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.
Give pie and tart crust a little longer baking time than you normally would for the best results. Wait until the crust turns golden rather than pale blond. This deeper color is evidence that the sugar has caramelized in the crust for added sweetness.
When making a stir-fry dish, the meat needs to be cut into very thin slices, always on the bias. There’s a trick to this, and it can take a little time. Take the meat out of the freezer once it gets firm, place a sharp knife at an oblique angle and start slicing.
Prolonged boiling of vegetables destroys many of the nutrients contained within them. To retain the healthy nutrients, quickly steam or sautÃÂ© your vegetables, or even better, eat them raw.
One way to make mashed potatoes retain their taste but contain a little less fat and calories is to replace some of them with equal amounts of cauliflower. The somewhat bland taste of cauliflower helps it to blend seamlessly with your potatoes while picking up 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.
Burger patties often stick to the frying pan or grill during cooking and fall apart when you try to flip them. If, however, you brush the grill with oil, this will help prevent sticking.
Wooden skewers should be soaked in water for a minimimum of thirty minutes before they are used. If you do this, the skewers won’t burn on the grill. Instead of cooking food on a single skewer, opt for two parallel skewers. This prevents the ingredients from sliding off into the fire.
Sauteing vegetables in a little chicken broth is a healthful way to cook them. The vegetables will take on the broth flavor, and reduce the oil that is used when sauteing. Try this next time you cook vegetables for a great meal.
To cook a whole pumpkin, cut an upright pumpkin in half vertically. Put each half, cut side down, on a separate baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 350 F, spray a little bit of water over the surface of the baking sheet, and bake the pumpkin for an hour.
Use these tips for your next meal. The delicious results will be well worth the effort of learning to cook. You might look forward to cooking after you start out and try brand new recipes. You may find that you can be a good cook, if you give it a try!