New Year, New Start, so the saying goes.
But that doesn’t always have to be dull things like diets and exercise. You can make it interesting too, like learning a new skill or taking-up a new language.
And especially for food fans, there is no end to your culinary creativity.
So here are 15 top tips to try in the kitchen in the coming year.
1. Proper Preparation
Cooking it’s all about the prep. So take away the stress by doing the prep the night or day before.
2. Make more than you need
If you’re making something in a large batch like bolognese sauce or stock,freeze it in plastic bags. That way, when you want to make a quick meal, you can simply pull the bag out of the freezer and use it once defrosted.
3. Learn a new specialty
Whether you’re cooking for your partner, your friends or just yourself, don’t get last. Learn a new recipe for a new year to really make an impression.
4. Remove garlic odor
After using garlic, rub your hands well on your stainless steel sink for 30 seconds before washing them to remove the smell
5. Make your dressings healthy
For rich, creamy dressings made healthy, substitute half the mayo with Greek-style yogurt.
6. Get a grip of your herbs
When chopping herbs and spices, throw a little salt onto the cutting board. This will give it grip and keep the herbs from slipping around.
7. Get the temperature right
When you’re baking, keep butter and eggs at room temperature overnight rather than in the fridge to gain the best results.
8. It’s hip to be square
If you’ve spent a lot of time making some exotic sauces, don’t throw away what you don’t use. Freeze small portions in an ice-cube tray that you can then easily defrost and use again another time.
9. Pour oil into bubbling water
Add a drop of olive oil to the water when you are boiling pasta. This will help prevent it from sticking to the pan.
10. Add some zest
If you like citrus, a little squeeze of lemon or lime is always a good way to finish a meat dish and marinating meat with citrus can give it a rich texture also.
11. Whiter than white veg
If you’re cooking cauliflower, add a little milk to the water with salt to keep it looking bright white.
12. Ditch the list
Don’t be a hostage to the shopping list. Instead, go shopping, see what takes your fancy and buy on impulse.
13. Wrapping up lengthens lifespan
Wrapping your greens loosely in a damp paper towel and placing them in a re-sealable plastic bag before putting them in the fridge can prolong their lifespan by about four days.
14. Cook meat outside in
Browning meat before cooking it will give you a golden crust and reduce the cooking time, then use a thermometer to tell when the inside is cooked thoroughly throughout.
15. Flour builds a better pizza base
If you want a chewier base and more consistent structure to your pizza, consider buying yourself some high protein bread flour rather than all-purpose flour.