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Useful Cooking Tips

There are hundreds of things that can be said here. If you’re a newbie in the kitchen, then probably everyone older than you is telling you how you should organize things in your kitchen, how you should store some ingredients, how you should prepare your dishes etc. Here are some tips offered by top chefs who run some of the best restaurants in the world.

• Always make stock in a large quantity and freeze it in plastic bags. That way, when you want to make a soup or boil vegetables, you can simply pull the bag out of freezer. – Charlie Trotter from Charlie Trotter’s, Chicago
• If you’re cooking for someone important – whether it’s your boss or a date – never try a new recipe and a new ingredient at the same time. – Marcus Samuelson from Red Roaster, NY City
• Cook pasta one minute less than the package instructions and cook it the rest of the way in the pan with sauce. – Mario Batali from Iron Chef America
• If you find you need more oil in the pan when sautéing, add it in a stream along the edges of the pan so that by the time oil reaches the ingredient being cooked, it will be heated. – Anita Lo from Annisa, NY City
• When chopping herbs, toss a little salt onto the cutting board; it will keep the herbs from flying around. – Joanne Chang from Flour Bakery & Café, Boston

Reinvent Your Microwave

When it first became available, the microwave was immediately a very popular food heater. But, the microwave is today used in many different ways. Even recipes for microwave dishes can be found. Did you know that the microwave can be used in many great ways? It can actually make your life (and cooking) a lot easier.

Slicing onions and melting margarine has never been so easy

There is a simple way to slice an onion without tears. Peal it and cut the upper and lower ends and then put the onions in the microwave for 30 seconds. By doing this, all juices will disappear, but the taste will be preserved. And there will be no tears while slicing it. Another useful thing a microwave can do for you is melt margarine faster than the traditional way of melting. One minute in the microwave will be enough for the margarine to melt.

Restore the freshness of cereals and potato chips

If you want to restore the crunchiness of potato chips, the microwave can be your perfect tool for this. Take a ceramic bowl, put paper towels and then the chips in it. The paper towels will soak up all the moisture. Besides potato chips, stale crackers and cereal can benefit from this trick. The only difference is that now you don’t have to use the paper towels. Place the crackers or cereal in the microwave for 30 seconds, and their freshness will be magically restored.

Use it for toasting

With a microwave, toasting nuts and almonds has never been easier (and faster). Spread the nuts or almonds on a microwaveable plate, set the temperature on high, and let it sit for one minute. Stir every minute for 4-5 minutes, and you’ll get perfectly toasted nuts or almonds in a heart beat.

Effective Cooking tips for girls

In our daily life every one cooks, it’s a part of our daily routine. Some people cook because they love cooking and cooking is fun for them .Cooking is not difficult you just need to know about some tricks and tips for cooking. Girls are more interested in cooking. Those girls who found cooking difficult, here are the some tips for them that will help them, and make their cooking easier.

1)keeping your kitchen clean:

Before anything first you need to keep your kitchen neat and clean. The kitchen is a place where you cook, keeping it clean is very important, because it makes your food hygienic. If you eat hygienic food then only you can live healthy and active life.

2)You can roast your vegetables:

Almost every vegetables that we use, can be roasted easily. You just need to roast your vegetables in an oil, add some salt in it and  freeze it. This tip is very helpful, especially for the working women, like if they are in a hurry, you just need to take out your roasted vegetables and cook it for a few minutes.

3)Easily Caramelize your onions:

Caramelizing onions take some time. Easy tip for caramelizing onions is that you just need to add a pinch of baking soda in your pan when you are frying your onions. This tip is very effective and make your onions caramelize in just few seconds.

4)Don’t over crowed your pan:

when you are using your pan don’t overcrowd it with vegetables or other things ,it will add too much moisture to your food and can make it too much soft.

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5)Use a micro plane for cutting:

Cutting vegetables and other things with a knife can take too much time, by using micro plane, you can easily and quickly cuts all the vegetables. It’s more safe than a knife.

6)Use measurement equipments:

Baking is all about perfect measurements. Use measurement cups and spoons for baking. It will help you to bake perfect things.

7)For keeping your food in a fridge:

when you cook food ,wait until it becomes cool and then put it in a fridge, otherwise your food can be damage.

8)Use line roasted pans:

when you are roasting anything, roast it in a line roasted pan because roasted pans that have line are easy to wash and the food don’t stick with it, while on the other pans food can be stuck.

 

Tips For Cooking Without Making A Mess

Cooking can be a fun thing to do…until you reach a point when you have to wash every single bowl you used. So, in order to make your life simpler, here are 5 tips about how to cook without making a mess.

1. Roasting and baking – Parchment paper is well known for keeping things clean when it comes to roasting and baking. It has several uses – first of all, the pan won’t get dirty, so all you have to do after baking is simply wash it under cold water. And second, this paper can even be reused – not only do you save your money, but you’re keeping your pans clean.

2. “Organic” bowl – Things like peeling garlic or chopping fruit or vegetables can create too much mess in your kitchen. In order to avoid that, place a bowl on your counter so you can easily sweep all organic waste into it.

3. Useful mug – Putting a mug on your counter can be very useful if you use it to keep all your utensils in it while cooking. This way you’ll know where your ‘’tools’’ are, and you won’t have to lose time looking for a spoon.

4. Cooking spray – There is one very useful trick that will save your time and will keep your kitchen clean. When you need to do a lot of measuring, use a cooking spray on your measuring spoons or cups. By doing this, all the liquids will glide out without any mess.

5. Wrap it – If you’re cooking using a recipe from a laptop or cookbook, place a piece of plastic wrap over the top to protect it. This pretty useful trick will save your device – or your grandma’s valuable cookbook.

Spice Up Your Meal

You’ve found the perfect recipe online, purchased the ingredients and now you’re ready to start cooking. But, if you really want to be a true master chef, you’ll need to learn how to use spices to your advantage.A perfectly prepared dish doesn’t guarantee success unless it’s well seasoned. You should forget all about “conventional” spices and start a journey on which you’ll learn something more about rare and unusual spices.

Fennel pollen – Fennel pollen is very rare due to the fact that it’s extracted from wild fennel which can be found only in Italy and California. Wild fennel has a much stronger and sweeter taste that the “regular” one. Because it’s rare, it’s also expensive, so be prepared to pay around $25 per ounce.

Saffron –Saffron is made from the dried up stigma of the crocus plant. Just as the previous spice, saffron is also very expensive, but it’s worth every cent. It has a long shelf life and you’ll need very small amounts per dish, so buying saffron can be a very good investment.

Sumac – Sumac is probably the most affordable spice – it costs around $1 per ounce. It has a sour, citrusy flavor, something similar to lemon, so the best results will be achieved if you use it to season seafood dishes.