Sometimes, your kitchen may seem uninteresting. You can make it more exciting by approaching cooking as your new hobby. Eventually, you start to spend more time in the kitchen, excited to try your next creation while sharing it with others who are just as eager to try it. Here are some tips to get you started.
If you are going to use oil, make sure you add it at the edge of the pan so it can warm up before getting to the food. Your finished dishes will be enhanced and more flavorful if you do this.
However, there is a way that your efforts can be saved and the sauce still used. In a small bowl, combine two tablespoons of water and 3 teaspoons of corn starch. Thicken your sauce by stirring the mixture into the simmering liquid. Make sure not to add the corn starch too quickly; keep stirring and stop when the sauce is thick enough.
If you need to season your meat, prepare a small portion and taste it prior to cooking the entire amount. A lot of foods require you to season them carefully; for instance meatloaf, hamburgers or meatballs. After seasoning the meat, do not cook all of it. Start with a small amount of the spiced meat first. Change your seasoning, or cook the rest of the meat if you are satisfied with your sample.
Sharp knives are a kitchen necessity. Blunted knives do not cut things well, and they can also pose a safety hazard. Forcing dull knives through foods can result in personal injury, whereas a sharp knife will quickly and easily cut right through.
Always cook what you know whenever you are cooking for someone special. Don’t attempt cooking experiments or recipes you’ve never tried before. This will ensure that your cooking experience is stress-free.
You have probably felt guilty for pitching moldy fruits before. Is it safe to save a portion of fruit by cutting around the mold? 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.
When making your own chicken stock, prepare more than you need up front. Plan to make a big pot of stock so you can freeze and store it. A rich chicken stock makes a savory base for soups, stews and other dishes. Simply cool the stock, and then freeze it into Ziploc, heavyweight freezer bags.
Measure the amount of cooking oil you use! To make sure the fat content in your food is as low as possible, carefully measure the oil you cook with instead of just eye-balling it. This will enable you to keep track of the amount of oil you are using.
Apply these concepts, and try thinking of some of your own, too! You are capable of cooking the sorts of meals that people linger over and that friends and family rave about. Cooking can be a hobby, beneficial to your diet as well as your life in general. The heart of many a great home is in its kitchen; make yours one of them.