Try Something New: Kitchen Tip

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It dawned on me recently that sometimes I don’t like to try new things in the kitchen because it inevitably takes more time.

It could be a new recipe or mix which I have to look at and reread multiple times to get it right.  The recipes I know and love I can throw together much more quickly.

It could be a new way to do something such as cutting a fresh pineapple.  It’s amazing how much difference muscle memory makes.  When you have cut certain things a particular way numerous times, it becomes habit and can be done quickly.

It could be learning to use a new appliance or tool.  They can be fun, but they can also take time to learn and figure out.

Tried and true recipes, techniques, and gadgets are all good things, but don’t overlook something new just because it will take a little more time.  That new thing might end up being added to your tried and true list in the future.

Have you tried something new in the kitchen recently?

 

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  1. I bought a microplane and love it for zesting lemons and oranges. It’s fast but, more important, the pieces are fine and so much better for cooking/baking.

  2. I just bought a flour mill, and I’m really excited about it. But like you said, it is taking some time to learn how to use it. I want specific kinds of grinds, which isn’t necessarily easy on the Nutrimill. I’m hoping to be an expert soon.

  3. When it comes to gluten free baking, I am always very careful. However, since I have tried to reduce the amounts of eggs and dairy products that I consume, I have been trying different egg substitutes. Most of the results that I got were great, but I am still experimenting with egg substitute made from tapioca starch/flour (I got the recipe from here: http://www.cakeandcommerce.com/cake_and_commerce/2011/01/in-search-of-a-better-egg-substitute-for-egg-free-and-vegan-baking.html ). In some recipes, it works great, but I tried using it for a pancake recipe that required 6 eggs, and it ended up being extremely gooey and rubbery. I think the problem might be the amount of “eggs” used.

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