Have you ever wondered how to soften up your hardened box of brown sugar or how to cut an onion without crying every time? Or can’t explain why your herbs don’t keep fresh past a few days… ?
These are the first in a series of slide shows “Essential Cooking Tips”
These cooking tips will make life in the kitchen easier and more fun. Tips every home cook should know, and pass along to others.
Store garlic at room temperature. If there is green sprigs coming out of it. Then toss out as it, means it is too old.
Keep fresh basil in a glass of water at room temperature, out of direct sunlight.
Tryptophan has always been associated with turkey, but did you know chicken contains more of the amino acid, and it helps the body produce sleep-friendly hormone melatonin
Save citrus peels such as lemon, orange and dry in low oven until it snaps. Grind into powder, and use as a stunning seasoning
To get perfectly crispy skin on your chicken or turkey, make sure to pat dry the bird very well with paper towels before roasting.
Remove the root of an onion before slicing or dicing to avoid Tears.
Always have separate plastic cutting boards for meat, chicken and fish, and wash with hot water and soap after each use.
Never use the following dried herbs; basil, chives, or parsley as they have no flavor.
Do not add fresh basil and dill to your dish while cooking. Add it at the end of cooking, just before removing from the flame, or they will lose their aroma.
To make grating soft cheeses such as mozzarella, fontina, cheddar easier, just pop the cheese blocks in the freezer for up to 15 minutes before grating.
To give long cooking stews added flavor add a simple bouquet made from fresh herbs: Parsley sprigs, Thyme, Bay leaf and tied with butcher/kitchen string.
Always allow a roast or steak to rest for 10 minutes after cooking/grilling for the juices to redistribute.
Mustard powder should always be mixed with cold water before adding to vinegar to avoid killing the flavor enzymes
Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking. The starch on the pasta helps the sauce to stick to the noodles.
Hey don’t store potatoes and onions in the same place. Potatoes give off moisture that will soften the onions
Saffron has antidepressant effects comparable to Prozac. It makes the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin more available to the brain
Never boil your soups or stews , or they will become cloudy. Always simmer on low heat with a vented lid.
Store fresh herbs in the refrigerator in a glass/or any container of water Change the water every 2 days. Herbs can stay fresh up to 14 days.
By sweating vegetables first before adding other ingredients you release their flavor and add character to a dish
Do you have empty vanilla pods, put them into a glass jar with sugar and in a few days you will have Vanilla scented sugar. Great for cookies, scones or oatmeal