Kitchen Tips:

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      Kitchen Tips:
      When cooking pasta dishes, get your pot of water on the stove first,
      as this is what usually take the longest. If your water starts to
      boil before you are ready, simply turn the heat down to medium so
      the water is just below boiling. Once you are ready to cook your
      pasta, turn the heat back up to high and your water will start to
      boil within seconds.

      While you are waiting for your pasta water to boil, slice all of
      your veggies and then the meat. You can get all of your slicing and
      dicing done with one knife and one cutting board if you work
      smartly. Slice your vegetables first and then place into a bowl or

      The simply rinse the cutting board and use for your meats.

      When cooking multiple vegetables, blanch the harder ones in boiling
      water so cooking time is a bit more even.

      When working with meats, it is easier to get thin slices if the meat
      is still SLIGHTLY frozen. Because the meat is firm it is easier to
      slice as thin as you want, and the thinner the slice the quicker it
      will defrost and cook.

      We eat a lot of garlic at my house and I prefer to use fresh as much
      as possible. Do not buy garlic that has black powder around the
      bottom of the head – that’s mold, and is a good indicator that the
      garlic won’t last much longer.
      Rather than buying a garlic press, save some time and money by using
      a multi-purpose tool such as a chef’s knife. Place an unpeeled clove
      of garlic on your cutting board.

      Lay the knife on top of the clove
      so that it (the knife) is perpendicular to the cutting board. Press
      down on the blade with the ball of your hand, simultaneously peeling
      and crushing the garlic clove all at the same time. The clove now
      will simply slip out of the paper.

      At this point you can mince the
      garlic with your chef’s knife or just use the crushed clove.
      Another time saver is to peel several cloves at once for use
      throughout the week. I peeled cloves that have not been crushed and
      have no blemishes in a plastic baggie in the fridge. You can also
      store them in olive oil.

      ***Important Note: while this is a time
      saver for those who use garlic frequently, it is important to
      discard any peeled garlic after one week, especially if it is stored
      in oil. Botulism can develop in the garlic/oil (due to lack of
      oxygen) if kept for more than 7 days!

      Anytime you cook chicken, make a pot of chicken stock with the
      carcass or bones. Use ice cube trays to freeze the chicken stock.
      Once frozen, pop out of the ice cube trays into quart sized plastic
      baggie and store in the freezer*. (I usually place the stock-cubes
      into one bag and then put that into another bag to prevent freezer
      burn.) when ready to use, simply put the stock cubes into a
      microwavable bowl and cook on high for about 2 minutes – perfect,
      homemade chicken stock at your fingertips in no time!
      *Be sure to label/date your bag; chicken stock will keep for about 3
      months in the freezer.

      Happy Cooking!
      Rebecca 🙂

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