Category: Cooking

How to Freeze Tomatoes, the Easy Way

When we think of preserving fruits and veggies, we may think of jams, jellies or pickles. While these methods are effective, they’re not as easy as freezing. The freezer is often overlooked, especially when it comes to tomatoes. If you need to save tomatoes deep into the winter season, freezing is a great option while preserving the delicious acidity and bright flavor. After thawing the tomatoes, you can just pull

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The Best Ways to Fry An Egg

There’s a lot of debate on how to properly fry an egg. Some prefer to use olive oil while others swear by butter. It all comes down to preference and who you’re cooking for. Here are a few techniques to get the style you desire. Crispy Edges. If you desire an egg with golden edges try the Spanish-style. Cook the egg in a pool of olive oil which you’ll use

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Tips for Better Brownies

Freshly baked brownies often make for a classic and comforting dessert. A great brownie is bitter and sweet at the same time with textural bites and a crackly top against chewy edges. Here’s how to perfect your next brownie batch to be rich, a little dense, and packed with flavor. Use Good Chocolate. Look for quality chocolate when shopping for ingredients. It may be an obvious tip but the best

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The Differences Between Key Lime and Limes

Limes are called for in many recipes including key lime pie, tacos, margaritas and much more. But you may have come across a recipe that calls for Key limes as opposed to limes and wondered what that means. There are two main types of limes you’ll come across in a grocery store, the Persian lime and the Key lime. A Persian lime is often labeled “limes” and has origins to

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Tips for Making Better Smoothies

Smoothies seem like they should be easy to pull off, but you may be wondering why yours don’t taste quite like the ones you get at your local juice bars. Here are a few ways to perfect your smoothie making skills for a delicious and vibrant smoothie every time. Frozen Foods. Don’t fall under the impression that frozen foods aren’t as nutritious for you. They’re easy to store, especially if

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The Difference Between Wax Paper and Parchment Paper

Wax paper and parchment paper are not interchangeable, especially for baking. They both look similar with a dull sheen and serve a similar purpose to prevent sticking. They can be used to line counters or create barriers for sticky doughs. Wax paper is the more cost-effective of two and is ideal for rolling out pie crust, cooking or kneading bread. Wax paper will adhere to items that have moisture such

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How to Bake the Perfect Potato

A baked potato can seem like an easy meal, but all the butter and sour cream can’t fix a dry and flat tater. There are a few tips you can utilize to perfect a tender and fluffy potato. If you want a crispy skin on the potatoes, be sure to cover them in oil for the last 10 minutes. Use russet potatoes. These potatoes are the best for baking among

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Three Ingredient Sugar Cooking Icing

Sugar cookie icing doesn’t need to be intimidating. It can be prepared in less than five minutes and is super easy to work with. You’ll just need to whisk together powdered sugar, whole milk and corn syrup. This egg white-free option is perfect for decorating with kids or just to keep things simple. Add food coloring to get the right tint you need for your cookie recipe. Yield: Makes about

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The Best White Wines for Cooking

A white wine is essential to bring balance, fruit and acidity to many recipes. Although grocery stores carry cooking wine, you’ll find even moderately priced white wine expands possibilities and cooking styles. By far one of the best wines to cook with is a dry, crisp white wine. A rich, oaky white can become bitter during the cooking process, while a sweeter white may caramelize or add unwanted sweetness to

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How to Make Self Rising Flour

A self-rising flour is an ingredient found in scones, muffins or biscuits. If you don’t have it on hand, no weed to worry; there’s a good chance you have everything already at home. This flour is used in all types of baked goods, even some cake recipes. It’s a convenient shortcut as the flour will cause the batter or dough to expand while the salt will season the final baked

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