It is not uncommon to feel like your kitchen is a dull, uninspired place. The thing is, when treat cooking as a leisurely activity, your perception changes. Your kitchen is like an oasis, and everyone knows that when you spend some time in there, the result is going to be a delectable dish for all to enjoy. Here are a few tips to give you a few ideas.
Cooking with skewers can provide very beneficial if you use them properly. Twisted or square shaped metal skewers hold the food better than round ones will.
Store herbs and spices in an area that is cool and dark. If your spices are exposed to moisture, heat, or light they may lose their flavor. Most spices will retain their flavor for about a year. Though if you have whole spices, you will notice the flavors are strong for 3-5 years. Store your herbs and spices correctly, so that they will stay fresh and keep their full flavor!
One thing that you can do is to bake a pie or tart crust longer to optimize quality. It will help if you achieve a darker, more delicious golden caramel color, rather than stopping when the crust is still pale. This golden color means that the sugar used in the crust has caramelized, giving the crust a crisp and sweet flavor.
When adding oil to cooking food, pour it on the sides of the pan. This way, it will already be heated by the time it reaches the food. Using this method can help you to boost the flavor of foods.
Try this quick and handy trick to salvage your efforts. In a bowl, combine a tablespoon of cornstarch with two tablespoons of water. Stir the mixture into the thin sauce and it will get thicker. You need to add this solution very slowly and stir while adding so the sauce does not become too thick or burn.
Garlic is a tasty ingredient that has a flavor that can, unfortunately, transfer to your hands. After you have finished doing your prep work with the garlic, run your hands along the stainless steel interior of your sink. The steel will clean your hands and remove the smell. You can buy stainless steel “soaps” at your local kitchen store to keep on hand.
When you cook veggies, try using some chicken broth! It will keep veggies from getting stuck to the bottom of the pan and add a little flavor. Chicken broth can be bought at almost any grocery store, and is so inexpensive.
If you are intending to use skewers when you cook, do not forget to soak them in water for at least half an hour before you use them if they are wooden. This helps them avoid burning when you cook. To ensure that the food doesn’t fall off the skewer, use two skewers for each item.
Sauteing veggies in a bit of chicken broth is a healthy way you can prepare them. The broth will add to the flavor of the vegetables and cut back on the amount of oil that is typically needed to saute them. You will love this cooking style if you just give it a try!
By doing this, fruits can stay fresh all through the year. You will also have fruit handy that is not normally available during that season.
Mold these ideas into your own methods and meals and feel free to experiment whenever possible. You can make great meals that your family will appreciate and you can relax while you cook. Having cooking be a hobby can brighten your diet and your life. Your kitchen should be the place your family goes for some good home cookin’.