Perhaps you have tried your hand at cooking before with unfavorable (or unflavorable) results. Do not give up yet! Below is a list of tips to help you in the kitchen! Learn to cook and create beautiful, delicious meals for you and your family! No culinary school experience required!
While most seasonings are added at some point during the cooking process, there are certain spices that are considered good after cooking options. These spices are garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper and salt. Set these on the table, and let your guests decide on their personal preference to add a little kick to their plate.
When cooking, the smaller the item the higher the cooking temperature can be. For instance, if you are cooking mini muffins they can be baked at 400, where as if the muffins are regular size the temperature should be no higher than 325. Cooking at the right temperature will optimize your cooking time and keep items from becoming dried out.
Make soup stock in large quantities. Soup stock can be used in many different recipes. If you make a large portion of it once, it is easy to store for later use. Just put it in baggies that can be sealed. Put it in the freezer and thaw it out when you need to use it.
You should not boil pasta in water that has oil in it. When you add oil to the water that you are boiling your pasta in it keeps the sauce from sticking to the pasta. By leaving the oil out you can toss your pasta in the sauce and it will cling to it.
There is a secret to thicken up your weak sauce. Mix two tablespoons of water with one tablespoon of cornstarch in a small bowl. Mic the solution together and put it in the sauce to thicken it up. Be sure to gradually stir in the solution, and frequently stir the sauce so that it does not become too thick.
Make sure you spread out your condiments when making a sandwich. Most people rush through the early steps of making a sandwich. They spread their condiments around in the middle rather than making sure they cover the entire piece of bread. Cover your bread from corner to corner with condiments for flavor in every bite.
When trying a new seasoning for your meat, season one small piece and sample prior to cooking the entire batch of meat. It’s hard to correct overly seasoned meat but spices can always be added. Don’t cook the whole thing after seasoning it. Start with a small amount of the spiced meat first. This is a good way to find out if you got the seasoning right.
Keep track of ingredients when baking. Sometimes, when you are adding a lot of dry ingredients to your mixing bowl, it’s easy to lose track. An easy solution to this is to place each ingredient in a different part of the bowl. That way, every dry ingredient you add can be seen and counted.
When you are going to fry a food, use long tongs to add food to the oil. For about five seconds, hold the food just underneath the surface of the oil and release it. By placing a food into oil this way, the exterior of the food will be sealed and it will not likely stick to the pan.
Don’t be afraid to over season your meat. Most people actually under season, because the cooking process will weaken the flavor of some spices. With the exception of salt, most seasonings will better enhance the flavor if you use about twice as much as you think you should.
Don’t forget to clean your grill before you use it by scrubbing the grilling surface with a wire brush while it heats up. This way the removed food and grease burn off. Built up food on the grill doesn’t add flavor to the meat, but make the fresh food stick to the metal much easier.
Some recipes call for peeled half or quarter peaches. In most cases peeling is not easy, as the skin sticks to the fruit and doesn’t come off. The easiest way to remedy the problem is to place the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds. After removing the fruits, place them into ice water to stop the boiling effect. Their skin will come off easily.
Create your own stock for tastier dishes. You can make this in large batches, and freeze some for later use in resealable freezer bags. You will have stock on hand for soup and other things. Making homemade stock ensures that you know what is in it and that it isn’t made with preservatives.
Pour off the grease from your browned hamburger before you add the rest of the ingredients. Your health will thank you for this small step and the meal is likely to taste much better without the unneeded fat. Keep an empty can or other container on your stove top expressly for that purpose.
When preparing a pasta dish, you should add salt to the boiling water before adding the noodles. This helps to add flavor to the pasta while it is boiling. This is much more effective than trying to add salt to pasta that you have already cooked.
Check your meatloaf or meatballs by test cooking a small piece. You want your meat to taste perfect, so when you make a mini hamburger patty, and fry it up to taste it, you can decide if the seasoning is just right or if you need to add more flavor. Doing this ensures your meatloaves and meatballs are perfect when you pop them out of the oven.
Anybody can learn to cook with a little bit of patience and passion. Use the tips above and learn how to make all sorts of wonderful meals and desserts, even if you’re on a budget! Let cooking be your new hobby! It is relaxing, useful, and oftentimes very delicious! Bon apetite!