Save Time Save Money When You Cook At Home

July 10, 2012 · Posted in Food and Drinks · Comment 

Are you a big fan of every kind of food? Are you someone that loves to eat sweet things? Is a little spicy ethnic food enough to put a spring in your step? Have you ever wished you could cook exotic dishes? It is time to stop wondering about doing it and get it done! We will give you some tips to help you to prepare wonderful, home-cooked foods.

When you are baking pastry crusts, try increasing the cooking time a bit. They should not be a pale blond color, they need to be golden brown. This color means that the sugar has caramelized within the pie crust and will have a crunchy and sweet flavor.

If you are trying to lose weight or lower your cholesterol, try to decrease the amount of fat in your diet. For the most part, both butters and oils contain unneeded fats. A great alternative to oils is a nonstick cooking spray. Not only does it provide the same results as cooking with oils, it also contains less unhealthy ingredients.

Mushrooms will absorb the water like a sponge. Instead, you want to wet a clean cloth and use that to wipe the mushroom off.

“Pay as you go” dishwashing is easy to do. This way you avoid ending up with a big pile of dirty dishes to do after the meal. Have one sink prepared for washing, hot and full of soap. Set the other aside for rinsing, warm and clean. It is much easier to wash cooking utensils right after using them, and in some cases, you’ll need the same utensil again later in the cooking process.

It is important to maintain a wooden cutting board properly. Stressors, like heat or extremes in humidity, can warp or split a cutting board made of wood. Don’t submerge your board in water to clean it. Use a sponge and warm soapy water instead. To repair a damaged cutting board, use an oil designed to restore this type of board. Always allow your board to dry completely, whether it is wet or oiled.

You can fix a pie crust. Your pie dough may break or crack if it is overworked. Put a bit of cold water on the cracks, and use a finger to gently repair them. If the cracked part is on top of the crust, then put some milk on a brush and brush the crust, then add a bit of sugar. The sugar will form a gorgeous glaze, and cracks will remain hidden.

It’s vital that you always use sharp knives when cooking. Dull knives make it harder to cut and are more dangerous to use. You are more likely to cut yourself by using a dull knife, as opposed to when cutting using a sharp knife.

Adding salt to the boiling water when cooking pasta will help flavor it while it cooks. This process will allow the salt to season your pasta while it cooks. Once it’s been cooked, the pasta will be harder to season properly.

Preparation is incredibly important prior to cooking a meal for loved ones. Make sure that you have all of the ingredients available. Check the day before you start to cook to make sure that you have everything that you need to cook the dish you have planned. This can seriously reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Add some interest to a basic ear of corn or dinner roll by using flavored butter. Soften the butter in the microwave, or let it soften to room temperature. Then mix in herbs, spices or sauces to add an extra burst of flavor. You can dabble in any sort of taste from hot peppers to acidic citrus, or even the sweetness of honey.

If you would like to start cooking more food on your own, take a trip to a local library or bookstore where you can find many cookbooks with recipes you can enjoy making at home. Try different recipes until you come up with something that works for you.

By implementing the tips above, you can be on your way to creating restaurant standard food in your own kitchen. Be bold; experiment with new flavors and spices. You may even find out that you have a new favorite meal during the process! Use these tips and your own taste guide you into finding the perfect dishes.

Want to find out more about popcorn makers, then visit Ben Omega’s site on how to choose the best home popcorn maker for your budget.

Keep That Cooking Area Clean

January 30, 2012 · Posted in Family · Comment 

One of the most commonplace diseases today is food poisoning. It starts as a slight pain one or two hours after eating and grows into a life- threatening episode requiring hospitalization.

The most common cause is the salmonella e-coli and listeria bacteria. And, they can be standard problems in the chef’s kitchen.

Common breeding areas for bacteria are kitchen towels, dish rags and brushes, cutting boards, kitchen sinks, door, drawer and fridge handles. Tiny things like timers, whisk handles, pepper mills and salt shakers also become breeding zones for bacteria. You can also add bottles of oil, spice jars, can openers and the controls on your stove or ovens.

Food itself can be storage places for bacteria with the culprits chicken and other birds, eggs, unprepared meats, dairy products, and even fresh fruits and vegetables.

As well as washing your hands regularly while cooking here is a list you should do in your kitchen to reduce the chance of food poisoning:

1. Wash birds in ice cold water when you bring it home from the supermarket and cool immediately. Cook it as quickly as practical.

2. Scrub your hands and the rest that comes in touch with raw chickens.

3. Wash; never reuse knives, cutting boards, towels or anything else that touches raw poultry without washing them. This implies do not use the cutting board or knives to cut veggies or anything more that won't be cooked right away.

4. Scrub your hands after going to the bathroom. Your family is not resistant to your private e-coli!

5. Wash all veg immediately after you bring them home from the market. This includes all fruit including watermelons, strawberries, peaches, mangos, grapes, and nearly every other fruit including bananas.

6. Use a lot of disposable hand towels that may be disposed of. Dish rags and towels are one of the biggest breeding grounds for bacteria.

7. Keep your kitchen counters clean. Utilize a diluted bleach or disinfectant before and after meal preparation.

8. Freeze foods as much as you can and read the labels on condiments, sauces, jams and jellies to see if they need refrigeration after opening. Don't LEAVE MAYO ON THE COUNTER ON A SUMMER DAY! That goes for anything made with the mayo also.

9. Gently wash eggs in ice cold water before putting them in the fridge. There is nothing sterile about an egg that came from the chicken shed.

10. Purchase your meat, especially burger, from a credible butcher shop.

11. Make sure you have a meat thermometer and confirm all protein is cooked to the correct temperature to exterminate the deadly bacteria in meat, birds and fish.

12. Wash your hands!! I can not repeat this enough!

13. Plan your grocery shopping so you go back home straight after you buy perishable foods.

14. If fish smells like fish, don't buy it! If anything smells “off” or not what you are used to, do not buy it.

15. If a can or jar whooshes when you open it, throw it away or even better take it back to the store.

16. Drain things over the sink, not in it. This place is teeming with bacteria. Sterilise it regularly but still keep edible food out of it.

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