23 August 2011

Day 6: Have Knife, Will Practice


No, that isn't Jenny's number. Or Hurley's Lost lottery digits (well, one is). It's probably the easiest way to remember kitchen volume conversions I've seen. It goes from smallest to biggest.
3 tsp = 1 Tb
2 Tb = 1 oz.
8 oz. = 1 cup
2 cups = 1 pint
2 pints = 1 quart
4 quarts = 1 gallon
So, that's pretty nifty.

In other news, we practiced more cuts. A lot more. I think I have effectively quadrupled my French vocabulary. Merde oui!

I haven't been completely satisfied with my cuts. The squares haven't been quite square enough. I've found that the bigger dices are actually more difficult, I think because it requires a steadier hand to make the longer cut.

The good news is we can take home ingredients to practice, so I grabbed two potatoes. Once home, while making dinner, I busted out a tape measure to practice my macédoine (1/4") cubes. Of course, I didn't want to throw food away, so macédoine potatoes, olive oil, garlic and a little thyme and I had myself some fancy, not-so-brown hash browns to go with some steak and heirlooms from the garden.

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