Here at Vera we are a bit obsessed with the old times and how things where in the old days – how Grandma would prepare a meal back in the day before microwaves and fancy equipment. Before we started to think about things like “how to store food” so it lasts forever – before we ever thought about buying food in bulks just to store up with endless supplies of food wrapped in vacuum-plast to make it store longer.
There are a lot of people that really miss the old-fashioned taste of home cooked foods – especially those that come from old-fashioned kitchens. If you are one of those who miss the taste of home cooked food, here are some cooking tips from Grandma to make it easier for you to recapture that old fashioned cuisine.
- Love cooking the way Grandma did. Make cooking a passion and a source of pleasure. If you truly enjoy then it won’t be one of those let’s-get-it-over-with-chores.
- Use the best ingredients possible. Use fresh vegetables, fruits and the best of ingredients. You can only achieve good tasting food when you use ingredients that allow you to create it. Be careful when you substitute.
- Don’t scrimp on ingredients that the recipe calls for. If the recipe calls for milk or butter or sugar then go ahead and use it as generously as you are asked to. You can revise the recipe a bit but not scrimp so that it becomes a poor version of what the dish is supposed to be. If you want less butter, less flour and less sugar then look for another recipe.
- Use pans that are the right size. The size of your pan determines to a large extent how well cooked the ingredients will be because of heat distribution. Do not use a pan that is too small especially if you are stir frying vegetables.
- Pay attention to the heat. Cooking food at the right temperature will help achieve the desired texture and flavor. Imagine what it would be like if you deep-fried chicken at too hot a temperature. You would end up with insufficiently cooked meat inside or a burned crust.
- Don’t let the onions make you cry. Some people do not like to use a lot of minced onions because they don’t like the tears. Here’s one of the cooking tips from grandma to help you with this. Rinse them in cold water then put them in the freezer for half an hour before slicing or dicing them.
- Here is one of those cooking tips from grandma that help your bacon get the look you want. If you want bacon strips that are flat and evenly browned, dip them in cold water before cooking them.
- This is one of the cooking tips from grandma that can help you save money. Fish will keep fresh longer if you clean it before freezing it.
- Removing the smell of onions or garlic from your hands is not as difficult as you may think it is. Try rubbing your hands on a stainless steel spoon.
- If you have put too much salt in your soup, don’t add water. Peel a potato and drop it in the pot so that the excess salt can be absorbed.
- Throw a pinch of salt or a tablespoon of vinegar into the pot when you boil eggs. This will prevent the shells from cracking.
- A little salt in containers will prevent them from developing a musty odor if you are going to keep them empty for a time
- Store an apple with your bananas to keep them from ripening too fast but don’t be bothered by a few brown spots. These actually mean that the bananas are fully ripe and will have a sweeter taste
- Test your eggs for freshness by putting them in a bowl with about four inches of water. Those that stay on the bottom are fresh; it one end tips up it is not as fresh and should be used as soon as possible. If they float, they are no longer fresh.