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.
Your spices and herbs should always be stored in a cool and dark place. If they are exposed to light, heat or humidity, they will lose much of their flavor. It has been found that ground herbs and spices maintain their flavor for roughly a year. It is possible for whole spices to hold their flavor for several years. Store your spices correctly to make them last.
If you are looking for new ideas for meals to prepare for yourself or your family two great places to look are the library and the internet, where you can find a vast array of options. Try your hand at some of the recipes, remembering that patience is key during the learning process.
If making stir-fry, meat must be cut on the bias and sliced thinly. Perfectly sliced meat takes time and patience, though. Remove the meat when it is firm (but not frozen) and slice at a 45 degree angle across the grain of the meat.
Even if you have screwed up in this way, there is a fix that will still let you use it right away. Combine 2 tbsp. of water with 1 tbsp. of corn starch in a bowl. Add this mixture to the sauce while it simmers in order to thicken it up. When adding, do so gradually and continue to stir so as to avoid making your sauce too thick.
To make slicing thin strips easier, you need to freeze the meat slightly first. If you are making Asian dishes, such as Thai or Chinese food, this is a great idea. If the meat is partially frozen, its texture is maintained nicely, even when sliced into thin strips. Though before cooking the meat strips, make sure you let them thaw completely. This allows for even cooking.
Are you preparing a dish with fresh basil? If so, put lots of fresh basil into a glass. Make sure the stems are in water. Keep it on the kitchen counter and it should stay fresh. The basil will grow roots if you occasionally change the water. Occasional pruning of the basil might instigate even more growth, which means you can have a steady supply of fresh basil even longer.
Have you had difficulty in determining how long to grill your meat? When grilling, use a good quality meat thermometer. A digital thermometer is best and will ensure that meat is cooked thoroughly and safely. For a steak, or any other meat, that is more than one and a half inches thick, you can speed up the cooking time by covering it with the grill lid.
Whenever you are storing flour, sugar or any other baking mix, you should always use an airtight container. These containers keep your food safe from pests and help your items stay fresh by sealing out the unwanted air. These can be bought at almost any store.
The tips you just read about, can be put to good use if your incorporate them into your meals. Once you try them, you’ll be assured that cooking isn’t that bad after all! Consequently, you may wind up craving it and, eventually, you might enjoy experimenting with a variety of recipes and foods. Try having fun with cooking today!