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More food related tips

half eaten apple


APPLES

To see if a Cox’s Pippin apple is ripe, shake and if the pips
rattle, it is ripe.

fish


FISH

To ensure fish is fresh, look for shiny eyes and body and slippery
outer skin

When filleting plaice, start on the white
side, remove fillet, turn over and then the dark side will be easier to remove.

When skinning fish, dip fingers in salt as this will help you grip the skin.  Cut
horizontally across the fish tail to reveal skin, pull back skin firmly with one hand and
pushing down using a sawing motion, work knife down fish between flesh and skin.
After gutting a salmon there is a line of
blood running down the back bone.  This can be removed by using a teaspoon to scrape
out from one end to the other, in one movement.

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BEEF

Beef with bright, white fat will be good to eat.

crab


CRABS

If you like the white meat, choose the male crab as this has bigger
claws.  If you prefer brown meat pick the female, as this has the bigger body (don’t
we all!!!)


To remove meat from claw, tap joing with knife and separate the two halves.  Use
handle of teaspoon to scoop out the meat from inside the claw.  Hit the nipper end
sharply a couple of times and the outer shell will slide off easily.

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PORK

When stuffing a loin of pork, make the stuffing mixture and
roll into a sausage shape.  Place in freezer for two hours and, when hardened, this
can be put into the joint and the meat rolled round.  Ensure joint is well cooked.

For crispy crackling every time, score the
rind well using a sharp, small bladed craft knife.

plate of salad


PARSLEY

Freeze parsley in a polythene bag.  When frozen rub bag between
hands and the parsley will not need chopping.


DRYING HERBS

When drying herbs use the clean bags provided with the tablets for
washing machines.  Put in the fresh herbs, hang them to dry, when ready just rub
between your hands onto a piece of paper and then store them in empty herb jars.  All
the stems will be left in the bags so it is very quick and easy.]

Thanks to Brenda Roff for
this one
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