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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 Jamaican jerk spice

Dennis McIntosh shows viewers how to make jerk spiced seafood. Jerk is native to Jamaica and was once a way to preserve meat. It is now enjoyed as a spicy marinade and sauce to accompany most any protein. Jerk spices include ginger, thyme, scotch bonnet peppers, scallion, onion, nutmeg, and pimento berries. In food processor or blender, add ingredients with oil and blend on low speed. Next, add garlic, salt, cinnamon, pepper, and sugar. Pour marinade over fish and toss to coat. Add to hot pan...

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 our garlic into the perfect size, depending on your preference. Don't have time to buy and chop up your own fresh garlic for every one of your family's cherished recipes? Holly Chegg leaves you with advice on using the g...

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: 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 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 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: 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 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: Chop and mince herbs

Fresh herbs can transform almost any dish. Watch this how to video and let Bon Appetite show you how to chop herbs for your recipes. Learn to chop and mince herbs with woody stems or leafy herbs. Even get tips on how to chiffenade mint and basil leaves.

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: 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, which is simple. Simply take a heavy gauge knife and smash it against your clove. The skin will break away very easily so that all you have to do is pull it off. Cut off the hard end of the garlic clove and then smash ...

How To: Make your own homemade butter

Karen Solomon teaches the secrets of making your own homemade butter in simple steps. First take a clean odor free jar and pour in one container of heavy whipping cream with room temperature. Now close the jar with its lid and start to shake the jar. Keep shaking the jar for about 20-30 minutes, then pour it out by filtering it. Transfer the filtered fresh butter to a plate to finish.

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: 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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