Cooking Made Simple As It Can Be


by Paul Walker


Human beings need to eat to live! However, survival without the enjoyment of life would be rather dull. Perhaps the only thing more enjoyable than eating something delicious is cooking something delicious. Here are several tips to get the most from your cooking.

Are you a fan of winter greens? After winter's first frost, healthy greens including collards, kale and broccoli rabe develop a sweeter, less bitter taste. Select greens that have a bright, deep glossy green, and avoid greens that look dull, limp or yellowish. These types of greens often need a thorough washing to remove dirt from the ground. Lower the trimmed greens into a bowl of cold water, gently swish them in the water, and rinse them thoroughly.

Keep your spices and herbs in a dry, cool, dark place. Spices can quickly lose their flavors when exposed to heat, light and humidity. If you take good care of your ingredients, they will keep their flavor longer.

When you are grilling burgers, they sometimes lose their shape when they stick to your grill and become hard to remove. You can use a brush to apply some vegetable oil to the grill and make it to where nothing will stick to it.

If you're cooking mac and cheese, always follow the instructions on the box exactly as they're written. This way, your macaroni will turn out perfectly every time and will taste great with the cheese melted over the top. Use a solid spoon to serve it. Add some pepper or other seasonings to the macaroni to liven it up.

You should try and dry your tomatoes on your own. To be able to dry them yourself, cut the tomatoes half an inch thick, or you should cut Romas lengthwise in half. Put the tomatoes, cut-side up, onto a cooling rack and give them a light salting. Set your oven to 190 degrees, place the rack on a baking sheet and let the tomatoes dry in the oven for approximately 10 hours. Put the tomatoes in plastic bags, and store them in the freezer. Zing up your dried tomatoes and conserve them at the same time by canning them in olive oil and herbs. The jar can be stored in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.

By doing this, your fruits will remain fresh for the entire year. You also have the added benefit of having fruits out of season whenever you want them.

Apples are used a great deal to cook in the winter and fall months, however it is important to store them properly to prevent spoiling. Warm, dry air can cause apples to rot, so keep your excess stock for cooking and eating in plastic bags, and place them where they will stay cool and moist, such as the basement or refrigerator. Remember the rule, one bad apple will spoil the bunch.

Get your cooking utensils squeaky clean before starting a new dish. Leftover food could really screw up your next dish. It could promote the spread of bacteria.

By learning to have fun while cooking can sometimes be as rewarding as eating the actual meal. Use those tips to add little additions as you go. If you improve your cooking abilities, people will want to taste what you have cooked wherever you go.




About the Author: