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Friday, August 24, 2012

Enjoy Cooking More: Try These Great Ideas!

English: Cooking potatoes in Blantyre, Malawi
English: Cooking potatoes in Blantyre, Malawi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Ustim Rehsif


How many times have you dreaded going into the kitchen to make breakfast, lunch, or dinner? You might need a new perspective. Cooking can be enjoyable and relaxing if you try to see it in another way. Here are a few cooking tips that are sure to get your taste buds tingling and entice your inner chef to come out.



When you are preparing potato skins or twice baked potatoes, consider using a baking potato. Red potatoes have very thin skin and are unable to support dense fillings.

Do not use any kind of wine in your cooking that you haven't tasted on your own. Using wine that does not appeal to your palate when you are cooking can lead to a meal that lacks the flavor you desire. There are wines available that are used just for cooking purposes.

This can be fixed quite easily by using the following tip. You can chop up some raw potatoes, and insert them into the sauce, letting them simmer in it for approximately fifteen minutes. The potatoes will take in all the extra salt. If your recipe is based on tomatoes, the salt can be spread out and thereby reduced by the addition of three or four new tomatoes into the sauce.

If you have leftovers that need reheating, but they have oil in them and you don't want to deal with a mess, use an oven instead of a microwave and bake them. Microwaves have such intense heat that they separate oil, which gets hot the quickest, from other ingredients that heat more slowly. Baking, on the other hand, slowly and consistently reheats the whole dish, keeping its flavors and ingredients cohesive.

Many popular veggies and herbs have a strong residual odor that can remain on cutting boards well after use. You can mark your cutting boards with permanent marker to tell which one or which side is for each type of food.

Allow your food to sit for a moment before serving it. Few people understand how important it is to allow the meal itself to rest before serving it. It's extremely tempting to eat a meal just as soon as it comes off the grill or stove. Unfortunately, this may cause you to miss the full effect. Instead, allow each dish to cool briefly before serving it.

When cooking pumpkins, stand the pumpkin so that it is upright. Next, cut it down the middle. Set each half cut-side down on its own baking sheet. The next step is putting a little bit of water on your baking sheets, you then want to bake the pumpkins at around 350 degrees Fahrenheit periodically checking them for about an hour.

You can make a lot of preparations when you are cooking to make it easy and fast. You can read the recipe to find out what you can do in advance. There is a lot of preparation that you can take care of a day in advance. Even if you are faced with a challenging recipe, it can make everything go quickly.

Instead of cooking an entirely new dish, change up the sauces and spices that you add to a dish you make regularly. Adding new spices or finding other sauces to marinate with can result in drastically different tastes. Many people don't realize that interesting, and often inexpensive, spices and other ingredients can easily be found at shops offering foreign foods.

Use the tips contained in this article, to spice up your meals and make them more enjoyable. After you have given a few new dishes a try, you might just understand that cooking isn't so awful after all! Cooking may well become something that you enjoy and look forward to. Before long, you could be experimenting with all kinds of new recipes! Get ready to discover the joy of cooking!




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