Cooking your own meal is so much better than dining out. It saves money. Plus, it allows you to make healthier choice when it comes to the food you eat.
Unfortunately, not everyone is skilled when it comes to cooking. Apart from that, not everyone have enough free time to prepare a meal from scratch.
To help you with that, here are 62 super handy cooking tips that’ll make you feel like a pro in the kitchen.
1. 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.
2. Fry your onions with salt.
Adding salt helps get rid of the onion smell. It also allows them to cook faster.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. A little bit of olive oil can add a flavorful kick to your dishes.
Whether you are cooking pasta dishes or meat dishes, adding a dollop of olive oil can surely enhance their flavor. Just make sure that you are using high-quality extra virgin olive oil.
8. Don’t overcrowd your pan when searing.
Heat is critical to achieving that perfectly seared fish. With that in mind, try not to overcrowd your pan while searing because it can diminish the heat on your pan.
9. 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.
10. Skip the nonstick pans to get some crispy crust.
To get that nice crust on your fish or meat, skip your nonstick pans. They have that nonstick coating that prevents your food from getting that crispy texture. Instead, use those pans to make French toasts, pancakes, and eggs.
11. 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.
12. 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 your are done cooking. They can get bitter if you overcook them.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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!
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. 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
27. Make peeling eggs faster and easier by adding baking soda to the water.
Before you boil your eggs, put some baking soda to the water. You can also use vinegar. These two substances can get inside the shell of the eggs, causing them to peel off faster.
28. Prevent 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.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. Turn your meats using tongs or a spatula.
As much as possible, don’t stab your meat with a knife or fork when flipping it over. The puncture holes they create cause juices to escape, leaving the meat dry and less flavorful.
32. 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.
33. 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.
34. Slice meat against the grain.
When slicing meat, always go against the grain. This helps ensure that your meat won’t feel chewy.
35. 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.
36. 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.
37. 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.
38. 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.
39. 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.
40. 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.
41. Wait for your macarons to get crusts before putting them in the oven.
In theory, leaving your macarons for about 20 minutes before putting them in the oven will allow them to raise better. It helps them get a really nice shape, too.