IQ-tips: TurtleTips

Back in August, I posted an IQ-tip about GoodSearch.com. If you recall, that's the search engine that allows you to contribute to your favorite charity every time you conduct a search (and it costs you absolutely nothing!). Since then, I've been using GoodSearch pretty much exclusively and have been able to raise a good bit of money for some of the charities I support (you don't even want to know how many searches I do each day, especially for Tuesday Turnip).

Well, here at the _floss, the philanthropic tips just keep coming. Allow me to introduce you to TurtleTip.com. The basic concept is simple: whenever you get crap service at a restaurant, simply give the waitperson a smaller tip than normal and a note from TurtleTip, explaining that the rest of his tip has just been donated to a charity of your choosing.

I think it's pretty ingenious, actually, and have already signed up. Check out all the details over at TurtleTip.com.

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The Simple Way to Reheat Your French Fries and Not Have Them Turn Into a Soggy Mess
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Some restaurant dishes are made to be doggy-bagged and reheated in the microwave the next day. Not French fries: The more crispy and delectable they are when they first arrive on your table, the more of a soggy disappointment they’ll be when you try to revive them at home. But as The Kitchn recently shared, there’s a secret to making leftover fries you’ll actually enjoy eating.

The key is to avoid the microwave altogether. Much of the appeal of fries comes from their crunchy, golden-brown exterior and their creamy potato center. This texture contrast is achieved by deep-frying, and all it takes is a few rotations around a microwave to melt it away. As the fries heat up, they create moisture, transforming all those lovely crispy parts into a flabby mess.

If you want your fries to maintain their crunch, you need to recreate the conditions they were cooked in initially. Set a large pan filled with about 2 tablespoons of oil for every 1 cup of fries you want to cook over medium-high heat. When you see the oil start to shimmer, add the fries in a single layer. After about a minute, flip them over and allow them to cook for half a minute to a minute longer.

By heating up fries with oil in a skillet, you produce something called the Maillard Reaction: This happens when high heat transforms proteins and sugars in food, creating the browning effect that gives fried foods their sought-after color, texture, and taste.

After your fries are nice and crisp, pull them out of the pan with tongs or a spatula, set them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil, and sprinkle them with salt. Now all you need is a perfect burger to feel like you’re eating a restaurant-quality meal at home.

[h/t The Kitchn]

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