Recipes to Reduce Kitchen Waste (from Food52)

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(herbs recently collected from my garden for a variety of kitchen uses)
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Just came across yet another fantastic piece from Food52 (have I mentioned how much I love their site? Great info, and just adore their photography); this time about recipes to reduce kitchen waste. There are 30 recipes here to give you some tasty ideas on how to reduce food waste in the kitchen.

We’d love for you to try out some of the recipes and let us know what you think (and if you have some other ideas for ways to reduce food waste in the kitchen) here on the blog. (I’m particularly looking forward to trying the apple peel bourbon recipe. I am from the South after all so I do like my bourbon!)

Food52- 30 Recipes to Reduce Kitchen Waste

Enjoy Every Bite!
C

 

The Why, When, and How: Smashing Garlic and Cutting Round Vegetables

To Smash or not to Smash? Here we discuss and demonstrate for you, as well as how to easily cut round vegetables that tend to want to roll and get away from you!

Why: smashing garlic helps get the most flavor out of the clove, and it helps make chopping the clove easier, because it doesn’t “roll around” on you.
“Round” vegetables, such as mushrooms and onions, tend to want to “roll” or move around on you when you’re trying to chop them. This video will help you remove the rolling and will help show you how to chop easier!

When: whenever your recipe calls for yummy garlic or vegetables.

How: see Karen in the video below-

Every Bite: Smashing Garlic & Cutting Round Vegetables

Enjoy!

Carol and Karen

I always have a favorite part of these videos that Karen does, and in this one, it’s around the 6:30ish mark, where she starts talking about “ze claw”! So funny! It’s really a great tip and one that has totally stuck with me for years, because even when I’m in the kitchen now and I’m chopping something, I find myself giggling and saying “you hold your fingers like ze claw yes!”   🙂

Olive Oil, “Culination”, and the Rollie EggMaster

Here is a nice piece from The Splendid Table about what “Extra Virgin” olive oil really means. It’s very interesting and informative, and comes complete with a video, recipe, and recommendations.

What “Extra Virgin” Olive Oil really means

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Also, apparently over half of Americans would rather do taxes than making and eating a homemade meal. Holy cow! Now that’s pretty bad!
Culination hopes to help change that, and is an “e-learning community that connects seasoned chefs with home cooks.” It’s designed to be informative and interactive, and is a great way to learn more about food and how to make it not such a chore to make and enjoy a homemade meal.
My favorite line from the article is: “we want your kitchen to be a place of inspiration, not intimidation.”

It is a well said, succinct sentence that is something K and I also firmly believe. We want you to use the Every Bite cookbook as a way to be enthusiastic and inspired to be in the kitchen; not dreading or avoiding it.

Culination

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And this is just something funny I (C) saw on “Sandwich Morning” on NPR. What the heck?! I just do NOT want my eggs shaped like that! GROSS! The video is funny (and that’s it’s an actual thing is a little scary), but it’s the comments that are particularly hilarious!

Rollie EggMaster

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Enjoy!
Carol & Karen

Video and Link from America’s Test Kitchen

Just wanted to share a video and link that we saw over the weekend from America’s Test Kitchen.

The video is about the best way to cook good, crispy bacon, without it being too crispy and charred. Now I (C) love bacon, so I’m going to have to try this very soon. The technique looks quite interesting.

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The link talks about the need for salting fattier cuts of meat. For our Tasty Pork Shoulder recipe in the upcoming cookbook, we have you salt the meat with a good amount of salt. We know that worries a lot of people that it’s too much salt, is bad for you, will make it too salty, but trust us (and America’s Test Kitchen): it will be delicious!
Fattier Meat Requires More Salt for Seasoning

Enjoy!

C & K

Shelf Life of Food

I came across this fantastic poster of different foods’ shelf life. It’s really helpful and a great way to visualize everything. I just thought this was so great and informative.

You might want to print out and put on your refrigerator!

Below is the link to the poster (thank you Design Taxi-it’s such a great site):

Shelf Life of Food

C