There are many people who view cooking as a chore, rather than a fun and exciting experience. Cooking, though, can be something very enjoyable! Cooking can also be used as a way to promote a healthy lifestyle. Great cooks are always looking for new ideas, which is what the following article will provide you with.
When making a stir-fry meal, meat should always be thinly sliced, and cut on the bias. There’s a trick to this, and it can take a little time. You should take the meat out when it reaches a firm state yet not frozen, and slice across the grain at an angle of 45 degrees.
You can salvage the work you’ve done and quickly rectify the situation with this little trick. Combine 1 tablespoon corn starch with 2 tablespoons water, and stir together in a separate bowl. Stir it into your sauce as it simmers and it will get thicker. Make sure you stir your sauce and stop pouring the mix once your sauce looks better.
Mushrooms soak up water that you don’t want to be added to the recipe. Wipe them off with a damp cloth to clean them.
After you have prepared some sauce, freeze the leftovers in ice cube trays. For a quick and easy sauce on another night, simply remove as many cubes as you need and reheat in a pan. The sauce will remain edible even after being in an ice tray.
If your burgers tend to stick to your grill, it might be hard to cook them while preserving their shape. To prevent your burgers from sticking, brush the grill with oil prior to cooking.
If a recipe calls for milk or water, try some other flavorful liquid to enhance the flavor of your dish. You could use chicken broth or juice, instead of water. As an alternative to milk, try using thinned sour cream, yogurt, soy milk or buttermilk. Adding different and interesting liquids to a recipe can help the dish become more interesting and nutritious.
Always measure cooking oil! If you measure the amount of cooking oil you use instead of just dumping some into a pan, you are far less likely to overdo it. This is the best way to know the amount of oil being added to your food.
To maintain the flavor and freshness of spices and herbs, make sure you keep them stored in someplace that is cool and dark. Keeping your spices and herbs stored above your stove or in high cabinets where warm air collects will dry them out and destroy their flavor.
Replace and refresh your spices twice a year. Quite often, spices pass their sell-by-date before you use them up, losing their flavor. If you purchase spices that you know are not used often in your home, give some to a family member or friend.
As was stated at the beginning of the article, good cooks never stop learning. The fun is not only in the cooking, but in the learning about new foods, styles and techniques to try. In addition, it’s about sharing your knowledge with others. What a gift to share with your loved ones!