Jan 22, 2015

Kitchen Tips and Tricks v.2

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Like I said a couple weeks ago, I think it’s high time we all put a few new zingers into our bags of culinary tricks. Let’s delve further into making 2015 the year we discover the inner Heloise in all of us, with a few more a-ha! moments this week.

♥ Finding little shards of egg shell in the bowl when cracking eggs? Me too. It’s called life. These things happen. Good thing there’s such a thing as EGG MAGNETISM. (Actually, I don’t know if this is the real term for this–what do I look like, a scientist or something?) Here’s one of my favorite tricks for feeling like the David Copperfield of baking: the next time you find a stray egg shell shard after breaking an egg, instead of desperately pinching your fingertips together in the slippery lagoon of egg white, trying to chase the dang thing like a crazy person, simply use a broken egg shell half to scoop out the bits of shell. For reasons unknown to me (again, not a scientist), the in-tact shell attracts the errant shards like a magnet. Ta-daaa!!

♥ A PIE BAG. For rolling out a no-mess, perfect circle of pie crust. What a world!

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♥ And in other pie-related blow-minds-and-take-names news, I made the “lattice” crust above with this handy cutter–just make sure you chill the crust again after it’s rolled out to get the fastest, cleanest cuts, unless you’re really interested in a slow, frustrating death by pie crust.

♥ Also, speaking of the perfect pie crust, I feel like we’re always searching for ways to make things flakier, while still keeping it all-butter. Here’s a “grate” (sorry/not sorry) pastry tip from Food52.

♥ One of my favorite things in the world is scoops. I’m the Scoop Queen. I have, like, five sizes and use them for everything from tiny cookies to big cookies to muffins and meatballs. One of my favorite bloggers, Amelia Morris, shows us why this is totally stupid. She also has a new book coming out that I’m very excited about.

♥ Ripening bananas in the oven. WHAT. Never wait for optimal banana bread making conditions again!

♥ How to get the perfect cake slice, for the obsessive-compulsive cake eaters among us. And I have to agree with the presenter, here–a cleanly cut slice of cake does somehow taste better.

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