TIP! When preparing meals at home, you must use sharp knives for best results. Dull knives not only make it difficult to cut foods with, but dull knives are considered dangerous to use also.
Do you love all sorts of food? Do you have a sweet tooth? Are you crazy about unusual ethnic dishes? Have you ever contemplated how to prepare or cook these types of meals at home? You do not have to think about this any longer. Use this article as a guide, and start discovering how easy it is to cook delicious meals.
TIP! Are you preparing a dish with fresh basil? Put a bunch of fresh basil in a glass. Fill with water to cover the stems.
Herbs and spices should be stored in an area of your kitchen that is cool and dark. Exposure to humidity, light and heat all affect the flavor of your spices. Herbs and ground spices usually retain their flavor up to a year. It is possible for whole spices to remain flavorful for up to five years. They’ll last longest when stored properly.
TIP! When you are making chicken stock, think in terms of high volume. If you cook a big pot of stock, you can freeze it for later.
Spices should be stored in a cool and dark place. If the spices become too hot, or moist from humidity, it can shorten their shelf life. Too much light exposure also does this. Storing your spices in a cool location far from direct sunlight will help them last longer and taste better. Your culinary preparations will taste better if your spices are fresh.
TIP! When seasoning food, add it in to the dish a little at a time instead of throwing it in there all at once. By doing it this way, you are giving your food the most flavoring you can and you are making the most out of your ingredients.
Try to cook the foods that you are talented at when you are cooking for a special event. Stay away from using new ingredients, or a new recipe. Preparing a meal that you are comfortable with can really help to reduce your stress level.
TIP! Any time you are faced with a large amount of leftover turkey, don’t be tempted to throw it in the garbage. Rather, cut up the meat and store in in the freezer.
Many use a good number of apples for baking and cooking throughout fall and winter, but if improperly stored, they will spoil quickly. Warm, dry air rots apples, so they need to be stored in loosely tied bags, and then placed in the fridge or cool area. Keep checking on them though, otherwise one rotten apple will spoil the bunch in no time at all.
TIP! Twice a year, you should buy all new spices. Many times, spices are kept for too long, and they lose their flavor.
Crispier fries come from potatoes that have been left to soak in ice cold water for about 30 minutes. Soaking potatoes accomplishes two important things for your French fries; it takes out sugar and starch during the soaking process.
TIP! Use only a very small amount of fat when sauteing a food. The moisture from the large pool of oil will douse the food you planned to saute and make a greasy, limp mess.
When you are cooking, use fresh ingredients instead of frozen or dried ones for the best results. Use fresh ingredients as much as you can, because they add better flavor to your dish and tend to be a lot cheaper.
TIP! Avoid overcooking or undercooking a cake. The recommended cooking times can give beginner bakers a general idea of how long to bake the cake, but these guidelines can be inaccurate because elevation and other factors have to be taken into account when determining how long to leave the cake in the oven.
When you make chicken stock, a good piece of advice is to make it in a big quantity. Fill a large pot of stock and freeze it for later. Many great recipes including soups, casseroles and stews call for a base of chicken stock. Just cool your stock and freeze it in heavyweight Ziploc freezer bags.
By doing this, a year-round supply of fresh fruit can be maintained. You’ll also be able to enjoy fruits out of season when the mood strikes you.
TIP! There is not just one kind of potato, and each kind works best in different recipes. For boiling and for use in potato salad, the waxy varieties will work best.
When seasoning your food, add the seasonings gradually rather than dumping it all in at once. If you do it in this manner you can flavor your food the best way and use your ingredients in the best way.
TIP! While it’s natural to want to impress guests with a fancy meal, stay away from new recipes when you will be serving someone important. Whether it may be a boss, new in-laws or a love interest, you want to make a good impression with them by the way you cook.
Do not use wine for cooking that you have not tasted. Using a wine that you are not familiar with in your food can cause you not to like the flavor that’s produced. There are cooking wines available.
TIP! Here are some new ideas for oysters. The most common way to eat oysters is to pop them into your mouth raw with a dash of lemon juice.
You can make many preparations a day in advance to keep serving a family dinner from getting overwhelming. Try cutting up onions and vegetables, making a sauce or marinating the meat before you go to sleep in the evening. With far less work left, you’ll be eager to pick up where you left off at dinner time.
TIP! Being responsible for a meal that will feed a large number of guests can be extremely stressful. Instead of panicking, try and do all your prep work the night before.
Make your own dried tomatoes. Cut tomatoes in thick slices or in half, depending on their size. Put the tomatoes, cut-side up, onto a cooling rack and give them a light salting. The rack should then be placed on a baking sheet in an oven set to 190 degrees for no more than 10 hours. Store in plastic bags in the freezer. You can pack dried tomatoes in a jar stuffed with organic olive oil and your favorite freshly cut herbs. Place in the refrigerator and consume within two weeks.
TIP! If you are frying something, try using ketchup in the batter. Ketchup may be used for dipping veggies and chicken into prior to them being dipped in breadcrumbs.
Unripened fruits should be placed into a plastic bag with holes in it. As a fruit becomes ripe, it puts off ethylene gasses. When air is allowed to reach the fruit, the gas will not escape, thereby maintaining its flavor and freshness for a longer period of time.
TIP! Even though leafy greens are healthy, they are hard to cook. Taking out the tough stems may be tedious.
Macaroni and cheese can take on many forms and varieties, but you’ll get the best results by simply following the instructions on the box. The macaroni cooks perfectly when you do this and is nothing short of spectacular after the nice, creamy, melted cheese is poured over the noodles. Use a non-slotted spoon to serve macaroni and cheese. You can even add some pepper to give you macaroni a little kick!
TIP! Find ways to make your family’s standby vegetable choices more exciting. By stirring some flaked coconut into your corn, you can enjoy a Thai-style dish that everyone will love.
For more flavorful dishes, make your own stock. If you cook large quantities, you could store the leftovers in resealable bags inside your freezer. This way you will always have flavorful homemade stock on hand when you want to make soups or other dishes. When you prepare your stock from scratch, you will be certain that it is 100% natural, not loaded with preservatives.
TIP! Layer salads so that juicier ingredients are on the bottom and crisp ingredients are on the top. Put the juiciest components at the bottom.
To make pasta sauce even more delicious, save some of the water you boiled the pasta in. Set aside a small amount of the water, about one quarter cup. While mixing the sauce and pasta, add the pasta water into the mix. Amalgamation will take place in your sauce when you add the pasta water. The starch will give it the “creaminess” you desire.
TIP! To have more juice come out of your citrus fruit, microwave the fruit some before juicing. A quick zap in the microwave for about ten seconds is all you need with oranges, lemons, limes, and other citrus fruits.
By taking these hints on board, you’ll be that much closer to creating delicious and tasty meals that everyone will enjoy! Remember with cooking it is always important to embrace your creativity, by trying new things and ingredients. In the course of experimentation, you might even stumble across a new food that will become your favorite! Use these hints and tips – and your discriminating palate – to become a proficient chef and whip up delectable and nutritious meals.