Creating The Perfect Candlelight Dinner For Your Mate

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    Having to cook meals three times, every single day can become tedious over time. Learning moreabout cooking can be just the tactic you need to bring back your enthusiasm. Cooking doesn't haveto be work; it can be pleasant and enlightening instead. Here are a few great tips on cooking to helpget you going.

    You should store your spices and herbs in a cool dry space out of direct sunlight to avoid flavor loss.Light, heat, and humidity will cause their flavor to weaken. Ground herbs and spices will retain theirflavor for about a year. Whole spices may retain flavor for up to five years. When stored properly,spice stay fresh for longer periods of time.

    Get a cookbook with easy recipes or a specific theme you find interesting to get you started. Trylooking online or to your local library or bookstore. Be as patient as you can be when you arelearning how to cook.

    Certain types of cooking such as boiling, can strip vegetables of their valuable nutrients. In order toretain their most important attributes, opt for steamed, sauteed or even raw vegetables.

    Great Recipes

    Are you a fan of using fresh basil? Take out a glass and put some fresh basil inside. Put enoughwater into the glass to cover the stems but not the leaves. Basil will stay fresh in bowl of water forup to four weeks. Switching out the water from time to time will cause the basil to grow, as well. Youshould also trim the basil once in a while so it grows even more.

    These will work as a sponge and soak up the water. The right way to clean the mushrooms would beby hand, using a clean, wet cloth.

    When you are cooking with garlic, you may notice that your hands will pick up the strong smell.After touching garlic or another strong-smelling ingredient, stop and rub your hands on yourstainless steel faucet. This helps clean your hands and keep you from transferring the smell ontoyour other foods.

    If you make sauce, freeze it into ice cubs to use later on. Just melt the sauce cubes in a sauce panwhen you are ready to prepare dinner. Nothing to worry about as the sauce will be fine even afterit's been sitting in ice cube trays.

    Proper timing of grilled meat can be tricky to figure out. Use an accurate digital meat thermometerto ensure the meat is thoroughly cooked. If you have thick meat, more than a inch and a half, closethe grill to make cooking time shorter.

    If your burgers seem to be sticking to the surface of your grill, it may be hard to take them offwithout breaking them. Try brushing a thin coating of vegetable oil on the grill or pan to keep foodfrom sticking.

    If you are going to be making chicken stock, it is best to go big or not at all. If you prepare a large

  • pot of stock, it can be frozen and stored for future use. Having this delicious chicken stock on handwill be useful when you are making soups, casseroles, stews and so much more. To preserve yourstock for future use, just simply make sure that it is stored in heavy duty freezer bags and frozensolid. This way the stock should keep for several months or so.

    Use extra virgin olive oil when necessary instead of oils that are high in saturated fat. Unnecessaryfats are contained in butters and oils. Try using nonstick cooking spray instead: this product doesnot contain anything unhealthy and works just like oil.

    Know how much cooking oil to use. To make sure the fat content in your food is as low as possible,carefully measure the oil you cook with instead of just eye-balling it. This will give you the ability toknow exactly how much oil is going into the pan at a time.

    Leaving the bone in is an easy way to decrease the cook time for a roast. Heat will be distributed tothe center of the roasting pan more quickly by the bone. Once cooked, carve the bone out and servethe meat as normal.

    It is important to only use wine that you typically drink when you are cooking. Using cheap orunfamiliar wine puts the flavor of your food in danger. Look through your grocery store to find winesthat are used specifically for cooking.

    Your cutting board retains the odors of certain herbs and vegetables despite repeated scrubbings.Put a waterproof mark on the end of the cutting board so you'll know which side to use.

    Rinse and dry your fresh cut onions before you put them in your salsa. Onions have plenty ofsulfurous gas. This could ruin your salsa. Rinsing and drying the raw onions gets rid of the sulfurousgas.

    There are different ways to heat up tortillas. The first way is to turn your oven on at 350 degrees andplace the tortilla on the rack directly until it's as crispy as you want it. Using a gas stove top is also agreat method where you put the tortilla on the grill right above the flame. You will have a bettertasting tortilla if you use these suggestions.

    Make sure to use fresh herbs and seasonings whenever cooking a simple dish. If the recipe iscomplicated and combines many different flavors, dried herbs are acceptable. Regardless, freshherbs always offer better flavor than their dried counterparts. A good way to always have herbs onhand is to grow a little garden. Even a few pots in the window sill can give you a lot of fresh herbs ondemand.

    Cook with style by using these guidelines, and you will be able to start a new hobby. It is actually funto cook when you know how to do so. As you figure out what you love cooking, you might even learnmore about yourself. As you enjoy cooking more and more, not only will you have fun with it, yourmeals will taste better.