Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Keeping It Crisp

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Sunday night, I made chicken and waffles for dinner. With only one waffle iron and six people to feed, I needed to keep them warm, without them getting soggy while I made the balance. I also wanted to fry the chicken before the guests arrived, to avoid them being in the midst of a hot, greasy mess. The secret weapon in this story is a wire rack. 

Placing the food on a wire cooling rack set on top of a baking sheet, allows the heat to circulate, keeping everything hot and crispy. This trick works well for fried foods, potato pancakes, and yes, waffles. Setting the oven at it’s lowest temperature, usually about 200-250 degrees, is the key to keep things warm, while not allowing them to over cook. This is the best way to reheat the leftovers too!

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