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Nicky Parrish
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re: Kitchen Tricks That Make Life Easier
Rachel Ray may know how to cut an onion, but she calls the “hair”end the top and the opposite end the root. I think she’s got that arse backwards.
Seems like like she put on a few pounds.
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TigerRob20
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Now I use deli containers that all use the same lid size.


I’m in the process of doing this. As the cheap Tupperware breaks, it just gets replaced with cup/pint/quart sized containers.

Also, I really like buying standard commercial kitchen tools. Things like sheet pans, knives, cutting boards, etc can be had for extra cheap on Amazon. Use and replace as needed, and all of the stuff you have is uniform in size or similarity.


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gumbo2176
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Rachel Ray may know how to cut an onion, but she calls the “hair”end the top and the opposite end the root. I think she’s got that arse backwards. Seems like like she put on a few pounds.


Yep, obviously she's never grown onions or she'd know the root end from the stem end. And yes, she's packed on more than a few pounds over the years. In about 10 more years she may be sitting to cook like Paul Prudhomme did on his PBS show in New Orleans.

Oh, and as far as cutting onions like that, it's the only way I've ever diced onions, and have been doing so for almost 6 decades.


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Never occurred to me to do that



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Gris Gris
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re: Kitchen Tricks That Make Life Easier
I didn't know there was another way to dice or chop an onion.


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re: Kitchen Tricks That Make Life Easier
There is another way?


Nicky Parrish
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Oh, and as far as cutting onions like that, it's the only way I've ever diced onions, and have been doing so for almost 6 decades

Same here, I’ll be 70 this year. Been cooking since my teens. Do almost all the cooking now.
Not complaining, just love to cook. Prep is the part I like.


Gris Gris
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There is another way?




According to RR, there is. I don't know what it is, though.


Jones
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It's basically like fileting a fish.

I've never done it


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gumbo2176
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There is another way?


Like she showed in her video where you place your palm atop the onion half, slice into it 2-3 times parallel with the cutting board and then slicing down to cube it.

Like she said, makes no sense to do it that way as it's just a useless step that has little to no benefit.


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Neauxla
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I made nut butter last week....and ran soapy water through it to clean. It removed about 70% of the residue, but it still required a good, solid scrub with a sponge.


turn up your water heater. I clean peanut butter off mine all the time just w/ my sink sprayer



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gumbo2176
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re: Kitchen Tricks That Make Life Easier
66 here and have been cooking since my early teens in one form or another. I'm retired and the wife is still working for about 5 more years before she calls it a day.

I do all the cooking for us and host several parties a year at the house, with the biggest being Thanksgiving where about 25 or more show up each year.

This week alone it's red beans/sausage and rice today. Chicken and pork kebabs tomorrow, Wednesday it will be meatballs/Italian sausage in a red gravy with pasta and a salad and I won't cook again until Friday and that will be a chicken/andouille/okra gumbo.


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Like she said, makes no sense to do it that way as it's just a useless step that has little to no benefit.




I do it if I want an extremely fine dice, otherwise I don't bother with the horizontal cuts.



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Athis
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Bananas...Wrap the plastic bag, that you put the bananas in from the grocery, around the stem. I also put a rubber band to secure the bag. It really works for keeping them from turning black.


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Caplewood
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taking on 20 stages and constantly rotating them out so they cant get burned out and also cant complain about working for free


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Nicky Parrish
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I do all the cooking for us and host several parties a year at the house, with the biggest being Thanksgiving where about 25 or more show up each year.

Have neighbors over pretty regular. Group of 10 or 12 depending who shows up.
Love firing up the grill.
Enjoying cooking during the holidays. My wife volunteers at the community center here and I cook on Mondays for them. A group of about 20 or so older ladies that aren’t picky eaters.
Today was lima beans and chicken /rice.
This year I want to get good at baking. Namely bread.


gumbo2176
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This year I want to get good at baking. Namely bread.


This is one of my favorites and is a hit with guests.

Herb-Parmesan Bread

2 cups warm water
2 pkgs. dry yeast
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. any herb of your choice. I like rosemary or sometimes I'll use sweet basil as I grow them in my garden.

4 1/4 cups bread flour

Sprinkle yeast over water in a large bowl. Let stand a few minutes and stir. Add, sugar, salt, melted butter, 1/2 cup cheese, the herbs and 3 cups flour. Mix until well blended and smooth. Then mix in the rest of the flour until you have a smooth ball of dough. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rise at least 45 minutes in a warm place. After it rises about twice its size and beat it down, divide in half to make 2 loaves.

Grease and flour 2 loaf pans----mine are approximately 5 x 9 metal pans. Put the bread dough into the pans and let the dough rise again for about 15 minutes while the oven heats up to 375 degrees. Sprinkle just a bit more cheese across the tops of the loaves and bake for 55 minutes.
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TigerstuckinMS
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Not a trick but I think one of the things that saves the most time in the kitchen is cleaning as you go.

This right here is the single biggest thing that'll make your life better in the kitchen outside of making sure your fricking meez is squared away before anything goes on the heat.


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Treacherous Cretin
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Like she said, makes no sense to do it that way as it's just a useless step that has little to no benefit.


Unless you want a uniform dice. Then it's a very useful step. Otherwise you wind up with longer slices from the outside edges of the onion. Try dicing an onion ring using only vertical cuts.


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Does this really make life easier? Now you have to lug the damn thing out of the cabinet, get the right attachment on, then take it apart, clean the attachment and the bowl, and put it back up. Or you could have just used two forks and been done


Yes. Plenty of people keep theirs on the counter. It literally takes two minutes.

I did it last night to shred 4 chicken breasts for buffalo chicken dip. Got the paddle out, put it on, took about a minute. Put chicken in a bowl, washed the bowl and paddle and that’s it.


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