An Introduction To Cooking, For The Absolute Newbie

Food is an essential part of everyone’s lives. Follow the tips here to add that special “magical” quality to all of your cooking.

You can reduce the stress of preparing a large meal for family and friends by doing some of the work well before you begin cooking. Instead of panicking, do all the preparatory work a night or two before the big event is to occur. Your prep work might involve cutting up vegetables, measuring ingredients, and marinading meats.

Store your apples correctly so you can use them to cook during the winter months. Apples are extremely perishable. In a warm, dry environment, they will quickly go bad. Store your apples in an airtight container in a cool, preferably humid place. Check them frequently, since if one apple goes bad, the rest will quickly follow.

TIP! If you are seasoning meat, cook a little piece of it to test the seasoning before cooking it all. Take care when seasoning foods like hamburgers, meatloaf or meatballs.

It important to neither overcook or undercook a cake. The times on the recipe are great as a guide for cooking, but factors like elevation and various oven temperatures can effect the actual cooking time of cakes. To test for doneness, insert a clean toothpick into the center of the cake. If your toothpick is clean, your cake is ready to be taken out of the oven. However, if there is batter left on the toothpick, keep baking for a longer period of time.

If you are cooking for an important guest, resist the urge to experiment with a new recipe. Whether it’s a loved one, in-laws or a boss, you still want to give off a good impression with your cooking. Please them by cooking a recipe you are familiar with, and can cook very well.

If you’re cooking in a nonstick pan, use a spatula made from nylon, rubber, or silicone. Hard utensils such as metal can scratch the nonstick coating which destroys the whole point, and it also could add the coating to cook into your food. Not only is this nasty, but this could also be potentially harmful.

TIP! When baking crust for pie or tarts, leave them in the oven to bake a little longer than you planned. It will help if you achieve a darker, more delicious golden caramel color, rather than stopping when the crust is still pale.

Give pre-cut, raw potatoes a cold water bath for a half-hour prior to frying for crispier French fries. Letting sliced potatoes soak up additional cold fluids reinforces the fibers in the vegetable, so that when you deep fry them, they can better withstand the heat without breaking down completely.

When planning to prepare complicated dishes, do the prep work the evening before the actual cooking is to take place to minimize stress. Gather your ingredients, chop and measure the herbs or spices and double-check that you have everything you need. The next day when you have to cook your meal, all you need to think about is assembling and cooking the dish.

Enjoy your meals knowing you have provided healthy food for your family. Now that you have learned several techniques from this article, put them into practice to woo your family with home cooked meals.

TIP! When purchasing ingredients for a particular recipe, read the labels. Lots of common supplies used for cooking contain unhealthy ingredients that you didn’t even know were there.