It is common for people consider cooking a duty. Cooking can be very enjoyable. It can also help to contribute towards a healthier lifestyle. A good cook is always learning, and this article will hopefully enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of how to cook.
Make sure to keep herbs and spices in an area that is cool and dim.
Exposure to excessive heat, humidity, or light will affect the flavor of
dried seasoning. Ground spices typically maintain their flavor for
around a year. Spices that are not ground can keep their flavors for 3
to 5 years. If you keep these properly stored, they can sometimes stay
fresh for an even longer period of time.
Don't add the dressing until right before serving. Save time by doing
the prep work before you begin cooking the meal. When you have a
schedule as to how long you plan to be cooking, things can get a little
stressful in the kitchen. Preparing some of the ingredients ahead of
time can reduce the amount of stress you feel when it is time to prepare
A good cooking tip when you use oil is to put it on the sides of the
pan so it gets real hot by the time it hits the food. This will make
your food more flavorful when it is ready to serve.
Place meat in the freezer for a few minutes to make slicing easier.
This works well for Asian dishes, like Chinese or Thai. By partially
freezing the meat, it can be sliced with much less effort and with
little damage, too, as the fibers will will be less likely to tear.
Though, before cooking the strips, they must completely thaw.
One of the healthiest ways to cook your vegetables is to cook them on
high with a low sodium chicken broth. The chicken broth will cut down
on the fat in your vegetable dishes while enhancing their flavor. You
will thoroughly enjoy this way of preparing your vegetables.
To maintain the flavor and freshness of spices and herbs, make sure
you keep them stored in someplace that is cool and dark. Herbs and
spices stored above the range or in direct sunlight will degrade their
When you finish a turkey meal, always make sure you save what
remains. Instead, cut the turkey into smaller pieces, store it in a
container that's airtight, and freeze it. With enough leftover turkey,
you can enjoy turkey sandwiches and salads for several weeks after the
bird was cooked.
Many of the vegetables and herbs give off a strong odor which tends
to leave your cutting board smelly no matter how hard you try to scrub
it off. This can save you from eating garlic strawberries.
If you buy unripened fruits, keep them in a plastic bag fitted with
holes. As fruits ripen, ethylene gas is released. Putting them in a
perforated bag will allow circulation of the air and keep the gas
retained, thus allowing the fruit to keep it's delicious taste.
It's vital that you ensure that the utensils you cook with are clean
prior to cooking. If there is any food left on the dish after you wash
it, it could contaminate the next dish you use it in. It could promote
the spread of bacteria.
Use salt liberally in the water used to cook pasta. This allows the
seasoning to soak into the pasta, which will retain its flavor. If you
salt the pasta once it is cooked, you will not get as much flavor when
you add the seasoning.
When you want to chop herbs, sprinkle some salt on your cutting
board. This keeps your herbs on the cutting board and can add a bit of
flavor, as well. Don't add to much salt when doing this. The salt that
is used on this board gives your herbs some extra flavor because it
sticks to them.
Prep your grill in advance of your barbecue cookout. Plan to start
preparing the grilling surface about half an hour before you place food
on it. You should keep the coals at a medium heat and covered with
ashes. This is the ideal temperature for grilling.
The safest way to make sure your meat is cooked is using a meat
thermometer. Different types of meat have a certain internal temperature
that is considered safe to eat. Bacteria thrive on meats, and unless
the meat is properly and thoroughly cooked, these bacteria can remain
and cause you sickness if consumed.
Wrapping the turkey together with string is trussing. Trussing keeps
the legs and wings close to the body of the bird, so that cooking
happens evenly. If the legs and wings aren't tied down, they tend to
easily burn while the body of the bird continues to cook.
A good cooking method to consider is brine. Bring out great poultry
flavor by soaking the poultry in brine for one hour before you finish
Use ketchup as an ingredient in your fried food batter. Most people
usually only use ketchup to dip their cooked foods in, but it is
actually a great choice to dip uncooked foods into before they are
dipped into the dry coating. The tangy flavor of the ketchup adds a
nice, unexpected kick to fried foods, and it will leave your friends
begging for the recipe.
Many people know the health benefits of dark, leafy greens, though
because they are so hard to prepare, many people do not eat them often.
Removal of the tough stems may take a long time. An easy method of
removing difficult stems involves breaking the greens in half, and
pulling the stem out. If you prefer, fold the leaf in half and cut out
the stem using a knife. Once you unfold the leaf, you will have a nicely
As was mentioned, ongoing education is the hallmark of a good cook.
Enjoying cooking is much more than simply preparing food. One of the
most interesting aspects is learning about new foods and the various
ways of cooking. In addition, it means passing on your cooking knowledge
to others. Cooking is not just a skill to learn, but a gift that is
meant to be shared with others.