Get Ready, Get Set, Cook

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In case you don’t know what cooking is, cooking is the practice or skill of preparing food by combining, mixing or heating ingredients so one can eat it. Before you get started cooking let me give you some basic cooking tips.

  1. It’s all about prep. One of the things that have helped with taking the stress from cooking is doing a lot of the prep work before hand. It’s just kinda nice to have everything laid out in order so you are not running around like a chicken with his head cut off looking for the right stuff. Measuring out the right measurements in a bowl so that you can just grab it and go is a good idea also.
  2. Remeber! The smaller chocolate chip cookiesthe item, the higher the temp needs to be. For example for cookies, you wanna cook on a high temp at about 400 or 450, as for a casserole, you would wanna cook at about 350 or so. If you do this you will always have the perfect end result.
  3. You want to also store all spices and herbs in a cool, dry place. If you put them on the counter or above the stove the heat and light will make them lose their flavor.
  4. Freezing already prepared food. Won’t it be nice to just go to the freezer and be able to pull a bag out, heat it up and just eat it? Well, you can, just put that extra food in freezer bags and store it for later use. I’m telling ya that come in handy when you have had a busy day out with the kids.
  5. Now this one is very important. When inviting a guest over to eat- whethe
    r it is your boss or a date- NEVER try a new recipe you have never cooked before. It almost always turns out to be a terrible, disaster that not even fit to eat. I should know it has happened to me over and over.
  6. When cooking pasta try cooking it one less minute then it instructs on the package then finish cooking it in the pan with the rest of your ingredients. Doing this will help it not become overly soggy.spaghetti
  7. You know when you cook with garlic or onions the smell is so hard to getoff your hands? Well, here is something fantastic that I have learned. Try rubbing your hand vigorously on your stainless steel sink for about 30 or 40 seconds to remove the odor.
  8. Rich, creamy dressing? Sounds good, but very fattening. Here’s a little secret substitute half the mayo with Greek yogurt. Still delicious and still watching that waistline.
  9. When chopping herbs, toss some salt on the cutting board to keep pieces from flying all over the place.
  10. Yummy fried chicken! If chicken isn’t cooked just right sometimes it doesn’t turn out so yummy, either it’s not done on the inside and burnt on the outside or it’s overcooked on the inside and soggy on the outside. The key for getting that good crispy outside and a nice, juicy inside is slow and low. Keep that fire real low and slowly cook it. Be patient with it, good fried chicken is hard to come by.
  11. When baking, try leaving the butter and eggs out overnight. The results will be worth it I guarantee you.
  12. Taste as you go. Nothing is worse than sitting down to a meal when your famished and the taste being off. Tasting your food while you are cooking will help you get food seasoned to perfection.
  13. Who doesn’t like a piece of good juice meat right off the grill? Let it rest awhile before cutting into it. The wonderful juice coming from it will make you want another bite.
  14. To help your vegetables keep their beautiful color, soak them in ice cold water before boiling them.
  15. To test the cake to see if it’s done, insert a toothpick into it. If the toothpick comes out clean your good to go!

 

Here is a video with even more tips on getting started when cooking a good meal.