Cooking is an activity that just about anyone can have fun with. Are you able to purchase ingredients and follow recipe directions? Are simple pots and pans stored in your kitchen? If you answered yes to these questions, then you should have no trouble cooking. To further your culinary skills, read the tips below so that you can create great dishes for your family and you.
When you are baking pastry crusts, try increasing the cooking time a bit. Judge their color, not the time in the oven to determine if they are done. They will be golden brown when cooked. When the crust is a golden color then you know the sugar has caramalized and you will have a sweet and crispy result.
If you want to slice meat into thin strips, freeze it partially before bringing it to the cutting board. The thin sliced meat is great in many dishes including many Chinese and Thai meals. Uncooked meat is easier to cut when it is partially frozen. Make sure that you let the meat thaw before cooking, so the meat is cooked evenly.
When you add seasoning to your meats, test a little bit before you cook the whole thing. Items such as burgers, meatballs and other meat dishes need deliberate, specific seasoning. Season it mildly before you make the entire meal. It is a good idea to cook a small portion of the meat first. Once you’ve tasted the meat, change the seasoning accordingly, then cook the entire piece of meat.
Sharp knives are an important component of any kitchen. Dull knives not only make it difficult to cut foods with, but dull knives are considered dangerous to use also. Use a sharp knife and it will glide right through the items you wish to cut, without you having to put a great amount of force behind the blade.
If you boil your vegetables or cook them for too long, they will lose a lot of nutrients. The healthier way to prepare vegetables is by cooking them quickly, such as steaming or sauteing them; the most nutritious way of all is by serving them raw.
You can cook as a hobby, skill, and as a profession. The best way for you to improve your cooking ability is to learn from the great cooks and follow their advice. Try these tips out when you cook a meal for your family and watch their faces light up with joy when they realize how great your food tastes.