Useful Cooking Tips

cooking tips and techniqes book

I have written a book giving over 500 cooking tips and techniques (only sensible ones but see here for 
10 Stupid Food Hacks and a Blatantly Obvious One!) that I have collected over the years. It is called, appropriately enough, 500+ Truly Useful Cooking Tips and Techniques ~ no Silly Hacks but I've got a bit of a problem!

The trouble is, I keep thinking of more useful tips so here they are, I’ll keep adding them as they occur to me!

The first one is a bit cheeky!

~   Here's a great tip! Download 40+ seriously useful cooking tips here, as a taster!

~   If topping a pizza with minced beef, lightly fry the meat first and drain off excess fat; this will stop you getting a soggy bottom.    

~   To test if a pineapple is ripe, gently pull out one of its leaves. If you succeed, it is ripe.

~   Bit of a smelly fridge? Just leave an open container of bicarbonate of soda/baking soda in there and it will absorb yukky stinks. Two provisos …

1. You will have to replace it with a new packet every few weeks.
2. Don’t use it for cooking – it tastes of bad smells!

~   When lining a baking tray with foil or parchment wet the tray first and the foil/paper with stick to it and therefore lay flat.

~   If you have leftover egg yolks, after making meringues for instance, poach them in simmering salted water till firm and serve in salads, egg mayonnaise etc. (I wish I’d thought of this when writing Creative Ways to Use Up Leftovers!)   

~   When preparing artichokes ALWAYS use a stainless-steel knife and a stainless-steel pan. Iron or aluminium will blacken them. Similarly. never let aluminium foil come in contact with artichokes.

~   With the exception of perishables don’t wait till you run out of something before you stock up.

~   When cooking with jam or marmalade give it a brisk stir first so that it liquefies a bit and is easier to incorporate into a dish. 

~   To stop bananas overheating and blackening when the weather is hot wrap the stem of the banana with foil.

~   Watch this space!

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