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Super Quick Chicken Marinade

We’re all getting back to a more ‘normal’ routine after the month of fasting in Ramadan, which in my house actually means more cooking- or at least more need to be prepared for three meals a day instead of 1.5, as at least either our Iftar or Suhoor doesn’t take up a lot of our … Read more

How to Wash Mushrooms

In the wonderful summer season, don’t you crave grilled everything? Grilled meats, grilled vegetables, grilled fruit? There are so many interesting things to choose from at this time of year, and of course before cooking any of it, each one has to be washed properly- especially those that carry a lot of dirt. Mushrooms are that … Read more

Make Ramadan Colorful on a Budget

Whatever our budget, there’s always a way to put color into your Summer (or Winter- for our friends halfway across the world) Ramadan. Whether you’re eating indoors or out, look for things like these wicker plate holders, which can be found in bright colors or you can paint yourself. It makes for a fun and … Read more

How to Ripen Fresh Barhi Dates

During Ramadan, we all love our dates so much and typically lean towards the Medjool and Deglet Noor variety. Barhi dates such as those shown in the picture, are a special and very seasonal breed found available at many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean markets. This Ramadan, you may catch a glimpse of them and if … Read more

Freeze Delicate Herbs in Olive Oil

 Beautiful and fragrant fresh herbs like rosemary, and basil do well by preserving them in olive oil and freezing. Use an ice cube tray for this purpose. Wash and dry herbs thoroughly, as leaving them wet will result in soggy and discolored herbs. Fill an ice cube tray with about one teaspoon of freshly chopped … Read more

How to Make Quick & Warm Salad Dressing

When you make a nice batch of eggs or meat in olive oil or butter, but don’t use up all the oil then it’s a really good thing to use up quickly in salad. You can deglaze the pan with some vinegar or something acidic like lemon juice and then pour the warm combo over salad greens. … Read more

How to Re-Use Pistachio Shells

Once you’ve had your healthy dose of pistachios for the day, don’t throw out those precious shells! If you’re gardening on a small or large scale, you can use the shells to provide great soil drainage. No need to grind, just place at the bottom of the inside of the pot before adding dirty and … Read more

Baking Perfectly Every Time | My Halal Kitchen

Tips For Baking Perfectly Every Time

Most people love to eat homemade baked goods, but if you aren’t the one making those goodies, the work involved in order to get things just right often goes unnoticed. Numerous factors affect baking results, so much so that books have been written on the subject and Pastry Chefs have studied the science behind every … Read more

How to Store & Preserve Olive Oil Properly

Olive oil is a staple in my house. I use it for everything from salads to cooking (lightly, not deep frying or anything intense like that). I don’t use one particular brand all the time because I like to try different things, but there is a method I like to use to keep it fresher longer and to make sure that what I’ve bought is actually the real thing. Have you heard about all that olive oil fraud lately?

How to Store & Preserve Olive Oil | My Halal Kitchen There is some debate on how to figure out if olive oil is pure and 100% what you think you’re paying for. Some say if the olive solidifies when refrigerated that it’s a pure oil; others, like the folks over at The Olive Oil Times, disagree. They suggest looking for harvest date on the packaging and checking for a seal of certification by the California Olive Oil Council.  

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