Written by Denise Bogacki
Read These Tips To Learn How To Cook
Learning to cook doesn't have to be intimidating. It doesn't have to be seen as a chore or a thankless task. Many people enjoy cooking and that is because they have made an effort to learn so that they can enjoy the experience. This article can help you discover the joy in cooking.
Bring back the old-time schmatlz, or chicken fat, to add richness and deep flavor to almost anything. Scmaltz has been used for years, often for all kinds of home cooking since it has a flavor that is richer than duck fat. You can even use it to poach all kinds of tasty fish.
After draining boiled potatoes but before mashing them, place a lid on the hot pot and let the potatoes steam this way for 5 minutes. This allows excess water to evaporate, and the potatoes will have a better texture because they will soak up the milk and butter more effectively.
If you are going to be cooking vegetables and want them steamed you should invest in a folding steamer for your pot. There is nothing better for cooking fresh vegetables than to steam them. This will keep them fresh and ensure that all of the vitamins and minerals are still in the veggies when you cook them.
Cooked turkey freezes beautifully, as does stuffing. When making a big holiday meal, be sure and make plenty so you not only have enough for turkey sandwiches, but to enjoy another turkey dinner in a month or two, without all of the work. Use a spare 9" X 13" pan that you line and divide with aluminum foil into two or three compartments. Cut some turkey for one compartment, add some stuffing in another and if you would like, leftover mashed potatoes can be put in the third compartment. Drizzle some gravy over everything you desire, cover with aluminum foil and freeze. When ready to enjoy turkey again, or perhaps when pressed for time and out of ideas for dinner, grab the pan from the freezer and place in the oven at 350 degrees. Remove the foil from the top of the pan after 45 minutes, bake uncovered for another 15 to 20 minutes and enjoy!
Use cast iron pans when you cook your meat. Cast iron imparts the best flavor to the meat and avoids any chance of sticking. You also get the added benefit of your meat having a higher iron content from using the cast iron. Sometimes old fashioned ideas are the best.
Read the recipe fully before you begin any cooking endeavor! Just reading the list of ingredients does not ensure that you are fully prepared to complete the meal. There are many different techniques and tools that may be required so do not be too ambitious when tackling a new recipe.
As this article reveals, cooking can be something that you truly can enjoy. By using the guidelines in this article, you can be at ease in the kitchen and have confidence in your skills. You will just keep getting better and before you know it, you will truly enjoy cooking and preparing delicious meals for your loved ones.