Simple Cooking

Cooking Made Simple With Tips Anyone Can Use

Cooking can seem like something that only professionals can do.  But if you have some good information and tips of the trade, then even those who burn toast can make a delicious meal.  All it takes is the right techniques and a little bit of knowledge to turn you into a chef.

Pomegranates are a superfood, but they can be super un-fun to peel. To make it easier, put the pomegranate portions into a bowl of water and gently separate the juicy seeds. The white pith will float to the top and the seeds will sink to the bottom. Collect the floating pith, discard it, and strain the water to be left with a bowlful of delicious seeds!

Buy fruit when it is at its peak at your local farmer’s market.  Use airtight containers, and then freeze it so you can use it to cook or bake with all year long.  Not only will this save you from having to buy pre-packaged frozen fruit at the supermarket, but also you will have the items on hand when they are not in season.

When cooking a steak, place it in the pan on its side, and let the fat drip into the pan.   The side has a pocket of fat on the narrow edge, and the flavorful, rich fat makes for great-added flavor when you continue to cook your steak flat on both sides.

A great way to save money by cooking is to substitute similar items. For example, let’s say that you want steamed green beans at dinner. Fresh green beans cost about $1.50 a pound even during the season, but frozen green beans, which have much the same color and texture, cost less than a dollar a pound.

Although it is tempting, do not add oil to boiling pasta if you will be using the pasta with a sauce. The oil prevents the sauce from adhering to the pasta, and may leave you with a slick, unappealing mess. Give your pasta a stir every couple of minutes as it cooks and use plenty of water, and there should not be any sticking issues.

One of the first steps in becoming a better cook is to better understand cooking in general. The best way to do this is to simply think about your meals every time you eat in a restaurant. When you eat something you find tasty in a restaurant, think about why it tastes so good.

If you want to cut the corn off of the cob the best thing to do is do it one ear at a time and hold it at an angle in a pan. Use a sharp knife and cut it as close to the cob as you can use the milky juices over top of the corn for extra flavor.

If you are preparing a meal for a large family gathering, chances are good that you are probably more than a little stressed-out by the idea. Rather than allowing yourself to panic at the last minute, you should complete all preparations on the night before. This includes setting out ingredients, measurements, and marinades.

Store your lettuce and celery in paper bags and not plastic ones. Do not clean the vegetables or take off the leaves on the stalk or on the outside, until you are ready to cook them. This will ensure that it stays fresh inside of the refrigerator and you can cook with them.

Invest some time reading recipes before you actually attempt them.  You will save time, and possibly money.  Understanding all the components needed for a recipe beforehand will not only allow you to make sure that you have them, but it can also prevent you from making mistakes that can waste your time and ingredients.

When freezing foods like soups, vegetables, and sauces, place the foods into resealable freezer bags and lay them flat in the freezer. When the foods freeze, they will remain flat, allowing you to easily stack them and maximize the space in your freezer. The foods will also thaw faster, since the surface area of the food is maximized.

Now that you have read some of these great tips, you should be ready to tackle making something delicious.  Practice will make perfect though, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right the first time around.  Just like in anything else, let failure be your teacher.