How many times have you dreaded going into the kitchen to make breakfast, lunch, or dinner? You might need a new perspective. Cooking can be enjoyable and relaxing if you try to see it in another way. Here are a few cooking tips that are sure to get your taste buds tingling and entice your inner chef to come out.
Give pie and tart crust a little longer baking time than you normally would for the best results. They should be a light golden brown instead of pale in color. This golden color means that the sugar has caramelized, leaving a sweet flavor.
If you partially freeze meat before slicing it, you will find that it is much easier to cut it into thin strips. Certain dishes require thin strips of beef, chicken or pork. With meat that is somewhat frozen, the fibers tend not to stretch or tear as much when they are sliced, making for much cleaner cuts. However, so they are evenly cooked, you want to make certain the meat strips are thawed before cooking.
Popular French fried potato recipes suggest soaking the potatoes in water for 30 minutes before cooking them. The fibers of raw cut potatoes that have been soaked in cold water prior to hitting the deep fryer, are stronger and can handle the heat better without breakage.
Are you aiming to reduce the amount of fat and calories you consume in your mashed potatoes without having to give up taste or texture? If so, consider replacing a certain amount of the potatoes with cauliflower. Cauliflower’s neutral taste means that it blends easily with the flavor of the potatoes, butter and milk. Cauliflowers look very similar to potatoes in texture and color when they are mashed. It will allow you to have a delicious side dish that is healthier and still flavorful.
When you are cooking, it is important to remember that a fresh ingredient is always better than a frozen or dried ingredient. Use whatever seasonal ingredients are available to create tasty dishes, which are also less expensive.
Garlic is a wonderful ingredient in recipes, but the smell is quite difficult to remove from your hands. If you have a stainless steel sink or other utensil, rub your hands over the inside of the sink to remove the smell. This works for onions as well. The steel will clean your hands and remove the smell. You can buy stainless steel “soaps” at your local kitchen store to keep on hand.
Always select airtight containers for sugar, flour and other baking mixes. Bugs can creep into your food, and most food items will become stale if exposed to the open air. These are just a couple of solid reasons that you need solid containment. Airtight containers are your best friends in the kitchen. You can find decorative airtight canisters for staples, like flour and sugar.
Skewers should always be soaked in cold water for a minimum of 30 minutes before they are used in cooking. This keeps them from burning up while the food is cooking on them. Use two parallel skewers as opposed to a single skewer to keep food intact.
To avoid getting overwhelmed when preparing a dinner, make preparations a day in advance. Before you head to bed at night do your best to cut up vegetables and onions, marinating meat, or making some sauce. This way, your next meal will only require a modicum of effort, making dinner stress-free.
The tips you just read about, can be put to good use if your incorporate them into your meals. After your first taste, you will realize that cooking is not such a bad thing after all! The better your food gets, the more you’ll want to cook. Start cooking now!