A lot of people view having to cook as a nuisance. The following article gives you tips on how to make cooking fun and enjoyable.
Make sure to keep herbs and spices in an area that is cool and dim. Herbs and spices can quickly lose their flavor if exposed to continuous light or heat. Generally speaking, spices that have been ground will keep their flavor for about one year. Spices that are raw, or whole, can keep the original flavor for as long as five years, though it usually falls somewhere between three and five. As long as they are stored properly, they will hold onto their flavor for several years.
If you are first embarking on a quest to prepare more of your own food, head to the nearest library or bookstore and find a cookbook with simple, basic recipes that you will enjoy preparing. Be as patient as you can be when you are learning how to cook.
Make slicing meat into strips easier by partially freezing it. If you are making Asian dishes, such as Thai or Chinese food, this is a great idea. When you freeze the meat, fibers stretch less making it cut easier. Make sure that you let the meat thaw before cooking, so the meat is cooked evenly.
When trying a new seasoning for your meat, season one small piece and sample prior to cooking the entire batch of meat. Certain meats, such as meatballs, hamburgers, and meatloaf, need to be carefully seasoned in order for them to taste great. You do not want to try cooking the whole thing right from the get go. Rather, cook a small piece first and taste it. Once you have tried your sample you can correct the seasoning or proceed with the cooking.
Boiling and other lengthy cooking processes remove some of the vital nutrients contained in vegetables. To preserve a vegetable nutritious value, cook quickly by either steaming or sauteing it. Ideally you should consume the vegetable in its raw state.
For crispier French fries, put raw potatoes into cold water and let them sit there for about half an hour before frying. A cold water soak helps the potatoes stand up to the rigors of deep fat frying.
Try adding cauliflower to your mashed potatoes to lower the fat content. Cauliflower’s neutral taste means that it blends easily with the flavor of the potatoes, butter and milk. It also mimics the texture and color of the potatoes almost perfectly letting you up your vegetable intake, and drop the calories, all the while giving the same delicious potato experience we all know and love.
Do you enjoy the flavor of fresh basil? Place fresh basil into a glass. Fill the glass with water till the stems are covered. Place the glass of basil leaves on the counter in your kitchen, and watch it keep its freshness for weeks. If you continue to refresh the water, the basil will begin to grow roots for planting. By picking leaves you will encourage the basil to put out new growth. This will ensure that you have fresh basil on an ongoing basis!
When boiling or sauteing veggies, use chicken broth instead of water. Using chicken broth will prevent the vegetables from sticking in the pan as well as add some tasty flavor at the same time. Chicken broth can be bought at almost any grocery store, and is so inexpensive.
There are no shortage of ways to make the most of your cooking experience. If you follow these tips, you can have fun with an activity that many dislike.