, beef or veal liver. Beef liver is also a great source of vitamin B9, also called folate or folic acid; low levels have been associated with melanin deficiency. One 4 oz serving contains around 80% of the RDA. 2 Chickpeas Chickpeas contain some of the highest concentrations of vitamin B9. A cup of them packs a whopping 1,114 micrograms of B-9, nearly three times the RDA of 400 micrograms. 3 Chicken Low levels of vitamin B12 can lead to fatigue, shortness of breath, and yes, dry, thinning, and prematurely gray hair. You can keep your B12 levels topped up by consuming lots of eggs, cheese, milk, and chicken. "We know that stress uses up vitamin B, and some studies have shown that taking large doses of certain B vitamins (B6, B12, folic acid) have begun to reverse the process of graying in three months," says trichologist Sara Allison. "The hairs revert to white when the vitamins are stopped." 4 Lentils Lentils are also a great source of B9. As with vitamin B12, B9 helps with the production of DNA and RNA. It's also necessary for red blood cell production and plays a vital role in the production of methionine, an amino acid important for retaining hair color. 5 Spirulina Although the highest concentrations of copper are found in the livers of various animals, the highest amount of non-animal-derived copper can be found in spirulina. It's nicer sounding than "pond scum," but that essentially is what it is: A type of blue-green algae that grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes in subtropical climates. 6 Marmite This yeast-extract spread looks like tar and has a unique and powerful odor all its own. (And it's just about as divisive as liver.) Even its British manufacturers admit that Marmite — typically spread on hot buttered toast at breakfast—is an acquired taste. But if want to fend off the grays, you may want to give it a try. According to the USDA, yeast extract tops all foods in folic acid content. One small schmear of Marmite (about 4 grams) packs a whopping 100 micrograms of folic acid, or 25% of your recommended daily allowance.
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More and more Americans are trying to kick their soda habit. According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly two out of every three Americans are actively trying to avoid soda. That's up from 41% in over a decade before!But we're still not at 100%. Sugar-sweetened beverages—like soda—are the number one source of added sugar in the American diet. Our high intake of added sugars is linked to everything from belly fat to increased rist of diabetes. So that soda addiction of yours? It needs to go. Even in smaller doses, soda could still be damaging your body and derailing your weight loss efforts. Maybe these surprising facts will help you cut the cola cord once and for all. And for more, don't miss these 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked By How Toxic They Are. 1 It Builds Up Fat Around Your Organs Yep, we're talking dangerous fats that are hard to detect with the naked eye, meaning, you might not know you're in risk of certain health problems because you won't see the changes in your own body. Danish researchers conducted a study of the effects of non-diet soda by asking participants to drink either sweetened soda, milk containing the same amount of calories as the soda, diet soda, or water every day for six months. Total fat mass remained the same across all beverage-drinking groups, but the drinkers of regular soda saw a drastic increase in harmful hidden fats, like liver and skeletal fat. And we mean drastic. Liver fat numbers jumped between 132 and 142 percent and skeletal fat numbers soared to an increase of between 117 and 221 percent. That's before considering the 11 percent increase in cholesterol, compared to people who drank the other beverages.RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox! 2 Switching to Diet Doesn't Help You It's a logical assumption; switching from a sugar-based soda to a non-sugar-based soda would help your health. While calorically speaking that might be true, diet sodas contain their own dangers and side effects. In a shocking study, researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center monitored 475 adults for 10 years and found that the participants who drank diet soda saw a 70 percent increase in waist circumference compared with those who didn't drink any soda. So much for the idea that diet soda helps you diet. That's not all; the participants who drank more than two diet sodas per day suffered a 500 percent waist expansion! Yikes. The same researchers conducted a separate study on mice that indicates it might be the aspartame that causes the weight gain. Aspartame raises blood glucose levels to a point where the liver cannot handle it all so the excess is converted into fat. 3 It's Aging You, Quickly You're spending hundreds of dollars on anti-aging products, multi-vitamins, and a personal trainer to keep yourself young and fit, but you haven't kicked that soda habit yet even though it's one step toward anti-aging that could actually save you money! Well, get on board because here's what that sweet sip is doing to your body; An American Journal of Public Health study found that drinking 20-ounces of sugar-sweetened soda a day added an average of 4.6 additional years of aging compared with those who didn't drink soda or sugar-sweetened beverages at all.(Related: 20 Worst Eating Habits That Are Shaving Years Off Your Life.) 4 You may be draining your brainpower Having trouble keeping track of things on your to-do list? It may be linked to your soda habit. One Alzheimer's and Dementia study found that soda drinkers performed significantly worse on memory tests than those who avoided sugary beverages. The researchers also took brain scans, which revealed the greatest brain shrinkage in those who drank the most soda. 5 Your risk of cancer may increase Diet and regular sodas contain phosphoric acid to ward off the growth of bacteria and mold and give it that tang that keeps you coming back. On average, we're consuming more dietary phosphate now than we have ever before. More research needs to be done, but experts believe that it's worth being concerned about the quantities of phosphorus and food‐additive phosphate in the diets. Right now, scientists believe that there may be a correlation between phosphate intake and cancer, according to a review published in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. 6 You're more likely to have skin flare-ups Acne doesn't just affect teenagers. What you see on your skin is a direct reflection of the foods you put in your body. Case in point: A 2019 study found that the participants who frequently drank sugar-sweetened beverages like soda were more likely to have moderate-to-severe acne. Ditch your can of coke to see an improvement in your complexion, and you can also start eating these 22 Foods That Will Immediately Improve Your Skin, According to Dermatologists.
Everyone who owns a cast-iron skillet will tell you that it's a kitchen workhorse. Some people swear by it and don't even have traditional aluminum pans. If you get the non-stick patina right (which requires learning how to clean cast-iron properly), you can use a cast-iron pan to cook everything from a steak to a fried egg.Whether you've owned this heirloom cookery for years, or have picked one up for the first time, you'll find these surprising cast-iron hacks incredibly useful and inspiring. Read on, and for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback. 1 Use it as a sandwich press No one got you the panini press from your wedding registry? Don't worry about it! If you have a cast-iron skillet (or two) then you don't need this specialized, single-use tool taking up precious cabinet space. While your sandwich is toasting on one side, rest a cast iron skillet on top of it to press down the meat, cheese, and accouterments. Flip it when the underside is nice and crispy and do the same to the other side. If you're concerned about the cleanliness of the bottom of your pan, stick a piece of aluminum foil between it and your sandwich.RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox! 2 Preheat it in the oven for a pizza stone You don't need to invest in a fancy pizza stone to upgrade your homemade pizza nights. Just grab that cast iron skillet! Throw it in the oven to preheat for about ten minutes until its nice and hot. Pull it out (don't forget to wear an oven mit!) and place your raw pizza dough right on top. The heat of the pan will help the crust get nice in crispy just in time for the cheese to melt. No more underdone crust! 3 Crush spices and nuts easily Do you ever come across a recipe that calls for crushed peanuts, whole spices, or other nuts? Don't waste your time chopping them up with a knife. Place the nuts or spices on a cutting board and simply use a cast iron pan to push down and crack 'em! 4 It can act like a flame tamer This cast-iron skillet hack is lesser-known, but you may end up using it more now that you've heard of it! A flame tamer helps to diffuse heat so that when you're simmering something long and slow, you won't have to worry about getting any scorch marks where the flames touch the pan. America's Test Kitchen recommends that you place a cast-iron skillet on top of your burner and then your saucepan on top of that. You'll be able to control the heat whenever you're making gravy, melting chocolate, cooking rice, and more. 5 Turn your grill into a makeshift smoker Not everyone has the space to have both a grill and a smoker. Luckily, you won't need two gadgets to get the perfect smoked brisket—just your trusty cast-iron skillet and a grill. After soaking your wood chips in water, simply place them in a skillet and then place that skilled on one side of your grill as close to the flames as you can get it. Place your meat of choice on the grates and let the chips do the work. 6 It's the perfect weight for 'chicken under a brick' or smashburgers Chicken under a brick is a wonderful technique to get the crispiest skin and moistest chicken meat. Unsurprisingly, this technique is achieved by weighing chicken skin-side down in a pan by resting a brick on top. But you can save those bricks for your patio, and just use a cast iron skillet instead. 7 Flatten out chicken cutlets Want to know one of the 10 Chef Secrets for How to Cook Chicken Breasts Perfectly? It's to make the chicken breast as even as possible. When you try to cook chicken as you get it, it'll often overcook on the thinner side if you want to get the thicker side to temperature. The easy solution is to either butterfly it, or pound it out. If you don't have a meat tenderizer, a cast-iron skillet will do the trick. 8 Use it for the perfect personal cobbler Not everyone has a casserole dish. And not everyone has enough mouths to feed a fresh cobbler. If you're cooking for one, why not just make your own personal serving? A small cast-iron skillet is a perfect vessel for a quick cobbler. 9 Press the water out of tofu Tofu-lovers will tell you that the most important thing you need to keep in mind when cooking tofu is that you need to press the water out if you want to get a nice crust. One of the easiest ways to do that is by resting a cast-iron skillet directly on the tofu or using it to weigh down a baking sheet that you layer on top of the tofu. Don't forget to put down paper towels to soak up all that water! 10 Reheat leftover pizza Sure you can throw leftover pizza in the oven to reheat it, but that can take more time than you're willing to wait when you want a slice of 'za. For a quick and easy reheat technique, place your slice on a cast iron skillet to get that crust nice and toasty again. Once you're reaching a level of crispiness that you're looking for, pour a bit of water in the pan, making sure it doesn't touch the pizza. Cover the pan with a lid, and allow the steam from the water heat the pizza all the way through and melt the cheese. Once you use this technique, you may never go back to your old ways. For more hacks, check out these 52 Life-Changing Kitchen Hacks That'll Make You Enjoy Cooking Again.
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