Tips About Cooking You Should Know About

TIP! bake tart or pie crusts longer that you think they should be baked. They should be golden caramel in color instead of pale blonde.

Everyone is aware that in order to survive you need food. No one wants to just survive though. Cooking something will make you feel proud, and you will enjoy your meal even more. Follow the tips given here to learn new culinary techniques and cook memorable meals.

TIP! Spices should be kept somewhere cool and dark. The shelf life of spices is greatly reduced if they are exposed to heat, humidity, or light.

Cooking with skewers may seem easy; however, there are some tips that will make your skewer cuisine delicious every time. Metal skewers will work better if they are twisted or squared.

TIP! First, freeze the meat partially. Then you can easily slice it into neat strips.

Your spices and herbs should be stored in a cool and dark area. Warmth, humidity and light will make them stale and unflavorful. As a general rule, keep your ground spices no more than one year. Whole spices usually keep their flavor for around 3 to 5 years. Proper storage will enhance the flavoring for a longer time.

Potatoes Soak

TIP! There are many things you can do ahead of time to save time during your meal preparation. You can read the recipe to find out what you can do in advance.

To make your French fries crispier, let the raw potatoes soak for about half an hour in cold water prior to frying. When your potatoes soak up cold fluids, their fibers are reinforced. This means that they will hold up better to the heat necessary for the frying process.

TIP! When you are grilling burgers, they sometimes lose their shape when they stick to your grill and become hard to remove. If, however, you brush the grill with oil, this will help prevent sticking.

If you love using fresh basil, try growing it on your own to always have it on hand. In a glass put a lot of fresh basil inside. Make sure the the stems are completely covered with water. Place the glass of basil leaves on the counter in your kitchen, and watch it keep its freshness for weeks. If you occasionally change the water, the basil will eventually grow its roots under water. Picking the leaves from time to time will cause the basil to put out new growth, so you will have a constant supply!

TIP! Think big if you plan to make chicken stock. Make a giant pot and store what you don’t use in your freezer.

Preparing a meal can be as rewarding as sitting down and eating one. Use these tips as part of your cooking routine, personalizing as you see fit. Your friends and family will enjoy your new hobby as much as you do.

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