Food is necessary for survival. Other than survival though, one can make eating a source of joy and entertainment. Cooking a great meal can be even more rewarding than eating a good meal. Included in what you’re about to read is advice on how to cook better.
A cool, dark storage area will preserve your herbs freshness for the longest period of time. If they get exposed to any light, humidity or heat, their flavor will begin to weaken. Ground herbs and spices can retain full flavor for about a year. Spices that come in the whole form will keep their flavor for around 3-5 years. Spices that are stored correctly remain fresher for longer.
Stir-fry recipes require meat to be sliced very thin and at an angle to the grain. This can be quite tricky and time-consuming. Take the meat out of the freezer when it is slightly frozen and cut at a forty five degree angle, do it across the meat’s grain.
To slice meat with ease, you should place it in the freezer for a bit. This technique is suited for meats used in many Asian dishes. When you freeze the meat, fibers stretch less making it cut easier. After slicing the meat, allow it to completely thaw to ensure that it cooks evenly.
It is absolutely essential that you have sharp knives whenever you cook. It might seem odd at first, but it makes perfect sense. You will struggle with a duller knife and thus may cut yourself easily if your blade or your grip slips. If you are putting too much pressure onto the knife due to its dullness, the likelihood of having an accident is increased.
If you are cooking for an important occasion, you should choose something you have done successfully before. You should never attempt to cook new or extravagant recipes you have not already tried when you are cooking for someone that you want to impress. By doing so, you eliminate much of the stress of preparing the meal.
Many people like to cook with apples towards the end of the year, but if they aren’t stored properly they can spoil. Apples will spoil in warm, dry air, so put them in a loosely tied bag in a cool basement or refrigerator. Make sure you watch them, though, because if even one is rotting, it can cause the whole lot to spoil.
Mushrooms absorb large amounts of water, and this excess water will go into whatever you are cooking with. You should wet a cloth and wipe the mushrooms off, rather than soaking them.
Garlic is delicious; however the pungent aroma will get stuck on your hands. To get rid of the odors that garlic and other pungent ingredients leave on your hands, rub them around the inside of your stainless steel sink. This will clean your hands, while preventing any odors from being transferred to the next food item you touch.
Learning to cook in a fun way is just as exciting as eating. Build the tips you’ve read here into your cooking strategy and tweak them as necessary. Your cooking skills will get so good that everyone will ask you to bring these delicacies wherever you go.