Kosher Tips

 

Tip #24 – Removing Strings from Snap Peas

 

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To remove the stem and strings at the same time from sugar snap peas, hold the stem between your thumb and index finger, snap and pull down.


 

Tip #23 – Which Tuna Has Less Mercury?

 

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Chunk light tuna, which comes from the smaller skipjack or yellowfin, has less mercury than canned white albacore tuna


 

Tip #22 – Should I Always Add Salt With...

 

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Check the label on your brand of curry powder and other spices: if it mentions added salt, you may omit the salt in the recipe or salt to taste.


 

Easy Tips for Using, Storing and Growing Herbs

 

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There are so many kinds of herbs and they all impart their own unique flavor.  Some herbs, like basil and tarragon, add a sweet mellowness to summer’s bounty of tomatoes and squash.  Others are pungent, giving foods a new dimension: lemongrass, for instance, is bold and slightly sharp, complementing some fish and soups.  Many herbs can play together, like chervil and parsley, or marjoram and rosemary.   Your taste buds can be your guide.

Herbs are easy to find, but you can just as easily grow them, even if all you have to spare is a window sill!  If you have an outdoor garden it is best to choose a sunny side and plant herbs directly in the ground.  If you have a patio or terrace, you can plant herbs in large pots.  If you have a sunny window you can grow herbs all year-round.  Choose a window that has plenty of sun.  Remember to turn the pots every day so that all sides of the plant get sun.  Always cut the herbs from above so that new shoots can develop.


 

Tip #21 – How Do I Get Corn Off The Cob?

 

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To remove corn kernels, stand a cob on its stem end in a bowl and slice them off with a sharp, thin-bladed knife.


 

Tip #20 – What is Tahini?

 

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Tahini (also spelled Tehina) is a thick paste of ground sesame seeds. Look for it in supermarkets in the Middle Eastern section


 

Tip #19 – How Do I Toast Chopped Nuts?

 

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To toast chopped nuts: Cook in small skillet over medium-low heat stirring constantly until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 mins.


 

Tip #18 – Which Whole Wheat Flour is Better...

 

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Whole wheat pastry flour has less gluten-forming potential than regular whole wheat flour, making it a better choice for tender baked goods.


 

Tip #17 – Do I Grease Cake Pans?

 

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When using cake pans, they must be greased and floured to create a thin layer of protection against the oven’s heat.


 

Tip #16 – How to Get More Volume From Eggs

 

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To get the most volume from beaten eggs, it’s best for them to be at room temperature


 

Tip #15 – Oat Flour Is a Gluten Free...

 

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Oat flour, made from finely milled whole oats, is a good source of dietary fiber and whole grains. It can replace a portion of all-purpose flour in many baking recipes and adds an oat flavor and texture.


 

Tip #14 – What is Tempeh?

 

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Tempeh is a chewy, nutty, fermented soybean loaf. Find it (plain or with added grains) near refrigerated tofu in natural-foods stores and many large supermarkets.


 

Tip #13 – What is Mirin?

 

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Mirin is a sweet, low-alcohol rice wine essential in Japanese cooking. Look for it in your supermarket with the Asian ingredients.


 

Tip #12 – What is Kirsch?

 

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Kirsch (also called kirschwasser) is clear cherry brandy, commonly used as a flavor enhancer in fondue and cherries jubilee.


 

Tip #11 – What is Saffron?

 

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Considered the world’s most expensive spice, saffron contributes a pungent flavor and intense yellow color. It is sold in threads and powdered form.