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1. Strain Stock Through Fresh Herbs
Throw a handful of fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme or parsley in your strainer when you pour the stock through, it adds so much freshness in seconds.
2. The “Herb” Clap
Before adding herbs like basil or mint, clap them in your hands to release the essential oils. Don’t believe it will make a difference? Take a whiff before and after. This works amazing for mojitos.
3. Dry With Paper Towel Before Searing
When searing a steak, scallop or any protein, pat the outside dry with paper towel to ensure the crispiest sear possible. Moisture causes a “mini steam” that inhibits the “Maillard reaction”, french for caramelization.
4. Use Grapeseed Oil To Sear
Grapeseed oil has a really high smoke point and imparts no flavor which makes it ideal to get the perfect sear. Olive oil or butter will burn up before you get the pan hot enough to develop a deep brown colour.
5. Sear in Cast Iron
Invest in Lodge Cast Iron Pan, you can get it ripping hot and develop that steakhouse crust at home.
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