Learning to cook is an essential skill and it benefits everyone. Cooking your own meals is healthy and tasty and well as economical.
When you are baking pastry crusts, try increasing the cooking time a bit. Rather than pale blonde, they should have a golden caramel color. This is because the golden color lets you know that the sugar from the crust has caramelized, which give it that sweet, yet crisp taste.
In the fall, apples are often used for cooking, but if the fruit is incorrectly stored, it will spoil very quickly. Apples are extremely perishable. In a warm, dry environment, they will quickly go bad. Store your apples in an airtight container in a cool, preferably humid place. Check your apples regularly. If one apple starts rotting, the whole bag will be spoiled.
Soaking raw potatoes for 30 minutes prior to frying will produce the crispiest French fries. A cold water soak helps the potatoes stand up to the rigors of deep fat frying.
Mushrooms will soak up a large amount of water. The right way to clean the mushrooms would be by hand, using a clean, wet cloth.
Garlic is a delight to cook with, but its odor transfers very easily onto the hands. To get rid of this odor, or any other strong cooking smell, rub your hands on the inside of your stainless steal sink. The steel will clean your hands and remove the smell. You can buy stainless steel “soaps” at your local kitchen store to keep on hand.
When you store things like flour, baking mixes and sugar, you should use containers that are airtight. Using airtight containers helps food stay fresh for longer periods of time because it keeps them from air and other contaminants. They can be purchased just about anywhere and are a worthwhile investment.
If you use skewers for any of your dishes, be sure to soak skewers made of wood in water for a minimum of a half hour before using them. Being soaked in the water prevents them from getting burned when exposed to the cooking heat. Instead of cooking food on a single skewer, opt for two parallel skewers. This prevents the ingredients from sliding off into the fire.
A great source of protein for your diet can be found in beans and tofu. The vast majority of grocery stores stock both of these products. Try frying tofu and adding seasoning to replace meat. Boil beans with a sauce or herbs, or add them to a salad to serve up some additional protein.
Sauteing vegetables in a small amount of chicken broth is a healthy and delicious way to cook. This way you’ll use less oil while still giving the veggies a nice flavor. Do this and you will find that your vegetables are delicious and easy to prepare.
Following these tips can help you understand that cooking at home can be easy! When you practice you will know that home cooking is yummy and healthy, and cost effective. Also, good home cooked meals will give not only you, but your entire family, a much healthier lifestyle. Take the leap and use these tips to become a happier, healthier cook.