5 Secrets To Cook Like A Pro And Make Restaurant-Quality Meals at Home // Part 3
Cooking is like basketball, learn to shoot, pass, jump and dribble separately then combine to dominate and hang 51 points on the competition.
1. Use A Timer
Walk into any professional kitchen and you’ll see digital timers everywhere. Cooking involves multitasking and forgetting to pull the pasta out of the water or the fish out of the oven is easy to do. Get your hands on a couple Taylor Timers. There’s a myth that great cooking relies on “feel”, it mostly relies on precision, timers are precise.
2. Crack An Egg On A Flat Service
Cracking on the side of the bowl drives pieces of shell into the egg and can pierce the yolk. Next, you can move onto the double crack.
3. Hot Foods Hot Plates, Cold Food Cold Plates
Nothing will suck the heat out of your dinner like putting hot food on room temperature plates. Just throw your plates or bowls in an oven at 250 degrees for 3 minutes. This is especially important for soup and serving platters, think the Thanksgiving turkey or this side of Ghee Roast Carrots. Same goes for cold dishes, you know when people say “wow that salad is so refreshing!” well that mostly comes from the temperature, plates in the fridge for 10 minutes will make a big difference especially in summer. Don’t forget ice cream in frozen bowls!
4. Your Pantry Is Like Your Closet For Food
Think of your pantry as a closet for food. A nice bottle of maple syrup and a pancake mix? Boom you’re ready for a spontaneous breakfast. Some good pasta and a decent red sauce? You can feed the crew well in 15 minutes. A couple decent items go a long way and allow you to adapt to any situation, especially say, if someone’s parents come over.
5. Know When To Hold Back
Don’t take it from us, take it from Marcus Samuelsson, Chef at Red Rooster in NYC:
“If you’re cooking for someone important — whether it’s your boss or a date — never try a new recipe and a new ingredient at the same time.”
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