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Post by polgara on 2nd May 2011, 11:30 am

From a book I bought yesterday.

Pre mix salt & pepper in a shaker in the combination you like. Book suggests 3/4s salt to 1/4 pepper, but I think I would alter it slightly.

Salt keeps free flowing if you keep in the fridge.

Put a dried pea in a salt shaker, helps to keep the damp out.

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Post by Dandelion on 2nd May 2011, 2:55 pm

I keep a couple of grains of rice in our salt shaker and it keeps it dry.

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Post by polgara on 2nd May 2011, 3:48 pm

I would assume any dry bean, pea etc would work the same.

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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 5th May 2011, 3:46 pm

I've seen soda crackers used in the same way.
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Post by polgara on 5th May 2011, 9:55 pm

To cut bread really thin, keep dipping the knife into very hot water & dry before using.

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Post by polgara on 9th May 2011, 8:31 pm

When only a small drop of lemon juice is needed, pierce the skin with a knitting needle & squeeze, the wholw will seal up again.

Warm the lemon if you need all the juice, you will get more out of it.

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Post by Chilli-head on 10th May 2011, 10:06 am

You probably all know this, but - when grinding chillies or a spice mix with a pestle and mortar, salt makes a great abrasive to ease the process.
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Post by Lakshmi on 10th May 2011, 7:01 pm

another tip for grinding spices with a pestle and mortar is to toast the spices in a dry pan for one minute or so. They'll grind in no time. And your curry might acquire a slight "Southern Indian" taste
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Post by chickenofthewoods on 10th May 2011, 7:02 pm

And it smells divine. Cool

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Post by polgara on 16th May 2011, 2:47 pm

Lemon juice rubbed over chicken before roasting helps to crisp the skin.

It also helps to keep white fish white when cooking.

Help to keep poached eggs firm with a little lemon juice in the water.

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Post by polgara on 4th June 2011, 4:08 pm

Porridge oats make a good thickening for stews & soups, & mixed with mince make it go further.

Burgers cook quicker if you make a hole in the centre while shaping. The hole disappears when cooked.

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Post by polgara on 20th June 2011, 5:35 pm

To tenderise meat, add 1tblsp of malt vinegar to the cooking liquid.

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Post by polgara on 1st July 2011, 2:55 pm

To make good stock from bones, brown them first under the grill.

To give sausages a crust, dip them in milk & roll in plain flour, also helps to stop them sticking.

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Post by polgara on 13th August 2011, 1:00 pm

To peel tomatoes, put them in a bowl & pour on boiling water, leave for a few minute & the skin will come away quite easily, also makes them more juicy.

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Post by polgara on 4th September 2011, 10:10 am

For really tender liver, soak in milk for 30mins before cooking.

Baste a pork joint or chops with cider or pineapple juice. Improves flavour & colour.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 4th September 2011, 10:35 am

polgara wrote:To make good stock from bones, brown them first under the grill.

I would go a stage further - I always roast raw bones for a god half an hour before chucking them in the stockpot, and break them at least in half with a hammer so the marrow can soak.

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Post by polgara on 4th September 2011, 10:45 am

Yep, on thinking about it that is probably what I would do.

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Post by polgara on 16th May 2012, 11:29 am

When you sin fish, dampen your finders & dip them in salt. This helps you to hold the fish & stop it slipping.

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Post by polgara on 29th September 2012, 6:34 pm

Crush a packet of crisps & mix with grated cheese. Put on top fish cooked in milk, grill before serving.

For a tasty coating on fish, use salad cream instead of beaten egg before dipping in breadcrumbs.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 29th September 2012, 8:30 pm

polgara wrote:When you sin fish, dampen your finders & dip them in salt. This helps you to hold the fish & stop it slipping.

what a great tip.Never thought of that, and it works brilliantly. Cheers, Pol.

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Post by polgara on 30th September 2012, 10:50 am

Your welcome. Smile

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