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Which Soft Cheese Is Which?

Do you know the difference between the various soft cheeses and their uses? If you don’t use them often enough, it can seem a little difficult to work out when to use which and what each is best suited for. Most soft cheeses have a short shelf life of just two weeks, so you want to make sure you buy what you need and then use it shortly afterwards. We’ll try steer you in the right…
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How To Sterilize Glass Jars For Bottling And Canning

How To Clarify Butter

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How To Sterilize Glass Jars For Bottling And Canning

When making jams, preserves, chutneys, cordials, canned vegetables or pickles, the idea is to keep them airtight and ready to eat for long periods of time. To prevent the contents from spoiling or growing mould, your jars should be properly sterilised as part of the canning process. Keep in mind that you should never use any bottles with chips or nicks on the lip of the jar, or any cracks in the…
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Which Soft Cheese Is Which?

How To Clarify Butter

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How To Clarify Butter

Clarified butter, also called ghee, is pure butter fat that has had the oil and solids in the butter separated. It adds a rich buttery flavour to food and has a much higher smoke point than regular butter, which means it can go to a much higher temperature without burning. It also has a longer shelf life than butter. It’s often used for grilling steaks or tofu, starting off curries and to…
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Which Soft Cheese Is Which?

How To Sterilize Glass Jars For Bottling And Canning

FoodHints and Tips

Roma Tomatoes Are Ripe For Preserving

There seems to be a glut of plump little roma tomatoes at the moment. These beauteous oblong red globes are sweet as plums and it’s tempting to just stuff a couple into your mouth when you walk past the fridge. But besides slathering a salad with these scarlet gems, you might not realise how perfect they are for preserving too. Put in some time one weekend and you’ll be rewarded with…
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Pickled Onions

Mouth-puckering Lemon Curd

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Getting Roasting Times Just Right

When it comes to roasting, the Goldilocks Rule applies, and there’s no compromising. The roast is either going to come out just right or just wrong, and the difference between too pink and too dry can be a very fine line. As you start to carve the meat, you want to see that it’s cooked properly, and didn’t come out the oven too soon. But you’re also hoping that it…
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Sticky Finger Licking Spare Ribs

Lasagne Has To Be The King of Soul Food