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Tips, Tricks, & Shortcuts

Chowhounds share their best-loved tips, tricks, and shortcuts for cooking, baking, mixology, and more.

Apple Cores: Not Just for the Compost Bin

What’s not to love about an orchard-fresh apple on a crisp autumn day? For many people, it’s the core, which often finds itself on the fast track to the trash. But did you know that you can use apple...
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Tri Tip 'roast'

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by sylvan 2 months ago

Never cooked Tri Tip roast before. Checking online I see it's not prepared as the roast beef roast I've always slow-cooked braised; so I can set aside the potatoes, carrots and trade roasting pan f...

Hamburger patties fall apart

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by laredo 3 months ago

With the ground beef/chuck we have used from the freezer the last several months, our hamburger patties have crumbled/broken apart. The last time I added an egg but that didn't help; we had to sco...

Frying hamburger patties in electric skillet

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by Momdoodle1657 4 months ago

Tips for frying hamburger patties in electric skillet? I either over cook or under cook!

Meatloaf Tips

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by Proud4life 5 months ago

What are your guy’s meatloaf tips? I currently have one in the oven and it just is not getting brown, any suggestions?

Question about soaking prunes in brandy for clafoutis

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by eugenep 5 months ago

Hello, Need some help here.  I soaked brandy and prunes for 24 hours and used it to make a prune clafoutis based on Michel Roux's recipe.  The clafoutis came out great tasting but the prun...

How Can You Make The Beef Mince In The Sausage Roll Extra Soft And Moist?

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by Jacqui22_ 5 months ago

If i knead the beef mince in the panade and saute' onions and herbs for longer, will the meat be extra moist and soft and not so tough or chewy?

Slow roasting the turkey: a homily

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by jvanderh 9 years ago

I slow roast my turkeys, and I think you should, too. Especially if you're cooking a big one. It all started with chickens. Why, I wondered, are rotisserie chickens so much better than the ones ...

no boil lasagna fail- need tips

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by trolley 11 years ago

made bolognese lasagna with no boil noodles for the first time and failed miserably. parts of it were cooked well, but most of it came out chewy. i mean really chewy. upon layering i made sure all...

Curry sauce lost all its flavor in the fridge? What happened?

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by OP88 6 months ago

I made some really awesome panang curry a week ago thanks to a great recipe site online, so good that I saved the leftover sauce in glass jars and refridgerated them. Today, I excitedly reheated th...

How to make soda flat ... quickly?

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by ipsedixit 14 years ago

Is there a way to make soda go flat quickly? Other than just leaving the can or bottle open and letting the carbonation fizzle out on its own, is there a way to speed up the process? I know...

Home-Smoking Meat Without a Smoker – It Can Be Done!

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by OffTheBeatenPlate 8 years ago

I was REALLY in the mood for some Smoked Duck Pastrami yesterday. Problem is, unless you have the room and disposable income for a proper setup, or live out in the sticks somewhere with an outhouse...

Pecan Pie that is not runny!

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by rjlebed 10 years ago

I make all the desserts for Thanksgiving. That means that I try to make 7 or 8 different things. Despite the fact that there are lots of interesting and delicious desserts, there is always someon...

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Crust Recipe - How do I get that Buttery Goodness?

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by Aloo0628 13 years ago

I visited Chicago a couple weeks ago and simply cannot shake this craving for that seriously buttery and delicious crust that I tasted at Lou Manalti's. I've done many searches - Google and Chowhou...

can I add something to my whipping cream to make it whip?

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by foodfirst 17 years ago

It's pasteurized but not ultra, and it's a pure, very thick, creamy-tasting cream. And it just won't whip. It might be the heat here, or maybe it's not got an essential added ingredient that most "...

Tip for linking to Instagram photos

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by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

With many restaurants and food purveyors using Instagram as their social media outlet, and often times the only one, I like to link to one of their posts as a way of adding a photo to what I post h...

Tips on making croissants?

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by atlantanative 14 years ago

I don't usually bake much, but have a craving for croissants and thought I'd give it a shot (yikes!) Anyone with more expertise have any tips on how to make them come out light and flaky? Also th...

Substitute for apple juice

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by llaera 11 months ago

I was going to make a pork dish that calls for apple juice later on but I don't have any and I don't have any way to get to the store right now. If you're curious, I would like to make apple and sa...

Opening a Pomegranate

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by jen kalb 12 months ago

If you are agonizing about how to open a pomegranate easily and without making a mess, here is a good way. I've added pictures which show the method. (1) use a knife point to score the skin aroun...

Hard boiled eggs

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by getthemack 12 months ago

Trying to show my wonderful, hard headed wife I wasn't insane when I stirred my hard boiled eggs, I went to the net to find other insane people to agree with me, (I did) and realized nobody mention...

Taking the heat out of my too spicy chili

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by foodrocks 14 years ago

So last night I decided to make this great sounding chili recipe I got off of the Craigslist message board for Chicken and Chorizo Chili. It sounded great, but the fact that part of the directions...