When you are first learning to cook, you have to begin someplace. Not all of us have the natural capability to cook. That said, everybody has the ability to learn how to cook. With the right basics and a few secrets, you can become a great cook. Below, you will find some helpful tips that will get you going in the right direction.
Bake pie and tart crusts for a longer time than you think is really necessary. The color should be a darker caramel instead of the pale blond so many people do. The color on your pie signifies that the caramelizing process is complete in your crust, yielding a scrumptious dessert.
Anytime you use meat for a stir-fry, make sure to slice the meat as thinly as you can and make your cut on the bias. It takes a little practice and time to get it right. Take the meat out as soon its gets firm (not frozen), then cut it across the grain at a forty-five degree angle.
Allow the oil to heat up in the pan before adding your food. Doing so will maximize the flavors of the food you are cooking by keeping them inside the food.
Always taste a cooked sample of you dish before cooking the rest of the meat. Foods like meatballs, hamburger and even meatloaf may require careful seasoning. You should not cook the whole dish after it has been seasoned. Cook a bit of the mixture before you continue to cook the entire batch to ensure that the seasonings are correct. After doing this, you can either adjust the seasoning to better suit your tastes, or just continue to cook the meat as is.
Try adding cauliflower to your mashed potatoes to lower the fat content. You will not even taste the cauliflower in with the potatoes, because it is so bland. Cauliflower is also the same texture and color of potatoes when mashed so it’s a great way to add more veggies, while lowering calories from classic mashed potatoes.
Be careful when using garlic because the flavor and aroma can be transferred to a variety of surfaces, including your hands. To get rid of this odor, or any other strong cooking smell, rub your hands on the inside of your stainless steal sink. Hands will then be clean, and odors will not be transferred on.
Ice trays can be a great tool for freezing sauces. You can easily take them from the freezer when needed for a meal, and quickly reheat in a saute pan. The sauce is still good after it is frozen.
Make big portions when preparing stock. Plan to make a big pot of stock so you can freeze and store it. You can use the stock as a base for all kinds of soups or even casseroles. Simply cool the stock, and then freeze it into Ziploc, heavyweight freezer bags.
Always use fresh garlic to get the full flavor in your dish. Generally, garlic will taste sweeter if it’s fresher. You can recognize fresh garlic from its firm skin and lack of bruises.
If you need to cook a roast quickly, do not remove the bone. The roast will get done sooner because the bone will direct the heat right to your roaster. When you are done cooking the roast cut it off the bone.
You may not think you can be a good cook, but by simply following recipe steps closely, you can learn to be a great cook. Learning how to cook is not as hard as you think. Just remember the advice you learned here, and you’ll be on your way.