You need to develop skill in order to get better. Whether you are learning to cook out of desire or necessity, you will find great value in this skill. Here are some wonderful ideas to lead you down a tasty path.
Being organized is a key step when planning to prepare a meal for family or friends. Make sure that you have all of the ingredients available. Get out everything that you’ll need including the ingredients and utensils a day ahead of time. This can seriously reduce stress and anxiety levels.
There’s a neat trick you can use to save your sauce. Mix two spoons of water and one spoon of corn starch in a bowl. Continually stir the sauce while adding corn starch slowly. Make sure not to add the corn starch too quickly; keep stirring and stop when the sauce is thick enough.
Make slicing meat into strips easier by partially freezing it. This works especially well for meats to be used with Asian recipes. There’s less tearing of the semi-frozen meat as it’s cleanly sliced. Make sure that you let the meat thaw before cooking, so the meat is cooked evenly.
When you are seasoning meat, try a small piece prior to adding seasoning to the entire thing. Many meats require seasonings that are carefully chosen. Once you add seasoning, it is not wise to cook all the meat. Just cook a small piece formed into a patty. Then, you could either cook it like that or add more seasonings accordingly.
Make sure you are using sharp knives to prepare your food. Knives are actually more dangerous when they get dull, because they get harder to control. You could easily cut yourself if you are trying to cut something up with a dull knife.
Do you regret having to throw out old fruit? Do you think it is accepted practice to salvage the fruit by removing the rotting parts? There is no way to salvage fruit that has begun decomposing. Fruit with any mold on it must be discarded because it contains unhealthy organisms.
If you have made sauce, put the leftovers into an ice cube tray and freeze. When you’d like to make a quick and easy meal later on, you just have to pop out a few cubes of sauce and reheat them in a pan. The sauce will remain edible even after being in an ice tray.
When making food that relies on seasonings, use some every few minutes, versus using it all at the start. Your food will taste as flavorful as ever if you season it this way.
When you are planning to prepare a salad for guests, leave the dressing on the side. The amount of dressing that people use on their salad will vary, so you should give them the option of adding their own dressing. Give them a choice of salad dressings.
Save the delicious taste of summer by drying tomatoes yourself. Just slice them when ripe to about 1/2″ thickness. Put them on a rack with the cut side up and add sufficient salt. Next, position a full rack on a baking sheet in an oven preheated to 190 degrees. Dry for approximately 10 hours. They can then be stored in plastic freezer bags in your freezer. Alternatively, dried tomatoes can be packed in a jar filled with olive oil and fresh herbs. This will be good for up to two weeks, and should be refrigerated during that time.
It’s necessary for a cook to organize all cooking supplies. If they are not properly organized, you will wind up rummaging around to find what you need. Group similar items together, and keep them in the same area. For instance, spices can be placed in the same compartment.
Wait a few minutes before you serve a meal to allow the food to sit for a bit. A lot of people don’t understand the importance of letting a meal sit for a while. It can be tempting to serve a meal straight off the grill. You are not serving your food at its finest if you do this. Always allow your meat sit for about 5 minutes before eating.
Use your creativity as much as you can. You do not have to follow a recipe to the “T”. When you’re comfortable with the recipe, play within it to see what can be reduced, increased, or added for a better taste or texture. That is the definition of a true cook!
If you’d like to boost the flavors in your pasta sauce, it’s important to save the water you use to cook the pasta itself. Save about one quarter cup of this water. The water should be added to the sauce and pasta mixture. Amalgamation will take place in your sauce when you add the pasta water. The starch will give it the “creaminess” you desire.
When you are sauteing a food, make sure you do not add too much to the pan. The excess moisture can steam the food versus sauteing, minimizing the chances that you will get that crispness you want. Make sure you do this at a low temperature as well.
By now you are hopefully chomping at the bit to get started. Take the ideas from this article, and let them inspire you to cook some incredible dishes. It doesn’t matter what made you decide to start cooking, but you will surely appreciate serving a meal you made all on your own. It is true that there is some skill involved. However, it will be well worth the effort when you get a taste of your delicious meal.