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Handy kitchen tips

india Updated: Jan 07, 2010 19:51 IST
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What is the difference between sultana raisins and currants? Can they be used interchangeably?

Sultanas are made from small, white, seedless grapes that originated in Turkey and were used for making sweet wine. Currants can come either from small dark grapes called Zantes or small red or black berries related to the gooseberries.

The berry-based currants are mostly used for currant-flavoured liqueurs, while the grape-based ones are dried and used in baking. Raisins or dried currants are mostly interchangeable in baking.

Is there a trick to removing the skins from raw peanuts?

There is a trick for removing the skins from most nuts, and it should work for raw peanuts, too. Spread them in a rimmed baking pan and place them in a 350-degree oven for about five minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Then rub the nuts between your hands. That should knock the skins off. And warming the nuts should deepen their flavour if you
are making something like peanut brittle.

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