Wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap after handling raw meat or eggs.
Cook by the appearance of the meal over what the cooking time is. Look for it to be “golden brown” before “done in 30 minutes”. This is known as “common sense” cooking.
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 milk.
Leftovers – Hot foods should be refrigerated within 2 hours after cooking. Be careful with leftovers. Remember; when in doubt, throw it out! Do not “taste test” something that you think might be bad. Even just a small taste can make you ill if the food is bad.
Be extremely careful not to drag your sleeves over the burner. Wear tight fitting clothes while cooking. Also, put your hair up so that it doesn’t catch fire while leaning over the stove.
Are you planning an outdoor camping trip? Plan your meals at home before you go. This way you’ll have everything you need ahead of time for cooking, and there won’t be any surprises.
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 preferable, you must handle it with extreme caution.
Cooking outdoors: For outdoor barbecuing, add hickory or mesquite wood chips to the coals. It will add much more flavor to the meat.
Safety Tips: Keep the handles of your pots facing inward, so they aren’t grabbed by children. Teach your children to stay far away from the stove while you’re cooking.
Try sea salt instead of regular table salt. It tends to have more flavor.
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.
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.
As a general rule do not leave plastic containers, aerosol cans, or anything that is not oven proof on top of the stove. When the oven is turned on the stove top can become hot as well and cause plastic items to warp or even melt and aerosol cans to expand and explode.
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.