What’s the first thing that crowds your mind when you hear the phrase “let’s learn cooking”. Of course, it’s the cooking schools you can visit in your area, food magazines and cooking journals you can sniff through or video tutorials of expert chefs.
But all these would require time and money. How about a way whereby you can learn to implement highly useful culinary sills, sitting at your home? Cool, no? This article would throw a spotlight on some of the most ingenious kitchen tips that can improve your cooking skills by leaps and bounds.
Start with being a pro with cutting
You would have surely visualized chefs on social media slicing vegetables at a furious pace and it would have occurred to you instantly – “How the hell do they do it?” Well, it requires technique and practice. If you can cut swiftly, the speed of your food preparation would increase and you can prepare multiple dishes at one time.
That’s how Master Chef participants can produce a complete course within 90 minutes 😊
So here it goes: Use a sharp knife that is neither too large nor too tiny for your hands, and slice up in single strokes from front to back while keeping the cutting edge as vertical as possible. For further precision, just keep the tip of the knife on the cutting surface and ensure that you lift it with between each iteration.
Once you are done mastering this flow, get on with the practice and slice one vegetable, both dry and wet, each day until you are quick enough to terminate these learning sessions.
Use the right tools
Working with the correct equipment will quicken up the pace of your cooking procedures and make them cleaner and professional. But how do you know which tools you need the most?
It largely depends on your style and the food you prepare the most. If you are a baking nerd, you require a cake bake shaper or a robotic stirrer, if you are obsessed with meat, you would need something like a meat shredder or a slicer and if working with fruits is your specialty, you may require slicers and cutters.
Of course, other tools meant for cleaning, measuring and frying would be a necessity if you are eyeing to become a professional chef. You can look through these kitchen products to buy your favorite gadgets.
Master the pan flip
That’s another skill which is customary of renowned chefs. Their ability to scoop food in the air and make it land back in the pan is so soothing to watch. Pan flip is important because it makes sure that food is done from both sides and spices are distributed evenly.
Start with a small number of dried beans as you wouldn’t want to spill real food at first. Practice an arm extension or circular motion followed quickly by a sudden jolt to immerse the contents in the air and then look at them closely to position the pan in a suitable landing position.
Advance through the practice by increasing the number of beans and then shifting to real food and different types of pans. Another tip to keep in mind is to shake the pan before doing the flip as there will be some food stuck to the bottom of the pan which will get loosened up this way.
The food quality depends on the ingredients you use
Ever wondered why the meals presented to you in restaurants feel so delectable although they follow a similar preparation approach as yours? We are going to tell you a secret; it’s not something mysterious or unique they practice but it’s the quality of the ingredients they use.
Top restaurants are very particular about the fruits, vegetables, and meat they use in meal preparations. They demand nothing less than perfect, the reason of which is the presence of enhanced taste and flavor in the dishes.
Don’t just rely on supermarkets for grocery shopping but try to wake up early and visit farmers' markets. They sell the best stuff there and will present you with high-quality ingredients they take pride in producing.
Sharpen your sense of smell
How many of you have watched the movie “Ratatouille”? If you have a craze for cooking, you would have surely. How did Remy access the taste of its food? Yes, by smelling it! Sense of smell is a handy tool of a chef and you must sharpen it to know when the meal is ready or what is it lacking.
You would be amazed to know there are ways of actually augmenting your sense of smell. Some of them include walking briskly for about 10 minutes every day, drinking plenty of water daily and putting on your seat belt whenever you drive as sudden jerks or collisions can tear the sensitive nerve fibers that connect your brain with the nose.
Season well enough
It’s one of the most significant culinary tips. If you want to savor your meals with more flavor and a refreshing scent, season it well. You could do it with anything from salt, herbs or spices.
The art of seasoning lies in doing it at the correct time i.e. at the ending minutes of food preparation and tasting the food while preparing it because unless you don’t wet your taste buds, you wouldn’t know if it is enough or not.
Use the correct oils
Ah yes, the oils; The medium in which the food is prepared! It is essential to choose the right oils otherwise your food will smell bad or even burn during cooking.
Generally, canola or avocado oils are characterized for high temperatures while butter is used for low temperatures. There are several others which you can use but make sure they are coherent with your cooking procedures.
These tips will certainly crank your cooking skills up a notch and play a vital part in making dishes that are palatable and memorable. Happy cooking!