Everyone who enters the kitchen needs to go through and refresh the basics of cooking. Whether you are a 17 years beginner of cooking or 43 years cooking professional, if you are in a kitchen, you should revise the cooking basics. Cooking is a skill which means that if you practice more, you will get better results.
By doing practice, you are better able to get knowledge about certain problems in the kitchen. Whether you are a master or a beginner, you can benefit from some top cooking hacks. Some of these top cooking tips and tricks are given below:
- Read the whole recipe before starting
The first and most important tip is to read the entire recipe before you start cooking it. Going through the recipe is very important as it gives you an overview of the ingredients needed in the dish. It will help you get a better understanding of the final look of the meal. You’ll also be able to find out pots, pans, and tools you need during the process. This tip can help you satisfy your parents and other relatives.
- Set up a workstation
Set up proper work stations in your kitchen as professional cooks do in their large kitchens and restaurants. It is quite simple. First, gather all ingredients you need for your recipe, prepare them to step by step (like measuring out and chopping), and place them all with each other near you. Setting a workstation is also a fantastic tip and can help you a lot if you are working in a restaurant or a big kitchen. This tip is beneficial as it can save you extra time, and there will be a proper ingredient order on your cooking table.
- Season the food
Season your food correctly. Salt is the key ingredient that can help you achieve the maximum score, whether in a cooking competition, restaurant, or elsewhere. There is always a proper time mentioned in every recipe when to put salt in the dish. Still, it will be great to add one or two pinch salt at the start and the end when you are going to give it to the order taker. Your palate will be very helpful, so taste it often. Salts provide an extra taste to the dish.
- Use a salad spinner
Some people don’t agree to use salad spinners because of their bulkiness and it is annoying to clean. These reasons are valid, but it can be very helpful for you to use salad spinners. A salad spinner makes washing lettuces, herbs, and greens a snap. It also dries them so much and more efficiently than towels.
- Sharpen your knives
Always use sharp knives. Sharp knives are indeed dangerous to use for beginners, but dull knives are ever proven to be more dangerous than sharp knives. There is a greater chance of slip while using a dull knife. It can make the chance of cutting your finger or hand higher. If you have decided to use sharp knives, you should learn first how to use a sharp knife properly and how to hold the food you’re cutting.
- Use the right pan
In every recipe, there is always a mention of using a specific pan because every dish needs a particular shape of pan and coating material. It would be best if you used a stainless steel pan. If you only have one nonstick pan, I prefer you to go to a kitchen sale and buy proper and well-coated pans. It would help if you replaced your cheap non stick pan every year with a new one because as time passes, the pan coating starts to wear down.
- Dry meats and vegetables
You should dry meat, vegetables, and legumes before cooking them up. As water and heat make steam, so if you try to cook something wet and moist, it may not brown properly. Meat and vegetables should be patted with paper towels before putting them into the pan. This same method applies to the vegetables and legumes you cook in the kitchen.
- Clean as you proceed
Instead of putting every single dish and tool, you have used to make a recipe into the sink to wash them when you will finish eating, use the clean-as-you-go method. Don’t put vegetable trimmings and peels left on the counter. Toss the waste in a big garbage basket. If you have ten minutes spare while the vegetable roast, use these ten minutes to wash the dishes and tools you have used and wipe.
- Use the freezer
You already know that you can use your freezer for putting bits and pieces in it. You can make extra space in your freezer. It will also store several items that will make your life easier. You can freeze vegetables and toppings in the freezer. Frozen ginger and tomatoes can stay pure and fresh. Tomato paste, and sauces can be frozen into ice cubes and easily defrosted whenever you need them in a dish. You can also freeze cookie and pie dough, egg whites, yolks, and vegetable trimmings and use them whenever you need them.
- Roll citrus for more juice
Some dishes need extra squeezing of lemon or lime for an enjoyable taste. For getting more citrus juice, roll the lemon on the cutting board before cutting it into slices.
- Never try a new recipe at a dinner party
There is always a proper time and place to make that complicated recipe you’ve been dying to try. Parties are not the time to try a new dish. Especially a dinner party isn’t that time. By trying a new recipe, you’ll likely give all your precious time to the kitchen. When you’re trying a new dish for the first time, there’s always a possibility that it might go wrong. When cooking for a group of people, I will always prefer you not to try a new recipe.
These are the best cooking tips and tricks for beginners because professionals will be well aware of these tips before. In the kitchen, use these tips to impress your parents, relatives, and friends.