Do you drool enviously over the many attractive and tasty meals other people prepare? Do you wish you had the talent to offer your family these works of art? The following article will give you advice that will make you a much better cook.
You should store all herbs and spices in cool, dark places. If they are exposed to light, heat or humidity, they will lose much of their flavor. Spices and herbs that are ground usually retain their flavor for close to a year. Though if you have whole spices, you will notice the flavors are strong for 3-5 years. Proper storage can extend their shelf life even longer.
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.
When roasting any type of meat, ensure that when you remove it from the oven you give it time to “rest” before you carve it up and deliver to the table. Allowing the meat to sit in its own juices for ten minutes or so will make sure that the meat is not dry or overly chewy.
Ice water can save the color of your vegetables. Dull washed out vegetables do not look as appealing to eat. If you want bright and vibrant vegetables, then you should plunge them into ice water after blanching them. Vibrantly colored vegetables look much more appetizing in salads and pasta dishes.
Make sure to prepare your dishes the night before. Create marinades and allow your meat to sit in the refrigerator overnight. By doing most of the prep the night before, you make a delicious tasting meal. You also lower the amount of stress when making the meal before your guests arrive.
Make use of the handy tips contained in this article. Your loved ones will quickly be asking you for your recipes.