- When making pancakes stirring out every lump in the batter often leads to over-mixing, which makes the pancakes chewier instead of fluffy, so it’s best to leave a few lumps in.
2. Do not crowd the meat. The food will cook, but it’ll be soggy and not browned properly. Give the meat some room to release its moisture and it will cook more thoroughly.
3. Don’t thaw your steaks. The unthawed steaks hold more moisture and include fewer overcooked bits than steaks that were cooked after thawing.
4. Heat your pan well. Before adding food to it, you should make sure that your pan is already very hot. This is essential for sautéing vegetables, making a nice sear on meats, and preventing sticking. Once you’ve let your pan heat up for a good amount of time, add oil and start cooking.
5. Peeling hard boiled eggs can be a chore, but if you add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water before cook them, it’s so much easier to remove the shell.
6. Melting chocolate is a much more delicate process than most people assume. If you don’t melt it gently and slowly, your chocolate could be left scorched or grainy. If microwaving, take it out and stir every 20-30 seconds.
7. After cooking a roasted chicken, you may want to dig in right away, but it’s important to let it sit for a good 15 minutes before you carve it. The juices need that time to redistribute through the chicken, and cutting into it before they’ve settled will leave all of their deliciousness on the cutting board.
8. Fresh tomatoes are actually not as good as canned ones when it comes to making marinara sauce. Fresh tomatoes just taste better raw, so save yourself the time and fuss by getting some canned tomatoes, which will actually taste better as a sauce.
9. If you’re beating your butter and sugar just until they’re combined, it’s not long enough, and the same goes with the eggs. To make sure that your cookies will be light and fluffy, you need to cream your butter and sugar by beating them about three to five minutes.
10. Knives are perhaps your most important tool, and you must care for them accordingly. Make sure you have every knife you may need in the course of the day at the ready and that they are all properly sharpened. Well-maintained knives will allow you to work more efficiently and precisely. On the other hand, if you let your knives get dull, you are more likely to slip and cut yourself.