falvegas wrote:...Yup! I do rinse the package off first. After all, if something works and saves time, use it.
Sometimes I'll wrap the packaged chicken in an additional plastic bag (the ones I steal from the market), suck the air from it, and tie it off with a tie wrap before putting it in the pot. The original package will likely fill with air and split. No big deal.
Sometimes if I'm going to use the chicken for say, Enchiladas or Soft Tacos, I'll put a bunch of Cilantro and Chilies inside the Bag and Poach it...to flavor the chicken.
So, let me get this straight...do you open the bag first? Or do you leave it sealed? Obviously, if you're gonna add cilantro and chilies, you need to open it, right? And if you do open it, is that when you put it in the grocery store bag?
Nope, I never open the original package, it'll leak anyway, and it'll split about half way through poaching. I put the herbs in the second bag, and seal it. Must suck the air out, as much as possible.
Recommend you tell your Hubby you want a book for valentines day. There's a zillion out there but this one would be excellent for you:
"Better Homes and Gardens" New Cook Book.
The one I have is the 75th Anniversary Edition 2005. There are newer editions of that book, I've seen them all over the place. Why:
because it has Cooking Methods
clearly defined with pictures.
described. It describes and shows pictures
of all the fruits & vegetables, cuts of meat, herbs and when to use them. It tells you and provides pictures of all the utensils and pans
you'll need (over time), how to set a table, how to entertain. And there's 500 pages of recipes most of what you'll likely need for the next 10 years. many of the recipes describe complex methods and show pictures of 'How'.