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12 Common Cooking Questions

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12 Common Cooking Questions

How do you keep pasta from clumping?

You donít want your pasta to stick together like mob wives in an†FBI†investigation, so make sure youíre boiling it in plenty of salted water (4-6 quarts per pound of pasta) in a large enough pot. Donít overcook. (Follow the cooking time on the package; pasta should be al dente, or still slightly firm). Do not rinse after boiling unless youíre using it in a cold dish. If youíre not otherwise saucing it, toss with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil (the good stuff).

How do you know if wine has gone bad?

If wine smells vinegary or mildewy (like wet newspaper), itís gone bad. If wine (red or white) looks brown, itís gone bad. If wine tastes funny, itís gone bad. If wine came out of a box, it was probably not good to begin with.

See: 5 Things to Do with Bad Wine

How do you keep herbs fresh?

The dried, pale ghosts of herbs you get from a spice rack just arenít the same as the fresh stuff. To keep leafy herbs fresher longer, treat them like cut†flowers. Trim the stems, submerge stems (or roots, if the plant is still living) in an inch or two of water in a glass or jar, cover loosely with a plastic baggie, and store in the refrigerator (exception: basil should be kept at room temperatureómeaning out of the fridge but not next to your stove). Change the water every few days.

How do you keep from crying when cutting onions?

There is a saying in the kitchen world: ďThe sharper your knife, the less you cry.Ē Onions sting your eyes because, when you cut them, you rupture cells, leading to a chemical reaction that produces acidic gases that trigger your reflexive tear response. Sharper knives rupture fewer cells, hence less crying. Other strategies include freezing the onion first, cutting it under cold running water, burning a candle nearby, wearing goggles, and my personal favorite, making someone else do it.

See: How to Cut an Onion Without Tears

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5:54AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Thank you Samantha, for Sharing this!

9:25PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

good tips for everyday use, thanks.

6:45PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Actually, there are some Very good table wines that come in a box. Blackbox comes to mind and that octogonal Aussie wine, I think there's a fish on the box.
Don't be such a snob, LOL! And some of the best wines now have twist top caps. Better for the cork trees and found to keep the wine better longer also..

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3:26AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

thanks for sharing

3:37PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

Thanks...good tips

9:30PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

I like this.. thanks :)

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