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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Super Tips For Cooking At Home!

Sausage Trio, Mash and Cabbage with Onion Grav...
Sausage Trio, Mash and Cabbage with Onion Gravy. Nice and hearty on a cold Autumn day. I got the Moroccan, Lamb Spinach and Pinenut, and Chicken, asparagus and corn, sausages from David Jones Food Hall in Melbourne. They tasted quite good, but I remember them being more chunky and less processed. They are better quality than most "thin" sausages, higher meat content and less fatty. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Roxane J. Talisen

Some people don't like to cook and see it as nothing but a chore. But cooking can be something to be enjoyed. Cooking can be used as a tool to get you and your family healthier. A great cook is constantly on the lookout for new information; the advice in this article will further your knowledge and increase your culinary skills.

When serving salad to guests, leave the dressing on the side. Some people prefer more dressing than others; let guests pour their own dressing. Also, give a variety of different dressings.

Store your supplies of flour, sugars, pancake mixes, and similar dry ingredients in airtight containers. Airtight containers are best because they prevent bugs from getting into your food and also allow it to stay fresh for a longer time. These containers are readily available in the marketplace and will be worth the money invested.

A new and challenging recipe won't make a good impression if you haven't mastered it. It is wiser to stick with the tried and true. Whether it is for friend, family or employer, you want to present your best effort. You are sure to please them if you cook something you are already familiar with.

If you use herbs and spices when cooking, be sure to retain the flavor and freshness by keeping them in an area of the kitchen that is cool and dark. Excessive warmth or light can leech the flavor from your spices and herbs.

When chopping fresh herbs, try sprinkling a bit of salt over the cutting board before you begin. It will not only add flavor to the herbs but it will also keep them in place while they are being chopped. If you add the salt to your cutting board, reduce the salt in the recipe by the same amount, so that you don't add too much salt to your dish. The salt will stick to the herbs and make their flavor stronger.

Measure cooking oil out. Refrain from unmeasured pours from a bottle, focusing instead on lowering the fat content by awareness. You'll want to make sure to only use the amount of cooking oil that you need.

Use a fat-free soup stock or broth in order to make a stew or soup that is practically free of any fat. Sticking with the low-fat goal, use lean meat and vegetables in the soup. Let the soup rest in the refrigerator for a spell once it is fully cooked; you want it quite chilled. Any excess fat will harden and rise to the top. Simply discard the hardened fat and the soup is done. For each tablespoon of fat that you remove, you will have removed approximately 100 calories.

Never trash the leftovers after cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving or another meal. Instead, cut it up, place it into a an airtight container, and put it in the freezer. The turkey will stay fresh for a couple of weeks, and it can be used in open-face sandwiches or as a salad topper.

Adding cauliflower to your mashed potatoes is a great way to reduce the amount of fat and calories they contain. You should use equal portions of potatoes and cauliflower when making this delicious side. The somewhat bland taste of cauliflower helps it to blend seamlessly with your potatoes while picking up the other ingredients. Additionally, cauliflower has the same texture and color as mashed potatoes, so it makes it an easy, healthy addition to your dish.

Hopefully, you're now feeling inspired to take this advice into the kitchen. By using the suggestions outlined, you will soon be cooking delicious food. It doesn't matter the reasons behind your decision of learning to cook, but the fact of the matter is you will take pride in serving a meal prepared by your very own hands. It is true; it does take skill to cook well. However, once you taste your creation, you'll realize that it's all worth the effort!

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