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Dried or Fresh Spices- Which Should You Use?

Dried or Fresh Spices- Which Should You Use?

Cooking tips
When is it best to use dried herbs? Do fresh spices always work best? A common question people have is whether you should use dried or fresh spices. And since they both co-exist, is there a particular time when dried spices are more appropriate than fresh, and vice versa. The answer to that question is that it depends. Both dried and fresh spices have their place in the kitchen, but the most important thing is to learn about their characteristics in order to know when to use them - and when not to. In this guide, we share everything you need to know about dried and fresh spices in order to get the most out of your cooking. Basil leaves top the freshly cooked pasta sauce. A bunch of thyme is pulled from the green twig and straight down into the mortar. A leaf mint will be th...
Boiled Pig Feet Recipe (Food Trotters)

Boiled Pig Feet Recipe (Food Trotters)

Cooking tips, Recipes
What are pig feet? Pig feet are also known as pig's trotters and are, as the name reveals, the feet from pigs, including the ankles. Pig feet are a delicacy that is widely eaten, but many people are deterred by the idea to eat pig feet. And this is actually not surprising, because looking at them, they do not necessarily look very appetizing. Just the thought of eating feet doesn't sound very appealing to most, but when cooked properly, they can actually be really delicious. Pig feet consists of thick skin and connective tissue. Because of this, they need to be cooked properly in order to become tender and delicious. The most common way to prepare pig feet is therefore to cook them slowly and long enough. When you cook pig feet, they give off gelatine. The gelatine is released from...
A Guide to Food Trotters (Pig trotters)

A Guide to Food Trotters (Pig trotters)

Cooking tips, Recipes
Pig feet are the pig's forearm and lower leg with hooves instead of feet. The foot is fat and very brittle, the meat content is low. Few people have tried to eat pork feet, while others find the dish as very good, either cooked served cold in their shovel that solidifies into jelly, or breaded and fried. All pork in the store is generally poor because it comes from young animals. Pig trotters: Relative fat meat: Medium, 12-13%, of which saturated fat ~ 5%. Taste: Mild, musty. Medium marbling Sales: Occurs fresh or salted to and from the store, most frozen. Rare in the summer mostly for Christmas, when they can also be bought pre-cooked wrapped in jelly. Storage: Raw, salted or cooked goods have a good shelf life, a week or so stored in a refrigerator. Gelatin ric...
Boiled Pig Trotters Recipe (And Complete Guide)

Boiled Pig Trotters Recipe (And Complete Guide)

Cooking tips, Recipes
Pig Feet is an old classic dish. Often referred to as pig's trotters (trotters as in feet). It is also known as a pettitoe. Pig trotters are an interesting delicacy, to say the least. And as is often the case with delicacies, either you like it or either you hate it. Pig's feet are quite a special and unique delicacy due to the fact that many people would not even consider eating the feet of a pig. To many, it sounds rather disgusting. But pig's feet are a delicacy and can actually be really delicious if prepared properly. Don't let the idea of eating feet intimidate you. Usually, pig's feet are served cold with their solidified jelly, but like with most dishes, there are many variants and methods to cooking this delicacy. They are actually very delicious to eat warm, right...
A Guide to Indian Food Culture

A Guide to Indian Food Culture

Food Asia, Food cultures
India is the second most populated country in the world. With so many inhabitants and such a large country, there are many different food cultures inside of India with regional differences, traditions, and ways of life, with a great difference in both taste and ingredients. With that said, Indian food culture is not as easily explained as the food culture in many smaller countries with fewer inhabitants, where regional differences are not as big. Because of this Indian food culture is huge, and with many different dishes, methods of cooking, and eating. The country consists of 28 states (as well as 7 sub-territories) and they all have their traditional kitchens and dishes.  In this guide, we go into detail about Indian food culture to try and understand what it rea...
How to Cook Food Trotters

How to Cook Food Trotters

Cooking tips, Recipes
How do you cook Pork feet? Food trotters, pork trotters, pig's feet, etc. This delicacy has many names. How to cook pork feet Pig feet are usually cooked, after which they are allowed to cool in their own gravy which solidifies by itself. Pig feet contain a lot of connective tissue and cartilage that melts into gelatin. Classic accessories are pickled beets and vinegar that are dropped on the feet. The cooked, cold pork feet can advantageously double-bake and fry in plenty of butter. Good leftover food. Consider: The feet should be halved lengthwise. They should be scraped and cleaned (usually ready for purchase). If you have to scrape them yourself, they are stubborn and then scratched with a sharp knife. Rinse: Feet are put in cold water for several hours, preferably overni...
The World’s TOP 10 Best Food Countries

The World’s TOP 10 Best Food Countries

Food cultures
Where in the world can you eat the best food? The answer to this question is rather complex and doesn't have a fixed answer. The "best" will always, to a great extent, be subjective, and doesn't have a fixed answer. Different people have different preferences, and it also depends on where you eat, who is cooking it, and what you are eating. But the fact of the matter is that some countries in the world are more influential and famous than others when it comes to food and food culture. This ultimately comes down to the country's history, heritage, and its relationship with food. All countries have their own food cultures which involve anything from traditions, eating habits, ingredients, dishes, and much more. But with that said, in some countries, food plays a more important and vit...
A Guide to French Cuisine and Dishes

A Guide to French Cuisine and Dishes

Food cultures, Food Europe
Hardly any country in the world is as famous for its food as France is. When it comes to food culture, there are very few, if any, countries that can compete with France. They are known for using as much as it can of just the finest and freshest ingredients they can come across and for their sophisticated cooking methods. The only ones who may still consider that France is not perfect when it comes to cooking may be vegetarians or vegans. It is quite unusual with vegetarians and vegans in France and therefore the supply is quite narrow. However, more and more alternatives have begun to emerge as the trend grows. If you travel through the country you will soon discover that the dishes differ a great deal between the different regions. If you want to get the most "French" food a...
How to Preserve Spices Guide

How to Preserve Spices Guide

Cooking tips
If you have fresh Spices but they are starting to go bad, or if you want to make your own spices, you've come to the right place. In this post, we share our best "DIY" spice tips for preserving your spices. 1. Dry spices in spice bouquets You can easily create spice bouquets by cutting off the entire twigs with the leaves remaining (so do not loosen the leaves). Then tie the twigs tightly into a slightly loose and airy bouquet. If the knot is not hard enough, the twigs can loosen once they have started to dry and the pulp decreases, and if they are too tightly bound there is a risk that the spices will mold instead of drying. Hang the bouquets somewhere cool and dry. After about two weeks, after making sure that they are properly dry, loosen the leaves. 2. Dry spices in the micro...
How to use Spices In Cooking for Maximum Taste

How to use Spices In Cooking for Maximum Taste

Cooking tips
Spices are the carrier of the dish, you can master them it will be more fun to both cook and eat. Without spices, your food will not be lifted to great heights, and risk being flat and boring. In this post, we will help you reach success in the kitchen with the help of spices - and how you should use them. What spices do you need? It depends on how experienced and used you are with spices, and what you like to cook. Salt, black pepper, white pepper, chili, and some herbs are a good base in the spice shelf. Then you can fill with exciting flavors depending on what you like or are curious about. Curry, onion, and turmeric are flavorful spices that can also be great to use for many dishes. Different types of pepper - what is the difference? Pepper is a basic spice that should be ...