Unique among all species, humans cook, and have been doing so for hundreds of thousands of years. We cook for many reasons, including these: Cooking provides increased nutrition through chemical changes in the food. It also reinforces social bonds as we share the cooked food, providing more reason for and even fuel for the fire. We can look to the past for inspiration concerning the Carnivore diet now.
Earliest Cooking: Increased Nutrition
The earliest cooking method humanity used is the simplest: roasting food in a fire. This was likely first developed in the Upper Paleolithic, in order to remove hair or feathers from the food. However, it quickly became popular for other purposes. Cooking affects food inside and out. Inside, proteins unwind, making them more digestible, which provides increased nutrition. On the surface, proteins and sugars combine into attractive browning and enriched flavor. Our ancestors appreciated these improvements as much as we do today.
Water, Water Everywhere
The next innovation in ancient cooking involved placing the food in water and heating it, by use of hot ashes or hot rocks. This has a softening effect, which increased the range of foodstuffs accessible to us. Unfortunately, this is not an unmixed blessing. Moving away from the original carnivore diet prompted a rise in the diet-caused issues we see even today. Also, even cooking meat in hot water can have issues. Hot water can overcook the meat, rendering it indigestible, and can wash away some of the juices and nutrients. The goal of increased nutrition may or may not be reached.
Heat Control and the Carnivore Diet
With the Upper Paleolithic came improvements in technology, and during the Neolithic humans began to use ceramics. The advantages of pots and grills in cooking soon became apparent. Retaining the liquid food was cooked in allows for consuming that liquid and the valuable fats and proteins suspended in it. Also, pottery and grills allow for modulating the heat, which prevents overcooking and greatly improves nutrition. These improvements are the ancestors of our modern cooking methods, including our very own Cinder Grill.
The Future Of Cooking Is Now
Nowadays the Cinder Grill provides single-degree heat control, essential for the carnivore diet and proper cooking in general. The perfect doneness maximizes both eating enjoyment and increased nutrition. Whatever cut you choose to cook, you can always know it’s at its absolute best from the Cinder Grill!