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Cooking Is Simple When You Know Some Great Tricks!

<br/>While cooking may not seem that difficult to the uninformed, it is actually a pretty tough skill to master. If you are just learning the basics of cooking, start with simple recipes that include some of your favorite ingredients.
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<br/>Avoid overcooking or undercooking a cake. The time recommended on the box or in a recipe is a guide to be used with caution, because many factors, such as high altitudes, can have an effect on the actual time needed. You can insert a toothpick or even an uncooked, long spaghetti noodle to check the cake to see if it is ready. If the toothpick has no batter on it, then the cake has finished baking. If it does have batter on it, then put the cake back in the oven.
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<br/>Use a fat-free soup stock or broth in order to make a stew or soup that is practically free of any fat. Take advantage of the vast array of colorful, tasty vegetables and lean meats to keep fat content low. After the soup is done cooking, let it chill in the refrigerator. The fat will rise to the top and congeal. Afterwards, simply scoop off this congealed fat. For each tablespoonful of fat that you discard, you will spare yourself as much as 100 calories.
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<br/>To make an improvement to pasta sauce, save some of the pasta's cooking water. Use around a quarter cup and put it aside for your sauce. Put in some of the water when you mix the pasta and the sauce. The pasta water contains starch, which will give your sauce a thick creaminess.
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<br/>Make all necessary preparations for whatever you are planning on cooking before you start cooking. This way, you can prevent distractions like hot oil in pans or other distractions. You can also save on gas and heat by not turning on appliances before you are ready.
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<br/>When you are using wooden skewers in cooking, soak them for at least half an hour before putting the veggies on them. This will help to prevent burning when they are cooking. Use two parallel skewers instead of one skewer to avoid food falling off.
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<br/>Do you have a difficult time figuring out how long you should grill your meats? A good meat thermometer can pinpoint the cooking status of meat, inside and out. Use a digital thermometer for the most precise results. If the meat is any thicker than one and a half inches, you can reduce your grill time by closing the lid.
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<br/>Store spices and herbs in cool and dark areas so their freshness and flavors are preserved. Herbs and spices stored above the range or in direct sunlight will degrade their flavors.
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<br/>In conclusion, you can become better at cooking if you use the above advice. Now that you have the knowledge you need, it's up to you to start implementing it in the kitchen! Now that you have more know-how, you are sure to make dishes that will please anyone's palate.


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