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How To Store Bread To Always Keep It Fresh

How To Store Bread To Always Keep It Fresh

How To Store Bread To Always Keep It Fresh. Let it be homemade bread, panini, baguette or any type of bread, we know that it is delicious freshly made, still hot is a delight.

This is why the conservation of bread is very important, so that it is as fresh as possible when we go to consume it. This also applies to the classic rosemary focaccia.

Methods for conservation

The best method is certainly to wrap the bread in a cloth or in a paper bag. These measures will prevent the bread from drying out too much, losing its precious moisture.

Freeze the bread: it is certainly the way to keep it longer. We will have to slice it before freezing it and portion it in the appropriate freeze bags on the market. To defrost it properly, just take it out of the plastic bags and leave it at room temperature, no microwave.

What never to do

Never put the bread in the refrigerator, the low temperature will quickly make the bread stale.

The best suggestion is to always buy a little at a time.

Conclusion

As I have done for a long time in all my posts, I remind you that in our school of pizza chefs we organize weekly professional practical courses to become professional pizza chefs. If you wish to have more information about our courses follow this link.

For the calendar of our professional practical courses click here.

Greetings

For those who do not have the time or resources to come to our pizza school, I remember that here on our site there is a fantastic online pizza chef course that you can follow from the comfort of your home. You will find all the information here.

You have already downloaded my latest recipe book? Is called: NOT JUST PIZZA-What all pizzerias should have on their menu. Get it here.

If you still have them 5 free minutes, visit my youtube channel, Hundreds of video pizza recipes are available, prepared by the pizza chef students who attend our professional practical courses. Sign up.

 

Appointment in a few days for more news about pizza.

Ciao

Silvio Cicchi

 

 

Conservare le Fragole Tutto l'anno

Storing Strawberries All year round

Storing Strawberries All year round. In spring among the many colors offered by the awakening nature, we find a fruit that everyone likes, adults and children. We are talking about the strawberries, gustosissime, they contain many nutrients including the very useful antioxidants.

Very rich in vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. Today we will see how to store them in order to be able to enjoy them all year round. Here are some very simple tricks or methods if you prefer for perfect conservation.

Storing Strawberries All year round

The most popular method is certainly to prepare the classic strawberry jam with this delicious fruit. The internet is full of recipes, so I don't waste any more time.

My favorite way to store strawberries is to freeze them. To prevent them from absorbing so much water we will first have to place them on a tray in the freezer, once frozen they will be wrapped. In this way the strawberries will also keep for six months.

Other Methods of Preservation of Strawberries

Another widely used method is that of extracting the juice. Fill the ice cubes and once frozen place them in an envelope. This summer with the scorching heat they will come in handy.

Strawberry chips: Cut them into thin slices and dry them. Once dehydrated, place them in a container with an airtight lid. Dehydrated strawberries keep for a long time and are perfect for garnishing your desserts or for a light snack..

Conclusions

As I always do in my posts, I remind you that in our Italian pizza school, we organize weekly “Professional Practical Courses To Become Pizza Makers. You will find all the information about ours courses at this link.

For those who do not have the time or resources to come to our pizza school, I remember that a fantastic one is available here on my site Of Pizzaiolo Online Course that you can follow from the comfort of your home. Just download the course on your PC or mobile phone and you can follow it comfortably seated from the sofa of your home during your free time. Available at this link.

Greetings

If the pizza is often prepared at home, I suggest you subscribe to my Youtube channel, you will find there a collection of over 300 video pizza recipes prepared by the pizza chef students who attend our practical courses every week.

 

Before saying goodbye, I remind you that my latest recipe book is already available for download, is called NOT ONLY PIZZA - What should have all the pizzerias in your menu. You can find it here.

See you soon

Silvio Cicchi

 

 

How to Clean the Hearthstone

How to Clean the Hearthstone

How to Clean the Hearthstone. Today we will talk about maintenance in the kitchen and in the pizzeria. In a previous article you find here, we have already talked about how to use the refractory stone to obtain a perfect pizza even in the home oven.

Today given the many questions that have come to me from the followers of my site, we will address a common problem, that is how to clean the refractory stone once used, since it gets dirty easily with oil residues, of mozzarella or tomato.

How to Clean the Hearthstone

I suppose anyone who works in a pizzeria already knows the simple method to clean the refractory base gas or electric oven, but at home which is the best and fastest way? Let's discover these simple tricks to make a refractory base return to its perfect splendor after having used it to cook pizzas at home..

Let's first see what never to do: Never pass a veil of oil!! This absolutely wrong remedy would unleash a stench of hell when our refractory base will heat up again in your oven the next time you use it to cook pizza and would leave an unpleasant smell.

The right method to clean the refractory stone

I saw someone who uses corn starch. Not bad, disinfects and cleans the stone without problems and without leaving bad odors. But there is an even better method that does not involve any physical work, let's find out which one.

Leave the baking stone in your oven at maximum temperature without doing anything about it 15 minutes after you have finished cooking your pizzas. The heat generated by the oven as if by magic will make any residue of dirt previously formed on your stone disappear.

Infallible pizza chef trick

When the refractory base of the oven gets dirty, the professional pizza chef is waiting 15 minutes and the same heat of the oven will clean the dirt that had formed previously. These tricks are learned while performing the Our professional practical courses that we carry out weekly in our pizza school.

Have you ever thought of subscribing to one of our professional practical courses? At this link You find all the information, and here you will find the calendar of our practical courses in programming pizza makers in our school.

Conclusions

If you haven't already, I remind you that it is already possible to download my latest recipe book called: NOT ONLY PIZZA - What should have all the pizzerias in your menu. It is a collection of classic recipes that are now monuments of Italian cuisine. find it out, you can find it at this link.

Before you move on to greetings, if you still have 5 free minutes, I invite you to visit my youtube channel, you will find a collection of more than 300 video recipes, sign up and save it among your favorite sites, it could be useful to inspire you the next time you prepare pizza at home.

 
Greetings

As I have been doing for some time now in all my posts, I remind you that here on my website there is a fantastic online pizza chef course dedicated to all those who do not have the time or resources to personally come here to school. You can download it on your PC or mobile phone and follow it comfortably seated from the sofa of your home. For more information click this link.

Appointment in a few days for more news about pizza.

Ciao

Silvio Cicchi

 

If you stick potatoes to the pan, use these remedies

If you stick potatoes to the pan, use these remedies

If you stick potatoes to the pan, use these remedies. A self-respecting Sunday lunch always has baked potatoes as a side dish. The potatoes baked in the oven make this our consolidated habit special.

Problems come after lunch, when we have to wash our pots and pans. Immediately we realize that a layer has formed on the bottom of the pan due to the cooking of the potatoes which is really difficult to remove, and to think that in my opinion that is the best part.

If you stick potatoes to the pan, use these remedies

Today we will see how to avoid this inconvenience, and you will find that it is really easy. Let's start with the choice of potatoes. And, you will have understood that they are not all the same. The culprit that causes potatoes to stick to the baking sheet is starch, potatoes are very rich in starch.

Which Potatoes To Choose

 There are two types on the market, those with white paste that are very rich in starch and therefore perfect for mashed potatoes or gnocchi, and those with yellow flesh that contain less starch and therefore lend themselves better to being baked.

Now we have to pay attention to the next phase: Once peeled and cut into cubes or slices, our potatoes should be left to soak in a bowl for about an hour in cold water. You will see that the starch will settle on the bottom of the bowl. Rinse them to remove all the starch.

Baking in the oven

A good tip before starting cooking is to season the potatoes and the pan well with oil and salt and rosemary.. Someone blanch the potatoes for about ten minutes to speed up cooking, someone adds a pinch of baking soda during the boil to have a super crust on the potatoes.

Another trick could be to use parchment paper to prevent them from sticking to the bottom, but this method prevents the crust from forming, so I don't recommend it.

Conclusions

Baked potatoes are delicious, I leave you the method to use. Before saying goodbye I wanted to remind you that if you are a pizza lover, for sure you may be interested in our professional practical courses that we carry out weekly in our pizza school. Will find all the information here.

For those who do not have the time or resources to come personally to our school, I remember that here on our site there is a fantastic "Pizzaiolo Online Course". Download to your PC or mobile phone and follow it from your home in your free time. All information here.

My latest recipe book called. Is already available for download: NOT ONLY PIZZA. You can find it at this link.

Follow my youtube channel, you will find hundreds of video recipes for pizza. It will be useful the next time you prepare pizza at home.

 

See you soon

Silvio Cicchi

 

 

A Bunch of Rosemary Above The Front Door

A Bunch of Rosemary Above The Front Door

A Bunch of Rosemary Above The Front Door. You are among those who believe that there are positive energies and negative energies? If the answer is yes, then I have what is right for you and you can find what you need in the pizzeria.

just so, used rosemary. Good for a thousand uses, from focaccia, roasts and as the Romans did thousands of years ago, a bunch of rosemary at the entrance of your home, perhaps above the door, it could be the solution to get rid of all negative energies.

A Bunch of Rosemary Above The Front Door

The ancient Romans always used rosemary, they used it to worship spirits, in the Middle Ages it was used to ward off witches, as you can see, this plant has always been used against negative energies.

It does not mean that it still works today, but your guests who enter the house will certainly appreciate the scent of this delicious plant, rosemary.

Modern uses

In our school of pizza chefs where we carry out our weekly practical courses to become a pizza chef, we make great use of rosemary, not always to ward off negative energies, but very often we use it to give a fantastic scent to our focaccia and the like.

If you are interested not in rosemary, but how to become a fantastic pizza chef, sign up for one of our professional practical courses. You will find all the information here.

Conclusions

For all those who do not have the means or resources to come to our pizza school, I remember that here on our site there is a Fantastic Online Pizza Maker Course that you can follow comfortably from the sofa of your home. You will find all the information at this link.

Before leaving, I remind you that it is already possible to download my latest book which is called: NOT ONLY PIZZA, all information on how to download it here.

See you soon

Silvio Cicchi

 

 

Use the Microwave Oven Alternatively

Use the Microwave Oven Alternatively

Use the Microwave Oven Alternatively. Did you know that you can use the microwave oven in many different ways? This type of oven has been present in our kitchens for a long time, but it would seem that not everyone knows the potential of this object.

In addition to defrosting food, reheat or cook it, this type of oven can be used in other ways. In this short guide we will see together some alternative ways with which it is possible to use this type of oven.

Use the Microwave Oven Alternatively

Sanitize kitchen sponges: Very easy trick to implement, kitchen sponges often get dirty, therefore they can be sterilized in the microwave oven, after having washed them well, place them in the oven 4/5 minutes at maximum power.

Neck pains: If you suffer from neck pain, put your favorite scarf in your microwave, heat it and wrap it around your neck. Pay attention to the label, as not all types of fabrics can go in your microwave.

Other Suggestions of Alternative Uses

Sterilize Glass Jars: After having washed and dried them well, put them in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Dry your herbs: And, just so, during the various seasons you will have happened to collect fresh aromatic herbs in abundance, using your microwave oven you can easily dry them and store them in jars. Let's see how to do it: put the herbs in the oven at maximum power for a few minutes and your herbs will lose all their moisture as if by magic, by doing so they can be preserved for a very long time.

Conclusions

Always take great care of your microwave oven, clean it constantly.

This method of drying aromatic herbs is widely used in our "School of Pizza Makers”. During our professional practical courses that we organize weekly, we often use herbs. If you are interested in our professional practical courses to become a pizza chef, follow this link.

For those who do not have the time or resources to come here to school and attend one of our courses in person, I remember that here on our site there is a “Fantastic Online Pizza Maker Course” that you can follow from the comfort of your home, download it on your PC or Mobile. You will find all the information at this link.

Greetings

Before leaving, I wanted to remind you that it is already possible to download my latest recipe book called: NOT ONLY PIZZA. More here.

Visit or subscribe to my youtube channel, you'll find hundreds of video recipes for pizza.

 

See you soon

Silvio Cicchi

 

How To Store Pizza Dough To Have It Always Ready Available

How To Store Pizza Dough To Have It Always Ready Available. I state that these suggestions are suitable for those who often want to prepare pizza at home.

As you can imagine, the whole process of preparing a good pizza is long, often we do not have enough time and many times we give up. Better to go to a pizzeria and buy it ready.

How To Store Pizza Dough To Have It Always Ready Available

With this little tip, you will be able to prepare your own pizza at home in less than you say.

Just follow this little trick to have the dough always ready and available to prepare an excellent pizza at home.

How to store the dough

Once the dough has been prepared, divide it into balls 250 grams, this is the first operation to do.

If you plan to make pizza in the next two or three days, store the dough in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. The dough will keep perfectly for two or 3 days at a temperature of 2/3 degrees.

If you want to use the dough for a longer time than 3 days, we just have to freeze it. After forming the balls, spread a little oil on the surface, cover them with plastic wrap and leave them in the freezer.

How to reuse them

When you need it, take them out of the freezer at least 8/10 hours before. Just the time they need to defrost. The dough keeps quite well in the freezer.

As I clearly stated at the beginning of this article, these suggestions are suitable for those who often prepare pizza at home, certainly not for a pizzeria business. There are no pizzerias that freeze the dough before using it, or at least I hope.

Conclusions

If you are a pizza lover, sign up for one of our professional practical courses that we organize weekly in our pizza school. You will find more information about ours courses at this link.

For those who do not have the time or resources to come to our pizza school, I remember that here on our site there is a fantastic "Online Pizzaiolo Course" that you can follow from the comfort of your home, just download it on your mobile. All the information of course pizza maker Online Here.

Greetings

If you have not already done, it is already possible to download my latest recipe book called: NOT ONLY PIZZA - What should have all the pizzerias in your menu. More information at this link.

See you soon

Silvio Cicchi

 

 

Foods not to be kept in the refrigerator

Foods not to be kept in the refrigerator

Foods not to be kept in the refrigerator. The refrigerator is certainly one of the most popular appliances in the world. You know that it is very important to keep the fresh foods we buy daily, both to preserve the taste, both to make sure they last longer.

Unfortunately, not all foods must be stored in fridge, because the taste of them may deteriorate. Here is a list of some foods that should not be kept in the refrigerator.

Foods not to be kept in the refrigerator

Pane: The low temperature of the fridge is the main cause of the deterioration of leavened products prepared with flour. Cold causes yeast inhibition so bread will tend to dry out quickly. The best way to store bread is to place it in a paper bag at room temperature, or as the grandmother did in a cloth bag.

Honey: Our sweet honey if kept in the refrigerator would tend to crystallize. The best place to store honey is away from any heat source, whenever possible in a dark place.

Foods not to be kept in the refrigerator
Foods not to be kept in the refrigerator

Foods where to store them

Some kind of fruit and vegetables: For some types of starchy vegetables the low temperature of the refrigerator is not really recommended. Let's take the example of potatoes that in the refrigerator would oxidize immediately and irreparably become rancid.

Even tomatoes like all red fruits should not be kept in the fridge, you know that molds and yeasts are comfortable in low temperatures, then they would take on the mold process.

Conclusion

These things, these suggestions are studied in depth during the "Professional Courses" to become pizza chefs that we carry out weekly in our pizza school. If you are interested in having more information about our courses, visit this link.

For the less fortunate who don't have the time or resources to come to our pizza school, we suggest our fantastic "Pizzaiolo Online Course" that you can download on your PC or mobile phone and follow from the comfort of your home. You can find it at this link.

Greetings

Before saying goodbye I wanted to remind you that it is already possible to download my latest recipe book which is called NOT ONLY PIZZA - What all pizzerias should have on their menu. You can find it at this link.

Here you will find information 300 pizza recipes prepared by the pizza chef students who attend our professional practical courses weekly. You can find them at this link.

If you still have them 5 free minutes, visit my youtube channel, you will find many video recipes of classic and light pizzas.

 

See you soon

Silvio Cicchi

 

Diet Which Pizza To Choose

Diet Which Pizza To Choose

Diet Which Pizza To Choose. Pizza is loved by everyone and frankly said it is very difficult to give it up. When you are a diet and you decide to go to a pizzeria, the choice of which pizza to order is always difficult.

Let's try to remedy this doubt that assails us every time we set foot in a restaurant, let's find out which pizza is best to order.

Diet Which Pizza To Choose
Diet Which Pizza To Choose

Diet Which Pizza To Choose

Let's start with the calories contained in a daisy. Approximately 280 calories for each 100 grams of dough. Considering that the ball of dough for a pizza weighs on average from 250 to 300 grams, we will have approx 800 calories for each margherita pizza.

Tips For Those On A Diet

The best thing to do when possible is to choose another type of dough when this is possible, maybe a wholemeal dough would greatly reduce the calories consumed.

Another useful solution could be to order a pizza with vegetables. The light version with vegetables contains between 600 and 700 calorie.

Choose a pizza without mozzarella.

A valid suggestion can come from a sensible choice, that of ordering a pizza without mozzarella.

For those who do not want to give up the healthy principles of the diet, all that remains is to order the Pizza marinara. Tomato, garlic, fresh basil and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Less than 600 calorie. You just can't do better than this, unless…

La Pizza Super Light

How about a nice focaccia? A fragrant focaccia with a little rocket and Parmesan cheese, or simply a focaccia with raw ham. We're talking less of 500 calorie.

On our site entirely dedicated to pizza, in the video recipes there are hundreds of pizza and focaccia recipes to be considered truly light. Below all the links to access it.

Useful links

Our school of pizza makers and practical courses

The calendar of upcoming courses

300 pizza recipes

Our "Online Pizza Chef Course"

My latest book to download

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Silvio Cicchi

 

 

The Pizza a Portfolio

The Pizza a Portfolio

The Pizza a Portfolio. I bet there isn't a person in the world who doesn't know pizza. It is truly appreciated everywhere. Few ingredients, simple, make it a truly unique dish.

Today we will talk about a type of pizza that gives us the opportunity to be eaten anywhere, without the need to sit at the table, taking away precious time.

The Pizza a Portfolio

We are talking about pizza a wallet, a fantastic and very tasty Street food. Protein and low fat carbohydrates, the ideal meal for those who are always in a hurry.

It comes from Naples and it could not be otherwise. We have news of this type of pizza since the middle of the last century.

How it is prepared

It is a smaller size pizza than the classic measure, once taken out of the oven it is folded in four, hence it takes the name of "Portfolio" and is served on a sheet of food paper, just to be eaten while walking.

You can buy it in all the pizzerias that do Street food and take away, right on display on the counter together with other delicacies such as supplì and croquettes, or the classic pasta omelettes.

Easy to hold in one hand and usually comes in a couple of flavors, the most common: Margherita and Marinara. Their price is very low, they are bought for 1 the 2 euros at most.

The Pizza a Portfolio
The Pizza a Portfolio

Conclusions

Even the wallet pizza is one of the things that we learn to prepare in the professional practical courses that we carry out weekly in our pizza school. If you would like more information about our courses, click here.

The Pizza a Portfolio
The Pizza a Portfolio

For the less fortunate who do not have the time or resources to come here to our pizza school, I remember that here on our site you can find a fantastic "Corso Di Pizzaiolo Online". You'll find all the information on course online at this link.

The Pizza a Portfolio
The Pizza a Portfolio

You have already downloaded my latest recipe book which is called: NOT ONLY PIZZA - What should have all the pizzerias in your menu. You will find it at this link.

If you still have a few minutes left, visit my youtube channel, you'll find hundreds of video recipes for pizza.

See you soon

Silvio Cicchi