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Saturday, June 10, 2017

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1. Handling fruit
Many fruits are sprayed with pesticides and contain dirt. Before eating fruits not enclosed in a peel, rinse them off.

2. Cooking vegetables
Boil certain vegetables such as carrots, zucchini and squash to soften them before frying them. Use just enough oil to cover the bottom of the skillet.

3. Cooking meat 
If you choose to fry meats, cook them in grease or vegetable oil on both sides with enough oil to cover half of the meat.
Reduce cooking time by having your oil hot before putting meat into the skillet. 
Generally fry chicken for 9 minutes on each side then simmer it for two minutes on each side with a lid covering the skillet to soften the meat; however, you should first cook all pieces for 11-12 minutes on each side if not enough of their redness disappears by the time the 9th minute arrives. 
Prior to cooking, pork chops and steak should be covered in store-bought marinade.
To tenderize steak, beat each side with a cooking mallet - do this step before doing a marinade.
Broil steak, pork chops and fish on each side to save time, enhance taste and protect your health - eight minutes total for pork chops, 18 - 20 minutes total for steak. Use coating for chicken and fish for better taste.

4. Preparing meat to freeze 
It helps to measure the amount of foods such as ground beef you're putting in a plastic freezer bag before freezing it. If your package of beef weighs five pounds, split it in half and put each half into separate bags with 2.5 lbs written on both of them.  

5. Thawing out meat
Meat that has bone in it generally takes longer to thaw. Chicken and steak are perfect examples of this with beef being an exception even though it has no bone. If you must keep these meats on the kitchen counter or sink instead of the refrigerator for a few hours, soak them in cold water after the first hour or so. 

6. Dicing and chopping onions and other items
If you must cut something such as an onion into small pieces, first cut it into big slices then mash those slices with a large, sharp knife, working your way all around your pile with the blade tip down. 

7. Cooking items in coordinated fashion
Coordination is key to having the entire meal ready at the same time. If the meat/main dish you're serving is ham or lamb that's already been cooked and it takes you awhile to fix certain breads like croissants, get started on the bread first; after all, it won't take long to get the meat heated. After cutting the bread into slices and buttering it, begin frying your meat over a low fire for about three minutes - upon turning it over to fry for another few minutes, begin toasting the bread. Depending on how long it should take to cook or heat up any vegetables or other items, begin cooking or heating them up before the meat and toast are to be ready, accordingly.

You didn't really think you were done, did you? Now that you've come this far, top it off with the culinary enhancers below that put the cherry on top of your eating/cooking pleasure. Do it now. 

The Whole30 Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Totally Compliant
   
Cuisinart® Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor in White 

Panasonic Countertop Induction Oven

KitchenAid® 5-Speed Hand Mixer

Hamilton Beach® Professional-Style 12-Cup Stainless Steel Deep Fryer   

Gevalia 16-Count Cappuccino T DISCs for Tassimo™ Beverage System   

Gevalia 16-Count Latte T DISCs for Tassimo™ Beverage System   

Keurig® K-Cup® Pack 18-Count Krispy Kreme Doughnuts® Decaf Medium Roast Coffee

Health Supplements/Foods



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