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BackRhodes

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Kitchen Wisdom Sun, 09/4/11 7:00 AM (permalink)
What sort of kitchen wisdom do you have that you can share...???
 
Perhaps it's something your grandmother taught you...???
 
My most recent (and obvious) one is:  You can't TASTE grill marks...!!!
 
DUH...!!!
 
Yeah, it  looks  pretty, but blindfolded you can't tell... (yeah, I've heard of eating with your eyes 1st)
 
This is something I picked up on the Food Wars tv show...that episode featured 2 steak house restaurants linked by family ties...and one of the cooks was taking steaks out of the broilers and giving them a bit of time on the flat top to finish them, and that's when he said the above pearl of wisdom...
 
What "pearls of (kitchen) wisdom" do you have to share...???
 
 
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    chewingthefat

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    Re:Kitchen Wisdom Sun, 09/4/11 11:33 AM (permalink)
    Turn your burgers once
    Season your mashed potatoes with either beef or chicken granulated boullion, instead of salt
    <message edited by chewingthefat on Sun, 09/4/11 11:37 AM>
     
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      mar52

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      Re:Kitchen Wisdom Sun, 09/4/11 2:04 PM (permalink)
      Rubbing your hands on stainless steel silverware after touching fresh garlic removes the garlic scent from your hands.
       
      If pan frying a burger, put an impression in the middle so it will end up flat when you're through instead of ending up thicker in the middle.  It also works on the grill.
       
      A drip of vanilla in your vegetables adds a new dimension that no one will be able to identify.
       
      Easy on the nutmeg.
       
      When frying food, cooking nude is not a good choice.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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        bartl

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        Re:Kitchen Wisdom Sun, 09/4/11 6:42 PM (permalink)
        When in doubt, throw it out.
         
        Bart
         
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          Foodbme

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          Re:Kitchen Wisdom Mon, 09/5/11 4:56 AM (permalink)
          To prepare cantaloupe or honeydew, cut off both ends and set it down on end, then cut rind off down the sides then cut in half, scoop out seeds and make 90 degree criss-cross slices of each half.
          <message edited by Foodbme on Mon, 09/5/11 4:58 AM>
           
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            Foodbme

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            Re:Kitchen Wisdom Mon, 09/5/11 5:06 AM (permalink)
            Soften butter by putting in microwave for 10 seconds. Spreads easier.
            Also, when making a grilled cheese sandwich, melt butter in pan then add a slice of bread and cheese. When 1 slice is toasted remove from pan, add more butter, Add 2nd slice of bread and flip 1st slice over on it.  Makes a beautiful evenly buttered sandwich.
             
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              Foodbme

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              Re:Kitchen Wisdom Mon, 09/5/11 5:09 AM (permalink)
              Use crock pot liners. Makes for easy cleanup!
               
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                6star

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                Re:Kitchen Wisdom Mon, 09/5/11 9:51 AM (permalink)
                Foodbme


                Use crock pot liners. Makes for easy cleanup!


                Also, if there are some leftovers, gather the top of the liner together, apply an old bread/bun twist-tie, place directly in refrigerator.  No need to get another container dirty.
                 
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                  mar52

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                  Re:Kitchen Wisdom Mon, 09/5/11 12:15 PM (permalink)
                  Don't throw away those flat plastic, plastic bag closers.  Use them to mark and identify your computer cables.
                   
                  Here in Los Angeles a lot of the cities are outlawing plastic bags....
                  Save them if you use them while you can.
                   
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                    RubyRose

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                    Re:Kitchen Wisdom Mon, 09/5/11 6:31 PM (permalink)
                    Foodbme
                     
                    Also, when making a grilled cheese sandwich, melt butter in pan then add a slice of bread and cheese. When 1 slice is toasted remove from pan, add more butter, Add 2nd slice of bread and flip 1st slice over on it.  Makes a beautiful evenly buttered sandwich.

                    That's exactly how I learned to make grilled cheese sandwiches and still do it that way.  Good tip.
                     
                    I add about a cup of beer to the broth when making ham or split pea soup.  It gives it a little extra flavor without standing out as an identifiable ingredient.
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
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                      Foodbme

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                      Re:Kitchen Wisdom Mon, 09/5/11 7:08 PM (permalink)
                      RubyRose

                      Foodbme
                       
                      Also, when making a grilled cheese sandwich, melt butter in pan then add a slice of bread and cheese. When 1 slice is toasted remove from pan, add more butter, Add 2nd slice of bread and flip 1st slice over on it.  Makes a beautiful evenly buttered sandwich.

                      That's exactly how I learned to make grilled cheese sandwiches and still do it that way.  Good tip.

                      Most people try to butter the bread before putting it in the pan and get an uneven coating on the surface. How do I know? Used to do it that way until I smartened up!
                       
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