There is no one in the world who is incapable of learning how to cook. Some people just need a little more practice than others. Lots of people make the mistake of giving up learning to cook after failing to get a recipe right the first time but cooking requires knowledge to really succeed. Here are some tips to help you on the right track.
One of the greatest things that you can do is to cook with family members or friends. When you cook with someone else, you will be able to pick up on tricks that they implement and will be able to better yourself as a cook. Talk to them to see how their thought process works, to elevate your expertise.
To take the metallic taste out of canned pumpkin pie filling, heat the filling with all of your spices first. Simply mixing your filling with the other ingredients and then baking traps the metallic taste in your finished pie. But by heating your pumpkin filling alone with the spices first, you release the metallic taste of the filling and simultaneously imbue it with the richer taste of spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.
While some foods need to be cooked at a high temperatures for short times, larger foods need to be cooked at lower temperatures for longer times. Doing so will allow the larger foods to slowly release their flavors as they cook and to be cooked evenly without under or over cooking.
When buying brussels sprouts, always look for the smallest ones possible. The smallest brussels sprouts, those that are less than an inch across, are much less bitter than their full-grown counterparts. Rather than boiling them into a mushy mess, try roasting them in the oven with a little oil, salt and garlic. If you can’t find small brussels sprouts, simply cut larger ones into quarters.
Always read a new recipe thoroughly before you begin cooking, preheating, or prepping. This prevents the hassles of running into surprise ingredients, equipment, or techniques and gives you a chance to hunt down substitutions–or a new recipe–if needed. Ideally, read the recipe before you do your shopping to ensure that you grab everything you need.
Learn the difference between boiling and simmering, and pay close attention to which one a recipe calls for. A rolling boil means loads of bubbles constantly breaking at the surface of the liquid, while a simmer means that sparse bubbles meander slowly to the top. Boiling something that should be simmered can result in painful splashes, overly reduced sauces, and tough meats.
Choose authentic parmesan cheese for the best flavor. Parmagiana reggiano is authentic parmesan cheese, made according to strict standards in certain areas around Reggio Emilia in Central Italy. It has a nutty, mellow flavor that is highly superior to parmesan cheese that is produced elsewhere. For the best flavor, buy the cheese in chunks, and only grate it when you are ready to eat.
When you are cooking meat and adding seasoning to it, use an even sprinkling gesture to apply the seasoning. You should season from a decent height and aim to produce an even “snowfall” effect. Executed properly, this technique ensures consistent coverage and avoids leaving over-seasoned clumps or seasoning-free areas on the meat.
If you want to optimize the amount of juice that you get from a lime, put it in the microwave for 10 seconds. This will allow the liquid to flow easily when you cut the lime, so that you can add this to your favorite meals. Use this trick anytime you serve a lemon or lime.
Without an education in cooking and an understanding of techniques and ingredients, cooking will be difficult. Cooking is both an art and a science and there must be a foundation for both, in order to succeed. Take these tips and get yourself into the kitchen and start getting those pots ready to boil!