Most people simply view cooking as a means to an end. Cooking can, however, be an enjoyably pastime. It can also serve as a means to a healthier style of living. Good cooks never stop learning, and you can increase your knowledge and your joy of cooking with this article.
Do you love to cook with fresh basil? If you want to keep it fresh, first place it in a glass. Put enough water into the glass to cover the stems but not the leaves. Put the basil on your counter and it will remain fresh for up to seven days! Even if the water is varied on occasion, the basil will still grow their roots regardless. While the basil is alive and thriving, make sure you trim the leaves in order to progress the growth of the plant. You will have plenty of fresh basil on hand.
Add some chicken broth to your pan when cooking vegetables. Cooking vegetables in chicken broth is a low-fat, flavorful option. Chicken broth can be found at any grocery store, and is very low priced.
The simplest way to prepare a pumpkin for cooking is to half it by cutting the pumpkin in half. Set each half cut-side down on its own baking sheet. Sprinkle some water on the sheets and bake them around 350 degrees Fahrenheit; they will be done in about an hour.
Try drying your own fresh tomatoes. Just slice them when ripe to about 1/2″ thickness. Place them cut-side up on a rack that you use for cooling, and add a little salt. Heat your oven to 190 degrees and put the cooling rack with the tomatoes directly onto a cookie sheet, baking for no more than ten hours. The tomatoes can then be placed in plastic bags and stored in the freezer. Another way to preserve your dried tomatoes is in olive oil, with herbs for added flavor, in a glass jar. Keep it refrigerated and use it within two weeks.
A pantry or other cool, dark space will preserve the flavor of herbs and spices the longest. If spices are stored above a stove or other warm area there is a good chance that they will lose their flavor very quickly.
Replace your spices twice a year. If a spice is kept for a long time, it could lose some of its flavor. If you purchase a specific spice, knowing that you probably won’t use it all, split it with someone.
Instead of chopping them on a cutting board, a better way to cut herbs is to hold them in a bunch and cut them with sharp scissors. This works especially well for dill and parsley. This is preferable to chopping the herbs because they will be less moisture laden, making them lighter and fluffier.
As you have seen, the key to becoming better at cooking is continuing to learn all you can. The enjoyment from cooking doesn’t just come from eating the finished dish, it comes from experimenting with different foods and cooking methods. A good cook is also one who shares their knowledge to help others become good cooks. The ability to cook well is a skill, but it is also a treasure that is meant for sharing.