Question: What to use in place of toothpicks when cooking?

What can I use if I don’t have toothpicks?

Truth be told, most table forks have tines that are too close together to work as a good alternative to toothpicks. A better is choice is a carving fork ($10, Bed Bath & Beyond). Thanks to the wide space between the two tines, you’ll be able to easily see any telltale crumbs or batter.

How do you hold food without toothpicks?

Dry spaghetti works as a perfect substitute for toothpicks. It’s sturdy enough to hold things together and you can break it into any length you need (do not use thinner pasta, such as angel hair, because it is too brittle).

What to use to test cake if you don’t have a toothpick?

If you’re in the middle of making, say, your best-ever chocolate cake and you don’t have a toothpick to check cake doneness, a thin, sharp knife ($12, Target) is our Test Kitchen’s favorite work-around. Look at your knife set and find the one with the thinnest blade. Then insert the blade into the center of the cake.

How do you check if brownies are done without toothpick?

Look for the Crack

When done, the edges of the brownies will be visibly baked through and the center will be set (that is, not wiggly) when you shake the pan. Guy-Hamilton looks for the first sign of cracking on the brownie’s top—which should be shiny and set—and then pulls them out.

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How do you stuff chicken breast with toothpicks?

Fill each chicken breast with two apple slices. Skewer the chicken with toothpicks to hold the edges together. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook until golden brown on both sides, 5-7 minutes.

How do you keep chicken filling?

Place stuffed chicken breasts on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for 10 minutes. This quick chilling firms up the stuffing so it’s less likely to melt and leak out during cooking.

How do you test banana bread without a toothpick?

Test for doneness using a thermometer

Instead of using a cake tester or toothpick to test quick bread, try using a thin-bladed knife (like a paring knife). Push the blade into the center; draw it out. You may or may not see any wet batter or moist crumbs clinging to the blade.

What to use to check if cake is done?

Use a toothpick or a small knife and insert it into the centre of your cake, right to the base. When you pull it out, it should come away clean. If you pull it back and it has wet batter on it, or is a bit gummy, then the cake needs a bit longer in the oven.

How clean does a toothpick need to come out?

The toothpick test should produce a few errant crumbs stuck to the tester but not a smooth smear of batter. The edges will feel firm to the touch (not just set but actually kind of firm and crispy) and the surface will feel soft when pressed but will not spring back.

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