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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Food Is Fun Again With These Cooking And Prep Tips

A homemade chicken noodle soup with bread
A homemade chicken noodle soup with bread (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Roxane J. Talisen

You will need to grow and develop your skills though. Regardless of why you are trying to start cooking, the information will be rewarding. The following article has the tips you need to take you on the path to cooking glory.

To enjoy the freshest fish, go out on the lake and catch it yourself. Fishing is a great way to get fresh meat at no cost. Make sure you clean the fishes you have caught thoroughly.

Using fat-free broth in your stew can really help to reduce calories, and make a healthier soup. Take advantage of the vast array of colorful, tasty vegetables and lean meats to keep fat content low. Once the soup is done and ready to eat, let it chill in the refrigerator for a little while. This will cause the remainder of the fat to rise to the top and congeal. Remove these clumps of fat and toss them out. For each tablespoon of fat that you remove, you will save about 100 calories.

Dark greens are really healthy. However, they can be hard to prepare. Stems can be difficult and time-consuming to remove. For simpler stem removal, fold leaves down the middle so that the stem can be ripped off the crease of the fold. If you prefer, you can slice the stem off the folded leaf using a knife. Unfold your leaf and voila, you'll have a perfect de-stemmed green.

Enjoy fresh vegetables from your garden or buy healthy foods while they are at their peak. Right after the first winter frost, broccoli rabe, collards and kale will taste much sweeter than normal. You want to choose greens that give off a deep and vibrant color, while avoiding anything that looks limp or yellow in appearance. Make sure you wash all the dirt off these greens. Immerse the greens in cold water, shake them off, and then rinse them under running water until all the dirt has been removed.

Many vegetables and herbs emit aromas that remain in the cutting board, regardless of how many times you clean it. You should mark your cutting board on the side you will be cutting herbs on.

It is important to properly care for your wooden cutting board. Wooden cutting boards can warp and split if they are exposed to heat and moisture or if they are stored in an excessively dry area. Do not immerse the cutting board in water, instead, clean it using a sponge and warm water. Try oiling your damaged board regularly in order to restore it. Always allow your board to dry completely, whether it is wet or oiled.

Get a cookbook with easy recipes or a specific theme you find interesting to get you started. Try looking online or to your local library or bookstore. Try different recipes until you come up with something that works for you.

To cook flavorful veggies that turn out well, use chicken broth. The chicken broth will help to keep the vegetables from sticking to the pan and will also add some delicious flavor to them. There is not a lot of expense when buying chicken broth, and most grocers carry it.

If you have purchased unripened fruits, put them into a plastic bag that is perforated. Fruit produces ethylene gas as it ripens. If you put them in the bag with holds the air will go through the bag, and the gas will stay in, helping the fruits retain their wonderful taste.

Are you ready now to put the tips that were discussed within this article to practical use? Use the information provided here to help you make your next culinary masterpiece. No matter why you have decided to get into cooking, nothing beats serving up a meal that you had a hand in preparing. It is a reality that skills are necessary to be a great cook. The resulting meal will make it all worth it in the end.

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