We’re back with another blog, and this week’s post is all about helping our residents cook delicious meals in their apartments in Round Rock. We’re lucky to live in a town with so many top-tier restaurants, but anyone who’s ever tried to save money knows that cooking for yourself is the healthier, more financially responsible way to go. It’s hard to get motivated to cook for yourself if you don’t enjoy the way your cooking tastes, but we’re here to help with that.
In the post below, we’ll be sharing some simple cooking advice that anyone put to use to make their meals taste better. We’re not going to tell you how to make a souffle or teach you about the cooking techniques that have been passed down through generations in Italian families, but we do have a few quick and easy tips to share!
Let’s get right to it, shall we? When you’re done reading through this post, please be sure to share the link to this page with your friends and neighbors at Landing — the apartments Round Rock residents choose for luxury living.
Know where to store your spices.
A lot of people store spices above the oven or near the oven, but that’s actually not a great place for them. Spices go bad when they’re exposed to too much light and heat, so you want to keep them as far away from the oven as possible. Find a cool, dark corner to put them in, and enjoy better tasting spices moving forward!
Save that pasta water.
Here’s one you probably haven’t heard before. Instead of dumping our pasta water into the sink, save a cup of it and pour it into a frying pan. Next, put the pasta and your sauce of choice into the frying pan and cook it all together for a few minutes. The salty water will make your pasta taste amazing, and it’ll help the sauce stick to the noodles!
Wrap veggies in paper towels.
How often do you find yourselves throwing vegetables away because they’ve gone bad? It feels terrible to waste food, but it’s also hard to predict how much you’ll eat in between trips to the grocery store. One way to make your veggies last longer is to wrap them in paper towels before you put them in the fridge. Oxygen makes veggies go bad, but wrapping them in paper towels helps prevent oxygen exposure. If you want to keep them fresh for longer, throw them in a plastic bag after wrapping them in the paper towel!
Leave some room in the pan.
If you’re cooking for a couple other people, it can be tempting to fill your frying pan with as many ingredients as possible. However, overcrowded frying pans are not ideal if you want well-cooked food. See, food releases moisture as it heats up. If your frying pan is too crowded, all that moisture will end up steaming the other food in the pan. You rarely want to steam your food to cook it. Instead, you want to let it brown in the pan without the moisture from the other food seeping in.
With that, we’ve reached the end of our list of simple cooking tips! We’ll be back in a couple weeks with another post for our residents, so make sure you’ve bookmarked this page so you can easily check it again in a couple weeks! While you wait for the next post to go up on the site, you can stay informed about everything happening at Landing at Round Rock by following us on social media. That way, you’ll be among the first to know about resident events, promotions and giveaways going on at your community of Round Rock apartments.