November 29, 2020

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Food the meaning

Food mistakes you’ll never want to make again


While it might be difficult to break free from the habits of a lifetime, when it comes to preparing, cooking and eating food, there are some things that are worth the change. These are the mealtime mistakes you’re making every day and how you can fix them.



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Find yourself having to mix the oil into the peanuts every time you open a jar? Store the container upside-down – it naturally disperses the oil evenly.



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According to Italian pizza experts, the correct way to eat a Neapolitan-style pizza is by folding it into a wallet shape (as pictured). If you were to hold it by the crust, all the cheese and tomato will start to slide off.



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There’s no need to throw away stale crusty bread. Sprinkle water all over the loaf then pop it in the oven for a few minutes. Hey presto, you have fresh bread again.



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If you use a knife to peel ginger, the knobbly nature of this root means you lose a lot of flesh. A way to prevent this is to scrape the skin off using a teaspoon – it’s surprisingly easy and prevents waste.



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Most cheese, especially fine cheese, needs to breathe so plastic wrap should be avoided. Instead, wrap in cheese, waxed or parchment paper. Store it in the lower part of the fridge and keep away from strong-smelling produce. Just like butter, cheese can absorb aromas.



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One of the biggest mistakes home cooks make is not using the right knife. A serrated knife cuts bread but is also good for slicing soft produce such as tomatoes and strawberries, and sawing through larger, tough items such as celeriac. Paring knives are ideal for fiddly jobs such as peeling, removing seeds and de-veining shrimp.



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Most of us use the shelves in the fridge door for milk and wine but this is where temperatures fluctuate the most and items will spoil quickest. Use this section for the likes of condiments, water and pasteurized juices, and place food and drink that need to maintain a consistent, cold temperature in the body of the fridge.



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Trying to slice off the hairy skin of a kiwi can waste a lot of flesh in the process. A more efficient way is to cut it into rounds then pick the skin off. It will come away easily.



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Every time you add honey or golden syrup to a dish or bakes, more than half stays stuck on the spoon, right? Next time, dip the spoon in hot water then scoop out the honey or syrup – it’ll slip off much more easily.



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No matter how dirty or stained your wooden chopping board, never submerge it in water or put it in the dishwasher – one of the most common cleaning mistakes. As a porous material, the wood will soak up any liquid and this internal moisture could cause it to warp or crack, and it may even start to rot. Sponge-wash instead and allow to dry thoroughly before storing.



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Butter absorbs smells so can pick up the taste of anything with a strong aroma that’s left in the fridge. To avoid this, refrigerate butter in its original packaging within a re-sealable plastic bag and freeze any you’re not using.



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Before adding to sandwiches, put sliced tomato or cucumber between two pieces of kitchen paper to soak up excess moisture. Also, spread some sort of fat such as butter, cheese or mayo directly onto the bread first – this acts as a barrier against soggier ingredients.



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Why use a fork to remove juicy mussels after cooking when nature has given you the tools – the shell itself. Use them like tiny tongs to pick out the meat from another mussel.



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Lasagna sheets don’t need to be pre-cooked or softened before use. Just ensure your sauce has plenty of liquid and that you bake the dish for at least 20 minutes.



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Fed up of your sugar turning clumpy and hard? It usually happens to brown sugar when it’s been exposed to the air too much and has dried out. For white sugar, it happens when there’s too much moisture. It’s best to store any sugar in an airtight container.



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If a dish tastes bland, salt will enhance flavor not just make it taste salty. Professional chefs add salt and pepper at every stage of cooking, tasting as they go, not just at the end.



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When cooking potatoes, always place them in cold water with a sprinkling of salt then bring up to a boil. This helps them to cook evenly. If you place them in boiling water, the outside of the potato will cook before the heat reaches the inside.



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When ice cream comes straight out of a freezer, serving it can be a feat of strength. To make it easier, place a metal spoon in hot water for a minute then use it to scoop the ice cream with ease.



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When it comes to sushi like nigiri (a slice of fish on top of rice), only lightly dip the shrimp or fish into the soy sauce – not the rice. The wasabi should be added to the top of the fish, not mixed with the soy sauce. And those slivers of ginger are intended to be eaten in between bites as a palate cleanser.



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Not only is it more difficult to prepare your ingredients with a blunt knife, you’re also more likely to injure yourself. It might sound strange but a sharp knife is often a safer knife.



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This is a professional burger hack – making a shallow indent with your thumb in the middle of an uncooked patty prevents the middle from rising during cooking. The burger stays flat and offers a perfect platform for toppings.



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If you struggle to get your meat to brown, make sure you pat it dry before it hits the pan. This is particularly important for steak which needs to develop a crust. It’s just one of the rules top chefs swear by for getting the perfect steak every time.



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How do you prevent giving yourself an injury while removing avocado stones and becoming a victim of ‘avocado hand’? Cut through the center of the avocado lengthways, twist into two halves and tap the stone with your knife or use a spoon to scoop out and remove it. Then, cut your avocado in half again, peeling off the skin to expose the fruit.



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