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Navigating Your Kitchen With Ease: Cooking Tips And Advice

Are you baffled by the meals that your loved ones are able to make? The following article can make anyone a better cook.

Store herbs and spices in an area that is cool and dark. Their flavors are weakened by heat, light and humidity. Most ground spices will keep their flavor for at least one year. Spices that have not been ground may still be worth using for three years or a little more. As long as they are stored properly, they will hold onto their flavor for several years.

TIP! The prep work comes first. The prep work should be done before you even start cooking.

Pie crusts and tart crusts should be cook a bit past the point that you think they should be cooked. Wait until the crust turns golden rather than pale blond. The deep caramel color demonstrates that the sugar has melded with the other ingredients, giving you an optimal flavor.

When preparing a meal for someone who is important such as a new date or your boss, you should cook something that you are really good at making. Avoid the temptation to try a new dish or ingredient. This can lessen the stress of your cooking.

Quickly cooking veggies is preferable to slow-cooking methods. Using a slow cooking method is sometimes suggested, but the results are less nutritious and don’t taste as good. You have an added bonus, because these certain techniques make vegetables healthier in general. Learning to give them just a quick steam is the best way to cook them.

TIP! When you are going to cook, make certain all the knives are sharp. Dull knives are hard to cut with and they are also dangerous.

Garlic may be a tasty addition to your meals, but the smell that stays on your hands is a bit of a downside. To remove the odor, simply take your hands and rub them against the sides of a stainless-steel sink. This works for garlic and for other foods that leave behind a strong odor on your hands. This cleanses you hands thoroughly to avoid transferring the flavor of garlic to other foods.

Have you had difficulty in determining how long to grill your meat? It is always good to use a meat thermometer to determine when your meat is properly cooked. A good rule of thumb to reduce the total cooking time is to always close the grill lid whenever the thickness of the meat exceeds 1.5 inches.

Sometimes, your burgers can stick onto the grill. This makes removing them extremely difficult or impossible without compromising their shape. You should brush a thin layer of vegetable oil over the grill before you begin cooking. This will keep the food from becoming stuck to the grill surface.

TIP! Certain methods of preparing vegetables, such as boiling, can reduce their nutrients, due to the length of cooking time. To retain their nutritional value, saute or steam them.

This will allow your fruits to stay fresh and delicious for long periods of time. You also have the added benefit of having fruits out of season whenever you want them.

Salad Dressing

Cater to your guests by serving salads with dressing on the side. Some people like to put more salad dressing on their salads than other people do; let your guests put their own salad dressing on. Your guests will also enjoy having a variety of dressings from which to choose.

TIP! Have you ever needed to throw away moldy fruit and felt guilty about it? Can you save the rest of the fruit if you cut away the moldy, rotten part? You can’t save a piece of fruit that has begun to rot. Throw half-rotten fruit away, because mold can go much deeper than your eyes can see; you can get very sick from eating food with mold.

Avoid cooking with a wine that you ordinarily would not find palatable to drink. If you use a kind of wine you’ve never tasted before, you may mess up the flavor of the dish you’re working on. Look for wines that are specifically used for cooking.

Any time you are faced with a large amount of leftover turkey, don’t be tempted to throw it in the garbage. Chop or slice the leftover meat, store it in a zippered bag or other airtight container, and stash it in your freezer. The turkey will be more fresh after a couple of weeks when doing this. It is great in a sandwich or a salad.

Look for different opportunities to use these tips. After some practice, your family and friends will want to know how you do it.

Bubbly Chef author

I'm Hayley. I'm the bubbly chef because food is always a celebration! I love wine, holidays and tasty food. It's so much fun to get together with friends over good food & drink. Whether it be at home or out on the town, you'll find me taking notes in the kitchen!