Baked, Boiled Or Browned: Expanding Your Culinary Abilities

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.

The prep work is a very important part of assembling a home-cooked meal for family or friends. Save yourself time and trouble by having all your ingredients ready. Organize everything so you can start cooking, including the spices and utensils. This will allow you to cook without having to worry.

Cut your meat as thin as you can if you are using it in a stir-fry. This may take some patience and it can be a bit time-consuming. Cut your meat as it is still a little frozen and cut it at a forty five degree angle, with the bias.

Garlic is a delight to cook with, but its odor transfers very easily onto the hands. A trick for getting rid of the garlic odor on your hands is to rub them on a metal kitchen sink. This trick removes the offending scent from your hands, which prevents them from migrating to the foods you touch next.

Do you wonder whether the meat you are grilling is done yet? Use a digital or other high-quality internal thermometer to check whether your meat is cooked enough. If the meat is any thicker than one and a half inches, you can reduce your grill time by closing the lid.

Instead of adding all the seasoning in one rapid burst at the beginning, add it in increments over time to give it a better flavor. This adds a more subtle and deep flavor to your food and enhances the flavors of other ingredients to the utmost.

Always measure the amount of cooking oil you use. Use only the required amount of oil necessary, and resist pouring straight from the bottle to the cooking pan, to reduce the fat content in your foods. You will also be able to monitor how much oil you will be using.

You should consider drying your tomatoes on your own. Simply cut them into 1/2 half inch slices, or cut lengthwise for Romas. Using a cooling rack, lay the sliced tomatoes with the side that is cut facing upward, and then sprinkle them lightly with salt. Then place that on a baking sheet and dry them in an oven that is 190 degrees for 10 hours. Keep the tomatoes fresh by storing them in freezer bags. Alternatively, dried tomatoes can be packed in a jar filled with olive oil and fresh herbs. Put this jar in the fridge and use it up in two weeks time.

After eating turkey, such as for Thanksgiving, never throw away leftovers. Rather, cut up the meat and store in in the freezer. This will keep the turkey fresh enough to make salads and sandwiches for a couple of weeks.

It is vital for cooks to have their supplies organized when cooking. Poorly organized supplies cause confusion and mess. Store items of a similar nature together. Keep pots in the same cupboard, for instance, or all spatulas in the same drawer.

Make sure that prior to cooking, your utensils are sparkling clean. Bits of food on your utensils could contaminate the dish you are cooking. This could cause a lot of very serious problems due to the spread of bacteria.

Dab away excess moisture from ground meat before cooking it. It is a good idea to always blot away the moisture. If the moisture is left, it will undergo its natural chemical changes whilst you are cooking. The sizzling effect will burn off the moisture. This causes your meat to steam instead of sear.

Even if a meal looks irresistible, let it sit for a few minutes after it has finished cooking. It is a little known fact that foods should rest for a short period after the cooking process. This is especially true of meats. It can be quite tempting to serve meat as soon as you pull it off the grill. Unfortunately, serving your meal immediately can take away from the taste and quality. The flavors intensify if you let the meal “rest” for a few minutes.

Cutting Board

Add a little salt to your cutting board whenever you are slicing up some herbs. This keeps your herbs on the cutting board and can add a bit of flavor, as well. Don’t put too much salt on the board, though. Don’t add salt later, either, as there should be enough absorbed when you are chopping. Any salt on your cutting board can stick to the herbs you are chopping and enhance their flavor.

Use these tips when you make your next meal. Once you eat some of your meals, you will know you did the right thing. As a matter of fact, you may even begin actually enjoying it. Once you begin enjoying it, you’ll discover yourself trying lots of new recipes. You may find that you can be a good cook, if you give it a try!