Not everyone is a great cook and even the ones that are can always improve. Cooking is one of those skills that each one of us is constantly improving over the course of our lives. Going from someone who doesn’t cook at all to a good cook who enjoys it will take a little time. These tips can really help you become a better cook.

Anytime you use meat for a stir-fry, make sure to slice the meat as thinly as you can and make your cut on the bias. This can take up much time and is also somewhat tricky. Before the meat is frozen (but when it is firm), pull the meat from the freezer, and slice the meat at a forty-five degree angle.

Make sure that when you are making your pasta, not to use oil in the water upon cooking. This will reduce the risk that the pasta will stick to the sauce, which can ruin the quality of your meal. Avoid oil in water when you are cooking pasta for maximum results.

A good thing to remember regarding cooking is to store your ingredients and spices in a cool dark place and not on top of your stove. This is because humidity and light tend to cause spices and herbs lose their flavor. This is one of the things new cooks tend to forget.

To keep your cakes from falling flat, mix dense batters by hand with a wooden spoon. Electric mixers beat too much air into the batter, causing the cakes to fall when they are baked. Meanwhile, by using a wooden spoon to gently mix thick batters like carrot cake you protect the consistency of the batter from absorbing too much air.

It is exciting to learn about new cooking techniques. It can even make the cooking more exciting than the eating! This article has hopefully given you some helpful new techniques to make use of in the kitchen, or at least spurred you to learn more about cooking. Cooking is a never ending journey.