Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I choose the right wine?

First read the back label. Winemakers provide a description of the wine, which include the wine’s flavor. Winemakers also suggest food pairings. Look at the color of the wine, and how transparent it is. A strong tasting wine is dark and opaque. A lighter wine is light in color and transparent when you hold it up to the light. A meal with strong flavors should have a darker and stronger tasting wine. A lighter wine works well with fish, pasta, and vegetables. Beef stew, a spicy dish, and barbecued meat match well with full flavored wine. Very sweet wines are a good complement to desserts. As you try different wines, from different regions and different wineries around the world, you will slowly develop your own palate and preferences.

What is the best way to choose fruit?

Fruit that is not in season comes from far away region. Therefore, it will not have the same flavor as fruit in season. Check the stem of the fruit. If the fruit is hard and the stem is green, it was picked early and unripe. If the stem is dry and shriveled, then it lacks freshness. The best fruit will be ripe with a green stem. Check for bruises, it will sign it has been damaged. Also, look for mold.

What steps do I take to defrost meat?

The best, and safest, way to defrost meat is in the refrigerator. Allow the meat to slowly defrost, over 24 hours, in your refrigerator. If you want to cook the meat, it must be done within two days. If you decide to not cook it, it can be refrozen again in the freezer. Another method of defrosting is in a bowl of cold water. Place the meat in its original packaging into a bowl, and submerge it in cold water. A small piece of meat should be ready within 1 hour. However, a larger piece of meat could require 2 to 3 hours. Change the water every hour with cold water. Once the meat has thawed cook it right away. You cannot refreeze the meat unless you cook it first.

How do I freeze meat?

You can keep your fresh meat for no more than 2 days in the refrigerator before freezing. Take the meat out of its packaging. You can cut the meat into portions; remove unnecessary bones or excessive fat. Rap the meat into plastic wrap and seal it in a zip plastic bag. Write the date on the bag with a marker.

What drinks can I serve before and after the meal?

You can serve an aperitif before the meal, and a digestif after the meal. An aperitif is usually an alcoholic beverage which can stimulate the appetite. A digestif is an alcoholic beverage to help with digestion. Some examples of aperitifs are: vermouth, gin, or a dry white wine. Some examples of digestifs are: brandy, whisky, ouzo, and Jägermeister. This can be served after a coffee.