Cooking Tips To Help You Cook Like A Pro


by Roxane J. Talisen


If you make meals all of the time, it can be boring. To get your enthusiasm for cooking back, you need to learn new cooking techniques. Cooking can be fun, the more you learn. Here are some good ways to start out.

If you are trying new spices, then consider saffron. Saffron has a distinctive, slightly bitter taste that you can't get from any other spice. It is a wonderful herb that has been used since ancient times. This highly sought spice, which is actually the stigma of a specific species of crocus, can be quite pricey.

Fruit works especially well on the grill. Slice peaches, melon or nectarines and place them on skewers. Cook them on a grill that is clean until you are able to see grill marks. Use the grilled fruit as a topping for ice cream or a grilled pound cake.

Leafy greens have many health benefits, but getting them prepared to eat is not easy. The stems can be hard to remove. To make it easier, take the leaf and fold it lengthwise, then cut out the stem in the middle. Also, with the leaf folded lengthwise, you can use a sharp knife to slice the stem away from the leafy portion. When you unfold the leaf, you will have a perfect leaf with no stem.

For best results with nonstick cooking ware, get utensils made of silicone, nylon or rubber. Harder utensils, like wooden and metal ones, can gouge or scratch the coating, causing the pan to not be as effective and its coating to flake off in your meals. Not only is this unappealing, it is quite possibly dangerous.

When a recipe calls for the creaming of butter and sugar, soften the butter but do not melt it. Try popping your melted butter to freeze in the freezer as you start making your dough. Chilled dough prevents the cookies from spreading out too much.

Apples are a popular ingredient for cooking during the cool autumn and winter months. However, if they are not stored correctly, apples can spoil very quickly. To avoid rotting, store apples in open-mesh bags or baskets in a cool basement or in the produce drawer of your refrigerator. Make sure you check them periodically, however, because even one spoiled apple can cause the others in the bag to rot very rapidly.

If you are looking to lose weight and keep a healthy diet, it is very important you use less oil when cooking. Oils and butter are a source of fats. A smart alternative is to switch to a nonstick cooking spray, it gives similar results with less of the unhealthy ingredients.

A butter that has been flavored can add a new tasteful dimension to dinner rolls or corn on the cob. Soften your butter a bit in the microwave, or let it sit out for a while until it is room temperature. Combine the softened butter with a few spices and herbs or maybe even a little sauce. Mixing the butter with these items will give them new flavor. You can always add a little honey, lemon juice, or hot spice.

Take care to not overfill your pan when you are sauteing. Too much liquid in the pan will result in steamed, soggy food and not the crispy texture you were trying to achieve by sauteing. Always saute over a low flame or low setting on your stove-top.

If you apply the tips you have just read, you will be able to cook much better meals. Be bold, and try using a variety of spices and sauces. You may even discover you new favorite dish during your cooking! Use the tips you learned here to guide you, as well as your taste buds, in releasing your inner chef.




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