You’ve decided to purchase a whole chicken. It’s a big decision! After all, what’s more important to you – spending time with your family or enjoying a crispy fried piece of chicken?
You want to ensure that your family enjoys delicious, homemade meals. So, what’s the best way to make the most of your investment in a whole chicken? With a little planning and preparation, you can ensure that each bite is a memorable one.
Here are five kitchen hacks to help you become the best possible cook you can be!
Invest In Good Equipment
It’s always wonderful when a restaurant serves you food that is piping hot. However, you may not always have the luxury of having hot, freshly prepared food available. This is why it’s important to have good equipment. You don’t want to be hindered by substandard appliances.
To this end, invest in a food processor. They’re great for making hummus, chopping garlic, and grinding meat. If you’re lucky enough to have a fancy oven, you can also use it to bake fantastic cakes and brownies. Do try out different recipes to see what works best with your kitchen tools. Don’t forget about your stovetop either. While it’s great for roasting meats and spicing up chicken and fish dishes, it can also be used to make incredible waffles and French toast. All you need are the right pans and a good waffle maker to get started.
Master The Art Of Friction Cooking
Friction cooking is the act of using heat to create friction. This friction creates a great deal of movement on the surface that your food is cooked on. There are several methods to using friction to cook your food, but the basics are simple enough for everyone to learn and implement. The most basic method is to simply place your food on a hot grill or pan and leave it there until it’s ready. The problem with this method is that the juices of the food can literally run down the grill or pan and burn your hands while you’re cooking. This is why most professional chefs and culinary students avoid using this method and instead use either microwave cooking or baking. However, you can still use a grill or pan for some of the recipes in this book if you follow some basic guidelines.
The first guideline is to never overcrowd your grill or pan. Instead of piling your food on top of one another, place each ingredient, in parallel, on the hot surface. For instance, if you’re making a chicken salad, place the chicken on the grill or pan, then add the chopped vegetables on top of the chicken. Ensure that you don’t cut into the chicken while it’s on the grill or pan. Also, make sure that your food is cut into bite-size pieces before cooking. This will make it much easier to eat when it’s ready and will ensure that the juices are retained by the food as much as possible. Finally, make sure that your equipment is clean before using it. This means wiping it down with a clean cloth or using a spray cleaner to remove any residue from previous food prep.
Learn How To Make The Perfect Batch Of Muffins
Muffins are one of the simplest and most popular recipes in this chapter. They’re easy to make and give you a quick and healthy snack when you need it. Plus, with so many different varieties to choose from, you’re bound to find one that suits your personal taste.
The problem is that making perfect muffins at home is quite tricky. First of all, they need to be baked at the perfect time. The best thing you can do for yourself is to invest in a good oven thermometer. This way, you’ll be able to tell exactly when your muffins are ready and ensure that they don’t burn or become overbaked. Another important factor is the size of your ingredients. Too often, people will go all the way to the grocery store only to discover that the store-bought piecrusts are too thick and won’t fit inside their pie pans. When this happens, the whole baking process has to be started over again. So, make sure you have the right equipment to cut the quantities of your favorite food to the right size for your baking needs. Also, don’t forget about muffin liners. They not only look pretty, but they ensure that your muffins don’t end up falling into the cracks of the baking pan. In short, all of these factors can make the difference between a perfect muffin and one that’s simply okay.
Master The Art Of Microwaving
If you’ve ever shopped at a local grocery store, you’ll know that microwaving food is almost a daily occurrence. This is because most people don’t have the time to cook their food the “old fashioned” way. But what is microwaving exactly? It’s the process of heating food in a microwave oven. The best thing about this method of cooking is that it’s not only easy but quick as well. You won’t have to worry about the oven getting overheated and burned or about the food being undercooked. With microwaving, you can be confident that your food will be cooked just the way you want it.
The key to achieving this is to add the right amount of water to your food. Remember, water has a boiling point, so ensuring that your food is immersed in water is the key to cooking it successfully. Another important thing to keep in mind is the type of food that you should avoid microwaving. Because most microwave ovens are sealed, they are not the best option for some foods that are highly perishable. For example, microwave ovens are terrible for dairy products and some types of fish. On the other hand, some foods that don’t easily go bad, like some vegetables and meats, are the ones that benefit the most from being microwaved. This is why you should always consider the quality of the food when selecting a microwave oven. With the right accessories, it’s even possible to microwave popcorn and other types of snacks as well. So, don’t hesitate to try it out. Microwaving is a quick, easy, and healthy way to cook.
Learn How To Make The Perfect Omelet
An omelet is nothing more than eggs cooked within an enclosed space. This makes them easy to make and perfect for people who are trying to save time or who just want quick food. The key to making the perfect omelet is, once again, the use of good materials and equipment. You wouldn’t use substandard materials to take a photo, so why use them to cook your food?
To this end, make sure you have the best flatware to take care of the eggs. This will help ensure that you serve them in a pristine condition. It also helps prevent breakages and ensures that your food is served in the style that you want it. Another important thing to keep in mind is the heat that you need to use and how long it should be applied for. Omelets are most conveniently cooked at medium to high heat for at least three minutes. After this time, the eggs will be set and can be carefully removed from the heat.
There are many different types of omelets that you can make. You just need to learn how to cook them at the right temperature and for the right amount of time. With a little bit of practice, you will be able to make perfect omelets every time.
These five kitchen hacks will help you become the best possible cook you can be. From cutting down on prep time to learning new techniques, these tips will transform the way you look at traditional cooking methods and how you use your kitchenware. So, what are you waiting for? Get started today!