No one starts out cooking in a kitchen knowing how to do everything! I am still learning after cooking for over 40 years! As a teenager, my mother and grandmothers showed me great techniques, but you don’t always remember what you need when you need it!
Here are a few tips I have learned over the years:
- When using bread crumbs, you can make your own if you have time, but I usually don’t! So we like to use plain panko-type bread crumbs because they make foods crispier and less soggy, especially fish and chicken.
- Olive oil is another great healthy addition to your diet, helping cholesterol levels among others. It can be used as a substitute for vegetable oil in most recipes, especially sauteing and making a salad dressing. Baking with it is more questionable due to it changing the taste of the foods, but I did use it in brownies once, and we couldn’t tell the difference!
- Always have plastic zip bags on hand! They have so many great uses, and make your time in the kitchen much easier.
1. Use them to save leftovers
2. Use them to marinate meat in the refrigerator
3. Use them to bread fish, chicken or vegetables for baking, sauteing, or frying. Use one bag for your wet coating (oil, butter, mustard, dressing, etc.). Use the second bag for the dry coating (panko, bread crumbs, crushed crackers, chopped nuts, etc.).