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Buying Seafood

Sometimes it’s hard to pick out the perfect fish! For those of you who wonder what a fresh fish should look and smell like, we have five tips for you from Executive Chef John Critchley from Siren by Robert Wiedmaier! 1. It’s all about the eyes If you’re thinking about buying fish, a good tip to knowing if …

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Raisins sultanas or currants?

Sultanas belong to the grapevine family (Vitaceae) and are native to the Caspian Sea. Currants, sultanas and raisins, including those still on the bunch, are known collectively as “raisins. The difference between these three dried fruits is explained below: Sultanas: seedless, large-berried, sweet and light yellow or gold in color. Larger than currants and smaller …

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1 in 5 Seafood Samples Is Fake, Report Finds

Photo  Twenty percent of seafood samples tested worldwide are different species from what their labels say. Credit Jenn Hueting/Oceana Seafood lovers, are you getting “catfished” at the dinner table? It’s very possible. One in five seafood samples tested worldwide turns out to be completely different from what the menu or packaging says, according to a report on …

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Vinegars

Cooks use vinegar to make pickles, deglaze pans, marinate meats, and add tang to vinaigrettes, sauces, and even desserts. Vinegars are made by adding a bacteria called Acetobacter aceti to diluted wine, ale, or fermented fruits or grains. This creates acetic acid, which gives the liquid a sour flavor. Unopened, most vinegars will last for …

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Basil Varieties

Left to right): Cinnamon basil, ‘Red Rubin’, bush basil and ‘Greek Mini’. Sally Tagg Sweet or ‘Genovese’ basil is the most popular variety, with its large, fresh green leaves prized for pesto. Lemon and lime basil have a distinctive, citrusy kick to their flavour and scent. ‘Mrs Burns Lemon’ is the best of the bunch. Purple …

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Food Labeling

Think of choosing food as choosing a new car. At one time, simplicity ruled. Most people would just find something familiar, salivate at the colour, and buy. Then terms like “hybrid” and “flex-fuel” and “continuously variable transmission” started buzzing around. You had no clue what they meant, but they sounded important so you bought the …

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Choosing a knife

It so depends on your hands and your technique. Contrary to what the weirdos on Telly tell you, there’s not one “correct” technique even though they’re all derived from the same four or five handling instructions. That said, here’s some contemplations as to the right knife for you… If you are familiar and comfortable with a whetstone …

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Choosing ingredients

When shopping for fruits and vegetables, it’s natural to pick the ones that look the best and the freshest, but there might be a better way to judge produce – Use weight instead. Why? Because heavier produce holds more water. This is a good way to judge all produce: This is true of almost all produce …

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