Cooking is a wonderful activity and a hobby. You don’t have to be so linear about it. There are hacks and tips that are designed to save you time and energy while achieving the same results. Here are some useful cooking tips that you should know.
Read the recipe first
Read the whole recipe first to avoid any mistakes. A once-over makes a lot of difference. You can rearrange the steps into what you think is appropriate. You also lessen the number of mistakes because you’re aware of the purpose of each step.
You can do things like appropriately preparing everything you need, from pots to ingredients. This means that you can also marinate things overnight.
Have a designated work station
This is a timeless tip that all chefs swear by. This place is where you should work. The important thing to do is to gather your ingredients in one place before you begin cooking. This saves you a lot of time and energy. You no longer have to go back and forth to the pantry. Additionally, having everything within reach won’t interrupt your cooking flow.
Dry the ingredients before cooking them
This applies to vegetables, legumes, and dry meat. These ingredients won’t be cooked if they are still partially wet. That’s because cooking is mostly made of steam, so the steam must be allowed to enter your ingredients. That will only be possible if they are dried.
Pat down the meat with paper towels before you cook them. Drain the chickpeas using a colander and then pat it with paper towels. Make sure that all of your vegetables are not wet.
Do not be afraid to go a bit heavy-handed on the seasoning. The seasoning is largely responsible for the taste of your dish. The key is to add a pinch or two after the whole cooking process as some tastes tend to evaporate. To avoid over seasoning, taste your dish frequently. You can also use Kosher salt instead of regular salt. Kosher salt has a more neutral taste so you won’t risk having an extremely salty dish.
Add a pinch of sugar
Sugar can open up your taste buds. That means that the subtle flavors will be more apparent. Add a pinch of sugar and the other flavors will be amplified. You can try this with numerous dishes.