Sunday, April 29, 2012

skinning trick

Yesterday Husband asked what I wanted to do today,  I answered, without hesitation, "Learn something".  I surprised even myself.

So today, after a mega kitchen-cleaning, I tackled two brand new (to me) recipes.  The actual results will come later on this week once I've had a chance to go through the zillions of photos I took through the process (learning photography while learning to cook: super fun, but ridiculously time-consuming), but I thought I'd share a quick tip that helped me today.

I actually learned this trick from my dad years ago, and while I haven't needed it in at least a decade, it came to me today in a flash, and I was so glad to have remembered.  Some of you may already know this, but on the off chance you don't, I thought I'd share.  If you ever buy raw hazelnuts instead of roasted ones (by accident, as in my case, or on purpose, for some reason which I cannot fathom), pop them in the oven on a tray.

When the hazelnuts come out of the oven, and the skin is all crackly, toss them in the folds of a damp cloth and roll them around in there.  The dried skin will just flake off and stick to the fabric, and you will be left with beautiful delicious naked hazelnuts.