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How to Clean Leeks

Leeks are a wonderful vegetable, but they required a fair amount of preparation before they can be used. Here are some tips on cleaning and preparing leeks.

How to Fake a Double Boiler

Double boilerA double boiler is used to heat something delicate, like milk or chocolate, that is at risk of burning if you put it over a direct flame. You can buy a real double boiler, but in my opinion there’s no point when you can so easily make a fake one using other kitchen tools you already own.

How to Fake a Steamer

Fake steamerSteaming is a quick and healthy way to cook things like vegetables and tempeh so that they are moist without being waterlogged. You can purchase a steamer, of course, or you can just make one with two kitchen tools you probably already own.

How to Freeze Tofu

Freezing firm or extra-firm tofu gives it a chewy, even meaty consistency and turns it into a marinade-loving sponge.

How to Make a Cheese Plate

Cheese plateCheese plates can be simple or elaborate, with dozens of different cheeses or just a few. There’s no one right way to make a cheese plate, but these guidelines can help you put together a cheese plate you and your guests will never forget.

How to Make Crêpes

Rolled crêpeCrêpes can be wrapped around just about anything to turn it into an elegant meal, or just folded and topped with something yummy. Try some of these fillings and toppings, or experiment to invent your own.

How to Peel and Seed Tomatoes

For many recipes, tomatoes can be cooked with their skins and seeds, but there are some, especially certain tomato sauce recipes, which turn out better if the tomatoes have been peeled and seeded – this results in a smoother, more easily digestible sauce. Try these easy steps for peeling and seeding tomatoes.

How to Press Tofu

How to press tofuFirm and extra firm tofu are packed in water for freshness, but when you use tofu, you want to get as much liquid out as possible so that your marinade or sauce can be absorbed instead.

How to Roast and Purée Pumpkin

Roasted and pureed pumpkinSure, you can buy canned pumpkin, but it’s cheaper, healthier, and tastier to make your own pumpkin purée. All you need is a nice pumpkin (smaller is better), a few common kitchen tools, and some time.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted pumpkin seedsPumpkins are a key ingredient in some wonderful recipes, notably pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup – not to mention jack-o’lanterns – but what can you do with the seeds? Roast ‘em!

 
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