Cumin has an incredibly unique flavor, so it can feel like a total deal breaker when you run out. I know that I’ve gone into flight mode, drove to the store, and bought myself a giant bottle of cumin to solve this problem before!
Still, that’s not the only solution. Little did you know that there are actually a few great options that can be used to replace cumin that you probably already have!
When looking for a cumin substitute, don’t look any farther than your kitchen. That’s right - the answer is in your pantry!Continue reading
When you just want to heat something up quickly, you might not think twice about whether or not you can microwave styrofoam. You just stick it up, punch in some numbers, and, most of the time, everything turns out OK.
But can you microwave styrofoam safely? And why does it sometimes melt, turning your food into a hazard waste zone?
While styrofoam is convenient for take-out and as a disposable storage container, it’s not always safe to use in the microwave. There are different types of styrofoam, so you should be careful about what goes in the microwave.
Let’s break down the most common questions people have about styrofoam below; I hope they help you, too!Continue reading
Whether you made a big batch of tamales and had some extra or you brought leftovers home after a delicious meal out, you might be at a loss for how to reheat them.
I know I was the first time I unwrapped some cold tamales from the refrigerator and realized that I had no idea how to bring them back to life! With some research and experimentation, however, I was able to enjoy them as much as I did on day one.
The best way to reheat tamales so that they stay moist and delicious is the same way that they are cooked!
But there’s more than one way to do this, so I’ll break down the equipment you’ll need to make your tamales as delicious as they were when they were freshly made. While some people like to reheat in the oven or microwave, I firmly believe that the best way to reheat tamales is using steam.
Let’s get to it!Continue reading
Have you ever wondered why some brands say the you need to store the tortillas in the fridge immediately after purchase, when in fact, it was just sitting on a regular shelf at the grocery store when you bought it? Weird, huh? If you love making burritos and other delicious Mexican dishes like I do, then I am pretty sure that you have also been wondering, how long do tortillas last? Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s find out!Continue reading
Don’t you hate it when you’re cooking, and you only need a small amount of something?
It’s always frustrating to waste ingredients that go bad quickly. Dairy products are especially hard to keep because they spoil fast, and they are usually called for in small amounts in recipes.
Sour cream is one such ingredient. Delicious as it may be in that cake recipe, having half of a container left over to spoil in your refrigerator is a waste of money.
Can you freeze sour cream? Yes! I’ve done it before, and it’s been such a great way to save me money and trips to the grocery store.
Let’s learn how. It’s easier than you think, and it will save you a ton of money otherwise wasted on spoiled products.Continue reading
Oh no… you’re in the middle of making dinner, only to realize that you’re out of an important ingredient, tarragon! All hope might seem lost for the flavorful meal you were hoping to create.
While you could run to the store or send someone out to get some, there’s no need. While tarragon is a unique flavor, you can replace it with another ingredient that’s in your cupboard already. There’s even more than one way to replace it!
I’ve been in this situation before and have been able to substitute for tarragon successfully. Tarragon gives a lot of flavor to a dish, but it’s not the only way to impart flavor. When your hands are tied, find the perfect replacement for your dish.
Let’s explore your options!Continue reading
Tomato paste is common in everything from pasta sauce to meat marinades. When you realize that you don’t have any tomato paste at home, you might be compelled to run to the store.
Don’t grab your keys just yet - you may have a substitute for tomato paste in your cupboard!
I’ve been here before, and I know what works. Let’s run through the basics of cooking with tomato paste and choose the right substitute for your needs!Continue reading
A few days back, I and my best friend first time tasted the pancakes of our university's food court. You can't imagine that how tasty and delicious those pancakes were. They were properly placed on the plate, perfectly thin, crispy, golden brown color and with fine edges.
After the above incident, we decided to take out the secret behind cooking such good pancakes. But how will that be possible?Continue reading
It’s happened to us all before.
You’re in the middle of getting the ingredients ready for dinner when you realize you’re missing one. Today, you’re missing Dijon Mustard!
But don’t panic. Thanks to the dynamic flavor profile of Dijon Mustard, you probably have ingredients that will help you make a simple substitution and keep cooking.
Confession time: I don’t actually like Dijon Mustard at all! When it comes up in a recipe, I always substitute it with on the items below.
Read on to find out some of my favorite ways to substitute for dijon mustard. I bet they’ll become your favorites, too!Continue reading
When you find yourself with too much cottage cheese, a few worries usually come to mind. How fast will this expire? Can you freeze cottage cheese? Will it still be edible if I keep it in the freezer?
Despite what many people believe, it is possible to freeze a dairy product like cottage cheese; you just have to know what you’re doing! I know that dairy products can be scary because of how easily they spoil, but it’s possible to keep them fresh...even in the freezer.
I do it all the time. In fact, I’ve been in this situation more than once. I’ll see a great deal and buy way too much without realizing that I’ll never finish it all before it expires.
Frozen cottage cheese doesn’t retain its original texture, but like frozen bananas, you can use it for cooking or baking. My favorite way to use cottage cheese that has been frozen is in lasagna! Most people don’t find the texture of frozen cottage cheese very appealing, so you’ll want to have a plan for it in mind before you freeze a ton of it.
Learn a no-fuss method to freeze cottage cheese by following the steps outlined below!Continue reading