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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 wonderful addition to things like soups and stews. Its also adds wonderful freshness to an early morning omelet. After a rough chop and time to dry, these herbs will hold their color and flavor until you are ready to use them....

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 zesting tool for the peeling, and make sure to wash the outside of the lemon thoroughly to remove dirt and residue. Then zest away!

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: 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...

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 like Upma require that the Sooji be roasted before being added into the recipe. This video shows you the easiest way that you can roast Sooji in your microwave so that it can be used in various Indian dishes.

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 type of nuts that you want inside of your butter. Turn the machine on and continue to add the nuts, pressing down with the lever at the top. After this, the nuts will come out at the bottom inside the bowl. To make this...

How To: Make raw vegan vanilla extract

In this video, we learn how to make raw vegan vanilla extract. First, take whole organic vanilla beans and chop them into small pieces. After this, place the pieces of vanilla into a high speed blender along with 1 c of purified water. Start blending this on high until you have a pure vanilla liquid and there are absolutely not bumps or husks left in the blender. There should be no fibers or husks on the side of the blender. Place your hand on the side of it to make sure your blender isn't ge...

How To: Make raw macadamia nut butter

In this tutorial, we learn how to make raw macadamia nut butter. First, you will need to take some raw macadamia nuts and a food processor. Pour the macadamia nuts into the food processor. Then, let this spin for around five minutes or until the butter has started to form. There should be no chunks left in the mixture, the oils should come out and help the mixture blend. After this is finished, scoop the butter out and you will taste an amazing raw macadamia nut butter. This will also work fo...

How To: Make pineapple salsa with Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck is unquestionably the most famous chef in the United States, and his recipes are delicious and coveted. In this video, a part of his online only Wolfgang Puck's Cooking Class show, he teaches us how to make pineapple salsa on the grill. No, you don't grill the salsa, just the pineapples, onions, and jalapeno peppers that go into it, bringing out the flavors of each before they are combined with spices and oil to create the finished product. It is easy to make, spicy, sweet, and,...

How To: Make butter the cool way

Learn how to make your own butter at home the coolest way in simple steps. First milk your cow if you have one or get raw milk and put it in your fridge. Wait until the cream flows to the top of the milk , then scoop out the cream and put it in a jar. Start to shake the jar and continue shaking until the butter separates from the milk. To make the butter more firm take it out, mix in water and shake nicely till you get it. You can also add some salt and use the remaining butter milk for your ...

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 delicious citrus flavor and is used in bath oils. Impatiens are edible (just the flowers, not the leaves) and come in a variety of colors.

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 oil and then sprinkle spices into the oil, allowing them to simmer for several minutes. Then, spoon the mixture into the oil and brown on both sides until it is finished. Serve when it's done cooking, then pair it with yo...

How To: Make garlic parsley butter

In this tutorial, we learn how to make garlic parsley butter. First, wash your parsley and then chop it up. Make sure it's completely dry before you chop it. Then, combine this with unsalted butter and mix together well. Sprinkle in some salt to the bowl, then sprinkle in some fresh pepper. Add in some minced garlic, then continue to mix together until combined. Try the butter to make sure it has enough ingredients, then continue to add salt if necessary. Place the mixture into foil, then rol...

How To: Make butter

In this tutorial, we learn how to make butter. First, you will need some cream in a carton left out in the room for around 12 hours. After this, pour the cream out into a glass jar and put the lid on tightly. Now you will shake the jar nice and slowly. You want about 1 shake every second. Continue to do this for about 2-3 minutes. At first, you will notice the glass is covered with cream, but every time you shake the bottle, the butter fat will start to stick together into clumps. Continue to...

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 clove, make sure you remove it, because it is known to give people indigestion.

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 tutorial and start pickling!

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: 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 pepper. Gently blend everything together and refrigerate till needed. You can make your own variations of this butter by using different ingredients.

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