There are a number of ways to refer to good food. Follow the tips below to develop your cooking skills.
If you are baking crusts for a pie or tart, you will probably need to bake them for a while longer than you thought. Wait until the crust turns golden rather than pale blond. The golden color is a sign that the sugars in the crust have finally caramelized.
To make your French fries crispier, let the raw potatoes soak for about half an hour in cold water prior to frying. 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.
Replacing some of your mashed potatoes with equal amounts of cauliflower is a healthy alternative, reducing fat and calories. Cauliflower has a kind of bland taste that mixes well with potatoes and the other ingredients in them. As a bonus, cauliflower is the same texture and color as potatoes, so no one will be the wiser when you improve the nutritional content and lower the caloric content of your mashed potatoes.
Garlic may be a tasty addition to your meals, but the smell that stays on your hands is a bit of a downside. By rubbing your hands inside a stainless sink after handling pungent smelling foods. While ridding your hands of the garlic odor, it will also have the added benefit of preventing its transfer to other foods, as you cook.
Ice Cube Tray
If you cooked with a sauce, save the leftover sauce in an ice cube tray that you can freeze. Just melt the sauce cubes in a sauce pan when you are ready to prepare dinner. Don’t worry; the sauce will taste delicious after being frozen in an ice cube tray!
Leaving the bone in a roast can help shorten the cooking time. The bone will retain the heat and make the meat cook faster from the inside. Once cooked, carve the bone out and serve the meat as normal.
Some ingredients can leave a rather strong odor on your cutting board. Make a small mark with a marker on one side of your board to remind you which side is for sweet items and which is for sour.
Replace your spices every six months at the very least. When a spice is kept for a while, it won’t have the same flavor. If you don’t use a spice very often, and it will go bad before you have to replace it, give some to family and friends.
To avoid mistakes like burning your food while you are cooking, it is of the utmost importance to stay organized. When your station is organized, you will be more productive. When you are disorganized, misplacing items or making food inedible becomes much more likely.
Get all your preparations done and ready before you begin cooking a meal. If you do so, you’ll save on electricity by not running an oven that you aren’t yet using. You are also adding a measure of safety by not getting distracted with another task and forgetting about a hot pan on the stove.
To truss a turkey means to tie it up with string. The advantage of trussing is that the legs and wings are held closer to the body, resulting in even cooking throughout the bird. If left untied, the turkey’s legs and wings may burn before the breasts and thighs are done.
Keep your spices and herbs in a dry, cool, dark place. Exposing them to humidity, light or warm environments will dry them out more and dissipate the flavors and aromas. This just exposes them to the elements and degrades their flavors.
Avoid overcooking or undercooking 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. The best test for a cake being fully cooked is to insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out with no batter on it, the cake has finished cooking. If the toothpick has batter on it when it is pulled out, the cake needs to stay in the oven for a few more minutes or so.
Food is the foundation of living, and in doing so it holds great potential. It’s really satisfying to create an entire meal from basic ingredients.