I’ve really enjoyed cooking again over the past few weeks, and if I can find time to cook at least meal from scratch each week then so can you! It’s all about getting the hang of cooking different recipes. Once you’ve made risotto or pie once or twice, cooking them will soon come easily to you and you’ll want nothing but fresh home cook food. I thought I would leave you with a few tips I’ve learnt throughout the years and the past few weeks for cooking.
When slicing meat into strips, partially freeze the meat first so it is easier to cut.
To keep your beef burgers juicy, add cold water to the beef before cooking.
Add a little milk to the water when cooking cauliflower to keep it white.
To get more juice out of your lemon, microwave for 15 seconds.
To check whether your eggs are out of date or not, fill a bowl with water and pop the eggs in, if they sink they’re bad, if they float your all good!
To prevent potatoes from budding add an apple to the bag they’re in, no idea how why it works but it does!!
For poor students, in stead od throwing away left over wine, freeze it and use them as ice cubes or for casseroles and sauces.
Use a funnel when separating eggs by pouring the egg into it. The yolk will stay in the funnel and the whites will fall through.
Roll up your pack of bacon before opening it to help separate the rashers.
When cooking spaghetti hold it with both hands, twist it and drop it in the pan to prevent it from sticking together.
· When preparing a cucumber cut down the middle of the cucumber horizontally and vertically before slicing it to create segments for a salad.
Easiest way to chop up a sweet pepper:
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For those who want to continue cooking, Sainsbury’s has a surprisingly good list of recipes for you to try, just follow this link:
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