4 Easy Techniques to Cook Like a Pro

4 Easy Techniques to Cook Like a Pro

Cooking can be a delightful experience, and with the right techniques, you're just steps away from dishing out mouthwatering meals that leave your guests in awe. Whether you're a beginner or looking to refine your skills, this blog is your beginner-friendly guide to cooking like a pro.

Essential Cooking Techniques for Every Cooking Enthusiast

1. Searing for Sensational Flavor

You may have heard of the cooking technique called "searing", but do you know that it can totally transform your cooking skills? Searing is a technique that involves cooking the surface of the food, usually meat, at a high temperature until a caramelized crust forms. This method not only enhances the dish's visual appeal by adding a rich, brown color but also significantly boosts its flavor profile. Searing helps you to create a feast for the senses, with a visually appealing appearance and a tantalizing aroma.

seared mushrooms cooking a pan

2. Marinating Magic

Transform any food with a robust and layered marinade. Marinating involves a mix of acid, fat, and seasonings can turn a simple ingredient into a flavor-packed delight. This is one of our favorite ways to level-up your cooking especially since it requires minimal ingredients and the flavor combinations are endless. Remember, the longer you marinate, the more intense the flavors.

3. Masterful Blanching

Blanching is a nifty trick for preserving the color and nutrients in your vegetables. It's as simple as a quick dive in boiling water followed by an immediate cool-off in ice water. This quick-cooking method is perfect for when you want your veggies to retain their snap and vibrant hues. 

4. Steaming for Nutritional Goodness

Steaming is a technique that I'm sure you're very familiar with. It is healthy, gentle cooking method that keeps the nutrients locked in and is perfect for a variety of foods, from veggies to fish. The steam's gentle caress cooks the food while preserving its shape, texture, and nutritional content.

steamed green beans

Extra Building Blocks for Cooking Confidence

1. Crafty Knife Skills

Have you ever heard that a chef is only as good as their knife skills? The knife is an essential tool in every kitchen and great knife skills can make your cooking experience 10 times more efficient. Mastering how to grip the knife, chop and slice ingredients also helps when it comes to creating visually impressive meals. Remember, a sharp knife is safer than a dull one, so keep your blades in top condition.

2. Build Pantry Essentials

The pantry is like your kitchen's closet or wardrobe. Crafting one that is versatile and speaks to your unique style of cooking will ensure that you are always preparing meals that you love. Stock your pantry with essentials like olive oil, garlic, onions, and a variety of your favorite spices to unleash a world of flavors at your fingertips. 

pantry organization and pantry essentials spices in the kitchen for cooking

3. Simple Recipes to Kickstart Your Culinary Adventure

Think of all of your favorite recipes, jot them down in a notepad and keep them in your kitchen. With easy-to-follow recipes, you are encouraged to cook more and your confidence level grows each time you perfect each recipe. Think one-pot pastas, roasted veggies, or a basic scrambled egg recipe. 


Got questions? We've got answers!

1. What's the importance of learning proper knife skills? Proper knife skills are crucial for safety, speed, and precision in the kitchen. They form the foundation of your cooking technique, allowing you to chop, slice, and dice with confidence.

2. Can I use olive oil for all types of cooking? While olive oil is versatile, its smoke point is not as high as other oils like avocado or grapeseed oil. It's perfect for sautéing or dressing salads but might not be the best choice for high-heat cooking. We love keeping coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil on hand. 

3. How does marinating enhance the flavor of food? Marinating introduces a depth of flavor and tenderness to your food. The acids in the marinade help to break down proteins, allowing the flavors to penetrate deeply.

4. What are some must-have pantry staples for beginners? Beginners should stock up on olive oil, garlic, onions, canned tomatoes, broths, dry pasta, rice, and a variety of spices. These essentials can be the base for a multitude of delicious and easy meals.


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