There is always room to become a better cook. Not even the most experienced chef is so educated that a few new tricks would not be of use to her. Amateur cooks have to learn tips that make the cooking process more simple. Read the advice in this article to find out more about cooking.
Layer your salad wisely if you are going to serve it later. Tomatoes and other juicy ingredients should be on the bottom layer and lettuce along with any other ingredients which might wilt or get soggy should be on the top.
You can salvage the work you’ve done and quickly rectify the situation with this little trick. Mix two tablespoons of water with one tablespoon of cornstarch in a small bowl. Slowly add this mixture to your simmering sauce to thicken it up. Add your starch slowly, then stir constantly to not over-thicken it.
If you are going to cook a complex meal, doing the prep work a day before can ease some stress. You can place all of your ingredients in a designated area so that you can be sure that you have all of the ingredients to prepare the dish. You can then chop fruits or vegetables and measure all dry ingredients that you need for the recipe. You will only have to get everything put together when it’s time for you to cook.
If you are trying to measure a sticky substance, cooking oil can help. Just coat your measuring spoon with an oil that has a very mild flavor (Canola is a good option). When you use that spoon to pick up the sticky substance, it will slip off the spoon, and into your mixing bowl, with ease. Peanut butter and honey can be measured this way as well.
Winter greens can be wonderful to cook with. Kale, collards and broccoli rabe taste much sweeter after the first winter frost. Avoid limp, yellowed bunches in favor of those with rich, brightly colored leaves. It’s also important that you remember to wash your greens. The leaves of greens like to hold on to dirt, so a thorough cleaning is suggested. You can submerge the greens into a bowl filled with cool water, next shake them off and continue rinsing until the water is clear.
When you want to cook your meat in strips, do it while it is slightly frozen. This is best for Asian meals such as Thai or Chinese dishes. When the meat is frozen slightly, cutting it is easier because the fibers in the muscle do not tear or stretch when slicing. To ensure the meat cooks evenly, you must let the meat strips thaw thoroughly before cooking.
Even cooks who have experience are still learning new tips so they are able to have a better day in the kitchen. Newer cooks lacking experience should try to learn as much as they possibly can about cooking. Cook a nice dish using the preceding tips and notice how your cooking experience has changed now that you have a little more knowledge.