It is common sense that all human beings need food in order to survive. Just eating “survival food” gets boring fast, though. Cooking great food can be even more rewarding than eating good food. Here are some things you can use to bump your cooking skills up a notch.
While it may be tempting to show off your culinary talents when entertaining a new love-interest or your boss, you will do best if you keep to a menu you are familiar with, and has already garnered rave reviews. Don’t try to create a new dish when you’re not experienced in cooking it already. This makes cooking less stressful.
Do as much cooking prep work as you can ahead of time to minimize the stress you experience in the kitchen. This way you will always have what you need ready when you need it. Collecting all items needed before cooking doesn’t require any additional time, and it can save time and needless effort later on.
Saute vegetables in some chicken broth for a healthier option. Broth adds flavor to the vegetables while reducing the quantity of oil necessary for sauteing. This is a wonderful way to cook, and enjoy, your vegetables.
It is extremely important to prepare your ingredients before you begin cooking your meal for a group. Double-check to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients. Check the day before you start to cook to make sure that you have everything that you need to cook the dish you have planned. Having everything ready will take some of the stress off and increase the chances of your success.
Layer salads so that juicier ingredients are on the bottom and crisp ingredients are on the top. Those with the highest water content should be at the bottom while the top should have those inclined to wilting, such as lettuce or other leafy greens.
Fresh fruits, including bananas, apples and peaches will quickly turn brown if left exposed to the air after being cut open. Dipping the fruit in a mixture of salt water and lemon will help to stop the fruit from browning. Cut fruits can also be dipped in pineapple juice for a similar effect. As a rapid dip will suffice, you don’t need to immerse the fruit.
For crispier French fries, you should chill the peeled potatoes in water for 30 minutes or more before frying them. Soaking the potatoes helps to make the fibers within them stronger, which makes them better able to handle the heat during frying.
Learning to enjoy cooking is almost as good as eating what you make. Use this tips as part of your cooking regimen, adding your own touch to them if you would like. Improving your culinary prowess will cause others to beg for your home-cooked snacks at every get-together.