Sometimes we can all use a little advice in the kitchen. There are so many ways to develop flavors and textures in foods. Ask 10 people how to make a pie and you’ll get nine different answers. Learning these tips will give you new ideas for cooking meals that you’ve made a million different times.
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Here’s an article I wrote about a Food Not Bombs event in early February, 2006 -
"Food Not Bombs in London, Ontario"
Prior to cutting a fresh lemon or lime for the juice, squeeze it and then roll it in between the palms of your hands or zap it in the microwave for ten seconds. Both methods help you to extract more juice from the citrus fruits. Squeeze the lemon or lime cut-side up to keep the seeds from falling into your dish.
If you’re cooking with cast-iron pots and pans – never clean with soap, unless you want to lose its non-stick properties! Instead, use a paste of salt and water to scour the pan, if needed, or boil some water in the pot or pan to loosen stuck-on foods. Remove the remaining residue with a paper towel, and rub on a thin layer of oil before storing.
Store your home-baked goodies and leftovers that need refrigeration in square or rectangular-shaped storage containers. Round containers are great, but take up precious refrigerator space while square and rectangular containers make the most of the limited shelf space. Rectangular storage containers also are easier to stack and store and save on space in your cupboards too.
Get the most juice out of lemons. Fresh lemon juice is much more tasty than the kind that comes out of a bottle, but it is sometimes surprising how little juice you can get out of a lemon. Heat the lemon in a microwave for 20 seconds on high power. Then, roll the lemon on your cutting board using as much pressure as possible. This way, you will get about twice the amount of juice out of the lemon, and your dish will be much more flavorful!
To ripen fruits like tomatoes, pears and bananas faster, place the pieces of fruit in a paper bag along with an apple of any variety. Apples emit ethylene gas — a natural plant hormone — as they ripen, which will affect the fruit inside the paper bag, accelerating their natural ripening process.
The difference between a good chef and a bad cook boils down to effective education. By adding these tips to your existing cooking routine, you are sure to gain an edge over other chefs, impress your family and delight your own taste-buds with a medley of delicious meals. This information can take your dishes from dull to dazzling.
Just about everyone can cook. Can you shop and follow directions? Do you have the use of basic cooking utensils and equipment? Then, you can cook! If you’re aiming to improve your culinary skills, read the advice provided below to help you easily create yummy dishes you and your entire family will enjoy.Tags: different times, Cookware and bakeware, cutting board, good chef, cooking routine, home-baked goodies