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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Couscous Tips

Couscous Tips
Couscous Cooking Tips and Preparation

• Be sure to identify which type of couscous you have purchased (instant or traditional) to properly plan cooking time.

• Couscous may also be cooked like rice. Heat butter, add couscous and stir to coat, add stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat to lowest setting, cover and cook (no peeking!) until liquid is absorbed. Fluff to separate.

• If you lack a steamer, a heat-proof colander inside a stockpot will work fine. Line the colander with cheesecloth if the holes are too big.

• When using the long traditional method of steaming couscous, covering the pot is not recommended as the condensation can drip onto the grains and make the couscous mushy.

• As well as a carbohydrate-laden side dish, couscous may also be eaten as a porridge, in salads, or in desserts.

• To double or triple the volume of instant couscous, avoid the hot water method given on the box and take the time to slowly steam it.

• Cooked couscous should be eaten within a couple of days. It may be frozen up to three months.

• 1 cup dry couscous = 2-1/2 cups cooked.

• As a side dish, plan on 1/2 to 3/4 cup cooked couscous per person.

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