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How to: Make Pumpkin Purée

Pumpkin Puree

It is fairly easy to make pumpkin purée. There are two methods: a) using the oven; b) using the microwave. The first takes about 60 minutes; the latter takes about 10. We like keeping things simple for making your meals. So we are presenting you the instructions for the second.

Ingredients

Pumpkin

Tools

Knife

Cling film (plastic wrap)

Microwave

Food processor

Directions

Cut pumpkin in quarters, wrap with cling film. Pop it in the microwave, cook for 10 minutes; if they are small pieces, you may reduce the time or the contrary if the pieces are large. Carefully take out of the microwave, let cool before handling. Remove the plastic, discard the seeds, scrape the pulp and blend in a food processor and you are set!


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How to: Remove bitterness from eggplant

Eggplants-3sm

Well prepared eggplants are delicious and fulfilling; they just require little preparation ahead of making the recipe.

Ingredients

eggplants

salt

water

Tools

knife

cutting board

strainer

dish or container

Directions

Cut the eggplant in the form requested in the recipe, place the pieces in a strainer, sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and leave to rest for at least half an hour. Make sure you put a container underneath to collect the liquids. Remove the salt by washing it off with cold water, and you are set!

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How to: Blanching vegetables

Blanch

This is one of the basic techniques in cooking. This is a good way of cooking your vegetables but keep them crisp and brightly colored.

Ingredients

Vegetables

Water

Ice cubes

Tools

Cutting board

Knife

Pot

Strainer

Bowl

Directions

Chop your vegetables as desired, or according to the instructions of the recipe. Place a pot in the heat and bring to a boil. In the meanwhile, fill a bowl with water and ice cubes.

Carefully add the vegetables to the boiling pot, preferably each type separately. If it is a large amount, do it in small batches. Boil them for a minute or two; you may take one out and carefully check if it is done; they must be crisp yet cooked. In the case of broccoli, you may insert a knife, if it clings to it, then it is not done.

Once you determine that they are ready, quickly strain and immerse them into the ice water to stop the cooking process, this is known as “shocking”. Keep the vegetables in the water until they are completely cooled and drain them.