Easy holiday dinner tips for non-cooks

You’ve probably seen famous chefs on television cooking up delicious meals and wished that you could enjoy gourmet dishes. The good thing is that you can, if you make it. Cooking is like any other activity; if you hone and develop your skills, you can be a very good chef. Here are some great cooking tips that every good chef knows.

Cook up the whole bag of potatoes at once! Slice them in half and put them in the freezer! Whether you boil or bake them, you’ll always be ready to thaw out potatoes to use for a hastily put together potato bar dinner, to use as ingredients for potato salad or any other dishes that use cooked potatoes.

Cook fish on a plank! Use a cedar plank to replicate the taste you get in expensive restaurants right on your campfire. Clean your freshly caught fish and split them open so they are less than one inch thick. Tack the fish to the board and position it beside the campfire so it absorbs the heat of the fire but is not so close that the whole thing catches fire!

Stop grabbing breakfast out and whip up a quick breakfast sandwich at home to save money. To make the perfect round egg for topping a bagel or muffin, cut both the top and bottom off a tuna can and use it as a mold in the skillet while cooking your egg. You can wash and reuse your mold over and over again.

Choose local seasonal ingredients as a showpiece for your dish when you are cooking on a budget. Ingredients that are in the peak of their season are also at the height of their flavor and affordability. The flavors from these peak ingredients will allow you to take an inexpensive item and turn it into a star.

Cooking a roast? Leave the bone in! By leaving the bone in, heat moves to the inside of the meat faster, speeding up the cooking process. This will, also, allow the entire roast to cook more evenly throughout the cut of meat – by leaving it in rather than removing it.

Here is an important tip to use when sauteing foods in a pan with oil. If you need to add more oil to the pan in the middle of sauteing, simply pour the oil as stream along the edge of the pan. You should do this rather than pouring in the center of the pan so that the oil will heat up as it travels from the edge to the center.

Make the most of your kitchen time. Cooking will be more fun without having to be distracted by little tasks. Prepare your work surfaces and utensils before you begin. That way you can spend more time on the food and less time rummaging around for the supplies you may need.

When searing or roasting meat, pat the surface of the meat dry before adding it to a hot pan or putting it in the oven. If there is too much moisture on the surface of your meat or poultry, it may steam instead of searing or browning, and you will not have the benefit of a good crust or crispy skin.

If you have already cooked before for someone that you know and love, try to shake things up a bit and add some new spices to the recipes. Changing things up can keep things fresh and make your cooking very spontaneous. This will improve your ability and skills in the kitchen.

If you are a big fan of having baked potatoes with your meal but do not like the long cooking time, you should soak them in salt water for twenty minutes before you bake them. They will take only about half of the usual time to bake after being soaked.

There is no need to let your cooking experiences become boring or dull. There are always new things to try that can bring fun and excitement back into your cooking. Try the tips outlined in this article today and start having more fun in the kitchen and more “yum” on your plate.
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