Learning how to cook only comes with age and thousands of (often failed) experiments. One day, you barely know how to make scrambled eggs, and the other day, you invite people for a fancy three-course dinner. Cooking also requires certain skills, but at the end of the day, you either love cooking or it’s a simple routine for you to survive. If you want to become a real pro, take a look at these cooking tips and trick that were passed down by some prominent chefs: learn these and you can start improvising in the kitchen. Here are 16 tips that will start you on your way, collected by Providr.
1. How to properly dice an onion
First, remove the stem and skin from the onion and cut it in half. Then, start with horizontal cuts, and then lengthwise vertical cuts. Finally, slice the onion across. As easy as that!
2. Turn down the heat on peppers with this simple trick
It’s always great to make chili and jalapeno less spicy. You just need to cut the peppers and remove the seeds and membrane.
3. First, start chopping garlic
If you let the garlic sit, you release its main antioxidant compound, allicin. Also, in order to peel the cloves easily, crush them under the blade of a knife. Off goes that skin!
4. Store spices properly
Heat and light are the enemies of spices, which take a lot of their flavor. If you can, always store them in a cool and dark place.
5. A sharp knife is also a safe knife
As unlikely as it may sound, a dull knife is more likely to slip and cut you.
6. Always make sure that the oil is hot enough
This refers to deep fries. If you want, you can stick a wooden spoon and if the oil bubbles, it means it’s ready.
7. Give your meat a rest
Before you cook meat, let it rest and come to room temperature. Then, after you cook it, put it under foil to rest and retain its juices.
8. Smoke is good when searing that steak
Use an oil with a high smoke point, including canola or vegetable over very high heat. When there is smoke in the pan, add the meat.
9. Use cocoa powder when rolling dough
Cocoa powder will keep the dough from sticking to the rolling surface, just like flour. Also, it will add a depth of flavor that flour lacks.
10. Keep that oil off your pasta
Don’t add oil to add flavor to pasta because it prevents the sauce from sticking to the pasta.
11. Loosen the juice
When you need lemon or lime juice, roll the fruit under your hand first. It will help the juice to be extracted more easily.
12. Acids are your friend
Always have a variety of vinegar in the kitchen. Use white vinegar for pickling vegetables, and balsamic vinegar for sauces and soups.
13. Baked beets
When trying to use beets for salads or other dishes, bake them in foil. This will retain their flavor.
14. Get Crispy potatoes without frying
Simply toss your potatoes in flour and oil and this will give them a crispy coat. If you want, you can also add salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
15. Cook the onions first for better meatballs
If you are not a fan of raw onions, cook them first. Heat the onions in some oil until translucent, then grind them together with the meat.
16. Taste as you go
Don’t forget to taste your food on the go!
Here are some failed attempts at cooking.