What is one cooking tip that has literally changed your life?
What is one cooking tip that has changed my life?
Using parchment paper for baking.
When baking, cooking spray keeps cookies from sticking to the pan, but it also leaves a tacky residue. With parchment paper nothing sticks and the pan doesn't require elbow grease to clean it.
I also use parchment paper to bake boneless, skinless chicken breasts; it keeps the chicken from drying out.
- Season the chicken with pepper and seasoned salt.
- Place a few lemon slices on the chicken.
- Line the pan and also wrap the chicken breasts with parchment paper.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 28 to 30 minutes to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
- It works perfectly for sandwiches, salads, tacos, etc.
EDIT: What helped even more was finding this product:
Discovering the value of cast-iron skillets. It is somewhat of an art in itself, but once you master it, the cast-iron skillet will be your most useful pan. This morning, for example, I used my larger skillet to fry bacon, and then I sauteed asparagus and fresh corn in a small bit of bacon grease. In my smaller pan, I scrambled some eggs. I often use cast-iron for egg dishes, like frittatas and Dutch Babies, but they are also ideal for roasting and baking - including casseroles. And if you haven't used one for cornbread, you are truly missing out! I could go on and on, but the truth is - COOKING has changed my life more than cast-iron skillets. Sorry, I just had to throw that in!
Take your time. Everything you make in this world has a little bit of you in it. So if you're cooking food for your loved ones..slow down, find joy in preparing and nourishing. My children were home from college and one tasted some soup that I had cooked and asked what I had put into it. The other passing by the kitchen , stuck their head back in and told the other. "Love, she puts love in it..That's why her food always tastes so good" and both of them went about their day. It was just a moment between two teens..but my G-d did my heart melt.
So yes. slow down, take your time, taste your food, spend attention and caring on crafting the nourishment of your loved ones.
Cooking is the absolute BEST.
Just cook food you and your family like! Even the most limited diets have many options. Consult online sites to prepare your favorite foods an endless number of ways.
Samin Nosrat's book on cooking was a real eye-opener, especially when it comes to using salt. The different kinds of salt, the different saltiness of the different kinds, the uses of salt and so on.
It changed the way I cook meat. Sometimes I brine meat for days as she suggests.
The theory: when salt infuses meat it holds onto the juices within when you cook it. Result: tender meat even if it's cheap. When I cook a pot roast I brine for two days and cook it to a temperature of around 200 degrees or a bit more. You won't find that recommendation in any cookbook I know of. If you cook it like that without brining you will get very dry, tough meat.
I did struggle to cook in the beginning but then I realised cooking is a very simple art. All you need to do is make sure is that the raw food is boiled enough to eat or fried enough with the desired ingredients. That's it.