Month: December 2020

Are Tomatoes With Black Spots Safe to Eat?

Cherry tomatoes

I was slicing cherry tomatoes for a salad yesterday until I came across a couple of tomatoes with black spots on their skin. The first question that popped in my mind was, “Are these even safe to eat?” 

So I put my knife down, opened my laptop, and started researching on the Internet. Let’s just say it turned out that I wasn’t the only one asking.

Here’s what I found.

How to Sauté Garlic in Butter (With Photos)

Garlic

There’s something so satisfying about that short moment when you toss chopped or minced garlic in your frying pan and it comes into contact with the hot butter for the first time. The bits and pieces of garlic start to sizzle as they release their perfume into the air and their flavors into the butter.

It can also be incredibly frustrating when you get it wrong—and end up burning the garlic. It comes out smelling unpleasant and tasting bitter in a way that practically ruins your dish.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to get it right every single time.

Why Does Ravioli Float When Cooked?

RavioliJohn Sphepherd via Canva.com

Why does ravioli float when cooked? I started asking myself this question as I watched ravioli cook in a gentle boil the other day. Then I fell into the rabbit hole of researching it on the Internet—and the answer turned out much more complicated and intriguing than I anticipated.

If you came here just as curious about this pasta mystery as I was, keep on reading.

When Should You Cook on High Heat?

Olive oil in stainless steel frying pan

I was talking about home cooking techniques with a friend of mine the other day, and an interesting question came up. “I almost always use high heat when I cook,” she said. “Am I doing it right?”

Good question indeed. Many home cooks go for the highest settings on their cooktops whenever they use the frying pan. But should they? In this post, I’ll try to summarize the most important things from the conversation that followed.

How to Clean Eggs Off a Stainless Steel Pan (With Photos)

How to clean burnt eggs from stainless steel frying pan

The other night I was making eggs when this happened. My stainless steel frying pan ended up with a thin layer of burnt eggs on the bottom and sides that was very difficult for me to scrape off or wash.

That thin layer of eggs sure was a pain. So I did some research and decided to test out the simplest solution to this problem of them all. Happily for me, it worked. 

If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, I’m going to help you get out of it; only with tap water and in less than 10 minutes.

Is Chewy Pasta Undercooked or Overcooked?

Pasta

Making pasta sounds easy, right? Just boil the pasta noodles, toss them with the pasta sauce, grate some hard Italian cheese on it, and you’ll be done! As most home cooks know (and as I like to say), making the perfect pasta dish is more often than not a deceptively simple thing to do.

As regular readers know, pasta is a staple food in our household. And answering your most frequently asked questions about making pasta is one of my all-time favorite things to do.

So here comes the question of the day: Is chewy pasta undercooked or overcooked?

Why Is My Bacon Slimy?

BaconNadezhda Mikhaliskaia via Canva.com

Just as I was thinking of cooking up some bacon pasta the other day, I noticed that something about the bacon laying around in my fridge was off. I picked up the top slice and it felt weirdly sticky and slimy.

Suspecting what the case might be, I set out to do a little research on the Internet. Here’s what I found (and what I ended up doing).

Why does bacon get slimy?

Can Store-Bought Pasta Sauce Be Frozen?

Pasta saucesolitude72 via Canva.com

You ate pasta and now you have some leftover sauce you bought from the grocery store. It turned out to be a tasty sauce and you aren’t a fan of food waste. But if you put it in the fridge, you’ll need to eat it in the next 5 days. 

What if you don’t really feel like eating the same kind of pasta dish as soon?

Can you freeze the jarred pasta sauce instead?