Knotty ginger skin is nearly impossible to peel with a knife or vegetable peeler. Instead, use the edge of a spoon to scrape it off quickly and efficiently.
In addition to grating nutmeg, citrus peel, and hard cheese, a rasp-style grater is an ideal tool for producing finely pureed garlic, shallot, or onion. For recipes such as Caesar salad or aïoli, peel a clove of garlic and grate it on the tool before mixing it in the dish.
Many recipes call for adding ingredients at different points. Instead of a bowl for each prepared ingredient, layer them in a single large bowl, separated by sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap. The ingredients you need first should be on top.
To keep mold at bay, rinse berries in a mild vinegar solution (1 part vinegar to 3 parts water), and then dry and store them in a paper towel-lined airtight container.
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