Tips & Tricks
Use a damp dish towel to remove silk from fresh corn. Wipe down from the top to effectively remove all silk. If some silk still remains, use a soft kitchen brush to remove remaining silk.
Cook vegetables that grow above the ground without a cover to maintain their pretty color. You can also add a teaspoon of sugar for the same result.
A few drops of lemon juice adding to simmering rice will help keep the grains separated.
You can avoid “toughened” beans or corn by adding your salt half way through the cooking process.