Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, many ingredients in recipes can be substituted to accommodate dietary restrictions, availability, or personal taste preferences.

Check our ingredients substitution chart.

Remember, substituting ingredients might slightly change the taste, texture, or appearance of the final dish, so it can be a bit of an experiment. Start with small substitutions and adjust to your preferences.

  • Preparation: Wash, peel (if necessary), and cut fruits and vegetables into pieces. Blanch vegetables in boiling water for a few minutes, then plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. This helps preserve color, flavor, and nutritional value.
  • Packing: Dry them thoroughly to prevent ice crystal formation. Pack in airtight containers or freezer bags, removing as much air as possible.
  • Special Tips: Berries and sliced fruit can be spread on a baking sheet to freeze individually, then transferred to a container or bag. This prevents them from sticking together.

See our page: How to freeze bananas?

For beginner cooks, essential kitchen tools include a chef’s knife, cutting board, basic cookware set (basic set of pots and pans, including a frying pan, saucepan, and stockpot. Non-stick surfaces are convenient for beginners.), measuring cups and spoons and food scale, mixing bowls, whisk, wooden spoon, spatula, tongs, vegetable peeler, can opener, colander, baking sheet, kitchen shears.

Common cooking mistakes to avoid include not reading the recipe fully before starting, overcrowding the pan, underseasoning, over or undercooking, not measuring properly when baking (use a food scale rather than tbsp or cups), and not tasting as you go.

To prevent food waste, plan meals ahead, make a shopping list, store food properly, use leftovers creatively, and consider preserving or freezing excess ingredients. Additionally, compost food scraps whenever possible.

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Using a food scale  instead of using cups and tablespoons provides more accuracy in measuring ingredients, ensuring consistent results in your recipes. Different ingredients can vary significantly in density, so measuring by weight ensures precise amounts every time, leading to better baking and cooking outcomes.

For quick and easy meals, consider recipes that require minimal prep and cooking time, such as stir-fries, pasta dishes, salads, and sandwiches. You can also utilize batch cooking and meal prepping to have ready-to-eat meals throughout the week. Additionally, investing in kitchen appliances like a pressure cooker or slow cooker can help streamline the cooking process for busy days.

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