Tip 1: Gail Novenario
When boiling yellow and orange vegetables like squash and corn, add a few tablespoons of sugar to the water to bring out the sweetness of the vegetables.
Tip 2: Nona Sivley
A quick way to steam vegetables: Put them in a gallon or quart size Ziploc bag and cut a 1/2 inch slit on the side about 1 inch from the top. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, perfect every time!
Tip 3: Ben Knack
Do you love pomegranates but hate getting the seeds out? Cut the pomegranate in half and use the back of a wooden spoon to knock out the pomegranate seeds.
Tip 4: Rob McCue
Before you chop chili peppers, rub a little vegetable oil into your hands and your skin won’t absorb the spicy oils.
Tip 5: Jason Santos
Lemons stored in a sealed jar of water will produce twice the juice.
Tip 6: Craig Schneider
Yucca root sliced and fried (yucca chips) is becoming very popular, as it is similar in appearance and taste to potato chips, except a little sweeter, and a healthier alternative.
Tip 7: Craig Schneider
If you would like to ripen your bananas faster, place them in a brown paper bag with an apple. Ethylene gas is emitted from the apple, which gets trapped in the bag, and speeds the ripening process of the bananas. If they ripen too fast for you to eat, simply peel, and mash up, and freeze for later use in a banana bread or fruit smoothie.
Tip 8: Dominic DiFrancesco
Use your fresh, local produce whenever available. This will support your area farmers and allow you to deliver the highest quality dishes to your guests or family.
Tip 9: Jennifer Gavin
No juicer for your lemon? No worries, microwave the lemon for 10 seconds, cut in half and squeeze the lemon between a pair of tongs to get the most juice!
Tip 10: Bonnie Appetit
Keep citrus fruit separate from other fruits. Citrus causes other fruits to ripen very quickly. But if you want to speed up the ripening process, throw an orange or lemon into your fruit bowl.
Tip 11: Bonnie Appetit
Don't keep your tomatoes in the fridge! It ruins the flesh!
Tip 12: Polly Holladay
Make sure to smell asparagus before purchasing. The tops should be firm and have no odor.