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Monday, August 19, 2019, 15:20 | No Comments »

The Most Unexpected Cooking Hacks

From roasting garlic in the microwave to making scrambled eggs with mayonnaise.

1. Brush your fish with mayonnaise to prevent it from sticking to the grill...
 

This simple trick, from Chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence restaurant in LA, is an easy way to make sure delicate fish fillets don't stick to the grill and rip apart. The thin coating of mayonnaise prevents fillets from sticking to the grill and, as a bonus, promotes even browning, too.

2. And add mayonnaise to your scrambled eggs to make them super creamy...
Most people add cream, milk, or crème fraîche to their eggs, but in Alton Brown's cookbook EveryDayCook he actually suggests adding a dollop of mayonnaise instead. This added dose of fat keeps the scramble moist and creamy without changing the flavor, so mayo-haters can try this trick without worrying.
3. But if you really hate mayo, adding cornstarch to your eggs can make them super creamy, too.
 
 
Although cornstarch in eggs is unusual, it's sometimes used as an egg replacer so using them to amp-up your morning scramble is not that strange. Cornstarch prevents your eggs from turning dry and rubbery, so even if you accidentally overcook your scramble, this hack will make you look like a pro. As a general rule of thumb, just add 1/2 + 1/8 teaspoon of cornstarch for every egg you scramble.4. "Roast" your white chocolate in an oven or microwave to transform it into caramelized white chocolate...
 

Something magical happens when you roast white chocolate. At first, it will get chalky and look like a mistake, but once you start mixing it the chocolate will remelt into a smooth consistency and have a deep caramelized flavor perfect for baking with. Most people roast white chocolate directly in the oven, stirring it every now and then to prevent burning, but you can also do it much faster in the microwave. Just microwave the chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring in-between each, until it reaches your desired color.

5. And roast plain white sugar in the oven to give it a deep caramel flavor, too.


Just like white chocolate, roasting white sugar transforms the simple ingredient into something completely different. The sugar darkens in color and develops caramel flavors, but it doesn't melt or turn into caramel. The trick is making sure your roasting pan is completely dry before adding the sugar and storing it in an air-tight container after roasting. This sugar acts a bit differently compared to regular sugar, so start with using it in recipes that aren't too finicky (like jams or simple syrups) then venture into baking with it once you get comfortable — and remember that it adds a caramel flavor to your recipes, too.

6. Cook your mashed potatoes in heavy cream instead of water to make them super creamy.
 
This hack, first spotted in a recipe by Chef Tyler Florence, is the ultimate way to make truly decadent mashed potatoes. You basically just cook potatoes directly in heavy cream instead of water before you mash them, then use the cooking cream to prepare them. Sure, this hack is a bit excessive, but it makes the potatoes creamy, decadent, and much more flavorful.7. Use milk powder to give your baked goods an added depth of dairy flavor.

 
Turns out milk powder, the dried milk granules found in the baking section of most grocery stores, is the trick to amping up any baked good. "Milk powder adds an incredible depth of flavor and texture to any baked good you add it to," says Christina Tosi, chef and owner of Milk Bar. "It doesn’t impart a milky flavor, it just amps up any flavor your working with."8. Poach eggs in little pouches made from plastic wrap to keep them together.
You know how poached eggs just disintegrate in the water sometimes? To prevent this, line a cup with plastic wrap, spray it with nonstick cooking spray, crack an egg into it, and tie it closed. Drop the little egg pouch into simmering water to poach it, and once cooked, snip the plastic wrap off and you have a perfect poached egg. This method is especially great for poaching large batches of poached eggs — something that can be a bit of a challenge.
9. "Roast" garlic in the microwave in a matter of minutes...

Roasted garlic is delicious, but it takes forever. One way to get around this. By "roasting" it in the microwave. Just place a bulb of garlic in a bowl (with the top cut off) and add a bit of oil and water. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap, pop it in the microwave, and cook until soft and fragrant.

10. And "toast" your nuts in the microwave, too.


Another time-saving microwave hack is to "toast" nuts in it. Just place whatever nut you want to toast on a microwave-safe plate and microwave in one-minute intervals until toasted and fragrant. The nuts won't have the same dark color as oven-roasted nuts, but they will have a similar flavor.

11. Place an ice cube in the center of your burger patties to keep them from drying out.

In an interview with Fox News, MasterChef judge Graham Elliot revealed that his trick for making better burgers is by pressing a small ice cube into the middle of the patty before grilling it. To do so, just place a small ice cube in the center of the patty, form the beef around it so it seals, and grill it as you normally would. No one will know it's there, but it'll keep your burgers nice and juicy.
12. Use silica packets (you know, those little packets you find in packaged products) to keep delicate pastries from becoming soggy.

Silica packets are the perfect thing to keep delicate baked goods (such as sugar candies or shortbread cookies) dry and prevent them from getting soggy. Just place a silica packet in the same container you're storing your baked goods in and they'll stay nice and dry.
 

See more https://www.buzzfeed.com/jesseszewczyk/weird-cooking-hacks

 

 

 


Monday, August 19, 2019, 15:08 | No Comments »

Genuinely Cool Kitchen Gadgets to Upgrade Your Kitchen

 

Most kitchen gadgets you see advertised end up seeming like overdone gimmicks you’d never use. However, there are some gadgets that will vastly improve your time in the kitchen, whether you want to take the hassle out of your morning coffee or make elaborate dishes easier than ever. Here, we’ll discuss some of the cool kitchen gadgets available in our high-tech age.

 

Smart Fridge

More and more large appliances are coming with “smart” technology built in, expanding their functionality and aiming to make life easier for your family. The first of our cool kitchen gadgets fits this model—the smart fridge.

 

Most smart fridges come with some basic features, including open door detection and sensors to let you know when the ice is low, or filter needs to be replaced. These functions send notifications to your phone, allowing you to keep everything in your fridge fresh without extra hassle.

 

More advanced models include extra features, such as:

 

Wi-Fi connectivity

Cameras or tinted glass that lets you see what’s inside without opening the door

A touchscreen that lets you look up recipes, make shopping lists, and even stream music playlists

Built-in coffeemakers

While these functions are great for qualify of life (being able to tell when you’re running low on eggs while you’re at the store is a wonderful thing), they do come at a markedly higher price than conventional refrigerators. The price depends on the types of features you want, with the touchscreen models running at the highest cost.

 

That said, if you’re in need of a new refrigerator, getting a smart model may be the right way to go.

 

Wi-Fi Scale

On a somewhat smaller scale than the smart refrigerators on the market is a cool kitchen gadget called the Drop Scale. This handy device not only weighs ingredients, but it also gives you access to a wide range of recipes with its connected app. All you must do is select a recipe from the app, and it’ll walk you through the recipe step by step.

 

The true genius of this device comes when you don’t have all the ingredients you need for a given recipe. In that case, the app gives you substitutes you can use and adjusts the measurements accordingly. The result is a seamless, easy process that yields delicious results.

 

Connected Coffee Maker

For anyone who needs their morning coffee (or else!), a smart coffee maker may be just what you need. Some of the features these devices offer their users include:

 

Lighting fast water heating

Grinding

Programmability

Voice control

Connected apps

Compatibility with Alexa or Google Home

Customizable temperature control

A variety of options for these cool kitchen gadgets are available on the market, and the coffeemaker you choose will ultimately depend on your tastes.

 

Smart Cookers

While smart ovens are an option, the upfront cost of purchasing one may not necessarily be worth the features you get. With that in mind, there is another option—smart cookers. High-tech cooking pots come in many varieties, but all offer easy cooking options when you simply don’t have the energy to get up and make something yourself.

 

For instance, the Instant Pot includes numerous cooking options, including:

 

Pressure cooker

Rice cooker

Slow cooker

Steamer

Sauté

Steamer

Induction cookers are another great option for those with limited time, often including connected apps to assist in cooking. Some great examples of this are the Hestan Cue burners, which offer a wide range of functions, including smart temperature control and an app with tons of recipes to try.

 

These devices make cooking fast and simple without you having to rely on the microwave, and they make a great addition to any kitchen.

 

A Simple Tablet

The last of our cool kitchen gadgets isn’t specific to the kitchen, but it does have its uses there—it’s a simple tablet. Combined with a hands-free stand (such as the iPrep, which is designed for kitchen use), tablets with appliance apps, access to thousands of recipes, and the potential to look up any cooking-related question you might have make them a must-have device for the kitchen.

 

Choosing Cool Kitchen Gadgets for Your Home

To start upgrading your kitchen, you’ll probably want to start small and simple. Maybe getting a tablet stand for your kitchen is just what you need. Maybe you need some high-tech devices that will help you get through long sequences of busy days. If you’re ready for something more advanced, a smart fridge might act as the central hub your kitchen needs.

 

Whatever your ideal smart kitchen looks like, there is probably a device that will meet your needs. Just hunt around, and you’ll find what you’re looking for.

 

See More https://www.americanhomewarranties.us/blog/home-technology/genuinely-cool-kitchen-gadgets-to-upgrade-your-kitchen/


Monday, February 11, 2019, 18:57 | No Comments »

My Top 5 Most Essential Kitchen Gadgets

 

While every cook has their own idea of the most essential kitchen gadgets, I am sticking my neck out with my favorites.

 

1. Paring knife. Almost a constant in my hand when I am in the kitchen. As my family leans toward unprocessed foods, I am always chopping or dicing something.  If I am going to have a paring knife – I want a fun color. My current one is purple.

 2.  Utensil set. You may consider this a set of gadgets, but these are magnetic nesting utensils.  Always there and always complete. Individually useful and even fun to look at on my counter.

 3.  Nesting Cups. Looking for my measuring cups always had me in a tither. Once I found the nesting colorful ones, I have an easy grab and measure.

4.  Sifter.  Maybe it’s boring and maybe I didn’t realize all it can do for my first 10 years of cooking. You can’t beat a sifter for incorporating dry ingredients, volumizing air into flour (for great textured cakes and silky gravies) or making powdered sugar uniform on desserts

5.  Cake tester.  My sister always uses toothpicks, but I like the way my cake tester keeps my hand away from the heat and can be wiped and used over and over. I also love having the name on it. Something so simply redundant about that.

 

See More: https://machineshed.com/2012/11/14/essential-kitchen-gadgets/


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