When it comes to good food, there are plenty of familiar adages. Follow the tips here to add that special “magical” quality to all of your cooking.
Allow the oil to heat up in the pan before adding your food. Having the oil at the right temperature when you cook with it will make the flavors pop.
If you partially freeze meat before slicing it, you will find that it is much easier to cut it into thin strips. This is great to do when you need to slice meat thinly for Chinese or Thai meals. If the meat is partially frozen, its texture is maintained nicely, even when sliced into thin strips. For the most even cooking, you should let the strips thaw before you cook them.
You should try a small portion of the meat you are cooking when seasoning meats. You have to use caution when seasoning certain meats, such as meatballs, meatloaf and hamburgers. Don’t cook the entire meat directly after seasoning it. Instead, make a little piece into a patty and cook it first. The aroma of the food as it cooks will also give you a clue to the amount of seasoning you need to add.
When cooking or preparing for someone important, such as your boss or a new date, it is best to cook food that you are good at. You should not try to cook something new when you are cooking for someone whom you want to impress. You will feel less stressed while cooking if you follow this tip.
Are you going to cook with fresh basil? Take a bunch of it and place in a glass. Submerge the stems in water. Place it on your kitchen counter to keep it fresh for weeks! In fact, if you periodically freshen the water, the herb may even sprout roots. Trim your plant on occasion and you will encourage future growth. This means you will have fresh basil in your kitchen for a long time to come!
You can also use this seasoning on foods other than meat. Use it with roasted pumpkin seeds for a wonderful snack, or go ahead and add some to scrambled eggs. Everyone will start to wonder about your secret ingredient and what it might be!
If you have little time to cook each day, you can partially prepare certain foods to break up the cooking process into several steps. Read your recipe and note which steps you can complete in advance without compromising the dish’s quality. The day before the cooking happens, there can be a lot of prep work done. This can make harder recipes easy, and complicated ones a fun, fast experience.
If you have sauce left over after a meal, store the remainder in one or more ice cube trays and let it freeze. Just melt the sauce cubes in a sauce pan when you are ready to prepare dinner. The sauce will be very edible after it comes out of the trays.
Have you had difficulty in determining how long to grill your meat? Investing in a top-notch meat thermometer, such as an ultra-precise digital one, will let let you make sure that the meat is cooked correctly inside and out. Meat thicker than 1.5 inches should be cooked under a closed grill.
If you use less oil when you are cooking you will cut some fat and lose weight. Oil and butter is mostly fat. A nonstick spray for cooking provides many of the same results as oil; however, it does not add extra calories.
If you are trying to cook pumpkins, cut it exactly in half from top to bottom. Place each half of the pumpkin on two separate baking sheets with the cut side facing down. Sprinkle the baking sheets with water, and put the pumpkin in a 350-degree (Fahrenheit) oven for one hour.
Food is amazingly powerful; it provides the roots for all life. Use the information found in this article to become the cook you could always be.