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 every considered cooking with skewers, you should keep a few things in mind. Metal skewers will work better if they are twisted or squared.
People mainly use plenty of apples in cooking during the winter and fall months, but if not stored properly they quickly go bad. Store apples in a plastic bag in a cool, dry location to keep them fresher longer. One rotten apple will spoil the bunch so keep a close eye on them while stored.
For crispier French fries, let raw potatoes stand for 30 minutes in a cold pot of water. Soaking potatoes accomplishes two important things for your French fries; it takes out sugar and starch during the soaking process.
This type of seasoning can be added to all types of foods other than meat. Sprinkle it on roasted pumpkin seeds to create a savory snack, or add it to your scrambled eggs. People will be asking you for your secret ingredient!
When you are cooking with garlic, you may notice that your hands will pick up the strong smell. To get rid of this odor, or any other strong cooking smell, rub your hands on the inside of your stainless steal sink. Rubbing your hands on the stainless steel, helps remove the odor from your hands, so that every other food you touch does not smell like garlic also.
Guessing how long food will take on the grill is nearly impossible. It is always good to use a meat thermometer to determine when your meat is properly cooked. If the meat is any thicker than one and a half inches, you can reduce your grill time by closing the lid.
When you are grilling burgers, they sometimes lose their shape when they stick to your grill and become hard to remove. Because of this, you should use vegetable oil to brush the grill prior to cooking so that you can prevent the meat from sticking.
When serving salads to guests, it is a good idea to leave the dressing on the side of the salad rather than on it. Some people love dressing in great huge globs, while others like a lighter taste. Some folks don’t like any dressing at all, (or are watching their weight) so leave the dressing of salads up to your guests. Your guests will also enjoy having a variety of dressings from which to choose.
Try drying your own fresh tomatoes. Start by cutting full-sized tomatoes into 1/2″ slices or by halving Roma tomatoes. Put them on a rack with the cut side up and add sufficient salt. Set your oven to 190 degrees, place the rack on a baking sheet and let the tomatoes dry in the oven for approximately 10 hours. Put the tomatoes in plastic bags, and store them in the freezer. You can put the dried tomatoes with fresh herbs in a jar with olive oil to preserve them. Place this in the refrigerator and be sure to use it within 2 weeks.
Try these tips to cook your dishes. 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. Try cooking right now!