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.
Try baking dishes that are oily, versus microwaving them when they need reheated to avoid greasy messes. The microwave process causes oil to overheat while the other ingredients barely warm, creating splatters and other time-consuming messes. Instead, baking is slower and applies heat more consistently, which warms the entire dish together for a more cohesive flavor.
Use a strainer spoon to remove fat from the top of cooled stew and soups. If you have prepared a soup or stew that has a lot of fat in it, try this trick. Allow the meal to become completely cool; any fat will slowly rise to the top. If you donâ??t want to wait for your soup broth or stew to cool to remove some of the excess fat, you can put a piece of ice on a slotted spoon and skim the spoon across the top. The cooled fat will adhere to the spoon and ice cube. The ice will attract the fat. Rather blot the fat with a paper towel.
If you buy unripened fruits, keep them in a plastic bag fitted with holes. As the fruits get ripe, they’ll give off ethylene gas. If you put them in a perforated plastic bag, the air can circulate and assure that the gas is retained, keeping the fruit fresh and tasty.
Prepare everything you need before starting to cook. By doing this, you avoid the hassle of making it through half of a recipe and realizing you are missing a key ingredient. It takes much less time to plan everything out in advance than it does to stop in the middle of cooking to search for that necessary ingredient.
Buy a high-quality meat thermometer to check the cooking temperature of your meats prior to removing from the stove. There is a minimum internal temperature to which a meat needs to be cooked so that it is safe to eat. If your meats are not cooked to the proper temperature, bacteria can stay alive within the meat and make you and your family sick if they are consumed.
Try some of these handy tips the next time you make a meal. After your first taste, you will realize that cooking is not such a bad thing after all! Actually, you might like it enough to make a hobby out of it, and find yourself making all sorts of new dishes. Try cooking!