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Ask The Food Lab: What The Heck is Confit? "What the heck is confit? " Can you please explain the process of confit? I know the classic is duck, but there must be other foods that use this technique. I am kind of hiding in shame just not getting it when reading instructions for this. Thanks! —Sent by finsbigfan I understand the confusion. The process of confit differs from deep frying in one key way: temperature. But before we jump there, what does the word mean, and where does it come from?

The word confit (pronounced "kon-FEE") derives from the French verb confire, which simply means to preserve. . * Sugar syrups in low concentrations are a good medium for bacteria, while higher concentrations become increasingly more hostile. With certain foods—most meats—this storage phase is nearly as important as the initial cooking phase as muscle and connective tissue slowly break down and tenderize. Turkey parts, ready to confit. How it Works With deep fat frying, the end-game is a crisp, crunchy surface, and the means to get there? Your-summer-cooking-tool-kit. Meat Marinate meat (except for burgers and sausages) at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours ahead.

Make sure the marinade has a little oil in it, and at least ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt per pound of meat (use a bit more for bone-in meat and a bit less for boneless meat). Everything else is up to you: garlic, herbs, spice rubs, aromatics, citrus juices, you get the idea. Bring big, bone-in hunks that need long cooking (ribs, bone-in pork chops, whole chicken or bone-in parts, leg of lamb, rack of lamb, beef brisket, pork loin or butt) to room temperature before lighting the grill. This could take several hours for very large pieces.

For boneless pieces (chicken cutlets and boneless thighs, steaks, skinny tenderloins, lamb chops, burgers and sausages), grill directly over the heat until charred on both sides. Skewers make it easier to turn smaller pieces. Scallops With Sorrel Butter - Video. Tuna, Lemon, and Caper Sauce Recipe | Epicurious. Yield Serves 2 to 4 Canned tuna sparked with lemon and capers creates a superb sauce that complements many pasta shapes — penne, shells, or linguine, to name only a few.

I prefer solid-pack tuna in olive oil for the best flavor and texture. I sometimes add a small handful of unpitted black olives — Kalamata or Gaeta — and a large, ripe tomato, seeded and diced, for a delicious variation. Italians would never serve cheese with fish, but you have my permission to break the rules! Preparation Place tuna in pasta serving bowl and break it into large bite-size pieces. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Recommended pasta: 8 ounces penne rigate, medium shells (conchiglie rigate), rigatoni, or linguine. Joie Warner's No-Cook Pasta Sauces. How To Cook Fluffy, Tasty Quinoa Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn. Previous image Next image How to cook fluffy, tasty quinoa. You can use any kind of quinoa (white - also sold as golden - red, or black). Use water to cook it or, as I do here, chicken broth. Quinoa has come a long way in the last few years.

From health stores to the mainstream, its high protein content and delicate texture have made it a popular substitute for starchier pasta and rice. Cultivated in the Andes for over 5,000 years, quinoa has been called the "mother grain" and "the gold of the Incas. " We've read that there are 1,800(!) Here is our standard method for cooking any of these. Basic Quinoa Facts How much cooked quinoa does 1 cup dry quinoa yield? 10 Delicious Recipes with Quinoa How To Cook Quinoa What You Need Ingredients 1 cup quinoa (any variety — white or golden, red, or black) Olive oil (optional) 2 cups liquid, such as broth or water 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) Tools Fine mesh strainer 2-quart saucepan with lid Spoon Instructions 1. 2. Why rinse quinoa? 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Cornichon relish.

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe. Smart Tip: Peel an Entire Head of Garlic in 10 Seconds Saveur. How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs. 1. Place the eggs in a single layer at the bottom of a saucepan. Cover with at least an inch or two of cold water. The more eggs that are crowding the pan the more water you should have over the eggs. 2. Heat the pot on high heat and bring the water to a full rolling boil. Adding a teaspoon of vinegar to the water may help keep egg whites from running out if an egg does crack while cooking. 3. If you have the type of stove burner that doesn't retain any heat when turned off, you might want to lower the temp to low, simmer for a minute, and then turn it off. Depending on how cooked you like your hard boiled eggs, the eggs should be done perfectly in 10-12 minutes. If I'm cooking a large batch of eggs, after 10 minutes I'll sacrifice one to check for doneness, by removing it with a spoon, running it under cold water, and cutting it open.

I also find that it is very hard to overcook eggs using this method. 4. I find it easiest to peel the eggs under a bit of running water.