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Better Meals In No Time!

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					Better Meals In No Time!

Cooking is a wonderful art to learn. Whether it is purely for nutritional purposes or for the joy of
creating a meal from scratch for your family and friends, the relaxation that can be associated with
this skill is immense. But if you were never taught the basics of cooking, and finding your way
around a kitchen is not your forte, here are a few handy hints you need to know.

Store your spices in a cool, dark place, such as a cabinet or pantry. One of the biggest cooking
mistakes people make is storing herbs and spices above the stove. The heat, humidity and light will
causes herbs and spices to lose their flavor. For the most flavorful meals, take good care of your
spices.

One of the things that you can do if you are cooking cauliflower is to add milk, which will help to
brighten your vegetable. This will add to the aesthetic appeal of your food and will also maintain
the freshness until you decide to serve it to your friends or family.

When you are making guacamole you need to make sure that you have a lime on hand to squeeze
over it after it is prepared. If you do not sprinkle lime juice on the top of guacamole the avocado
will start to turn brown and it will give the guacamole a very unappetizing appearance.

When working with hot peppers, wear gloves and, as an extra precaution, safety glasses. The veins
and seeds hold the heat of the peppers. If you try removing them with your fingers, the heat-bearing
capsaicin will transfer to your fingers resulting in a burning feeling. If you touch your eyes you will
be in serious pain.

Learn to saute your food. One of the best ways to improve your cooking skill fast is to learn proper
saute and braising techniques. Educate yourself on the correct form when braising, and teach
yourself how to deglaze a pan. You can quickly make five star meals once you get good.

When cooking any kind of packaged pasta, cook it a few minutes less than what the instructions tell
you to. It will continue to cook when you put it in the pan with the sauce that you are making. This
way, the pasta is not likely to dry out from too much cooking.

To test the freshness of an egg, place it in a cup of water. If it sinks, it's fresh. If it floats, it's getting
old. As an egg ages the fluid inside slowly evaporates as oxygen and gases seep inside. This makes
the egg lighter and causes it to float.

You want to cook healthier meals, and one place to consider with regard to changing your menus is
in sauces and dressings. Rich, creamy dressings and sauces tend to be extremely unhealthy. You do
not need to eliminate these meal-toppers entirely; simply learn how to make lighter, healthier
alternatives. Healthier sauces and dressings can go a long way towards making your entire diet
healthier.

If you realize that you have made too much sauce, you can take any excess sauce and put it in the
freezer in an ice tray. This is very convenient because the next time that you need sauce for
something you can pop a few cubes in the pan instead of making a sauce.

If you love to cook but have minimal space for a library of cookbooks in your kitchen, consider
purchasing a small laptop or netbook exclusively for kitchen use. You can keep your own recipes
and notes on the computer, pull up thousands of recipes online, and listen to your favorite radio
stations or TV shows as you cook.
Chicken broth should be used when you are sautΓ©ing your vegetables. Chicken broth can be
purchased at any grocery store. It is important to choose a chicken broth that is low in sodium so
that you do not eat too much sodium. Sodium can cause you to retain water which is not good.

There is no longer a need to hold onto any fear of the kitchen. By following these ideas and learning
the basics of cooking, you will be rewarded. With a little time and practice you will be whipping up
gourmet meals to impress your friends in no time at all.

				
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