Tips And Techniques To Help You Turn Meals Into Art!

by Dorsey T. Emanus

There are a lot of cooking styles, techniques, and recipes that can be employed to produce really memorable meals. Some methods are very complicated and some are very easy to execute. You will discover some suggestions to help you cook better, no matter what level you are on.

Stay creative and have fun when cooking. Following a recipe is not fun if you do not add a personal touch. Give the recipe your own personal twist by leaving an ingredient or two out, substituting, or adding something. These little changes can result in an exceptionally good dish that is better than the original recipe! You will not become a real cook by just following what cookbooks say.

Leafy dark greens are a very healthy food, but can be rather difficult to prepare. Removing all the tough stems is a chore. To prepare most leafy greens, you can fold the actual leaf in half like a piece of paper, grab the stem from the bottom, and then rip it out. Also, with the leaf folded lengthwise, you can use a sharp knife to slice the stem away from the leafy portion. Once your unfold each leaf, you have perfectly stem-free greens.

Every cook needs some method for organizing his cooking supplies. Poorly organized supplies cause confusion and mess. Organize your kitchen logically. As an example, you may want to keep all of your spices together.

There are many herbs that have a strong smell that will stay on your cutting board. Put a waterproof mark on the end of the cutting board so you'll know which side to use.

In order for herbs and spices to remain fresh and flavorful, they need to be kept in an area that is cool and dim. Spices and herbs lose their flavor when they are stored in warm areas.

Tying up your turkey with a piece of string is called trussing. Trussing keeps the legs and wings close to the body of the bird, so that cooking happens evenly. Otherwise, the meat found in the legs and wings tends to become dry and tough during cooking.

Prepare everything you need before starting to cook. By doing this, you avoid the hassle of making it through half of a recipe and realizing you are missing a key ingredient. You may be able to find a suitable substitute in the pantry but it's better to have the proper ingredients.

A good way to cook is with brine. To help you get the best flavors from your poultry, you should consider soaking such foods as goose, duck, turkey and chicken in brine for at least an hour before you start cooking preparations.

Quality cutting utensils are a good investment for the kitchen. You will be more efficient when you do not have to deal with dull knives; in addition, sharp knives are safer to use than dull knives. More accidents occur when utensils are dull, because they have a tendency to slip as you cut.

By following the tips from above, you will be on your way to creating fabulous dishes you will love! Use your creativity to try out new and unique spices and flavors. In the course of experimentation, you might even stumble across a new food that will become your favorite! Use the tips you learned here to guide you, as well as your taste buds, in releasing your inner chef.

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