For some people, cooking comes as naturally as doggy-paddling in a pool, but for others –not so much! If you find yourself stumbling in the kitchen or just can’t find your place in it, fret not! Here are some cooking hacks that you can learn from celebrity chefs to will take you from zero to hero in no time!
1. Use acidic add-ons
Seasonings are important, but it takes a fair amount of practise to get the mixture right. In times of doubt, Giada De Laurentiis recommend using lemon juice, an ingredient she says is crucial. Besides lemon juice, you can also add acidic seasonings such as lime juice, vinegar or Dijon mustard. These will surely make your dish pop in terms of flavour!
2. Sharpen your knives
No matter the level of your culinary skills is, a sharp knife is essential according to Gordon Ramsey. Being able to neatly cut through meats and vegetables, hard or soft, means that you don’t have to struggle when it comes to food preparation and you can prevent any slip-ups that might cause injuries.
3. Replace sour cream with Greek yogurt
While sour cream may be a delicious condiment, it’’s not the healthiest around. Ellie Krieger, a registered dietician, advises to use Greek yogurt instead. It has less fat, more calcium and best of all, it still makes a delicious dish. Your guests will thank you for it!
4. Sweeten oatmeal healthily
Oatmeal is a great choice for breakfast. It is both healthy and versatile, as you can incorporate different foods to layer on the flavour. While brown sugar and natural maple syrup are relatively healthy sweeteners, there are still healthier alternative to be had. Fruits such as berries, peaches and apples can be used to sweeten a bowl of plain oatmeal while providing more nutrients than even the most natural of sweeteners.
5. Chocolate for desserts
If you need to make a dessert for your guests or for yourself, famous chocolatier Jacques Torres recommends a chocolate one. Instead of buying the something right off the shelves, making it from scratch by using chocolate ingredients that have a high cocoa content. They provide more antioxidants and also give the desserts a more intense chocolate flavour which can increase satiety faster and prevent overeating.
Cooking is a skill that can be developed over time, and these simple cooking hacks can give you a valuable head-start in the kitchen. But don’t be discouraged if your food doesn’t turn out the way you want it to. Try again, learn from your mistake and don’t be afraid to try something new, so that you can gather more tips to make your next dish even more spectacular!