Ways To Help You Improve Your Cooking


by Cordell David Sanchez


While cooking food guarantees sustenance, the culinary arts offer something far more gratifying. Anyone can cook well if they learn to do it the right way. With that in mind, keep reading to discover both information and advice that will help you in your cooking efforts.

When preparing mashed potatoes, mix the potatoes using hot, non-boiling water prior to mashing them. Bypass the cold milk if you want mashed potatoes to be fluffy with a light texture. Try this trick if your mashed potatoes have been heavy or lumpy lately.

Set a watch timer in parallel with the oven timer. In case you are too far away from the oven to hear it, you will hear the watch timer you carry with you.

Reserve some pasta water for use in your pasta sauce. Save about one quarter cup of this water. As you begin to add your sauce to the pasta, slowly mix in the water. The water contains starch from the pasta, and will make your sauce nice and creamy.

If you find yourself overwhelmed with preparing dinner for your family, do some of the preparations the night before. Easy ways to prep in advance include cutting up any ingredients that needs chopping, throwing together the ingredients for any sauces or marinades or assembling a casserole before you head to bed for the night. You won't be as stressed when you prepare the meal the next day.

Don't throw away that runny sauce, as there is an easy fix available. Combine two tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of cornstarch in a bowl and mix. Stir the mixture into the thin sauce and it will get thicker. Be sure to gradually stir in the solution, and frequently stir the sauce so that it does not become too thick.

Sauteing vegetables is an extremely healthy method of cooking them. Consider adding chicken broth for some added flavor. The chicken broth will add a dimension of flavor, and let you cut down on how much oil you use. You will thoroughly enjoy this way of preparing your vegetables.

When you have an upcoming dish that has garlic as an ingredient, go out and get the freshest available garlic that you can find. Garlic is normally sweeter when it is fresh. Stale, or old, garlic may be bruised, shriveled or soft.

Stir-frying your rice is a great way to make use of surplus vegetables and meat in the fridge that you can't use in other recipes. Day old rice works best, but fresh will be fine too if you reduce the water a bit to make it drier. Fry your vegetables and meat in oil, then toss them with your prepared rice and season the whole dish with garlic, ginger and soy sauce.

Do all the prep work ahead of time. You'll be glad you have your prep work done when it's time to cook. Of course, cooking under a strict deadline can really increase stress levels. If all of the prep work is completed well before the actual cooking begins, this will help alleviate some stress later.

Countless meals have been tainted by making recipes harder than they need to be. Simple recipes and techniques can yield very impressive results. If you follow the ideas here, you will have a greater understanding of not only cooking, but baking and serving in general.




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