Showing posts with label Onions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Onions. Show all posts

Jun 20, 2014

Five Food Hacks

To cook potatoes evenly, drop in cool water, not hot. Hot water will make the outsides mushy and not cook the insides evenly. Allowing to water to warm up with the potatoes cooks the outside and inside evenly. Potatoes are more dense than veggies.

Heat the pan before cooking veggies. Preheating the pan and using a bit of olive oil keeps the veggies from sticking and helps them evenly brown without making them mushy.

Meat should never be tossed into a cold pan, in the oven or on the stovetop.

Slicing onions vertically is to slice along with the fibers of the onion. When you slice with the fibers, the onion pieces hold up a bit better as they cook. If you do not want them to retain the shape, cut along the side like circles or dice them and they will be more mushy.

Cakes should be light and airy and one way to help is to alternately mix in dry and wet ingredients. It is bubbles, unpopped and whole, that give an open crumb in cakes. When you are beating sugar into softened butter or when you are beating eggs into a froth, you are making bubbles. Adding dry ingredients keeps the bubbles from popping and makes for a light, airy cake. Dump and stir is better for more dense things, like brownies.

Mar 26, 2013

Nine Ways to Keep Food Fresh Longer

  • Put onions in pantyhose, and tie knots between onion - will last up to 8 months.
  • Freeze green onions in a plastic bottle. Make sure the green onions are completely dry before storing or they will get freezer burn.
  • Use a vinegar solution to make your berries last longer.
  • Spray leftover guacamole with cooking spray before putting it back in the fridge.
  • Store potatoes with apples to keep them from sprouting.
  • Add a dab of butter to the cut side of cheese to keep it from drying out.
  • Wrap celery, broccoli, and lettuce in tin foil before storing in the fridge.
  • Keep ginger in the freezer.
  • Keep mushrooms in a paper bag, not a plastic bag.

May 24, 2012

Six Uses for Butter

Butter isn't just good for topping toast and popcorn. There are plenty of other things it is useful for, such as:

Swallowing pills: Coat the pills with a thin layer of butter to make them go down easier, especially bigger pills and ones that have no coating.

De-stress cats
: If you're moving or throwing a party, your cat can get a bit stressed by the sudden change in the environment. Put a little dab of butter on the top of her paws. She'll be distracted by cleaning herself.

Prevent cheese mold
: Put a thin coat of butter on the cheese after you cut it so it won't get too hard or start molding, especially harder cheeses.

Preserve onions
: If you cut an onion in half and decide to leave the other half in the fridge, coat the exposed side with a bit of butter to keep it fresh longer.