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Cooking Tip from Alton Brown: Grinding spices can be a pain... 0

Cooking Tip from Alton Brown: Grinding spices can be a pain. Using a handheld grinder takes even more time and patience. Dedicating a coffee grinder to this purpose can actually save you time and energy.

Cooking Tip: To make brownies become more like fudge ... 0

An Alton Brown tip: To make brownies become more like fudge in consistency, raise the oven temperature half way through the baking process.

25 Alton Brown Cooking Tips 0

25 Alton Brown Cooking Tips

 gathered and written by Jennifer Stitt

We have assembled a list of cooking tips and “Good Eats” by Alton Brown that will make your eats taste all the better.

Alton Brown by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0
Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0

1. Trying to dice up an avocado can be rather difficult. It might slip all over the place, no matter how hard you try to maintain hold on the rounded edges. A potato masher can double as the perfect way to cube up avocados quickly and easily in this case, thus minimizing the fight to hold it still and cut at the same time.

2. When it comes to having burnt, stuck on bits at the bottom of a pan, do not try to get rid of them through cleaning. Instead, turn them into a base for a sauce or a glaze. Simply add stock, juices, or wine of choice.

3. Cooking bacon to the right amount of crispness can be rather difficult. It either ends up burnt to a crisp or too floppy and undercooked. For the best bacon, a waffle iron offers the perfect way to make crispy bacon without burning it because of the waffle iron’s structure. It also adds a nice wave to the bacon’s shape which makes it easier to stay on sandwiches.


4. Grinding spices can be a pain. Using a handheld grinder takes even more time and patience. Dedicating a coffee grinder to this purpose can actually save you time and energy.

5. Cutting through hard squash is a struggle. However, using a mallet to tap a butcher’s knife down through it vertically is the perfect way to start the process for the initial cut. It also allows for the most safety, too, as the cut is controlled.

6. The liquid part of sangria causes fruit to float to the top of the glass, so the fruit’s juices are often unevenly distributed through the drink. To fix this dilemma, simply place ice on top of the fruit to hold it down further in the glass before pouring the liquid in to join the party.

7. Cook asparagus in a make-shift tin foil pan to avoid the heads from burning. Just make sure the part around the heads covers them a little. This will cause a steaming process to happen instead of strictly a baking process, thus preventing the heads from becoming burnt.

8. Some of the best burgers do not have to be grilled. Many people would rather grill their burgers than fry them because of the health differences. However, for once and for the sake of taste, try frying one in shortening instead for a slightly juicier taste.



9. Instead of chopping garlic by hand, slice them up in an egg slicer. The slices will be even, and it will save you from the risk of cutting your fingers.

10. Transporting warm dishes can be annoying, especially when attempting to keep the food inside the dish warm without having to reheat it. A good tactic is to use a heating pad under the dish to keep it warm.

11. Fry chicken in a cast iron skillet for the best results. The skillet holds flavors over time, so it can impart a variety of spices and seasonings, so long as the skillet is cared for correctly.

12. Also, try pan-frying a whole chicken instead of roasting it or baking it to achieve a similar result to fried chicken.

13. If you want to grill a whole chicken and the weather is cold, try using a Panini press. It will have a similar effect to grilling it on an actual grill.

14. To make brownies become more like fudge in consistency, raise the oven temperature half way through the baking process.



15. Try popping popcorn the old fashion way for a better result and to have more control over tastes like the amount of salt and butter.

16. Be sure to sit down and read a recipe through thoroughly the first time you try to use it. Use those critical reading skills to make sure you do not miss anything!

17. If you want to change up the texture of your macaroni and cheese to a custard-like consistency, simply add an egg to the recipe.

18. Potatoes that are cut into more triangular shapes as opposed to cubes boil more evenly and are easier to mash.

19. Listening to relaxing music in the kitchen while you work can make the cooking process more harmonious and enjoyable. It helps to place a little more love into your cooking.



20. To properly vent pies while they are baking, use a pie bird to help with releasing steam. This technique will make sure your pie crust stays crisp.

21. Add mayonnaise to scrambled eggs to enhance the foundational emulsion of the eggs with another emulsifier, the mayo, thereby resulting in something "creamier than egg, or even egg and dairy alone, can produce.”

22. In order to keep a thermometer affixed to the side of a pot or a pan, employ the use of a binder clip to hold it in place. This can also be used on foil packets on pans in the oven.

23. To easily apply oil evenly to a grill grade, take a tea towel and roll it up. Then, spray one side with oil liberally. This roll can be picked up by tongs and rubbed over grill lines rather easily at the beginning of grilling and between foods being switched out on the grill.

24. To make sure your lemonade has a “great depth of flavor,” start the mix off with preserved lemons first. Turn the preserved lemons into a simple syrup, then add lemon juice into full incorporated. Finally, top off the drink with soda water.

25. To make by far the best, crispiest chicken wings, steam them for ten minutes before throwing them into an oven set at 425 degrees F for 30 minutes. Be sure to toss them in a glaze about two-thirds of the way through to give flavors time to absorb during the cooking process.




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Cooking Tip: Peeling ginger can be easy – especially if you use a teaspoon instead of a knife. 0

Peeling ginger can be easy – especially if you use a teaspoon instead of a knife. The ginger can be scrapped away slowly instead of wastefully chopping away large chunks.

Cooking Tip: Bacon is not just for adding crunch. It adds flavor, for sure, but it does one thing more, it adds an appetizing aroma! 0

Bacon is not just for adding crunch. It adds flavor, for sure, but it does one thing more, it adds an appetizing aroma!

25 Terrific Cooking Tips from Jamie Oliver! 0

25 Terrific Cooking Tips from Jamie Oliver

 gathered and written by Jennifer Stitt

 Jamie Oliver rocks the culinary world with his advocacy for healthy recipes, and he has plenty of tips to share, too. We have gathered a list of those tips for you that are sure to make you a rock star in the kitchen, just like Jamie!

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When in doubt, cook from scratch. One of the most important life skills according to Jamie is to know how to cook from scratch to have complete control over what goes into your food. This method allows for the most creativity, too. It also helps with your diet.

Cooking should make a lifestyle change in your diet, too. The fresher the ingredients, the fewer preservatives, and additives it will have. Therefore, it balances out the diet to make sure all food groups receive the right amount of attention.

As Jamie says, “Eat the rainbow!” Cooking choices should not be locked into the same spectrum of ideas time and time again. As stated previously, imagination is the key to success in the kitchen, so being open-minded must also be required, too. Also, eating the rainbow of foods available allows for a wider variety of nutrients to be consumed as well, making sure the body and mind stay healthier.

Hot water and Skittles. 

Do not be afraid to cook new dishes, but be sure you know what you are eating first. Looking at a recipe closely is the key to success as it makes you familiar with the ingredients and the process being used. Also, looking ahead lets you know if substitutions need to be made due to dietary needs and restrictions.

Become a master at cooking breakfast. This meal is the most important one of the day, so the variety of recipes should be mostly stocked in this area first.

When it comes to cooking on a time crunch, using a slow cooker is the best idea. This machine’s practical set it and forgets it mindset allows for food to simmer all day while you are busy at work or other tasks. It allows for a wide variety of dishes to be made with ease, and it boasts fewer of those nasty preservatives and additives that some quick-cook and frozen meals contain.

When it comes to saving time at the grocery store, be sure to take the time to meal plan for a week in advance first. Recipes can be tracked from one week to make certain that variety is the spice of life in this instance, too.

Slow cookers are not just for planning meals on a daily or weekly basis. Nor is it strictly for its often the creation of leftovers. It is perfect for making party foods, especially around Super Bowl time.

My slow cooker

There is nothing more important than family time. Mealtime should be set aside as an important role in every house for the sake of maintaining family relationships. While this is difficult for busy families, it should still be mandatory for all family members to eat together at least a few times a week. Meal planning can help with mapping out what to eat and when for busy families.

Children should be expected to help out in the kitchen. Learning basic tasks like cutting skills and how to use measurements and the math involved with them early on entices children to learn how to cook and be imaginative throughout their entire lives.

Be sure always to have the right tools available at all times when making a meal. Be sure to gather tools and ingredients before beginning to cook to make the experience smooth sailing.

Understand that learning to cook comes in stages. Perfecting a simple dish does not automatically qualify a cook to be ready for complex recipes right away. Starting simple is always the key to learning in the kitchen.

Making a delicious curry is an easy task. The key to making it taste good is to use fresh curry leaves – or sweet neem leaves. Most internet stores sell them, and they can be frozen so that they can last a very long time, By starting from scratch here, the flavors can be developed more easily and can quickly become complex.

Delicious Curry

When looking for a quick meal, do not be afraid to go for chicken. It cooks quickly, especially the smaller it is chopped. Meals with finally chopped chicken can take only a few minutes to make with the right amount of prep.

Cooking rice can be tricky. Pour the rice into a pan and then add twice as much water with, as Jamie says, “A good pinch of salt.” The combination should be allowed to come to a boil before simmering until all of the water has been absorbed. There should not be a need for any of the water to be drained.

Seasoning food seems to cause a lot of confusion for some cooks, and more often than not, their food either ends up bland or over seasoned. Jamie equates seasoning food to wearing makeup. It should be done in just the right way. A good rule to keep in mind is that vegetables contain 90 percent water, which can make them bland. Therefore, seasonings need to be used. Salt is not the only thing to use. Herbs, citrus, and spices should be considered, too. Season food properly by tasting it along the way.

Peeling ginger should be easy – especially when a teaspoon is used instead of a knife. The ginger can be scrapped away slowly instead of in larger chunks that might cut into the meat of the root.

Bacon is not just meant for an added crunch into any dish. It adds flavor, for sure, but it does one thing more: it adds an appetizing aroma!

BAM! Look at that bacon sizzle

Oil should be poured freehand instead of into a measurement tool and then poured into a dish. Freehand pouring allows for the oil to flow and spread more naturally, and it also avoids losing oil on the sides of measurement tools.

To cut peppers and chilies easily, start by cutting them in half or quarters first. Then, these halves and quarters can be diced into smaller pieces from there. Be sure to keep a methodical, even slice with each pass of the knife.

Separating an egg can be difficult. However, it does not have to be. Place two small bowls on the work surface. Tap the egg sharply on the table to crack it open. Hold the egg dent side up over one of the bowls. Gently push the tips of your thumbs into the dent. Then, carefully take away the sides into two halves. Tip the yolkless half into the bowl before. Gently tip the yolk into the empty half, leaving as much white behind as possible until whatever is left of the yolkless portion can be tipped into the bowl. Transfer the yolk back and forth a couple of times between the shelf halves until all white is cleared from it. Do not crack or chip or break the shells. The yolk can be placed in the empty bowl, and the shell can be thrown away. Make certain to fish out any shell pieces that might have escaped into either of the bowls.

When making homemade burgers or other cuts of meat that will be handled, make certain your hands are always warm to avoid having raw meat sticking to your hands.

If one ingredient or another is not available, then replace it or ditch it altogether if it is not necessary. The dish will be great either way.

Anchovies are great in pasta dishes because they do not taste too strong. They are a very healthy food choice, so they should not be forgotten.

Instead of oiling or buttering pasta to keep it from sticking together, then just leave a little bit of water in the pot to keep them lubricated.