Add flour and mix to a roux. Should be dry. This is the secret to great French cuisine. Eggs: Stale eggs will float in water and the yolk will lie flat while the whites will be runny.
The yolk will stand tall. Always beat egg whites at room temperature with clean and dry beaters and bowl.
Three eggs beaten to a meringue will swell to nine times their original volume. Warm your egg yolks before mixing them into anything hot. Cream: Cream should be cold before beating. It will double in volume. Gelatin: Gelatin must always be softened in cold liquid and then dissolved in hot liquid.
Blanching: Blanching is the key to easy peeling: 1 minute or less for peaches and tomatoes and almonds. Fun Kitchen Tips: Stop crying over chopped onions You will burn those irritating gaseous sulfur compounds before they burn your eyes.
Vanilla Sugar: Bring back lots of fresh, dried Tahitian vanilla beans from your cruise to Tahiti. Place two vanilla beans in your sugar canister and voila: vanilla flavored sugar.
But before you get to Tahiti, just cut some lemon zest into your sugar canister and enjoy lemon flavored sugar. Let those fragrant oils spice up your sugar. Keep bugs out of your grains and legumes Reheat Pizza: Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top o f the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm.
This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
Measuring Cups clean up: Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup.
Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag.
Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
Expanding Frosting: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes.
You can double it in size. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving. Reheating refrigerated bread: To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water.
The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster. No More Mosquitoes: Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
Squirrel Away! The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever! Get Rid of Ants: Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it "home," can't digest it so it kills them. Grilling Tips Most steaks range from 1 to 2 inches thick. Steaks continue to cook after you take them off the heat.
The thicker the steak, the longer it will continue cooking from residual heat. To relieve sunburn pain, add enough water to cornstarch to make a paste, and apply directly to the burn. And if you have the hiccups while treating a sunburn, mix one teaspoon apple cider vinegar in one cup of warm water, and drink.
Now, to prevent diarrhea while taking antibiotics, eat yogurt with active cultures while taking antibiotics. Antibiotics may kill healthful bacteria in addition to disease-bearing ones, but the Lactobacillus acidophilus in yogurt produce bacteriocins restore natural intestinal cultures.
Remove wine spills or other spots from carpet by applying club soda to the stain, rub it in, wait a few minutes, and sponge it off. Club soda will also make those pancakes and waffles fluffy if you substitute club soda for the liquid used in the recipes.
Kosher vs. Regular Salt.
Kosher and table salts are both mined from land deposits and refined. The distinctive flavor and coarseness of Kosher salt is not as strong or acid as the finer table salt as it contains no additives or iodine. Both salts are completely interchangeable.
Olives: Vegi or Fruit? Olives are a fruit, making olive oil a fruit juice.
This begs the question: if olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from? Guavas are the most nutritious fruit in the world. Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, the chemicals your brain makes to relieve stress.