Swiss govt bans boiling lobsters alive under new animal protection rules

File photo. © Benoit Tessier / Reuters The Swiss government has gone against the wishes of restaurateurs and banned the practice of boiling live lobsters. It comes as part of sweeping new animal protection legislation. The law, which dictates that live lobster and crayfish must be stunned before killing, was passed by the Federal Council …

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Killing Lobsters

Why don’t chefs kill lobsters instead of boiling them alive? I know freezing them ruins the meat but why not just kill them quickly right before putting them into the boiling water? Janera Soloven, Trained chef And how exactly would you propose to do that, by cutting off its head? Time to learn a little …

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Opening a coconut

This method can be done by anyone, even children: Take the bare coconut in one hand and the hammer in the other. Easily hammer around the nut, describing a circle around the top of the nut. There is no need for hammering hard. After a few circles of hammering the coconut will begin to crack …

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How to chop kale

Kale grows into deep beautiful colors — purplish red, glowing green and the warm blue lacinato — that get more brilliant with cooking. It isn’t as bitter as other winter greens. When cooked, the leaves hold their shape but go tender, making them perfect for long-simmering soups and stews. Step 1: Wash and dry the …

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Tear lettuce leaves by hand?

The popular belief that tearing lettuce stops its edges browning is based on the theory that it damages fewer cells and limits oxidisation. There’s nothing, however, to prove it’s any less destructive than cutting the leaves with a knife. Both will turn brown at the same rate.

Garlic presses

Essential kitchen tool or a destroyer of garlic flavour? Anthony Bourdain calls the garlic crusher (otherwise known as a garlic press), which crushes garlic into a pulp, an “abomination”, but other chefs claim they enhance garlic by releasing the oils. Knife-cut garlic will caramelise in cooking, unlike pulp, although a crusher will quarantine the slightly …

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Robo-chef for the home

Media captionRich Walker of Shadow Robotics tells Jonathan Amos how they developed the hands for the robo-chef A London-based company has launched a prototype “robo-chef” for the home. Moley Robotics is demonstrating its concept at this year’s Hannover Messe – a big trade fair for industrial technology held annually in Germany. The cooking machine learns …

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