Have you ever found yourself wondering how your food was prepared when you dine at a restaurant? Maybe you’ve fantasized about being able to cook that well at home. The advice that follows will give you some practical pointers for not only making better versions of what you can already cook, but making new dishes, as well. Cooking is so much fun and is a relaxing hobby for lots of people.
When you are sauteing a food, make sure you do not add too much to the pan. This will create extra moisture that will act to steam the food rather than adding that crispness that comes from sauteing. Always saute over a low flame or low setting on your stove-top.
If you eat a lot of frozen corn, and are starting to get a little bored with it, try adding some extra ingredients to your corn to mix it up. Consider mixing some coconut flakes with your corn for an tasty flavor with roots in Thai cooking.
Follow your recipe in selecting the right type of potato. Potatoes can be waxy, mealy or all-purpose. Mealy potatoes are the perfect kind for mashing, as they have a texture that is dry and crumbly. This type of potato is most commonly purchased as a russet. All-purpose Yukon gold potatoes are suited for any dish. Since they do a good job of holding their shape, waxy potatoes are used in recipes that call for steaming or boiling. Good varieties are red or white potatoes.
This is an easy way to cut cinnamon rolls! It can be quite a challenge to cut your roll into beautiful slices. To make cutting through the dough easy, take a piece of thread and stick it underneath the roll in the section you’re planning on cutting. Raise the ends of the thread around the sides of the roll until they cross at the top, then quickly pull in opposite directions. Your cinnamon roll slices will be just the right shape.
Here’s a helpful tip to keep freshly made waffles and pancakes warm until it’s time for breakfast to be served. Keep your oven on ‘warm’ or at 300 degrees. Place each smaller batch on a plate in the oven while you complete the next.
Keep sauce easily by filling an ice tray with the leftovers and freezing it. You can easily take them from the freezer when needed for a meal, and quickly reheat in a saute pan. Not to worry, it freezes well and is perfectly edible when stored this way.
Always blot ground meat before cooking it. It’s always a good plan to blot away wetness that is on ground meat. Any moisture remaining will be released upon cooking. The sizzling effect will burn off the moisture. This means you meat is being steamed and not seared.
A lot of herbs and vegetables give off an odor that tends to stay in your cutting board, no matter how much you scrub it. Make a mark with permanent ink on the end of the cutting board, so you always know which side to use for the item that you’re cutting.
With the above advice you can be a better chef right at home! Be creative and keep trying new things to put together delicious meals. The variety of meals you can cook is completely unlimited, given the vast array of ingredients to use and the number of cultural traditions to draw on.