There is almost no one in the world who is not able to learn how to cook. Some people just need a little more practice than others and they can become a great cook.
Many people make the mistake of giving up learning to cook after failing to get a recipe right the first time round, but cooking does require some knowledge to really be a success at it.
Learn how to use Garlic
Garlic adds a wonderful flavor to many recipes. However, the unfortunate thing is that the smell can linger on your hands for quite some time. If you’ve been handling garlic a lot, there is a way that you can remove the smell.
You do this by rubbing your hands on a stainless steel stove or sink for about thirty seconds before you wash them. If you use this tip, you should be able to enjoy your meal without the waft of strong garlic coming from your hands.
Is the food fresh?
If you feel that a piece of food you are about to cook does not look right or may be rotten, always err on the side of caution and throw it away. It’s better and safer to lose a few dollars than to suffer from food poisoning.
Learn to cut properly
The likes of some bar cookies, fudge and chewy brownies can sometimes crumble and fall apart when you try to cut them into squares. An alternative way to cut them is to use a rotary pizza cutter. This can enable you to carry out the task without being concerned about a sharp knife slipping and possibly cutting yourself.
You should cut some very light guidelines with the knife tip before finally using the pizza cutter in order to get perfectly cut bar cookies, brownies and fudge etc.
Other sources of Protein
Soy products and beans are a great way to get protein if you need to add some to your diet. Most grocery stores will stock both these products. Another great substitute for meat is Tofu. This can taste great when it’s broiled, baked or pan-fried with added seasoning. The beans can be boiled with some herbs for a flavorful protein source.
When you are adding seasoning to food, a good rule to follow is to add the seasoning a little at a time rather than adding it all at once in the beginning of the cooking process. This method will help ensure that the flavoring is evenly spread out and that the ingredients are enhanced to the best they can be.
Don’t just guess on the taste of your meatballs and loafs. Take the meat and seasoning mixture and fry up a small hamburger first of all to give you a taste of how your meatloaf or meatballs will turn out. By doing this, you can then add more seasoning or tone them down by adding more meat to the mix.
During cooking, if the consistency of a sauce or gravy is too thin for your liking, try adding some corn starch to it in order to thicken it. You should never use ordinary flour as this can make the sauce taste somewhat “chalky”. Corn starch is a great thickening agent and blends very well with most sauces and gravy.
Why not become a great cook and impress your friends and family by creating an especially tasty sandwich. You can do this by making sure that the fillings and dressing are sufficient and that there are no dry corners to the bread. When in a hurry, people sometimes spread mayonnaise onto a sandwich far too quickly and this can result in there being uneven tasting parts.
When the mayo reaches every corner of the bread, each bite of the sandwich should taste just as good as the last one. An electric stand mixer is a blessing for a cook when you have to make your dough. However, this relatively easy task can sometimes turn into a nightmare when the dough sticks to the dough hook.
In order to avoid a sticky mess, you should spray the hook with a vegetable cooking spray and your dough should not stick to your mixer again.
If you don’t have an education in cooking and an understanding of the various techniques and ingredients, cooking will undoubtedly be difficult. Cooking is both an art and a science at the same time and, in order to success, there must be a foundation for both. So, take these tips, get yourself into the kitchen and start getting stuck into it and become a great cook!