Many people view cooking as a massive inconvenience or a chore. The following article will demonstrate how you can nurture your inner chef.
Partially freeze meat to make slicing into thin strips easier. This technique is especially important if you are making Oriental dishes. By partially freezing the meat, it can be sliced with much less effort and with little damage, too, as the fibers will will be less likely to tear. To ensure the meat cooks evenly, you must let the meat strips thaw thoroughly before cooking.
Apples are a popular choice for eating in autumn or winter, but they will spoil if not properly stored. Dry warm air rots apples, so keep them cool in a basement or loosely wrapped in the fridge. Remember the rule, one bad apple will spoil the bunch.
Pie crusts and tart crusts should be cook a bit past the point that you think they should be cooked. Your objective is to cook them past the point of being pale blonde, to the point where they become a golden caramel color. The darker color results when the sugar from the crust has started to caramelize and will have a much sweeter and crisper flavor.
There are few things more frustrating in grilling than going to flip a burger and finding that it has stuck to the grill. Consider brushing the grill with vegetable oil before cooking to prevent food from sticking to the grill.
If you are trying to lose weight or lower your cholesterol, try to decrease the amount of fat in your diet. Oil and butter provide a lot of un-needed fat. A god nonstick spray is a wonderful substitute for the oils and fats that you are using.
If you want to add flavor to your dishes, use a liquid other than milk or water. You could use chicken broth or juice, instead of water. Instead of milk, try sour cream, yogurt or buttermilk. Substituting the liquid in a dish can add nutrient content, flavor or both.
When you are making stir-fry dishes, make certain the meat is thinly sliced on the bias. This can be a bit difficult, and it takes some time to do it right. Remove the meat when it is firm but before it freezes, and cut at an angle of 45 degrees against the grain.
Any food that needs seasoning should have the seasoning added while the food is being cooked. This way, you’re giving the food most of the flavoring and are making the best from your ingredients.
When you are planning to prepare a salad for guests, leave the dressing on the side. The amount dressing that people prefer on their salad varies so allow guests to add their own dressing. Give them a choice of salad dressings.
Choose a bone-in roast if you are short on cooking time. The bone helps distribute the heat throughout the roast. When done cooking, carve the bone out of the roast and serve.
Consider adding oil to your pan’s side, rather than in the middle, so that your food is already heated when they come into contact. This will enhance the flavor of the dish when it is finished cooking.
As we have discussed, there are a large variety of things you can do to make cooking much more fun and enjoyable. Use this advice to start cooking creatively, you will find that it’s actually fun!