Learning to cook seems like an impossible task to some but with diligence and practice anyone can learn to cook! There are many recipes in books, magazines and even online for every type of person from a beginner to a professional. There are many classes you can take as well at culinary schools. Read the following tips to improve your experience in the kitchen.
Learn to make a good roux. When you are learning to make the best bases for your cooking, consider learning the art of making a roux. It consists of mixing oils, fats, or butters and cooking with flour. If you enjoy making Cajun or French foods, roux is a mainstay.
It is important to know that the smaller the item, the longer it takes to cook. Many people think that smaller items do not take long to cook, therefore the item does not cook thoroughly. Usually, larger items do not take as long to cook and because people think they do, these items get burnt.
Store speciality oils correctly. Keep specialty oils in the coolest, darkest area of your cupboard or pantry. Try to use the oil within three months of opening. Hazelnut and walnut oil are highly perishable, and should be kept in the refrigerator. Olive oil, however, should never be refrigerated, as the cold temperature can ruin its flavor.
When cooking a steak, place it in the pan on its side, and let the fat drip into the pan. The side has a pocket of fat on the narrow edge, and the flavorful, rich fat makes for great-added flavor when you continue to cook your steak flat on both sides.
Learn to use your hands when cooking (after washing them thoroughly first of course!). Hands are the most sensitive yet versatile cooking utensil you will own. They can be used for mixing, measuring and testing whether a product is cooked enough. A cake, for example, will show that it is done by springing back when touched lightly with a finger on its top.
Cook your chicken over other ingredients. If you are making a chicken dish that includes an ingredient like onions, cook the chicken over them. Oil the pan and cut the onion into slices. Put them in the pan and place the chicken over them. The juices from the chicken will soak into the onion.
When making a green salad for a potluck or picnic, place an upside-down saucer at the bottom of the salad bowl. Extra dressing and juice from vegetables like tomatoes will seep to the bottom and run underneath the saucer, which keeps the greens in the salad crisp and free from wilting.
Whip up some Angel Food Delight for a quick tasty desert. All you need is five ingredients, a pack of flavored jello, a pack of shelled nuts, some canned fruit cocktail, some cottage cheese and a frozen tub of whipped cream. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and refrigerate before serving.
Anyone can learn to cook. Starting from the ground and building up your skills using your researching skills is very beneficial. With a little patience and a flair for giving your loved ones and yourself a great meal, you can learn and become a pro at cooking at any age!