How-to's

Preparing Dried Beans for Cooking

Soak dried beans such as navy, great northern, pinto and kidney beans before cooking. There are two methods for soaking beans - the quick soaking method, which takes a little over an hour and the…

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Preparing Garlic for Roasting

With a sharp knife, cut off the top of each head of garlic, exposing the cloves inside. Place in a small baking dish or place bulb in heavy-duty foil.

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Preparing Hard-cooked Eggs

To prevent cracking, remove eggs from fridge 30 minutes before cooking. Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan

Immediately remove pan from heat and cover. The residual heat in the…

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Preparing Leeks

Remove any withered outer leaves. Trim root end. Cut off and discard the green upper leaves at the point where the pale green becomes dark green. Leeks often contain sand between their many…

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Preparing Lobster Tail Halves

With a scissors, cut lengthwise through the shell on the underside of the lobster to expose the meat.

Cut the tail in half lengthwise with a sharp knife.

Place lobster tail halves cut…

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Preparing Mushrooms

Gently remove dirt by rubbing with a mushroom brush or wipe mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Or quickly rinse under cold water, drain and pat dry with paper towels. Do not peel mushrooms. Trim…

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Preparing Mushrooms for Stuffing

To prepare mushrooms for stuffing, hold the mushroom cap in one hand and grab the stem with the other hand. Twist to snap off the stem; place caps on a greased baking sheet. Mince or finely chop…

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Preparing Pancakes

Use a 1/4-cup measure to pour batter onto a hot griddle or skillet, 5-6 in. apart, making sure to leave enough room between pancakes for expansion.

Turn pancakes over when edges become dry…

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Preparing Papaya

Wash fruit. Slice lengthwise in half. Scoop out seeds. The peppery seeds are edible but are generally discarded.

Peel papaya and slice or cube.

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Preparing Peas

Rinse with cold water. Remove strings if desired. Cut off stem ends. Do not shell. If using raw, blanch before using.

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