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It's frustrating when a recipe doesn't immediately turn out how I envisioned it, but I always learn something. Just last night, I was working on a meaty situation, though the meat was a little chewy for my liking, both the liquid and the vegetables in the bottom of the insert were delicious. Rather than remove the veggies and reduce the pot liquor, I decided to employ this expert trick from Alex Guarnaschelli, and pureed them directly in the liquid for a thick, rich sauce.

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Even if you do all your shopping with reusable bags, you’re going to end up with a bunch of plastic. Your bread comes in it, your toilet paper, your organic carrots and non-GMO freekeh from the bulk bin and no, it can’t be recycled with your bottles and cans. The same goes for all the plastic that swaddles your online purchases.

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One of the toughest challenges when opening a new restaurant is creating and changing your menu. The menu is what brings customers in and pays the bills, so it's crucial to balance room for trial and error with the perfect array of dishes. If you are creating a menu (or about to change your existing one) and need some help getting it right, these tips from some successful Silver Chef clients will help to steer you in the right direction.

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Plastic wrap is perhaps the most infuriating, but necessary kitchen item in existence. Though buying the good stuff at a restaurant supply store makes it less infuriating, where you store it can also affect how difficult it is to handle.

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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!

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This is not a dream. The top rack of your dishwasher is (probably) adjustable. Whatever height you always left it at, that was only one of multiple options. Go, adjust it. Now you can fit your pans and platters in the bottom rack - or now you can fit tall glasses and crockery in the top rack. You can even remove the top rack entirely. You are Doctor Strange; you are Neo; you are the Inception lady who can draw a maze real fast.

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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?

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Cheap beer gets a bad rap, but I've been choosing it over the fancy stuff more and more these days. Unlike heavy IPAs, generic lagers don't compete with food or give me a hangover, and they're an absolute joy to cook with.

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I grew up with a standard, cheap rice cooker that my mum bought at a grocery store. Shopping for my own cooker as an adult, I was surprised at how many options there are to choose from and how expensive those options can be. Cooking rice is a pretty straightforward task, so what's with the super expensive cookers? Here's what I found.

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Mise en place is a French phrase that roughly translates to "everything in its place". As a cooking technique, it's exactly what it sounds like: A method of preparing and organising ingredients to maximise a recipe's efficiency. So crucial is it to the function of a professional kitchen that, for most chefs, mise en place is a way of life - making it the original "pro tip" for home cooks.

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It turns out that, while I am a very enthusiastic pie maker, I am not very good at it. I have seen a very wide gamut of pie failures over my baking career. Overcooked and cracked crusts, soggy bottoms, burnt edges, foul soup inside a crust -- I've been there. And this isn't as isolated as you'd think. These are all common failures in one's journey to a perfect pie, and we can learn from them. So join me, and let's get to problem solving.

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The Cheese And Burger Society is a Wisconsin-based gourmet collective dedicated to US-style cheese burgers. Over the years, the society has hand-crafted 40 burgers that it considers the tastiest ever created: from the "Casanova" (Swiss cheese, beef patty, ham, sautéed mushrooms, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise on a potato roll) to the "Waldorf" (blue cheese, beef patty, toasted walnuts, dried tart cherries, curly endive, sliced red onions and mustard on a rustic Italian roll.)

Be warned -- if you currently have an empty stomach, the accompanying photos might make you homicidally "hangry".

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Meat is not for everyone. If you didn't grow up in a meat-eating household, or if you're a former vegetarian, cooking it can seem a little daunting. It is, however, not that hard to cook, but there are some common concerns people have when they first embark down the path of cooking animals.

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My tuna salad preferences are very straightforward: Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore in water (no "Chunk Light", no oil, no Star-Kist), a tablespoon of mayo (Hellmann's) per can, and that is it. I will occasionally go crazy and add capers, or a bit of anchovy paste for umami flavour, but definitely no onion or celery. I am sure your own tuna tastes veer wildly from mine, and that's as it should be -- when you're dealing with controversial foods such as canned fish and mayonnaise, you're going to run into a lot of strong opinions. But one thing most tuna salad lovers can agree on is the implement with which you mash up the ingredients -- you use a fork, right? I'd like to suggest a faster alternative.

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The best thing to do when the dishwasher has finished running is to take out all the clean dishes and put them away. The worst thing to do is to take out just a few clean dishes, and then have someone else come along, get confused, and start mixing dirty dishes in with the clean ones. Then the dishes need to be re-washed and everyone will blame everyone else for it.