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Kiss The Cook: Best No-Nonsense Cooking Tips

TIP! Find a dark, cool area in which to store herbs and spices. Herbs and spices can quickly lose their flavor if exposed to continuous light or heat.

Sometimes, your kitchen may seem uninteresting. A hobby, such as cooking, will completely revolutionize this. By striving to achieve excellence in cooking, the kitchen becomes a place where you enjoy working, and your family enjoys the wonderful food you serve. Here are a few tips to give you a few ideas.

TIP! Save yourself some time and stress by doing prep work a day ahead. Try to have the prep work completed before cooking; this is important.

If you are cooking with oil, do not pour it directly into the middle of the pan. Instead, pour it on the side of the pan, so it will heat before it reaches the food. Having the oil at the right temperature when you cook with it will make the flavors pop.

TIP! You can boil away all of the health benefits of many vegetables. To get the greatest health benefit from vegetables, cook them quickly with methods like steaming or sauteing, or serve them raw.

It is not always easy to remember the proper grilling times for all meats. Use a good meat thermometer (a digital one is more accurate) so that you can ensure the inside is cooked correctly. If you’re grilling especially thick slabs of meat – anything thicker than an inch and a half – bring the lid down on your grill to speed up the cooking process.

TIP! Have you ever needed to throw away moldy fruit and felt guilty about it? Have you ever tried to salvage a fruit by slicing away the bad-looking part? Unfortunately, there’s no safe way to save a piece of fruit that is partially rotting. Mold grows deeper than on the surface, and because it can make you sick, you should throw away any partially rotten fruit.

Sometimes, your burgers can stick onto the grill. This makes removing them extremely difficult or impossible without compromising their shape. Brush the grill with oil so that food does not stick to it. Vegetable oil works great and will not make your grill greasy.

Airtight Containers

Always select airtight containers for sugar, flour and other baking mixes. Keeping food fresh and bug-free is simple with these containers. Airtight containers can be purchased at many retailers.

TIP! Keep flour, sugar and other items for baking in tins with seals that keep the air out. Not only will these containers make sure your foods aren’t contaminated by bugs, the lack of air will keep your goods fresher for longer.

When you make chicken stock make as much as you can. If you cook a big pot of stock, you can freeze it for later. Good homemade chicken stock is a wonderful base in soups, stews, casseroles and more. Allow your stock to cool, then put portions in heavy-duty Ziploc bags made for freezing.

TIP! To prepare pumpkins for baking, cut the standing pumpkin in half through the center. Place each half on a baking sheet.

When serving salad to guests, always offer the dressing on the side rather than pouring it directly on the salad. Let people add what they want to their salad. Also, try and include different types of dressings.

TIP! If you really like to use a lot of herbs and spices, you need to keep them in a dark and cool place so they can retain their freshness and flavor. Storing spices in warm locations, such as above the stove, can cause the spices to lose their flavor and you to lose your money.

The stress of making dinner can be alleviated by prepping certain ingredients the night before. Before retiring to bed, you can do things like preparing a sauce, chopping up vegetables and onions, or marinating meat. You will be much less stressed and more ready to cook the next day.

TIP! The odors of many spices and vegetables will stay on your cutting board and will be impervious to soap. Make a small mark with a marker on one side of your board to remind you which side is for sweet items and which is for sour.

Don’t throw away turkey leftovers, at Thanksgiving or any other time. Cut up the meat instead, put it in a container, and freeze it. Frozen turkey will keep for weeks in the freezer and can be unfrozen and used for a variety of dishes.

Cutting Board

TIP! You should blot ground meat before you attempt to cook it. Eliminating the moisture off the meat is always good.

Many vegetables and herbs emit aromas that remain in the cutting board, regardless of how many times you clean it. Mark one end, or side, of each cutting board so that you know which is which.

TIP! For the perfect sandwich, you should take the extra time to evenly spread mayonnaise over the entire surface of the bread. People don’t generally pay attention to perfection in sandwiches so just dollop the mayo into the middle.

To avoid mistakes like burning your food while you are cooking, it is of the utmost importance to stay organized. Being organized with your cooking station can make it more productive. Being disorganized means having difficulty finding things and quite possibly ruining an entire dish, wasting valuable time and money!

TIP! Get your grill ready to go before you start to barbecue. This should be done about 30 minutes prior to putting any food on it.

Fresh herbs in a meal are delicious. Bunch them together and then use a pair of scissors to snip them. This makes the herbs fluffier and lighter, and not wet like they would be if they were chopped.

TIP! Make sure you use a thermometer to see if the meat is done. Each meat has minimum internal temperatures that are recommended so that it is safe to eat.

Though a dish such as macaroni and cheese seems simple to prepare, it is important to follow the guidelines on the box or recipe. The macaroni turns out perfect this way and is to die for once the nice velvety cheese is melted over the noodles. Use a solid spoon to serve your macaroni and cheese. Season with pepper to your liking, and you’re ready to go!

TIP! Make sure to use fresh herbs and seasonings whenever cooking a simple dish. It is fine to use dried herbs when the dish will involve varied flavors due to complexity.

Wash your dishes as you use them, when you are cooking. Have your sink full of soapy, hot water one side, and use the other side to rinse. Washing the dishes as you go along will make the final clean up much easier.

TIP! Potatoes come in many different varieties, and you can’t always substitute one for another. Some potatoes are waxy and are great for making things like boiled potatoes or potato salad but are not so good for french fries, mashed potatoes, or baked potatoes.

Be creative with the ideas you have just read. You should be able to prepare foods that your family and you thoroughly enjoy eating. Taking up cooking is not only good for you but great fun as well. Allow your kitchen to become the warm, fragrant core of your home.