Not too many people don’t enjoy sitting down for a nice meal. That enjoyment is multiplied when the cook creating the food is proficient in the kitchen. The following article will provide to cooks of any level to make meals that are even tastier.

Prepare to cook before you actually start cooking. The prep work should be done before you even start cooking. Sometimes even when the prep work is done, the deadline for when the meal must be completed can still loom large and become stressful. Do the prep work as early as you can to avoid stress later.

Anytime you use meat for a stir-fry, make sure to slice the meat as thinly as you can and make your cut on the bias. It is possible that you may have a little trouble doing so in a time efficient manner. Remove meat when firm but no longer frozen, and slice it 45 degrees across the grain.

Try this quick trick to salvage your efforts. In a separate bowl, blend 1 Tbs of corn starch with 2 Tbs of water. Stir this solution into the thin sauce to thicken it. To keep from over-thickening the sauce, stir it constantly and add the starch mixture gradually.

Sharp knives are essential in any kitchen. When you cook using knives that are dull, you create more work for yourself because they make cutting more difficult. It is also a safety hazard to use them. With a dull knife it is easy to slip and cut yourself because it is harder to slice the food, but a knife that is sharp makes much smoother cuts.

To make your French fries crispier, let the raw potatoes soak for about half an hour in cold water prior to frying. Doing this increases the strength of the fiber in the potatoes, which means that they don’t break down as quickly during the deep frying phase.

Do you love to cook with fresh basil? Place several sprigs of fresh basil into a glass container. Submerge the stems in water. The basil will stay fresh for a matter of weeks on your windowsill or kitchen counter. You can even grow new basil plants if you feel like changing the water every day or so. The stems will sprout roots; that’s the wonder of plant life. Cut or trim basil occasionally so it grows more and you get fresh herbs every time.

Is it difficult for you to know how long your meat should stay on the grill? A meat thermometer can give you a precise temperature, reassuring you that the meat is fully cooked. If the meat is thick, such as more than 1.5 inches, try closing the grill’s lid to cut down on grilling time.

A wonderful home-cooked meal can be fulfilling and satisfying in ways you never imagined. You may think that it takes years of training to learn how to cook, but you would be wrong. Just about everyone can do it! Try applying these tips next time you try cooking something.