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Cooking Tips You Need Before Planning A Big Meal

Many people think that they "can't" cook. They think that trying to make anything more complicated than a sandwich or macaroni and cheese will end in failure. However, there are many easy ways to make delicious and healthy meals. In this article, you'll learn how to cook food that you'll be proud to eat.

When you are adding food to a slow cooker make sure that you add tender vegetables like mushrooms, peas, fish, and squash during the final half hour. This is important because adding them too early will cause them to disappear in to the dish. You will be able to taste them, but you might not be able to see them.

Use your hands to cook the perfect steak. Pressing the fleshy pad at the base of the thumb, when your hand is making an OK sign, will give the same resistance as steak will during cooking. Start with the index finger OK sign and the thumb base will resist at "rare" temperature. Moving towards the pinky you will register medium-rare with middle, medium with the ring finger and well-done with the pinky. Look for the resistance in your steak to match the resistance when pressing your hand.

If you are looking to save time for cooking dinners because of your busy schedule, being prepared beforehand can make all the difference. Having ingredients already prepared and measured out to be cooked, as well as having the meat thawed out can save you valuable time when it comes to making dinner for the family.

You should not boil pasta in water that has oil in it. When you add oil to the water that you are boiling your pasta in it keeps the sauce from sticking to the pasta. By leaving the oil out you can toss your pasta in the sauce and it will cling to it.

Throw a hassle-free dinner party. If you have company coming for dinner, cook a signature dish that you are comfortable preparing. This way you won't have any disasters in the kitchen. Prepare as much as you can in advance, so that you can spend time with your guests prior to eating.

Make sure that if you are planning a party with friends and family, to have each course planned out in advance. You should have an appetizer course, Salad Fingers course, main dish and dessert. Breaking your meal into courses will give people a chance to digest and appreciate what you have cooked for them.

When a recipe calls for vegetable shortening, coconut oil is a healthy alternative that should be used. Coconut oil can be difficult to find in the typical grocery stores so you may need to look in a healthfood store to find it. It is important to read the label to make sure it is true coconut oil.

When cooking a meal for vegetarians and non-vegetarians, make separate sauces can be the best way to make sure everyone has enough to eat and knows what they can eat. Make rice or pasta, then let guests choose from a meatless sauce and one with meat. A dish with multiple components saves you from having to make two separate meals, and it makes both meat-eaters and vegetarians happy.

Most fresh vegetables should be purchased as close to serving time as possible, so that you eat them at their peak and get the most nutritional value and flavor. There are a few fresh vegetables, like carrots, onions and potatoes that will last at least a month if refrigerated or in a dark, dry area.

When baking a pie crust sans filling, such as for a pudding pie, use pie weights to prevent the crust from bubbling or becoming misshapen. These small pieces of ceramic fill a paper-covered crust and weigh it down to prevent shrinkage, and they can be used over and over again.

In conclusion, you need to know that there is always room for improvement when it comes to cooking. Even if you may love what you do, your style might be a bit too personalized. Follow the advice that is in this article, and you will find people drooling every time you cook.