Cooking in your kitchen at home can seem rather redundant and uninspiring. Deciding to make cooking your newest hobby alters this perception. Your kitchen turns into a fun place to be, where you can go to make a meal that everyone in your family can enjoy. Here are a few tips to give you a few ideas.
You should know a few things before you cook anything on a skewer. Not all metal skewers are created equal; traditional round metal skewers are not the best option to keep food in place when grilling. Choosing skewers with a different shape can be the secret to keeping your food from the bottom of your grill.
When baking crust for pie or tarts, leave them in the oven to bake a little longer than you planned. The color should be a darker caramel instead of the pale blond so many people do. The color on your pie signifies that the caramelizing process is complete in your crust, yielding a scrumptious dessert.
Place meat in the freezer for a few minutes to make slicing easier. Certain dishes require thin strips of beef, chicken or pork. When the meat is partially frozen, you get a much cleaner cut and the meat fibers are less prone to stretching or tearing. Make sure to let the meat thaw before you cook it, frozen ice and hot oil do mix well together.
When adding seasoning to meats, try some before cooking the whole thing. Hamburgers, meatballs and meatloaf all require some careful seasoning. You should not cook the whole dish after it has been seasoned. Instead, make a small patty out of a little piece and cook that first. Once you have tried your sample you can correct the seasoning or proceed with the cooking.
Garlic is a wonderful taste, but not such a wonderful smell to have on your hands. If you have a stainless steel sink, simply rub your hands vigorously on the inside of it, when you are finished handling the garlic. Not only does this clean your hands, but it also prevents the odors from carrying over to whatever food items you make contact with next.
When making your own chicken stock, prepare more than you need up front. Plan on preparing a large batch so that the excess can be frozen and used later. This stock is a popular base that can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups to casseroles and much more. Freeze premeasured amounts of your stock in freezer proof containers or bags when cool.
If you are trying to cook pumpkins, cut it exactly in half from top to bottom. Place both halves cut side down on separate baking sheets. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Sprinkle a little bit of water onto the baking sheets, then bake for about one hour.
Apply the advice from this article to inspire you the next time you are in the kitchen. Fix awesome dishes that everyone in the family will love and talk about for days to come. If you take up cooking recreationally, you can improve your diet and have a lot of fun, too. The heart of many a great home is in its kitchen; make yours one of them.