I don’t want to alarm anyone, but this warm weather is not going to last forever. It’s important to make the best of it while you can—for some of us, it’s finally going forward with that home remodeling project, but for others it’s just enjoying the final few weeks of summer sunshine! Whether or not you have had your kitchen remodeling completed this summer or not, you can still enjoy the tastes of summer. With the following ice cream recipe and technique, you won’t need much counter space or any high-tech equipment, so grab the family and start this great activity!
OK, we’re most known for our New Jersey kitchen remodeling, but what you may not realize is that we love cooking! By day we design and install the best kitchen cabinets in NJ, and by night we return to our own kitchens and get cooking! Here are a few tips we’ve gathered that will help you out around the kitchen:
Fruit Storage: As a general rule, fruits (other than berries) should not be stored in the fridge. Unless you live in a hot climate, storing fruits like apples, bananas and pears will dull the taste and won’t help with longevity very much.
Spice It right: Don’t fear your salt! Salt and pepper are still your go-to spices. The sodium used in home cooking is not much when compared to eating takout or processed foods.
Overcooking: Overcooking is one of the major problems for the burgeoning home chef. Overcooked meats are dry and tasteless, while overcooked vegetables are mushy. What can you do? The skill that is crucial here is pulling the product off the heat slightly before it is done–it will, quite literally, cook itself the rest of the way!
Cutting Boards: There are two important factors when it comes to cutting boards to note. First, make sure to never share a raw meat board and a vegetable board; it’s just plain dangerous! Second—a lesser known tip—is to have separate boards for cutting onions and garlic from everything else you’re cutting because their flavors will stick to the board!
It’s finally summer and time to start making plans for outdoor BBQ parties to celebrate the 4th of July and just great weather in general. You’re all set with your favorite grill and, if you’ve been following our advice, an awesome new summer deck! Alas, the heatwave that prompted you to plan your outdoor BBQ was actually just a warning for a week of storms–what are you to do? Fret not, even without a whole kitchen renovation you can still emulate your favorite smokey and grilled taste inside–without the grill!
First off, under no circumstances should anyone try to use an outdoor grill inside their house or even inside the garage; gas and coal emit Carbon Monoxide which is poisonous to the human body in even low levels. Having said that, here are a few options that are safe for indoors:
Electric Indoor Grills: With more options than ever, at even better prices, an indoor grill is your best bet. Of course, it’s important to do research before purchasing; a common problem is trapped moisture caused by shallow grates.
Smoked Meat: A popular alternative to outdoor grilling is purchasing meat which is already seasoned with the “smokey” flavor we all crave. Naturally, this doesn’t help in emulating grilled vegetables.
Indoor Smoker: For the adventurous chef there is always an indoor home-smoker to infuse your food with a BBQ-like flavor. Careful with these, however, or you may end up smoking out your place and needing a total home renovation!