Pro and crude culinary hands have tested these kitchen secrets and tricks. Adopting them could elevate the flavors and textures of your dishes like never before. We checked what some members of a culinary forum had to say, and these odd hacks were volunteered to improve your cooking.
1. Salt your pasta water
Adding salt to your pasta water can enhance the flavor of the pasta itself. One user suggests adding enough salt to make the water taste like seawater. A second user agrees, "Always salt your pasta water like the ocean. It should taste almost too salty. It makes a huge difference in flavor."
2. Use top-quality salt and pepper
Using high-quality salt and pepper can make a massive difference in the flavor of your dishes. Refined salt has the purest taste, according to one user. Another foodie recommends using freshly ground black pepper and Himalayan pink.
3. Use butter instead of oil
Another flavor lover suggests using butter instead of oil when cooking. Butter adds flavor and richness to dishes. Amy explains, "If a recipe calls for melted butter, consider browning it. It adds a delicious, nutty flavor to any dish." The result is a nutty, rich flavor that can add depth to any dish.
4. Toast your spices
Toasting spices can bring out their flavors. Many users suggest toasting spices in a dry pan before using them in your dish. The dryness of the pan adds to the culinary delight and makes for a great outcome.
5. Use a cast iron skillet
A cast iron skillet is a versatile tool that can be used for various cooking tasks. For example, someone recommended using it for searing meat and cooking vegetables.
6. Save bacon grease for cooking
Kellner, a user on the thread, asks that you save your bacon grease for cooking! It adds a ton of flavor to everything you cook with it. Instead of throwing away your bacon grease, keep it and use it for cooking other dishes. Another user responds, "The flavor of bacon grease can add a delicious smoky flavor to vegetables, meats, and eggs."
7. Use the right knife
Using the right knife can make a big difference in your cooking. Many users in this thread recommend investing in a high-quality chef's knife.
8. Let your meat rest
After you take your meat out of the oven or off the grill, it's important to let it rest for a few minutes before cutting into it. Letting your meat rest before slicing can help to keep it juicy and tender. One user suggests resting it for 5-10 minutes before slicing. A foodie explained, "Let your meat rest before cutting into it. It allows the juices to redistribute and makes for a better end product".
9. Use a meat thermometer
Cooking meat can be tricky, especially if you want it perfectly cooked. A meat thermometer can help ensure that your meat cooks to the proper temperature. Using a meat thermometer takes the guesswork out of it and ensures that your meat cooks to the desired temperature.
One user recommends using a digital meat thermometer for the most accurate readings. Another user suggests "using a meat thermometer. Then, you'll never ruin your meat by undercooking or overcooking it again."
10. Use homemade stock
Making your stock can significantly enhance the flavor of your dishes. An individual mentioned saving scraps from vegetables and meat to make homemade stock for that delicious tasty feel that keeps you yearning for more.
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By Tia Clara, published Apr 7, 2023 on