Good food can mean many things to different people. Take this advice to become a better cook.
Before cooking with skewers there are a few things that you need to know. Try to buy twisted or other shaped skewers when they are metal, the food will stay on.
Spices and herbs should be stored in a dark and cool area. Warmth, humidity and light will make them stale and unflavorful. Herbs and spices that are ground usually remain flavorful for a year. Whole spices have a longer shelf-life and can hold their flavor for about three years. If you keep these properly stored, they can sometimes stay fresh for an even longer period of time.
Give pie and tart crust a little longer baking time than you normally would for the best results. The crust should turn a golden color, not simple blonde. The darker color results when the sugar from the crust has started to caramelize and will have a much sweeter and crisper flavor.
When you need to add oil and your food is already cooking, add it on the sides of the pan so that it will heat as it rolls towards the food. Having the oil at the right temperature when you cook with it will make the flavors pop.
Vegetables should be cooked rapidly to obtain peak results. With slower cook times, the overall value of the vegetables is decreased, mainly taste and nutrition. These speed-cooking techniques usually produce vegetables that are more nutritious overall. Cooking vegetables as quickly as possible is key to preserving their nutrients.
Mushrooms will soak up a large amount of water. So, in order to clean them, wipe off each mushroom with a clean, wet cloth.
Garlic aromas can transfer to your hands and be hard to get rid of. After touching garlic or another strong-smelling ingredient, stop and rub your hands on your stainless steel faucet. This serves to both clean your hands thoroughly and prevent the odors from seeping into any other food you are going to handle.
Keep sauce easily by filling an ice tray with the leftovers and freezing it. This will make reheating the sauce easy, as you can pull out as many cubes that you need for the next meal. Don’t worry, your sauce will taste great even after having been frozen.
Optimize your efforts when making your own chicken stock. Make enough stock so that you can freeze the excess and use it later. You can use the stock as a base for all kinds of soups or even casseroles. First, cool the stock and then stick it in the freezer.
Use extra virgin olive oil when necessary instead of oils that are high in saturated fat. Lots of unnecessary, and unhealthy, fats sneak into meals made with oils and butter. Nonstick cooking sprays are a great substitute which ends up giving you the same result except in a healthy way, as opposed to the oil which is unhealthy.
Tofu and beans can serve as great sources of protein that can be easily added to any diet. Both can be purchased at just about any grocery store. Tofu can be fried in a pan with just a few seasonings. It is a tasty and healthy meat alternative. You can boil the beans with a bit of herbs to give the protein more flavor.
If you have decided to serve salad with the meal that you are preparing for guests, be sure to serve the salad dry and serve the dressing on the side. This will allow your guests to control how much dressing they want to put on their salad. It is also a good idea to offer several dressing choices.
Food is the basis of life, and it is very powerful. Utilize these tips to improve the quality of your food.