Dried_Roma_TomatoesIt will take some time and effort to develop this skill, however. Knowing how to cook is something that is very rewarding and worthwhile. Follow these tips to improve your cooking skills.
TIP! Give pre-cut, raw potatoes a cold water bath for a half-hour prior to frying for crispier French fries. A cold water soak helps the potatoes stand up to the rigors of deep fat frying.

Don’t throw out turkey leftovers, whether it is from a holiday dinner or an everyday meal. Instead, cut them up and put them in an airtight package and place it in your freezer. Doing this will keep the turkey fresh for several weeks, and it can be made into a sandwich or a salad whenever you want.

TIP! Apples tend to be a big ingredient during fall and winter, but they tend to spoil quickly if not stored properly. Dry warm air will cause them to rot, so make sure they are stored in a loose plastic bag in the fridge or in a cool basement.

A good cook takes pride in keeping a set of well-sharpened knives. Dull knives are difficult to use and they are dangerous to cut with too. A cut is more likely when you push down hard on a dull knife that when you cut easily with a sharp one.

TIP! Make all the preparations for your food before you begin to cook it. Otherwise, you might use the stove longer than you need to, and waiting can also make it safer and harder to burn food.

Learn about any new foods that you haven’t worked with before. You might be surprised how much you can do with that new food. Giving yourself more knowledge prior to cooking anything will go a long way towards improving the overall experience.

Dried Tomatoes

TIP! When you slice fresh fruit, it can turn brown if exposed to the air. Examples of such fruits are pears, avocados, bananas, apples and peaches.

Make your own dried tomatoes. Slice a large, ripened tomato in half-inch-thick slices. If you are using Roma tomatoes, slice them lengthwise into two pieces. Then put them on a rack that you might use to cool cookies and then lightly cover them with salt. The rack should then be placed on a baking sheet in an oven set to 190 degrees for no more than 10 hours. You can store your dried tomatoes in a plastic bag in the freezer. Another option is to place the tomatoes in a jar and cover them with fresh herbs and olive oil. Put this jar in the fridge and use it up in two weeks time.

TIP! Try to make dinner preparations the evening before. You can cut up ingredients, measure spices, marinate meat and prepare sauces 24 hours in advance to avoid the stress of preparing a more complex meal.

Measure out your cooking oil! To cook with less fat, measure specific amounts of oil instead of pouring oil into the pan straight from the bottle. Doing this lets you be very mindful of just how much oil you are actually using in your cooking.

TIP! If you are using nonstick cookware, make sure to use nylon, rubber, or silicone spatulas. If you use your wood or metal utensils, you could chip up the nonstick coating to the point where it doesn’t work as well, and the coating could get into your food.

Doing all of the things you need to in order to prepare a meal is a vital part of the cooking process. Look at your recipe, and ensure that you aren’t missing any ingredients. Plan your meal a day in advance to make sure you have everything you need. This can seriously reduce stress and anxiety levels.

TIP! If you want to avoid the greasy mess that you can get when you warm up leftover food that is oily, try baking it rather than microwaving it. Because the oil heats the fastest out of the ingredients, the heat that comes out of the microwave can make it separate from the rest of the meal.

Consider using a potato with a thick skin if you want your twice baked potato to have a firm skin. Red potatoes have too thin a skin to hold a thicker filling.

TIP! Always take good care of your wooden cutting board. A cutting board made from wood can crack and warp if it is exposed to excessive moisture, heat and dryness.

To easily measure sticky foods, use cooking oil! By applying a light coat of oil to your substance, you can make it easier to clean up. This works well for peanut butter and honey too.

TIP! Add spices to meals after they are cooked. Salt and pepper are everyday seasonings, but a little garlic, ginger, or cayenne can add an interesting zest to a prepared meal.

Slice your meat very thinly for stir-fry dishes. This can require some time and some effort. Cut your meat as it is still a little frozen and cut it at a forty five degree angle, with the bias.

TIP! If you’ve made a big pot of sauce, freeze the leftovers by pouring the extra sauce into ice cube trays. You will then have it readily available for when you need to make a quick and easy meal.

Get rid of any extra fat in your soups and stews. Allow the soup or stew to cool down completely, so that the excess fat will rise to the top. Try putting an icecube in a spoon, then skimming it accross the surface of the liquid. The fat will begin collecting on the ice cube. Take a paper towel and blot away the fat that collects.

TIP! When cooking with skewers, be aware of some important facts. When using metal skewers, square or twisted skewers hold food better than the round skewers.

Save a little bit of your pasta water when making pasta sauce. Save around 1/4 cup of water and put it aside. When you are going to mix your pasta and sauce together, add some of the saved water. Starches present in the retained water can contribute to a creamier sauce when combined.

TIP! When you cook a pumpkin, the first step is to slice in in half vertically. Lay each half on it’s own cookie sheet with the cut side facing down.

Now ask yourself if you are prepared to live what you learned in this piece. By using the tips from the above article, you have all the tools necessary to start cooking amazing food! No matter what your reason is for deciding to cook, you will no doubt enjoy serving a meal made by your own hands. You can’t just learn to cook overnight. However, having this tasty dish to show for your efforts is well worth the work!

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