You’ve probably watched at least one celebrity chef on television and thought, “Hey, I can do that!” Well, until the TV network comes knocking, you can always use your own kitchen as a stage to create unforgettable meals. Whether you are new at cooking or an old pro, you can always use some cooking tips. Here are a few to get you started.
Vegetables that are cooked more quickly will be of higher quality. Vegetables which are cooked slowly can lose their taste and valuable nutrients. These cooking techniques are much healthier. Cook your vegetables for the minimum amount of time for better results.
If you choose the wooden versions of cooking skewers, it is a good idea to immerse them in water, and leave them there for about half an hour before using them. That way, they will not burn during the cooking process. Try using two skewers parallel to one another instead of just one skewer.
When cooking with a sauté pan, turn the handle of it in the opposite direction of you. Keeping the handle facing you increases the chance of bumping into and spilling your food. This is also a safety concern because you can burn yourself if the pan tips or falls over.
Many vegetable and herbs give off a smell that tends to remain in your chopping board, even though you scrub it over and over again. Use a permanent pen to make a mark so you know which side you are using.
For an easy meal to put together, save the sauces from other meals you had earlier in the week. Put them in an ice cube tray. You can reheat the cubes in a sauté pan for a quick sauce. Add some veggies and you will have a yummy meal.
While some foods need to be cooked at a high temperatures for short times, larger foods need to be cooked at lower temperatures for longer times. Doing so will allow the larger foods to slowly release their flavors as they cook and to be cooked evenly without under or over cooking.
Store herbs and spices in your cabinet or pantry if they offer a cool, dry area. Many people keep their spice rack out near the stove or on the wall over the stove. These locations offer too much light, humidity, and heat, which can deplete the flavor of the seasonings. Avoid these exposed areas, and look for an optimal location out of sight.
It sounds kind of funny, but to be a better cook, one should make sure they have a large enough kitchen. Some kitchens, simply put, are not large enough to accommodate a good cook. The more space you have, the more free you’ll feel. The more free, then the less confined, cluttered, and un-inventive you will feel.
When you are using herbs and spices make sure that you store them correctly to keep the, fresh. Since humidity is a spice’s worst enemy, make sure to keep them in air-tight containers. Also, keep them in a dark place, as light can also negatively affect the taste of your spices.
Proper care for a wood cutting board. Your cutting board can split or warp if it is exposed to excessive moisture, heat, or extreme dryness. Never immerse the board in water, rather, sponge it off with warm, soapy water. You should apply oil to a board that is damaged, or to an undamaged board which you want to keep in pristine condition. Let the board dry thoroughly before you use it.
When it comes to cooking it is important to consider the dietary concerns of those who are going to be eating your food. Be sure to check if anybody has sodium or sugar concerns in order to prevent embarrassment on their part from having to refuse your otherwise delicious food.
You can use some spices after food has already finished cooking. There are many great spices, such as salt, cayenne, or garlic powder. Where seasonings are concerned, people have drastically different preferences. Instead of adding spices and herbs to each dish during preparation, allow your fellow diners to customize their food with a variety of seasonings. Each person will have their own special version of your meal that they will love.
To enjoy delicious baked potatoes when you walk in the door from work, cook them in your slow cooker all day. Wrap washed and dried potatoes in aluminum foil with salt, pepper, butter, onion or other seasonings and place the wrapped potatoes in the slow cooker on low for six to eight hours. Place a variety of toppings on the table for a make-your-own meal that’s ready in no time.
When making large quantities of bacon, lay the bacon on a foil-wrapped baking sheet, and cook it in the oven (according to package directions) instead of on the stove top. The bacon will not only remain flat during cooking, but you will not have to cook batch after batch to reach the quantity you need.
Don’t let extra eggroll and wonton wrappers go to waste! They are great for making simple homemade baked chips. Cut the wrappers into chip size shapes and place on a greased cookie sheet. Spray the wrappers lightly with cooking spray or oil. Top with your favorite flavoring such as savory garlic salt, or sweet cinnamon sugar, and bake until crisp.
Soup is for all seasons! When we usually think of soup, we think of a hot bowl of chicken noodle when we are sick or a piping hot bowl of chili on a cold winter night. But don’t forget about soup in the summer, too. There are a lot of easy recipes for refreshing cold soups like gazpacho and fruit soups to enjoy during warm months.
Cooking can be great fun and a chance for you to show off. Make sure to keep these tips in mind to add to your cooking a bit, and to enhance the skills you already have. And who knows, maybe one day you’ll be the celebrity chef on a TV network!