Most people love to cook as a form of therapy, or to try their hand at something new and creative. Professional chefs have many tricks up their sleeve for creating masterpieces and working efficiently in the kitchen.
Below are the top 5 tips that will help any home cook improve the quality of their food:
1. How to get juicy meat every time
Brine chicken in cold salted water and 1/4 cup of sugar to infuse it with flavor prior to cooking. This easy process results in mouth-watering juicy meat every time. Brining time varies depending on how large the chicken but is typically between 1-5 hours. Before cooking steak on the grill or frying it in a pan, let it rest at room temperature for two hours. This will ensure the steak cooks evenly all the way through.
2. Everything in place
A professional chef will have mastered “Mise en place” a French term for “everything in place.” You’re only setting yourself up for failure if your work station isn’t organized. Measure all ingredients beforehand and pull out every tool you’ll need to create your dish. Memorize your recipe so you already know what the next steps are without having to stop. Another pro-tip is to clean your workspace as you go, don’t save it all for the end. You’ll have more room to work with and more efficiency in your kitchen while cooking.
3. Reuse food scraps for stock
Repurpose your aromatic scraps from onions, carrots, zucchini, and herbs to create a flavorful stock. Add them all into a pot of water and simmer on low for 2-3 hours. Strain the liquid and store in a container or zip-top bag in the freezer.
4. Use less butter by seasoning it
You can stretch the amount of butter you use in your cooking by adding extra seasoning. Heating simple seasonings such as garlic, lemon, and thyme with butter will create a savory steak or vegetable sauce. Most professional chefs recommend you add your butter to your pan at the end so it will stick directly on the food. Therefore, you have more flavor while using only half the fat.
5. The perfect fried egg
Most home chefs complain about the difficulty of getting perfectly cooked eggs. The trick is to heat a slab of butter in a non-stick pan on low heat before cracking the egg in the pan. Fry the egg for 3-4 minutes and generously season with salt and pepper.