17 People Share Their Absolute Best Cooking Tips
Twitter user Jack Altman asked, “What’s your best cooking tip?” Then he added his favorite tip, adding salt to salads. While we’ve never done that before, we definitely plan on trying it!
Most of the answers to Altman’s question are very simple changes that are easy to do, like adding salt in unexpected places and what to do what pasta water. Scroll down to learn your new favorite cooking tip.
Salt on Salads
What’s your best cooking tip?Mine is salt your salads.
— Jack Altman (@jaltma) November 25, 2020
Yogurt for Marinade
Yogurt is the best marinade vehicle for all meats.
— Sean Wilkins (@seanrrwilkins) November 26, 2020
Salt on Mango
Salt your mango
— Andreas Klinger 🏝 (@andreasklinger) November 26, 2020
Maple Syrup in Tomato Sauce
Adding a teaspoon of maple syrup (agave or honey work as well) to any tomato-based sauce, tagine, or stew.The sweetness eliminates any residual acidic taste and rounds out the flavors nicely.
— Danny Rehbein (@RehbeinDanny) November 26, 2020
Save Your Pasta Water
Yes and cook the pasta in as little water as necessary to get the pasta water starchier. Also, if you accidentally throw the water out – you can substitute a cornstarch water slurry (1/4 tsp cornstarch to 1 cup water).
— Serena Raheja Garg (@srahj) November 26, 2020
Quality Makes a Difference
Not to be a snob, but quality is critical. I was taught how to cook by my family, but now I’m told I should switch carriers and become a chef only sort of jokingly. The only thing that changed is that I became health obsessed and started buying from farmers and a co-op
— Ben (@benjbrsi) November 26, 2020
Brats Win Over Meatballs
I spent many years making bad, tasteless, and overcooked meatballs for spaghetti. One day I watched my father in law just drop spicy Italian brats into spaghetti sauce and I was flawed. The pure efficiency of the move stunned me. I haven’t made a meatball in four years. Lol
— Danny Mullan (@DannyMullan6) November 26, 2020
Salt Your Brownie Pan
Sprinkle big chunky salt in the bottom of the pan before you pour in your brownie batter. The salt hits your tongue first, and enhances the flavor of the chocolate.
— Joshua Blankenship (@blankenship) November 26, 2020
Reverse Sear Meat
Reverse sear method to cook steaks properly and easier at home.https://t.co/sRMJ8KL0uMMake your own sauces and have them stocked. It’s a time hack that allows you to pack lots of flavour in an instant.
— Andrew Poesaste (@poetential) November 26, 2020
Quality Pans and Knives
Use proper pans that distribute heat well. Also a solid chefs knife for easy fast chopping. So underestimated!
— TA (@T_Alexandre_) November 26, 2020
Garlic and Seasoning
^but actually this is key. It’s also easy to peel garlic if you chop it in half first.My biggest cooking tip though is to season your food earlier than you think you should and to pre-heat your pans.
— Ken Adams (@thiswayjose) November 26, 2020
Be Patient with the Mushrooms
You can’t burn mushrooms. The longer you cook them the better they taste. Funghi are truly a test of one’s patience!
— David Altman (@dukeofdalt) November 26, 2020
Focus on learning about ingredients over following recipes. Even a baseline knowledge of how ingredients behave unlocks the ability to consistently make amazing food.
— Joel Goyette (@JoelGoyette) November 26, 2020
Add couple of ice cubes while blending hummus, for smooth texture
— Divya (@iamdivyaa) November 26, 2020
Cook Rice in Broth
Cook white rice in bone broth instead of water. 1 cup rice, 2 cups broth, in a rice cooker. Gamechanger.
— Chris Edmonds (@ChrisDEdmonds) November 26, 2020
Cook your turkey upside down. That way all the juices run down and through the breast, helping it not dry out.
— Jesse Gardner (@plasticmind) November 26, 2020
Mayo Instead of Butter
Mayonnaise for toasting sandwich bread instead of butter.Esp for grilled cheese!
— Chris ☕👨🌾👨🍳👷♂️☕ (@whitsonwins) November 26, 2020