Cooking is a process that we are never finished learning about. Even the most accomplished world famous chefs will still take a chance to learn a new trick from a colleague. In this article we will try to give you a few highlights of some useful cooking information.
When planning on seasoning meats, first use a little piece, before cooking all of it. Take care when seasoning foods like hamburgers, meatloaf or meatballs. Never cook all of your meat immediately after it has been seasoned. Just cook a small piece formed into a patty. Once you like the way this piece comes out, you can cook the rest.
Flouring the baking pan is called for by lots of recipes. It is necessary for the baking, but leaves an unattractive white coating on the side of the cake. Change the recipe a little and use dry cake mix instead of flour. The unattractive white residue from the side of the cake will disappear.
If you plan to let your chicken sit in the oven for a while after it is baked, then subtract a few minutes from its baking time. Since chicken continues to bake even after it is taken away from a heat source, it can dry out quickly in an oven that is still hot.
Do you regularly cook with freshly grown basil? Place the basil in a container that is glass. Next, ensure the stems are covered with water. You can keep basil fresh for weeks on top of your kitchen counter this way. Change the water from time to time so that the basil grows roots. By picking leaves you will encourage the basil to put out new growth. This will ensure that you have fresh basil on an ongoing basis!
Wash your mushrooms off with a damp cloth. Don’t put them under running water to clean them. Mushrooms are like little sponges and running them under the tap will cause them to absorb too much water. This can affect their taste and your cooking time as well.
If you are following a recipe take extra caution to make sure that you don’t skip a step, or that you are reading the measurements correctly. Especially in baking, a small mistake can completely ruin a dish. To avoid this just check the recipe a couple of times before adding in the ingredient to the mixture.
You should try juicing if you do not like the taste of vegetables. It is very easy to mask the taste of the vegetables by juicing them with fruits that are full of flavor. Spinach, zucchini and carrots can easily be juiced with apples, strawberries and pears to make a delicious drink that is full of vitamins and nutrients.
If you plan on making an elaborate meal for dinner, prepare a few elements of the dish that can be refrigerated or left out the night before you want to cook. This eliminates stress and frenzy in the kitchen so you can focus on giving your family a meal worthy of the finest five-star restaurants.
You should consider drying your tomatoes on your own. Slice a large, ripened tomato in half-inch-thick slices. If you are using Roma tomatoes, slice them lengthwise into two pieces. Set them on a rack cut side up and sprinkle lightly with salt. Next, position a full rack on a baking sheet in an oven preheated to 190 degrees. Dry for approximately 10 hours. Put them in plastic bags for freezer storage. Dried tomatoes may also be stored in a jar containing fresh herbs and olive oil. Kept in the refrigerator, these tomatoes will keep for a couple of weeks.
To maximize the shelf life of dried spices store them in a cool, dry place. This will preserve the flavor of the spices, resulting in more flavorful dishes. Do not store them in the cupboard directly above the stove, the heat makes the spices dry out and lose flavor.
If you are going on a picnic, put lettuce and other vegetables in separate containers from condiments. Condiments are not to make sandwiches soggy, so by separating them, you are ensuring your sandwich will taste fresh. Also, do not place any food items next to drinks inside of the basket.
Cauliflower is white when you first place it in water, but it has a tendency to sometimes turn a grayish or yellowish color. To prevent that from happening and keeping your cauliflower perfectly white you should try adding a little bit of milk to the water while it is cooking.
To save money and improve your health, cook the recommended portion sizes and plan your meals ahead of time. Meat is one of the most expensive ingredients on your plate. By eating the appropriate portion sizes you can be sure that your family is getting plenty of vegetables and whole grains.
Make your homemade dressings even healthier. When you are preparing your own creamy dressings in the kitchen, you can substitute yogurt for mayonnaise. This will make the flavor of your dressing lighter, and will have a positive impact on your health. Use yogurt in most recipes that call for mayonnaise.
Buy your meat in bulk for maximum savings on your grocery bill. Larger packages are often cheaper per pound and are only marginally more inconvenient than single-pound packages. Buying in bulk allows you to divide portions for individual meals and then freeze them, pulling out only what is needed for dinner.
Use a thicker skinned potato for more successful potato skins. Red potatoes don’t have the skin thickness for high-density fillings.
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!
These tips haven’t come close to covering everything you could learn regarding cooking. There is a wealth of information out there just waiting to be discovered. One of the best things about cooking is that the more you learn about it, the more you want to learn. So get out there and get cooking.