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Cooking 101: How To Cook Like A Pro

Many people cook, but they don't know what it is like to get pleasure from the act of cooking. Some others cherish every moment in the kitchen from the first cup of milk in a recipe until the last bite of cake. If you've been secretly relishing the experience of making meals, here are a few tips for you to enhance your cooking skills.

If you have used entirely too much salt in your soup pan, all you have to do is add a raw potato into the mixture. One whole potato should suffice, unless you went way over board, then add two. This will help absorb some of the extra salt in the pan and save your dinner!

When cooking, be sure that you use as much low fat or lite dressings as you can. This is important because this is an extremely easy way to prevent unnecessary fat and calories from being consumed by both you and the people eating your food. In moderation, the regular types are acceptable.

Avoid cooking soggy rice. When you are cooking rice, place a folded towel between the lid and the pot. When the rice steams, the moisture it creates will be absorbed by the towel and won't drip back into the rice. Cook the rice for the recommended amount of time, and you will have perfect rice every time!

When cooking with oil, use coconut oil whenever possible. It is one of the most heat stable oils and very well-suited for high temperature cooking and frying. It is very slow to oxidize and won't go rancid as quickly as other oils. It has a high smoke point of 280 degrees fahrenheit.

You should take special care when you are preparing mushrooms to cook. Make sure you take the time to carefully clean each mushroom with a dry cloth or paper towel. You should not consider rinsing mushrooms in water as they will quickly become soaked and slimy. They will be easier to work with dry.

Ice water can save the color of your vegetables. Dull washed out vegetables do not look as appealing to eat. If you want bright and vibrant vegetables, then you should plunge them into ice water after blanching them. Vibrantly colored vegetables look much more appetizing in salads and pasta dishes.

Herbs and spices have a powerful impact on the quality of your cooking. To preserve these important, expensive ingredients, keep them in a cool, dark place with minimal humidity. All too often spices are left near ovens and sinks. The heat, light and moisture in such places leach the flavor out of high-quality spices.

If you are going to be using dried fruits in a recipe and they need to be chopped the best thing to do is thrown them in the freezer three hours before hand. The frozen dried fruits are way easier to chop that way because they will not stick to your knife.

When you have a really important occasion where you are going to be cooking for someone that you love or your boss, try to stick to a food that you know will turn out good. This is not the time to be trying new things as you want to be certain it comes out right.

Try mixing course sea salt with a little bit of olive oil for added flavor instead of regular seasonings on your lettuce. Combine it with vinaigrette and you'll have a great tasting dinner salad or a nicely dressed lunchtime treat. The mixture will stay crunchy and stable on your crisp greens.

These tips haven't come close to covering everything you could learn regarding cooking. There is a wealth of information out there just waiting to be discovered. One of the best things about cooking is that the more you learn about it, the more you want to learn. So get out there and get cooking.

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