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Kitchen Essentials That Make Meal Cooking Easy

Flour is a diverse kitchen staple that can be used in a variety of recipes.

You’re hungry, your family is hungry, and you’re tired with no energy to go to the supermarket. You also aren’t sure if you have anything in your home to cook. If you have a few kitchen essentials, you can make a healthy and delicious meal. In fact, a well-stocked pantry, packed with the best kitchen essentials, can make meal preparation easy. Let’s take a look at the kitchen essentials that you may want to consider.

The Top 5 Kitchen Essentials For Your Household :

#1 Canned Tomatoes

With a stockpile of canned tomatoes, you can make an abundance of different meals. For example, tomato sauce, garlic, and a few Italian spices make a good spaghetti sauce which you can serve over pasta which you also have in your pantry. A little ground beef, beans, and chili powder and you have a hearty chili meal.

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How To Develop Confidence In The Kitchen

Cooking ingredients.

Cooking talent is not something everyone is naturally born with. Most of the best chefs around the world spend years perfecting their skills, learning new techniques and fine-tuning delicious recipes. They have been trained by professionals. Don’t have confidence in the kitchen? Step back and assess why. Most likely, you have little experience around the kitchen. A few very simple steps and you will be cheffing up your favorite mouth-watering recipes before you know it.

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Do More with Leftover Recipes

Oven roasted chicken breast.

Many people shun leftovers. They have unfriendly memories of eating leftovers as a child or they haven’t found success storing and hate reheating them. With the right tips and approach, you can do more with leftover recipes.

Store leftovers properly.

This step affects your leftover recipes and their potential more than any other step. Many people simply place the container the food was cooked in, inside the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap. Too much moisture ruins food. Place all leftovers in an airtight container. Make sure the food has a bit of room inside the container – don’t over stuff.

Additionally, it’s important to know how long the leftovers have been inside your refrigerator. Two to four days is a general food safety rule of thumb. And if you have any doubt that the food is safe to eat, throw it out. One way to help prevent any guessing games with leftover recipes is to place a label on the storage container. Write down what the leftover is and the date that it was prepared.

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5 Great Recipes Using Tomato Sauce

Beef chili, one of the most delicious recipes using tomato sauce.

Tomato sauce is a staple in pantries around the world. It’s versatile, inexpensive, and makes a wonderful foundation for a variety of recipes. In fact, if you don’t have a stockpile of tomato sauce in your pantry, you may be missing out. Don’t believe it? Here are 5 great recipes using tomato sauce!

Recipes Using Tomato Sauce

#1 Spaghetti Sauce

This is one of the quintessential Italian recipes using tomato sauce. Use one or two cans of tomato sauce combined with a bit of garlic powder, salt, and Italian seasonings like oregano and basil and you have spaghetti sauce. It’s quick, easy and much better than store-bought sauces because you make it the way you like it.

Also, homemade spaghetti sauce doesn’t have any added sugar or preservatives. It’s all natural and all delicious. And of course, you can add some ground beef or pork if you like a hearty meat sauce. Or add clams or mussels for a seafood spin.

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How to Choose the Right Shape of Pastas For Your Dish

A variety of popular pastas.

You might think that any old pasta works for any old dish. And it’s true that you can mix and match pastas however you see fit. However, some pasta shapes definitely work better with different recipes and sauces. The right combination can create a perfect dish.

Popular Pastas

#1 Spaghetti, Buccatini, Cappelli, and Angel Hair Pasta

Spaghetti is a long thin noodle. It’s perfect for heavier meat sauces because the pasta can hold up under the weight of the sauce. Angel hair is ideal for thin tomato sauces or even a pesto. Add a meat sauce to angel hair and you’ll have a plate full of crushed and mushy noodles.

If you really want a sauce that will hold up to a thick meat sauce, try buccatini. It’s a thick spaghetti-like noodle with a hole in the middle – like a long thin straw. Cappelli is a thin, spaghetti-like noodle. It’s ideal for broth-based sauces.

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Creative Burgers with Flair

Creative burgers come in many forms and many unique flavors.

After World War II, the middle class in America began to move to the suburbs and backyard grilling was an inexpensive means of socialization. This has become a tradition in America, even if the backyard is a small balcony off one’s apartment. Fresh ground beef makes the best creative burgers due to the fat content. It can be stored in the coldest part of the refrigerator for 2 days. Beyond that, it needs to be well wrapped and frozen. When the time comes to thaw it, place on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator to prevent any drips from contaminating other food.

While there isn’t anything wrong with an old-fashioned cheeseburger, you can amaze your guests at your next cookout by introducing a little flair. First, let’s start with a basic burger recipe.

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