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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Few Tips

I haven't tried any new recipes today so I thought I would share a few tips with you that make working in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable. 

When measuring out butter, honey, or anything sticky spray non stick spray in the measuring cup first.  It will come out much easier.

When juicing a fresh lemon microwave for a few seconds or roll in the palm of your hand this warms it and helps the juice to flow.  ;)

Prep as much as you can before hand.

When you deep-fry, hold each piece of food with long tongs as you add it to the oil. Hold it just below the oil's surface for five seconds before releasing it. This will seal the exterior and stop it from sticking to the pot or the other food.

When chopping herbs, toss a little salt onto the cutting board; it will keep the herbs from flying around.

Invest in parchment paper for lining pans. It makes all of your baked goods super easy to remove, and it makes cleanup a dream (no butter-flour mixture or errant batter to scrape off).  I use the kind that is foil on one side and parchment paper on the other side.

Don't overcrowd your food while cooking.

When you grill, pull your steaks out of the refrigerator one hour ahead of time so they can come to room temperature.

Always soak wooden skewers at least 30 minutes before grilling.

Clean as you go!

Shoes off, music on, favorite beverage in hand — enjoy your time in the kitchen.

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