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Fresh ginger can add a serious shot of flavor to peanut sauces, stir-fries, curries, marinades, or dressings. However, it’s one of those seasonings that can be a bit of a pain to store since it can become moldy quite quickly. Or just dried out and hard to deal with.

Solution: Grate the ginger, pack in a jar, and cover with rice vinegar. Refrigerate, and use within about 4 weeks.

Rice vinegar acts as a preservative and most savory recipes calling for ginger can tolerate a few extra drops of it. White wine or cider vinegar could also be used, but I do prefer the rice vinegar for its mild flavor.

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Seriously, flare open your nostrils, clear your mind, and take a deep breath. You’ll be able to tell if the broccoli is fully steamed, or if it’s time to turn your grilled cheese. In the modern kitchen, the power of the nose of often underappreciated. A free tool, your nose can tell you when your garlic is lightly toasted, your onions are sufficiently carmelized, your green beans cooked, and whether the cookies are baked.

Some practice is necessary, so sniff away as you cook. Toasted grains, hot fat, aromatic vegetables, and browned meat are all broad obvious scents to practice capturing. Heated milk, eggs, and cooked beans are harder to notice but the nose is often a good judge of seasoning as well. Use it freely, and follow up with a taste when you’re not sure. I recommend always trusting your nose over any written time or instructions. You’ll catch the cookies before they burn if you take a good, solid sniff.

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