10 Useful Cooking Tips in the Kitchen To Make Cooking a Breeze.
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Cooking can be enjoyable and when you turn out a delicious meal it is always a great accomplishment. Often while you are cooking a specific dish even following a recipe little accidents and flops can happen which make it frustrating and food can go to waste which is even worse. below we are sharing a few cooking tips to make cooking fun and although many are common sense it is good to remind yourself of these for future reference.
Share these basic cooking tips with someone you know that enjoys making meals, and they will be thankful to you because at some time or another one of these is going to save your meal from becoming a disaster.
1. Prevent Food from Sticking to Pots and Pans. Although nowadays you can buy ‘non stick sprays’, the natural way to stop food sticking to pots and pans is to prevent putting cold foods into a hot pan. Always make certain pots and pans are perfectly clean to prevent food building up on old food debris which causes food to burn.
2.Stop Water from Boiling Over. When cooking spaghettis and pastas, rice, potatoes or cereals, a teaspoon of olive or helps stop water and porridges from boiling over. Alternatively smear a little butter around the rim of the inside of the pot or place a wooden cooking spoon over the pot once the pasta is in.
3.Stop Egg Whites From Breaking Out Shells When Boiling. Prick the cone top of the egg with a pin carefully before boiling the eggs which allows the air pocket to escape. Today there are egg boilers appliances available that also come with a device to prick the egg, which prevents the same from happening. When breaking an egg to fry it break it with a knife close to the pans surface to prevent the yolk breaking
4.Cut Breads and Cakes Cleanly. Dental floss or fishing line makes a perfect cut for bread and cakes. Choose a smooth but very sharp knife, which you can lightly smear with olive oil or you can butter that also works equally well. When you want to slice a cake in half to fill it with cream jam or any filling, first wait for it to cool down completely for best results and a smooth cut. Avoid cutting hot bread and cakes with a serrated knife because it will cause them to crumble.
5.Extract More Juice From Citrus Fruit. When you need citrus juices for a recipe the likes of lemons, oranges or limes for examples, first roll them back and forth under the palm of your hand or lightly with your foot to soften them up. This causes a break down of the cells in the citrus fruits, and they will produce far more juice when you squeeze them irrespective of the method you use. While cutting fruit avoid pressing down hard on it, which is a mistake most people make and the result is the fruit will break or ooze out all its juices all over the place.
6. What is the Zest of Fruit? You will often find certain recipes call for adding zest of citrus fruit, but most people have no idea what this actually is. The “zest” of a citrus fruit, is the outer part of the fruits skin, which often contains lovely aromatic citrus oils. The zest gives the food you use it in a tangy hint. The easiest way to produce usable zest is using a cheese grater on the skins, but don’t grate all the way through and end up adding the pith which is the white inner skin of the fruit. Now you know the difference…
7. Missing a Recipe Ingredient? Sometimes you will find that you are missing an ingredient from a recipe, and the stores are already closed so the recipe could turn out a flop. When this happens you should experiment a little with alternative ingredients. Your own ideas could add extra flair, body and flavor to a recipe, and if the result is amazing, make a note on what you did to the recipe. Obviously you cannot replace the major parts of the recipe ingredients but with the minor ones it shouldn’t be a problem in most cases.
8. Salted Butter Or Unsalted butter. You can buy butter unsalted or with added salt. Salted butter should have a longer shelf life especially if you keep it refrigerated, but when you use salted versions with recipes then adding the pinch of salt may not be necessary. Unsalted butter on the other hand gives you more control where it concerns salted flavoring of the dish you are preparing, and most importantly, also controls excessive salt intake too which is bad for individuals suffering from high blood pressure problems.
9. Cut Meat Chicken and Fish with Sharp Kitchen Scissors. Sharp kitchen scissors are handy for lots more than just opening packaging. Use sharp kitchen scissors to trim off meat fats, and cut up chicken into portions, to cleanly slice open fish and other foods items. You can even cut up perfectly sized portions on meats chicken and fish using kitchen scissors. Make sure you keep them clean and very sharp and wash them well before using them.
10. Organize your Recipes Smartly. You can keep your recipes neatly stored in files using plastic sleeves that are now readily available at stationary stores. With Computer technology you can now keep your recipe collections on your laptop, tab or home computer for easy reference when you want to use them. If you love using recipes often print out your favorite ones and buy a photo album that has the sticky sheets. Place each printed recipe on a page, and when you use the recipe b album to cook with they will not become soiled.
Hope that you find these cooking tips useful.