How many times have you dreaded going into the kitchen to make breakfast, lunch, or dinner? You might need a new perspective. Cooking can be enjoyable and relaxing if you try to see it in another way. Here are a few cooking tips that are sure to get your taste buds tingling and entice your inner chef to come out.

If you need to slice meat into thin strips, then partially freeze it beforehand. This is ideal for Asian meals like Chinese or Thai dishes. If you freeze the meat, it will make it easier to cut into strips as the meat fibers will not stretch or tear as easily. However, be sure to allow the meat strips to thaw before cooking them, for even cooking.

Add cauliflower to your mashes potatoes to make this dish healthier and tastier. Their bland flavor blends effortlessly with the potatoes while taking flavor from the other ingredients. At the same time, cauliflowers mash into the same color and texture as potatoes, giving you a fail-proof way to add vegetables and subtract calories from a classic mashed potato dish.

TIP! If you want to use skewers when cooking, remember these helpful hints. If you are choosing to use a metal skewer you can choose from round or flattened skewers.

Fresh Basil

Do you cook with fresh basil? You can cut basil by the stems, bunch it together, and put it in a glass. Make sure the stems are covered by an adequate amount of water. Next, place the basil and glass on the kitchen counter; the herb will remain fresh for a week or more. You can even grow new basil plants if you feel like changing the water every day or so. The stems will sprout roots; that’s the wonder of plant life. Cut or trim the basil occasionally to encourage additional growth and you can enjoy fresh basil for some time!

Use the tips you just learned the next time you prepare a meal. The delicious results will be well worth the effort of learning to cook. The better your food gets, the more you’ll want to cook. Try cooking!

TIP! All of the prep work can be done ahead of time. It is quite important that the preparation is done well in advance of the cooking process.

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