Baking And Cooking Tips The Pros Use
One of the best things about baking is that whether you are a beginner or a baking and cooking superstar, you can benefit from other bakers and their really helpful baking suggestions. Anyone can follow a recipe and add their own improvements and ingredients. Whether you think you’re a fantastic chef or if you believe that you can’t bake or cook to save your life, here are a couple of valuable kitchen pointers you can rely on.
One of the most valuable financial investments you will make is when you buy good quality kitchen equipment. These pieces will serve as the foundation for all of your baking and cooking and will hopefully last for years. Cooking is so much simpler if you are using high quality utensils and equipment.
You eat every day of your life, so you can use cooking and baking skills every day of your life. Not every meal has to be a blue ribbon dish, worthy of entry into a contest. Your meals should, however, be well made and tasty. Cooking is an art and baking is a science and both can be learned quite easily.
A Smart Baking Tips
Baking brownies is a very easy way of presenting your family with a homemade treat that they will love. It’s also a fairly simple dessert to make, most recipes call for just a few basic ingredients. Here is a simple trick that experienced bakers use all the time. When you are baking brownies, line your pan with foil. Once the brownies have baked and cooled, lift them right out of the pan by picking up the edges of the foil. The end result is that you do not have a messy pan to scrub out and you can finish wrapping the brownies in foil for storage.
A Few Cooking Tips
Everybody loves crispy French fries but most of us don’t know how to make them at home. A simple but fool proof trick to getting crisp fries is to let your raw potatoes sit in cold water for at least half an hour prior to frying. Your results will be a beautiful golden crispy fry that has the soft inside that makes the perfect French fry.
A common mistake made when sautéing vegetables (or any other raw ingredients) is over crowding the pan. Cooking rules always tell you to make sure that you do not crowd the pan with too much food. Trying to saute too much food at one time will cause a decrease in the temperature level of the pan. This temp drop will cause steaming instead of browning and you will end up with soggy vegetables. It will work better if you saute the ingredients in separate batches, then mixing them together at the end for a crisp, delicious stir fry.
You may not know it but ice water can be a lifesaver in the kitchen. Sure, it’s refreshing to drink and if you burn yourself it feels good to soak your burn in ice water. But did you know ice water can save your vegetables? Dull washed out looking vegetables do not interesting to eat, they remind most people of institutional food gone bad. Just plunge them into ice water after blanching them and you will end up with dynamic and brilliant looking vegetables. Vibrantly colored vegetables always look a lot more appealing in salads and other dishes.
Another trick using ice water involves hamburger. Nothing can be more unappealing than a dry hamburger. Instead of serving dry unappetizing burgers at your next picnic, splash a bit of cold water (2-4 tablespoons) to your beef mix prior to adding it to the grill. Your quests will be asking you what the secret ingredient is and you can take pride in serving great food.
Cooking and baking are skills that you can continue to add to and perfect. Even professional cooks and bakers keep learning and trying new ideas. Don’t be afraid to try new things in your kitchen. Grab a new recipe and run with it!