Follow These Tips To Cook Like A Master Chef


by Dorsey T. Emanus


You've probably cooked thousands of meals in your lifetime. Did you enjoy it? If not, why not? Cooking can be a great way to unwind and a fun way to express your creativity. Here are a few cooking tips to spark excitement so that every time you step in the kitchen, you've got something new to try.

When adding flour or cornstarch to drippings for making gravy, whisk the ingredient into a bit of water to create a slurry and pour this liquid into the pan, instead of just dumping in the dry ingredients. This will prevent unappealing lumps in your gravy, and it makes it easier to add just a bit of thickener at a time.

When making stocks, make them in large quantities and store the extra stock in your freezer in plastic bags. This is very convenient and will save a huge amount of time when cooking future recipes. All you will have to do is grab the bag of stock from the freezer and thaw it.

Keep greens like arugula and herbs fresher longer by wrapping them in a damp paper towel and placing them in a zippered storage bag in the refrigerator. This technique keeps the leaves from shriveling and drying out, and may extend the life of your herbs or greens for an extra four days.

When you are cooking meat and adding seasoning to it, use an even sprinkling gesture to apply the seasoning. You should season from a decent height and aim to produce an even "snowfall" effect. Executed properly, this technique ensures consistent coverage and avoids leaving over-seasoned clumps or seasoning-free areas on the meat.

Shelling pecans can be really challenging. Make it easier by soaking them in a cup of water and put the cup into the microwave for 5-6 minutes. It is always possible to soak the pecans into boiling water to get the same effect. Hot water makes the shell softer and easier to crack.

Since you are going to be using a lot of sharp knives in the kitchen to cook your meals, you will want to maintain precautions at all times. Instead of simply putting your knife in the drawer, make sure that you put a wine cork on the tip to protect against cuts and scrapes upon use.

If you are cooking pastries or foods that can get very messy, make sure that you wear an apron at all times. The last thing that you will want to do is to get food on your clothes and have to change before you eat your meal with friends or family.

Use cast iron pans when you cook your meat. Cast iron imparts the best flavor to the meat and avoids any chance of sticking. You also get the added benefit of your meat having a higher iron content from using the cast iron. Sometimes old fashioned ideas are the best.

Before you begin to cook a meal, prepare for your recipe. Wash and chop all of your vegetables, open cans and have all of your seasonings displayed and ready to use. This will ensure a smooth flow to your cooking and being prepared will help you avoid mistakes in your recipe.

Read the recipe fully before you begin any cooking endeavor! Just reading the list of ingredients does not ensure that you are fully prepared to complete the meal. There are many different techniques and tools that may be required so do not be too ambitious when tackling a new recipe.

Cooking can help you create a resume or attract mates. These tips should be remembered when you want to get better at cooking.




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