Cook Tasty And Nourishing Meals With These Cooking Tips


by Ustim Rehsif


Anyone can cook! Are you able to follow the steps in a recipe and buy all of the ingredients that are listed? Do you have a stove, a pan, and some utensils? If you can do these things, cooking is easy. This article contains some simple advice and a few creative ideas which will help you to advance your culinary skills to the next level, so that you can effortlessly produce delicious meals night after night.

Many of the most popular fruits become brown when exposed to air: apples, bananas and pears, for example. You can prevent this from happening by lightly coating the fruit with lemon juice or salt water. However, the most flavorful way to stop fruit from browning is to dip it in pineapple juice. Do not soak the fruit completely.

The downside of tasty ingredients like garlic and onions is that their flavors and smells transfer to your hands. An easy way to prevent such scents from adhering to your skin is to rub exposed areas on the stainless steel of your sink. This serves to both clean your hands thoroughly and prevent the odors from seeping into any other food you are going to handle.

Keep your spices and herbs in a dry, cool, dark place. Exposure to light, heat and humidity can cause them to lose a lot of their flavor very fast. This just exposes them to the elements and degrades their flavors.

It is fairly easy to dry tomatoes yourself. You can do this by slicing your tomatoes about a half an inch thick, or Romas in half. Put them facing upwards onto a cooling rack and add a little salt. Set the rack on a cookie sheet in an oven at 190 degrees for a 10 hours. Put the bags of tomatoes in your freezer. Dried tomatoes could also be put in a jar with fresh herbs and topped up with olive oil. This jar should be used within 2 weeks and kept refrigerated.

If you want to use the meats and vegetables in your refrigerator before a shopping day, try using it in fried rice. Cold, day-old rice works great, but if you desire to use fresh rice be sure to use less water to make the rice drier. Fry all the veggies and meat with some oil, and then add in the rice, followed by seasoning with garlic, ginger, soy sauce and additional spices.

When you are putting seasoning on meat, just season a small piece first. Different cuts and types of meat have certain spice mixtures that work best for them. Once you add seasoning, it is not wise to cook all the meat. Try cooking a small sample before making all of it. Once you see how it tastes, you can determine to either cook the remaining meat or adjust the amount of seasoning.

In recipes that call for milk or water, try substituting more flavorful liquids. Use chicken broth, beef, or juice in places where you would normally use water. Other dairy products such as buttermilk or sour cream can be used in place of milk. Using different liquids can add nutritional content to certain dishes and improve their flavor.

In preparation for a busy day, get some recipe ingredients ready to go to save time. With some forethought and effort ahead of time, you can have stress-free meal preparation. Try things like cutting and paring vegetables the day before, or putting together pastas or lasagna and storing them to use as needed.

Do you tend to have minor catastrophes with pie crust? Simple repairs can be made to hide flaws in the crust. If your dough has developed cracks, you may have overworked it. Simple sprinkle a little cold water on the cracks and rub and press the dough using your fingertip. Cracks in the fragile top crust of a pie are no problem, either; just brush on a dash of milk and sprinkle the area with sugar. When the pie is done baking, the top crust will be beautifully glazed, concealing all of the cracks.

Cooking can be a helpful skill, a fun hobby, or even a profession. There are various ways of preparing food. The best method of learning new cooking tactics is by heeding the advice of expert cooks. Next time you're the one in charge of cooking the meal, try out a few of these tips.




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