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.
If you keep herbs and spices handy, make sure you are keeping them in a dark, cool area. Their flavors are weakened by heat, light and humidity. Ground herbs and spices will retain their flavor for about a year. Whole spices may keep their flavors, possibly, three years or longer. Storing spices in glass containers with a tight-fitting lid will keep them best.
If you can, do all the preparing of the meal’s ingredients in advance. It is essential to have all prep work finished before it’s time to begin cooking. When you have a schedule as to how long you plan to be cooking, things can get a little stressful in the kitchen. Begin your meal preparations as soon as possible to avoid last minute stress.
When making a stir-fry dish, the meat needs to be cut into very thin slices, always on the bias. Very often this is difficult to master and takes a lot of time. Wait for the meat to get slightly firm and remove it from the freezer, then slice diagonally, cutting across the grain at an angle of roughly 45 degrees.
Add oil to the pan on the side so when it reaches the food it is hot. Doing so will maximize the flavors of the food you are cooking by keeping them inside the food.
Use these tips when you make your next meal. The moment your first home-cooked meal hits your palate, you will begin to understand just how joyous cooking truly can be! You may find that you actually begin to look forward to cooking your meals. Get ready to discover the joy of cooking!