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.
Make sure you are using the right type of potato for your dish. Potatoes are classified as all-purpose, waxy or mealy. Mealy potatoes are flavorful, crumble well and are ideal for mashing. The russet is an example of a mealy potato. A versatile, all-purpose variety is the Yukon gold. If you are looking for potatoes to boil or steam, then you should choose a potato that is considered waxy. The most common types of waxy potatoes are red and white potatoes.
If you have every considered cooking with skewers, you should keep a few things in mind. If you are choosing to use a metal skewer you can choose from round or flattened skewers. Skewers that are not round will better hold food in place on the skewer.
Put any of the unripened fruits you buy in a plastic bag with small holes on the bag. When fruits ripen, they produce ethylene gas. By using the plastic bag with small holes, you are circulating the air in the bag which allows the fruit the retain its taste.
They will act like a sponge and just soak up a lot of that water. Wipe the mushrooms off by hand with a cloth that is damp.
Skewers should always be soaked in cold water for a minimum of 30 minutes before they are used in cooking. This step will stop the skewer from burning while it is being used. You can prevent food from sliding off skewers by using parallel skewers for twice the support of the food.
When baking a cake, be sure not to over or under cook it. While the recipe or directions are a good starting point in cooking times, they may need adjustment. Factors like what kind of oven is used and elevation play a part in what the optimal cooking time will be. Use a toothpick to tell if it is done by inserting it into the cake. The cake is ready if the toothpick comes out clean; if not, let the cake bake some more.
When purchasing meats or fish, choose bone-in instead of boneless. Save the bones from cooked and raw meats in storage bags, and keep frozen until needed for stock.
When you are making a salad to take somewhere or just making one ahead of time, make it in layers. Place juicy ingredients and the bottom and place the lettuce at the top.
If you have a hectic day coming up, take care of some of the components of your meal ahead of time. Cut the veggies for tomorrows meal today so that it will be easier to make and you can relax with your family.
Hot milk can transform your mashed potato recipe. Simply add this hot milk to your potatoes prior to mashing. Using hot milk instead of cold milk will make your potatoes mash up light, fluffy and smooth. Nobody wants to eat lumpy, bland mashed potatoes.
Use these tips when you make your next meal. Once you try some of these tips, you will believe that perhaps cooking is not so difficult after all. In fact, you might start looking forward to it; ultimately, you might find yourself trying all kinds of recipes and dishes. Try cooking!