10 Nut-Free Techniques & Tools Recipes

Drew Glover • March 17, 2015
Do you have a wonderful idea for baking or cooking but don't know how to get it accomplished? This place has tons of tips and techniques to help take your ideas to reality. Learn tips on how to cook from professional chefs and cooking instructors.Roll an Ideal Tart Shell by Emily Luchetti
1. Expert Tip: Rolling the Perfect Tart Shell
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When you've taken the time to prepare tart dough from scratch, you want the finished dessert to look as delicious as it tastes. In this Grokker Premium video Executive Pastry Chef Emily Luchetti teaches you the insider's tips and tricks on how to expertly roll out your dough and form it into a perfect tart. If you want to learn how to make the tart dough itself, just click on Chef Emily's profile and watch her Grokker Premium video on the topic, all part of her Baking Basics collection. Enjoy!
2. Baking Basics: Beating Egg Whites
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Many recipes ask for beating egg whites. Beating egg whites is a very delicate thing because you can over beat them or under beat them and some call for sugar while others call for no sugar. It can be a little overwhelming but it doesn't have to be if you know the right way of doing it! Pastry Chef Emily Luchetti shares all the terminology and things to look for in beating eggs in this Grokker Premium video.
3. Easy Dessert: Two-Ingredient Chocolate Sauce
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How easy can making a homemade chocolate sauce be? Easy as pouring it on top of ice cream, desserts, crepes, and pretty much anything your heart desires! Pastry Chef Emily Luchetti shows how super easy it is to make a delicious sweet and rich chocolate sauce in this Grokker Premium video.
4. Carving a Turkey
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Carving a turkey can be an intimidating idea if you don't know the correct technique. In this video, Williams-Sonoma culinary expert Amanda shares a few tips and techniques to make the turkey carving an easy affair. How a turkey is best carved depends on where it is being carved. Some people may prefer to carve the turkey in the kitchen and bring the meat cuts on the table. Others prefer carving it at the table itself. When carving at the table, Amanda suggests starting from the breast area. If you are planning to carve in the kitchen, you can start with a clean cut between the leg and the breast. Another tip to follow in the kitchen is to remove the entire breast by cutting across the bottom; doing so will make slicing and serving the turkey an easier process. The drumsticks should be separated from the thigh part carefully and all the meat on the drumsticks should be sliced while rotating them. The wings should be carved at the end as they provide support while carving the rest of the turkey. With these carving tips, you will easily be able to share your beautiful Thanksgiving turkey with your guests.
5. How To Cook Perfect Fluffy Rice
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This quick & simple rice recipe is so easy guys. No need for a rice cooker - just a mug, a pan and boiled water. I'll show you the basic absorption method then give you some great ideas for flavoured rice to go with loads of different dishes.
6. Kitchen Basic: How to Cut a Pineapple
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There are so many great dessert recipes that include pineapple, but many people take a shortcut and use canned pineapple. Don’t use canned pineapple! Fresh pineapple will make your dessert taste soooo much better! In this Grokker Premium video, master baker Emily Luchetti will give you tips on what to look for when picking out a fresh pineapple and some simple techniques for how to cut up a pineapple in just a couple of minutes.
7. How to Cook the Perfect Steak
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"I want to teach you how to cook good food at home. By stripping away all the hard graft and complexity, anyone can produce mouth-watering recipes. Put simply, I'm going to show you how to cook yourself into a better cook." GORDON RAMSAY
8. Tuscan Panzanella Salad
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This popular summer salad combines tomatoes, onions, crisp cucumbers and delicious home made croutons. Served with Sage's own vinaigrette and combined with fresh herbs the flavours come together and soak into the croutons making a tasty appetiser for dinner or a light lunch. Make sure to check out Sage's crouton and balsamic glaze videos in order to perfect this salad.
9. Silky Smooth Chocolate Ganache
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Believe it or not, the secret to a smooth, glossy ganache is a microwave. A double boiler is pretty, but risks adding moisture to the chocolate which can cause it to split. Watch Sage Russell in this Grokker Premium video as he prepares the perfect ganache with some added orange zest to give it some zip. Sage finishes the ganache off as delicious truffles but the ganache is perfect on ice cream or as a tart or pastry filling.
10. Red Pepper Relish
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This simple red pepper relish is a great tart accompaniment. Serve it an appetiser on bread, or as a condiment for any meat or fish dish. The key is getting the right peppers, so follow Sage's lead in this Grokker Premium video and you will have perfected this sauce in no time.
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