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As an unapologetic craver of the glorious mineral that is sodium chloride, I firmly believe that anyone who's serious about cooking needs an easily-accessible salt cellar. No other ingredient changes the way you perceive flavours like salt does; while it's rarely the sole seasoning agent in a recipe, it's the most important to get right.
Baking beautiful bread requires the skillful manipulation of three big, messy variables: technique, equipment, and ingredients. Poor technique accounts for most subpar results, but a sudden change in kitchen conditions or ingredient availability can throw even a seasoned baker for a loop. If your bread has started acting up for seemingly no reason, your water might just be the culprit.
Fat makes food taste good, but greasy food has a way of lingering in the air - and on the dishes - long after a meal has ended. If you're sick of finding oil slicks on dishes you could have sworn were clean, you owe it to yourself to fill a spray bottle with vinegar and keep it near your kitchen sink.
Apple pie, applesauce, apple crumble, apple butter - whether you're apple-picking or just stocking up at the supermarket, 'tis very much the season. But what about apple juice? Ubiquitous as it is, it's never been a home-kitchen staple. Unlike soft citrus fruits that can be squeezed by hand or with a simple tool, apples require a proper cold-press juicer… or do they?
As Jeff Goldblum once said: "Menulog, uh... finds a way." Perfectly summing up my experience with cooking dinner, food delivery services somehow find a way into my weekly eating plans - mostly because I am too lazy to cook. That's not the cheapest way to live, but it is the most convenient. What if I only had to pay a tenner?
Pre-cooked spiral cut hams -- also known as "city hams" -- were always my favourite part of Easter. Since there is no danger of undercooking, we're free to focus flavour. Heating and serving may seem simple enough, but you can overdo it in the oven. This leads to a dry, chewy pork product, and nobody wants that. Easter may be over - but how can you make your pre-cooked ham taste better?
I have been cooking food in the Instant Pot for some time now, and I've noticed a certain phenomenon when it comes to onions: unless you leave them in thick chunks, they are almost always reduced to to mushy, barely noticeable strands that dissolve with a glance. This isn't great if you want the vegetable to shine, but it's awesome if you want to infuse your dish with oniony goodness.
Video: Welcome back to Eating Trash With Claire, the Lifehacker series where I convince you to transform your kitchen scraps into something edible and delicious. In this episode, I show you how to make a delicious, hearty pesto out of carrot tops.
In a post-Masterchef world, everyone and their dog wants to get creative in the kitchen. Unfortunately, there's only so much your boring old pots and pans can do. This is where the Philips Premium Collection All-in-One Multi Cooker aims to lend a helping hand - it allows you to slow cook, pressure cook and multi-cook all in the one device. While certainly versatile, does it offer enough to justify the $349 price tag? Let's get cooking to find out!
A good chicken stock is more than chicken-flavored water. Though you should aim for your stock to be flavorful, a good one should also be rich and mouth-coating, with a body that just won't quit. This, my friends, is why you should make your stock with chicken feet.
Let's be serious for a moment: without that crackling, crystalized sugar crust on top, crème brûlée would just be custard. It would be very good custard, but that torched sugar is what makes it special. Brûlée-ing however, is not an act that should be reserved for crème. You can brûlée all sorts of foods, bringing a touch of decadence to every meal.
Tomato-based pasta sauce can either be incredibly simple or very involved. Whether you're making Marcella Hazan's three-ingredient sauce or a loaded-up bolognese, it's all about creating that perfect balance of flavours. Tasting, tweaking and tasting again is key, as is having a little lineup of extras you can toss in to bring that special something.
Hello, my friends, and welcome back to Will It Sous Vide?, the column where I usually make whatever you want me to with my immersion circulator. This week we're using our precisely controlled water bath to transform something somewhat pedestrian into something quite special.