Sometimes we can all use a little advice in the kitchen. There are so many ways to develop flavors and textures in foods. Ask 10 people how to make a pie and you’ll get nine different answers. Learning these tips will give you new ideas for cooking meals that you’ve made a million different times.
Cook memorial in the church of St Andrew the Great, Cambridge.
Image by Captain Cook Society
Close up of the Cook memorial in the church of St Andrew the Great. This is a memorial to all of the Cook family although only three members were actually buried in this church. The Cook coat of arms is featured at the base of the memorial, but at the time that this photograph was taken several parts of the crest were missing.
To keep your cakes from falling flat, mix dense batters by hand with a wooden spoon. Electric mixers beat too much air into the batter, causing the cakes to fall when they are baked. Meanwhile, by using a wooden spoon to gently mix thick batters like carrot cake you protect the consistency of the batter from absorbing too much air.
To avoid burning food, when you cook on the stove or in the oven, use a loud timer to help you remember to check on your food. Also, set the timer a little early so that it will give you extra time to grab the potholders and the cooling racks. If you need extra cooking time, don’t forget to reset your timer.
When pressing sticky ingredients into a pan, such as marshmallow treats or cheesy casseroles, coat the back of a spoon with non-stick cooking spray before using it. This prevents the goo from sticking to the spoon and makes it possible to evenly smooth the food into the pan. You can reapply spray as needed.
When applying seasoning to meat and fish, always remember to season evenly and thoroughly. Shake or grind the shaker as if the seasoning is snow falling from the sky. Doing so will allow the meat to be evenly coated with spices and seasoning and prevent clumps or over seasoning.
To ripen fruits like tomatoes, pears and bananas faster, place the pieces of fruit in a paper bag along with an apple of any variety. Apples emit ethylene gas — a natural plant hormone — as they ripen, which will affect the fruit inside the paper bag, accelerating their natural ripening process.
Hopefully, some of these ideas will prove useful to you. Not only is cooking a field in which there is always something new to learn, it is a very personal skill set. You retain full control of what you learn and how you apply it. Keep your eyes peeled for more tips that you can use to cook the way you want to.
How many times have you dreaded going into the kitchen to make breakfast, lunch, or dinner? You might need a new perspective. Cooking can be enjoyable and relaxing if you try to see it in another way. Here are a few cooking tips that are sure to get your taste buds tingling and entice your inner chef to come out.Tags: non-stick cooking spray, inner chef, personal skill, thick batters