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How To : Dry basil and tarragon without them turning brown

Drying herbs using this method works well for herbs like basil, mint and tarragon. Herbs that don't have the fleshy body like sage Drying herbs like tarragon can be a bit trickier than fleshy herbs like sage. Tarragon is said to be great for your blood pressure and is a wonder ...more

How To : Use leeks and lemongrass like a chef

Check out this video cooking tip from The Chef's Toolbox in Australia. Watch this tutorial to learn how to use leeks and lemongrass like a chef. Using leeks and lemongrass in recipes is easy with a little know-how, see how to do it right here. Points to remember for leeks and ...more

How To : Make lemon zest with or without a zesting tool

Making lemon zest isn't hard and doesn't take a long time, especially if you have a lemon zester. A zesting tool is the number one preferred way to get that lemon zest with no mess and no fuss. So, in the first video tutorial, see how to make lemon zest with a zester. Use a ze ...more

How To : Make decorative butter shapes

Butte can be very decorative and festive. In this how to video Chef Paul talks about flavored and decorative butters. Watch and learn how to shape and mold butter into any shape for garnishing dishes.

How To : Peel, chop and crush garlic like a chef

Check out this video cooking tip from The Chef's Toolbox in Australia. Watch this tutorial to learn how to peel, chop and crush garlic like a chef. Peeling garlic for recipes is easy with a little know-how, see how to do it right here. If there is a little green germ in the cl ...more

How To : Use rosemary and thyme like a chef

Check out this video cooking tip from The Chef's Toolbox in Australia. Watch this tutorial to learn how to use rosemary and thyme like a chef. Using the fresh herbs rosemary and thyme in recipes is easy with a little know-how, see how to do it right here. Points to remember f ...more

How To : Make homemade horseradish

Using fresh horse radish root from the ground, Rem shows how to make fresh horseradish. First, wash it thouroughly. Use a potato peeler and a knife to peel as if peeling a potato. Make sure to do this in a well ventilated space, or outside. Split the root in half to remove any ...more

How To : Eat edible flowers

Rita Heikenfeld from AboutEating discusses some of the flowers that are not only beautiful but also edible. It is important not to eat flowers that have been sprayed with chemicals. Some of the more common edible flowers are the zinnia, petunia, and the marigold, which has a d ...more

How To : Make a butter sculpture

Don’t laugh—butter sculpture is a true art form that originated in Tibet in the 7th century. It is now one of the highlights of many American harvest fairs. Learn how to make your own butter sculpture. You Will Need: * Butter * A cool room * Ice water * Materials for the fram ...more

How To : Peel ginger without using a knife

Gourmet Magazine's food editor Lillian Chou introduces cooking enthusiasts to a little-known method to peeling a ginger. She addresses the problem of cooks taking too much of the ginger off with the skin when peeling with a knife. To reduce this wasteful practice and get depen ...more

How To : Make wasabi foam to garnish and serve over meals

Looking to add some spice to your dinner but not a fan of straight wasabi? In this tutorial, learn how to make a light and fluffy foam with wasabi that you can serve over fish, sushi, salad or any other light dish that needs some spice.

How To : Make homemade butter from scratch

In this video, we learn how to make homemade butter from scratch. First, you will need to take some heavy cream that is ultra-pasteurized. Once you have bought your cream, you will need to add some salt to it so it tastes less bland. Pour the cream into the food processor and ...more

How To : Peel & mince garlic

For anyone new to cooking, this basic tutorial shows us how to mince garlic, an ingredient often used in a variety of recipes. If you are going to mince a clove of garlic, you will need to separate the clove from the bulb. Before you mince your garlic, you will need to peel it ...more

How To : Preserve Sooji for roasting

Anuja and Hetal from Show Me The Curry show how to roast Sooji. Sooji is otherwise known as semolina which is purified wheat used for making pasta. Semolina is known as Sooji in India and is used in many many dishes as a grain and sometimes as a meat substitute. Some recipes l ...more

How To : Make Garlic Parmesan Croutons

This video from FoodWishes.com demonstrates how to make garlic Parmesan croutons. This is a great recipe for homemade croutons which will be much better than the ones you can buy at a store. He first mixes olive oil and finely mixed garlic and lets it infuse for a few hours a ...more

How To : Peel garlic and pearl onions without stickiness

If you're a home cook, peeling garlic is probably not your most favorite part of preparing a meal. Sure, the first one or two bulbs are a cinch, but once you start peeling garlic in larger quantities the inevitable stickiness arises and the garlic becomes harder and harder to ...more

How To : Make compound butter

Compound butters can be found at almost any supermarket or store. It's easy to use and adds a great flavor to most dishes. But, why spend your hard earned cash to buy something, when you can make it yourself. It costs less and is a fun activity to perform yourself. In this tut ...more

How To : Make garlic herb butter

This quick video will show you how to make delicious garlic and herb butter. To make this delicious garlic and herb butter, do the following: Put 8 ounces of Plugra Butter into a mixing bowl. Add salt, green onion, flat leaf parsley, minced garlic, fresh basil and ground peppe ...more

How To : Make pickled ginger for sushi

No sushi dinner is complete without the pickled ginger. Ginger is used between sushi courses to cleanse the palette and get you ready for the next delicacy. Ginger is a necessary side dish for sushi, so if you are planning on making your own Japanese food, check out this tutor ...more

How To : Use lemongrass in your cooking

CHOW Associate Editor Corinne Trang teaches you how to use lemongrass in your cooking. 1. To use your lemongrass in your cooking, first strip away the dry outer leaves, and cut away the stumpy end and the dry leafy ends. 2. Chop each lemongrass stalk into pieces. 3. Next, you ...more

How To : Make edible garnishes

Transforming a plain old plate into a work of art is just a simple garnish away. Learn how to make edibile garnishes. You Will Need: * A tomato * A carrot * Large button mushrooms * A celery stalk * Maraschino cherries * An orange * Strawberries * Melted chocolate * A sharp p ...more

How To : Make a country style dry rub with the BBQ Pit Boys

Dry rub is a must for great tasting barbecue and this basic and easy to make BBQ Dry Rub does the trick. It works real well with pork, chicken, and beef, and it's cheap to make. Start with this recipe as demonstrated by one of the BBQ Pit Boys and then add your own spices to m ...more

How To : Garnish food with fresh food and herbs

Garnishes may sometimes feel as something that we thinks is too difficult to do. Don't fear in this how to video Chef Paul talks about food presentation and how to garnish your dishes. Watch and learn how to make a great tasting dish stand out even more with fresh food and herbs.

How To : Make Sure Your Dinner Party Is a Success

Holiday dinners can be the same every year, but many are starting to switch it up, making new traditions and getting a new dining experience for everyone at the table. It’s not unusual to see sweet potatoes on an Easter dinner menu or lamb at Thanksgiving dinner. Some people ...more

How To : Make your own creamed honey out of regular honey

Creamed honey is a delicious variation of regular honey that is sweeter and less dripping. Creamed honey is crystallized honey, and you can make your own creamed honey by using a little 'starter' honey and mixing it in with your regular honey.

How To : Quickly make homemade butter

In this tutorial, we learn how to quickly make homemade butter. First, you will need to take some milk and pour it into a glass. After this, you will pour the milk into a food processor and turn it on high. Let this mix up for a few minutes, until you see clumps of butter star ...more

How To : Make butter the fun and easy way

In this tutorial, we learn how to make butter the fun and easy way. First, you will need some cream. Pour this into a plastic container until it's half way full. After this, place the top on the container, then shake it for a while. Make sure the lid is on completely, or you w ...more

How To : Easily peel a garlic

Holly Chegg shows the best way to peel and chop fresh garlic in a quick way! She first shows us how to peel off the skin in a perfect manner using a simple technique that everybody should be able to do. It is practically fool proof. She then shows us some easy ways to chop up ...more

How To : Make homemade ginger and garlic paste

This how-to video is about how to make homemade ginger and garlic paste. This video is provided by Anuja and Hetal, and they explains us the simpler method of preparing ginger and garlic paste which is used in most of the Indian dishes. Materials and ingredients required: 1) ...more

How To : Make cilantro pearls with Molecular Gastronomy

Its a flavor explosion! Take some cilantro, add in a little Calcium Chloride and Sodium Alginate, and give some crab cakes a new twist! The pearl is one of the most useful treats of Molecular Gastronomy. Learn how to make corn cake with bbq crab and cilantro pearls. You will n ...more

How To : Peel and mince fresh garlic

You need to stop vampires and you love to cook with garlic. Watch this how to video and let the Rookie Cook show you how to peel and cut garlic. Mincing and peeling garlic is so simple you will never buy the bottled kind.

How To : Make a Fancy Lemon Spiral Garnish

Okay, lemon spirals on cocktails aren't exactly necessary, but they're clever, cute garnishes that are simple to make if you're in a rush and need to throw them on several dozen cocktail glasses for a party. This tutorial teaches you how to create lovely lemon spiral garnishe ...more

How To : Chiffonade

Chiffonade (pronounced chef-fon-nahd), a culinary term for finely slicing leafy herbs or vegetables, is easy to master and makes a simple garnish of basil look even more elegant. Here's how to do it: Stack clean, de-stemmed leaves of basil (or any other leafy green) in piles o ...more

How To : Keep your herbs fresh with tips

We can't get enough of fresh herbs in our cooking, but that's just the problem: About 2 days after we purchase our sprigs of thyme and sage they look sadder than Ashton Kutcher's last romantic comedy. So if you're curious as to how to make your pricy herbs last longer, check ...more

How To : Make cold pressed nut butter

In this video, we learn how to make cold pressed nut butter. First you will need to have a crusher that will not juice the nuts it will just crush them. Put your nuts into this and then start to run it. You can add in some raw cashews, raw Brazil nuts, almonds. You can use any ...more

How To : Make tamarind red chili pickles

In this tutorial, we learn how to make tamarind red chili pickles. This is made by grinding up ripe red chilies with tamarind. After you do this, you will make sure the combination is well combined by stirring again with a spoon. When this is finished, heat up a skillet with o ...more

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