Hot Spices & Garnishes How-Tos

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: 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 deep spots. Its now ready to grind. Using a blender, add white vinegar, sugar, two teaspoons , mayo, 1/3 cup, add enough vinegar to come just short of covering the ingredients. Blend on high until its no longer lumpy. Y...

How To: Store parsley to stay fresh

This video demonstrates how to store parsley to stay fresh. Parsley is a commonly used herb. But you have to buy it in bunches. How do you keep the parsley fresh? First, wash the parsley really good, then set it in a colander so that it drains but not completely. Then take the parsley and lay it out on a paper towel thinly. Leave the water clinging a little to the parsley. Wrap the parsley in the towel loosely like an egg roll. Fold up the ends of the towel. Then place the parsley, in the tow...

How To: Make honey butter

This tip provided by The Food Channel shows you how to quickly make some delicious honey butter. To make some great tasting honey butter, do the following: You will need a 1/2 pound of butter, 1/8 cup of honey, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract and some cinnamon to garnish. Slice the butter into small cubes and allow to warm to room temperature. Whisk until creamy. Add the honey to the butter and mix well. Pour in the vanilla extract and blend. Spoon the butter into a ramekin and sprinkle with ...

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: 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: Handle & mince garlic

This is a video showing how to handle and mince garlic. Make sure that the garlic is firm and not dried up. The skin is broken with a hammer to get the cloves loose. The skin is then peeled off of the garlic. The garlic is then cut into long pieces. Each slice is a 16th of an inch thick. Heat up olive oil and place the garlic into the oil. Let it cook for about a minute so that the flavor is drawn into the oil. Do not leave the garlic unattended. Garlic burns quickly. The garlic is removed an...

How To: Easily make clarified butter

Learn how to easily make clarified butter at your home in simple steps from Jason Hill. First heat a pan and add some thick butter on it. Let the butter stay on the for sometime until it is completely melted. Now start skimming the surface of the melted butter little by little using a spoon. You will get the clarified butter when its skimmed off completely. You can use it many purposes as it hold a lot heat.

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.

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: 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 dependable results every time, she encourages the use of a spoon! This simple tool can take the skin (and only the skin!) off ginger without any hassle. It also is apparently very good at getting the hard-to-peel spots on gin...

How To: Keep ginger fresh

Have you ever had ginger and watched it go bad because you had no use for it right away? Well, now there is a answer to that problem. The only thing you will need is a cup and some water and of course your ginger. First, pour some water into a jar or cup of some sort and then stick the ginger in the cup. Put it in the refrigerator and it should last up to a week this way. One thing to remember to do is to change the water that the ginger is sitting in every single day. Doing this should add a...

How To: Cook with garlic

Learn how to cook with garlic and avoid hose tiny bits of burned, minced garlic. Chowhound fayehess, also known as Faye Delicious of Blip.tv, puts whole cloves and heads of garlic into her saute pan to extract the flavor. The secret is to cook before mincing. Garlic, yum.

How To: Make a container herb garden

Container gardening is a great way to grow plants, vegetables and herbs without needing a lot of space. Herbs do especially well and can be grown right outside your kitchen door. In this video, you'll learn how to use an old farmer's market basket to make a great container garden. Fill it with your favorite herbs and your cooking will be full of flavor all summer long.

How To: Make a southwestern dry rub

Dry rub recipes are used on all most every type of meat. Rubs add flavor, color and texture. From pork tenderloin to southern ribs, a dry rub draws out the flavor of meat and can give it a kick. Many rubs are spicy, but also add a bit of sweetness pork, beef and even chicken.

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.