Cooking To Enhance Flavor And Impress Guests

Impress Guests With Flavorful Dishes

Cooking is a necessity of life, but it can become a hobby as well. If someone has the right information or cookbooks, they will be able to cook even the most complicated of dishes. The following article gets you started with learning some of that valuable information.

Herbs And Spices

Most recipes ask for some spices or herbs. A cool, dark and dry place is ideal for keeping herbs and spices. Humidity and heat, in addition to light, will cause spices and herbs to lose their flavor.

Avoid storing them in places that may become warm, such as cupboards located above a stove. This will cause them to lose their flavor, and the money you spent on them will essentially be wasted.

Generally speaking, properly stored herbs and ground spices can keep a good portion of their flavor as long as one calendar year. Whole spices may keep their flavors, possibly, three years or longer. Proper storage can extend their shelf life even longer.

Sometimes just adding certain herbs into salt can enhance flavor. Seasoned salt on pumpkin seeds you roast in the oven makes a tasty snack, and it’s quite good on scrambled eggs. Everyone will be wondering what your secret ingredient is!

Meat Preparation

Slice meat thinly on the bias for stir-fry dishes. This technique is somewhat tricky and can take a little time. Take the meat out of the freezer once it firms up, but not yet frozen solid, then cut at an angle of 45 degrees across the grainy part of the meat.

Tip For Cooking Oil

A good piece of advice you can observe when cooking with oil is to pour it down the sides of the hot pan. When the oil reaches the food in the middle, it will already be hot. This helps to enhance and maximize the taste of your cooking.

Have Good Cooking Appliances

Having some good small appliances can make a difference in cooking up tasty dishes. An example of this is a progammable Pressure Cooker that can do many functions and  can be used to create some delicious meals quickly. When you need to chop vegetables, A food processor, such as the Cuisinart food processor can quicken the your preparation time quite a bit.

Steamed Or Sauteed Vegetables

Vegetables that are cooked more quickly will be of higher quality. Though slow cooking is popular in some cultures, the process actually eliminates important nutrients and  can render the vegetables tasteless, in some cases.

These cooking techniques tend to preserve the health benefits of vegetables in general. Cooking better vegetables is all about cooking them for the least amount of time possible. Sauteed or Steamed vegetables can be quite tasty.

Substitutes For More Flavor

Substitute more flavorful liquids for water, in your recipes, in order to spice up your meals. For example, you might try chicken broth or beef broth instead of water in a meat dish. You might even try fruit juice when cooking certain veggies. If your favorite recipes call for milk, try substituting with buttermilk, yogurt or sour cream. Using liquid substitutions in your cooking can increase nutrition and give a standby dish a new flavor.

When You Invite Guests

Make dishes you already feel confident cooking if you have invited a special guest to dinner. Don’t experiment with recipes or ingredients that you’ve never used before. This will take the stress out of your meal preparation.

And don’t forget raw vegetables, which are quite healthy. When serving salad to guests, you should never put salad dressing directly on it. You should have it to the side so that each person can use as much or as little as they want. Some people prefer more dressing than others; let guests pour their own dressing. Also, give a variety of different dressings.

Make It Fun While Making It Delicious

Cooking is not as simple as preparing some food, plating it, and putting it on the dinner table. It is a fun activity, and can be delicious as well. If you are ready to make a dream meal, take a look at this advice to help you on your way. If you would like to follow along and learn cooking from a Video, see America’s Test Kitchen season 11. Here is to being successful in your cooking endeavors!