If your family doesn’t run to the table, maybe it is time to take an honest look at your cooking routine and see if you have fallen into a menu rut. Generate some mealtime enthusiasm and put a smile on your family’s faces with some fresh new ideas that are sure to please.
To reduce cooking time for beef steaks and roasts, pull the meat out of the fridge an hour before you intend to start roasting or grilling it. Letting the meat come to room temperature can shave valuable minutes off the cooking time and allows the meat to cook more evenly.
Don’t let extra eggroll and wonton wrappers go to waste! They are great for making simple homemade baked chips. Cut the wrappers into chip size shapes and place on a greased cookie sheet. Spray the wrappers lightly with cooking spray or oil. Top with your favorite flavoring such as savory garlic salt, or sweet cinnamon sugar, and bake until crisp.
Have you ever tried to do a “tri-tip” roast. The beef tri-tip roast is a lean, boneless roast from the bottom part of the sirloin. Due to its unique triangular shape, it cooks unusually – from well done at the corners, to medium rare in the center. It is very tender, and doesn’t require marinating. This cut is ideal for roasting or grilling. With its short cooking time, it is an excellent choice for a mid-week meal.
Even the humble sandwich can benefit from a little cooking expertise. Mayonnaise, mustard and other condiments should be spread evenly from edge to edge of sandwich bread. This improves consistency and ensures that every bite of the sandwich gets the benefit of the condiments. Even spreading produces superior sandwich results every time.
If you are cooking a soup or stew and you add too much salt to the pot you can add a peeled white potato to the pot and continue boiling it. The starch in the potato will help to absorb a lot of the extra salt. You can repeat with an additional potato if it is still too salty.
Invest in high quality cooking pans and tools. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go for the most expensive, but quality does make a huge difference when it comes to what we use to cook with. A high quality pan will be able to handle higher heats without warping. Quality tools will be able to do their job longer and more effectively than cheap brands. Check reviews before purchasing new items for your kitchen.
Now that you’ve reached the end of this article, you should find yourself a little bit wiser about what it takes to create extraordinary food at home. Start experimenting with recipes and implement the tips that you have learned here and enjoy. You never know – you just may have found a new vocation.
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