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.
If you have not yet cooked with skewers you should definitely consider this fact. If you are choosing to use a metal skewer you can choose from round or flattened skewers. Skewers that are not round will better hold food in place on the skewer.
Add oil to the pan on the side so when it reaches the food it is hot. Your food will taste better, and you will not have a lull in the cooking process waiting for the oil to heat up.
Longer cooking methods, such as boiling, take out a lot of the healthy nutrients that are found in vegetables. If you are not serving the vegetables in their raw state, consider steaming, sautÃ©ing or even roasting your vegetables to protect their vitamin and nutrient content.
Did you ever feel bad for throwing old, moldy fruit away? Is it alright to eat fruit after removing the moldy sections? The truth is that a rotten spot often signifies that the whole fruit is bad. In fact it is best to throw away the fruit. Mold can grow much deeper than the eye can see, and eating it could potentially make you very ill.
Are you planning to use freshly picked basil in a recipe? Gather a small bunch of freshly cut basil and place it in a glass. Fill the glass just enough with water so that the stems can absorb it. Just set it on the counter top, and it will be good for several weeks. You can even grow new basil plants if you feel like changing the water every day or so. The stems will sprout roots; that’s the wonder of plant life. Trim your basil plants back a bit to encourage new growth, and keep enjoying your basil for a long time.
Regardless of what you cook, it is always better to use fresh ingredients as opposed to those that are dried or frozen. When you use fresh ingredients you can bring out the true flavor of your food, and they can sometimes be cheaper in the end.
Take the stress out of a major cooking endeavor by completing as much prep work in advance as possible. You can read the recipe to find out what you can do in advance. The day before the cooking happens, there can be a lot of prep work done. This can make even the most difficult recipes fun and easy.
Garlic is among the multitude of tasty ingredients that offers flavor with a drawback: garlic can transfer to your hands and fingers. Rub your hands on the stainless steel interior of your sink to get rid of the smell right away. This serves to both clean your hands thoroughly and prevent the odors from seeping into any other food you are going to handle.
Take these tips and try them in cooking your meals. Once you start tasting, you’ll realized that cooking is a good thing after all. You may even start to enjoy the time you spend cooking and be willing to try some new recipes to expand your daily menus. Give cooking a shot!