It's been way too long since I last wrote about some of my favorite kitchen toys...and really, I use them every day - the unsung heros that help me be creative. So Today I thought I'd talk about some of the wooden toys I have on hand.
1. When stuffing a turkey, chicken or veal brisket, I use the skewers to "sew" up the pocket. Just snip off the extra part that sticks out. It's so much easier than really sewing it up the way my grandmother did with a darning needle and kitchen twine.
2. When making a multiple layer cake, I use the skewers to hold all the layers together (the frosting between the layers really does make the whole thing precarious especially if you're transporting it somewhere else. I usually put 3-4 skewers in the cake once it's completely iced and let it set in the fridge. Naturally, I remove the skewers before serving and smooth over the holes. (It also keeps the wrap away from the cake.)
3. When I'm out of wooden toothpicks, I've been known to use these to test the readiness of cakes. If it comes out dry, when poked in the middle of the cake, it's done.
1. To flatten and even out boneless chicken breasts so they'll cook evenly rather than be raw in the middle and dried out at the thin end. Just put the breast between two pieces of waxed paper or plastic wrap, and starting at the middle, press the breast or cutlet until it's pretty much even all over.
2. This one may sound silly, but it works so much better than my mortar and pestle or electric grinder. When I want to crack pepper corns or mustard seeds and I don't want them flying all over the kitchen, I put them in a small zip lock baggie, seal it and then hammer away with the flat side of the tenderiser. It's takes no time, you can see just how cracked the corns or seeds are, so you have more control over the end result. And best of all - no little peppercorns all over the place.
I'd love to hear what some of your favorite kitchen toys are and if you have any other uses for the ones I've mentioned here.
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