Top Tips to be a Top Cook

Cudging By Cudging, 20th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Cooking tips for the beginner.
Cooking know-hows
Cooking tips regarding meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and fruit.

Red Meat and Poultry

You can thaw meat and poultry in one of three ways:

In the refrigerator - allow about 24 hours.
In a plastic bag - submerged in a container of cold water.
In the microwave - this should be done immediately before cooking. Change the water every so often.
Please note: Meat or poultry should never be left out to defrost. Bacteria may multiply on the outside while the centre remains frozen.

Never refreeze thawed meat. It will turn hard if cooked.

Cooking with fish

In order to ensure that your fish is cleaned thoroughly and to eliminate the smell, make a batter of a little gram flour, water and some turmeric powder. Apply completely to fish and let it rest for about half an hour. Wash thoroughly and cook as required.

Cooking with vegetables - handy hints

If you want to skin tomatoes easily, first freeze them.
No tears when peeling onions: Either cut them while they are submerged in water or keep them in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before peeling and cutting.
Want crispy onions? Add a little bit of sugar when frying.
To prevent fruits from turning brown, especially when making salads, add some drops of lemon juice.
Lemons should not be stored in a fridge as their contents could be diminished by almost half.
Lemons can be rolled on a hard surface or washed lightly under warm water to gain its maximum benefit.
When baking with dates, a knife dipped in cake flour ensures that the dates can be chopped up easily.
Potatoes are easily mashed while still hot. Never dunk potatoes for mash in boiling water as the insides will still be raw and the outside cooked. Start off in cold water and bring gradually to the boil.
A pinch of bicarbonate of soda added to a boiling pot of peas, will prevent it from becoming discoloured.
Did you know: Our Moms were right! Science has indeed proven that carrots are good for the eyes and sliced up carrots look just like eyes!

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Cooking Hints, Cooking Know-Hows, Cooking Tips, Food, Food Safety

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