4 Kimchi Juice Substitutes

Kimchi juice or brine is a by-product of the kimchi fermentation process. This liquid is spicy, savory, and tangy and is often used as an ingredient in stews, soups, and kimchi-based dishes. It is commonly used as a key ingredient in Korean cuisine – so if you don’t have any to hand, are there any kimchi juice substitutes you can use?

Some may throw away kimchi juice thinking it is the leftover liquid from kimchi. While this is true, kimchi juice or brine is so much more than that. If you didn’t already know, this juice is packed with plenty of flavors and is a staple ingredient used to elevate many Korean and Asian dishes.

In this article, I’ll go over 4 kimchi juice substitutes that you can use for cooking if you don’t have the real deal to hand.

Read more

Why is My Rice Sticky (And How Can I Fix It?)

Fluffy steamed rice… Mmmmhm, delicious. Although seemingly simple, many find it hard to get rice just right. And many of us, me included, have wondered after cooking: why is my rice sticky? (That’s assuming you didn’t cook sticky or glutinous rice to begin with – which is supposed to come out sticky)

Mushy, sticky, and clumpy rice usually means that there was loose starch coating the grains before cooking or your rice was cooked in too much water. But fear not, there are simple fixes to these issues so that making a perfect bowl of steamed rice isn’t that out of reach after all.

Below, I’ll go over the 5 main reasons why your rice is sticky and how you can fix it.

Read more

What to Add to Instant Miso Soup (15 Ideas)

Instant miso soup takes minutes to make compared to cooking it fresh from scratch. And it is a convenient, versatile, and delicious addition to many meals. There are different types of instant miso that are already delicious on their own. But there are also ingredients that you can add to instant miso soup to enhance … Read more

How to Add Flavor to Boil-in-bag Rice (10 Ways)

Boil-in-bag rice is a convenient way to enjoy rice if you don’t have a dedicated rice cooker. Although handy, some may find the rice to be bland and would want to know how to add flavor to boil-in-bag rice. In this article, I’ll go through how to add flavor to boil-in-bag rice either during or … Read more

7 Substitutes for Molasses in Baked Beans

Molasses are used in many baked bean recipes — most notably in Boston baked beans. Although they add a complex flavor that is difficult to replicate with other alternatives, there are many substitutes to molasses that can work really well in baked beans. Molasses add color, thickness, sweetness, and a complex flavor to baked beans. … Read more

Can I Use Coconut Oil Instead of Butter in Cookies?

Generally speaking, you can use coconut oil instead of butter in cookies and get great results! Although some people find that they get a slightly different flavor and texture when using coconut oil in some types of cookies, these differences are usually small and not deal-breakers at all. Most cookie recipes ask for butter, but … Read more

How to Melt Coconut Oil for Baking (4 Ways!)

Sometimes, you may want to use softened or melted coconut oil in your bakes. In this article, I will go over how to melt coconut oil for baking.

Coconut oil is a great fat to use in many sweet and savory dishes, and you can replace other fats with it on a 1 to 1 basis. Depending on your recipe, you may be asked to use solid, softened, or melted coconut oil. If you live in a hot country, or when it is the summer, you may find that your coconut oil is already in liquid form and you can simply pour it out from the jar. Don’t worry if your coconut oil is solid though, it just needs to be warmed up.

There are 4 quick and easy ways to melt coconut oil for baking. You can use a microwave, stove-top, double-boiler, or let it melt naturally. Below I cover how you can use each of these methods, as well as how to soften coconut oil for baking without melting.

Read more

Shaoxing Wine Substitutes: 5 Non-Alcoholic Options

Shaoxing wine (sometimes spelled Shaosing Wine) is a Chinese rice wine that is used to add complex flavors to many dishes. There are very few alternatives, if any, that can truly replicate its flavor and character, so it is best to use the real deal. That being said, we know that there may be times when you might need to use non-alcoholic substitutes for Shaoxing wine.

Shaoxing wine is an important ingredient used in many Asian recipes to add umami to dishes, as well as remove smells from meat. It is usually used in Chinese recipes as a flavoring agent in sauces, or as a marinade for meats. If you can tolerate alcohol but do not have Shaoxing wine to hand, then we would recommend getting an alcoholic alternative. Substitutes like dry sherry or other rice wines will give you better results than using non-alcoholic alternatives.

Depending on how it is cooked, a lot of the alcohol content in Shaoxing wine can be cooked off but sometimes you might still want non-alcoholic alternatives because of religious or personal reasons. Whatever the reason may be, or if you simply don’t have any cooking alcohol to hand, there are alternatives that you can consider. In this article, I’ll look at 5 non-alcoholic substitutes for Shaoxing wine: stock, light soy sauce, mirin, a marinade replacement, and non-alcoholic beer or wine.

Read more

How to Cook Pasta Without a Stove or Microwave (4 Ways!)

Cooking pasta without a stove or microwave can be inconvenient. But it is possible to create a nice pasta dish if you have some other appliances available. In this article, I’ll go over how to cook pasta without a stove or microwave. There are two parts to cooking pasta: rehydration and cooking. These processes may … Read more

How to Cook Plain Pasta in the Oven

Did you know that you can cook pasta without a stove? It’s actually really easy to cook plain pasta in the oven. You can then add pasta to any dish that you like without being limited to having just pasta bakes.

Pasta can be enjoyed in many ways. But most pasta dishes call for precooked pasta, which can sometimes be a problem for those who don’t have a stove. Luckily, there are other alternatives to stove-cooking.

In this article, I’m going to go over how to cook plain pasta in the oven. Read on to see how you can do this yourself!

Read more