Unfortunately, becoming a great cook takes time, practice and dedication. It is nice to know what you are doing, not matter why you are cooking. Here are some wonderful ideas to lead you down a tasty path.
Always store your spices in a cool and dark place. Heat, humidity, and light will all weaken your spices’ flavor. Most spices will retain their flavor for about a year. Whole spices have a longer shelf-life and can hold their flavor for about three years. When stored properly, they will stay fresher longer.
When baking crust for pie or tarts, leave them in the oven to bake a little longer than you planned. Let the crust go beyond light tan to a deeper, golden shade. That deeper color shows that the sugar has caramelized. This creates a crisp crust, which is also sweeter.
Do you find yourself throwing away molded fruits a lot? Is it possible to save the fruit by cutting the bad part out of it? It is not possible to save rotting fruit. Mold goes a lot deeper than you see and it can make you ill.
Cooking with apples in autumn and winter is popular, however they must be stored correctly to prevent spoiling. Apples will rot if they are stored in warm, dry air, so make sure to keep them in plastic bags in a cool place. Make sure you check them periodically, however, because even one spoiled apple can cause the others in the bag to rot very rapidly.
It is now time to apply what you have learned. Use the information in the guide above to create delicious dishes! No matter the reasons why you want to cook, you should take great pleasure in creating a meal that you have made on your own. Yes, skills are necessary to be a good cook. The resulting meal will make it all worth it in the end.