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Marinating Times

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, October 24, 2016


How long should you marinate certain meats? Here are some helpful tips.


Fish and Shrimp – 15 minutes min., 30 minutes max.

Tofu – 20 minutes min., 12 hours max.

Chicken – 30 minutes min., 6 hours max.

Lamb, Beef, Pork – 4 hours min., 12 hours max.

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, October 21, 2016


Out of Pumpkin Pie Spice? You might have the right spices in your kitchen to make your own. Here’s how:

  • 2 TBSP Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • ½ tsp All Spice
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Cloves


All spices ground.

The Best Potatoes for Mashing

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, October 17, 2016

What are the best potatoes for mashing? Depends on how you like them mashed.

For the fluffiest, smoothest mashed potatoes, opt for Russet potatoes.


For the richest, creamiest mash, opt for Yukon Golds.


For skin-on mashed potatoes, opt for Red Bliss.


Avoid fingerlings. They’re better roasted.

Ripen Rock Hard Avocados in Minutes

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, October 14, 2016


                It’s frustrating sometimes when all you can find at the grocery store are rock hard avocados. The good news is you don’t have to wait for days for them to ripen if you know this simple little trick. All you need is a baking sheet, tinfoil and that hard-as-a-rock avocado.


Wrap the avocado in tinfoil and set it on your baking sheet and set it in the oven at 200° F for ten minutes or until the avocado is soft. In some cases, depending on how hard the avocado is, it may tqake up to an hour to soften, but it beats waiting for days. Once the avocado has softened, place it in your fridge until it cools. The reason why this works is ethylene gas, which causes the fruit to ripen, surrounds the fruit when wrapped in tinfoil and puts the ripening process into hyperdrive.

How Long Food Lasts in the Freezer Part II

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, October 10, 2016

Here are some additional guidelines for keeping food in your freezer.


Produce

  • Fruit: 4-6 months
  • Vegetables: 8 months


Dairy

  • Ice Cream: 2-4 months
  • Cheese (shredded): 3-4 months
  • Cheese (hard): 6 months


Other

  • Pizza (leftover): 1-2 months
  • Pancakes/Waffles: 2 months
  • Leftovers (anything with meat, fish, poultry) 2-3 months
  • Soup: 2-3 months
  • TV Dinners: 3 months
  • Frozen French Fries, Potatoes, Tots: 6-12 months
  • Ice Pops: 9 months
  • Juice Concentrate: 1-2 years

How Long Food Lasts in the Freezer Part I

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, October 07, 2016

Seems few of us really know how long we should keep food in our freezers. Here are some general guidelines.


Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

  • Bacon: 1 month
  • Lunch meat (pre-packaged): 1-2 months
  • Sausage: 1-2 months
  • Chicken Nuggets/Patties: 1-3 months
  • Ground Beef: 3-4 months
  • Steak: 4-12 months
  • Pork: 4-12 months
  • Raw Fish: 6 months
  • Chicken: 9 months
  • Shrimp/Shellfish: 12-18 months

Next Time You Host a BBQ

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, October 03, 2016

You have friends and family coming over for a BBQ tonight. The last thing you want to do is dirty up a bunch of dishes you’ll only be too exhausted to wash tomorrow morning. Here’s an idea, instead of dirtying several bowls, use a muffin tin to serve all the condiments.

Cooking Tips for Apples

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, September 30, 2016


Best Apples to Use


Baking:

  • Rome Beauty
  • Granny Smith
  • McIntosh
  • Braeburn


Fresh Eating:

  • Gala
  • Golden Delicious
  • Fuji
  • Cameo


Pies

  • Rome Beauty
  • Jonagold
  • Jazz
  • Honeycrisp


Sauces

  • Granny Smith
  • Jonathan
  • Golden Delicious
  • SweeTango

Bake the Perfect Bread

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, September 26, 2016

Baking bread for tonight’s dinner? When you place a second pan with 8 ice cubes in it, on the rack below it will produce steam and make the perfect loaf.

Tips for Freezing Bacon

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, September 23, 2016

Lots of us buy bacon in bulk at wholesale retailers. But what if you find the bacon spoils before you have a chance to consume it all? Consider freezing a portion of your bacon for BLTs, pastas and other sandwiches you’ll eat later. The best way to freeze bacon is to coil the slices up like snails and freeze on a baking sheet until solid. Then store them in zip-top bags and place the bags in your freezer. You can mince these bacon coils while still frozen, thaw, or microwave.


 

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