Cooking does not necessarily need to be something that is best left for the experts. There are many simple yet delicious recipes, that even the most unskilled novice can handle. This article will give you some tips for making the most out of your meals. The following tips will have you feeling like a pro in no time.
For those dishes that have longer cooking times, you will want to add your spices and herbs about an hour or so before eating. If these spices are cooked too long, then the resulting flavors may be too strong. In addition, it’s best to keep it simple by not using any more than three herbs or spices in any dish.
Rub your hands against your sink after cooking with garlic. Garlic can be an undesirable smell to have cling to you. It might sound a bit odd, but next time you are cooking with it, rub your hands against your sink. If your sink is stainless steel, it should remove the smell.
If you are following a recipe, make sure that you do not follow this religiously, as you should always add a personal spice to your meal. Instead of following a pizza recipe to the tee, add some red pepper to inject a punch into your dish to make it unique and individualized.
After you have cooked a meal for someone, never rush them into eating as you should always take your time and engage in conversation to give your body a chance to digest. Part of the meal is the smells and aromas it gives off while the other part is your actual consumption.
You can save a lot of money by buying potatoes for your favorite dishes in larger quantities. Make sure you store them in a cool dark place (preferably in a root cellar). Place them in a crate loosely and keep the storage temperature between 45 and 50 degrees F. Avoid storing them in the refrigerator as they become sweet.
If you would like to bake a berry desert in the winter (when most berries are out of season), use frozen berries as a delicious and more eco-friendly alternative to fresh ones! Thaw your frozen berries for 45 minutes, drain the excess, then use as you normally would when making a berry pie or cobbler.
Sometimes it can seem like a good idea to pile on all of your ingredients into the pan to save you time from having to cook them all separately. However, this can only prolong the cooking process since most foods need room to breathe in the pan to cook properly while soaking up the spices. Take the extra bit of time to cook them spaced out properly in the pan and you’ll have a better tasting dish.
If you have to prepare any dish that involves garlic, get the freshest possible garlic available. Fresh garlic tastes a lot sweeter than older garlic, so buy fresh to avoid the bitterness. Fresh garlic is not soft and shriveled nor does it have bruises.
No one can really say that they enjoy a dry hamburger. Instead of serving dry tasteless burgers at your next barbeque add some cold water to your beef before you grill. Try about 1/2 cup per 1 pound of meat. You will leave your guests amazed with your burgers every time.
Avoid dry sandwiches by making sure the spread reaches every corner of the bread. Whether its mayonnaise or a cucumber cream cheese spread, it rids the sandwich of the dry taste of bread, meat and cheese. A quick dollop in the middle leaves only a well moisturized middle and less flavored and prepared edges.
Tenderize meat before cooking it. Especially tough portions of meat are best tenderized or braised, due to the stringy consistency of the meat. Identifying the correct cut of meat and matching it with the correct method of cooking can be very important, as you may end up with an extremely stringy “roast” steak.
A good cooking method when working with poultry is to first brine the bird. Marinate any sort of poultry in brine for about an hour before you cook it, so that it becomes very flavorful.
If your meal has oil in it, make sure to reheat it by using the oven, not the microwave. The intense heat of a microwave tends to cause the oil, which heats fastest, to separate from the other ingredients. The result of this will be a dish that is no longer as flavorful as it was in the beginning. Baking, in contrast, keeps this from happening.
Pomegranates are a superfood, but they can be super un-fun to peel. To make it easier, put the pomegranate portions into a bowl of water and gently separate the juicy seeds. The white pith will float to the top and the seeds will sink to the bottom. Collect the floating pith, discard it, and strain the water to be left with a bowlful of delicious seeds!
To add a little interest to your pies, try a twist on the typical graham cracker crust. Substitute shortbread cookies for graham crackers for a more decadent and complex flavor. Just prepare as you would a graham cracker crust. Put the shortbread cookies in a food processor with butter and use with your favorite pie recipe.
To keep your breading from peeling away from the breaded food, dip the food first into flour, then the egg wash, and then the breading. The flour gives the egg wash something to which it can stick, and results in breading that stays intact rather than sliding off of slick meats or veggies.
If you do not want to be eating greasy gravy for dinner the best thing to do is make sure you skim as much fat as you can off the top while you are cooking the gravy. Or you can wait until it is cooked and do it then if you forget.
As stated at the beginning of the article, you do not need to be a pro to cook a great dish. There are many recipes that look hard and overwhelming, but are in fact, quite simple. Hopefully, this article has instilled some confidence in you for the next time you are in the kitchen.