Video:Basics of Cooking With Caperswith Greyson Ferguson
Capers are a staple of many cuisines and are a delicious addition to many dishes. Here are some basics of cooking with capers so that you can try these buds in your meals.See Transcript
Transcript:Basics of Cooking With CapersHi guys, Greyson Ferguson here with About.com. Today we are going to discuss capers and tips for cooking with them.
What Are Capers?A caper is a bud from a Mediterranean flower which is later pickled. Due to the pickling process, the capers often have a salty flavor to them. Because the exact type of plant used for the capers may vary slightly, the actual size of the caper is going to vary also. You can find small, pea-size capers all the way to a quarter-inch.
Uses for CapersCapers are typically used in salads, pasta or seafood as the salty taste helps bring out the flavor in the other ingredients. To reduce the overall salty taste of the capers, you can rinse them off using your kitchen faucet.
Avoid Cooking CapersCapers are generally added last in a dish and do not actually cook. Cooking the capers over a stovetop or oven for extended periods of time is going to draw out the inner flavor, leaving the capers dull (similar to a deflating balloon). Due to this, always add the capers last when cooking.
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