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Cooking Tips and Tricks

steak herb butter meatIt is very easy to make mistakes when cooking. Problems may arise before, during or after finishing the recipe. But don’t worry because some of these errors have simple solutions that do not alter the final result.
Sometimes those problems have nothing to do with the recipes, but arise due to inexperience, bad use of the cooking equipment of food mishandling; to avoid losing your patience with these mishaps, nothing better to apply some proven tricks to get out of the mess. To prepare a meal the first thing you have to do is to plan it. If you are a novice cook, you may encounter some difficulties, but do not be discouraged. You will be glad to know that even the most experienced cooks are always learning new tricks.
To create good dishes and add a personal touch to your recipes, there are simple things you can do to improve the taste of food and save time when cooking. Prepare food effectively, correct errors in the recipe or solve small problems that appear while cooking can be easy. On these pages you will find several tips that will help you prepare varied, nutritious and tasty food, and save time and money in the process. You will also learn how to buy vegetables, fruits, meats, fish and everything you need to manage without difficulty in the kitchen.


Fix frozen orange juice without the fuzz:

Stir frozen lumps first. To save time combine juice and water the night before, then refrigerate. In the morning, just shake and serve. 

Keep corn on the cob fresh:
Ideally, cook it right away. But some cooks make the taste last an extra day: cut pieces off basis; stand with husks, in a pan of water. 

Bake brownies that are perfectly fudgy:
Try this trick: five or ten minutes before the baking time is up, check the edges. If they are shrinking away from the pan, remove immediately from the oven. 

Loosen stuck plastic wrap:
Don’t use a knife. To loosen the stuck edge, wrap a piece of tape –sticky side out- around your index finger, then circle the roll with it until the edge lifts up. To foil future foul-ups, store the role of plastic wrap in the freezer. 

Keep eggs and milk fresh longer:
Keep eggs in the original container on a shelf of the refrigerator, where they’ll stay fresh for up to five weeks; don’t use the egg tray in your refrigerator door – it’s the warmest spot in the fridge. Milk tastes fresher longer if it not exposed to light, which prompts an off flavor, says the National Dairy Council. So keep it in a carton, not in a glass pitcher. 

Avoid watery drinks:
Don’t dilute your cold summer drinks with melting ice: Fill your ice-cube trays with the beverage itself. 

Cook bacon without splattering:
Separate the bacon slices and place them between double thickness paper towels in a microwave safe dish. Then cook on high as follows: 2 slices, 2 ¼ to 2 ¾ minutes; 4 slices, 4 to 4 ½ minutes; 6 slices, 5 ½ to 6 ½ minutes. Rotate the dish halfway through cooking.


US. Standard to Metric Conversions


tsp = teaspoontbsp = tablespoon

ml. = milliliter

U.S. Standard Metric
1 cup 200 ml and 2-15 ml spoons
1 1/4 cups 300 ml
1 1/3 cups 300 ml and 1-15 ml spoons
1 1/2 cups 350 ml
1 2/3 cups 375 ml and 1-15 ml spoons
1 3/4 cups 400 ml
2 cups 475 ml
2 1/4 cups 500 ml and 2-15 ml spoons
2 1/3 cups 550 ml
2 1/2 cups 600 ml
2 2/3 cups 600 ml and 2-15 ml spoons
2 3/4 cups 650 ml
3 cups 700 ml and 1-15 ml spoons
3 1/4 cups 775 ml
3 1/3 cups 800 ml
3 1/2 cups 800 ml and 2-15 ml spoons
3 2/3 cups 850 and 1-15 ml spoons
3 3/4 cups 875 ml
4 cups 950 ml
4 1/4 cups 1000 ml
4 1/3 cups 1000 ml and 2-15 ml spoons
4 1/2 cups 1050 ml and 1-15 ml spoons
4 2/3 cups 1100 ml
4 3/4 cups

1125 ml

5 cups 1175 ml 1-15 ml spoons