Cooking Tips That Anyone Can Use

posted on 21 Apr 2013 01:34 by damagegiant1
Cooking is a priceless skill that can improve your life in many ways. Eating meals in your own home allows you to save money and make more nutritious dishes.
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When you want to chop herbs, sprinkle some salt on your cutting board. Doing this not only adds some flavor, but it also ensures that the herbs are right where they need to be, which is on the board. Don't over-salt your foods. The salt will stick to the herbs and make their flavor stronger.

If you've been handling smelly ingredients like garlic, onions, or fish, try rubbing your hands with stainless steel for about one minute before you wash them. It does not matter if you use a spoon, a side of your stainless-steel sink, or a "soap bar" made of stainless-steel; rubbing your hand on it neutralizes the undesirable smell and freshens your hands.

It is a common mistake to overly season a dish with salt, but it can still be corrected. Simply drop a couple of peeled raw potatoes into the sauce, and allow them to simmer for approximately 15 minutes. The sliced potatoes will absorb any extra salt. For dishes with a tomato base, you simply need to add more tomatoes if you want to remove some of the saltiness of a dish.

Take extra fat out of soup or stew. Allow your stew or soup to sit until the excess fat rises to the surface. Then, skim a spoon containing an ice cube over the surface. The ice then attracts the fat which will stick to it. Some people use paper towels to blot up extra fat on a food. This can be a difficult to nearly impossible task with stew or soups that are not extremely thick and contain a lot of liquid. The paper towel might even dissolve and you’ll end up with paper in your food.

Learn how to use color as a guide to cooking. Colorful meals are usually healthier meals and are also more aesthetically appealing. Colorful garnishments can be used to boost the look and nutrition of any meal. Cherry tomatoes, carrot curls, and parsley can make any meal more appealing to the eye and the palate. Do a little experimentation with different foods and colors to produce dishes that are both awe inspiring and appetizing.

There's an easy way to save thin sauces. Start with 1 tablespoon and add more cornstarch until you reach the desired consistency. Add the mixture into sauce and set to simmer in order to thicken it. Add the mixture slowly and keep stirring to make sure it does not thicken too much.

Boiling and other long preparation methods tend to eliminate key nutrients in vegetables. Use quick cooking methods instead to maintain their healthy quality. Examples of these methods are steaming, sauteing, or the best one is to eat them raw.

Check out some hardy greens that are best during winter. Though vegetables such as kale, collards and broccoli rabe might taste bitter if harvested before the first frost of the year, after that time they will be sweeter. Choose vegetables that are crisp and have a deep bright green color, avoiding those that are yellow in color. Take your time to throughly wash the greens, because they can hold quite a bit of dirt. Soak them in water, then shake and rinse them until the water is clear.

Cooking talent does not come naturally to many, but if you know how to read and follow directions with accuracy, being an amateur chef is within your grasp. It really isn't as hard as some people think. There are no limits to what you can do in the kitchen when you implement what you've just learned.