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How To: Make a garlic puree garnish for seasoning recipes

Chef Jason Hill uses this garlic puree for most recipes that call for fresh garlic. The addition of the shallot gives this puree more depth. It keeps up to ten days covered in the refrigerator, and keeps frozen for up to six months in the freezer. The ingredients are garlic and shallots. Learn how to prepare this recipe by watching this video cooking tutorial.

How To: Make chocolate curls for garnishing

Okay, so knowing how to make chocolate curls isn't exactly a necessary culinary skill, but when it comes to dessert making, how much of that dessert is there more for show than for taste? We're thinking it's 50/50. Plus, if you're a chocolate lover then chocolate curls may just be the perfect addition to your creme brulee or chocolate ganache cake.

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 of three to six leaves and tightly roll them lengthwise into a cigar-like shape. Use a sharp knife to make thin slices across the rolled leaves. Shake the slices gently to unfurl the whisper-thin tendrils and then use as ...

How To: Freeze ginger

Love the taste of fresh ginger, but hate throwing out dry, moldy roots? Solve the problem by storing it in the freezer. Whenever you have a hankering for fresh ginger, just grate the still-frozen root into your favorite recipes. Ginger will lose some of its potency in the freezer, but not enough to make a significant difference. When previously frozen ginger thaws completely it develops a sodden texture, so once frozen it's best to keep it that way. Frozen ginger is also a little bit easier t...

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