Cooking Tips and Guide

Discover The Chef Inside Yourself Today



Do you love to eat different foods? Are sugary foods your Achilles’ heel? Is a little spicy ethnic food enough to put a spring in your step? Have you ever thought about preparing these types of dishes in your own kitchen? Learn some things and start cooking. Follow these steps so you can learn how to cook tasty meals.

Finish your prep work in advance. Save time by doing the prep work before you begin cooking the meal. When you need to create a meal within a certain amount of time it can be stressful. Prep work helps take the stress out of meal planning and preparing.

Have you felt bad before when you have had to throw away your moldy fruit? Is it possible to save the fruit by cutting the bad part out of it? It’s a shame, but partially rotten fruit can’t be saved without being unhealthy. You need to throw them away, as mold tends to grow deeper than the eye can see, and eating moldy foods can make someone quite ill.

Fresh Ingredients

Fresh ingredients are much better to use in all of your cooking than those that are frozen or dried. Use fresh ingredients whenever possible, as they make the food more flavorful, and they may cost less over the long run.

Skewers should always be soaked in cold water for a minimum of 30 minutes before they are used in cooking. If you do this, the skewers won’t burn on the grill. Prevent softer food from falling into the coals by using two parallel skewers rather than a single one.

For a high-protein diet, meat isn’t the only source available. Tofu, lentils and beans are great protein substitutes. Both of these protein-rich foods are available at most grocery stores. A delicious alternative to meat is tofu pan fried with your favorite seasonings. Boiling the beans and then including them in a hearty vegetarian chili is also a wonderful dish for a cold winter night.

Replace the standby liquids of milk and water in recipes to mix things up. Juices, beef broth, or vegetable broth can all be used as a substitute for water. You can try out buttermilk, yogurt or sour cream instead of milk. Adding different and interesting liquids to a recipe can help the dish become more interesting and nutritious.

Cooling Rack

You can dry out your own tomatoes. Simply cut them into 1/2 half inch slices, or cut lengthwise for Romas. Next, lightly salt the open sides and place them salt-side up on a wire cooling rack. Place the cooling rack on a cookie sheet and dry in a 190 degree oven for up to 10 hours. Put the tomatoes in plastic bags, and store them in the freezer. You can also pack dried tomatoes in a jar with fresh herbs and olive oil. The tomatoes will need to be refrigerated and should be consumed within a couple of weeks.

If you can recall the above ideas come time to cook, then you will arrive at a point where you will be creating a few new favorite dishes! Try different sauces and spices on your foods. You might even find a favorite food in this process! These suggestions, and your own special tastes, can help you find your way around the kitchen so you can become the best cook you can be.