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Tips, Tricks, & Shortcuts

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

Ditch the Can and Make Your Own Homemade Whipped Cream

Homemade whipped cream is way easier than you think, and infinitely better than the stuff from a can. It's the perfect thing to top off your Valentine's Day dessert, from molten chocolate cake or mousse...
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Cacio e Pepe shortcut

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by dcallipygean 4 days ago

I'm working my way through classic Italian dishes and Cacio e Pepe is the next one up. Here's the catch: I live in a fairly small town in rural America. I can find great imported olive oil and Peco...

How to give beef stew more punch?

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by ziggystardust 10 years ago

I'm planning on doing a slow cooker beef stew this weekend. Other than the meat itself, it'll be a pretty standard mix; carrots, onions, potatoes and celery. Every recipe I've tried including my mo...

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

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by OffTheBeatenPlate 7 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...

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...

Roasted Pork Belly Help for Crispy Skin

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by day963 1 month ago

In the process of making an HK style roasted pork belly but whenever I have done it in the past I've had some problems. My process usually goes with poking holes on the pork skin, adding a bed of s...

Tips for a stuck cork

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by concordcourtney 13 years ago

So last week I grabbed a bottle of inexpensive Gewürztraminer at the grocery store to go with a week night supper. It's a recent vintage, nothing fancy, in the usual Gewurzt style bottle. The rubbe...

Eating a whole fish...

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by gutreactions 2 years 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 ...

Chuck Roast... Roasted Low and Slow @ 220* F...For A Better Pot Roast? (Pictures)

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by fourunder 9 years ago

A recent thread on Pot Roast, coinciding with a Beef Sale at my local Supermarket, inspired me to to do my own Kitchen Test with Five Different pieces of Chuck Roast of different sizes and weights ...

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 3 months 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 4 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...

I always fail asparagus, where do I cut these?

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by lisaleira 7 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. 14 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 8 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 8 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...