Improving your cooking skills can seem a tad overwhelming. Sometimes just looking at a cookbook can make cooking seem harder than it is. Learning to cook doesn’t have to be that difficult. Here are a few tips that may be useful to you.
Make sure that you understand the conversions for substituting dried herbs for fresh in recipes. While some herbs lose flavor during the drying process, others like oregano can intensify. If you are unsure how much of an herb to use, start with small amounts and gradually add more.
When you are chopping herbs before your meal, throw a little bit of salt on the chopping board. This adds extra friction so you can maximize your cuts. Quality cuts of herbs will produce a great meal!
It is important to season all of the meat you are cooking evenly. Sprinkle seasoning lightly over the meat like snow. This will even your seasoning and prevent it from clumping. Also, the flavor will be consistent all the way through it.
Keep your pantry well stocked with a selection of canned meats. These come in handy when you need to prepare a meal quickly. Plus, you never know when the power may go out! Simply add a few other ingredients from your pantry and you can have a quick and easy dinner.
Remove the skin from nuts such as almonds and pistachios when cooking. You can blanch the nuts by boiling them in a pan of water for one minute. Drain the nuts, and place them on a towel. Fold the towel over the nuts, and rub back and forth. The skins should rub off onto the towel.
To keep foods crispy in the oven, try using a wire rack on top of your baking sheet. If your oven “fried” chicken strips or other breaded items, tend to come out soggy on the bottom, try placing them on the wire rack. This allows air to circulate on all sides and bakes the food evenly for a nice crunch.
I hope these simple tips will allow you to gain more experience and become more comfortable in the kitchen. Happy Cooking!