tips and tricks

for a crispier pie crust
brush the bottom crust of a pie with lightly beaten egg whites before adding the filling. it acts as a moisture barrier.

easier first piece of pie removal
getting the first piece of a pie out intact is a challenge. rather than just cutting the first piece, cut the second as well. then remove. for some reason it comes out a lot easier.

cleaning mushrooms
although alton brown swears you can wash mushrooms with water - i am fearful. i use a toothbrush to clean the dirt off mushrooms. after every use i clean the toothbrush (it can go thro the dishwasher) and keep it in my equipment drawer.

when mincing garlic if you add a couple drops of oil (whatever oil you are going to cook with) to the garlic - it is a whole lot less sticky.

after mincing garlic - let it stand at room temp for at least 10 minutes. it supposedly activates garlic's anti-cancer properties.

more to come....
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