No matter who you are cooking for, even if it’s simply your family, you will benefit from learning new things. Knowing the right methods and techniques could turn ordinary or bland meals into spectacular feasts you will be remembered for. Get together a repertoire of your favorite tips and you’ll be a huge success in the kitchen.
Know the right care for wood cutting boards. A cutting board made from wood can crack and warp if it is exposed to excessive moisture, heat and dryness. Don’t immerse it in water. Instead, quickly wash it with soapy warm water. Oiling the wood regularly with an oil made for this purpose can help restore the board to good condition. Always allow your board to dry completely, whether it is wet or oiled.
Microwave citrus fruits before juicing to get their maximum yield. Heat your fruits in the microwave for just ten seconds or so. Take it out of the microwave and roll it across a surface, and then proceed to cut and juice it.
A nutritious way to reduce the calories from your mashed potatoes is to replace some of the potatoes with cauliflower. Cauliflower’s bland taste makes it easier for it to blend with the potatoes, so that you can’t taste it, and it picks up other ingredients. 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.
Baking mixes, flour and sugar should all be stored in airtight packaging. Bugs can creep into your food, and most food items will become stale if exposed to the open air. These are just a couple of solid reasons that you need solid containment. Airtight containers are your best friends in the kitchen. These containers are affordable and are available at most grocery stores.
When making a stir-fry dish, the meat needs to be cut into very thin slices, always on the bias. This process may take a very long time, and it takes practice. When the meat feels firm, pull it from the freezer and cut across the grain at a 45 degree angle.
Complete your prep work before you start cooking a meal. You will save gas or electricity, and you will be able to focus on one thing at a time.
Wash your dishes as you go when cooking a meal. If you have a double sink, keep hot soapy water and clear, fresh rinse water in each side of the sink. Most bowls, pots, pans and utensils are much easier to clean immediately after they’re done being used, and this will ensure that they’re ready go if you need them again during the preparation of your meal.
You have probably felt guilty for pitching moldy fruits before. Do not cut the rotten part and eat the rest. Cutting off rotten bits of fruit will not make them safer. The fruit needs to be thrown as away as some of the mold may not be visible and can cause you to become ill.
If you plan to prepare food outside for a cookout, make sure the grill itself is prepped beforehand. The charcoal will need to burn about 30 minutes before your coals are hot enough to start grilling. Your coals should be covered in ash and of a medium temperature. This is the best temperature for grilling.
A good cooking method when working with poultry is to first brine the bird. Let poultry soak in brine for one hour before you prepare it for more flavor.
When you can tell that time for cooking will be in short supply the next day, do some of your dinner prep work a day in advance. You can chop and prepare meats and vegetables for fajitas or refrigerate a casserole the night before. When you get home tired and weary, you can pop a great meal in the oven and still make your family happy!
Think of these ideas as as a starting point, and come up with your own culinary miracles. These tips will give you the knowledge and confidence necessary to make every meal a great one.