Always wondering how to season with out salt? Well Lemongrass imparts a citrusy flavor combined with a unique blend of tart lemon and the brightness of mint. It is great flavor for rice and stir fry. Lemongrass is also known as barbed wire grass, silky heads, Cochin grass, Malabar grass, oily heads or fever grass, is a genus of Asian, African, Australian, and tropical island plants in the grass family.
It is good for digestion, regulates blood pressure, and full of antioxidants. But you came to find how to use it. Let’s find out:
Roux ( /ˈruː/) is a cooking mixture of wheat flour and fat (traditionally butter). It is the thickening agent of three of the mother sauces of classical French cooking: béchamel sauce, velouté sauce and espagnole sauce. Clarified butter, vegetable oils, or lard are commonly used fats. It is used as a thickener for gravy, other sauces, soups and stews. It is typically made from equal parts of flour and fat by weight. When used in Italian food, roux is traditionally equal parts of butter and flour. In Cajun cuisine, roux is almost always made with oil instead of butter and dark brown in color, which lends much richness of flavor, albeit less thickening power. Hungarian cuisine uses lard (in its rendered form) or—more recently—vegetable oil instead of butter for the preparation of roux (which is called rántás in Hungarian).
The fat is heated in a pot or pan, melting it if necessary. Then the flour is added. The mixture is stirred until the flour is incorporated and then cooked until at least the point where a raw flour taste is no longer apparent and the desired color has been reached. The final color can range from nearly white to nearly black, depending on the length of time it is over the heat and its intended use. The end result is a thickening and flavoring agent.
Roux is most often made with butter as the fat base, but it may be made with any edible fat. In the case of meat gravies, fat rendered from meat is often used. In regional American cuisine, bacon is sometimes rendered to produce fat to use in the roux. If clarified butter is not available, vegetable oil is often used when producing dark roux, as it does not burn at high temperatures, as whole butter does.
When combining roux with water-based liquids, such as broth or milk, it is important that these liquids are not excessively hot. It is preferable to add room temperature, or warm, roux into a moderately hot or warm liquid, or vice versa. To ensure the desired viscosity, they should be added in small quantities while stirring, briefly bringing the temperature up to boiling. Otherwise, the mixture will contain lumps.
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I was watching a friend set the table when I noticed she was using gloves. You know, the type ladies would wear back in the day at tea parties and elsewhere. If you have grandma’s gloves, discover a new use for them. In our germ-a-phobic society the idea of using gloves to handle your plates, glasses and silverware when will be a big hit. Meanwhile there will be no fingerprints. -Crystal Johnson, Multiculturalcookingnetwork.com Editor
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Appliances in today’s modern kitchens can do more for cooks and preparers than ever before. These appliances, like other electrical devices in your home, need to be operated safely and respectfully in accordance with manufacturers’ guidelines. As more and more electrical appliances in our homes become necessities, our home’s power circuits will grow more overloaded. This puts you and your family at risk for a service call from your friendly neighborhood electrician, or you heroic fire department. To ensure you don’t have a potential safety hazard brewing in your kitchen, Midlothian Electric Company suggests you follow these important safety tips:
1. Unplug kitchen appliances, like toasters and coffeemakers, when you’re not using them, and never allow appliances like a stove or microwave to remain running when you leave home.
2. Never use a fork, knife, or other metal object that conducts electricity to clean debris from “live” kitchen appliances such as toasters and toaster ovens. For routine cleaning, make sure these appliances are unplugged before you clean their internal parts.
3. Avoid using electricity near water and other liquids. Clean up all spills in or around an electrical appliance after making sure the power supply has been disconnected. Never submerge an appliance or its electrical cord or plug in water or any other liquid.
4. Install a sufficient number of GFCIs in your kitchen. GFCIs are designed to prevent shock hazards by interrupting power if electrical current leaks from a damaged cord or appliance or comes in contact with water.
5. Always check your kitchen appliances for damaged cords or plugs before you use them. Contact with a faulty or frayed power cord or a broken appliance can cause electric shock. If an appliance malfunctions or appears to be damaged in any way, disconnect it from the power outlet and have it repaired or replaced right away.
6. Never let power cords or plugs dangle over the edge of counters or come in contact with hot surfaces. Dangling cords are a danger to small children who might pull them. Kitchen appliances should never be placed near a hot gas or electric burner.
Have you ever looked up a recipe online and been like, “Oh, no!” when you see it is done in measurements you don’t understand. Such is life when we look at the US measurement versus the rest or the world or vice versa. Never fear. We found this great table to help out.
Molds (or moulds, as it is also spelled) were popular during theVictorian Era, when dishes such as savory chicken-and-ham raised pie,
sherry-infused calf’s-feet jelly, and sweet, palate-cleansing blancmange were all the rage. Copper molds were the preference of well-heeled cooks; tin molds in shapes with names like Solomon’s Temple were found in humbler kitchens.
For collectors, copper molds are perhaps the most appealing. When not in use, these handsome, stamped, and castellated containers make wonderful decorative objects for the kitchen, either on a high plate shelf or just hung on a wall. Copper molds in shapes ranging from fish to turtles to lions were often tinned on the inside and designed for everything from jellies to cakes. READ MORE
Advantage of using Copper cookware:
It is an excellent heat conductor. You may need to reduce cooking time and temperature.
- Must be lined with tin, nickel, or stainless steel
- Acidic foods cause copper to tarnish.
- Copper is a very soft metal and is highly susceptible to scratches
- Reacts to some food
- Tin or nickel linings are not very durable, and must be professionally repaired
I know the basic of making barbecue. This recipe on Simply Scratch uses ketchup which many recipes call for; however, if you don’t have it use a plain tomato sauce and up the brown sugar. I couldn’t resist re-posting this article though because they have such a wonderful step by step illustration. Click to see Recipe. – Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor
This question has come up about the combination Watermelon and salt began on our face book page when a fan shared a picture of a soda sold in Japan with a salty watermelon flavor. Simultaneously there has been ongoing discussion about this combination in the linkedIn Food Blogger group. We found an article which asks the question” Does salt make watermelon sweeter?” Then it answers it: http://bakingbites.com/2011/08/does-salt-make-watermelon-sweeter/
I first learned about it on Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa then reminded about this as I saw a post from the Different solutions FB page. Upon researching on the web, found some great descriptions about the process on Simply Canning.
Though all herbs can be frozen or dried, some herbs freeze better than dehydrating.
For herbs like basil, chives, lemon balm, mint or tarragon, freezing is an option that works well.
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