Solid Advice When It Comes To Cooking


by Dorsey T. Emanus


Cooking can be quite enjoyable and therapeutic. Many people think that only chefs can cook outstanding meals. That is simply not the case. You can use the tips below to learn how to turn any simple dish into a culinary delight by using just a few techniques. There is no need to fear cooking.

If you have left over wine in a bottle from dinner or drinks with friends, you can pour out the remaining wine in an ice tray and put it in the freezer. When you are making a sauce that has wine in the recipe you can drop in a couple of cubes.

Keep it familiar when you are having guests. Cooking can quickly go from fun to entertainment disaster when you try too many complicated things at the same time. A good rule of thumb successful cooks follow is to never-mix a new ingredient and new recipe in the same meal.

Put salt on your cutting board. It can be difficult to cut herbs on your cutting board. They tend to go all over the place. To keep this from happening, just sprinkle a little salt on your cutting board before you begin. This will work to keep them from slipping around.

If you are out of corn starch and need a thickener, you can get the same results from these substitutions. You can use an equal amount of potato starch, rice starch, or arrowroot; or you can use double the amount of all-purpose flour or instant tapioca.

When attempting to make baked goods, less fattening, applesauce is a great ingredient to use. It can be used with cake mix, brownies or even pancakes. It is an inexpensive way to make foods that are usually fattening, healthier and delicious. When baking, it is a good idea to use unsweetened applesauce.

A good way to save leftover sauces is to store and freeze them in ice cube trays. Then you can reheat them in a saute pan whenever you need a quick sauce, in just the portion size that you need. This is great for making easy meals during the week.

Remove roasts, chickens, pork loins, or hams from the oven just a couple of minutes before they reach their ideal temperature for perfectly cooked meat that isn't too dry. The meat will continue to cook for the first couple of minutes outside the oven, bringing it to a safe temperature.

When browning or sauteing foods, make sure that you do not overcrowd the pan. Rather than creating a luscious, browned crust on your foods, overcrowding results in steaming. Try cooking the food in smaller batches or using two pans instead of cramming too much into a single pan or skillet.

No matter what you are making, season the food that you are cooking at the beginning of the process, during the process and at the end of it. Gradual seasoning of every component will make the most of your recipe's ingredients and will give your finished product, the most amount of flavor.

The secret to a great mole sauce is the cocoa powder. Take a cue from Mexican mole and try using a bit of cocoa powder in your typical Italian pasta sauces, as well. A touch of cocoa powder imparts a "been simmering for days" Flavor and complexity, while not being too overpowering.

Cooking should seem a little less challenging now that you have read the information in this article. It is important to give cooking a try and to realize that any dish can be made to be a masterpiece with just a little bit of know how and a lot of heart, from the cook.




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