Eating is easy; cooking is hard…at first. You’ll find advice on how to create memorable meals in the article below. Don’t let the thought of cooking intimidate you. Cooking is a pretty useful skill, and it can be fun, too. Keep reading to see our useful and easy to use cooking tips that will have you feeling confident in the kitchen in no time. And, remember that cooking is an art ad a science, so get creative and keep practicing to perfect your skills.
8 Cooking Tips for Beginners
1. Outdoor cooking is some of the most popular options and for good reason. Nothing adds more flavor to meats, chicken and vegetables than a grill. BBQ has some old roots in cooking since cooking on an open fire is as old as man, but luckily for us in the modern world we can choose from the many elaborate cheap gas or charcoal grills that are sold at online. If you have never had a t-bone cooked on a charcoal grill, then you are missing out.
2. When cooking dried beans, do not add any salt or garlic to the boiling water before the beans are soft. This is especially important if the dried beans you are using are old. When you add salt or garlic too early, the beans may not cook properly. Hold off on adding any seasoning to your beans until you have reached the texture you desire.
3. Think about how you are going to layer a salad that will be taken to a potluck or one that will be served several hours later. Always put the juiciest ingredients, like tomatoes, on the bottom of the bowl and then place the veggies that are most prone to wilting, like lettuce on the top.
4. If you have sauce left over after a meal, store the remainder in one or more ice cube trays and let it freeze. For a quick and easy sauce on another night, simply remove as many cubes as you need and reheat in a pan. Nothing to worry about as the sauce will be fine even after it’s been sitting in ice cube trays.
5. Certain types of cooking such as boiling, can strip vegetables of their valuable nutrients, so, it’s always best to steam them or better still, enjoy them in their natural state, which is raw.
6. When making fresh salsa that will contain raw onions and will not be eaten in less than 20 minutes after prep, use cold water to rinse the diced onions before adding them and dry them with a paper towel thoroughly. Onions that are fresh have sulfurous gas. This could ruin your salsa. The gas is removed by rinsing and drying the diced onions.
7. Keep all dried spices in a dark space that stays room temperature. Many factors can cause herbs and spices to lose their flavor, especially humidity and light. When stored correctly, your spices can stay spicy for up to a year. Whole spices usually keep their flavor for around 3 to 5 years. The length of time that they stay fresh depends on how they are stored.
8. Take care to not overfill your pan when you are sauteing. Vegetables and meats release a natural moisture that will steam the food instead of griling and adding that nice caramelized crust. Saute at a medium temperatures as well for an even cook.
Cooking need not feel difficult, it just takes some practice. When you make the decision to cook your own food, you are able to save money, eat healthier, and have a good time doing it! Apply these tips to your food preparation today. Celebrate your accomplishment and stick with cooking at home!