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Chop Your Own Damn Garlic!

Garlic doesn’t come in a jar.

Here are the ingredients in a jar of Gilroy Farms minced garlic: garlic, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, citric acid, potassium sorbate, and sodium benzoate

Here are the ingredients that should be in minced garlic: garlic.

Ever had a spoonful of potassium sorbate? Me neither. Want to try it? Me neither. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t think it’s possible to avoid additives and preservatives altogether. All I’m saying is that when it comes to something as dead simple as buying a head of garlic, peeling off a few cloves and chopping them up, why would you want to consume them unnecessarily?

With a few easy-to-learn knife skills, you can have a clove of garlic peeled and chopped in just a few seconds more than it takes to pull the jar out of the fridge. The extra time is more than worth it when it comes to the flavour you get, and the preservatives you avoid.

And while we’re at it, lime juice comes from limes, not from plastic lime-shaped bottles. Fresh limes will cost you $0.50 each (or less) and keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Just buy a few and use them in your food as needed. An added benefit is that you’ll always have fresh limes on hand to toss in your drinks.

Bottom line: fresh is always best.


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Be a Man: Learn to Cook

There are three things every man needs to know how to do: change a tire, read a map and cook a meal, from scratch, without a recipe. The order of importance can vary but if you’re a single guy and you don’t know how to cook, you’re missing out on one of the greatest opportunities you’ll ever have to impress a potential mate.

Women expect that you’ll have a job. They expect that you keep your manscaping needs in order. They expect that you’ll have decent manners. The beauty of knowing how to cook is that she won’t expect it. Imagine her reaction when you invite her over, crack a bottle of wine and proceed to whip up a delicious meal without ever so much as glancing at a cookbook. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Not anymore… The tables have turned, my friends.

Don’t let the whole lack of a recipe thing scare you off. I’m not saying you’re never allowed to use recipes, all I’m saying is that you should have one tried and tested go-to recipe that you can pull off on a few minutes’ notice. Over time, you can build on that and once you get the hang of a few recipes and techniques, you can start to do some improvisation with the recipes you’re already familiar with.


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