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4 useful tips to use salt in your kitchen

The art of cooking has no borders in perfection. You can always learn some new skills, making your dishes even better. In this article we would like to give you some practical advice, related to using salt, that will be useful for you.

1.Add salt to your coffee

Before you brew your ground coffee, you should add a pinch of salt, in order to improve its taste. It may sound strange, but salt makes your coffee taste less bitter. At the very same time, it allows expressing its flavour and strengthening it. Try it and you’ll be amazed!

2.Use kosher or sea salt instead of table salt

Everyone uses a table salt for salting the dishes. But it’s not so practical due to the fact that you don’t really control the level of saltiness. Kosher salt or sea salt have larger crystals. Because of this, they make your dishes’ taste much better. Sea saltly is quite expensive, but a kosher one is more affordable.

3.Don’t salt your salad

If you don’t want your salad to become ‘soggy’ with time, you should not salt it heavily. Instead, you can lightly salt each product before adding it there. Salt brings out the excess of liquid in your vegetables, what allows them staying crunchy and looking much better.

4.Don’t forget to salt your dishes!

Many people who do cooking forget about salt. They make a mistake because this mineral is used to express the flavour of the dish, make it much tastier.

How to cook applesauce?

In the previous article the benefits of an applesauce were discussed by us. According to the given information, it’s a great source for different kinds of nutrients, vitamins and other components, required for our good health. However, in order to get them, you need to know, what’s needed for the applesauce preparation. Let’s find it out.

It’s obvious, that the first thing you need is apples. The recipe contains information, that only 3 apples are enough for cooking. Surely, you can bring any number of them you want. Honey and cinnamon for a good taste are needed as well.

The procedure of cooking is simple as well. All you need is removing the seeds and heart of each of the apples and cutting them into parts. Then you should bake the apples for 30-40 minutes, in order to give them some special taste. Next you should mash it into a puree.

The following steps are even simpler – just add the cinnamon and honey (their amount depends on your taste), after that you should let the applesauce get cooler. Some people prefer putting it into the fridge, while others like consuming it when it’s warm. It’s up to you, how to eat the applesauce – its useful properties will be saved in any condition.

As you can see, such simple steps can bring you the delicious and useful dessert, which can improve the health of yours and your family. It’s also a perfect solution, if you have your own garden with apple trees.

Another smoothie for weight-loss

You have probably noticed, how popular fruits and vegetables smoothies are. They are consumed either by sportsmen, who need more protein in order to grow their muscles; or by women, who need more their fat to get burnt. In this article we describe another smoothie, which can help you lose your weight easily. Its benefit is in its simplicity and a good taste. So, prepare your note and wrote down the recipe.

Everything we need, in order to prepare our smoothie, is a lemon, green apple and grapefruit. All of these components are affordable in any supermarket around the corner, so they are easy-to be-found. The process of preparation of this smoothie is simple as well: just grab 1 piece of each mentioned product and add them to blender with a cup of water. If this mix seems to you a little bit sour, you can add one spoon of honey. The smoothie is ready to drink.

The features of the listed products are amazing. Green apple fastens your metabolism, balances the sugar level in your blood and provides you with a fiber. Lemons allow you to absorb nutrients better, provide you with a C-vitamin and recude the level of fat in your organism. Grapefruits can help to clean your organism, removing all of the wastes.

You should consume the described smoothie after your meal, once a day. Nutritionists claim, that the visible changes will appear after the 3-4 weeks of such a diet.

Honey-Roasted Carrots

Substitute apple juice for bourbon, if you prefer. Look for bunches of carrots that are all about the same size so they’ll cook evenly. If some are too big–or if you can’t find real (sometimes labeled French) baby carrots–just peel the bigger ones and halve them lengthwise before roasting.

Ingredients

2 pounds baby carrots with tops
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons bourbon
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon chicken broth or water
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
Preparation

1. Place a small roasting pan in oven. Preheat oven and pan to 500°.

2. Cut tops from carrots, leaving 1 inch of greenery on each carrot.

3. Stir together olive oil and 1 Tbsp. butter in preheated pan. Add carrots, salt, and pepper; toss to coat. Bake 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallot; sauté 1 minute. Remove from heat, and stir in bourbon and next 2 ingredients. Return to heat, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes or until mixture is syrupy.

5. Drizzle syrup over carrots; toss to coat. Bake 5 to 7 more minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender. Transfer to a serving dish, and sprinkle with thyme.

Nutella Cheesecake

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 200 g digestive cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter (113 g)
  • 2 tbsp sugar (25 g)

For the filling:

  • 250 g cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 g)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g heavy cream
  • 150 g Nutella

For the frosting:

  • 60 g dark chocolate
  • 1/3 cup butter (75 g)
  • 80 g powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Grease, or spray with Pam, a spring form pan. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). In a bowl combine the cookies (finally crushed), sugar, and melted butter.

Press the crumbs evenly over the bottom of the spring form pan.  Cover and refrigerate while you make the filling.

In bowl place the cream cheese, sugar, and flour.  Beat on medium speed until smooth.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add the Nutella and heavy cream and stir well.

Take the crust out of the refrigerator and pour in the filling. Bake it at 150 C (300 F) for about 1h and 15 min.

In the meantime prepare the frosting by melting the chocolate, beating the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth and fluffy and then adding to it the melted chocolate.

Spread the frosting over the cheesecake, cover and refrigerate.