Do you ever sit in a restaurant enjoying a delicious meal, and think about how it was prepared? Have you ever tried to reproduce the meal for yourself in your own kitchen? The advice you are about to read can help you make the food you’ve always wanted to make, including new and exciting dishes. People from all walks of life enjoy the fun and relaxation of cooking.
You should slice meat thinly and also on the bias when cooking stir-fry dishes. This process may take a very long time, and it takes practice. Then take the meat of out the freezer when it has firmed up a little, but has not frozen yet, and cut the meat at 45 degrees with the grain.
This trick can save you a ton of work and it can be used immediately. Combine 2 tbsp. of water with 1 tbsp. of corn starch in a bowl. While stirring, introduce the liquid into your sauce while it is simmering. Remember to stir your sauce constantly while adding the cornstarch mixture, to avoid it getting too thick.
Sharp knives are essential to cooking. If you try to cut using a dull knife, you will have a lot of difficulty, and it can also a very dangerous. With a dull knife it is easy to slip and cut yourself because it is harder to slice the food, but a knife that is sharp makes much smoother cuts.
If you are cooking a meal for someone you want to impress, stick with something you are already familiar with. Do not attempt to whip up a new dish or use an ingredient you have never used before. Doing this will take some of the stress out of cooking.
For healthier, lower-calorie mashed potatoes, add some cooked cauliflower to your tubers. Their bland flavor blends effortlessly with the potatoes while taking flavor from the other ingredients. At the same time, cauliflowers mash into the same color and texture as potatoes, giving you a fail-proof way to add vegetables and subtract calories from a classic mashed potato dish.
Many times your burgers can stick to your grill and it could be nearly impossible to free them without destroying them. If, however, you brush the grill with oil, this will help prevent sticking.
Cater to your guests by serving salads with dressing on the side. The amount of dressing that people use on their salad will vary, so you should give them the option of adding their own dressing. Get different kinds of dressings to leave them more choices.
For the best cooking results, spices have to be replaced after six months. If you keep them longer than this, they may lose their flavor. If you know you can’t use as much as is in the package, give some to a family member or friend to keep from wasting it.
Clean cooking utensils are an absolute necessity when you start any cooking project. Any food particles left on a utensil could get into the food your are cooking, ruining the taste. This can allow harmful bacteria to spread.
The best way to prepare fresh herbs, like parsley or dill, is to bunch them together and cut them up with scissors. When cut in this way, these herbs will have a lighter, fresher appearance.
If you decide to take a shortcut and prepare boxed foods, follow the directions exactly. Wait until the macaroni is done to add the cheese. Let the dish sit for a few minutes so the cheese can melt and blend with the macaroni. Serve your dish with a nice serving spoon. Spice it up with some type of pepper!
When you are cooking, a good habit to get into is to wash the dishes as soon as you are done with them. If you have a double sink, keep hot soapy water and clear, fresh rinse water in each side of the sink. Utensils that have been used recently, will be easier to clean if you leave them in this water.
If you want to try a more advanced recipe, make it more manageable by prepping the day before. You can place all of your ingredients in a designated area so that you can be sure that you have all of the ingredients to prepare the dish. You can then chop fruits or vegetables and measure all dry ingredients that you need for the recipe. When it’s time to cook, you won’t have to think about anything else.
See to it that your herbs are stored in a dry, cool and dark area. Spices will rapidly lose flavor if exposed to heat, light or humidity. This only exposes the spices to the elements which make them lose their flavors.
Save some time on the preparation step of cooking. Many recipes include ingredients that can be prepared a few days in advance. There are certain instances in which using this method can help you create a wonderful meal. Once you start preparing your foods well in advance, you may never want to cook another way.
Potatoes are divided in different categories, and each category should be used differently. Waxy potatoes are great for boiling and potato salads while other potatoes are better for making french fries, baked potatoes and mashed potatoes. For those types of dishes, Russet potatoes are best.
Here are some new ideas for oysters. Oysters can be prepared in multiple ways even though they are typically eaten on the half shell with a smidge of lemon juice. Put opened oysters in their shells on a broiler pan, and cover with a little cream. Sprinkle them with some freshly ground pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and then broil them until they start to bubble. You could also try sauteing the oysters. You can dredge them with a small amount of flour and fry them in hot butter until they turn golden in color. Another option is to bake the oysters while they are still in their shells. Use a casserole dish to bake oysters for four or five minutes at 425 degrees, after dabbing them lightly with butter and covering them with fresh breadcrumbs. Once the juices are sizzling away, serve hot with crunchy, toasted baguette bread.
You have just read everything you need to know to become a great cook. Remember, use your imagination in the kitchen and experiment with new techniques and recipes. The variety of foods from all over the world can spark your imagination and provide limitless options.