Do you want to learn how to chop herbs, prepare a fluffy puree, or how to cook a delicious steak and get everyone to call you an expert cook?
Here’s a list with the most efficient tips and tricks when it comes to cooking, handy solutions even for beginners. Chefs from around the world contributed to this list, so you can’t go wrong.
- If you want to make sure fried eggs won’t stick to the pan, preheat the spatula in the hot oil first. In addition, to prevent foods sticking, use dishes that have a thick bottom, and always clean them with nonabrasive cleaning solutions that won’t scratch the material. Scratches on the bottom of a pan take the coating off and make sticking very easy. Never leave empty dishes on fire for too long, high temperature can bend the metal.
- Prepare all your tools and ingredients before you start the actual cooking. Chop your vegetables, prepare the meat and sauces beforehand. This will save you time in front of the stove, and you’ll prevent mistakes that often arise from doing too many things at once.
- To squeeze more juice from fruits, press them by hand for around one minute. A better solution would be to warm them in the microwave oven for ten to fifteen seconds.
- Mashed potatoes represent a very popular side dish for steaks or foods with sauces. If you want them to be creamy, do the following: drain the water they’ve been boiled in, and place them back in the covered pot for five minutes. Taste can be enhanced by mixing with a bit of cream or butter.
- When you grill meat remove it from the fridge at least an hour before cooking, allowing it to reach room temperature.
- Salt the chicken an hour before cooking. Inside and outside, don’t be cheap with salt when it comes to this, it won’t alter the taste except in a good way. Before placing it in the oven wipe it with a dry towel. You’ll end up with a crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside chicken.
- For extra flavor keep basil at room temperature, soaked in water.
- If you want to spice salad, sprinkle it with coarse salt soaked in virgin olive oil. This way the salad will remain crispy for a longer time.
- Don’t take recipes as law! All recipes are simply guides telling you how things are done in general or worse, by personal preference. Take liberties in adapting recipes to your needs and taste, learn to improvise and you might exceed expectations. As an example, you can try using thyme as a replacement for oregano, it might suit your tastes better.
- Immerse vegetables in a bowl of ice after boiling them, this will help retain their lively coloring, and your dishes will look more appetizing.
- If you figure you need more cooking oil in the pan after you already started cooking, don’t just pour it in! Sprinkle it on the inside margin of the pan so that when it reaches the food it’s already hot.
- When you cut your greens spread a bit of salt on the cutting board, this will prevent them from flying all over the place.
- Store your food supplies and spices somewhere dark and cool, far away from the heat of the stove. Light, heat and humidity, will always remove from the flavor.
- If you want to get rid of the pungent smell garlic can leave on your hands, rub your palms on something metal (like the kitchen sink) for thirty seconds followed by a good rinsing.
- Another tip to prevent sticking is to keep the meat above the pan for a few seconds before placing it the cooking oil. You can achieve this easily with a pair of cooking tongs.