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Neven Maguire's top tips for running an efficient kitchen


01-11-2012 09:00

Neven Maguire may be used to the finest restaurant kitchens in the land, such as his own MacNean Restaurant in Blacklion, Co Cavan, but as he reveals in this extract from The MacNean Restaurant Cookbook, many of the lessons he’s learned there can be transferred to your own kitchen. Whether you try the recipes in the new book yourself (and you should) or not, you can all learn something from his guide to an efficient and economical kitchen. Here are his top ten tips...

 

1) Use leftover brioche to make breadcrumbs and freeze them for a later date so that you can use them for making goujons or potato croquettes.

 

2) Asparagus trimmings can form the basis for a delicious soup.

 

3) Keep all the scraps when preparing sweet potato fondants and use them for a purée or in soups and casseroles.

 

4) Leftover sugar syrup can be used in drinks or over a fresh fruit salad. Freeze in ice cube trays with tiny herb sprigs and edible flowers and use in cocktails or pre-dinner drinks.

 

5) The trimmings of a potato gratin can all be put into a small baking dish and frozen. This will help make a delicious Sunday dinner at a later date with very little effort.

 

6) When you have gone to the trouble of making a complicated dish, consider freezing some of it so that it saves you a job the next time you’re entertaining.

 

7) Most leftover sauces can be frozen in ice cube trays and easily defrosted as needed.

 

8) Consider using the cheaper cuts of meat when entertaining. They may take longer to prepare, but the flavour will be fantastic and you’ll have the added bonus of having very little to do at the last minute.

 

9) If you go to the trouble of making purées and gels as garnishes, store them in the fridge or freeze them where possible. Just remember to always date and label them.

 

10) Use vegetable trimmings for stock, keeping any suitable bones in the freezer until you’re ready to use them. Store stocks in small zip-lock bags in the freezer so that you have them on hand when you need them.



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