If you're afraid to get too crazy in the kitchen, don't worry anymore. There's a few basic things to remember that will step up your game and make you look like a chef!
There's a great website, called Bon Appetite, that is all about food and everything related. They recently wrote an article about kitchen tips that you should memorize...how brilliant! These tips aren't that hard to remember either. Here are the 8 best tips I took from it:
- How to measure flour: Use a large spoon to fill a measuring cup with flour, then use the flat edge of a knife to scrape excess cleanly off the top.
- Three things you should always have in your freezer: Unsalted butter, Parmesan rinds (to add to soups and sauces for extra richness) and raw nuts (to make pesto or to toast and chop for salads)
- Refrigerate citrus, apples and corn.
- Don't refrigerate tomatoes, garlic and stone fruit.
- How to revive stale bread: Hold it under running water for a few seconds, then reheat in 350-degree oven until heated through and crisp on the outside.
- Make sure you're using extra virgin olive oil, pure maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, unbleached flour, unsalted butter, and whole peppercorns.
- Remember this ratio for vinaigrette: Two parts oil, one part vinegar. For an extra kick, shake it up in a near-empty mustard jar.
- The three cooking oils you need: 1) A neutral oil like grapeseed, vegetable, or peanut for high-heat cooking like frying. 2) Extra virgin olive oil for whisking into vinaigrette, making soups, cooking fish and steaks, and sautéing vegetables. 3) A finishing oil for drizzling on foods.
I consider myself pretty decent in the kitchen, but didn't realize some of these, especially refrigerating corn! I'm going to assume they mean "unhusked" corn. If you have any kitchen tips and hacks, don't hesitate to share them in the comments below.