Make sure not to use oil in the water you are using to make pasta. This will only keep sauce from sticking to pasta when mixed together. In order to give the water a little flavor and prevent the pasta from sticking the pot, you can add in a little bit of salt.
Frozen vegetables should only be used as a last resort in home cooking. Though they are cheap and usually available year-round, they fall far short of fresh vegetables in several important areas. Frozen vegetables have lost some of their healthy vitamins and nutrients. They often have unhealthy food additives. They also tend to taste worse than their fresh counterparts.
Store your spices in a cool, dark place. Storing them out exposes them to light, excessive heat and humidity, which can reduce their shelf life. Spices stored in a cool, dark location will taste better and last longer. You can prepare tastier meals if you use fresher spices.
Buying pasta sauce that already has vegetables, seasonings, meat, or cheese in it is a great way to save time and money when cooking. There's a great variety to choose from, and you won't have to chop up peppers and mushrooms or brown the beef. It's all in one jar--just heat it up, and serve over your favorite pasta!
Save your butter and margarine wrappers to use when baking. The wax paper that butter and margarine is wrapped in just happens to be the perfect size for greasing pans or rubbing onto a potato before popping it in the oven for baking. Save wrappers butter-side to butter-side in a closed storage container, so it stays fresh for your baking needs.
If you are boiling pasta, make sure that you do not put too much in the pot.
This will not cook your food all the way through and will taste very raw and thick. Try to limit the amount of pasta that you put in the pot to maximize taste and quality.
Store your fall apples correctly and they'll last for months. People tend to use a lot of apples for cooking in the fall and winter months, but if they are stored incorrectly they will quickly spoil. Apples rot in dry warm air, so store them in loosely tied plastic bags in the refrigerator or a cool basement. Keep an eye on them though, because one rotten apple in the bag will spoil the rest of them in no time.