Saturday, February 4, 2012


Excellent food has many uses and is the subject of a number of clichés. As you begin to learn the basics of cooking, you can move on to more complicated recipes.
Air tends to turn fresh fruits like avocados, apples and pears brown. The common solution to this problem is a coating of salt water and lemon juice, but a tastier alternative is to dip fruit that has been sliced in pineapple juice. A small amount of juice is all that you need to keep your fruit looking fresh.
When you're cooking meals, wash the dishes as you use them to reduce clean-up time later. Make sure that one side of the sink always has soapy hot water in it and the other side has clear water for rinsing in it. This will prevent you from mixing clean dishes with dirty ones. This is the best method to clean up quickly after cooking.
If you want to lose weight or adopt a healthier diet, use less oil when cooking. Many oils and butters have a high concentration of fat. Consider using a non-stick cooking spray as replacement for oil.
Take the extra fat out of stews and soups. If you can see a lot of fat in the stew or soup, refrigerate it for 30 minutes, and the fat will then congeal on the surface. Place a cube of ice on a spoon, and skim the spoon across the fat. The fat will glob onto the ice. You can skim fat off of the top of stews and soups by using a paper towel.
If you're using wooden skewers to cook, try soaking them in water for half an hour, first. Using this method, you will not burn them when you're cooking. You can keep food on the skewer when you use two parallel skewers instead of one.
Having a clean and organized kitchen is essential to cooking a great meal or dessert. Having an organized cooking area will ensure that you are productive when cooking. Being disorganized means having difficulty finding things and quite possibly ruining an entire dish, wasting valuable time and money!
Partially chill meat so it becomes easier to slice into thin strips. This method is especially useful when preparing Chinese or Thai entrees. When the meat is partially frozen, you get a much cleaner cut and the meat fibers are less prone to stretching or tearing. However, always thaw your food before cooking it.
It's always important to follow a macaroni and cheese recipe very carefully, to ensure you get the best possible results. This is the perfect way to cook the macaroni. The cheese will add the final touch. Solid faced spoons are great for serving up macaroni and cheese. You can even add some pepper to give you macaroni a little kick!
Tying a turkey with a string is called trussing the turkey. This pulls the legs and wings close to its body so that it can cook evenly. Otherwise, the meat found in the legs and wings tends to become dry and tough during cooking.
Boiling your vegetables can drain the vitamins and nutrients out of your vegetables, so leave them in the water that you drain from the vegetables after boiling. To keep them nutritious, try quickly cooking them, like sautéing or steaming. You can also enjoy them raw.
Food is something that everything needs to survive, so it has a special place in our culture. It's really satisfying to create an entire meal from basic ingredients.

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