When you wash lettuce and place it back in the refrigerator you are adding surface water, which can promote the growth of bacteria. There are two schools of thought about the lettuce core, one is to bang the head on the counter and twist the core out before storing it to slow down the moisture leaving the lettuce and then there is the chefs theory about leaving the core in. You can also leave the lettuce in a plastic bag to help the lettuce retain its natural moisture.
Amazing facts like this will help you make the most out of your fresh produce. There are so many everyday practices we do that we don’t realize can be harmful. Find them all out in the Great Kitchen Secrets book!
Check out this live segment of Chef Tony’s secrets straight from the book! Make a juicier and more flavorful turkey or ham for next year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas. Buy Great Kitchen Secrets for endless tips in the kitchen.
Thanksgiving time is here! A chance to get together with family to eat delicious food and catch up, but what about your friends? This year, throw a Friendsgiving feast so you and your friends can give thanks for each other too. This post by Decoist.com gives great tips on how to throw and fun and festive Friendsgiving get together. Once you invite everyone, you can start assigning dishes to certain guests to make it more like a potluck that is easier on you, the host! It’s the perfect way to bring all of your friends together and be thankful this holiday season :)
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Don’t know what to do with all that leftover Halloween candy? Re-purpose those candy and chocolate bars into delicious desserts that are perfect for anytime! From fudge, to candy coated caramel apples, cookies and pies, Delish.com has great recipes that will use up all of those Reese’s, Candy Corns, M&M’s, Skittles and more!
Chef Tony was a guest on CBS 2 New York’s “The Couch” where he demonstrated some tried and true Kitchen Secrets! The show’s co-hosts Jodi Applegate and John Elliot discussed a recent Harvard study that showed Americans throw away almost 40 percent of their groceries! They brought Chef Tony on the show to teach viewers how to make their food last longer so that they can cut down on waste and save more. Chef Tony demonstrated such tips as how to store eggs for longer, how to keep milk fresh longer and how to keep food from getting freezer burn. Watch the segment to learn how to start saving your own money and groceries!
MyRecipes.com has put up a great video tutorial on the best way to peel and cube butternut squash. Watch above and take note of their tips below:
Peeling and Cubing Butternut Squash
“Before you start peeling and chopping a winter squash such as butternut squash, place it in the microwave oven and microwave at HIGH for about 2 minutes for a medium-size squash. This will make the squash easier to slice.
Next, cut the squash crosswise into 2 pieces at the neck of the squash to reveal the seeds. Scoop out the seeds and the membrane using a spoon. You could also use an ice cream scoop or a serrated grapefruit spoon.
Remove the peel from the squash using a vegetable peeler. The skin is tough, so it’s sometimes hard to remove, even after you’ve softened it in the microwave.
Remove the skin from both pieces of the squash. Cut the squash into round slices.
To chop the squash, cut a round slice into 1-inch wide strips, rotate the strips a quarter turn, and cut into 1-inch cubes, or whatever size the recipe requires.”