Getting Started

First off, when it comes to cooking, I’ve found a few tips that can improve flavor and make cooking easier. For my first post, I am going to share some tips that I have helped my cooking.

  • Have spices on hand. Some of my favorite spices are Italian seasoning, onion powder and garlic powder.
  • If you don’t have a pepper grinder for cracked pepper, invest in one because it will improve your cooking by a lot.

Spice of Life/Pepper Corns

  • Buy quality pans. If you buy cheap pans, most likely they won’t last long and then end up paying more replacing them.
  • Cook in bulk and save leftovers. You will save a lot of money this way.
  • Before I start cooking, I like to pour myself a glass of wine and put some oldies on. It makes it a little more fun.

White wine

  • Always read the entire recipe before you start cooking.
  • Don’t “over-handle” food. For instance, when it comes to burgers or pancakes people want to press down on them with a spatula, causing them to lose moisture and thickness.

  • Try not to rush through cooking, set aside time for it and plan ahead such as when it comes to thawing chicken.
  • Don’t take meat straight from the fridge to the grill because food will cook unevenly.

  • Crack eggs on a flat surface. It may go against what most of us have been taught over the years but it makes the break on the egg cleaner and less shards that could possibly go in your food.

fresh brown eggs in carton

  • When baking cookies, do a tester first. Put a single cookie on the sheet to see if your dough is right.
  • If you are cooking dinner for someone for the first time, make sure it’s not the first time you try the recipe. Try an old favorite.

  • When making cocktails, use larger ice cubes. Your drink won’t get watered down as fast because there is less surface area on the ice.
  • Avoid the microwave unless you absolutely have to use it. If you can use an oven or the stove top your food will taste much better.
  • Find a recipe you like? Keep a book and write recipes down in it with modifications or changes that went well.
  • When buying coffee, if you like your caffeine, go for a lighter roast. In the roasting process, they lose caffeine the more they are roasted.

Coffee beans

  • A foolproof way of seeing if your noodles are fully cooked is by throwing them on the ceiling. If they stick, they are finished. Note: Do not leave them there because that would be weird.

Cooking is a skill that can be tough to learn. I am always learning new things every time I try a new recipe. You will learn as you go and be surprised how easy some recipes can be.

Photos: FreeRangePhotos

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