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Scott Davis has been studying food and cooking since he first entered a kitchen with his grandmother. Since then Scott and the Davis Cookware and Coffee team have been learning all we can from every meal we make. So if you have any questions about cooking, cookware, recipes, or anything else relating to the kitchen, send us a message and we will share whatever expertise we have to make your meal taste as great as it can.


READY-MADE Answers For Your Kitchen

What do you cook in cast iron?

In short, anything. Cast Iron holds its heat very well and can cook food at an extremely high temperature. These properties make it ideal for searing the outside of food while keeping a rare interior or in other words the perfect material for steaks and veggies.

How do you clean cast iron?

Cast iron cookware can be very easy to clean, especially when it is well seasoned. The first step, as soon as you are done cooking is put about an inch and a half water in the bottom of the pan. Then set it to simmer for a few minutes. if you have enough water you can set it to a low simmer while you eat and then it will be ready to clean when you are done. Once it has simmered for a while dump out the water and run clean water over the pan and use a clean brush to scrub any remaining stuck on food off, then dry. It’s always a good idea to add a bit more oil to the pan once you are done to maintain that perfect seasoning and prevent rust.

Can I put my knives in the dishwasher?

Sometimes you can. Butter knives are fine in the dishwasher. However the way to get the longest life out of your kitchen knives is to wash them by hand. The high heat and prolonged moisture of a dishwasher can damage the handle of many knives, and the edge can be dulled by frequent contact to the dishwasher racks.

Can I put my pans in the dishwasher?

Some cookware is safe to put in a dishwasher, Generally stainless steel will not be hurt by the Dishwasher. That being said, the best way to take care of your cookware and retain a shiny finish is to hand wash it with soap and water. If there are things burned on to the bottom you can use a stainless steel polish like Bon-Ami.

I’m setting up my first Kitchen what do I need to have?

This can really depend on your own cooking style however there are a few essential pieces that should be in every kitchen.

  • Large saute pan

  • Stock pot big enough for soups

  • 8” or 12” skillet

  • Small saucepan

  • Chef’s knife

  • Paring knife

  • Serrated bread knife

  • Baking sheet

  • A few Assorted utensils i.e. wooden spoons, spatula, silicone spatula.

With these Items you should be ready for a wide variety of recipes and cooking experiments.

What Coffee should I buy?

Great coffee comes in all shapes, sizes, and flavor profiles. The best way to learn about which ones you like is to taste them and keep a notebook so you can describe each brew. If you do that consistently, your appreciation for the numerous factors will quickly grow.

How do I clean my French Press?

Cleaning a french Press can be deceptively easy. All you need to do is dump the grinds in a compost, throw them in the yard, or in the trash. Then simply wash the carafe, then rinse the filter out. The thing people tend to forget is unscrewing the filter before washing it. This can lead to a build up of coffee grounds in between the layers of the filter, and produce a bitter flavor in your next brew.

How do I make my morning coffee taste better?

When making coffee, there are a few simple things that can make a big difference in how your coffee tastes.

  1. Grind your beans fresh every day. Coffee seeds can hold their flavor for a fairly long time, in the whole bean form. However, once you grind them, they will start to go stale and you will notice a flavor decrease within about 2-3 days.

  2. Use filtered water. With water making up the largest percentage of brewed coffee, it can make a huge difference to the final flavor. if you live in Nashville, you have pretty clean water that is great for brewing coffee, once you filter out some of the chlorine. It can be helpful to find out what your local water treatment plant does, and buy a filter that can clean up any residual chemicals.  This one extra step will allow whatever coffee you are making to really shine in your cup.

  3. Use a Burr Grinder instead of a blade grinder.  A blade grinder pulverizes the coffee into inconsistent size pieces, which results in varied extraction rate leading to some bitter or underdeveloped flavors.