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If you want to barbecue, make sure you get your grill set up properly beforehand. Light your coals about 30 minutes before you start cooking as it takes this long for the coals to be ready. The perfect time to start grilling is when the coals are medium heat and covered with ash.
If you are making salsa in advance and don't expect it to be eaten immediately, make sure you rinse and dry the raw onions off well. This will help to remove the sulfurous gas that all raw onions emit, which will otherwise ruin your salsa.
Experimenting with spices and using different sauces is one great way to change the taste of your favorite foods. Combining old favorites with new tasting sauces can create new classics! And new ingredients and spices can easily be found in ethnic stores.
Never add wine into your dish unless you have tasted it beforehand and know that it will complement the favors of the dish you are creating. Adding an unfamiliar wine is one fast way to ruin your dish!
How many people do you know who have age old spices and herbs in their cupboard? Spices and herbs do not last forever! Sure they need to be stored somewhere cool and dark to preserve their flavor but if you've had them for over a year, their flavor will have vanished. Throw them out and buy new ones!
If you have a turkey, remember to keep the leftovers. They can be added to pies, salads or sandwiches and make a very tasty, low fat snack! If you don't want to use them right away, freeze them. They freeze very well!
If you want tasty soups and stews, make your own stock! Simply save the bones of a roast chicken dinner, add a few vegetables, bay leaves and slow simmer for several hours! The stock is delicious and can be used immediately. Freeze the excess in ice cube trays so that it will be in convenient portions when you next need it.
If you need to cook for a large number of people, or are faced with cooking the Thanksgiving dinner for the in-laws, don't stress. Prepare as much as you can in advance. Get all the non-refrigerated ingredients out the cupboards. Make sure you've got all the baking tins, trays, pans etc that you will need and recheck your timings so that you will be all ready to go on the day itself.
Always let roast meats and poultry rest for a while before putting them on the table to be carved. The time could be anything up to half an hour for a turkey. Resting allows the meat to 'relax' and enables the juices to flow back into the meat, making it juicier and tastier than un-rested meat.
When cooking, remember not everyone likes spicy food! Try cooking with the minimum of hot spices and then leave them on the table for people to add their own according to taste. This is especially true for salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder and chilies.
Unless you are a vegetarian, use chicken stock to cook your vegetables. This will make the dish more tasty and add valuable nutrients too! It makes mashed potato taste wonderful! You can easily make your own chicken stock, but it is easy to find in your local store if you don't want to.
Be sure to follow these top tips and you will soon have your friends and family raving about your food!