Few things are more enjoyable than sitting down to a well-cooked meal at home.
Few things are more appreciated. Here are some tips to help you raise your game a level in cooking.
You will find tips here on technique, ingredients, cookware, ethnic dishes, time-saving methods and much more. Bon apetit!
When cooking anything in a pan it’s ideal to add a little bit of oil to the pan, even with non-stick pans.
Oil is a great conductor of heat and thus eases the object into heating up without burning the external portions.
It helps the dispersion of heat across the entire object, rather than having the exterior burnt while the interior remains frozen or cold.
If you are one of those people that does not eat a lot of vegetables so the fresh veggies you buy go bad very fast you should buy frozen vegetables.
Frozen vegetables are flash frozen so they are the same as eating fresh veggies and you only have to take as much as you need from the package and return the rest to the freezer.
To avoid sticky rice, wash it before cooking.
This is a simple trick to use if you want fluffy rice. Put the rice in a large pot, fill it with water, and stir.
Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Repeat this once more. Let all of the water drain before cooking.
Keep a potato masher in your kitchen at all times.
This useful device can be used to mash more than just your typical potatoes. Try mashing carrots, cauliflower, and other root vegetables.
You can mix any of these in to your usual mashed potatoes to make them more vibrant, nutritious, and interesting.
Make sure you are storing your spices in the right place.
Many people store their spices right above their stove or near a light source.
To stay fresh, put them in dry and dark spot that is cool. Humidity can also destroy spices so keep those several factors in mind.
When you are cooking brownies and want to avoid a mess line your pan with foil and once they are baked lift them right out of the pan after they have cooled.
This will ensure that you do not have a messy pan to scrub when you should be enjoying brownies.
Keep portions small when you are serving multiple course meals.
Many people make the mistake of overdoing it when the are portioning courses.
If you fill your guests up on salad or bread, they will have no room left for dessert. They may not even have room left for the main course at that rate.
Start your sear in a cold pan when searing duck breasts.
Duck can turn very dry very quickly if not properly cooked.
Using the cold pan technique for searing allows the fat to render slowly which will keep your duck moist and juicy. It will also give you more time to develop flavors and take care of some side dishes.
These tips have served up a smorgasbord of new delights for you to attempt in the kitchen.
They have suggested ways to improve your skills and get great results expeditiously and more economically. With these in hand you can make the food you serve your family more delicious and exciting than ever.
Also published on Medium.