Cook Food Everyone Can Enjoy With These Suggestions


by Dorsey T. Emanus


The holidays are right around the corner, which means it is time to start preparing your menus. Cooking for the holidays can be a daunting task, which can take a lot of hard work. Your holiday cooking does not have to be an impossible task, though. Just follow the advice from this article, and you will breeze through it.

If you are deep frying, make sure to use tongs to add the food to the hot oil. If you submerge the food below the surface of the oil with the tongs for about five seconds before you "drop" it in, the outside of whatever you are deep frying is sealed. This prevents it from sticking to other food in the oil.

Feel free to play around. Recipes should be a guideline; you can do whatever you want. Don't like a certain ingredient? Try using a different one. But remember, some ingredients are integral to certain recipes, and you will figure out which ones you can't ever omit by experimenting over time.

Take the guesswork out of reducing liquids. When a recipe calls for you to cook until the liquid is reduced by a certain amount, dip the handle of a wooden spoon into the liquid to mark the depth. This will leave a line on the wooden spoon. Later, you can dip the spoon again to see how much the liquid has actually reduced.

If you want a delicious meal with little effort, try a roast dinner. Simply chop up some vegetables: carrots, potatoes, onions, and peppers all work well. Add a piece of meat with a little oil and seasoning. Roast at 400 degrees for about an hour, or until the meat is thoroughly cooked. That's easier than you thought!

If you are cooking for someone special, do not try a recipe that you have never tried before. Because you are trying to impress this person, you want to make sure you make a satisfying meal. Try something you are very familiar with, and make sure you have all the ingredients you need to make it.

Timing is everything when cooking several courses. Anything that has to be baked for a long period of time should go in the oven first. If you have to have a pot of boiling water to whip up some instant potatoes put it on next. Then gather up the rest of your ingredients for various stove top dishes that are quickly prepared.

Store your cooking spices in a cool dry place. This will ensure the longevity and potency of the flavors in your herbs and spices. A dark cabinet away from the stove is the ideal storage place. Spices kept in bright, hot environments usually fail to maintain their flavor long before any expiration date comes.

When braising a pork butt, ribs, ham, carnitas or other kinds of pork in liquid, consider using cola or cherry-flavored soda instead of salty broth or plain water. The soda adds a bit of a sweet glaze to the meat and keeps it from drying out, and the flavor mingles well with BBQ sauces and other seasonings.

If you are cooking a soup or stew and you add too much salt to the pot you can add a peeled white potato to the pot and continue boiling it. The starch in the potato will help to absorb a lot of the extra salt. You can repeat with an additional potato if it is still too salty.

One of the fun things about cooking is that it is always new. There are always new recipes to try, new skills to learn, and new ways of doing things. You can truly enjoy the art of preparing a meal and it's something that you get to do every day of your life.




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