Many people like to prepare their food in their own kitchen. They are always looking for new recipes as well as new kitchen tools to improve their cooking. However, there are some basics and essentials that most of them ignore!
Never get discouraged because of your kitchen mistakes! In this article, I will share with you the most common cooking mistakes you might make in your home kitchen, and how to fix them professionally!
10 Cooking Mistakes You Are Probably Making And How To Fix Them:
1- Do Not Use Olive Oil When Cooking Over High Heat:
Concerning this cooking mistake, it is not only beginners who make it but, also, some people who are experienced in the kitchen. Cooking is not just an art, it is, also, a science that requires doing things right! Scientifically, olive oil does not accept to achieve a certain degree of smoking (410 to 421 °F) since its properties start to collapse then. When you decide to cook over high heat, olive oil is not a good option for you! This aromatic oil is just perfect when used for slow cooker recipes. You should use oils that are suitable for high heat cooking such as sesame oil or sunflower oil (oils with high smoke points).
2- Do Not Leave Pasta Under Heat After Cooking:
Cooking pasta is considered to be a beginner’s dish! Preparing just pasta…! People have a tendency to cook pasta in water. Once cooked, they taste and leave them in the casserole. But, this is a big kitchen mistake! Leaving pasta under this heat means that they continue to cook and will no longer have the texture required. What you should do, thus, is to pass your pasta underneath cold water for 10 seconds (cold water at full speed). They will stay hot but will not stick when you remove them. In fact, the technique of rinsing pasta with cold water is used by professionals in restaurants. They cook them without adding any oil, then rinse them and put some oil just before serving for the taste side.
3- Do Not Use Metal Cutlery When Cooking:
You should change the habit of using metal cutlery when cooking your food. Forks and spoons made of metal affect the taste because they interact with acidic foods like grains or meat! To use wooden cutlery when cooking is much better. Wood does not react with acidic or basic elements. Moreover, it is safe as it does not transfer heat, and practical as it does not scratch the utensils especially those with non-stick surfaces.
4- Do Not Wait Until the End to Season Your Dish:
Many home cooks just dump salt and pepper in at the end of their recipe preparation. This is another cooking mistake! Adding salt only at the end of cooking does not allow the salt time to penetrate your food. It just clings to the outer surface, which makes food seem too salty. A good cook should use salt and spices throughout the cooking process to bring out the aroma required. Also, he/she should not be afraid of aromas! Be courageous, and use a lot of great spices and herbs! Remember your spice cabinet all the time! Enrich your dishes and give them alluring flavors!
5- Do Not Slice Meat While It Is Still Hot:
After cooking, you have to let your meat rest and cool before slicing. According to the famous magazine ‘Cooking Light’ “…That cooling-off time helps the juices, which migrate to the center of the meat, to be distributed more evenly throughout…” Cutting meat too soon after cooking makes all the juices run out and meat ends up dry.
6- Do Not Use the Same Cutting Board for Vegetables and Meat:
You have to keep your vegetables and fruits separate from raw meat, seafood, and poultry. Do not use the same board to cut all these foods! Avoid this kitchen mistake! You should know that raw meat will spread bacteria to other foods when using the same utensils! The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) explained “…However, consider using one cutting board for fresh produce and bread and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood. This will prevent bacteria on a cutting board that is used for raw meat, poultry, or seafood from contaminating a food that requires no further cooking.”
7- Do Not Grind the Meat With Raw Onions When Making Meatballs:
Another cooking mistake you should fix is when you grind the meat with raw onions. To make meatballs even more mouth-watering, chop up some onions and heat up in a splash of vegetable oil before you grind them together with the meat. This will enhance the taste and eliminate totally the chance of finding raw onions in your meatballs when cooked.
8- Do Not Overcrowd Your Pan:
Overcrowding your pan results in a pale lackluster finish. The heat from the pan gets trapped underneath the food and creates steam. So, the food will cook but will never get that delicious caramelized crust. You should give food plenty of room in the pan to allow heat and air to circulate. Help ingredients develop color and flavor! If you do not have a large enough skillet, just cook in batches (keep the first batch warm on a plate covered with foil). And if you have two baking sheets or two skillets, use them and provide space for better results.
9- Do Not Put Fried Onions and Garlic Into the Pan At the Same Time:
If you want to sauté onions with garlic, you have to wait until the onions are tender, then add the garlic. The onions need more time to get soft, unlike the garlic which burns easily. It is a cooking mistake, thus, to put them simultaneously.
10- Do Not Dress Your Salad Before Adding the Salt:
If you want to prepare a perfect salad, never forget to dress it only after adding salt. Otherwise, the oil in the dressing won’t let the salt dissolve completely.
I hope this article will help you a lot! Everyone might make mistakes in the kitchen, but a good cook tries always to master basic skills and make his favorite dishes better and better!
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