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Swirling a little food coloring through sugar cookie dough gives the finished cookies a fun, marbled effect -- and they're decorated before they even go into the oven.
Smear a wet rub (also called a paste) on a roast or under chicken skin for a simple way to add fabulous flavor to your food.Wet rub adds flavor to meat , poultry , or fish. They are mixtures containing any number of herbs and spices and some moist ingredient. Wet rubs are also called pastes.
Peeling & Deveining Shrimp
You can buy shrimp that's already peeled and deveined, but you'll pay less for your shrimp if you do it yourself. It takes a little patience and time, but it's not hard.To de-vein and peel shrimp, use a paring knife to make a shallow slit along the back from the head end to the tail end. Peel the shell back in the
Thickening with Cornstarch
Cornstarch is a great thickener for all kinds of sauces and stir fries. Here's how to keep it silky-smooth and lump free.whisked together. Then, the milk is added. The mixture is cooked over medium heat , whisking to keep it smooth until thickened and bubbly. If the cornstarch were to be added into a hot liquid, for example,
Sieving Out Raspberry Seeds
Fresh raspberries have a heavenly flavor and gorgeous color, but in certain dishes, the seeds get in the way. Using just a sieve and the back of a spoon, you can get the essence of the fruit and leave the seeds behind.frozen raspberries in a sieve. With the back of a spoon or rubber spatula , mash raspberries against the side and bottom of the sieve. Continue to mash to get as much juice as possible.
Sometimes a recipe calls for either egg white or yolk -- and sometimes the egg white and yolk are used in different steps of the recipe. Here's how to safely and successfully separate the two.
Beating Egg Whites to Soft Peaks
Egg whites are easily overbeaten. This is what they look like at what's called "soft-peak stage."Egg whites that had been allowed to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes will beat up higher and faster than cold egg whites . To beat egg whites to a soft peak stage, use an electric mixer set on medium or a rotary beater. Scrape sides of the bowl frequently with a rubber spatula . You will want to continue to beat the eggs until the peaks will curl when the beaters are lifted from the mixture.
How to Roast and Peel Sweet Peppers
To roast sweet peppers, place pepper halves cut side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until skins are blistered and dark, or broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately fold the foil into an airtight package. Let stand about 20 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Steaming is the key to softening the skins, making it easier to peel the peppers, so try not to be tempted to skip the 20-minute standing time. To peel the peppers, use a sharp knife to loosen the edges of the skins from the peppers, then peel them off.to skip the 20-minute standing time. To peel the peppers, use a sharp knife to loosen the edges of the skins from the peppers, then peel them off.
How to Pound Meat and Poultry
Learn our safe, mess-free method for pounding meat so it is tenderized and a uniform thickness for even cooking.to make it thin enough to roll. Place meat in a zip lock bag . The meat can be pounded with the smooth side of the mallet or the bottom of a heavy skillet pounding meat also
Drizzling powdered sugar icing or chocolate over simple sugar cookies requires no artistic ability and makes them look much prettier than they do plain. Drizzle with total abandon -- or in a little more controlled fashion.