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Cooking Tips for the Frazzled Cook

by: Celebrity Recipes Magazine
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At wit’s end on how to correct a dish gone wrong or wanting? Here are a few tips and techniques that you may wish to try when things go awry.

Gravy goof-up.
The gravy is too watery? Don’t lose sleep over it. Toast some semolina flour and add to the watery gravy and it will thickens as soon as you end reading this sentence.

Salty curry.
Now a salty curry is something that you don’t encounter everyday. However, if it does happen, boil a couple of potatoes in it. The potatoes will absorb the saltiness from the curry. This tip is also useful for salty soups and sauces.

Cracking a hard shell.
Obsessed in peeling the shell from a hard-cooked egg to reveal a perfectly flawless egg? Just boil the eggs for 20 minutes and immediately immerse in ice water. Crack the egg afterwards and see how the shell simply slides off the egg.

Proofing yeast.
Yes, the yeast is guilty and here’s how to prove it when making bread. Pour water in a small bowl. Add a pinch of sugar. Sprinkle the yeast in water. In 5 to 10 minutes, the mixture will be foamy and aromatic.

Sprouting beans.
Can’t do without lumpiang togue? Here’s how you can sprout mung beans to make the said dish. Soak mung beans in water for two hours. Drain the water. Place inside a cloth bag and hang. The beans will sprout overnight. If you can’t find a cloth bag, place the mung beans in between wet newspaper, remove immediately when they’ve sprouted.

No sugar?
Sugar-challenged and the neighbor can’t afford to spare a cuppa? Well, here are equivalents to a cup of the sweet thing: ¾ cups honey, 1 ½ cups molasses, 1½ cups maple syrup.

Burned onions.
Over-sauteing your onions? Just sprinkle the onions with a bit of sugar while being sautéed. Sugar will help the onions sauté evenly.

Onion tears.
Lachrymating while slicing onions? Here’s a tip, chill the onions first. Otherwise, light a candle and place near the chopping board while you slice the onions—these are guaranteed to keep the tears at bay.

So there you have it! We hope that these tips will help you through your cooking dilemmas. Happy cooking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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