How you ever thought to yourself while at restaurant just how they cooked the food? Have you tried to cook a dish you once ate at a restaurant? Here are some pointers that may not make you a master chef right away, but can guide you toward creating meals to be proud of. Cooking is a fantastic hobby that can be enjoyed by anyone.
When cooking a big meal, try to do your prep work the night before. This saves you time when you’re getting things ready for your dinner the next day. Have everything washed, chopped, and ready to go. You’ll thank yourself because there is less stress the night of the big meal.
You can salvage the work you’ve done and quickly rectify the situation with this little trick. Start with 1 tablespoon and add more cornstarch until you reach the desired consistency. Thicken your sauce by stirring in this solution. Be sure to add the mixed starch slowly, you don’t want the sauce to get too thick.
To prepare for the meal that you are going to cook, make a comprehensive list of everything that you are going to need to cook your meal when you go to the supermarket. This will allow you to stay as organized as possible so there is no part of your meal that you leave out.
Ensure that your baked fish is moist and tender by cooking “en papillote”. This is a French technique that refers to fish baked in a parchment-paper packet. Place the fish and vegetables of your choice in the center of a large piece of parchment-paper. Bring the edges of the paper together, crease them tightly to form a seal, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 450 degrees. The fish and vegetables steam in the packet, keeping them moist and tender, and creating a tasty, healthy dish. (Clean-up is just as easy – simply throw away the paper after eating!)
To get the best sear and the crispiest crust on everything from fish to meats to other pan fried foods, the secret is a hot pan. Getting a nice brown color on your food requires a pan that is as hot as possible before the food hits its surface. Because the exterior of the food cooks first, you get only one chance to create that perfect golden color and crispy texture, so heat your pan and oil for several minutes prior.
If you are planning on buying fish from a supermarket or fish store, make sure that you ask the person behind the counter if you can smell the fish. The fish should be very firm and should not have any pungent odors to them. Otherwise, do not purchase it, as they are probably not fresh.
You’re on the right track towards becoming a great chef! Use your imagination to experiment and create unique meals. Considering all the various foods that the world’s many cultures provide, there is no end to the combinations you can cook up.