For every homemaker, tips on proper food selection, preparation and cooking are helpful as they face their day-to-day culinary battles. Here, are a few guidelines and cooking ABC’s that may come handy every time you plunge in the kitchen arena.
Appetizers are small dishes served before a meal. They help in stimulating one’s palate and in triggering one’s appetite. Examples of appetizers are olives, chips and dips, and thin slices of spicy meats. As for cold appetizers such as shrimps and cheese, you can serve it above a block of ice. Colorful presentation is another detail to be highly considered when serving appetizers.
Barbecuing is to smoke meat for a couple of hours using heat from charcoals or wood fire. When chicken is to be barbecued, the ideal weight of the meat is 2 pounds. This allows the chicken to be juicy and of the perfect texture. As for pork, it is highly preferable to cook it in thin slices. Lastly, when you want to cook beef barbecue, see to it that the beef’s thickness must be more than half an inch or else it will easily dry out.
When cooking vegetable, you can apply any possible method such as sautéing and stir frying, except for deep frying. Before engaging with the cooking process, one must wash the vegetables first. This is to avoid contaminants that lodge in the vegetables. Moreover, it also prevents food borne illnesses associated with immediate eating of raw vegetables. Before dropping the vegetables in the casserole, check if the water is already boiling. In this way, nutrients from the vegetables are retained. Cook vegetables when its interval with the serving time is only a brief length of time. This allows the vegetables to be eaten warmly during meal time.
Deep frying is when you immerse food in oil at a high temperature. If you do not have an electric fryer at home, you can use the conventional way of deep frying. The traditional way in doing this is to use a deep saucepan that can hold around 4 quarts of cooking oil. In order to prevent spillage of oil out of the pan when the cold food is placed in, the cook must see that the oil completely covers the food to be fried. In addition to that, the oil should never go beyond half the depth of the saucepan.
Emergency Control and Management
In the kitchen, you can’t avoid stumbling upon a problem or two. One of the most common problems is when the meal cooked is too salty. The thinly sliced potatoes can be added to the dish to remedy the overpowering salty taste. If your cooking pan caught fire, do not pour water. To extinguish the fire from the saucepan’s grease, dash salt or baking soda to extinguish it.
Cooking tips are pillars of delectable cuisine, similar to how the alphabet acts as the foundation of the English language. Cooking is universal. As long as man eats, cooking lives on.