Good food is not always easy to come by. Bring your cooking to a new level by using the tips laid out below.
When you are baking pastry crusts, try increasing the cooking time a bit. Your crust should be a deep caramel as opposed to a light goldenrod. The golden color is a sign that the sugars in the crust have finally caramelized.
You should limit the amount of seasoning you apply to meat until you have tried it. Foods like meatloaf, meatballs, and even hamburgers can require careful seasoning. Spices and seasonings added when the meat is fully cooked are unlikely to stick. Instead of this, you should make a small patty, and cook that first. Change your seasoning, or cook the rest of the meat if you are satisfied with your sample.
For crispier French fries, you should chill the peeled potatoes in water for 30 minutes or more before frying them. When your potatoes soak up cold fluids, their fibers are reinforced. This means that they will hold up better to the heat necessary for the frying process.
Will you be making a meal using fresh basil? In a glass put a lot of fresh basil inside. Submerge the stems in water. The basil will stay fresh for a matter of weeks on your windowsill or kitchen counter. Switching out the water from time to time will cause the basil to grow, as well. Also trim the basil every now and then to facilitate growth. Enjoy fresh basil on a regular basis.
Regardless of the recipe, you can always bet that a fresh ingredient is better than its dried or frozen counterpart. Use fresh ingredients as often as you can; they offer more flavor and tend to be less expensive as well.
Garlic is a great ingredient but it can leave a strong smell on your hands and utensils. You should rub your hands along the interior of your stainless steel sink whenever you have come into contact with garlic. This will clean your hands and keep the smells from permeating whatever food you are handling next.
Do you know how long your meat should be grilled? It is always wise to utilize a good meat thermometer (a digital one is best to give you an exact reading) to ensure that the inner portions are cooked correctly. Close the top of the grill to cook meat faster if you use meat that is more than 1.5 inches thick.
Use airtight containers for flour, sugar and baking mixes in the kitchen. Keeping your food in sealed containers will keep them fresher longer as the air can’t reach them. You buy them pretty much anywhere and they are a beneficial asset.
Always read labels thoroughly when shopping for a recipe. There can be some ingredients in foods that are unhealthy. Be sure that the ingredients you are buying do not contain high amounts of sugar or sodium, as these both can cause health problems if overdone.
Food can have great power and is the basis of life. Show those you love your new found skills by applying these tips to your next meal.