Cooking is something you keep learning about your whole life. By knowing the proper techniques, you can turn boring meals into spectacular meals. Try some of these tips to make your meals interesting and exciting!

Here is a handy trick you can use to save your sauce. Put some corn starch into water and mix it in your sauce. Continually stir the sauce while adding corn starch slowly. Add your starch slowly, then stir constantly to not over-thicken it.

For stir fry with an authentic Chinese touch, try using their velveting technique! Prepare a mixture of corn starch, egg whites, seasonings and sherry and set your pork, chicken or shrimp in it for about half an hour. Then, blanch it in hot oil or boiling water for shiny, tender and delicious restaurant quality stir fry.

When deep frying foods, hold the food below the oil with the tongs for a few seconds. Holding the food under the oil for around five seconds will create a useful seal around the food. This seal will work to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

A good cook takes pride in keeping a set of well-sharpened knives. Dull knives make it very difficult to cut with and also extremely dangerous to use. With a dull knife it is easy to slip and cut yourself because it is harder to slice the food, but a knife that is sharp makes much smoother cuts.

One of the greatest things that you can do is to cook with family members or friends. When you cook with someone else, you will be able to pick up on tricks that they implement and will be able to better yourself as a cook. Talk to them to see how their thought process works, to elevate your expertise.

If you are looking to improve your cooking abilities, try to find some good books on cooking and cooking tips. The following tips can help you become a better cook, no matter how many people you are cooking for.