Many things may be said about good food. Read on to accomplish these things and more with food you prepare yourself.
If you want to start cooking more, go to the bookstore or library and get a cookbook of simple and basic recipes that appeal to you. Pick a few simple, interesting recipes and work up to more elaborate dishes as your skills increase.
If you are cooking meats that need seasoning, season a small piece first before making the entire meal. Items such as burgers, meatballs and other meat dishes need deliberate, specific seasoning. Don’t cook it all at once after you have seasoned it. Section off a small bit and cook it. You can then cook the entire piece, or change the seasoning as needed.
Cooking vegetables for a long time robs them of the critical nutrients that make them a healthy choice. To preserve their nutrition, choose to cook foods in quick methods like steaming, sauteing or even just eating them raw.
A lot of people usually use apples for cooking things in the winter and fall months, yet a lot of people store them incorrectly and they spoil quickly. Apples spoil in warm, dry air, so keep them in a refrigerator or basement, in plastic bags that are loosely tied. Make sure to check on them regularly, as one rotten apple means the rest are soon to follow.
Do you want to take the guesswork out of deciding how long to leave your meat on the grill? Use a digital or other high-quality internal thermometer to check whether your meat is cooked enough. If you are cooking thicker cuts of meat on the grill, for instance thicker than one and a half inches, close the lid to cook it faster.
When boiling or sauteing veggies, use chicken broth instead of water. Chicken broth is a great way to add flavor to your vegetables while keeping them from sticking to your pan. Chicken broth is cheap, and can be bought anywhere.
Not all fruit freezes well, but this way, you can prolong the freshness of certain fruits and enjoy them later. Furthermore, you can enjoy seasonal fruits without paying outrageous prices during the off season.
If you are using garlic in the cooking, ensure it’s the freshest you can buy. A rule of thumb for garlic: Fresher means sweeter. Don’t buy garlic that is soft, shriveled or bruised.
If you’re overwhelmed with dinner prep for the family, try to do some food prep the night prior. Start cutting up your ingredients the night before to gain time. You’ll be less stressed when cooking the following day.
You should always organize your cooking supplies. If you refuse to organize your cooking supplies, you’ll take longer to find the utensils you need. Store items of a similar nature together. For instance, place parsley and basil in one cabinet, since both are spices.
It is a good idea to store unripened fruits in perforated plastic bags. As some fruits become more ripe, they can produce ethylene gas. A paper bag allows air to circulate, yet also keeps in enough ethylene gas to help the fruits ripen and enhance the flavor.
Enjoy your meals knowing you have provided healthy food for your family. Take the insights you’ve been given here to elevate your standing with those who matter the most to you.