At times, it is the small bits that make the most significant differences when you are in the kitchen. The following are some of the tips you can use when preparing, cooking and seasoning food to enhance flavor in your everyday cooking.
1. Keep the cooking fats fresh
The fats you find in oils, nuts and butter can become stale and impart sour flavors to your food. Minimize the exposure of these fats to light and oxygen to decelerate this process. Keep your nuts and butter in a freezer, store your vegetable oils in a storeroom with little light and nuts in your fridge.
2. Avoid preparing onions and garlic before cooking time
Chopping onions and garlic release strong flavors and strong odors that become unbearable with time. So, it’s always good to chop them during the last minute. By soaking the chopped or sliced onions in water and baking soda solution, you suppress their pungency when it comes to raw applications.
3. Only strike when the pan becomes hot
The temperature of your cooking surface will reduce once the food is added, so you should avoid rushing the preheating phase at the beginning of most sautéed meals. Always wait for your oil to glisten when cooking your vegetables. When you are cooking proteins, always wait until you see wisps of smoke rising from the oil.
4. Don’t seed your tomatoes
Both the surrounding jelly and the seeds contain lots of flavors, avoid seeding tomatoes unless a recipe demands it where the excess moisture in tomatoes will ruin your dish.
5. Don’t discard the fond
The burned browned bits that stick at the bottom of your pan after cooking are full of savory flavor. You can deglaze the hot cooking pan with a liquid such as juice, broth or wine and then scrape the brown bits using a wooden spoon to include the fond into soups, stews or sauces.
6. Dried herbs and bloom spices in fats
To boost the flavor of dried herbs and ground spices, cook them for a few minutes in a little oil or butter before adding the liquid to the cooking pan. If your recipe demands some sautéing aromatics such as onions, put the spices to the cooking fat in your pan when your vegetables are almost cooked.
7. Season your meals with sugar, as well
Browned food tastes much better, and the perfect way to enhance this process is by sprinkling a pinch of sugar on lean proteins such as seafood and chicken or veggies.
8. Brown pastries, pies and bread
Browning equals flavor in meals, so avoid removing your pies, cakes, and bread from the oven until their exterior turns deep golden brown. Bake all pies using glass plates to help you track color development. If you are using a baking sheet for puff pastry or any other flaky dough, you can lift the bottom of each piece to check for even browning.
9. Add a little savory or Umami
Anchovies and soy sauces comprise of high amounts of glutamates, which adds a tasty meat boost to your dishes. To achieve this, add one or several spoons of soy sauce to chili, or cook several minced anchovies with some vegetables in a stew or soup.
These are just simple ways to boost your cooking, but even if you are not a seasoned chef or you are just making attempts to check out more recipes. You can apply these tips to make the typical dishes amazingly delicious.