If you prepare meals daily, over time it can come to feel very routine and tiresome. To make things more interesting, you should learn other aspects of cooking. Cooking can become an enjoyable activity when you are able to produce tasty, exotic, restaurant-standard dishes in your home kitchen. Below is some cooking advice to get you started.
When you are making stock, make a lot of it. Then save it in a plastic zip bag, date it and freeze it. That way you can pull it when you would like to make a soup. You can use it to boil some veggies in. Having some in the freezer will make preparing healthy meals very much easier.
Freezing meat slightly before cutting it will help you to get a nice, even thin slice. This works great when you are cutting steak thin for philly’s or if you need to cut pancetta into thin slices or strips. Do not freeze it solid; freeze it just enough that it is slightly firm.
If you are following a recipe, make sure that you do not follow this religiously, as you should always add a personal spice to your meal. Instead of following a pizza recipe to the tee, add some red pepper to inject a punch into your dish to make it unique and individualized.
Take care when storing chocolate for use in cooking. As a rule, only buy as much chocolate as you can use within a few months. Chocolate contains fat, and under the wrong conditions it can turn rancid. Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. A kitchen cupboard away from any heat sources is ideal. Keep the chocolate wrapped in foil or plastic and store it away from anything with a strong smell, as it absorbs odors easily.
If you use these tips, cooking can become your hobby. Cooking is a great way to add more fun and flavor to your food. When you learn all that you enjoy about cooking, you also learn about yourself. As you begin to learn the basics of cooking, start experimenting with different ingredients and spices.