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Hell’s Kitchen: Season Eight’s Best Cooking Tips

October 16, 2010 03:00 PM by Lisa Princ


After celebrating their 100th episode last week on Hell’s Kitchen on FOX we shared with you some of Gordon Ramsay‘s cooking tips and now we are passing along some of the best tips from the season eight contestants. Keep reading for more details!

That’s right folks, the season eight contestants also had some cooking tips to share. Below are a few of the top tips for you, but the full list can be found at Hell’s Kitchen Cooking Tips.

Melissa Doney
When soaking clams for cleaning, add some kosher salt to the cool water. This helps the clam spit out any extra sand so you don’t get a gritty clam.
If you are out of pan spray or oil, put a thin layer of mayo on your fish or chicken to help prevent it from sticking to your grill. This also prevents flare-ups so you get very nice grill marks without excess burning.

Nona Sivley
Always cook bacon on a sheet pan in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Save the bacon fat for cooking later.

A quick way to steam vegetables: Put them in a gallon or quart size Ziploc bag and cut a 1/2 inch slit on the side about 1 inch from the top. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, perfect every time!

Gail Novenario
Rinsing chopped red onions in cold water will help ease the sharp taste.

Jillian Flathers
When baking at a high altitude, add more flour to your cookie dough than the recipe calls for and a little bit of water or milk.

Rob McCue
When making a soup, sauce, or casserole that ends up too fatty or greasy, drop in an ice cube. The ice will coagulate the fat, which you can then scoop out.

Trevor McGrath
Pork chops get a bad rap for being too dry most of the time. A simple solution to this problem is to lightly brown them on both sides and finish them off in the oven for 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees. The browning will lock the juices in, creating a succulent piece of meat.

Vinny Accardi
Don’t shock pasta in water after cooking! Take the pasta out a minute or 2 early, drain the water, coat with oil and let cool on a tray. It keeps the starch inside the pasta and helps the sauce stick to the pasta.

Again, you can visit FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen Cooking Tips for the entire detailed list of 100 cooking tips from past contestants all the way back to season one! And then be sure to tune in at 8 pm EST next week for an all new episode of Hell’s Kitchen on FOX!

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