There are a lot of people who are becoming interested in cooking at home these days as opposed to going out. Yet the biggest problem a lot of people face is they don't know where to start when it comes to home cooking; what you have to do is learn as much as you can about home cooking and from there apply all that you know in order to see successful results.
When cooking any recipe, use the best ingredients that you can afford. Splurge a little on imported cheeses or better quality meats when you can, so that you can experience a restaurant, quality-tasting meal at home. To enhance the experience even further, try to creatively plate up the meal with a little thought, for something different every now and then.
When cutting onions, hold a match between your teeth while you cut. Make sure the match is not lit. This will keep those stinging eyes and unwanted tears away. Your experience cutting the onion will be more pleasant if you follow this simple tip each and every time.
In order to make it easier to slice meat into thin strips, you should first marginally freeze the meat. This works well for Asian dishes, like Chinese or Thai. When you freeze meat, it makes the slicing much cleaner because it prevents the meat from being as flexible. Though before cooking the meat strips, make sure you let them thaw completely. This allows for even cooking.
If you feel that a piece of food you are about to cook does not look right or may be rotten, always error on the side of caution and throw it away. It is better to lose a few dollars than to cost yourself the next couple of weeks from food poisoning.
If you are planning to saute garlic, you will want to slice it instead of mincing it, which will reduce the chance for it to burn. Following certain procedures will not only improve the taste of your dishes in the kitchen but will increase your effectiveness and efficiency in getting the job done.
Cooking can be a joy if you invest in a good, sizable cutting board able to handle all of your cutting and chopping needs. If a butcher block table is out of the budget, look for a durable bamboo or sturdy maple for the job. A cutting board with a recessed groove surrounding the cutting surface is handy to catch juices from carving meats and makes clean up easy. If you will be using a cutting board on a smooth surface, look for one with rubber feet to avoid slipping. Maintain your cutting board with food-grade mineral oil (vegetable and olive oils can turn rancid) and make sure that you properly clean, and more importantly, dry your cutting board after each use to prevent warping.
Planning out meals for the coming week can save you both time and money. You can buy all the things you will need beforehand without having to make spontaneous trips to the store during the middle of a busy week. You can have a planned schedule and it will make it easy for you to prepare things before you actually cook.
Hopefully now that you've gained some more knowledge on ways you can help improve your cooking you're starting to feel more positive about the steps you should take towards your cooking. Remember that there is a lot more information than what has been presented here about how to become a successful cook, so keep your eyes open for new tips and strategies to include into your cooking skills.