Do you ever look and wonder how friends and family make the meals they make. This article can help you to increase your abilities as a chef!
Bake pie crusts a little longer than you would think they should be baked. The crust should have a nice golden color to be fully cooked. This golden color means that the sugar used in the crust has caramelized, giving the crust a crisp and sweet flavor.
To make slicing meat into thin strips a little easier, partially freeze it. When you are making stir fry Asian dishes, this technique for thinly sliced meat is ideal. When the meat is partially frozen, cutting becomes cleaner as the meat fibers are less likely to tear or stretch. Before you cook the sliced meat, however, you must first allow the strips to thaw.
As you season meat, you should try a cooking a little piece first. Particularly meats such as ground beef will need to be seasoned carefully. You do not want to cook the whole thing immediately after seasoning it. Instead, make a small piece in the shape of a patty and initially cook that first. Taste the cooked patty, and cook the remainder of the meat if the seasoning is just right, or make any necessary adjustments to the seasonings.
Sharp knives are a kitchen necessity. Knives that have been allowed to dull are dangerous and difficult to use. A cut is more likely when you push down hard on a dull knife that when you cut easily with a sharp one.
Many use a good number of apples for baking and cooking throughout fall and winter, but if improperly stored, they will spoil quickly. Warm air is the enemy of apples; store them in a cool area or even the refrigerator. Cull bad apples from the bag to avoid rotting more of them.
Be careful when using garlic because the flavor and aroma can be transferred to a variety of surfaces, including your hands. By rubbing your hands inside a stainless sink after handling pungent smelling foods. Not only will your hands smell better, but the next food you touch won’t have a garlicky smell.
When you make chicken stock make as much as you can. If you make a large amount of stock you can freeze it for future use. Having this delicious chicken stock on hand will be useful when you are making soups, casseroles, stews and so much more. Just cool your stock and freeze it in heavyweight Ziploc freezer bags.
Always soak skewers in water for 30 minutes before loading them with food and cooking. This way, you don’t burn them when you are cooking with them. Use two parallel skewers instead of one skewer to avoid food falling off.
If you are making a meal that requires garlic, buy fresh garlic or grow your own. Fresh garlic is sweeter, while older cloves of garlic are more pungent. If it isn’t soft, bruised or shriveled and it has some firm skin then you know that the garlic is fresh.
It would be wise to use the advice provided to you. Your loved ones will quickly be asking you for your recipes.