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How to Use Your Pressure Cooker as a Bain Marie

Imagine your pressure cooker as an enclosed bain mariethat cooks up to 70 percent faster than your oven. Bain marie is French for “hot water bath.” A traditional bain marie bakes certain desserts at a [more…]

How to Buy a Slow Cooker

A slow cooker is truly a pleasure to use. Manufacturers seem determined to outdo themselves in making slow cookers more user-friendly and convenient, so you have plenty of options when picking out a slow [more…]

Top Tips for Baking Cookies

Baking cookies is fun right? It is if you take the time to prepare yourself and your kitchen. Go through these steps to help you get set up and make great cookies: [more…]

Ingredients Substitutions for Cookie Recipes

If you’re making cookies and find out you’re missing a recipe ingredient (hey, it happens to the best of us) keep this list handy so you know what can be substituted: [more…]

Cutting the Fat in Cookie Recipes

If you’re looking to slim down your cookie recipes without giving up on the flavor, try these tips for reducing the fat in your favorite recipe: [more…]

Tips for Icing Cookies

If you want to top off your cookies with a sweet, creamy icing and keep them looking as great as they taste just follow these handy tips to ensure that your frosting efforts are a success: [more…]

How to Use a Mandoline to Slice Vegetables

A mandoline, a rectangular, hand-operated food slicer that slices vegetables quickly. The mandolin has interchangeable blades to give you different vegetable slices — julienne, wavy, plain, even lattice [more…]

Finding a Slow Cooker That’s Right for You

A slow cooker is truly a pleasure to use. Manufacturers seem determined to outdo themselves in making slow cookers more user-friendly and convenient, so you have plenty of options when picking out a slow [more…]

How to Wash a Pressure Cooker

Clean and maintain your pressure cooker like any other good piece of quality cookware. If you keep your pressure cooker clean, you can get years of use out of it. Before putting your pressure cooker away [more…]

Cooking Equipment: Small Electric Appliances

You don’t need to own every small kitchen appliance on the market, but you may find that some small appliances can benefit your cooking efforts and make cooking fun! Small appliances are an investment, [more…]

Link Your Food Truck Menu to Your Kitchen Equipment

The size and types of equipment in your commercial and food truck kitchens will play major roles in determining the items you can include on your menu. The larger the kitchen and the wider the range of [more…]

Green Commercial Kitchens for Your Food Truck

Most commercial kitchens use excessive amounts of water and energy, and many followers of the food truck industry are becoming increasingly aware of a kitchen’s impact on the environment. Since its inception [more…]

How to Find a Commercial Kitchen for Your Food Truck

Finding a commercial kitchen that works for you is an integral part of bringing your gourmet mobile food business to life. The location, cost, type, and size of your commercial kitchen determine many aspects [more…]

How to Evaluate Commercial Kitchens for Your Food Truck

As a food truck owner, you need to spend time in the prospective facility with a culinary consultant or your staff before you sign a contract with a commercial kitchen. Having multiple sets of hands and [more…]

Paleo Diet Recipe: Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut

You can eat like a (civilized) cave man with this recipe for a one-pot Paleo entree: Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut. The secret to this Paleo pleaser is to brown the pork before adding the sauerkraut. [more…]

Four Essential Knives for the Kitchen

Using the right knife makes cooking at home faster and easier. You need at least four basic kitchen knives: a chef's knife for chopping, slicing, dicing, and mincing; a paring knife for peeling fruits [more…]

How to Cut Potatoes for French Fries

If you love French fries, learn to make them at home by julienning potatoes; julienne simply means you cut the potato into thin strips. Learn this easy knife technique to cut perfect potato strips to satisfy [more…]

How to Prepare Fresh Garlic Four Ways

Garlic is a mainstay in all kinds of recipes. While jarred garlic is convenient, the taste of fresh garlic is unmistakable in home cooking. Find out how to prepare fresh garlic four ways: cracked, puréed [more…]

How to Carve Ham

When you bake a gorgeous ham, you want to serve it thinly sliced rather than chopped into chunks. Carving a ham with the bone in is easy if you know how. Put your chef's knife or serrated knife to use [more…]

How to Carve Roast Beef

The way you carve roast beef can affect how chewy the slices are. The secret to carving tender slices of roast beef is the grain - the direction of the string-like fibers of the beef. Find the grain of [more…]

How to Debone a Chicken

Boneless chicken pieces cost more than pieces with the bone in. Save money by sharpening your knife and learning how to remove the bones from chicken thighs, breasts, and drumsticks. [more…]

How to Cut a Whole Chicken into Eight Pieces

Hone your knife skills and learn how to separate a whole chicken into eight pieces so you can leave the expensive, precut chicken pieces at the grocery store. Master the simple steps needed to cut a whole [more…]

How to Chop an Onion

Onions add zest to all types of savory dishes, so knowing how to chop an onion is a crucial knife skill for the home cook. Learn the simple steps for chopping onions to just the right size for any recipe [more…]

How to Julienne Carrots

Julienned carrots sound fancy, but they're simply thin, even strips of vegetable. Learn the simple knife skill required to make carrots julienne while keeping your fingers safe. Carrots cut like this cook [more…]

How to Use a Paring Knife

A paring knife is a kitchen essential for the home cook. Use this knife to cut away (pare) skins from vegetables or fruits so you can prepare all kinds of savory and sweet recipes. Follow simple steps [more…]
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