Cooking Tips and Tricks That every Chef Needs To Know
Cooking is an art by itself. Being able to prepare and serve a sumptuous meal is one of the most satisfying skills you can ever get in life. Most people though they cook, can’t just figure out the nitty-gritty details of being in a kitchen. That’s why it’s important to learn a few critical cooking tips and tricks to help you become a better chef, maybe a professional chef in your own kitchen! It’s not just important to learn them but to take the advice to heart and utilize every detail to ensure you are enjoying your kitchen adventure.
Tip 1: Have all your ingredients prepared, measured and ready before you start cooking.
Cooking is not a marathon, it’s a graceful walk in the park enjoying every bit of it. Whether you are fixing a huge meal or simple dishes for yourself, always have all the ingredients cleaned, peeled, chopped, measured all set up in separate containers before you start cooking. Cooking is highly chaotic if you decide to prepare ingredients as you cook. There are a lot of messes in measuring things out while other ingredients overcook. Take your time and prepare everything that you need well in advance.
Tip 2: To prevent your chopping board from slipping around, place a wet paper towel under it.
A slipping chopping board is very dangerous as it can cause accidents easily in case the knife slips. Be sure that before you start cutting anything, the cutting board is firmly held on the surface. Use the wet paper towel to hold it firmly on the surface to make your chopping or rolling out dough easier.
Tip 3: Do not use butter or olive oil for high temperature cooking instead use an oil with a high smoke point like vegetable or peanut oil.
With all the health talk going around we now think the only healthy way to cook is by using butter. Did they also tell you that butter and olive oil burns very quickly and may actually catch fire when subjected to super-hot temperatures?
These two are known to have very low smoke points, the more reason they burn easily. Use vegetable oil that does not burn and gives food cooked over high heat a good flavor.
Tip 4: Use a teaspoon to easily peel ginger without struggling with a peeler or a knife.
If you wondered why your garlic is getting smaller every time you peel, now you know; you have been wasting too much of it when using a knife or a peeler. Using a teaspoon means you simply run it against the surface to remove the light skin without taking off too much flesh.
Tip 5: Use an oven to cook your bacon rather than a frying pan for perfectly crisp strips.
Bacon is Bae! If you are not eating it, you are missing out on the heavenly meal. Bacon is best cooked in an oven where it easily turns crispy without causing any mess on the stove top. The spattering of the bubbling oil on the frying pan is both dangerous and messy. Save up all your energy to clean up after cooking bacon by simply using 5 minutes of your oven. Surely, it won’t be too expensive.
Tip 6: Store your cut vegetables in cold water to prevent them from oxidizing and turning brown.
Now that we talked about preparing everything in advance before you start cooking, don’t be too diligent! Don’t leave your vegetables open in a dry space because you won’t like them after that. Potatoes, apples, and avocados are the most common vegetables and fruits that behave in this manner. The number one rule to follow is if they are not ready to be used, don’t cut them too early. Use cold water to preserve them in case they are prepared too early.
Tip 7: Don’t fall into the temptation of over-mixing your cake batter. Simply give it a quick stir especially when combining wet and dry ingredients.
Even if you woke up on the right side of the bed and you are feeling very generous with your strength, save it may be to give your partner a good massage. Do not even try to fall into the temptation of over-mixing your batter. Just mix them enough to combine the wet and dry ingredients. Overdoing it will give you a chewy end product that is dense and unattractive.