Posts by Chef Yadira

How to remove stains from aluminum pots

If your aluminum pots and pans are looking a little discolored, you can remove stains and bring them back to a shiny finish by boiling apple peels in it. Add apple peels and water to your stained pot or pan, bring to a boil, and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.  The acid in the peels…

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How to avoid crying when cutting onions

While chopping oinions, the cells within them are broken and the gas that comes our reaches our eyes and make them sting.  I have found that a way to avoid tearing up is to place the onion in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before cutting them. Subjecting the onion to Arctic temperatures retards the release…

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Baking a cake and don’t have enough eggs?

Baking a cake and don’t have enough eggs? Replace one egg with a ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce, plus add ½ teaspoon of baking powder. If you only have sweetened apple sauce, then reduce the sugar in the recipe by 2 tablespoons.  Applesauce is also a healthy replacement for oil or melted butter in baking…

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What to do with leftover ice cream

You are cleaning out the freezer and found ice cream that has been there for God knows how long. Wait – don’t throw it out! How about making Bread? Leave the ice cream out on the counter until it melts. Measure the amount of the liquid and add 3/4 cups of self-rising flour for every…

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Freezing butter to use in recipes

Instead of wasting time leaving butter out overnight or melting it in the microwave, place your butter in the freezer and grater to help it soften faster. Grating frozen butter makes it easier to spread and incorporate into recipes, saving you time along the way. This is a great technique to make light and flaky…

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Storing sauces and stocks

Instead of making a fresh batch of sauce for each meal, freeze fresh sauce in reusable containers or ice cube trays to use in the future. You can also do the same with stocks, melting a cube into your recipe for a burst of flavor in no time.

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Use leftover veggies to make stock

Instead of tossing those extra veggies, herbs, and bone left over at the end of a recipe, use them to create stock with some water in your slow cooker. This will give you a flavorful base for soups or sauces that takes virtually no time to prepare.

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Dairy-free/vegan alternatives for cooking/baking

You are lactose intolerant or have gone vegan but your favorite recipe calls for ingredients like milk, sour cream, cream cheese, or yogurt? No worries, choose from the many (surprisingly tasty) dairy-free/vegan alternatives at your grocery stores that can stand in for each of those ingredients: Substitute plain, unsweetened soy, almond, or coconut yogurt 1:1…

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HOW TO GET MORE JUICE FROM A LIME OR LEMON

In order to get more juice out of a lime or lemon, place in the microwave for 25-30 seconds on high; that should be enough time to release its juices. Let sit for about 5 minutes to cool, then cut and juice by hand or with a juicer. Do not go overboard in heating time,…

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Ginger

Ginger helps to reduce nausea (even if pregnant), pain, and inflammation. You should keep fresh ginger on hand at all times. Boil ginger and drink hot for indigestion, as well as for cold/flu

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