There are many different types of cooking and methods to achieve the end result of a great eating experience. Some cooking is hard and some is not. You will discover some suggestions to help you cook better, no matter what level you are on.
If you are working on creating more home-cooked meals, try the library for cookbooks that offer a variety of easy recipes that will be fun to prepare. Be patient, and try several recipes. Like any skill, cooking can take practice.
Bake pie crusts a little longer than you would think they should be baked. The color should be a darker caramel instead of the pale blond so many people do. The darker color results when the sugar from the crust has started to caramelize and will have a much sweeter and crisper flavor.
If you are going to use oil, make sure you add it at the edge of the pan so it can warm up before getting to the food. This ensures your food’s flavor is maximized when finished.
Freeze your meat slightly and you will find that it slices with ease. Asian inspired dishes such as Chinese and Thai will particularly benefit from this technique. When you slightly freeze the meat, the fibers don’t extend as easily, and therefore slicing is much cleaner. Make sure that you let the meat thaw before cooking, so the meat is cooked evenly.
To reduce the calories and fat of mashed potatoes, and to avoid sacrificing taste or texture, replace some potatoes with the same amount of cauliflower. Cauliflower’s neutral taste means that it blends easily with the flavor of the potatoes, butter and milk. Cauliflower has the same texture and color as mashed potatoes, so the dish will be transformed into one that has more vegetables and fewer calories.
Do you enjoy flavoring your food with fresh basil? You can cut basil by the stems, bunch it together, and put it in a glass. The stems should be thoroughly covered in water. You can keep basil fresh for weeks on top of your kitchen counter this way. If you occasionally change the water, the basil will eventually grow its roots under water. Cut it on occasion and your plant will continue to provide you with fresh basil for a long time to come.
Garlic is a wonderful taste, but not such a wonderful smell to have on your hands. After you have finished doing your prep work with the garlic, run your hands along the stainless steel interior of your sink. 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.
A great cooking tip to employ is to cook your vegetables in chicken broth. Chicken broth is great for preventing sticking of vegetables and incorporating some great flavor with them. Chicken broth is readily available at most grocery stores, and it is very affordably priced.
It is possible to over-think things in the kitchen. Meals can easily be ruined by making them too complicated. By sticking to a simple recipe, you can come up with something that is quick and healthy but still manages to taste wonderful. Heed the advice given here to create better meals with a finer understanding of the principles involved.