Have you ever tried making eggs Benedict and failed? Or, Gordon’s Ramsey signature dish, beef Wellington? No matter how many times I’ve watched Masterchef, I still have problems making complicated dishes taste good. That’s because professional chefs have secrets that make their food exceptional and only their cooking students get to learn them.
Well, not anymore. Now you can prepare Micheline-worth dishes with these 15 simple cooking tricks that professional chefs from around the world have shared with the rest of us, compiled by Providr.
1. Don’t fry frozen meat
Instead, let it defrost for an hour or 2 before you cook it. It will taste much better.
2. How to get the juiciest meat?
No one likes to eat dry meat, so the next time you are cooking pork chops take 3 cups of water, add ¼ cup of salt and ¼ cup of sugar, pour the mixture onto the meat and let it rest for some time before cooking it.
3. Make your food smell and taste better
If you want your palate to explode with flavors simply toss black pepper or cumin in a pan over medium heat and use a mortar to grind them and add on your food.
4. Want to prepare the perfect dough?
This one is really easy. Before making the dough take the butter and eggs out of the fridge and let them stay at room temperature overnight. That’s all.
5. Want to fry fish on a grill and get a delicate crust?
You’ll probably have never thought of this one. But according to professional chefs, to have a delicate crust on your fish you need to spread some mayonnaise on it before grilling it.
6. What’s the secret to cooking the best steak?
According to one of the most famous chefs in the world, Alain Ducasse, to cook the perfect steak you need to place it on its edge. That way it will cook in its own fat to perfection.
7. Before you mash your boiled potatoes, dry them properly
To get the most delicious creamy mashed potatoes you’ll need to dry them in a frying pan before mashing them. Just don’t fry them.
8. Before you start cooking veggie cream soup, fry all the vegetables separately with olive oil
To make a tasty veggie soup don’t just boil the vegetables together. First, fry them which will caramelize the sugar in the veggies enhancing their flavor.
10. Sugar isn’t only used to sweeten your food
A lot of chefs use sugar to reduce the natural sourness of tomatoes. Adding sugar to tomatoes will make any meal super tasty.
11. Perfectly fried eggs
Eggs shouldn’t be that complicated to make, right? Wrong. To make them just as perfect as they would be served in a restaurant, heat up a frying pan, add half a spoon of butter and cook the eggs for 5 minutes at minimum temperature.
12. Getting a clear broth is the most important part of a lot of soups, sauces and other dishes
Fist cook the chicken for 3 hours on low heat and add parsley, celery, carrots, and onions halfway through the cooking process.
13. How to get a crispy bread crust?
The key is the steam coming out from the bowl of water that you need to put into your oven when baking the bread. It will give the bread a nice, crispy and tasty crust.
14. Cooking onions the right way is key
When cooking onions add butter and cooking oil plus salt to the pan. The salt will get rid of the harsh smell of the onions and will make them sweeter.
15. If you love eating garlic, but don’t want to ruin your chances with a date, don’t worry.
Instead of using garlic you can just add some garlic juice to the plate and the food will still be just as delicious.
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