Most of us love to eat and just love food. But when it comes to food preparation and cooking, not everyone likes it.
Thankfully, we can still master gradually the art of cooking with the help of experts and a smart guide to love your kitchen.
One example is how to make perfectly fluffy rice. Chef Michael Smith’s top amazing rice tips is, it best comes with patience. Being sure to properly measure at the beginning with a 2:1 water to rice ratio, no peeking under the lid when it is cooking and letting the rice rest for 10 minutes before serving, are the top takeaways.
Moreover, there are 58 additional food preparation and cooking tricks and guide that you can refer to and start to love your kitchen too!
1. Use caramelized sugar when baking.
Slightly frying your sugar can add that note of caramel to your baked goods. You can heat up your sugar for an hour for a hint of caramel flavor or do it for 5 hours to create that unique aroma.
2. Apply mayo to your fish to get a nice and tasty crust.
With a pastry brush, apply a minimal amount of mayo to your fish and season with salt before grilling. This simple tip will help you get that nice golden crust.
3. Add olive oil and salt to your pasta once it’s boiling.
The salt will help season the pasta. The oil, on the other hand, will prevent the pasta from sticking together. It adds flavor, too.
4. Buy a good thermometer for your kitchen.
Instead of waiting for something to cook, use a thermometer to check its temperature. This way, you won’t have to guess if your dish is cooked through.
5. Use sugar as a seasoning.
Sugar isn’t just great for making baked goods. It turns out that it also makes an excellent seasoning, particularly when you are cooking a dish with tomatoes. It counteracts the sour taste to give you a more pleasant and rich flavor.
6. Add salt continuously while you cook to avoid over-salting.
Instead of salting heavily at the start or end of your recipe, consider adding your salt continuously while you cook. And if you need to garnish your dish with salt, try to sprinkle it from up high. That way, it’ll be evenly distributed.
7. Brining is key to getting that delicious juicy meat.
Brining isn’t just great for turkeys. You can also use the same technique to create that juicy texture and infuse a rich flavor to your chicken and pork chops. Brining can also help minimize the chance of your meat drying out or getting overcooked.
8. Cook your steak when it’s at room temperature.
Don’t grill your meat right after taking it out of the freezer. Let it sit for a couple of minutes until it gets to room temperature before cooking. That way, it’ll cook more evenly.
9. Fry your onions with salt.
Adding salt helps get rid of the onion smell. It also allows them to cook faster.
10. Put a bowl of water inside your oven when baking to get crispy bread crust.
End your problems with your bread crust by putting a bowl of water into your oven when baking. The steam will help you get that nice crispy crust you want in your bread.
11. Cook the perfect egg with just three components.
Cooking the perfect egg can be tricky so make sure to have these three components when cooking. Get a thick-wall frying pan, add 1/2 tablespoon of butter, and cook in minimum heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Don’t forget to add salt!
12. Use sour cream to make the best pancakes.
No matter what kind of pancake you’ll be making, always add 2 tablespoons of sour cream to your mixture. It’ll help you create pancakes that are really tasty and fluffy.
13. Dry boiled potatoes before turning them into mashed ones.
After boiling, take out your potatoes and keep them in a clean heated pan. Make sure that they don’t cook in the heat. Once they are dry, you can mash them.
14. Cook steak without oil by placing it on its edge when cooking.
This is the secret to cooking steak without additional oil. Cooking steak on its side renders the fat. It also allows you to create that nice crust on the edges.
15. Cook your pasta in the sauce at the last minute.
This will allow the noodles to absorb the flavor of your sauce. In case the sauce turns out too thick, you can simply add a bit of pasta water to create the texture you prefer.
16. Use eggs and butter at room temperature when making your dough.
The rule for making the perfect dough is quite simple. Just take out the eggs and butter the night before you actually use them.
17. Don’t use olive oil in everything you cook.
Although olive oil is great in adding flavor, it can burn easily. This means that it’s not ideal to use for high-temp cooking, like frying.
18. Not all cuts of meat take the same time to cook.
For quick-cooking applications, use tenderloins and steaks. For long cooking jobs, stick with cuts labeled roasts, brisket, and shoulder. They are great to cook with your slow cooker.
19. Know when to add your herbs.
Dried herbs should be added while you are cooking to enable their flavors to infuse into your dish. Fresh herbs, meanwhile, should be added after you are done cooking. They can get bitter if you overcook them.
20. Onions are one of the things you add to a pan when cooking.
Generally speaking, onions need time to develop that sweetness so they are one of the first ingredients you put in your pan. Garlic, meanwhile, can get burnt easily so you shouldn’t add them early.
21. Use an onion ring to make that perfectly circular egg.
You don’t need any fancy tool to make that perfect egg for breakfast. Just cut an onion ring, place it in your pan, and break the egg inside it.
22. Marinate fish or meat in bags.
This technique ensures that you get to coat your meat or fish evenly. To make it more effective, you can use a vacuum sealing machine. If you don’t have one at home, just use a straw to suck out the air.
23. Prevent the cutting board from slipping by placing a wet towel underneath it.
Then, take a few layers of plastic wrap and create a ring out of them using your hand. Make 4 rings and place them under each corner.
24. Make peeling eggs faster and easier by adding baking soda to the water.
Before you boil your eggs, put some baking soda in the water. You can also use vinegar. These two substances can get inside the shell of the eggs, causing them to peel off faster.
25. Soften butter within 30 seconds.
For this, you’ll need to put your butter and a glass of cold water in the microwaves. Heat it for 30 seconds and your butter will be easier to spread on your bread
26. Make creamy scrambled eggs by adding mayonnaise.
To create that moist and creamy scrambled eggs, just add a dollop of mayonnaise. Don’t worry if you hate mayo. It won’t change the flavor of your eggs.
27. Caramelize white chocolate in your microwave oven.
You can roast your white chocolate in the oven, but you’ll need to stir it every now and then to make sure that it doesn’t get burnt. If you want a faster way to do that, use your microwave.
28. Roast your garlic in the microwave.
Roasted garlic tastes delicious but they take a long time to make. A faster way to make it is to put a bulb of garlic in a small bowl with some oil and water. Wrap the whole bowl in plastic wrap before you put it in the microwave. Cook until the garlic is soft.
29. Make juicy burger patties by placing ice cubes in the middle of the patties.
Right before grilling, press a small piece of ice cube into the center of your patty. This will prevent it from drying out.
30. Use a frying pan instead of a giant pot when cooking your pasta.
The wider area of your pan will allow the water to get hot faster. Consider picking the right size of pan according to the amount of pasta you’ll be cooking.
31. Add a bit of white vinegar to a pot of boiling water when making poached eggs.
This will prevent the eggs from getting stuck to the pot’s side. It will make it easier to handle the eggs, too.
32. Don’t serve your meat right after cooking.
Let it sit for awhile before serving. This ensures that you get the best possible flavor and texture.
33. Add cheese about 5 minutes before you remove your dish from the pan.
When baking a recipe in the oven, try to add your cheese a couple of minutes before taking the dish out. This way, your cheese won’t get burnt and turn into a really hard crust.
34. Only use warm milk when making mashed potatoes.
As much as possible, stick with warm milk when mashing potatoes. If you use cold milk, you’ll end up with gray potato.
35. Make juicy whole roasted chicken by adding water inside it.
Before you start roasting your chicken, add some water to its cavity. It will steam the chicken from the inside, causing the meat to turn super juicy.
36. Put liquids in your blender first.
Add the water, broths, or juice first before you put your solid ingredients in your blender. It will make it easier for your appliance to create a smooth, consistent, and creamy mixture.
37. Slice meat against the grain.
When slicing meat, always go against the grain. This helps ensure that your meat won’t feel chewy.
38. Choose high-quality coarse salt to add depth to your dishes.
Use high-quality coarse salt when finishing dishes. It’s one way to upgrade the taste of your home-cooked meal to restaurant quality. You can play with flavored salts, too.
39. Rotate pans to get an evenly cooked dish.
Remember that ovens have hot spots. Halfway through your dish’s cooking time, spin the trays and rotate the pans.
40. Freeze your herbs.
If you have a lot of fresh herbs at home and you’re not planning on using them right away, you can freeze them with olive oil in an ice cube tray. You can keep them in the tray or you can pop them out and store them in a plastic bag in the freezer.