Good food is said to be a lot of things. Follow the tips here to add that special “magical” quality to all of your cooking.
Protect your spice and herb collection by storing your jars at room temperature in a dark place. If they are exposed to light, moisture, or heat, they will lose much of their flavor. Another little known fact is that ground spices tend to lose their flavor quicker than whole spices. If spices are kept whole, they could stay fresh for up to five years. Proper storage can extend their shelf life even longer.
Sharp knives are an important component of any kitchen. Dull knives not only are ineffective, but they’re also dangerous! You will be more apt to cut yourself with a dull knife than a sharp knife, as you’ll spend a lot more time trying to force that dull knife through the food you are cutting.
If you wish to have crispy French fries, then you should soak the potatoes in cool water for 30 minutes and then fry them. Letting sliced potatoes soak up additional cold fluids reinforces the fibers in the vegetable, so that when you deep fry them, they can better withstand the heat without breaking down completely.
Are you using fresh basil to cook with? Take some fresh basil and put some of it in a glass. Make sure the stems are covered by an adequate amount of water. This will allow it to stay fresh for weeks! If you replace the basil’s water enough, the basil can grow roots while in the water. To encourage growth, you can trim some of the leaves to use in your cooking.
When you use fresh ingredients, your cooking will be considerably better than if you used canned, dried or frozen ingredients. Fresh ingredients can really enhance the flavor of your meal, as well as be more economical to prepare.
They behave like sponges and absorb the water. Use a clean cloth to wipe them off.
When cooking with pumpkins, you will need to place the pumpkin upright then slice it in half right down the middle. Lay each half on it’s own cookie sheet with the cut side facing down. Add a few drops of water to each baking sheet, then allow the pumpkin to bake for about one hour at 350 degrees.
If serving salad, keep the dressing on the side, rather than pouring it on the salad. There are many people who prefer little to no dressing on a salad. If you allow everyone to apply their dressings on their own it will allow them to have the amount they like. You should also provide a large variety of dressings to serve your guests.
Think about making your own stock for more flavor. Making it in huge quantities can allow you to store the leftover in some resealable bags in the freezer. By doing this, you’ll always have homemade stock available whenever you are in the mood to cook soup. Creating your own stock can reduce preservatives in the concoction that you cook.
When boiling pasta, salt the cooking water generously. This helps to add flavor to the pasta while it is boiling. Salting cooked pasta will not have the same effect.
Explore creativity when you cook. It is not always about following a recipe letter for letter. A recipe can be greatly improved upon if you add a little of this, or take away a little of that. That makes a person a great cook!
Don’t completely drain the water after cooking pasta, save some to add to the pasta sauce. Set aside approximately one-fourth cup. When you are going to mix your pasta and sauce together, add some of the saved water. The combination of water and the starch from the pasta will give your sauce body and creaminess.
Food is amazingly powerful; it provides the roots for all life. By following these tips, you can make a positive impression on those you love with your fabulous cooking skills.