Even the kitchen at your own house can seem rather boring from time to time. Cooking for pleasure will transform your kitchen. Your kitchen becomes a destination, and the time you spend in there results in a delicious meal that everyone makes time for. The next few parts of this article will inspire you with a few tips that revolve around cooking.
Whenever you are cooking and you feel the need to add more oil, the best way to add oil is to add it through the side of the pan. By doing this, the oil will be heated when it gets to the ingredient that is being cooked. This is a good tip to remember.
After you have cooked a piece of food in the oven, you should give it several minutes to rest before serving. The last thing that you will want to do is serve any part of your meal that is too hot, which will ruin its overall quality for the person you are serving.
A granite surface is great for thawing frozen foods, usually taking less than half of the time necessary for typical counter top thawing because granite absorbs the cold (and heat) of items placed on top of it so granite literally “sucks out” the cold from your frozen foods. Granite is also an amazing surface for pastry preparation when dusted with a little flour. If you can’t afford to redo your kitchen in granite, check out a granite dealer for scrap pieces or have a smaller piece cut and polished for a fraction of the cost of remodeling your kitchen.
Ginger roots can be used for several dishes so it’s worth learning how to store them. For a few days you can just put them in the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer. For a much longer storage, freeze the unpeeled ginger root and cut the piece you need while it is frozen.
Place fruit that is not quite ripe in a plastic bag with a few small holes to allow it to ripen. The plastic helps retain the gases used by ripening fruit while the holes allow fresh air to circulate across the fruit. This also helps you keep your fruit fresh longer!
If a particular wine’s flavor is unknown to you, then you shouldn’t use it as an ingredient in your food. Wine that you don’t like or haven’t tried can ruin the way you feel about the food. If you want a safe bet, most liquor stores carry cooking wines.
If you buy unripened fruits, keep them in a plastic bag fitted with holes. Fruit produces ethylene gas as it ripens. If you put them in the bag with holds the air will go through the bag, and the gas will stay in, helping the fruits retain their wonderful taste.
Put food into a hot pan instead of trying to cook it while the pan is still cold. The pan should already be at the desired temperature before you start cooking. This will ensure that the food is cooked evenly and thoroughly. You want to see the steam rising off the pan when you start cooking.
When boiling water to cook pasta, be sure to add a generous sprinkling of salt. Adding salt to the water prior to cooking ensures the pasta is infused with flavor. Salting after boiling your pasta will not give the same effect of absorption.
After cooking, always let your meat rest before serving it. This is especially true when you pull meat from a hot grill. Moisture that keeps your meat tender is sealed within it. When you cut steaming hot meat, the steam that rises is actually the moisture leaving the meat. When you let meat “settle” for at least 15 minutes prior to serving, the moisture and tenderness is preserved.
Tenderize meat before cooking it. Especially tough portions of meat are best tenderized or braised, due to the stringy consistency of the meat. Identifying the correct cut of meat and matching it with the correct method of cooking can be very important, as you may end up with an extremely stringy “roast” steak.
A new and challenging recipe won’t make a good impression if you haven’t mastered it. It is wiser to stick with the tried and true. The night you meet your in-laws is not the time to experiment, and the way to impress a date or your boss is to serve something you know they’ll enjoy. Instead, try a recipe that you have prepared before and can cook really well.
When you are cooking rice make sure that you follow the directions to the tee! It is best when you are cooking the rice to put all of the ingredients in the pot and use the timer! Do not open the pot until your time is up! You will have the best rice.
If you’re cooking with cast-iron pots and pans – never clean with soap, unless you want to lose its non-stick properties! Instead, use a paste of salt and water to scour the pan, if needed, or boil some water in the pot or pan to loosen stuck-on foods. Remove the remaining residue with a paper towel, and rub on a thin layer of oil before storing.
Pomegranates are a superfood, but they can be super un-fun to peel. To make it easier, put the pomegranate portions into a bowl of water and gently separate the juicy seeds. The white pith will float to the top and the seeds will sink to the bottom. Collect the floating pith, discard it, and strain the water to be left with a bowlful of delicious seeds!
When making large quantities of bacon, lay the bacon on a foil-wrapped baking sheet, and cook it in the oven (according to package directions) instead of on the stove top. The bacon will not only remain flat during cooking, but you will not have to cook batch after batch to reach the quantity you need.
Use these tips as-is, or spice them up and make them your own. Create food that your whole family can enjoy together. Try cooking as a relaxing hobby that can also improve your health. Turn your kitchen into the center of life in your home.