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.
This trick can save you a ton of work and it can be used immediately. Combine two tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of cornstarch in a bowl and mix. Stir this mixture into the thin sauce and it will thicken up. For sauce that is too thick, add liquid until your sauce is at the desired consistency.
Meat can easily be sliced into thin strips if it is partially frozen. If you are cooking an exotic dish that requires thinly sliced meat, this is the best way to do it. If the meat is partially frozen, a sharp knife will create perfect thin strips, as it will be less likely to tear or stretch the meat fibers. After you have sliced the meat, allow it to thaw out before cooking. This keeps the meat cooking evenly.
Let raw potatoes soak in some cold water for a half hour prior to frying them to increase the crispiness of French fries. Soaking the sliced potatoes in cold water strengthens the potato fibers so they will not break down so much when you fry them in the hot oil.
To reduce fat and calories in mashed potatoes without sacrificing texture or taste, replace some of your potatoes with an equal amount of cauliflower. Cauliflower does not have a strong taste and will be virtually undetectable when mixed with the potatoes and other ingredients. When they’re mashed, cauliflowers have the same appearance and consistency as potatoes, too. Adding a little cauliflower can take calories out of your favorite mashed potato recipes and add in a little vegetable goodness, too.
Ice Cube Trays
Save time and money by freezing leftover sauce in ice cube trays in the freezer. When you need sauce for another meal, you already have individual portions, ready to grab and reheat in a pan. Do not worry, the sauce will still be edible after it has been in the ice cube trays!
Read the nutrition facts, even for raw ingredients you purchase. You might be surprised how many common cooking implements have ingredients concealed within that are unhealthy. Some things to check for include high levels of sugar or sodium, as both are common contributors to many health problems.
If you are preparing a recipe that calls for milk or water, try substituting with an alternate liquid to add new flavor to your meals. Use chicken broth, beef, or juice in places where you would normally use water. Substitute sour cream, buttermilk or even yogurt in place of regular milk. Changing liquids can improve the nutrition of the dish and make it more lively.
Start using these tips as you cook. Once you try them and experience how good your dishes taste, you will begin to love cooking even more! You may even start to enjoy the time you spend cooking and be willing to try some new recipes to expand your daily menus. Try cooking right now!