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Trash The Takeout Menus And Try These Cooking Tips

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Of course, you love to eat, but you may not necessarily love to cook.
Some people find it intimidating to step into the kitchen and get started preparing a meal. The tips contained in this article will take some of the mystery out of cooking and make it seem more doable for you.

Use oils for flavor. When using oil in uncooked sauces or dressing, be sure to use a high quality oil. The flavor of regular cooking oil will ruin your dish. Extra-virgin olive oil, with its fruity flavor, is a must for uncooked sauces such as aioli, or raw tomato sauce. A green salad will benefit from a simple dressing of extra-virgin olive oil and vinegar. Hazelnut and walnut oil have a delicate flavor that is suitable for ‘light’ sauces and dressings.

If you have made your gravy and skimmed the grease and it is still greasy at the end you can take a few sprinkles of baking powder to the top of it and then skim it off. The baking powder will make the grease disappear and you will have awesome gravy.

Whenever possible, you should buy your food from the farmers market rather than a normal grocery store or supermarket. Food from the farmers market is fresh and sometimes requires less maintenance to bring out flavors rather than normal food. Remember to keep it simple when cooking with food from the farmers market.

Next time you make a dressing at home, swap half of the amount of mayo with an equal portion of Greek-style yogurt. This increases not only the richness of the dressing, but it gives it the creamy and smooth texture that we all love to see on our salads and other dishes.

Perfect pasta every time. Never add oil to the water when you are boiling pasta. It prevents the sauce from coating the pasta properly. Just before you drain the pasta, set aside about 1/3 cup of the cooked pasta water. When you mix the sauce with the pasta, add a little of the cooking liquid. The starch in the water adds body and flavor to the sauce.

Use nonstick cookware when you want to cook healthier. Nonstick pans have a coating on them that makes food easily slide out, even with no oil. This is great for when you are trying to control the fat in your diet. If you do use oil, you will have to use far less. What’s more, nonstick pans are so easy to clean!

To make grating blocks of mozzarella, Colby, cheddar and other cheeses easier, place the block of cheese in the freezer for ten minutes prior to shredding. The freezer will stiffen the cheese a bit without freezing it solid, so you can grate it without as much sticking, crumbling or becoming rubbery.

As you can see, cooking does not need to be unnecessarily frightening or intimidating. Learning to cook is really within the grasp of anyone with enough interest to learn a few of the basics. Try some of the tips you have learned in this article, and get started cooking today.