Cooking involves a variety of methods and techniques that come together to make delicious foods. Some are complex and some are simple. In this article you will find some simple and fast tips to generally improve your cooking, no matter what you current skill level.
Meat can easily be sliced into thin strips if it is partially frozen. This works especially well for meats to be used with Asian recipes. Freezing the meat prior to slicing immobilizes the fibers and makes for cleaner, more efficient slices. A word of caution, allow meat to completely thaw prior to cooking. This will ensure even cooking of your meat.
Season meat very sparingly to begin with and add more during the cooking process. Many foods such as hamburgers, meatloaf and meatballs need careful and specific seasoning. You do not want to try cooking the whole thing right from the get go. You should cook a smaller patty first, so that you can make sure that the seasoning is delicious. This gives you the option of cooking the entire meal with this seasoning or altering it according to taste.
Apples are a mainstay of fall and winter cooking, but they will spoil quickly if not stored properly. Store apples in a plastic bag in a cool, dry location to keep them fresher longer. Watch them, because it will only take one rotten apple to ruin the others.
Do you cook often with fresh basil? Place fresh basil into a glass. The stems should be thoroughly covered in water. You can put it on the kitchen counter and keep it for weeks. You can even promote the growth of roots if you replace the water from time to time. By cutting or trimming the basil on occasion, it will grow even further, so you can have fresh basil for quite a while.
Has there ever been an occasion where you had trouble determining how long you should grill your meat? Try using a digital meat thermometer to judge when your meat is cooked thoroughly. If the meat is any thicker than one and a half inches, you can reduce your grill time by closing the lid.
Keep in mind that tofu and beans are excellent sources of protein when you want to add more protein to your diet. Both of these protein-rich foods are available at most grocery stores. Tofu is great meat alternative when baked, broiled, or pan-fried with seasonings. Beans boiled with herbs is a flavorful source of protein.
When you cook a pumpkin, the first step is to slice in in half vertically. Place them on individual baking sheets, cut side down. Add a few tablespoons of water to the pan and roast the pumpkin for one hour in a 350 degree oven.
If you are having people over to your home to eat, and you are including a salad with the meal, allow your guests to put the dressing on themselves. Some people love dressing in great huge globs, while others like a lighter taste. Some folks don’t like any dressing at all, (or are watching their weight) so leave the dressing of salads up to your guests. Also, give a variety of different dressings.
Countless meals have been tainted by making recipes harder than they need to be. When you keep your meals simple and tasty, they are often healthier as well, without any salty or fatty additions. Using the guidelines here, you can have a good understanding of how to cook making each meal better than the previous one.