To make your low carb journey easier I wanted to share some tips that I have found helpful. I hope you are finding that following this diet is easier than you expected.
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- When making zest from your citrus fruit, you will see that it adds flavor and color to your recipes. If you use a zester to collect all that you can from the brightly outer layer without cutting into the untasty white coat underneath. If you happen to get too much for what you need, freeze or dry it in the oven. Add this zest to your low carb stews and soups. Or you can make your marinades, salad dressings, and seasoned salts.
- The easiest way to get your zest is from the fruit being whole. Keep this in mind when you are zesting grapefruit, oranges, limes, and lemons before you peel, slice or juice them.
- Buying organic citrus fruits when you want to make citrus zest is best. The reason for this is the pesticides and chemicals are not on non-organic crops.
- Whenever you cook fresh vegetables, if you have scraps, put them in a freezer-safe ziplock bag. Then when you want to make a new batch of low carb beef, chicken, or vegetable stock, you can use the scraps that you froze.
- To make sure your seasoning is thoroughly blended into your frittata, add the pepper and salt to the egg as you whisk it. You will see your frittata tastes better than just putting it on top of your meal.
- Red onions can tend to have a harshness to them. Add your slices to a bowl of white vinegar or even a bowl of water for about 15 minutes. Once you remove them from the liquid, pat them dry before using them.
- Pepper enhances your low carb meals when added. If you are using peppercorns, you will want to start with minimal amounts and then adjust upwards. You will find that freshly ground whole peppercorns have more heat and are more intense than ground pepper you purchase from the store.
- Pickle juice has a salty, tangy flavor that won’t need any additions of salt. You can use it for brining or braising when cooking.
- When you use a blender to blend your hot liquids, make sure you do not tighten the lid too tight. The pressure inside of the pitcher if closed too tight will cause an eruption.
- If you have ever made a frittata, you know how hard they can be to flip over. Using low heat is your answer to making frittatas on the stovetop. This way, it can cook through without overcooking the bottom.
Bonus Low Carb Tip:
11. When making your low carb frittatas in a cast-iron skillet, make sure it is well-seasoned. Otherwise, the egg will stick to the bottom and be difficult to get out of the pan.