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Cooking Tips 1
Cook healthier foods by using a little less salt, a little less sugar, and a little less butter. Bake instead of fry when possible and use whole grains and fat-free milks.
Cooking Tips 2
Make sure your knives are sharp. A dull knife not only does not cut well but it can be dangerous to work with. Keep in mind however that although a sharp knife is preferrable, you must handle it with extreme caution.
Cooking Tips 3
Be aware of what type of stove top you are using. Gas stoves heat instantly, but electric stoves take time to warm up. When using an electric stove allow about a minute for the range to heat up before cooking. When using gas, be aware that things will cook faster. Also, for safety purposes remember that electric stove tops will remain hot for a while after you turn them off, so don't touch them or place anything that can melt on them until they are cool.
Cooking Tips 4
Be careful not to ruin your non-stick cookware. Do not use metal utensils or anything sharp on non-stick cookware. Be careful not to use overly abrasive cleaning tools as well. The non-stick coating on is fragile and can easily be scratched off by harsh treatment. Once a scratch occurs the non-stick coating will quickly chip away and you'll end up with specks of it in everything you cook. And worst of all your food will stick to the bottom of the cookware because the coating is gone.
Cooking Tips 5
Potato peelers aren't just for potatoes. You can use them to peel just about any fruit or vegetable. Try using them on apples, carrots, cucumbers and even zucchinis.
Cooking Tips 6
Steaming and stir-frying are two of the healthiest ways to cook vegetables. Boiling vegetables and cooking them in the microwave reduces vitamin content. Steaming and stir-frying allow vegetable to retain more of their vitamins. However, stir-frying ads more fat because it requires oil. But fat is not always bad. A little fat is needed in everyone's diet to maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails. Try using olive oil, which is very flavorful and is a non-saturated fat.
Cooking Tips 7
When cutting up and cooking with jalapenos and other spicy peppers, wear gloves, and avoid coming in direct contact with the seeds or seed bulbs. Depending on the degree of exposure, direct contact can cause anything from tingling to a severely painful burning sensation that lasts for several days. Particularly avoid any contact with your eyes.
Cooking Tips 8
When preparing food for other people, use salt sparingly. Different people have different preferences. They can always add more salt to their food if there's not enough for their taste, but they can't take it out if there's too much.
Cooking Tips 9
If you buy a bunch of celery and don't plan to eat it all at once but want it to remain fresh, cut the celery up in smaller pieces and place in a container filled with water. Place the container in the refrigerator. The celery will remain fresh and crisp for at least a week. If not stored in water the celery will become limp and rubbery.
Cooking Tips 10
If you are baking, know the difference between baking soda and baking powder - what they're used for individually, what they do to what you're baking, and why you need one (or both) of them.


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