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    Cooking Like The Pros: Here’s Fast Help In The Kitchen

    Do you ever wish you could make the delicious meals that you enjoy at the homes of your family members and friends? The information in the following article can turn anyone into a skilled chef.

    If you want to use skewers when cooking, remember these helpful hints. If using skewers made of steel or metal, avoid ones with rounded surfaces and try ones with square or beveled designs.

    When you store your spices and herbs, keep them in a place that is cool and dark. They will not taste as fresh if they are exposed to light or warmth. As a general rule, keep your ground spices no more than one year. Spices in their whole forms have longer useful lifespans, lasting up to five years. When stored properly, spice stay fresh for longer periods of time.

    If you want to start cooking more, go to the bookstore or library and get a cookbook of simple and basic recipes that appeal to you. Try your hand at some of the recipes, remembering that patience is key during the learning process.

    If you want your food to come out as good as it can when you are cooking with oil you should be sure to add the oil to the side of the pan so it is hot once it reaches the food. Doing this will give you maximum flavor when your meal is finished cooking.

    Did you ever feel guilty for tossing moldy fruits in the garbage? Are you tempted to just cut off the moldy part and save the rest for your meal? Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to save fruit that has begun to rot. The mold may have grown deeper than can be seen, and eating it may make you quite ill.

    People tend to use a lot of apples for cooking in the fall and winter months, but if they are stored incorrectly they will quickly spoil. Apples will rot if they are stored in warm, dry air, so make sure to keep them in plastic bags in a cool place. Make sure you watch them, though, because if even one is rotting, it can cause the whole lot to spoil.

    Before frying raw potatoes, allow them to soak for half an hour in a bowl of cold water; this will result in crispier fries. When your potatoes soak up cold fluids, their fibers are reinforced. This means that they will hold up better to the heat necessary for the frying process.

    If you are intending to use skewers when you cook, do not forget to soak them in water for at least half an hour before you use them if they are wooden. This step will stop the skewer from burning while it is being used. To prevent food from falling from the skewers, use two parallel skewers rather than just one.

    Always read labels thoroughly when shopping for a recipe. You might be surprised how many common cooking implements have ingredients concealed within that are unhealthy. Look for hidden amounts of sodium and sugar that will contribute over time to reduced health.

    Follow these tips to success! After some practice, your family and friends will want to know how you do it.