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Cooking Good Food Made Easy With These Basic Tips Being an excellent chef can be simpler than you probably realize. It is perfectly acceptable to experiment when you cook. The tips here will show you how to experiment with new things and cook better. Use this advice to further your cooking skills. Store all spices and herbs in dry, dark and cool conditions to get the maximum amount of flavor from them. Spices will rapidly lose flavor if exposed to heat, light or humidity. This puts the spices in a position to quickly degrade. You should remove any excess fat from your soup or stew. You can remove excess fat from soups and stews by skimming it off the top of cooled dishes. Place an ice cube atop a spoon and skim it over the surface of the soup or stew. Fat that collects on an ice cube or a chilled spoon that runs across the surface of your soup or stew broth will not remove as much excess fat as allowing the dish to completely cool. Alternately, use a paper towel to blot the fat. Consider warming citrus fruits in the microwave for a bit before juicing. Heat your fruit for just a short time -- usually about ten seconds. After you remove it from the microwave, roll it across your counter before cutting it open and beginning the juicing process. If you choose the wooden versions of cooking skewers, it is a good idea to immerse them in water, and leave them there for about half an hour before using them. This is going to help ensure that they do not burn during the cooking process. If you have issues with food falling off skewers, make it a double. Food is much more stable when you use two skewers parallel from one another instead of one. You should let your cooking wait until all the necessary preparations are complete. This allows you to economize on the amount of gas or electricity used when cooking, and keeps you from becoming distracted and accidentally getting injured by something like hot oil splashing out of a pan. When simmering or boiling vegetables, try adding chicken broth. The chicken broth will help to keep the vegetables from sticking to the pan and will also add some delicious flavor to them. Chicken broth is cheap, and can be bought anywhere. Prepare to cook before you actually start cooking. It is essential that the prep work is completed before cooking commences. Trying to prepare a meal without handling the preparation beforehand can get stressful, especially if you need to finish your cooking in a set amount of time. Do the prep work as early as you can to avoid stress later. Cook your vegetables quickly to retain quality and nutrients. Taste and nutritional value suffer when vegetables are slow-cooked. You have an added bonus, because these certain

techniques make vegetables healthier in general. It is worth it to take the time to use cooking methods that preserve the most nutrients. Make big portions when preparing stock. Make enough stock so that you can freeze the excess and use it later. Homemade chicken stock makes a great base for casseroles, soups, stews, and many other wonderful dishes. To store your homemade stock, let it cool, pour it into a freezer bag, and stick it in the freezer. Over-complicating recipes is often the source of a ruined meal. Sticking to the basics will lead to easy, nutritious dishes that can taste just as delicious as the more complicated ones. Use the tips presented here and come up with a few cooking ideas of your own. Happy eating! Take Your Cooking To The Next Level With These Simple Tips Quick Tips For Cooking Wonderful Meals With Ease Learn To Cook Like A Pro

Cooking Good Food Made Easy With These Basic Tips  
Cooking Good Food Made Easy With These Basic Tips  

Being an excellent chef can be simpler than you pr...