Ruhlman on Chicken Stock

Wed, Feb 6 • 1

On The Splendid Table (a public radio program that I listen to on podcast), their guest, Michael Ruhlman, suggests an unusual way of making chicken stock. He recommends putting the aromatic vegetables in only at the last hour. He says that by putting them in at the start, they overcook and fragment, clouding up the stock. But, more importantly, after all that time, they’ll soak up too much of the precious liquid. Makes sense to me. I’ll have to try it next time.

Here’s a link to The Splendid Table’s website where they have his recipe for veal stock — a magical elixir that he claims will allow an ordinary cook to be an extraordinary one.

The Elements of Cooking: Translating the Chef’s Craft for Every Kitchen by Michael Ruhlman.


Making Butter on Purpose

Wed, Feb 6 • 0

butterOver at TuttiFoodie (a foodie weblog that emails new content to subscribers) today’s entry is all about making butter. Talk about turning a mistake into an advantage. I’ve done it before, but never on purpose. If you try to make whipped cream and you get distracted, it’s easier than falling off a log. And I’m not really sure that the end result is really anything to swoon over. I doubt it’s more economical.

But anyway, if you’re going to make your own butter, I think I’d probably add a little salt into the mixer, but I bet some brown sugar or honey, after you’ve drained off the butter milk, might be pretty good, too.


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