April 30, 2013 |
To the counter-hipster critics of pop culture — with "Portlandia" serving as chief arbiter of all trends worth mocking — pickling is a punch line . The food-preservation process is merely a sign that an entire generation has overcompensated for its wired and electronic ways by donning vintage clothes and pouring brine over fresh vegetables, as if millennials could reverse time with hot vinegar. One look around the Washington area would seem to confirm that we're in the throes of a pickling mania.
November 23, 2008
Here are a few side-dish tips to help time-starved holiday cooks: · Cook vegetables just until tender, especially if they are headed for a buffet or will sit for a while before being served. · Whether you're steaming, boiling, microwaving or sauteing, have pots and pans set up and standing by. That will make it easier to slide things onto the stove at the last minute. · If you're overwhelmed, keep it simple. Compound butters (mixed with seasonings such as salt and pepper, citrus zest, garlic or herbs)
October 1, 2008
During a cooking session at The Post, Jen Lin-Liu showed us a technique Chinese cooks use to shred vegetables such as carrots and cucumbers, prepping them like julienne. Using a Chinese cleaver, she cut thin slices on the diagonal, then laid them on the cutting board so they overlapped. She then cut very thin strips, like matchsticks, working from one end of the pile to the other.
July 7, 2008
(HealthDay News) -- Instead of getting bored with the same old vegetable choices that take too long to prepare, choose convenience and variety in your vegetables. Here are easy ways to get plenty of vegetables in your diet, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Buy fresh vegetables that are in season -- they'll be at their peak flavor, and often less expensive.Keep plenty of frozen vegetables on hand for quick and easy microwave meals and sides.Look for conveniently packed vegetables, such as washed and peeled carrots, pre-washed...
January 16, 2012 |
■ When you buy frozen vegetables, choose bags whose contents feel as if they are in individual pieces instead of a solid mass. The latter can indicate that the product defrosted at some point and then was refrozen. ■The key to maintaining the quality of frozen goods is keeping them as cold as possible so ice crystals don't form. Gather frozen items last as you shop, and place them in an insulated carrier as soon as possible. ■Make sure your freezer maintains a temperature of 0 degrees (Farenheit)
January 16, 2012 |
For those of us accustomed to shopping at farmers markets and/or growing our own , it's tempting to lament the onset of winter. Sure, year-round markets are selling winter greens and crunchy radishes , cold-storage apples and turnips galore. But what about those beloved snappy green beans, dripping-ripe tomatoes and sweet, sweet corn? Tips for buying and storing frozen vegetables. Savvy cooks preserve them, you say. It's true: I've done more than my fair share of pickling (beans...