Good Afternoon All!
Well, it’s afternoon here. Sorry I’m late, but I’ve been busy doing other things and have just gotten on the computer (it’s after 3:30pm).
So without further adieu, here’s today’s tips….
Ψ Use leftover roast chicken to make a pasta bake, a savory crumble, chicken curry or a chicken and leek pie. The carcass can be boiled and used as stock for soup.
TT: I just made chicken soup last night using a carcass from the freezer that Chef P made last week. There was still plenty of meat left on it, so I used that.
Ψ Using dried pulses/beans is far cheaper than prepared canned beans and there is a lot of choice. Soak the beans overnight then boil for 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the type of bean, before preparing the recipe as normal.
TT: We use dried beans all the time. I usually soak overnight and boil the next morning and stick them into a plastic bag, label and store in the freezer. I did a post on cooking the beans a while back that you can a look at.
Ψ The quickest way to skin a kiwi fruit is to cut off the top and bottom, then slide a spoon between the skin and flesh. work the spoon around the kiwi, pressing against the peel, until the fruit falls out whole.
TT: I guess this is OK if you want the fruit whole for slicing. Most times I just want to eat the kiwi by itself, so I just cut it in half and scoop out spoonfuls of the flesh and eat it like that.
Ψ if your fridge is over 10 years old, it’s time to think about replacing it. An old fridge uses 2000 watts of power a year, whereas a new one uses just 500 watts.
TT: Maybe it’s just me, but I feel that this only applies to UK appliances as they don’t seem to last very long. We’ve already replaced a fridge that Chef P got new when he came back here in 2004. We are also on our third coffee maker and second toaster, all within the past 8 years. (we only use the coffee maker on the weekends).
Ψ For clearer marmalade, add a teaspoonful of glycerine for every 4kg(almost 9lbs) of marmalade half way through boiling.
TT: This is one I definitely want to try, considering all the marmalade I make!
Ψ Washing chicory makes it bitter. At the most, wipe individual leaves with a damp cloth before serving.
TT: I have to admit, I don’t really eat chicory, but I will keep this in mind when the occasion arises.
So there you are, your Tuesday Tips. Have a good evening!