Strategies On How To Cook Gourmet Food - Food

Strategies On How To Cook Gourmet Food   by Steven Magill

in Food    (submitted 2011-12-15)

Cooking does not have to be a scary thought! Understandably, cooking is easier for some than others. It takes know how, practice, and patience, but you can do it! Below are some helpful tips to make your cooking a pleasure:

Cooking with Wine

Never cook your meal with any wine in it that you do not like the taste of. When you cook with wine the flavor concentrates as the food cooks so the wine flavor becomes more pronounced. This means that if you do not like the taste of the wine you will not enjoy your food.

Use more alcohol in your cooking. Do not pass off the awesome flavors you can impart into your foods by adding wine, spirits, or beer to your meals. When used properly the alcohol will evaporate, and you will be left with the delicious pure flavor of the base notes.

When you feel like your dish is missing something but it isn't salt, consider acid. Lemon, wine, and vinegar can all be great ways to add acid to a recipe. Acid balances out the flavor of anything sweet. It can also be a wonderful way to add a "salty" flavor if you're on a low salt diet.

Make sure that you never use a wine in your food that you would not normally drink. By using a wine you do not like or one that you are unfamiliar with, you are jeopardizing the taste of your food. There are wines available that are used just for cooking purposes.

For recipes that call for liquor or wine, you can substitute with fruit juices. Some people simply do not like the taste of liquor or wine while others do not want children eating meals that contain it. Therefore, fruit juices is suitable substitute that still provides your meal with the flavor it needs.

Always choose to cook with a wine that you would drink yourself. If you don't even like the taste of the wine that you are cooking with, chances are that you will end up disliking whatever it is that you are making! So pick out a good wine that you know you love, and you will like your dish even more.

Since you are going to be using a lot of sharp knives in the kitchen to cook your meals, you will want to maintain precautions at all times. Instead of simply putting your knife in the drawer, make sure that you put a wine cork on the tip to protect against cuts and scrapes upon use.

When you have a recipe that calls for wine, you may be tempted to use a cheap wine or cooking wine. Avoid this mindset when you approach your cooking. A good rule of thumb is to consider whether or not you would drink the wine. If you wouldn't drink it, do not use it to cook.

Are you ready to get started? The helpful tips above, no doubt, will contribute to you making a delicious meal! This is just a few suggestions to inspire you to give cooking a try or perhaps a second chance! Enjoy!