Cooking is one the great joys of some people’s days. For others, it’s a nightmare. Want to join the first group? Read on to find out some tips to make cooking easier and more enjoyable for you. You may just find that cooking isn’t nearly as bad as you thought.
Indenting the center of a hamburger patty by up to one half inch will prevent bulging during cooking. Just a poke in the middle prior to cooking will allow a more even distribution of heat and will stop your burger from swelling on the top, something most of us are all too familiar with.
Make soup stock in large quantities. Soup stock can be used in many different recipes. If you make a large portion of it once, it is easy to store for later use. Just put it in baggies that can be sealed. Put it in the freezer and thaw it out when you need to use it.
Put salt on your cutting board. It can be difficult to cut herbs on your cutting board. They tend to go all over the place. To keep this from happening, just sprinkle a little salt on your cutting board before you begin. This will work to keep them from slipping around.
When you season meats, try cooking a little piece prior to the entire piece. The meats like meatballs, meatloaf, and hamburgers need careful seasoning. It’s best then to not cook all of it immediately, only to find out that the seasoning is off. Instead of this, you should make a small patty, and cook that first. After you do this you can either completely cook it or add more seasoning as you see fit.
Have you ever had feelings of guilt when you have thrown away rotten fruit? Could you instead just cut off the mold and eat the rest like you can with cheese? Sadly, there is really no safe method for using fruit that is partially rotten. Throw the fruit away as mold can grow beyond just what the eye can see, which could end up making you sick.
Cooking can be a joy if you invest in a good, sizable cutting board able to handle all of your cutting and chopping needs. If a butcher block table is out of the budget, look for a durable bamboo or sturdy maple for the job. A cutting board with a recessed groove surrounding the cutting surface is handy to catch juices from carving meats and makes clean up easy. If you will be using a cutting board on a smooth surface, look for one with rubber feet to avoid slipping. Maintain your cutting board with food-grade mineral oil (vegetable and olive oils can turn rancid) and make sure that you properly clean, and more importantly, dry your cutting board after each use to prevent warping.
Know the gender of your eggplant! There are both male and female eggplants, and it pays to know the difference. The seeds of an eggplant can be very bitter. A female eggplant’s seeds have a tendency to be more bitter than those of a male eggplant. You can identify a male eggplant by its base – it will be smooth and round, whereas the female base is more oval in shape and deeply indented.
Hopefully, this article helped you with some easy tips to make cooking a better experience in your daily life. When you know a little more about what you’re doing, it always makes it easier, not to mention less stressful! Remember, cooking is an art, not a science, so relax and just enjoy playing with your food!