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.
Always keep your spices away from light in a cool place. Exposing spices to heat, humidity, and light will shorten their lifespan. Try to find a cool, dark cupboard if you want to increase the flavor and lifespan of your favorite spices. If you use fresh spices, your food will taste better.
Add oil to the pan on the side so when it reaches the food it is hot. This will make your food more flavorful when it is ready to serve.
Many of the most important nutrients present in vegetables are removed or destroyed with lengthy cooking methods such as boiling. Opt for quicker cooking methods instead. You can steam or saute your vegetables or eat them raw.
If you are cooking a meal for someone you want to impress, stick with something you are already familiar with. You are taking a risk if you want to try something new. When you remember to avoid these cooking situations, you are sure to experience less stress.
Do you have trouble deciding how long to grill your meat? Having a high-quality meat thermometer handy, especially a digital one, is a great way to ensure the meat you serve is fully cooked. If the meat you are cooking is thicker than 4cm, close the grill door halfway to reduce the time it takes to grill.
Try cooking your vegetables in chicken broth. Add extra flavor to your vegetables and keep them from sticking by using chicken broth instead of water. Chicken broth is easily purchased at almost every supermarket, and is quite inexpensive.
Try lowering the amount of oil you cook with if you are trying to lose weight and eat healthier. Oil and butter is mostly fat. Cooking spray is usually fat free and it help keep food from sticking to pots and pans.
Save the delicious taste of summer by drying tomatoes yourself. Just slice them when ripe to about 1/2″ thickness. Put the sliced tomatoes onto a cooling rack, and lightly salt the cut-side. Put a cookie sheet under the rack and place in the oven for ten hours at 190 degrees. Put them in plastic bags for freezer storage. You can pack dried tomatoes in a jar stuffed with organic olive oil and your favorite freshly cut herbs. Tomatoes stored in this fashion will last for two weeks in the refrigerator.
Use the tips you just learned the next time you prepare a meal. When you finally make and taste your meals you can learn that your cooking isn’t all that bad. Cooking may well become something that you enjoy and look forward to. Before long, you could be experimenting with all kinds of new recipes! Don’t be afraid to try your hand at cooking.