Tips For Cooks

Tips And Helpful Hints For Aspiring Cooks

Every cook loves to learn new things about cooking. The same can be said about novice cooks. Cooking can be a chore sometimes, but more often, it can just be an enjoyable experience which culminates in a delicious meal. This article can add to your knowledge and joy of cooking.

When cooking, be sure that you use as much low fat or lite dressings as you can.  This is important because this is an extremely easy way to prevent unnecessary fat and calories from being consumed by both you and the people eating your food.  In moderation, the regular types are acceptable.

Tin foil is indispensable for campfire cooking!  You can make hobo meals either at the campsite or before you ever leave home.  Just lay a serving of your meat of choice in the middle of a large square of aluminum foil.  Garnish it with some cubed potatoes, onions, celery or whatever vegetables you like.  Fold the tinfoil around the packet of food and cook it right on the coals!

Don’t get caught out when entertaining. If you are entertaining 8 or more people, aim to serve four different kinds of hors d’oeuvres.  Each from one of the following categories: fish or shellfish, meat, vegetables and cheese. Bite-sized pieces are ideal, with the exception of veggies for dipping. When figuring out the amount of hors d’oeuvres, try to offer 6 pieces per person per hour.

If you’re tired of sautéing the garlic, only to have it burn, try slicing it into strips instead of mincing it.  It is much less likely to burn that way and you can always cut it down into smaller pieces after you have finished the sauté, if you need to.

When cooking fruit pies, avoid messy spills in your oven, To avoid a bubbling mess on the bottom of your oven, place a baking sheet or pizza pan on a shelf below the pie. Don’t line the bottom of the stove with aluminum foil, as this will prevent proper circulation.

Make hard-boiled eggs using older eggs rather than fresh ones, if possible. Fresh eggs are much more difficult to peel, while eggs that are a couple of weeks old peel much easier. Run the egg under cold water after cracking the shell to help the membrane separate from the egg white.

Keep it familiar when you are having guests. Cooking can quickly go from fun to entertainment disaster when you try too many complicated things at the same time. A good rule of thumb successful cooks follow is to never-mix a new ingredient and new recipe in the same meal.

If you are unsure of your boiling potatoes are done it would help if you stuck them with a knife.  If the potato comes out of the water stuck on the knife then it means that they are not ready yet, but if they slide off easily then they are done.

When baking a pie crust sans filling, such as for a pudding pie, use pie weights to prevent the crust from bubbling or becoming misshapen.  These small pieces of ceramic fill a paper-covered crust and weigh it down to prevent shrinkage, and they can be used over and over again.

Buy your Thanksgiving turkey fresh not frozen!  The frozen birds taste ok but who has the time or energy to thaw one out?  A fresh turkey often costs little more than the frozen variety.  When you calculate in the time you have to spend just getting it ready to go in the oven it’s just not worth it!

To remove a batch of fudge from the pan with ease, first line the pan with aluminum foil that you have generously greased using butter, margarine, or a butter-flavored cooking spray.  When set, simply lift the block of fudge up and out of the pan using the aluminum foil and you will then be able to peel the foil away from the fudge for cutting without the  sticky mess.

As stated at the beginning of the article, cooking is a joy whether you are experienced or just beginning. A good cook is always learning new things and experimenting. By reading this article and adding to your repertoire of cooking skills, you also add to your enjoyment of a meal that is well done.