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Freezing ready-cooked veg

Blanching is a necessary step prior to preparing vegetables for storage in the freezer. Blanching deactivates the enzymes, present in fruits and vegetables, which are responsible for browning and ...
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How can I skin hazelnuts at home?

There are really two methods. The roasting method, where the nuts are roasted, then placed in a kitchen towel, and the skins are rubbed off. The second is the blanching method, where you blanch for ...
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How can I skin hazelnuts at home?

I too scoured the internet for methods and found the two methods found in moscafj's answer. However, I found both approaches so frustrating and time consuming that I was considering abandoning ...
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Does blanching cause loss of mass/weight in the vegetable?

The weight is more likely to increase than decrease when blanching as some water or (condensed steam if you do it by steaming) will stay on the surface. With something like broccoli that has a lot of ...
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Freezing ready-cooked veg

Yes, you can freeze cooked vegetables, there is no problem in that. You can even freeze raw vegetables without any preparation. Blanching increases the quality of raw frozen vegetables, but if you ...
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The garlic cloves in olive bars in U.S. grocery stores often have little or no bite. How is this achieved?

I don't know how olive bars do it specifically, but when I confit garlic it comes out very mellow with no garlic bite. I cook peeled garlic in olive oil in the oven at 210°F (100°C) for an hour or two,...
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Do I have to dry the blanched and cool-rinsed basil leaves before freezing?

Because they are blanched, they will never be as good as fresh. I'd squish the water out of them and freeze them packed in ice cube trays and store the resulting cubes in ziplock type bags
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What is the conversion of fresh basil to Frozen blanched basil

Generally speaking blanching causes leaves to drop a lot. I suggest you cast your mind back and think about how much smaller it looked after blanching than before. This is easy for me as I tend to ...
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Why blanch handcut fries?

When I was working as a cook, we did this to cook the potatoes enough so that we would have a better result after deep frying. Deep frying alone can make for a fry that is not always cooked through to ...
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blanching slightly frozen fresh garden carrots

freezing and thawing will break cells and make the carrots (in that case) a little bit mushy. Other than that, blanch away; I don't see any problems with that.
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Is there any point in blanching kale directly before cooking?

I would not blanch kale for a recipe like that. Generally, one blanches kale for recipes where the kale is going to be cooked for a very short time, like pasta dishes. In this case, you need the ...
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Is there any point in blanching kale directly before cooking?

Some vegetables can have a certain amount of bitter components naturally occurring in the plants. Cooks and gardeners have found ways to mitigate what is sometimes perceived as unpleasant. For kale, ...
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How to blanch and peel nuts?

Blanching the shelled pistachio nuts for one minute and then plunging them into ice water made them soft. There was no crunch left in them like there was with the unblanched pistacios. Therefore, I ...
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