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A lot has been said about good food. Following these tips will increase your cooking skills.
Your spices and herbs should be stored in a cool and dark area. Humidity and heat, in addition to light, will cause spices and herbs to lose their flavor. A lot of the time, you can expect an herb or a space to retain flavor for about a year. Whole spices keep their robust flavors for up to five years. Store your herbs and spices correctly, so that they will stay fresh and keep their full flavor!
Bake pie and tart crusts for a longer time than you think is really necessary. Judge their color, not the time in the oven to determine if they are done. They will be golden brown when cooked. This color means that the sugar has caramelized within the pie crust and will have a crunchy and sweet flavor.
If making stir-fry, meat must be cut on the bias and sliced thinly. This can get a little tricky and does tend to take up some time. When the meat feels firm, pull it from the freezer and cut across the grain at a 45 degree angle.
When you season meats, try cooking a little piece prior to the entire piece. Certain foods require special care when seasoning. Hamburgers, meatloaf and meatballs are examples of foods that need to be carefully seasoned. After adding your blend of seasonings, do not cook the entire portion of meat. Cook a bit of the mixture before you continue to cook the entire batch to ensure that the seasonings are correct. You are then able to decide whether to cook the rest of the meat that way, or adjust your seasoning accordingly.
People use apples for cooking many things during the holiday season, but the apples must be stored properly. To keep apples at the peak of perfection, store them in your refrigerator or basement. Make sure you take a look at them throughout the season; a simple rotten apple can easily ruin the rest of the bunch.
Garlic is a wonderful ingredient in recipes, but the smell is quite difficult to remove from your hands. After you are done working with garlic and any other odoriferous ingredients, try rubbing your hands firmly on the inside of your stainless steel sink. This will clean your hand and keep the odor from transferring to other foods you are handling.
Ice trays can be a great tool for freezing sauces. This way, when you want to make an easy meal another night, all you have to do is reheat it in a saute pan. Have no fear, for the sauce will taste great even after being frozen in the trays!
Do you have a difficult time figuring out how long you should grill your meats? A well-manufactured meat thermometer, especially a precision digital model, is always a sound method of seeing to it that the inside of your meat is cooked thoroughly. If you’re grilling especially thick slabs of meat – anything thicker than an inch and a half – bring the lid down on your grill to speed up the cooking process.
Once in awhile, burgers stick to the cooking surface making it nearly impossible to get them off in one piece. To prevent this in the future, brush a bit of vegetable oil onto the grates before adding the food.
When cooking vegetables, it is a good idea to use chicken broth. Chicken broth adds flavor to vegetables and prevents them from getting stuck to the bottom of the pan. Chicken broth doesn’t cost much, and is widely available at most grocery stores.
Food is a necessity but it can be very powerful as well. Take advantage of what you just read to impress the people who are important to you.