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Monday, April 30, 2012

Cooking Tips To Help You Cook Like A Pro

Spices in Mapusa Market, Goa, India.Spices in Mapusa Market, Goa, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Lorinda Langworthy


Some people don't like to cook and see it as nothing but a chore. Shouldn't cooking be a more enjoyable activity? Cooking can be used as a tool to get you and your family healthier. The best cooks are those who are always willing to learn new techniques. Furthering your knowledge also makes the cooking experience far more pleasurable; use the following tips to help you grow as a cook.

Is it hard for you to know how long to grill your meat? Use a good meat thermometer (a digital one is more accurate) so that you can ensure the inside is cooked correctly. If the meat is any thicker than one and a half inches, you can reduce your grill time by closing the lid.



You can make remarkably flavorful dishes by making your stock yourself. Make a large amount and store it in the freezer. By doing this, you'll always have great tasting homemade stock when you desire to create soups or other types of dishes. Homemade soup stock or bullion is a wonderful way to eliminate high sodium and preservatives that are present in commercially made products from your diet.

When using fresh herbs in your meal, including dill and parsley, place the herbs together in bunches, and cut them with scissors. This practice does not get herbs wet like chopping would, and makes them generally fluffier and lighter.

If you're preparing dried beans, wait for the beans to be softened before adding garlic or salt. This is because adding salt or garlic will stop your beans from getting softer, particularly if you are cooking old beans. If you are looking for the perfect texture, hold off on the seasonings till the beans are soft.

You should store all herbs and spices in cool, dark places. If your spices are exposed to moisture, heat, or light they may lose their flavor. Herbs and spices generally keep their taste and flavor for about one year. Spices that are kept whole can keep their flavor for about three, four or five years. If stored the right way, they keep fresh for a lot longer.

As the article revealed, cooking skills can easily be learned and improved upon. All you need to do is set aside some time and have a passion to learn. The advice provided in this article will help you become more competent in the kitchen. Cooking can become an exciting adventure when you have a positive attitude and access to the right information.




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