How many times have you dreaded going into the kitchen to make breakfast, lunch, or dinner? You might need a new perspective. Cooking can be enjoyable and relaxing if you try to see it in another way. Here are a few cooking tips that are sure to get your taste buds tingling and entice your inner chef to come out.
A pie crust should be baked a little bit longer than you would think. Let the crust go beyond light tan to a deeper, golden shade. This color means that the sugar has caramelized within the pie crust and will have a crunchy and sweet flavor.
A cool and dark location is best for storing spices and herbs. Their flavors will be weakened when they are exposed to light, heat or humidity. Ground herbs and spices can retain full flavor for about a year. Spices that are not ground can keep their flavors for 3 to 5 years. If you keep these properly stored, they can sometimes stay fresh for an even longer period of time.
Boiling takes time and removes the nutrients from veggies. Rather than boiling, quickly steam or sautÃ© your vegetables to retain nutrients. Even better, eat them raw!
Mushrooms soak up water that you don’t want to be added to the recipe. Wipe them off with a damp cloth to clean them.
If you are trying to impress a new guest or important visitor, cook proven dishes that you excel in preparing. Refrain from enthusiastically whipping up a new dish or using untested ingredients. Doing this will decrease the stress that you feel, which is always a good thing.
Do you feel like you’re wasting money when you throw away a piece of moldy fruit? Ever thought if you could just pick out the mold and salvage the fruit? If you have fruit that is just a little rotten, throw it away. The mold and spoilage that you can see is only part of the problem with marginal-looking fruit; even the parts that appear pristine can be unsafe to eat.
When you are using wooden skewers in cooking, soak them for at least half an hour before putting the veggies on them. By soaking, you can prevent the skewers from burning while cooking your food. You can make sure that food stays on your skewers by skewing the food with parallel skewers.
There are many dishes you can make with apples, especially in cold-weather months. But if stored improperly, well, one bad apple does spoil the bushel. To avoid rotting, store apples in open-mesh bags or baskets in a cool basement or in the produce drawer of your refrigerator. Remember the rule, one bad apple will spoil the bunch.
If it seems overwhelming to cook the family dinner, prepare some of the ingredients the evening before. Do little things for your meals the night before so your mealtime will be a little bit easier. When you decide to cook the following day you’ll have less to do and become less stressed, this lets you focus on your main cooking tasks.
Crispier fries come from potatoes that have been left to soak in ice cold water for about 30 minutes. Allowing the sliced potatoes to soak up more cold fluids helps to reinforce the fibers that are in the vegetable, that way when they are deep fried, they are better able to stand up to the heat and won’t completely break down.
This type of seasoning can be added to all types of foods other than meat. Try using the seasoning on pumpkin seeds, or get creative by adding it to your favorite egg dish. Everyone will start to wonder about your secret ingredient and what it might be!
You can chop fresh herbs quickly by bundling them together in bunches and cutting them with scissors. This will prevent them from clumping together and they will be drier than when you chop them.
Try incorporating a few of these tips into your meals. Once you taste them, you’ll be convinced that maybe cooking isn’t so bad after all! You may begin to look forward to it, and eventually you may discover you’re eager to try new recipes and dishes. Go ahead, and begin your cooking journey today!