Roasting

Roasting


The secret to taking foods from ordinary to
extraordinary is roasting! Roasting is an essential cooking technique
you can use to make simple, healthy meals. It uses dry heat from the oven to lightly
brown food. Roasting brings flavor to foods without adding
many extra ingredients. The oven heat makes foods slightly sweet through a process called
caramelization. Roast foods on a baking sheet or in an oven-safe
dish or roasting pan, but keep it uncovered. Make sure to plan ahead. Before you start,
read your recipe to know how long it will take you to prepare and roast your food. First preheat the oven. Roasting temperatures
vary, but are usually at least 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Lower temperatures usually mean
longer cooking times, but they can make foods more tender. To roast vegetables – and fruits too – wash
them and cut into smaller pieces. Your pieces should all be the same size so everything
cooks in the same amount of time. Smaller pieces will decrease your overall cooking
time. Add a small drizzle of oil – a little bit
goes a long way – and any seasonings, then lightly toss or stir to coat. Olive oil is
a great source of healthy fats. Spread the pieces evenly on the pan or sheet
in a single layer. Overcrowding will increase your cooking time. Once preheated, carefully put the pan or sheet
in the oven. Set a timer to keep track of the cooking time. Cooking times will vary from as little as
10 minutes for asparagus, zucchini, or peppers to over an hour for whole winter squash, meats
and poultry. Check your food half way through, or more
often for longer cooking times. Stir or flip any pieces and make sure it browns evenly. Roasting meats and poultry at lower temperatures
for longer times can keep them tender without drying them out. However, they won’t brown
as much. After taking meats and poultry out of the
oven, check them with a tip-sensitive instant read digital thermometer to make sure they
have reached a safe internal temperature. Let them rest for 5-15 minutes. To learn more,
watch our video on using a thermometer. Roast, or bake, fish until the flesh is opaque
and flakes with a fork and the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Roasting is an easy way to make food taste
amazing and could quickly turn them into family favorites. Try roasting more often to cook
smart and eat smart.

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