Have you ever sat down at the dinner table and faced a panoply of beautiful, tasty dishes all made by someone else? Do you wonder how they managed to put together such a scrumptious meal? Reading this article will only help you improve your culinary skills.
bake tart or pie crusts longer that you think they should be baked. The crust should have a nice golden color to be fully cooked. The golden color indicates that the sugar in the pie crust has caramelized and this will give a sweet and crisp flavor.
When making a stir-fry meal, meat should always be thinly sliced, and cut on the bias. This can require some time and some effort. Remove the meat when it is firm but before it freezes, and cut at an angle of 45 degrees against the grain.
Spices should be stored in an area with little light and low temperatures, like a pantry. Exposing spices to heat, humidity, and light will shorten their lifespan. Try to find a cool, dark cupboard if you want to increase the flavor and lifespan of your favorite spices. Your food will be even more delicious if your spices are fresher.
Add oil to the pan’s sides when cooking. Adding oil in this way allows the oil to heat before it reaches the food in the center of the pan. Your food will taste better, and you will not have a lull in the cooking process waiting for the oil to heat up.
There’s a neat trick you can use to save your sauce. Combine a tablespoon of starch with two tablespoons of water. While stirring, introduce the liquid into your sauce while it is simmering. Add the starch solution slowly, and stir constantly so that the sauce does not become too thick.
Partially freezing meat makes it easier to slice it into thin strips. This is a good way to cut strips for Asian dishes, such as Chinese and Thai. If you freeze meat partially, you get a cleaner slice, without the stretching or tearing of fibers. Then don’t forget to let the meat strips completely thaw, so it will cook evenly.
It is important to have sharp knives when cooking. Blunt knives are frustrating to use and they can also be very hazardous. Attempting to force a blunt blade through a tough root vegetable is much more likely to lead to an accident, than quickly dicing and slicing the same tough root vegetable with a sharp blade.
Garlic is one of those delicious ingredient that has a drawback; its flavor gets onto your hands. By rubbing your hands inside a stainless sink after handling pungent smelling foods. This will remove the scent from your hands and stop it from transferring.
If you are making a roast and you need to cook it quickly, do not take out the bone. This way, it will allow the meat to cook faster because the bone will help carry heat to the center of your roaster. After the roast is cooked, just slice around the bone to serve.
If you are often pressed for time when making dinner, try doing a little preparation work before hand, perhaps on the night before you plan to cook the dinner. You can marinate the meat, make a sauce and cut up some vegetables and onions before going to bed. You will be more relaxed and better prepared to cook the following day.
Get your cooking utensils squeaky clean before starting a new dish. Leftover food could really screw up your next dish. This could spread harmful bacteria into your food, and could be detrimental to your health.
Always keep this article’s suggestions in mind. Your guests will begin to inquire where you learned your new secrets.