Cooking world foods can be tricky- we get it! We've put together this handy guide so that you can tackle the most common world food dilemmas!
Italian Cooking Hacks
Use your spaghetti spoon to measure a perfect portion of spaghetti.The secret to perfectly measured spaghetti is in the tool you're already using to make it. Measuring spaghetti with your spaghetti spoon ensures you'll end up with the ideal portion.
Don't follow the cook time on a pasta box. Cooking pasta al dente means cooking it under the recommended amount of time so that it has a slight bite to it and is not fully soft. This is a nonnegotiable cooking step for Italians, and it's the secret to the perfect bite of pasta.
Treat pasta water as an ingredient .If you adequately salt boiling water before adding pasta, the residual water that remains after the pasta is cooked is a salty, starchy, thickening and flavouring agent. You should save about a cup of the water before you drain the rest; a lot of people like to scoop it out with a mug. When you make classic pastas like cacio e pepe (pasta with cheese and pepper), incorporating the pasta water is a must-have step for a silky, "creamy" (without cream) sauce.
Don't skimp on the (high-quality) olive oil. Olive oil is perhaps the most important ingredient in Italian cooking, and it should be treated as more than a non-stick agent. Invest in a high-quality and flavourful variety, and use a generous drizzle to finish off dishes like spaghetti aglio e olio.
Salt your water! You most likely know that salting the water is a vital step when cooking pasta, however are you aware how much it is best to actually be adding? The proper salt to water ratio for pasta is one tablespoon per one quart (4 cups) of water. Sure, it is quite a lot of salt, however it’s essential to flavouring the pasta itself — your water should taste like the ocean.
Mexican Cooking Hacks
Rinse canned beans under cold water to reduce the amount of salt.Put beans in a colander and rinse under cold running water for a few minutes to remove up to 40 percent of the extra sodium