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picking chestnuts properly (and our ideas for places to easily find them)

To differentiate chestnuts from horse chestnuts, look at their shell and the shape of the fruit. The first has a brown bug with long prickles and the fruit inside is small and almond or heart shaped. The base is more or less crushed. On the other hand, the horse chestnut is covered with a thick green bug with small and thick peaks. The fruit is bigger and rounder than the chestnut and when a chestnut bug can contain 3 or 4, the horse chestnut is alone in its bug. Another clue, the two fruits do not grow at all in the sam   howtoincreasedomainauthority    e environments. Horse chestnut is found in cities, streets or parks, while chestnuts are found in forests, woods or orchards. Now that you know how to get it right, it's time to find out where to pick chestnuts! Where to collect chestnuts? In France, there is no shortage of this nut. They grow in Ardèche, Île-de-France, Alsace, Auvergne, Hauts-de-France, Pays-de-la-Loire, Languedoc-Roussillon, in short everywhere. To find

Oyster sauce: how to make it and in which recipes?

Brownish in appearance, this sauce is widely used in Asia and especially in China. We tell you everything about oyster sauce, from its preparation to its use.

Originally from Asia and more particularly from China, oyster sauce is used in many Cantonese and Thai dishes . Not to be confused with the shallot sauce that is used for oysters . Oyster sauce is particularly famous for bringing the fifth flavor to your dishes: umami . If you don't know what it is, it is, just like sweet, salty, bitterness and acidity, a flavor known to please our taste buds. It is found precisely in the oyster sauce. So imagine yourself using it in your meat dishes or even with your vegetables: a treat! We reveal to you all the mysteries of oyster sauce.


Where to find oyster sauce?

To get Chinese sauce, you can turn to certain supermarkets which offer it in their grocery store or in the “world cuisine” departments. You can also find it in specialty stores like Asiamarché or in some Asian online stores. If not, another solution is to do it yourself and it's not that complicated.

How to make oyster sauce?

For the record, oyster sauce was invented by a man, Lee Kum Sheung, who was a restaurateur in 1888. He was making an oyster-based soup when he forgot to check where it was. its preparation. Instead of the expected soup, a rather thick brownish sauce stood in its pot, now called oyster sauce.

Reproducing this recipe is not that difficult, but you need the right ingredients:

• 200 g shelled oysters with their juice (fresh or canned)

• 1 tsp. tablespoon of water

• ¼ tsp. teaspoon salt

• 3 tbsp. light soy sauce (more, depending on your preference)

Here are the steps:

To make the sauce, start by cutting your oysters into small pieces (you can also leave them whole but it adds more flavor when cut) and keep the oyster juice in a container. Then place the oysters in a saucepan then add the preserved juice and water.

Heat over medium heat and stir occasionally to prevent the oysters from sticking to the sides of the pan. The water should be simmering. Cover the pan then leave for 10 to 15 minutes while the preparation reduces. You can then remove the oysters and pass the liquid through the Chinese.

Put everything back in the saucepan, heat over low heat and add the salt, stir then the soy sauce and stir again. Feel free to taste your sauce and add soy sauce to your liking. Reduce the preparation, leaving the pan for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Your sauce is ready.

Tip: You can also use more oysters and water. In this case, boil the water in your saucepan then add the oysters and their juice afterwards. Preparation will take more time to reduce (about 2 to 3 hours).

How to store oyster sauce?

Oyster sauce can be stored in the refrigerator. If you have done it yourself, we advise you to keep it for a maximum of 1 week, so it is better to use it immediately. On the contrary, if you bought it in a supermarket, you will be able to keep it longer.

In which recipes to use oyster sauce?

Many Asian recipes will benefit from oyster sauce. Cook minced pork, beef or chicken and add oyster sauce and soy sauce to give them even more flavor. You can also add oyster sauce in the preparation of your vegetables such as green beans, carrots… Serve it all with white rice and enjoy!

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