Improve Your Cooking with These 10 Tips
During the last five years I have cooked more than 2,000 dishes in my rigorous quest for culinary supremacy. Out of all my experiences, I have distilled top 10 tips that you can use to improve your culinary skills and knowledge.
Learn how to cook with these easy ten tips!
- Make your meat brown. If a recipe says that you should brown your meat – do it. It’s not the color that’s important. It’s more about the taste that accompanies that color.
- Time to soften onions. James Martin says that it takes only 1-2 minutes to soften the onions. Thomas Keller thinks that you have to soften onions for five hours. My experience says that both of them are wrong. 25-30 minutes are enough.
- Most of the time chicken is the best option. Both fish and beef need strong flavors to balance the taste. Chicken needs much less taste retouchings to fit it harmoniously into different dishes.
- Potato skin influences the taste. I have felt this difference so strong that I’m ready to parboil roast potatoes together with their peelings.
- A soggy bottom is a real failure. Any quiche, tart or pie recipe, which does not have any recommendations to blind bake a pastry base prior to adding to the filling, is totally wrong.
- If you need to slow cook – pick meat very carefully. Plastic boxes with stewing steak or chuck that you see in the supermarkets are bad choices if you buy them for dish that requires slow cooking. Choose oxtail and shin instead.
- There are alternatives to vanilla. Although a lot of baking recipes include vanilla, in some cases it’s completely unnecessary to add it. For instance, the ingredients of tiramisu are perfect as they are, without vanilla. Alternatives to vanilla include cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg.
- White sugar? No, no. Brown sugar. Best kitchen tips include using brown sugar, such as light muscovado or golden caster.
- Oven temperatures are not that important. Better use your senses: in case food looks good and smells tasty, probably it’s ready. If you want to be more confident, better use a food thermometer.
- Serving temperatures matter. Such dishes as rice puddings, custards and frittata really taste better warm than hell hot.
I hope the following great kitchen secrets will assist you a lot in cooking!