Tips,Techniques & Substitutes - The Frugal Chef

How to Make Chipotles in Adobo

Chipotles are smoked Jalapeños — a Mexican green or red chile that is used in salsas and hot sauces. The process of smoking these turns them into a valuable addition to many different meals. Chipotles come in dry pods and are then cooked in a tomato based sauce called adobo. They are then preserved in this sauce and you can find them in a can in many places. However, if you can not find them you can definitely make your own, provided you can get the dry pods. I have been ordering them online from Amazon. Here is a video on how to do this:

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How to Remove the Membrane (Fascia) from a Rack of Ribs

Ribs are one of our favorite things to cook and eat. We just love them! However, ribs do come with a papery membrane on the back that can make them hard to marinade and enjoy. Removing that membrane is actually very, very easy. All you need to do is peel it a little, grab it with a paper towel and pull it all the way off. Here is a short video on how to do this:

Two Different Ways to Make Sour Cream

Many times one can not find sour cream. I live in Vanuatu and it simply does not exist on the island we live on. Here are two completely different methods on making substitute sour cream. One is almost immediate and the other will take 24 hours. Both will render you a very nice and acceptable substitute.



Buttermilk Substitute

Buttermilk is another one of those products that you can have a hard time finding or, as in my case, impossible! Many recipes call for this ingredient and it is surprisingly easy to make — well the substitute is anyway. Here is a short video on how to do this: