Once you start getting serious about cooking awesome meals for your family, you’ll start realizing there are a few things you had no idea about that are kind of important for producing a great-tasting and satisfying meal. As you learn more, you’ll likely hear yourself saying, “I didn’t know about that” more often. But once you learn you can prepare meals that rival the professionals.
- Mise en Place – Getting everything in place before you start cooking any dish is imperative to help you avoid making mistakes or forgetting something. It’s going to be a lot easier getting the right cook on the meat involved if you don’t also have to go digging through the cupboards for the garlic during the process.
- Keep Your Knives Sharp – Using the best knives you can afford to buy and keeping them sharp is imperative. You don’t need a lot of knives. You need a good chopping knife that is comfortable for your hand, a paring knife, and a bread knife. That’s it. Buy the best you can afford and keep them sharp.
- It’s Good to Taste as You Go – Many home cooks don’t like to taste their food because they’re trying to diet, or for some reason, they just skip that. But tasking as you go after adding ingredients is a great way to learn what the additions to do the food while also ensuring you get it right. Other than baking, recipes are often just a guideline, using your own taste buds can push it to be a little better.
- You Need More Salt – The problem with salt is that for some people, it’s bad for them. But most home cooks either don’t salt enough or salt at the wrong time. Learn about how salt works to flavor, preserve, and prepare food so that you can use it in the best possible way while also reducing your sodium intake.
- Get Some Tongs – When you are preparing a lot of food, you don’t want to poke a hole in it and let all the juices out. This is true for meat, but sometimes it can be true for produce too. Using tongs to turn things is going to make it turn out even better.
- Towels & Paper Towels Prevent Slippage – When you are mixing anything, you may have discovered that it’s easy to spill. But if you put a wet cloth or towel under your bowls, pans, and anything you don’t want to slip away it’ll help.
- Finish Meat in The Oven – Use the stovetop to get the right seer on your meat but use the oven to finish it to get the right cook. This is a technique employed by many restaurants, which is why your plate is so hot.
If you want to cook amazing restaurant-quality meals without the price or added fat, salt, and sugar, learn all you can about the proper way to cook each thing you enjoy eating. If you’ve ever had it before at a restaurant you can for sure cook it for yourself in a healthier way that’s just as awesome.