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Cook Food More Nutritiously

Cook on Medium Heat:

The amount of heat your food cooks at greatly decides its nutritional outcome. Overcooking it would not only deprive your taste buds of the natural tastes but would also destroy delicate nutrients (like complex carbs). It is, thus, advised to cook food at medium heat. It will also prevent it from burning or sticking to the bottom of the cooking pot. Even at medium heat most cookware being made from metals or ceramic (unnatural material) destroy delicate nutrients. Keep reading to find out how this can be fully prevented.

Wash or Rinse foods the right way:

Different foods need to be washed differently to preserve their nutrients. Generally, for most vegetables, it is recommended to wash them right before you cut for those water-soluble nutrients to stay locked in. Avoid soaking your vegetables, as that can remove key nutrients, such as vitamin C.

Don’t overcook vegetables:

Overcooking vegetables makes them mushy and they taste quite bland. It’s important to cook them for just the right duration so they neither

Grilling Myths and the Truth

Marinade longer to tenderize the meat

We’ve all heard of it – the longer you marinate your meat, the better it penetrates the meat for flavour and the more tender your meat will be. It’s not entirely true, though. It may work for thin cuts of meat, but for usual cuts such as chicken breast or regular pork chops, marinades are just treatment for the surface. While salt can penetrate deep into the meat, other spices (like garlic and pepper) have huge molecules and can only penetrate up to 1/8 inch of the meat’s surface even when marinated overnight.

To prevent food from sticking, oil your grill grates first

This is probably one of the most common tips you’ll encounter when you first read about grilling. Honestly, it does work sometimes – but the chances that it won’t are bigger. Oiling the grates below smoking point may work (doing so above smoking point will definitely make your food stick), but the better option is to oil your food, not the grates.

The more you check, the longer your food will cook on the grill

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How to Braise Meat

Step 1-Choose your favorite cut of meat. Lamb, beef, veal or pork shanks are very common in these recipes. Beef shoulder roast, chuck roast or brisket are also good choices. These cuts are usually tougher with higher levels of collagen. Collagen, when cooked at low temperatures for an extended time creates a gelatin which helps the tenderizing process. You can use chicken but it should not be skinless and bone should be in. Legs and thighs work best. The real secret is in the slow cooking.

Step 2-Brown the meat in some type of fat… olive oil, butter or some combination suggested in the particular recipe. The browning process is intended to add color and flavor enhancement. Frequently, the recipe may call for rolling the meat in flour seasoned with salt and fresh ground pepper. Again… a flavor enhancement. The browning process is done in a Dutch oven or large heavy pot with a lid. The browning step may take 10 -20 minutes to cover all sides of the meat. It only cooks the surface of the meat and

Cooking Tips for Vegetables

In the case of the latter instead of picking the whole head take only a few florets when required. They can be cut or broken from the main stalk as needed. Don’t wash but lightly cook in a microwave if necessary. No longer than a minute on its own or with other varieties but always without water.

Silver beet can be gathered by the leaves as required. One leaf is usually ample for me plus a leaf of kale. Along with a few rounds of carrot or pumpkin my evening meal consists mainly of these beautiful products.

Anyone can grow vegetables as they are the least fussy of any crops. As long as they have sunshine, an occasional feed of seaweed fertiliser and plenty of water there is not much that can go wrong? Even in an apartment one can grow something, including essential herbs.

The best advice is not to over cook and it’s best done dry in a micro-wave. When they are boiled in water the goodness goes down the drain when the liquid is strained off. Don’t make that mistake but think of the wonderful healthy gut you can have by adding

Knife Cutting Techniques

  • Julienne

This is a technique similar to slicing but not quite. The style leans more towards the cutting of strips. To achieve this type of cut, you would first need to top and tail (cut off both ends) the vegetable. The seeds will then need to be removed to cut the vegetable into rectangular pieces. After it has been cut into rectangular pieces you will need to cut it into strips along the longer side.

  • Dice

Dicing is another common cutting technique used by anyone who works in the kitchen. Chefs often use this technique on onions when making anything from pasta sauce to curries. There are also different sizes that you can cut the onion into depending on what you are fond of. Professionals prefer to leave the root of the onion intact when using the dicing technique. They do this so that they can keep the onion together during this process.

  • Mince

Use this technique when dealing with garlic. Many people prefer not to have pieces of garlic floating around in their food but love the flavour. Mincing is a way to get the flavour into the dish without having large

Tips For Grilling During Winter

Keep extra fuel

If you’re grilling using charcoal, it’s ideal to have some extra as charcoal burns quicker because of the cold and the wind – you don’t want your barbecue to be cut short because you’ve run out of fuel. If you’re grilling using gas, make sure that your tank is full before each barbecue session to make sure that your grill is able to maintain the right temperatures to cook food evenly.

Don’t over check

Once the lid is down, set your timer and wait for your food to cook properly. When you check too much, the winter weather will cause your grill’s temperature to drop and your food won’t be cooked evenly. Keep the lid closed and check only when necessary.

Practice safety

During winter, the grease can accumulate at the bottom of your grill quickly which increases the risk of fire. Have a bottle of water ready (it’s not as easy to access the hose during winter as it is in summer time) or a fire extinguisher ready in case of fire or flare ups.

Pre-heat your grill earlier

When the weather is cold, your grill takes

Take Care of Polycarbonate Dinnerware

· Polycarbonate dinnerware is suitable for reheating in the microwave oven but it is not suitable for cooking food. As tough as you may think this catering equipment is, don’t be tempted to cook food in it either on the stove or in the oven.

· It is dishwasher safe and will last you a lifetime with normal levels of heat and detergent, but avoid bleach or abrasive detergents. This could damage the gloss finish of the polycarbonate dinnerware.

· Dishwasher temperatures should be between 60 and 65 degrees Celsius for the wash cycle and between 70 and 85 degrees Celsius for the rinse cycle. If temperatures are higher it may lead to the deterioration of the material. The high heat could cause it to melt and become distorted in its shape.

· Whichever detergent or rinse aid you choose, ensure that it is compatible with the polycarbonate dinnerware. Also make sure that you use the correct dosage. If you use too much or let it soak for too long it could shorten the life of the polycarbonate dinnerware.

· When washing this catering equipment by hand try not to use the abrasive side

Cake Frosting For Kitchen

1. Sugar, Butter, Eggs

You must whip sugar, butter and eggs together to get the base for your frosting. The frosting might need to have an additional ingredient such as sunflower oil if you want some extra flavour. If you intend to heat up the frosting later, it would be a good time to add the cooking oil at this stage. The cooking oil protects the structure of the frosting and it helps to bind the frosting where the butter is too cold or not included.

2. Whip to Consistency

After combining the initial ingredients, the whipping or beating process is in order. An electric beater will help you get to the correct consistency sooner. Once the mixture looks fluffy and stiff, you can now add your choice of flavours, extracts or colours into the mixing bowl. There are many flavours you can experiment with; from almonds and bananas to chocolate and strawberry. Cake frosting tastes delicious with a fruit flavour too. The more ingredients you add, the heavier and thicker the frosting will become. This will require extra whipping.

3. Heating

If you are planning to heat the frosting in order to

Ghee and Cooking Oil

You will notice that when you cook with butter it will release froth once heated and melted. This froth will be strained so that none of the oil will be wasted and discarded. The leftover oil from the butter will turn into a pale yellow which will be strained to remove any remaining bits and then stored as what is known as ghee.

On the other hand, cooking oil is a neutral and non-polar chemical substance which means that it does not have an electric charge and will not conduct electricity if it is in such a situation. It is also a sticky or greasy liquid when it is exposed to regular temperatures.

The extraction process of oil is dependent on the type of fruit or seed it comes from. For instance, the sunflower seeds are compressed until the liquid gets released. It will also be refined to change the appearance so that it looks like the cooking oil on the shelves. Other cooking oil may also go through processes to change the taste and smell of it thus making it more appealing.

In some cuisines, the type of cooking oil used in the dish

Utilize Spices and Herbs

The mix of flavors utilized as a part of planning a dish influence the personality of a dish. Each flavor mirrors a specific culture that uses those flavors that separates it from different sorts of ethnic dishes. Lime, cilantro, cumin and garlic are staples in Mexican nourishment. Morrocan food will fuse turmeric, dried ginger, paprika, cumin and cinnamon. Lemongrass, ginger, lime, new red stew pepper, sweet rice wine and soy sauce are related with Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese sustenance.

Dried and new herbs and flavors vary significantly in their flavor. Dried herbs and dried flavors more often than not have a more grounded taste than fresh items because of the diminished measure of water they contain. The distinction is featured by the utilization of dried ginger in Moroccan sustenance, and fresh ginger in Asian nourishment. The tremendous contrast in the dishes indicates exactly how definitely the kind of a zest can be changed when dried.

Notwithstanding the coveted result of the dish, there are a few rules that apply to all flavors. The most famous flavors are utilized as a part of every single ethnic flavoring. These incorporate salt, pepper, and garlic. Spices ought to ideally

Healthy Clay Pot Cooking

1. Always Choose Primary Clay

Primary clay is the purest form of clay – it has absolutely no toxins. Only primary clay is naturally inert, so doesn’t react to food like metals and ceramics. There are many clay pots available in the market that are made from secondary or tertiary clay but they have contaminants that may leach into your food while cooking.

2. No Chemicals, Glazes or Enamels

Most makers start using chemicals to make the process easier. In fact, every mechanized process needs the raw material to be treated with chemicals. The glazes and enamels might make your clay pots and pans colorful, attractive and even robust but they contaminate food. So always choose a cookware made from unglazed primary clay (or pure clay).

3. Seasoning Is Important

Seasoning your pure clay pot as per instructions is very important for cooking delicious food every time and it also increases the life of your pot. Pure clay is naturally non-stick, so after proper seasoning, if done right, the food should never stick to the bottom.

4. Choose Ingredients Carefully

You have finally chosen the healthiest clay pot – great, but

Cook With Brown Sugar

Brown sugar can be used to crust your food without using bread crumbs and egg. The sugar will give the food a lovely flavour and crunch that can’t be replicated with crumbs. This method works best in the oven with different kinds of protein.

Brown sugar is often used in Asian cuisine. Many of these foods involve the sweetened taste because of how many salty foods and sauces get added into the mixture. The sugar takes any overwhelming flavour away.

The best way to use this sugary product is to put it in desserts, of course.

Brown sugar gives biscuits a chewy texture. If you are the type that doesn’t enjoy the sweet treat crumbling everywhere then a brown sugar biscuit should work well for you. It works well with baking soda when it comes to giving your homemade treats a professional flavour. It allows the soda to produce more carbon dioxide. This means that more air goes through the dough and ultimately changing the texture to be fluffy and soft. The sugar also allows the dough you have made to set quicker than if you had used white sugar because of its acidic content.

Tricks To Use When Grilling Fresh Fruits

Use indirect heat

Don’t grill fruits when the coals are hot – hard ones will dry out quick while soft one will easily get mushy. They will cook perfectly in indirect heat so place them on the outer edges of the grill or when the coals have started to die out.

Grill soft fruits with skin on

Leaving the skin on while on the grates will help maintain the shape and form of softer fruits like bananas. Many fresh produce also have plenty of nutrients that are in the skin.

Prevent them from sticking to your grates

Nobody like their food sticking to the racks – your ffod will be ruined plus it’s a hassle to clean. Make sure to brush your fruit with melted butter or your choice of oil before they hit the grill to prevent sticking. If this is not an option, spray your grates with non-stick cooking spray before cooking anything.

Add sugar at the last minute

While a fruit cooked on the grill is tasty by itself, many opt to add more flavour and texture to complete a dish. You can brush fruits with butter or

Olive Oil For Cooking

Know Where The Oil is From – It’s important to read the labels so that you know where is coming from. As a basic rule of thumb, you want there to be as little time that goes by between harvest, processing, and bottling. The longer the oil has to travel or go through steps before getting into a bottle can mean degradation of the product, and that is never a good thing.

Harvest Dating – Some years ago, beer manufacturers decided that it was unfair for their product to be judged as being “skunky” simply because a store put out old product. As a way to help the consumer, they decided to add dates to the packaging so that people could see when the beer was “born”, thereby giving consumers a better chance of avoiding old beer. Still others go so far as to remove the product from store shelves. In the name of freshness, look for harvest dates on bottles of olive oil. Keep in mind that the contents don’t age like wine, so knowing a harvest date will give you a chance to know just how long the contents have been sitting.

Keep It

Cook Healthy Food

For one, the cookware we use greatly affects the quality of food cooked in it. Consider conventional cookware that’s made of different metals and ceramics that are not appropriate for cooking albeit being so popular. Why is it not appropriate? Read on:

Food is a biochemical entity. All metals are reactive to nutrients that are in the form of oxygen, hydrogen halogens, acids, and bases. At cooking temperature, metals break into ions and react with food. They are then digested with food and accumulate in tissues and organs. When this continues for long, it becomes the foundation for various health problems that may range from minor illnesses to chronic diseases. The immune system is compromised as well which makes it difficult for the body to fight diseases on its own.

Try touching a metal pan five minutes into heating, it burns tissues and leaves a scar. Same thing happens to the nutrients in food when cooked in metal or ceramic cookware. On one hand, the harsh heat damages the delicate nutrients by dissolving them. On the other, water-soluble nutrients evaporate as steam and deplete the nutritional value of food. What’s left is food lacking in nutritive

Panini Meals

2. It is now time to make the Panini worth its popularity! While grilled chicken and turkey meat are well-known ingredients, they might not be the best for you.

In order to get the tastiest Panini for you, make sure to use your favorite ingredients in it! You may prefer ham or porch, instead of turkey meat, so do not hesitate to replace it into your Panini! The important thing, however, is not to forget any of these: meat, vegetables and cheese.

The classic Panini includes meat. But if you are a vegetarian, Vegan Panini’s are well-known in the Indian kitchen, and are made with fruits and vegetables, so you can adjust them to your tastes, too!

Just a little advice: Panini is great with meat, of course, so you’d better use it in order to feel the authentic, divine taste of this Italian food!

Beautiful Panini

Here we are, at the main point! The aesthetic of Panini is one of the principal facts that brought it the high place, above other Italian foods.

Don’t use just ciabatta or michetta bread, but also baguettes and make different notches on the upper surface

Apps Are Helping Busy Moms in Easy Cooking

#1 Deciding the type of recipes

Breakfast or Brunch, Dinner or Lunch? Provide Moms with recipes for all with search options. Once you are ready to make an app, incorporate easy and quick recipes for all types of meals. They can search from hundreds of recipes and preparations provided under different categories with a few taps. This seems a lot more convenient for someone who is new in cooking than going through a book.

#2 Recipes according to ingredients

Your app must have a comprehensive list of cooking ingredients to give users with a quick comparison of what they got at the table and what not. This way they can search for only those recipes that can be prepared with selected recipes.

#3 Grocery lists and shopping feature

Link your app to a grocery shopping cart so that Moms can buy food ingredients, veggies and everything else when they run out with one tap. Moreover, help them to create lists of their everyday essentials, set reminders, place order of exhausted items and pay for them online.

#4 Recipes as per moods

As said, cooking is never a cakewalk for Moms, especially

Perfect Cupcakes

Cooking oil is often used instead of butter because it is a smoother liquid and mixes better. It is also a healthier option because not as many fats are contained. It’s also easier to mix if you don’t have an electric hand mixer.

The whole idea of the cupcake is its aesthetic appearance. You will always find a beautiful cupcake, no matter what the flavour or colour it is. This is due to the way the small cake has been frosted.

A piping tool has many nozzles that can give you different effects and appearances. The trick to keeping the frosted part upright is to use butter and icing sugar as edible cement. You also need to use it immediately as it solidifies quickly.

When piping you need to keep a consistent motion when going around the top of the cupcake. You can either start from the circumference at the top of the cupcake or in the centre and then move outwards. If you start piping on the circumference you will achieve a taller decoration. The higher you want to go the bigger the piping nozzle needs to be to support the frosting. Also remember

Make Yogurt At Home

The Additives in Store Bought Yogurt

The store-bought yogurt gets its taste and texture from a number of additives and artificial sugars which may be good to the taste but are a lot less nutritious and even bad for health sometimes. The commonly used additives for thickening are gelatin (glue made from animal bones), pectin (a bio-polymer acid, lab-made ingredient), powdered milk etc. And it is usually loaded with unhealthy sugars and artificial sweeteners that can make things really bad for people who have type 2 diabetes. While real and all-natural yogurt is actually supposed to help with many health issues, this one with the additives does just the opposite.

So, if one wants to take advantage of all the essential nutrients the yogurt can offer, it’s important that it is made at home using the natural method, which is actually quite simple if you know this secret:

The Natural Method of Making Yogurt at Home

The secret to making the thickest and creamy yogurt is making it at home in a pure clay pot! Pure-clay pots are made from the highest quality natural clay (primary clay) that has no contaminants and is made

Cooking Collard Greens

If you have a slow cooker you can cook the greens with ham hocks for a southern-style dish. Use chicken stock and seasoning to enhance the flavours. It’s best to cook this dish over night. Be careful when removing the ham hocks as you don’t want to leave any slivers of bone in the greens. Then stir them. Let the hocks cool before attempting to handle them. You need to remove all the fat from the hocks and of course, remove the bone from each hock.

Put the meat back into the slow cooker and add the greens, stirring them so that the meat and vegetables are combined well. You may want to reheat the mixture before serving this traditional Southern-style dish.

If you are vegetarian, stick with the garlic and red pepper flakes and, naturally the greens, but add chopped spring onions, and some other greens, such as kale, and turnip and mustard greens.These go very well together and some chopped tomatoes would also help to enhance the flavour. To spice them up a little, you can add tamari, or the more usual soy sauce, smoked paprika (or a hot paprika), and seasoning.
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