Ask the expert: Chef Gerry's cooking tips - United Hub

Ask the expert: Chef Gerry's cooking tips

By The Hub team, January 29, 2016

Cooking Secrets from Chef GerryUnited Executive Chef Gerry McLoughlin

Preparing a gourmet meal is never easy, whether you're feeding travelers at 30,000 feet or making a family meal firmly on the ground. No one knows this better than United's executive chef, Gerry McLoughlin, who has agreed to share a few tricks of the trade for all you home chefs out there.

Roasting your vegetables

Oven roasting vegetables is a great alternative to grilling and boiling your vegetables, because it draws out natural sugars and sweetness, reduces moisture and enhances flavors. Roasted carrots, onions, potatoes, yams, parsnips, squash, zucchini and peppers are some of the most popular vegetables to roast. A healthy snack suggestion is to thinly slice carrots and parsnips, and bake at 240 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.

Bake your bacon

Bacon is a favorite food that most home-cooks choose to prepare the traditional way by frying it in a pan. Unfortunately, frying can lead to inconsistent texture and uneven cooking. Professional chefs solve this problem by baking their bacon in an oven. Doing so allows for consistent cooking and gives bacon that familiar, crunchy texture across a large batch. Try it at home — 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. Approximate cooking time depends on thickness of bacon and desired crispiness.

Herb your enthusiasm

Fresh herbs can turn a mediocre dish into an excellent one, but their shelf lives are quite short. Luckily, your herbs can be infused into olive oil to preserve those flavors for a bit longer. Once infused (and refrigerated to prevent the growth of bacteria) these oils can be used as a delicious dip for gourmet bread or to add a dash of flavor while cooking.

If you liked these awesome cooking tips, you'll love Chef Gerry's incredible dishes available on United Airlines flights. Whether you're flying domestic or internationally, we want you to have an amazing dining experience in the air and our new menu is designed to exceed expectations. Bon appétite.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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