No doubt chefs with years of training have learned a few tricks along the way. The food editors at Family Circle Magazine recently interviewed a panel of these culinary experts, coming out with 10 all-star tips for novice chefs:
1. Bump Up the Veggies
– Making pasta? Toss a few veggies into the boiling water during the last five minutes of cooking.
2. Clean Cutting Boards with Ease
– Get the odors out by liberally sprinkling the board with salt, then scrubbing it with half of a lemon.
3. Cook Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
– Add a bit of oil to the water while boiling, and the shells will slip right off when you peel them.
4. Cut It Right for Stir-Frying
– Put meat into the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing into thin, even strips.
5. Improvise Buttermilk
– Need buttermilk for just one recipe? Put a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar in a measuring cup, then add a cup of milk and stir.
6. Measure Ingredients Before You Cook
– Chefs call it, “Mise en Place.” Save time by chopping and measuring all of your ingredients and spices beforehand.
7. Melt Chocolate in the Microwave
– No need for a double boiler. Place squares or chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 30 to 45 seconds. The chocolate will continue melting on its own, so stir it after a few seconds to see if more microwave time is needed.
8. Mince Garlic in Two Steps
– Cut thin, vertical slices almost to the stem end, then slice crosswise two or three times to mince.
9. Rescue Dishes with the Right Additives
– A heavy hand with any seasoning can ruin a dish. If it’s too spicy, add sugar or butter. If it’s too sweet, add lemon juice. If it just doesn’t taste up to par, try adding a bit of salt.
10. Water Will Not Put Out an Oil Fire
– If the pan flares, smother the flame with salt or baking soda, or simply turn off the heat and clamp a lid on the pan.
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