From Flames To Food, A Guide To Safely Learning To Cook


by Carina Helen Sanchez




You should have all preparations for your food ready before you start cooking. This can help you avoid too much heat or gas when you cook, and can also make it safer to cook with a hot pan, oil, or other dangers that could harm you if you're distracted.

Try different liquids in recipes calling for water or milk to add some new flavors to your meals. Use chicken broth, beef, or juice in places where you would normally use water. Some great replacements for milk are sour cream, yogurt and buttermilk. Using different liquids can add nutritional content to certain dishes and improve their flavor.

Do you feel like you're wasting money when you throw away a piece of moldy fruit? Should you cut of the rotten part to save the rest? Unfortunately, there isn't any way to save fruit that has begun to rot. Mold grows deeper than on the surface, and because it can make you sick, you should throw away any partially rotten fruit.

If you find yourself with leftover homemade sauce, freeze the leftovers in ice cube trays. This way, when you want to make an easy meal another night, all you have to do is reheat it in a saute pan. No worries, because the sauce is still quite edible after being frozen in ice cube trays.

Consider mixing flavored butter for a simple method of adding some additional flavor to your corn or rolls. Either use room temperature butter to start, or try warming it up in the microwave. Then mix in herbs, spices or sauces to add an extra burst of flavor. There are many tasty options like honey, salsa and even lemon juice.

To make your pasta sauce a little better, use some of the water that you cooked your noodles in. Measure out one-fourth of a cup and place it to the side. Put in some of the water when you mix the pasta and the sauce. The starch from the pasta water will add body and a "creaminess" to your sauce through amalgamation.

An excellent way to cook is to use brine. To get good poultry taste in your meal, you should soak turkey, chicken, or even duck in brine about one hour prior to the meal preparation.

Give pre-cut, raw potatoes a cold water bath for a half-hour prior to frying for crispier French fries. Allowing the sliced potatoes to soak up more cold fluids helps to reinforce the fibers that are in the vegetable, that way when they are deep fried, they are better able to stand up to the heat and won't completely break down.

Make your cleanup easier by washing dishes as they are used in the cooking process. Put some hot soapy water in a fresh sink on one side and keep clear water you can use as a rinse on the other side. Washing the dishes as you go along will make the final clean up much easier.

Sprinkle salt on your cutting board before cutting fresh herbs. Doing this not only adds some flavor, but it also ensures that the herbs are right where they need to be, which is on the board. Make sure to avoid over-salting by not adding additional salt directly to what you are preparing. The salt that you sprinkle on the board sticks to the herbs and gives them just the right amount of flavor.

When recipes call for wooden skewers, make sure to soak them for half an hour at least before you use them. Being soaked in the water prevents them from getting burned when exposed to the cooking heat. Use two parallel skewers as opposed to a single skewer to keep food intact.

When you are planning to make quite a detailed meal, do some of the prep work the day before to reduce some of the stress involved. Gather your ingredients, chop and measure the herbs or spices and double-check that you have everything you need. Now all that is left is to assemble the dish and toss it in the oven!




About the Author: