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How to Grill Vegetables
Get our tips for grilling asparagus, zucchini, squash, peppers, onions, mushroom caps, and eggplant.I like to do is just brush them with a little of olive oil or cooking oil. Choose whatever oil you like and then just quick sprinkling of some salt and pepper to taste. Now, it's
Beating Eggs Until Ribbons
Ever wonder what eggs should look like when a recipe calls for beating them until they "ribbon" and are lighter in color? Watch this and wonder no more.
Frosting a Layer Cake
Chocolate, lemon, vanilla, or spice -- your layer cakes will look lovely every time if you follow these few basic rules for frosting.hours. Clean the cake of loose crumbs, brushing them off with the pastry brush or your hand. To secure the cake, put a dollop of frosting directly on the plate, this will keep the cake from
Save money and lose essentially no time by skinning your own chicken parts. It's quick and easy!pull the skin away from the meat. If necessary, use a small sharp knife or kitchen shears to help cut skin away from the meat and to trim fat.
How to Make Freezer Jam
Hi, I'm Lori from the Better Homes and Gardens test kitchen. Everyone loves the flavor of fresh jam, and today, I'm gonna show you a quick and simple and way to make homemade fresher jam that you and your family can enjoy year round. So, to get started, you're gonna need a few simple ingredients. First, you wanna start out with about 4 cups of fresh berries. I got some black berries here. We've got raspberries that I've already made up some fresh raspberry jam, but for today's purpose, we're gonna use fresh strawberries. You can see that I've already taken the stems off of the strawberries and I have them in my bowl, and what we're wanna do is just take like a potato masher and we're just gonna mash up these berries. After you mash your 4 cups of berries, you'll end at about 2 cups of mashed berries. So, you wanna use those. We've got 4 cups of sugar. So, I'm just gonna put my sugar in a bowl. I've got a half a teaspoon of freshly shredded lemon peel. I wanna add that for some nice fresh flavor, and then I'm going to add my mashed up strawberries. Now, I'm just gonna stir this all together really well. You wanna incorporate all the berries into the sugar mixture, get it stirred up really well, now once I do that, I'm gonna let this mixture stand for about 10 minutes. So, as you berries are standing for that 10 minutes, what you wanna do is you wanna get your pectin mixture going. What I have here I just a 1-3/4 ounce package of regular powdered fruit packed in. You wanna add that to a small saucepan along with 3 quarter cups of water. Now, we're just gonna bring this mixture to boiling. We want it to have a nice full boil. Okay, once your mixture comes to a boil, you want to boil this for 1 minute, and if necessary, you can adjust your heat a little bit just so the mixture doesn't boil over, but you wanna make sure it continuous to boil. So, I have my fruit mixture here that has been standing for 10 minutes and hot pectin mixture. Simply gonna pour it in. So, I have done stirring for about 3 minutes and the sugar has dissolved, we're just simply gonna take our little freezer containers here and I love these. These are plastic. They are freezer safe, and what you do is you just gonna ladle your mixture, your fruit mixture right into these and I like this because they have a little line on them that tells you helpful to fill them. Okay, so we're gonna finish filling our jar here, and you wanna leave about a 1/2 inch of space on the top of the jar just to allow some expansion for when it freezes and then I have these little lids here that just screw on, and there you have it. Just let container stand on your counter overnight. This will help them set up and then once they are set up the next day, they can be put in your refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or you can just pop into your freezer and have them for a year. So, there we have it. This is a great way for you and your family to enjoy the taste of fresh berries all year round.start out with about 4 cups of fresh berries. I got some black berries here. We've got raspberries that I've already made up some fresh raspberry jam, but for today's purpose, we're gonna use fresh strawberries . You can see that I've already taken the stems off of the strawberries and I have them in my bowl, and what
Types of Frosting
Although any kind of frosting tastes sweet on the end of a spoon, not all frostings are the same. Learn about the three basic types of frosting for cookies and which one suits your project best.Here are 3 types you may want to consider: creamy, royal icing, powdered sugar glaze or icing. Creamy frosting made with white shortening makes the brightest colors when food coloring is added. Creamy frosting doesn't set up as hard as others. Royal icing gives a more long- lasting finish to cookies and often is used to decorate cookies, used as ornaments in decorative items such as gingerbread houses . Made with meringue powder and powdered sugar , it can be thinned with water to use as a glaze. Finally, powdered sugar glaze icing is made with confectioners or powdered sugar and a liquid, often milk. It is the simplest icing to make and is best used for decorative glaze on cookies.
How to Brine a Turkey
Add incredible flavor and moisture to your turkey recipe by brining it before roasting. The process of brining a turkey is easier than you think -- we've even got a secret that frees up room in your refrigerator.
Pack & Ship Cookies
You've gone to the trouble to bake -- now make sure the goodies get there in good shape. Watch these easy tips on packing and shipping baked goods.
How to Coarsely Chop with a Knife
Coarse chopping with a knife uses a special technique. Use an appropriate, firmly fixed cutting surface. A damp towel under a cutting board keeps it from sliding around the countertop. Grip knife handle comfortably. For rough chopping, use the back half of the blade near the handle. Keep the tip of the knife on the cutting surface and the palm or fingers of your hand on the top edge of the knife, near its point, for more control. Chop in even motions until the food is chopped how you want it.
Accurately measuring liquids such as milk or vegetable oil isn't hard -- but it does require the right utensils and a little attention to detail.