Cooking is one of those skills that can always be improved upon. There are always new methods, tips, and techniques that can improve a recipe, expand a chef’s repertoire, and increase the pleasure of time spent in the kitchen. Amateur cooks have to learn tips that make the cooking process more simple. For handy cooking advice that can apply to cooks of any skill level, read on.
To prevent the crust of your filled pies from getting soggy, coat the dough with egg white first and then bake it for about five minutes to allow it to set. You should then fill and bake as you normally would. This will stop your crust from absorbing too much of the filling during baking and becoming soft and wet.
Make sure you store all of your spices in cool and dark places. Make sure they are not over the stove. Humidity, light and heat, will cause them to lose their flavor. That will not make for a good tasting meal. Get a spice rack and store it in your pantry.
Take the guesswork out of reducing liquids. When a recipe calls for you to cook until the liquid is reduced by a certain amount, dip the handle of a wooden spoon into the liquid to mark the depth. This will leave a line on the wooden spoon. Later, you can dip the spoon again to see how much the liquid has actually reduced.
Cooks with experience can learn new things about making the time they spend in the kitchen more fun and simple. People who are just learning how to cook need to learn as much as possible. Cook a nice dish using the preceding tips and notice how your cooking experience has changed now that you have a little more knowledge.