Do you find your kitchen boring? Enhancing your cooking knowledge can really invigorate you to try new things, and help your kitchen to inspire you, rather than bore you. Your kitchen turns into your canvas, and your meals are your finished painting, something you can be proud of, that pleases everyone. Here are some tips to get you started.
Prepare to cook before you actually start cooking. It is essential to have all prep work finished before it’s time to begin cooking. Cooking can get stressful when you’re working to deadline. Try to complete your preparations, so you can avoid scrambling later on.
Bake pie and tart crusts for a longer time than you think is really necessary. They should be a light golden brown instead of pale in color. This golden color means that the sugar used in the crust has caramelized, giving the crust a crisp and sweet flavor.
Do not season all the meat immediately: try a small piece first. Different cuts and types of meat have certain spice mixtures that work best for them. Avoid cooking all of it after it’s been seasoned. Instead, make a little piece into a patty and cook it first. Once you have tried your sample you can correct the seasoning or proceed with the cooking.
For crispier French fries, let raw potatoes stand for 30 minutes in a cold pot of water. The soaking process will reinforce the vegetable fibers, and they will be better able to withstand heat when you fry them.
Do you love to cook with fresh basil? Gather a small bunch of freshly cut basil and place it in a glass. Fill with water to cover the stems. Set the glass on the kitchen counter or windowsill to maintain its freshness for weeks. If you occasionally change the water, the basil will eventually grow its roots under water. While the basil is alive and thriving, make sure you trim the leaves in order to progress the growth of the plant. You will have plenty of fresh basil on hand.
You can use it on other types of food besides meat. Put in on pumpkin seeds or in scrambled eggs to add a new flavor. Anyone who tastes these is sure to wonder and ask if you have a special or secret ingredient.
They behave like sponges and absorb the water. Instead, get a wet, clean cloth and wipe off the mushroom by hand.
If you’ve made sauce, you should place any that is leftover in an ice tray and freeze it. You can easily take them from the freezer when needed for a meal, and quickly reheat in a saute pan. Have no fear, for the sauce will taste great even after being frozen in the trays!
Guessing how long food will take on the grill is nearly impossible. It is always wise to utilize a good meat thermometer (a digital one is best to give you an exact reading) to ensure that the inner portions are cooked correctly. If you’re working with a particularly thick slice of meat, you can cut back on grilling time by closing the lid of the grill.
Use these tips as-is, or spice them up and make them your own. Make delicious meals that your family will love, meals that you relish and feel good about. If you take up cooking recreationally, you can improve your diet and have a lot of fun, too. The old adage of “home is where the heart is” can certainly begin in your kitchen.