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How To: Make your instant gravy taste like homemade

If you've gotten the store bought instant gravy as a way to save time, but have found that the taste just isn't up to what you'd really like it to be, there's still a way to get that savory homemade taste with just a few extra ingredients! In this video you will learn how to combine things such as mushrooms, sherry, and other great things to make a great tasting gravy!

How To: Deep fry a turkey for crispy skin

If you've never tasted deep-fried turkey, you're in for a treat. Learn how to deep fry a turkey with this cooking video. This deep-fried turkey recipe is brought to you by Brett Ryan on How2Heroes. Search How2Heroes on WonderHowTo for more cooking videos.

How To: Cook your green beans so they keep their color

In this tutorial, we learn how to cook your green beans so they keep their color. The secret ingredient you can add to your boiling water while cooking your green beans is ice! This will help the green and yellow colors from appearing in your green beans! It will keep the color a beautiful green and not mix in any other colors. To start, put enough water to cover the green beans in a saute pan and then heat it up, put in the green beans and as you cook them add in ice cubes. When finished, ad...

How To: Make croissant bread pudding with Food Network

In this tutorial, we learn how to make croissant bread pudding with Food Network. First, combine 3 whole eggs and 5 egg yolks with 3 cups of half and half. Whisk this together, then add in 1.5 c sugar and 1.5 tbsp vanilla and mix together again. After this, cut croissants in half and place on the bottom of a casserole dish. Now, layer raisins on top of this, then add on a second layer of croissants. Pour the liquid mixture over these, then push the croissants down into the custard so they abs...

How To: Truss a chicken without strings, wires or skewers

To truss a chicken without using any strings, wires or skewers, hold the chicken up by the wings and let all the fluids drain out into a bowl or sink or any container. Next, use a knive or a sharp object and cut open a slit at the fat flaps just outside the bottom cavity. The slit should be about the size of a dime, and make a cut on the other flap as well. Push the leg through the slit on the opposite side, and then push the other leg to the other slit as well. The legs are now trussed. Tuck...

How To: Thicken gravy for holiday meals

Food editor Melissa Roberts shows a few different ways to thicken gravy. The first way that is shown is using either arrowroot or cornstarch. Both of these ingredients are gluten free and must be dissolved completely in cold water before adding to hot liquids as clumping will result if added straight. The next method to thicken your gravy is called a buerre manie'. A beurre manie' is French for needed butter. This method is a paste made by combining three tablespoons of butter and three table...

How To: Prepare a persimmon for eating

A persimmon is not ready to eat until it has a soft consistency like jelly or pudding, though the fruit can be harvested and brought inside while still hard, so long as the branch the fruit hangs from is picked along with it. One way to be sure that a persimmon is ready to eat, is to press a finger against the skin of the fruit. If a fingerprint is left, the persimmon is ripe and delicious. Once they start getting soft they go bad very quickly, so it's good to prepare them so you can eat them...

How To: Make a crispy, golden roast turkey

In this tutorial, we learn how to make crispy golden roasted turkey. For this recipe you will need: 13 lb turkey, butter, olive oil, salt and pepper. To cook the turkey you will need: 1 roasting rack, 1 roasting pan and aluminum foil. First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then, pat dry your turkey after rinsing thoroughly, making sure to fully dry everything. Now, rub butter all over the turkey, inside and out. You can now brush the turkey with a generous amount of olive oil and then seaso...

How To: Tell whether a frozen turkey is fully thawed out

Cooking a turkey is a long and arduous process if you're never done it before, and requires careful preparation. If you've bought a frozen turkey, one of the first things your need to make sure of is that you've thawed it properly before you start cooking it, and this video will show you how to make sure your bird is all the way thawed.

How To: Disassemble a turkey into parts for roasting

Within a week's time it'll be Turkey Day! That means, quite appropriately, that you'll be stuffing your tummy with copious amounts of roast turkey. What that also means, unfortunately, is that you'll be spending hours camped out in front of the oven, basting and probably reading a copy of "Us Weekly" to get through the wait.

How To: Make Indian butter milk from curd

Sanjay Thumma teaches the secret of making north and south Indian buttermilk from curd. For the south Indian type finely chop down some green chilies, curry leaves, coriander and a crushed piece of ginger. Use some roasted cumin and roll it down to powder it as shown. Blend a cup of curd with 2 cups of water and add a pinch of salt to it. Finally add all other ingredients to the buttermilk to complete it in south Indian style. Now for the north Indian style add some cumin powder and chaat mas...

How To: Make your own garlic butter

Healthy Kids Rock demonstrate how to make your own garlic butter. Making garlic butter is easy and requires only a few simple ingredients and techniques. To make the garlic butter first,roughly chop three large cloves of garlic. Then, sprinkle salt over the garlic and mince the garlic with a knife. The garlic should take on an almost pureed texture. Then add garlic puree to 500 grams of softened butter. Next, chop a handful of parsley and add it to the garlic butter mixture. Once the herbs ar...

How To: Make pumpkin pie layer cheesecake with Kandee Johnson

To make a pumpkin pie layer cheesecake, first blend together two packages of cream cheese with 1/2 cup of sugar and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. After that, add two eggs, one at a time and beat until smooth and creamy. Pour half of the cheesecake mixture into a graham cracker crust. In a different bowl, add 1 cup of canned pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. Stir until combined. Pour over the cheesecake layer and bake 35-40 minutes at 325 degrees. Top with homemade w...

How To: Reheat pre-cooked sausage so it's ready fast

In this tutorial, learn how to fake sous vide sausage and reheat it so it's ready when you need it. If you are unsure when your guests will arrive or when you will actually be eating - then use this simple method. By keeping your sausage in boiling water, you will save the flavor and keep it cooked for as long as you need, before you get it onto the plate. Check out this clip for the full details and enjoy!

How To: Make royal icing for decorating Christmas desserts

Learn how to make royal icing for decorating cookies and cakes this Christmas. It is a simple recipe, with just 2 ingredients: confectioner sugar and egg whites. You can use royal icing to assemble gingerbread houses. This is a strong, adhesive frosting, perfect for dessert assembly and cake decorating. Be sure to stick around for Chapter Two, to learn how to fill a pastry bag with the royal icing.

How To: Cook Eggs Over Easy with Ease

This food tutorial presents one of the most important and widely used cooking skills you'll ever need to know: how to cook eggs over easy. Eggs are pretty much standard for breakfast and are used in a variety of other recipes, so it's important to know how to cook them well.

How To: Prepare Moringa Tea

Moringa oleifera is one of the most rich sources of nutrients and vitamins that our body needs. It is rich in calcium, potassium, beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and iron. Moringa can be prepared as a vegetable or included in soups, but mostly just the leaves and fruits are used. Others prefer to drink it as tea.

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