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How to Clean a Can Top Picture Book Directions


How to Clean a Can Top Picture Book Directions Pages

Not that this is THE most exciting stuff in the world, but it sure makes sense…and I will lay down the first of at least a couple microwave cooked pasta meals starting 2 days from now. You bet!

Though I recently posted step-by-step picture book directions showing how to clean a can top before opening a can, I thought I’d add those directions to a new page titled “Kitchen How To’s” you can get to either by clicking either picture on this page or by clicking the “How To & Tips” tab from the banner in the middle of the Gotta’ Eat, Can’t Cook homepage, then clicking…

Gotta' Eat, Can't Cook How To & Tips photo

 

…”Kitchen How To’s” from the drop down menu,…


Kitchen How To's dropdown

…and finally clicking the picture of “How to Clean a Can Top”.

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How To Clean a Can Top – You Bet, In Pictures!

 

Pouring evaporated milk from a freshly opened canWe know we need to wash our hands before handling food. We know we should rinse fresh fruits and vegetables with edible skins before preparing or eating them. But what about can tops – whether we’re taking the whole top off, like with this tuna can…

Opening a tuna can with a can opener

…or just popping a hole in it, like with this can of condensed milk? No matter how carefully we open a can, the top of the can always comes in contact with at least some of the contents inside the can. Read more »

Easy and Safe Soft or Hard Boiled Eggs – In Pictures and Video


All right! Adios, snow – bring on spring! The weather’s getting better – yah! We’ve got a big holiday weekend ahead. Boiled eggs – either plain white or brightly colored – are gonna’ be centerpieces of kids’ dreams Saturday night and breakfast tables Sunday morning – and, yes, it takes a real man – or woman – to eat those eggs out of the cups you see above – all in fun.

For the easiest and safest way I know to make soft or hard boiled eggs, just click any picture on this page for a free, newly revised much more colorful Gotta’ Eat, Can’t Cook step-by-step picture book recipe, and/or check out this short step-by-step video.

 

How to Make Almond Butter – Easy and All in Pictures

Last time, while writing about one of my favorite toppings: nut butter, yogurt, fresh fruit and dried fruit that goes great on pancakes, French toast and waffles, I mentioned that I’d post next about how to make fresh almond butter at home. Here’s what you need.

The hardest part about making almond butter is having the patience to let the food processor do the work (yah, you need a food processor) and then cleaning that processor when all the work is done. Not hard at all. And everything you need to show you what to do is included in the step-by-step picture book directions you can get by clicking any picture on this page.

How to Grate or Chop Fresh Ginger – Picture Book Directions

Fresh ginger. A staple of eastern cooking. Fantastically flavorful – I use it almost as much as I use fresh garlic…and almost always with fresh garlic. It’s the thick root of the tropically grown ginger plant with a great reputation for easing stomach discomfort, improving digestion and stimulating blood circulation.

 The only problem: how to get it from this…

…to this as fast and easily as possible.

Fresh GingerNo problem. Just click any picture on this page for newly revised, easy to follow step-by-step how to grate or chop fresh ginger picture book directions.

 

 

Chopping Fresh Garlic Made Easy – All in Pictures

There’s nothing quite like the magnetic scent of freshly cut garlic to attract attention to action in the kitchen. And then, of course, there’s nothing like the fantastic punch of flavor chopped garlic adds to whatever’s on the stove, in the oven or on the grill.

Fresh garlic is by far the one food ingredient I use most often and tastes so much better than processed garlic you can buy in a jar or any other prepared garlic product. As shown in the picture below, all you need to chop fresh garlic is a fresh garlic bulb, a sharp knife (preferably with a wide blade), and a cutting board (the bigger the better to keep the chopped garlic on the board and off the floor). Just click either picture on this page for step-by-step picture book directions that also show how to select fresh garlic when you’re buying it in the store.

How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple Quickly and Easily


Fresh pineapple: crisp tropical flavor, symbol of hospitality – perfect for the holidays!

Just click either picture on this page for complete step-by-step picture book directions showing how to check a pineapple for ripeness and cut it as quickly, easily and safely as possible.

Next post: easy to make pineapple, yogurt, jam and dried fruit salad 

Thawing a Frozen Turkey in the Refrigerator

Thawing a frozen turkey in the refrigerator

Just for the fun of it – this stuff is always fun – I got a 15 1/2 pound frozen turkey yesterday evening to find out how long it really takes to thaw it completely in the refrigerator as recommended on the packaging. All I did was put the rock-solid frozen turkey on a plate at 6pm and slide it onto the bottom shelf in my refrigerator, which is set pretty much right at the refrigerator manufacturer’s recommended temperature, probably about 40° F (4° C). Read more »

Heavy Cream vs. Evaporated Milk

Heavy Cream vs. Evaporated Milk

There’s just about nothing else that adds a more comforting flavor and texture to food than heavy cream. The only downside is that heavy cream can also leave you feeling excessively full – very quickly, and there are two good reasons for that as you can see in the nutrition label comparison below.

The bottom line is that heavy cream has more than twice the calories and five times the fat content of evaporated milk. The first thing to notice in the label comparison above is that the serving size for heavy cream (1 tablespoon) is half the serving size of evaporated milk (2 tablespoons). That means ounce for ounce (2 tablespoons = 1 ounce), heavy cream has 100 calories, all which are attributed to fat as follows: 10 grams total fat, 7 grams of which are saturated fat, and a cholesterol content of 40 mg. The same one ounce of evaporated milk has 40 calories, 20 calories of which are attributed to fat like this: 2 grams total fat, 1.5 grams of which are saturated fat, and 10 mg of cholesterol.

Nutritionally, the differences are significant, though I’ve found that both evaporated milk and heavy cream have similar cooking and flavor properties, especially when used in recipes like mashed potatoes, gravy, pasta al Fredo, pumpkin pie, and more. That means substituting heavy cream with evaporated milk is a great way to add comforting texture and flavor without taking on excessive calories and fat.

 

 

How to Ripen and Cut a Mango – All in Pictures

How to Ripen and Cut a Mango

Love the flavor of mangos but don’t know how to check for ripeness or how to prepare them? No problem. What you need is shown below. Click either picture for a direct link to complete step-by-step picture book directions.

Needed

  • Ripe Mango
  • Sharp Short Bladed (Paring) Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Bowl
  • Paper Bag (if needed – to ripen under-ripe mangos)

What's needed to ripen and cut a mango

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