How To Chop Nuts Easily

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Take the chore out of chopping nuts by following these easy instructions! You can chop an entire bag of nuts in under a minute with this simple tip!

How To Chop Nuts Easily



For many years chopping nuts was a real chore to me. Whenever I used to see chopped nuts in a recipe, I’d move on to a new recipe. Too much like work! Then, my Grandmother gave me a Black and Decker mini food chopper … oh, about 25 years ago. After receiving that, I never chopped a nut by hand again!

How To Chop Nuts Easily


Start with a mini 1-2 cup food chopper. You can use a large food processor of course, but a larger machine is a bigger mess and sometimes the nuts can squeeze below the blade. I prefer to keep my messes contained, and a small food chopper contains the mess very well indeed.

How To Chop Nuts Easily


Fill your mini food chopper with nuts. If you need a smaller quantity than the one or two cup fill, and do not want extra chopped nuts for storage, you may of course use a smaller amount. I always chop extra nuts. I am not a fan of cleaning up after myself, and it is nice to just pull out the prepared ingredients on the next recipe.

How To Chop Nuts Easily


Use the pulse button. Do not let the machine run. If you let it run, you’ll end up with nut-dust. Pulse on and off for 15-20 seconds depending on how finely you would like your nuts chopped.

How To Chop Nuts Easily


You can pulse a few second (10-15) and have coarsely chopped nuts.

How To Chop Nuts Easily


If you pulse for 15-20 seconds, you will have finely chopped nuts.

How To Chop Nuts Easily


It is very important to take a look at your chopped nuts in between pulses until you get the hang of how your machine chops, and in what time frame. I pulse 5-6x and then look, and that is after 25 years! I don’t need nut powder.

How To Chop Nuts Easily


Whatever chopped nuts I don’t use in the current recipe, I store in the freezer until I next need them. I am always afraid of the nuts getting wormy, and the freezer eliminates that worry!

How To Chop Nuts Easily.  Take the chore out of chopping nuts by following these easy instructions! You can chop an entire bag of nuts in under a minute with this simple tip!


Do you have any tips or tricks for chopping nuts easily?


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How to Roast Peppers

How to Roast Peppers. Roast peppers for soups, stews and more using these step by step instructions. Roasting peppers brings out the sweetness in your sweet peppers and the heat in your hot peppers. Roasted peppers are easy to freeze, and great to have on hand for cooking.




How to Roast Peppers

Roast peppers for soups, stews and more using these step by step instructions. Roasting peppers brings out the sweetness in your sweet peppers and the heat in your hot peppers. Roasted peppers are easy to freeze, and great to have on hand for cooking.

Hubby bought a bag of 20 peppers that were starting to turn at a cost of one dollar. He had to do something quickly, so he decided to char and roast the peppers, keeping one bag for current use, and freezing the rest for later.

How to Roast Peppers


After washing your peppers you can grill on your stove or outdoor grill, or …

How to Roast Peppers


Place on a tray and broil in the oven if you have that option.
You want to char and blacken the outside of the pepper.

How to Roast Peppers


Make sure your peppers are thoroughly blackened, rotating constantly (every 2 minutes, do a quarter turn).
The blackened-part is the skin, and what you will be removing.

How to Roast Peppers


Inside a closed container (ziploc bag, crockpot, etc), place your blackened peppers. They will now steam so the skin will loosen for easy removal. Place them in the enclosed container for 5-10 minutes.

How to Roast Peppers


Remove a pepper from the enclosed container, run under cold water.
To remove the skin, pinch and peel away under the water over the sink. The water will help separate the skin.

How to Roast Peppers


The peppers will be colorful! Drain on a rack with a pan underneath.

How to Roast Peppers


Don’t these look beautiful!?

How to Roast Peppers


He then foodsavered and froze the roasted peppers, leaving one bag out to marinade and eat now.


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How To Grease and Flour A Baking Pan


So many people think that spraying a pan with a non-stick spray is an adequate substitution for greasing and flouring a pan. It isn’t. A well greased, floured and lined pan will allow any baked good to pop right out without sticking. Non-sticks are fine for cooking meats, but for baking, you really want to do it the old fashioned way.

Some people use butter or lard. My choice is Crisco, which is vegetable shortening (ingredients: soybean oil, fully hydrogenated cottonseed oil, partially hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oils, mono and digycelerides, TBHQ and citrus acids (antioxidants)).


Cut a piece of wax paper, dip it into the Crisco can.
Thoroughly coat the sides of your pan, paying particular attention to the corners.


You should have a light coast of vegetable oil, so light that you can easily see the pan underneath.


Drop in a dab of flour.


Shake the flour about the pan. Since flour particles or clouds may come out of the pan, it is best to do this over the sink.


Your pan should be completely coated with a thin flour wall. You don’t want bare pan anywhere.


If you need to line the pan, cut a piece of wax paper larger than your pan.
Place your pan on top of the wax paper, and score the outline of the pan with scissors.
Cut out the wax paper along the score marks.
(Note, this can be done prior to greasing and flouring.)


Insert the cut out wax paper into the bottom of your pan.

You are now ready for batter!


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