The Cuisine Solutions Blog - Out of the Bag

Rules of the Kitchen

  • #1:

    Whipping up something special? Play it safe never try both a new recipe AND a new ingredient.

  • #2:

    When using flour to thicken liquid, first mix it in a little liquid to make paste, then add to the rest.

  • #3:

    Get rid of that garlic smell on hands by rubbing them on stainless steel. Your friends will thank you.

  • #4:

    Weird but true: Defrost meat by pouring vinegar on it. It tenderizes the meat so it thaws quickly.

  • #5:

    No one likes uneven icing. To smooth it over cake more effectively, dip your knife in hot water first.

  • #6:

    Stream oil along the edge of the pan when sauting, so it will be heated when it reaches the contents.

  • #7:

    When deep-frying, keep food submerged for a few seconds before releasing to keep it from sticking.

  • #8:

    Give your spices special treatment: Store them in a cool, dark place. Humidity & heat dulls flavor.

  • #9:

    Keep herbs under control! Toss a bit of salt onto the cutting board to make chopping herbs easier.

  • #10:

    Add flavor to corn dishes by scraping cobs with the back of a knife to extract the sweet milk left behind.

  • #11:

    Waste not, want not. Instead of tossing water used to boil veggies, save it for use in soups or gravy.

  • #12:

    Avoid a sticky situation when shredding cheese by placing it in the freezer for 30 minutes first.

  • #13:

    Cut pancetta or bacon more easily by placing in the freezer for 15 minutes beforehand.

  • #14:

    To make rice whiter, add a few drops of lemon juice to pot of water before boiling.

  • #15:

    Smash garlic cloves inside a clear bag with the back of a knife to keep the cutting board from smelling.

  • #16:

    Whoa there, don't get ahead of yourself! Pre-slicing cake before you're ready to eat will dry it out.

  • #17:

    To ripen fruit faster, wrap them in newspaper and place in the sun for two to three days.

  • #18:

    Still cut off crusts? We wont judge. In fact, you can use them as breadcrumbs by chopping in a mixer.

  • #19:

    Don't listen to the box! Drain pasta one minute before it instructs. Cook the rest of the way in sauce.

  • #20:

    Take your salsa to the next level. When adding onions, be sure to rinse them under cold water first.

  • #21:

    Think before you chill. Avoid keeping apples, oranges & bananas in the refrigerator, which dulls taste.

  • #22:

    No one wants damaged garlic for good reason. The best garlic has firm skin and should not be bruised.

  • #23:

    Lemon seeds give tea a bitter taste. Remove before squeezing, or youll be fishing them out later!

  • #24:

    Get sauce to stick by adding some freshly grated Parmesan cheese to drained pasta.

  • #25:

    Oysters can be refrigerated under a damp towel for 3 days. But the sooner they're eaten, the better!

  • #26:

    In many recipes, you can substitute 1 cup of honey with 1.25 cups sugar plus .25 cup of liquid.

  • #27:

    Not all avocados are alike! Choose ones heavy for their size and that yield slightly to gentle pressure.

  • #28:

    Facilitate browning of meat by first dusting with flour.

  • #29:

    Prevent peeled fruits from browning by dipping them into acidulated water. Try it on apples or pears!

  • #30:

    Safety first! Sharpen your knife before each use to ensure the blade cuts cleanly and safely every time.

  • #31:

    Instead of thawing food on the counter, defrost it in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh longer!

  • #32:

    Never measure ingredients directly over the mixing bowl (we learned this one the hard way).

  • #33:

    Hard-boiled eggs are easier to peel when they're cold.

  • #34:

    To make ground meat juicier, add one tablespoon of prune purée to each pound of meat.

  • #35:

    Revive parsley by cutting a half-inch off the stems then standing in ice water. Refrigerate for an hour.

  • #36:

    Extra virgin olive oil can overpower mayonnaise. Instead, use half extra virgin and half mild oil.

  • #37:

    Steamed cabbage wedges hold together better than boiled ones.

  • #38:

    Dampen your hands with cold water before working with meatball mixture to keep it from sticking.

  • #39:

    One or two teaspoons of instant coffee powder adds both color and a rich flavor to gravy.

  • #40:

    Sharper knives chop onions faster, resulting in fewer tears!

  • #41:

    When grating oranges, lemons, etc., run the fruit diagonally across a grater, rather than up and down.

  • #42:

    Quickly ripen papayas by placing them in a pierced paper bag with an apple at room temperature.

  • #43:

    Customize bottled BBQ sauce in minutes with a dash of bourbon, port, sherry or full-bodied beer.