20 Cooking Tips From Professional Chiefs. The best advice that professional chiefs use to make cooking easier and taste better.
- Use milk or buttermilk to thaw frozen fish. It will take away the fishy taste and acts as a tenderizer.
2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch to the flour when making a pie crust. The crust will come out noticeably tastier and flakier.
3. To make snow ice cream: Mix 5 to 6 cups fresh snow, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
4. When making biscuits cut out as many biscuits as possible from first roll of the dough. The more you roll out the dough the tougher the biscuits will be.
5. To bake bacon: put it on aluminum foil, heat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 12 minutes.
6. If your recipe says to preheat oven to 400 degrees, you should put it to 425 degrees and decrease to 400 degrees when you put your dish in. You lose oven heat when you open the door.
7. Fresh celery will keep for weeks if you wrap the entire stalk in aluminum foil and put in the refrigerator.
8. If you want cookies to remain chewy, don’t over bake. Always bake the minimum amount of time.
9. Running bacon under cold water before cooking will reduce shrinking by up to 50 percent.
10. Potatoes should be mashed using warm milk only. Cold milk will make the potatoes turn grey.
11. Cool cookies and cakes on a wire rack, because if you leave them in a pan, the heat from the pan will continue to the point where it is overdone.
12. To make 8 grilled cheese sandwiches at once, place them on a cookie sheet and put another cookie sheet on top. The sandwich bread comes out crispy and the cheese gooey.
13. Don’t throw away those over ripe bananas. Antioxidants increase in fruit the longer the ripen. Use in smoothies and banana bread.
14. Cool cakes upside down on cooling rack. Once they are cooled you will have a flat surface to frost.
15. To prevent pie crust from being tough, roll out dough on a surface dusted with confectioners sugar.
16. To bake more cupcakes at once: After putting the mix in a paper cup liner, use canning jar lids on a cookie sheet instead of muffin pans.
17. Out of eggs? You can substitute 1 egg by using 1/4 cup applesauce or 1/4 cup mashed banana.
18. When cooking steaks or meat, do not use a fork to turn the meat. Use cooking tong or spatula to keep the juices from leaking.
19. Use a large muffin tin to bake stuffed pepper. It will keep them upright and in place.
20. To make a cake taste like it came from a bakery: Follow directions on the cake box, then add 1 or 2 more eggs, replace oil with melted butter and double the amount, replace the amount of water with equal amount of milk. Then mix and bake according to package directions.