Better Cooking With Less Effort - Quick Ways To Brush Up On Your Kitchen Skills


by Roxane J. Talisen


Everyone knows that humans need food to survive. But is it life we want, or great meals? It is even more joyful to cook something good than to eat it. If you want to learn how to cook more extensive meals, read on for some tips.

If your family is finding sweet corn to be a drag, then it's time to infuse it with some Asian flavor. Mixing new ingredients into the corn, like coconut for a Thai flavor, will give them an interesting treat.

To get some extra bang from your pasta sauce, reserve some of the water you cooked the pasta in. Set aside about one-fourth cup of the pasta water. As you begin to add your sauce to the pasta, slowly mix in the water. The starch from the pasta water will add body and a "creaminess" to your sauce through amalgamation.

When not in use, put your spices in an area that receives the lowest amount of light and heat. Putting them in a warm, lighted area can reduce their useful life, due to light and heat exposure. Always keep your spices in a dark and cool location to extend their longevity. Make sure that your spices are fresh to add taste and flavor to any meal.

Add some chicken broth to your pan when cooking vegetables. Chicken broth is great for preventing sticking of vegetables and incorporating some great flavor with them. Chicken broth can be found at almost all local grocery stores at a very cheap price.

Using less fats, like extra virgin oil or butter, when you cook will help you to lose weight and keep your heart healthy. These oils are often loaded with unhealthy fats. Consider using a nonstick cooking spray as replacement for oil.

Add lots of salt to your water for cooking pasta. This helps to add flavor to the pasta while it is boiling. When you salt your pasta after cooking, the flavor is not as full.

To avoid burning your food, stay organized. Having all your kitchen tools handy and organized will help you turn out a good meal. Being disorganized can make it quite easy to make it impossible to find things when you need them, which makes you miss out on the goodies that you could be indulging in.

Before preparing any sort of dish, you must ensure that your utensils are clean. Any food particles left on a utensil could get into the food your are cooking, ruining the taste. There is a possibility this may introduce bacteria into the food.

If you decide on using fresh herbs, gather them in bunches and snip the stems with scissors. This is perfect for flavorful herbs like dill and parsley. This makes the herbs fluffier and lighter, and not wet like they would be if they were chopped.

Cooking foods can be just as much fun as eating them. Use these tips to make them a part of your experience, add some new things as you go. You will drastically improve your cooking skills, and everyone is going to want to try your recipes.




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