What Do You Really Need In Your Kitchen to Cook Yourself Thin

What Do You Really Need In Your Kitchen to Cook Yourself Thin

Last night, I made the Purgatory Eggs with Sausage. I posted images and a video of me cooking it on the Facebook page. I hope you'll check it out if you're not already there. And post comments and thoughts there as well as here. I love the interaction.

Anyway, in a prior video, I realized how dirty my stove was (whoops). But then I realized I was being silly. Ok, I did clean the stove a bunch before doing the next video.  I'm a messy cook.  I also have an electric stove from 1978 and Marigold Yellow counter tiles with brown grout.  Some day, I'll remodel with granite and a gas range. But until then, I cook with what I have where I'm at.

And that's what I want to encourage you to do as well. Some kitchens are TINY. I know…I've lived in some places like that. When my husband and I first started shacking up in college, we had a small studio with the bedroom and bathroom in a loft above the living area slash kitchen area.  I'll tell you my story at the end of this post.  I used to call it my Worst Day Ever story and usually would get people laughing.

Gordon Ramsey goes over the basics in this video:

My Thoughts

I have to agree. Just buy the best quality you can. But honestly, you don't need that much. I find I really only mostly use two or three pans and one pot for most of my work. I use ScanPans for my frying and sauteing. It has a lid so I can also do some braising.

I think you could get away with two knives: a chef's knife and a paring knife.

Do I ever really use my mortar and pestle? No. I need to get better about buying whole spices and grinding them myself. Also I want to get over my fear of toasting nuts and spices so I'm watching the videos in Cooking With Spices: Techniques for Big Flavor. I'm going to buy some star anise and try poaching apples since I have those in the house.

Worst Day Ever

It had an electric range and not a lot of counter space especially around the sink. To the right of the sink was just enough room for the dish drainer. The left side was maybe three inches.  And no built in paper towel holder. We were afraid to screw one in under the cabinet for fear we'd get dinged on the deposit.

Let me just start off by saying it was one of those days. I got up early and turned on a burner to make some instant coffee. I thought I had the burner under the kettle but it was the one under the wooden chopping board.  (small kitchen with little space for storage…I wasn't kidding)  And it caught on fire and set off the alarm which woke my hubby up and not in a great way.  There were pop quizzes. I tripped over roots.  It was just a day.

I got home and made supper. I found cooking to be soothing even then. And it was my turn to do the dishes. A brand new roll of paper towels was kind of close to the edge of the right side of the sink next to the dish drainer. It kept getting moved around since we didn't know where to put it.

Then I turned to see if there were any more dishes and knocked the roll underneath running water.

I sighed. Turned off the water and put it in the drainer.  Looking at my husband, I said “I'm going to take a bath.”

Back then, I used St. Ives makeup remover. The are squat wide-mouth jars.  I should mention that as small as the kitchen was…the bathroom was even smaller. It had a tub and toilet. When I finished taking off my makeup, I put the jar and lid on the back of the toilet and finished my bath.

A Bath Solves Everything….Almost

I felt ready to take on homework!  I picked up the jar. It had cold cream on the outside so when I went to put the lid on, it slipped through my fingers and landed flat on the floor.  I heard a voice from downstairs asking me if I was ok.

“Bring the paper towels!” was all I could say. I saw cold cream all over the walls.  Mind you, I had forgotten what happened to the paper towels. And being poor college students, we only had one roll at a time.

I used my towel to clean up what I could and grumbled wondering where my hubby was.  He finally showed up looking unhappy with a soggy roll of paper towels.  I sighed and looked up to heaven for strength, and that's when I saw the cold cream on the ceiling.

Naturally I did the only thing I could. I burst into tears. Husband tried not to laugh.  I could laugh about it later. But at the time, I just wanted to go to bed and wait for another day. Which is what I did.

So In Conclusion

Not every day is going to be great. Not every meal is going to be perfect. Be gentle on yourself. Laugh where you can. Do the best job cooking where you're at.small kitchen

If you don't have a lot of budget, go look for things at thrift and secondhand stores. You'd be astonished how many people donate their cast iron pans.  Sure, they're heavy, but they're wonderful to cook on. They cook very evenly.

If you have one with rust spots, use steel wool to clean it up. Then it's time to reseason the pan. Rub the pan with a good high heat oil (vegetable, canola, grapeseed, peanut) and put it upside down in an oven at 350-400F for about an hour. Turn off the oven and let it cool down.

Keeping a pan well seasoned ensures food doesn't stick naturally.

Look for sales. Look for wood utensils. Start small and build it up.  You got this.

Portobello Mushroom As A Bun

Portobello Mushroom As A Bun

Did you know you can enjoy a hamburger using a Portobello mushroom as a bun? It's a good alternative when you're going lower carb. It feels like a real bun too. I usually use a lettuce wrap but that can get messy. And it's hard to pull a leaf off of iceberg lettuce in one piece. Yes, I probably should just use romaine.

But now I can have my burger with a bun.

Watch this video to see how easy it is to do:

You can find the full recipe at Low Fat Low Carb.

Hamburger Variations

I've never added an egg into the burger patty. I always think of that more as a meatloaf ingredient. Have you done that? Does it make the meat moister?

You can substitute ground turkey or chicken. In fact, you could do half ground turkey and half ground round or chuck.

I remember watching a show on one of the cooking networks. They took 1/4 ground pork, 1/4 ground chuck and 1/2 ground round. Chuck and Round come from the muscles that are more used and have a beefier flavor.  Jaques Pepin said his favorite burgers are made from ground brisket.

You could cook up a salmon filet and use that in place of a burger. Some may call it a sandwich. I say you should do what you enjoy and if you're grilling anyway, make what you want to eat.

Burger Seasonings

You can do so much to add in flavor. I love using Greek seasoning with feta cheese, tomatoes, and red onion.

There are the purists that feel if you're using great meat, all you need is kosher salt and a little fresh ground pepper. Again, do what you like. You should mix in the salt at least half an hour before you're ready to shape the patties.

Meat cooks better and more evenly when it's closer to room temperature. Adding in the salt pulls out some excess moisture so you're left with even more meaty goodness.

I like adding in the seasoning when I add salt so the dried herbs can absorb that extra moisture and have a better flavor after cooking.

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Super Slim Veggie Soup

Super Slim Veggie Soup

Some days, you just want to eat everything in site. Use a super slim veggie soup to feel full and tame the tiger.

Check out this recipe from Hungry Girl on how to make a super slim veggie soup quickly.

I think it looks tasty. But, I hear you saying, that's a lot of knife cuts.  Sure, but that's OK. It can be fun.  I found this video showing easy ways of cutting up carrots that can also be used for the zucchini.

Remember how we were talking about how important knife skills are for being able to cook yourself thin. This is a great recipe for practicing all of those knife cut skills.

I just got some golden beets in my CSA box. A few years ago, a friend asked if I wanted to share their CSA so we alternate weeks.  Usually I like to roast the beets, slice them up and chill them. I add them to salads. But I like the idea of cutting them into matchsticks and pickling them too.

Other Knife Skill Resources

Our local Sur La Table has classes on knife skills. I would like to take that since it's great having a teacher with you. But the best online resource I found was Complete Knife Skills with Brendan McDermott.

That boy cuts everything. From cauliflower to melons. It helped me so much. I need to go back and refresh. He had a different method of cleaning the pepper of the ribs and seeds.

Another one that I enjoyed was A Modern Take on the Mother Sauces. Jason Hammond showed how to really prepare tomatoes. I found out my husband doesn't like the seeds in the tomatoes in our salads. In fact, he likes them diced. My mom always put big wedge slices, so that's what I like.

But the best way to prepare the veggie is the way they'll eat it.

Other Slimming Soup Recipes

Let's be honest. When we think of diet soups we think of cabbage soup, right?

So here's more recipes for you to play with. I like adding in a dash of sriracha sauce to warm up the soup's flavor.

Another option is to make leek soup. I learned this from the book French Women Never Get Fat. She recommended taking three large leeks and cooking them in water for a few hours. Then eat some of the leak and drink some of the soup throughout the day. Leeks are a natural diuretic. It didn't work for me. I ate all three leaks in three hours and the broth was long gone. So that's why I like these more balanced vegetable soups.

What about you? What have you tried?

5 Essential Cooking Skills

5 Essential Cooking Skills

You can read recipes, but until you have some essential cooking skills, you won't feel confident in trying them. In today's video, Gordon Ramsey will teach you the five essential cooking skill you need in the kitchen.

  1. Chopping an onion
  2. Cooking rice
  3. Sharpening a knife
  4. Deboning a fish
  5. Cooking pasta

Chopping An Onion

I confess to being lazy. I buy frozen pre-chopped onion. Since i'm only cooking for two, I don't need a whole medium onion because I'm halving the recipe. Most markets have diced onion in their produce department.  I don't use it up quickly enough unless I have three dishes in a row that require it.  I will buy an onion and cut it in half like he showed with the root on. Then I take the skin off, and slice along the onion to create the strips.

My favorite thing to do with them is cook them with a bit of olive oil on medium low heat until they're brown and caramelized. They go great with burgers.

Cooking Rice

I confess to rarely rinsing my rise. And I should because when I don't, the rice is a bit more gummy. I cook in my Instant Pot. One thing to pass along is that their rice setting is the lower pressure setting. You can cook on high pressure, but you have to make sure you use a shorter time.

The Instant Pot is also my favorite way of making risotto.

Sharpening a Knife

Gordon is actually demonstrating honing the knife, not sharpening it.  Honing is essential to keep the point of the blade straight. But sharpening is actually grinding it to a finer point. You should hone your knife frequently with the steel. And you should get your knives professionally sharpened regularly depending upon how often you use them. As Gordon said, a dull knife is dangerous. It could slip on the food and cut you.

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From SeriousEats.com

Deboning a Fish

Watching him do this was cool. You definitely need to set aside time to debone with a pair of tweezers.  I like having the skin on, but it is easier to pull out the pinbones from that side. Or you can cheat, like I do, and buy the fish already deboned.

Cooking Pasta

I was really happy when I learned to salt the water when cooking pasta. It really provides it with a better flavor. I don't put oil in anymore. I never have problems with pasta sticking after it's been sauced. And I'd rather use my oil on other things for my calories.

And I definitely prefer my pasta al dente. I'll sometimes slightly undercook it, sauce it, and leave it in the pan on the stove so the sauce gets absorbed into the pasta.

What other skills do you want to learn?

Strategies On How To Cook Gourmet Food

Strategies On How To Cook Gourmet Food

Are you a person who loves all kinds of different foods? Can you never get enough sweets, and find yourself craving them? Do you like food from different ethnic backgrounds? You may have always wanted to figure out how to go about cooking these types of food at home. Well now you can, thanks to the information provided in the following article. The tips in this article can teach you how to cook tasty meals.

When you are going to be cooking for someone important, whether it's a boss or a potential love interest, make certain you are cooking something you are familiar with. That would be a bad time to experiment with the unknown, whether it is an untried recipe or ingredient. This will help you feel less stressed when preparing your meal.

Quick Cooking Tips

Leave raw potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes before frying them to make crispier French fries. Soaking potatoes accomplishes two important things for your French fries; it takes out sugar and starch during the soaking process.

They'll just simply work as a sponge and soak up the majority of the water. A better option is to use a clean, damp cloth to hand-wipe each mushroom.

Get the freshest garlic you can when making a dish that you must add garlic to. It's well-known that fresher garlic equals sweeter taste. You can see fresh garlic when it is not shriveled, soft, bruised and the skin is firm.

Make your own dried tomatoes. You can use Roma tomatoes cut lengthwise, or ripe tomatoes sliced about a half inch thick. Take a cooling rack and place the tomatoes on it. Sprinkle them with salt. After placing the rack atop a cookie sheet, allow the tomatoes to dry for 10 hours in an oven at 190 degrees. Finally, place your dried tomatoes in freezer safe bags and store in the freezer. Dried tomatoes may also be stored in a jar containing fresh herbs and olive oil. This jar should be used within 2 weeks and kept refrigerated.

Quick Healthy Tips

If you want to eat well and lose weight, it's a good idea to decrease the amount of oil you use in cooking. Oils and butters generally contain needless fats. Consider using a nonstick cooking spray as replacement for oil.

You should read the labels when you are buying ingredients for a recipe. Most common cooking supplies have hidden ingredients that are unhealthy. Look for hidden amounts of sodium and sugar that will contribute over time to reduced health.

Replace the standby liquids of milk and water in recipes to mix things up. Substitute plain water with juice, broth, or the water that you cooked your vegetables in. Instead of milk, try sour cream, yogurt or buttermilk. Changing up the liquids in your recipes can add nutrition, while livening up a standby dish.

Quick Lifestyle Tips

If you enjoy utilizing herbs and spices, keep them fresh and flavorful by storing them in an area that is dark and cool. Keeping herbs and spices in cabinets above the stove or other warm locations will cause them to lose their flavor.

Organization is key to cooking efficiently and not letting anything burn. A well-organized cooking area is conducive to great results. Get organized to cut back on unnecessary food waste.

Blotting ground meats prior to preparing them is advisable. Take a paper towel and soak up any extra moisture on ground beef before you cook it. If there is too much liquid left on the meat, the cooking process will boil it off. Sizzling will occur. This could cause your meat to steam, instead of searing.

If you follow the above tips, you will be steps closer to creating meals you will love! Use your creativity to try out new and unique spices and flavors. Maybe in the cooking process you discover a new food that becomes your favorite! Follow your tips and experiment with new things to become a better chef.

Elevate The Style Of Your Cooking With These Tips

Cooking Meets TechnologyIs cooking for the entire family beginning to drive you crazy? Do not get frustrated when cooking. Get inspired.  Let me get you some helpful advice that can make cooking meals less stressful and more enjoyable.

I've had this happen to myself before. I find that I was so focused on other things that I'm just making the same dish over and over again.  And I'm bored of it. But I have no one to blame but myself.

And usually, it's not healthy cooking. So let's elevate the style of your cooking.

That's when I know I have to get reconnected back to what I enjoy. Making healthy meals that help me achieve my goals while providing a fulfilling meal for my family.

Get Inspired

A great starting point when looking to expand your cooking repertoire is your local library or bookstore. Look for cookbooks which contain basic and simple recipes for you to practice and have fun preparing. Try some recipes and be patient as you develop your skills.

There's also a lot of online classes available now. It's all the fun of going to a course while being able to hang out at home. Plus, you can back it up and rewatch if you spaced out or got interrupted.

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There are also a lot of blogs out there depending upon what you're interested in. And there's always Pinterest.

Cooking Techniques

Overdo it a little when you bake a pie crust. The crust should have a nice golden color to be fully cooked. The darker color results when the sugar from the crust has started to caramelize and will have a much sweeter and crisper flavor.

When stir-frying meat, it should be thinly sliced on the bias. It can be a tedious, lengthy process. Retrieve the meat after it has firmed a bit, and cut thin slices across the grain, holding your knife at a 45-degree angle to the cutting board.

Here is a way to save your sauce and use it in your recipes. Combine two tablespoons filled with water and one tablespoon filled with cornstarch in a small dish. Add this mix to the sauce little by little until it becomes thicker. The mixture should be added slowly and constantly stirred so that it doesn't get too thick.

When seasoning meats, try a little piece before cooking the entire thing. It is important not to over-season foods such as hamburger, meatballs and other meat-based dishes. Don't cook the whole thing after seasoning it. First, make a little patty out of it and cook that first. Once you like the way this piece comes out, you can cook the rest.

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It's vital that you always use sharp knives when cooking. Make sure your knife is not dull when you are cutting something, this is very dangerous. It is very easy to accidentally cut yourself when you're struggling to cut something with a knife that is dull.

One way to make mashed potatoes retain their taste but contain a little less fat and calories is to replace some of them with equal amounts of cauliflower. You will not even taste the cauliflower in with the potatoes, because it is so bland. Cauliflower also matches the color and texture of the potatoes. This is a great way to add veggies and eliminate calories from a favorite dish.

Cook your vegetables quickly to retain quality and nutrients. Vegetables that are cooked slowly lose a lot of their taste and nutrition. These quick cooking techniques will produce generally, healthier vegetable sides. So in summary, cook your vegetables for the shortest amount of time possible.

Fresh ingredients are much better to use in all of your cooking than those that are frozen or dried. Fresh ingredients can really enhance the flavor of your meal, as well as be more economical to prepare.

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Much like a sponge, the mushrooms will absorb the water. A better option is to use a clean, damp cloth to hand-wipe each mushroom.

Cook your vegetables in chicken broth. It will keep veggies from getting stuck to the bottom of the pan and add a little flavor. Chicken broth is dirt cheap, and can be bought at any supermarket.

Take the time and steps necessary to accurately measure any oil used for cooking. This will help you reduce how much fat is present in your cooking. By carefully doling out the oil, you will know the true amount of fat you getting when you cook.

A good cook will have their utensils and ingredients well organized. If they aren't organized, you will waste valuable time getting everything together at the last minute. Consider storing similar things together. For instance, keep your spices in a cabinet, your baking goods in another, and cooking utensils together in a drawer.

Get your cooking utensils squeaky clean before starting a new dish. If your utensils still have food in them, it can ruin what you are trying to cook. This can allow harmful bacteria to spread.

Make homemade stock to create tastier dishes. Store extra stock in bags in the freezer that are resealable. You will have stock on hand for soup and other things. Making the stock yourself will allow you to know that you are using a stock that is not loaded with preservatives. An electric pressure cooker will make this a snap.

Digital pressure cookers are also a great way to make a meal that seems like you've been cooking all day. But you get a pot roast in ninety minutes rather than five hours.

Making meals for your family can become a tall order. There are many things that you may do to simplify your cooking process. When you go back into your kitchen, you can relax.

And find the right tools to make your cooking easier so you are enjoying when you are cooking and yet you're still able to go out and do something fun. And I don't mean laundry.

Cook Like A Professional Chef With These Simple Tips And Techniques

Good food is said to be a lot of things. You can improve your cooking skills using these hints.

When you decide to cook with skewers there are a few strategies to keep in mind. Metal skewers will work better if they are twisted or squared.

For a delicious take on pie crusts, bake them for longer than the recipe calls for. Wait until the crust turns golden rather than pale blond. The darker color results when the sugar from the crust has started to caramelize and will have a much sweeter and crisper flavor.

Being properly prepared is key to success in cooking for your family and friends. Make sure you have all the ingredients ready. The day before your meal, get your kitchen into cooking mode and hunt down your favorite utensils, pots and pans. This will limit the amount of stress you experience when cooking the meal and help to ensure that you are able to cook the masterpiece you want.

Garlic is one of those delicious ingredient that has a drawback; its flavor gets onto your hands. Rub your hands on the inside of a sink made of stainless steel after using garlic. This will help get rid of the smell so that it is not transfered to the next food item that you handle.

If you are left with extra sauce after a meal, find a clean ice cube tray to pour the leftovers into and store the tray in the freezer. You will then have it readily available for when you need to make a quick and easy meal. All that needs to be done is to warm it up in a pan. Sauce cubes made this way are safe and will taste great!

When you make chicken stock make as much as you can. If you make a large pot of stock, you can freeze it and store it for future use. Excellent chicken stock that is homemade is a great base for use in stews, soups, casseroles, and more. Simply cool the stock, and then freeze it into Ziploc, heavyweight freezer bags.

When trying to add protein to a diet, you need to remember that beans and tofu are great sources. Both beans and tofu are readily available in most grocery stores. You can fry tofu or add it to soups, seasoned well, for a yummy protein alternative. Boil the beans with herbs to make a tasty protein-filled dish.

Sauteing vegetables in a little chicken broth is a healthful way to cook them. This way you'll use less oil while still giving the veggies a nice flavor. This is a wonderful way to cook, and enjoy, your vegetables.

What you want to do when cooking pumpkins is to first stand it upright, then slice it in half right down the middle. Place each half of the pumpkin on two separate baking sheets with the cut side facing down. Add a touch of water to each sheet before putting it in the oven. You will want to bake this for approximately an hour at 350 degrees.

If you have to season food while cooking it, add some in timed intervals rather than all of it at the start of cooking. This will allow your food to really take on the flavor of the seasonings and make the food as flavorful as it can be.

Put spices in a cold dark area to preserve their freshness and flavor. If you keep herbs and spices in an area that is close to the stove, they will lose their flavor very quickly and just be a waste of money.

If you are going to cook a complex meal, doing the prep work a day before can ease some stress. Always look at the recipe and do the menial tasks such as chopping and measuring in advance. Verify that you have all ingredients. When you are ready to start cooking, all you have to do is combine the ingredients and cook them.

Everyone needs food to live; it holds a huge importance in life. Show those you love your new found skills by applying these tips to your next meal.

A Unique Article To Improve Your Cooking Skills

Many people enjoy good food. It can be made even more fun when the cook really knows what he or she is doing in the kitchen. This article is packed with guidelines for cooks of all skill levels.

Don't add the dressing until right before serving. It is essential to have all prep work finished before it's time to begin cooking. Setting a time limit can add stress to your cooking experience. Having as much prep work done as possible will save you both time and frustration!

You must prep well if you want to cook a large, festive meal. Make sure you have everything you need to make your food. Get out everything that you'll need including the ingredients and utensils a day ahead of time. This will help to alleviate your anxiety and maximize your potential.

Season meat very sparingly to begin with and add more during the cooking process. Certain foods like meatballs, hamburgers and meatloaf could require very careful seasoning. Don't cook the entire meat directly after seasoning it. Cut a little piece of meat into a patty before cooking it thoroughly. Afterwards you can choose to cook the remainder of the meat or adjust your seasonings.

A lot of preparatory work can be done ahead of time in order to speed up time spent cooking. Examine recipes and identify which preparations can take place well in advance without risking spoilage. There is a lot of preparation that you can take care of a day in advance. This can make harder recipes easy, and complicated ones a fun, fast experience.

Mushrooms soak up water that you don't want to be added to the recipe. A better option is to use a clean, damp cloth to hand-wipe each mushroom.

Ice trays can be a great tool for freezing sauces. Take them out to use on another night when you'd like a no hassle home cooked meal. Simply reheat the sauce cubes slowly in a medium pan on your stove top. The frozen sauce will keep extremely well until the next time you need it!

If your burgers tend to stick to your grill, it might be hard to cook them while preserving their shape. Before you put the burgers on the surface of the grill, you should brush it with some oil.

Skewers should always be soaked in cold water for a minimum of 30 minutes before they are used in cooking. By soaking, you can prevent the skewers from burning while cooking your food. Use two parallel skewers as opposed to a single skewer to keep food intact.

Beans and tofu are great sources of protein if you need to add some to your diet. Most grocery stores sell both items. Pan fried tofu, lightly sprinkled with your favorite seasonings, is a delicious substitute to meat. Boil kidney, navy or pinto beans with seasonings and you can enjoy a protein-rich side dish.

When making a meal that needs milk or water, try a different substitute to make the dish taste different. If the recipe calls for water, switch it up by using a broth, juice, or cooking liquids. Other dairy products such as buttermilk or sour cream can be used in place of milk. Try making your recipes stand out and more nutritious by interchanging your liquids.

Add seasoning gradually instead of putting it all in at the beginning. This will allow your dish to become more flavorful.

It is important to measure cooking oil. You never want to pour oil straight from the bottle. Most oils are very high in fat, so when you measure them with care, you can keep the fat content lower. This will allow you to closely monitor the exact amount of oil that you are using.

The first bite of a delicious meal is memorable and amazing. You may think you need to go to culinary school to cook like a pro, but that's just culinary school propaganda. You can become a great chef in a few weeks only. Start applying the tips you have just read and experiment with different things.

Get Cooking Today Using This Professional Advice

Anyone can learn how to cook. Are you capable of following a set of instructions and making a trip to the grocery store? Do you have access to basic cooking equipment? If so, you should have the ability to cook. If you'd like to expand your skills in the kitchen, read the helpful tips below that will show you how you can make easy, delicious dishes for your loved ones.

If you want to use skewers when cooking, remember these helpful hints. Try to buy twisted or other shaped skewers when they are metal, the food will stay on.

When preparing stir-fry meals, cut the meat on the bias and keep it thin. This is not easy to do and could take some time. Once the meat has become more firm, you should slice against the grain at 45 degrees.

Always have your spices stored in a dark and cool place. When spices are exposed to light and heat, they lose their flavor and it reduces their storage life. Storing your spices in a dark location with a lower temperature will help preserve them longer. These fresh spices will help add flavor to your meals, making them tastier!

When you are cooking an important dinner you want to whip up something you know how to cook well. Stay away from using new ingredients, or a new recipe. Cooking will become less stressful.

Did you ever regret throwing moldy fruit away? Have you ever thought to just remove the moldy section by cutting it out? Unfortunately, you cannot rescue a piece of fruit once it has started to grow moldy and decayed. Any rotten or moldy fruits should be discarded immediately, even if it just looks like surface mold. Mold can actually be deeper in the fruit, even if you can't see it. When you consume it, it can cause a number of illnesses.

They will act somewhat like a sponge that soaks up all the water. Use a clean cloth to wipe them off.

Although garlic is a great flavor booster that compliments a wide variety of foods, it can unfortunately stick to your hands. To get rid of this odor, or any other strong cooking smell, rub your hands on the inside of your stainless steal sink. This will clean your hand and keep the odor from transferring to other foods you are handling.

If you've made a big pot of sauce, freeze the leftovers by pouring the extra sauce into ice cube trays. All you need to do next time you want to use it, is reheat in a saucepan. No worries, because the sauce is still quite edible after being frozen in ice cube trays.

Have you ever struggled with grilling meat? A good meat thermometer can pinpoint the cooking status of meat, inside and out. Use a digital thermometer for the most precise results. A good rule of thumb to reduce the total cooking time is to always close the grill lid whenever the thickness of the meat exceeds 1.5 inches.

Keep flour, sugar and other items for baking in tins with seals that keep the air out. By storing foods in airtight containers, you can ensure its freshness and prevent any contamination. They can be purchased just about anywhere and are a worthwhile investment.

When making a meal that needs milk or water, try a different substitute to make the dish taste different. Broth is a great substitute for water, and milk adds delicious flavor and extra nutrition to soups and stews. Use yogurt, buttermilk or sour cream in place of milk. Using liquid substitutions in your cooking can increase nutrition and give a standby dish a new flavor.

Consider drying your very own tomatoes. Cut tomatoes in thick slices or in half, depending on their size. Set them on a rack cut side up and sprinkle lightly with salt. Put the rack on a baking sheet, and slow-bake in an oven that is set to 190 degrees for about 10 hours. Place the tomatoes into a freezer bag, and freeze them for later use. Alternatively, dried tomatoes can be packed in a jar filled with olive oil and fresh herbs. Use them within two weeks of refrigerating.

To enhance the flavor and texture of your pasta sauce, set aside a small amount of the water that was used to cook the pasta. Measure out one-fourth of a cup and place it to the side. Put in some of the water when you mix the pasta and the sauce. Amalgamation will help the starch in the pasta to add a creamy quality, and extra body to your sauce.

You should let your cooking wait until all the necessary preparations are complete. Doing this will allow you to focus on putting the dish together. You won't waste electricity by letting something cook just a little longer, so you can prep the ingredients for the next step, or be distracted when cooking with hot oil.

An excellent suggestion is to purchase solid cutting utensils for use in your kitchen. This not only saves you time from having to deal with knives that are dull, but it's safer to use utensils that are new and sharp, rather than ones that are old and dull. Dull knives cause more accidents than sharp ones.

Cooking is a skill, a profession, an art form, and a hobby. There are so many ways to make food, the most optimal way to learn is to take some advice from great cooks. So, the next time have control of your kitchen and a potentially fabulous meal, refer to these tips for some inspiration!

Cook Amazing Meals At Home With These Simple Tips

Cooking well is a challenging skill to learn. The tips in the article will help learn to cook delicious meals in no time.

When cooking a large meal for a family gathering or dinner party, preparation is key. Double-check to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients. Plan out your cooking the day before. Make sure all the necessary utensils are clean and ready to use.
This means you don't have to worry when time is short, which means your cooking will be better.

Cut your meat very thin and with the bias when you are stirfrying. It takes a little practice and time to get it right. When you remove the meat from the freezer, it should be firm, not frozen. Slice across the meat's grain while holding the knife at a 45-degree angle.

Your spices should be stored in a cool place that is free of light. Storing them out in the light and heat will cause them to lose some of their shelf life. Try to find a cool, dark cupboard if you want to increase the flavor and lifespan of your favorite spices. Make sure that your spices are fresh to add taste and flavor to any meal.

A sharp knife is indispensable for efficient cooking. Dull knives make cutting very difficult, and this makes them much more dangerous than sharp knives. You can cut yourself because you are forcing the knife through the food, use a sharp knife.

When cooking for someone that you want to impress it is important to make sure that you are preparing a meal that you have prepared before and know you can prepare well. Avoid trying to cook something new. You will enjoy cooking more if you have greater peace of mind.

You can also use this seasoning on foods other than meat. Add this seasoning to roasted pumpkin seeds for a great snack or to scrambled eggs for your breakfast. People will want you to tell them your secret ingredient.

They will soak up much of the water, as if they were a sponge. You should wet a cloth and wipe the mushrooms off, rather than soaking them.

Try adding a bit of seasoning every few minutes, rather than just adding all the seasoning to your dish at the start. This way, you're giving the food most of the flavoring and are making the best from your ingredients.

If you are about to serve salad to multiple guests, serve the dressing separately instead of putting it directly on the salad. Let people add what they want to their salad. Offering a variety of dressing for their salad is the best way to make sure that all guests are happy.

Bone-in roasts will cook most rapidly, something to keep in mind when you need to watch the clock. Leaving the bones in will significantly reduce the joint's cooking time as bones are nature's alternative to metal skewers. When the meat is finished being cooked, you can avoid the bone when you cut and serve it.

While engaged in cooking, get in the habit of cleaning dishes as you finish using them. Try keeping one side of the sink full of hot water with soap ready to wash dishes. The other should contain rinse water. If you wash them right away, it will be easier and leave more room for preparing food. This will also make the dishes available for use if you need them again.

Any ground meat that you buy should be blotted prior to cooking. It is always advisable to remove excess moisture on meat, particularly if it is ground. If you leave the moisture on the meat then it will release as soon as you begin cooking it. The moisture will sizzle before your meat does. The meat, which is suppose to sear, may steam instead.

With these tips, you can improve your cooking skills in a just a few, simple steps. With the right information and the will to succeed, you can fire up that stove today and fix some great-tasting meals. You are bound to russell up a dish that all your friends and family will want to devour.