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Removing Corn from the Cob
Stand an uncooked ear of corn on its stem end in a shallow bowl and slice the kernels off with a sharp, thin-bladed...
Removing Portobello Mushroom Gills
The dark gills found on the underside of a portobello are edible, but if you like you can scrape them off with a spoon.
Oven-Roasting Peppers
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet. Arrange whole bell peppers on the rack. 2. Roast...
Wilting Greens
Rinse greens, such as spinach, chard, kale or beet greens, thoroughly in cool water. Transfer them to a large microwave...
Cleaning Leeks
Trim off fuzzy root and dark green stems. With a sharp knife, cut several incisions in the leek’s stem end to open it...
Peeling Winter Squash
Fresh winter squash can be difficult to peel and cut. Soften the skin slightly by piercing the squash in several places...
Crisping Raw Onion
Soaking onion in ice water for 10 minutes or more renders it less pungent and more crisp.
Preparing Parsnips for Cooking
Scrub and peel the parsnips. If the parsnip core is spongy or tough, remove it before cutting.
Peeling Fresh Pearl Onions
Cook pearl onions in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain. Peel when cool enough to handle.
Ripening Plantains
Plantains are a starchy, less-sweet relative of the banana. They are typically sold underripe, with yellow skin, but...
Cooking Pumpkin
To steam: Cut pumpkin in half. Remove seeds and fibers. Place cut-side down in a steamer basket, cover and cook over...
Adding Chile Peppers to Your Salsa
The seeds and surrounding membranes are the spiciest part of the chile pepper. To increase the heat of the salsa, use...
Pureeing Winter Squash
Peel, seed and cut squash into 1 1/2-inch cubes. Cook in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water until tender...
Making Squash Bowls
Squash bowls are a pretty serving vessels for fall soups. To make them, preheat oven to 425°F. Slice about an inch off...
How to Trim Sugar Snap Peas
Sugar snaps have a fibrous seam on the inside curve. Remove it by grasping the stem protruding from one end and pulling...
Seeding Tomatoes
Cut the tomato in half crosswise and scoop out the seeds with your finger while gently squeezing each half.
Making "Ribbon-Thin" Zucchini
Ribbon-thin zucchini is a pretty addition to summer vegetable salads or can serve as zucchini “pasta” when tossed with...
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