Even casual cooks can learn something new every now and then. Learning a few interesting methods can help you to turn even the blandest meal into a masterpiece that everyone will remember. Add these cooking tips to your collection, so you can enhance the flavors in your meals.
When storing your herbs and spices, they should be kept in a cool, dark spot. Many factors can cause herbs and spices to lose their flavor, especially humidity and light. Most spices will retain their flavor for about a year. Whole spices can keep their flavor for up to five years. If stored the right way, they keep fresh for a lot longer.
You should bake crusts for a longer period of time than you think. Your objective is to cook them past the point of being pale blonde, to the point where they become a golden caramel color. The caramelizing of the sugar in pie crust gives it crispness and extra sweetness.
Before frying raw potatoes, allow them to soak for half an hour in a bowl of cold water; this will result in crispier fries. Soaking potatoes accomplishes two important things for your French fries; it takes out sugar and starch during the soaking process.
Will you be making a meal using fresh basil? Take the basil and place it in a glass. Pour water into the glass so that the stems are covered with water. This way it will stay fresh for days, even weeks, right on your countertop! With some care, you may even be able to encourage the basil to grow roots. You should also cut the basil so that it keeps growing.
If you are looking to improve your cooking abilities, try to find some good books on cooking and cooking tips. Following these tips should be relatively easy if you take your time and try one new thing at a time.