Daily Tip – Deep Fryer – Pieces of Wisdom

For a time I worked in a convenience store as a clerk and cook and I used a deep fryer quite a bit for cooking battered chicken and French fried potatoes. Of course the chicken doesn’t start out battered. It comes delivered frozen in big cardboard boxes. Before the chicken is ready for the cooking part it must be prepared and time to thaw out. Each piece of chicken is rinsed in cold water, then put in a vat of tenderising, salty water to soak for several hours in a refrigerated area. It is again rinsed and kept cold, until needed for cooking. When needed for cooking the chicken is breaded in a special spicy flour mix, dipped in spice water, and breaded with mix again. Each piece is than carefully placed in the boiling oil in the deep fryer; starting with the large, meaty pieces, and finishing with the …

Daily Tip – Deep Fried Turkey Practice

While your neighbors are putting up their Halloween decorations and scouring supermarkets for bargain candy, it’s the perfect time for you to deep fry a turkey. If you’ve been thinking about deep frying a turkey for Thanksgiving but want to try it first, then October is the perfect time. It’s close enough to Thanksgiving for you to gain some valuable experience but still far enough away that your family won’t get tired of turkey sandwiches. In October, Thanksgiving is still over a month away. It’s the perfect time to get your turkey fryer out of the attic, buy some peanut oil and test out some new dry rubs or injector recipes. Let’s face it once November comes it’s too late to subject your family to a turkey test run when they’re going to have it again in a few weeks on Thanksgiving. That’s a lot of turkey. And Thanksgiving dinner …

Daily Tip – Deep Fat Fryers – Mars Bars?

Deep fat fryers do exactly what their name suggests: anything that you put into them will be deep-fried in the fat you add (usually vegetable or sunflower oil). Most people who have deep fat fryers use them to make chips from cut strips of potato, but you can actually deep fry just about anything: fish, chicken, sausages, parsnips and carrots are all interesting things to try. Meat with skin will generally form a crispy coating when deep-fried, while thinly-sliced vegetables tend to turn into crisps or chips. The deep fat fryer is the key tool in much fast food, especially British fish and chip shops, where the fish, chips and almost everything else they sell has been deep fried – not exactly healthy, but very tasty. In Scotland, one enterprising fish and chip shop even started deep-frying Mars chocolate bars as a special promotion, and the practice quickly spread. The …

Daily Tip – Decorating Xmas Trees With Cookies and Candy

Decorating xmas trees with cookies and candy is a great way to give your tree that personal touch. It is creative and the results can be astounding in terms of their creative impact. Decorating an artificial tree with baked goods is one way to make it look more homey and real. A slim christmas tree really looks great with decorations made out of slim wrapped candies. The snowy color of shortbread confections also plays off nicely against any color of tree including the artificial white christmas tree. Decorating xmas trees with food goes back to the times before Christ was born. Offerings of food were often placed along sills and windows to feed the good spirits and protect from the evil ones. The first christmas trees were in fact imitations of the pyramid shape of real conifers. The custom of placing pickles and other foods on the steps of cedar …

Daily Tip – Decorating Books – Cookie decorating book

Decoration Books is one of the best guides that help you to decorate your favorite places and things. In simple words with the help of decorating book you can decorate your house, garden, office, cakes, cookies, etc. It has the best collection in most of the topics that a decorator seeks for. With decorating book you can make a well-decorated output. It doesn’t matters whether you are a good decorator or not but with an appropriate decorating book you can decorate easily and quickly. There are number of decorating books in the market which are designed specifically. For instance there are decorating books for beginners, decorating books for professionals, decorating tips books and so on. Decorating books are available for different stuffs like there is a cake decorating book, garden decorating book, Interior decorating book, office decorating book and so on. One of such types of decorating book is a …

Daily Tip – decorated sugar cookies

One of the best things about the holidays for our family is the decorated sugar cookies that my daughter and I make together. They aren’t pretty, but they taste really good. We always take the time to make some, though there are times when I don’t have time to make the cookies myself. It doesn’t really matter if I make my own cookies or not though. My daughter loves to help with the baking, but she has even more fun when it’s time to decorate the cookies. Our decorated sugar cookies are usually the same ones everyone makes, but that’s okay with me. She loves to use the different colors on her cookies, and has even more fun with the various sprinkles and decorations that I give her to put on top. There is usually a huge mess when she is finished with her decorated sugar cookies. The biggest mess …

Daily Tip – Traditions are very special in my family.

My sisters and I talk about special events that happened as we were growing up and our desires to recreate them for our children. My mother was a person that liked routine and this lead to having many rituals and traditions. Every week end we would have the same meal. Saturday evening we would have steak baked potatoes, garlic toast and a tossed salad. On Sunday’s we would have chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and glazed carrots. The only thing that would vary was the kind of pie that we would have for dessert. My mother’s routine nature also spilled into the holidays. As each holiday would come around she would put up the same decorations in the same place. She would also take out her rolling pin and make a batch of decorated sugar cookies. When we were small and anxious to help in the baking process she had many …

Daily Tip – Deciding To Go To Chef School

If you enjoy cooking and want a job that doesn’t seem so much like work, perhaps a chef school can give you the skills and experience you need to cook in top notch restaurants around the country or even the world. Every restaurant has several cooks on staff, but the curriculum at a chef school will elevate you and your paycheck well beyond the level of any common short-order cook. Also, a quality chef school can prepare you for a number of prestigious positions in the food service industry. Many chef school campuses also teach the business side of the culinary arts. Many graduates of chef school go on to own their own restaurant, which gives them the freedom to prepare whatever cuisine they desire. It can also allow you to go into food service management with an intimate knowledge of food preparation that will make you very marketable to …

Daily Tip – Culinary Training Isn’t A Cakewalk

A career as a chef can be fulfilling and challenging, and if you have a passion for food culinary training may be a perfect fit. However, it isn’t easy. Anyone who has attended a culinary institute can tell you that the education you receive goes far beyond simply learning how to throw together a few meals. In fact, you learn much more than just cooking. Being a successful chef also involves being able to manage your kitchen properly, work well with your staff and understand nutrition, food purchasing and plenty of other things that go beyond the stove or oven. Culinary training can be an eye-opening experience for many students as they prepare for their career in the food and restaurant industry. Training to be a chef may be challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. There are few careers that so perfectly blend creativity and a love of food with …

Daily Tip – Culinary Traditions Of The Caribbean Islands

Authentic Caribbean cuisine is truly an excellent representation of all the cultural influences the Caribbean Islands have experienced since Christopher Columbus’ landing in the late 1400’s. With a fine mixture of French Island and African recipes, Caribbean cuisine is widely prepared and enjoyed by people of all nationalities, in many areas of the United States and the world. Caribbean food and culture was forever changed when the European traders brought African slaves into the region. The slaves ate mostly the scrap leftovers of the slave owners, so not unlike the slaves in the United States they had to make do with what they had. This was the birth of the more contemporary Caribbean Cuisine. The African slaves blended the knowledge of spices and vegetables they had brought from their homeland and incorporated them with the precious fruits and vegetables of the Caribbean Islands, as well as other staples to be …

Daily Tip – Culinary Traditions Of South America: Argentina

Argentina is South America’s second largest country, snugly situated between the Andes mountain range, the Pacific Ocean, and the South American countries of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile. Being situated in such a manner, Argentina is exposed to many different cultural influences from all directions, including countries all the way across the Pacific. Spain took it upon themselves to permanently settle in the country in the late 1500s, and remained there until Buenos Aires formally emancipated themselves in 1853. One of the most remarkable differences between Argentine Cuisine and exotic cuisines from around the world is the heavy influence that the cuisine of the Italian and Spanish cultures had on it. Startlingly enough, due to the influence of the Italian culture on the country of Argentina, Italian food staples such as lasagna, pizza, pasta, and ravioli are commonly seen on the Argentine table, at least in the country’s major …

Daily Tip – Culinary Traditions Of France

French cuisine is the amazingly high standard to which all other native cuisines must live up to. The country of France is home of some of the finest cuisine in the world, and it is created by some of the finest master chefs in the world. The French people take excessive pride in cooking and knowing how to prepare a good meal. Cooking is an essential part of their culture, and it adds to one’s usefulness if they are capable of preparing a good meal. Each of the four regions of France has a characteristic of its food all its own. French food in general requires the use of lots of different types of sauces and gravies, but recipes for cuisine that originated in the northwestern region of France tend to require the use a lot of apple ingredients, milk and cream, and they tend to be heavily buttered making …

Daily Tip – Culinary School Graduates in Demand

In uncertain economic times, there a few things that will always remain constant. One of the constants, without question, is a person’s need to eat. Surprisingly, even fine dining establishments do well in both inclement and prosperous times, rarely feeling the crunch of economic uncertainty. This affects not only their availability for patrons, but for employees as well. From wait staff to hosts, expediters to managers, fine dining establishments keep quite a few people gainfully employed. Lately, however, they are encountering a problem of a different nature, namely, finding and keeping a head chef. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Job openings for chefs, cooks, and food preparation workers are expected to be plentiful through 2014”. While positions in well known eateries will always be competitive and highly coveted, there are several options available for those with the culinary know how to put together a menu that can …

Daily Tip – Culinary Help Line Rescues Holiday Cooks

Trying to get those awkward food processor parts together in time to prepare the hors d’oeuvres for a holiday party? Can’t find the part you need for the coffee machine you’ve stashed away? Help is a free call away. Culinary Parts Unlimited, a company that maintains an inventory of replacement kitchen equipment parts and accessories, has staff on call seven days a week to assist home chefs with their culinary quandaries. ” We have a full staff of culinary experts, thoroughly trained and experienced in using all of the key appliances needed for holiday cooking and baking, such as food processors, stand mixers and blenders,” said Lorraine Brady, president of Culinary Parts Unlimited. “We’re delighted to help consumers not only figure out how to use that fancy food processor or bread machine they received as a wedding gift but also talk them through basic culinary steps so that they’re completely …

Daily Tip – Culinary Arts

Many believe that food preparation or cooking is an art. Restaurants and catering services anchor their success on the expertise and skills of their kitchen crew. As the saying goes, “ a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Surely restaurants and the food industry keep their customers loyal though delectable and unique recipes using traditional and innovative ingredients. Culinary arts have become an academic pursuit as well. Large food manufacturers look to culinary artists to create ready-to-eat, name brand food products that feature the same quality as those of homemade and restaurant-prepared food. Several culinary arts schools offer graduate studies for students. There are the more traditional, classical institutions that cater to students who are employed in luxury hotels, cruise ships, resorts and restaurants or those employed as personal chefs to the rich and famous. Famed chefs open up their own schools to train protégés. There are also culinary arts …

Daily Tip – Cookware – What’s New In Cookware?

As in most other industries, the cookware industry are constantly coming out with new lines and innovations. Some of the new lines are only available in gourmet or specialty shops and are sure to be expensive. Regalware has a new cast iron cookware with a twice-fired ceramic exterior. It’s available in Royale Blue or Brick Red. As opposed to older cast iron cookware, this new ceramic exterior will work on any cooking surface, including glass top stoves. I had to give up my old-fashioned black cast iron skillets when I bought my new stove because I didn’t realize how badly they could scratch the surface. Ceramic coating keeps its good looks for years. The interior of the cookware has a non-stick surface that makes clean up a breeze. It also has special handles that give you a secure hold on the cooking utensil and stays cool to the touch. Chinese …