Many people view cooking in a negative way. This article has many excellent tips that can help you do just that.
When not in use, put your spices in an area that receives the lowest amount of light and heat. If they are stored in an area that they are exposed to light, heat and humidity, their shelf life is shortened. When spices are stored in an adequately dark and cool area, they tend to retain their taste and shelf life for greater periods of time. If you use fresh spices, your food will taste better.
It is important to add oil to the side of the pan when you are cooking so that it is already warmed when it finally gets to the delicious food you are preparing. Having the oil at the right temperature when you cook with it will make the flavors pop.
Freeze your meat slightly and you will find that it slices with ease. This is especially helpful if you are preparing an Oriental dish. By partially freezing the meat, it can be sliced with much less effort and with little damage, too, as the fibers will will be less likely to tear. Before you cook the sliced meat, however, you must first allow the strips to thaw.
You can reduce the fat and calorie content of regular mashed potatoes by substituting part of the potatoes with mashed cauliflower. This won’t affect the taste but it adds a handful of nutrition. Cauliflower tends to have a bland taste, so this will blend nicely with the potatoes, and will pick up other ingredients, as well. Cauliflower mixes easily with potatoes and will become hard to notice while reducing your intake of carbs.
As the article shows, there are many ways to make cooking less of a drag and more interesting. By following the tips presented above, your time in the kitchen can be a creative, joyful experience.