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March 13, 2020
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15 Tips That Will Help You Make The Jump From Cook To Chef

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Adopting certain methods regularly used by professional chefs to prepare and cook food will enhance the taste of home-cooked food and add refinement to any meal you make. Read this article to learn fifteen basic cooking tricks guaranteed to help anyone cook like a professional chef.

1. Organization and planning is a characteristic of all professional chefs. Be sure to set out all the ingredients you will be using before you start to prepare a meal. Place each item near the cooking area where you will be using it (ingredients to be mixed next to the mixing bowl, items to be chopped near the cutting board etc).

2. Avoid so-called "cooking wine" and instead use a less-expensive but still quality wine for cooking.

3. Never use cooking sprays in aerosol cans. They contain chemicals. Instead, put olive oil in a spray bottle and use that.

4. Whenever possible, use fresh herbs and spices instead of the dried version. Try this experiment: Substitute 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves for 1 teaspoon of dried leaves, and then notice the different in the flavor of the food.

5. To broil meat in the oven, always pre-heat the broiler to the maximum. The high temperature sears the outside of the meat, but retains meat juices inside the piece of meat. To prevent juices from escaping, never use a fork on meat that is broiling. Use tongs or a spatula instead.

6. The best utensil for mashing potatoes is a ricer. If you don't own one, go out and buy one. This gadget resembles a large garlic press and produces the smoothest, lightest mashed potatoes.

7. If you've had trouble with steaming vegetables, then you need one of the collapsible steamers that you can insert into any size pot. You'll be surprised how perfect your steamed celery or broccoli will be - no more sogginess, no more raw vegetables. You'll be able to serve perfectly steamed food that is crisp and bright on the outside, yet tender on the inside.

8. To give your salads a professional chef look (and taste), use salad greens other than iceberg lettuce, such as red, green or Romaine lettuces to add flavor and zest. If you don't already have one, buy a salad spinner. This is a plastic basket (where you place your washed salad greens), equipped with an outer cover and a crank that is used to spin the basket around to get rid of any excess water. Using a salad spinner ensures your salad will not be soggy.

9. Try spreading roasted garlic on bread instead of butter. Garlic is not only delicious; it also has many proven health benefits. Simply sprinkle some white wine, olive oil, salt and pepper on the garlic bulb, wrap in aluminum foil place in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour.

10. Rather than a food processor, use a hand-held blender or mixer to puree hot soups, right in the pot.

11. Don't wash mushrooms under the faucet. Mushrooms are as porous as sponges and will absorb a whole lot of water.

12. To get hard-to-reach dirt out of leeks, chop them first and then place in a cold water bath. Drain in a colander until you're sure they're clean.

13. When you buy a cabbage, check to make sure its outer leaves are not wilted and that the cabbage head is compact and heavy.

14. This is a trick chefs use to crack peppercorns when a pepper grinder is not available: Put the peppercorns in a plastic bag and close it tight then place the bag on a wood cutting board or other suitable surface and bang with a hammer. Transfer the cracked peppercorns into an elegant condiment bowl. Remember to put out a small spoon.

15. The most important rule for successfully grilling any food is to start out with a clean grill. To prevent sticking, spray or brush the clean grill with cooking oil.

Use the fifteen food preparation techniques above and you will be cooking like a professional chef - and serving wonderfully flavorful home cooked meals.

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