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Tips, Tricks, & Shortcuts

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

Become a Christmas Cookie Professional with These Easy Tips

Santa baby, if you hurry down the chimney, chances are you’re going to be here a while munching on cookies—and we certainly can’t blame you. The holidays are a perfect time to get creative with baking...
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Slow roasting the turkey: a homily

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by jvanderh 8 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 ...

Cooking Japanese Steak At Home

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by erica 20 days ago

I am planning to buy an imported Wagyu steak for the holidays (Miyazaki A5). While the store owner (in Manhattan) advised using cast iron (I minute per side is what I remember him saying but will c...

canned potatoes - anyone cook with them?

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by risanne 12 years ago

Will anyone admit to cooking with canned potatoes? Any good ideas? So far I just saute them in oil and butter until crisp..........

What to do with a can of chili?

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by Reston 8 years ago

I have a can of Hormel chili (no beans) that I don't know what to do with. I bought two cans with a coupon I had. The first was served on a baked potato with sour cream and jalapenos. It was ok, bu...

Refilling a disposable pepper or salt mill

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by Lgalen 13 years ago

I'd like to try to get the top off of my empty Trader Joe's salt mill. My McCormick pepper mill is also nearly empty. I'd like to try to reuse them with whole spices such as cardamom, cumin, etc....

Straight vs tapered mattarello

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by gardenvespers 2 months ago

Hi all, I’m wondering if anyone can explain the differences between rolling out pasta by hand using a straight mattarello vs a mattarello that tapers toward one end. Is one better than the other? D...

Eating a whole fish...

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by gutreactions 1 year ago

It had been quite a while since I navigated a whole fish for dinner. In this case, it was at a popular Italian restaurant called Mamma Francesca in New Rochelle, N.Y. It was a large Branzino, with ...

HELP... fingers are burning from cutting jalapenos. Remedies?

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by gtrekker2003 13 years ago

Hi! I just chopped some jalapenos today and now my fingertips are burning quite badly. Anybody know of any remedies? Looked online but found nothing. Maybe I'm not putting in the right searc...

I always fail asparagus, where do I cut these?

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by lisaleira 4 months ago

I love to eat asparagus. My mom makes it wonderfully. However often when I make it, it seems to be too woody, at the ends, like I didn't know where to cut it correctly. I'm thinking to roast the...

dissolving cinnamon?

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by ozbuc 12 years ago

I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and through a little research I have been reading about some positive effects that cinnamon has on type 2 diabetes. I have been adding cinnamon to my d...

J-E-L-L-O problems

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by tom S. 13 years ago

(first of all, yes i failed at making the simplest of all things, jello) So, i followed the instructions. 2 cups hot water, 2 cups cold. can mix in fruit if theyre drained. So I mixed in some fre...

how do doctor up canned baked beans?

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by mom2 11 years ago

We have just been invited to a bbq tonight and were asked to bring baked beans. I don't have time to make them from scratch, so what is the best way to doctor up a few cans to make them taste like...

Cooking ribs

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by codmeister 5 months ago

My wife bought a package of ribs to be cooked tomorrow. On the package it says "Back Ribs". I'm used to the term "Baby Back Ribs" . . . but not just "Back Ribs". Do they sometimes use the term ...

Brisket logistics

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by reewah 5 months ago

I am planning to smoke a brisket for my son’s graduation party Sat but have a few logistical issues. Plan was to do a rub and cook in a makeshift smoker (big barrel-style grill with indirect heat a...

Dredge or not to dredge skinless chicken breasts?

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by FrznrthS 5 months ago

Hi. I want to make Coq Au Vin Blanc ish with skinless breasts. I’ve tried before by dredging the chicken. Often the coating comes off making much less appealing. I’m tempted to try without th...

Homemade Meatballs: Bake or Fry/Brown in Saucepan. Which do you do?

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by provreviews 7 years ago

I decided to scope out on Pinterest and also on allrecipes.com how many different recipes for homemade meatballs I could find. Well let’s just say that I found so many different variations and most...

Coffee Secrets: How Do You Make Your Favorite Brew?

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by treb 6 months ago

I've heard of adding a pinch of salt to coffee before brewing. Does anyone do that? Does it make a difference? I've also heard of adding a few pieces of egg shell, anyone do that? A pinch of...

Pan frying help

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by bethanyimsland 6 months ago

I don’t use this method often, but every once in a while I forget how much of a pain it is, and I have a menu item come up that I need to pan fry in batches. Not deep fry, but .5 inch of oil or so....

Best Cooking Method for Shishito Peppers?

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by JENNYBEEAY 6 months ago

I love shishito peppers so much but find that they fall flat immediately after grilling them on a perforated grill pan. Does anyone have a tried and true method for cooking these perfectly?

Ricotta strainer

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by Fritz 7 months ago

don't like the cheese cloth over strainer method. seems rather a waste for the cheesecloth in addition to the pita of it. is there a better option available that others have used?