Put any of the unripened fruits you buy in a plastic bag with small holes on the bag. As they ripen, they will create ethylene gas. If you put them in a perforated plastic bag, the air can circulate and assure that the gas is retained, keeping the fruit fresh and tasty. Err on the side of caution by setting a watch timer, in addition to the oven timer. Having a timer with you ensures that you hear it go off wherever you are in the house or even outside.
When serving salad to guests, leave the dressing on the side. The amount dressing that people prefer on their salad varies so allow guests to add their own dressing. Also, try and include different types of dressings. If you saute a food, don’t overload the pan. The extra moisture creates steaming which will prevent the food from attaining the crispy texture that sauteing is known for. Saute at a lower temperature as well. Don’t cook with wines that you don’t enjoy drinking. If you mix random wines into your food, you may find that the wine you have chosen spoils the dish. If you want a safe bet, most liquor stores carry cooking wines.
Try some new ideas for oysters. Oysters are commonly served raw with a splash of lemon juice, but there are other ways to prepare them. Crack open some oysters, leave them in their shells, place them on a broiling pan, and pour a little cream over them. Drop fresh black pepper and Parmesan on top of them, and place under the broiler until they start to bubble. You may want to try sauteing oysters. Lightly cover with seasoned flour then fry in some hot butter approximately two minutes or until golden. Bake oysters with shells still in tact. Use a casserole dish to bake oysters for four or five minutes at 425 degrees, after dabbing them lightly with butter and covering them with fresh breadcrumbs. When you notice the juices and butter bubbling, serve it hot with a baguette that is toasted.
A nutritious way to reduce the calories from your mashed potatoes is to replace some of the potatoes with cauliflower. Cauliflower has little taste of its own, so it will blend right into your potatoes and pick up flavors from whatever other ingredients you use. Additionally, cauliflower has the same texture and color as mashed potatoes, so it makes it an easy, healthy addition to your dish. If you have the time, always reheat oily dishes in the oven as opposed to the microwave. This will keep you from having a greasy mess. By placing your food in a microwave you’ll find that the oil will separate from everything else, drying your food out. Baking, however, heats a dish slowly and consistently, preventing the ingredients from separating.
Cooking is a skill, a profession, an art form, and a hobby. Take lots of advice from others who are good at cooking. It’s the best way you can learn. Try these tips out when you cook a meal for your family and watch their faces light up with joy when they realize how great your food tastes.
When placing seasoning on meat, try a small piece prior to cooking the whole thing. Meats such as meatballs, hamburgers and meatloaf need to be seasoned carefully. To ensure your seasoning is correct, do not cook all the mwat at one time. Instead, make a little piece into a patty and cook it first. Once you like the way this piece comes out, you can cook the rest.
There is not just one kind of potato, and each kind works best in different recipes. Some potatoes are waxy and are great for making things like boiled potatoes or potato salad but are not so good for french fries, mashed potatoes, or baked potatoes. Russet potatoes are best suited for baking or mashing, or for making french fries. It is important to properly care for your wood cutting board if you want it to last a long time. A cutting board made from wood can crack and warp if it is exposed to excessive moisture, heat and dryness. Cutting boards should never be immersed in water, but cleaned with a soapy sponge and rinsed off. To restore a damaged board, oil it on a regular basis, using a product specifically designed for wood cutting boards. Make sure that your board is completely dry before you use it.