Organic Meat and Other Essential Ingredients For A BBQ

Organic Meat and Other Essential Ingredients For A BBQ

 

 

Weekends are always better when you have a BBQ party with friends. Nowadays, the number of health-conscious individuals is increasing, and they prefer organic food over natural selections. When having a BBQ dinner at your backyard, always prepare a wide variety of meat, mainly organic meat if you are on a healthy diet.

 

What is organic meat?

 

Organic meat comes from an animal that is well-taken care of. It is free from chemicals, antibiotics, preservatives, and growth hormones that are usually present in non-organic meat. Organic animals are said to be happier and healthier because they are treated better than others. If you are on a healthy diet but want to eat meat, using organic meat is the best solution for your problem.

 

For you to prepare a delicious and mouthwatering feast, here are the essential ingredients you need for a BBQ:

 

  1. Barbecue Sauce

 

You can always make barbecue sauce from scratch, but to save time and money, a store-bought bottle is also okay. Here are some of the tips on how you can choose the best sauce:

 

  • Check the Ingredients – Reading the label is always vital especially if you, a friend, or relative have allergies to a particular component.
  • Know your Preference – Choosing the best barbecue sauce will only be possible if it compliments the meat you will be grilling. Make sure to select among the varieties of sauces from salty to spicy.

 

  1. Spices

 

If you are new to grilling, spices are needed to make your meat flavorful and savory. Once you have mastered cooking your favorite meat at your backyard, you can now create your signature seasoning that your friends and family will surely love. Listed below are the top spices needed for your BBQ:

 

  • Salt – It is the most basic yet critical spice of all. Salt intensifies the flavor of the food, but make sure not to put too much to avoid making your meat too salty. Choose among the different types of salt such as table or kosher salt.
  • Pepper – When there is salt, there is pepper. It is said to be the most essential spices of all time. You can add depth to the taste of your organic barbecue meat with just a pinch of this spice. You can choose among the different textures of pepper such as finely ground to whole, but their taste is just the same.
  • Dried Herbs – Some of the common herbs are rosemary, basil, cilantro, oregano, and parsley. Dried herbs are easier to rub onto your organic meats than their fresh form.
  • Chili Powder – If you want your meat to have a hint of heat, make sure to rub a chili powder or chili flakes on both sides. Usually, a little pinch of powder goes a long way.

 

  1. Apple Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Making your meat tender will be easier, especially pork, when you have an apple juice and apple cider vinegar in your kitchen. You can infuse these liquids into the meat before grilling for better-tenderized results.

 

  1. Condiments

 

Enhance the delectable taste of your grilled barbecue with various condiments available in the supermarket, and you can use them as dips or even toppings. They usually come in the form of spreads, sauce, and powder. The most used condiments are mayonnaise, ketchup, garlic sauce, hot sauce, mustard, and even your usual barbecue sauce. Condiments play a big role during barbecue parties. Make sure to include them on your grocery list.

 

  1. Side Dishes

 

Side dishes must be always present during a barbecue dinner with family and friends. No bbq party is complete without these yummy side dishes:

 

  • Potato Salad – It is one of the most prepared side dishes during barbecue parties. It contains grilled potatoes mixed with parsley, vinegar, mustard, and onion.
  • Coleslaw – If you want a side dish that is easy to make, coleslaw is always the best choice because it is just made of raw cabbage and mayonnaise mixed with other vegetables.
  • Macaroni and Cheese – Delicious when eaten on its own, macaroni and cheese fits well with a grilled barbecue. You can use a mixture of several kinds of cheese to create a more complex taste to complement your cooked meat.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Your personal preference always matters when it comes to choosing the essential ingredients to use for a BBQ. You can try out different flavors until you have tasted the best among the rest. Be prepared and show off your barbecue grilling skills. You will never disappoint a guest with these listed ingredients that you can use on a BBQ night.

 

 

 

 

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How to Clean Your Coffee Brewer

How to Clean Your Coffee Brewer?
Do you like making coffee at home? If you do, then you must be using a brewer. Following, we are going to
give you quick guidelines for how to clean your coffee brewer and assure its long-time span.
French Press
These carafes are made with glass or plastic. So, you need to be careful when handling them. You need to
remove the carafe portion of a brewer from French press handle frame before you start cleaning it. Clean the
carafe with soapy water or coffee cleaning solution.
Dishwasher
Most French press models are dishwasher safe. But assure you check your model and its instruction before
you put it in the dishwasher. You must thoroughly clean the whole thing because it requires disassembly.
Mind the filter, frame, and bar. All three of them are held together with a screw. You have to turn it to
separate these parts. Once you have done it, you have to rinse every component and soak it in soapy water.
Now let them dry before you start reassembling them. Make sure you follow the instruction given on your
French Press’s box.
Baking Soda
You can also clean it with baking soda as well. Just mix some baking soda in water and clean as you would
with a detergent. Just soak and rinse your French press. You should know the narrow part will be a bit
challenging to clean.
You can use some sanitary brushes. Soak the brewer in the cleaning solution for 20-30 minutes and rinse a
few times. Just handle the whole thing carefully.
Electric Kettle
Be careful because there is too much electrical equipment. Just follow the maintenance and care instructions
provided in the box. When the mineral builds up inside the kettle, it will affect the temperature consistency
and slow down the heating process. To ensure optimum performance, you have descaled the kettle once the
mineral builds up piles.
Descaling Solution
You need to use a descaling solution like vinegar to clean it off. You should know that while vinegar is
effective, it might leave an unpleasant odor or taste behind.
Also, mind the fact that there are many electrical components inside the kettle. It’s not just the kettle base.
So, you should avoid putting the kettle in the dishwasher.
Pour-Over Brewer
Pour-Over Brewer is used to making excellent coffee at home. These are made of porcelain, ceramic and
glass. The drippers are easy to clean. Some models are dishwasher safe, make sure you follow the
instructions provided the box.
If you dripper needs a deeper clean, you have to soak in the container or skin full of cleaning solution and
leave the whole thing for about 20-30 minutes. Once done, you have to rinse it properly.
AeroPress Brewer
Thanks to the fact that these are made of plastic, you can use hot water and detergent to clean them
properly. The soap will bond to plastic with time. This will create residue in your coffee. You have to rinse the
brewer after each use and assure you soak it in soapy water every month for better cleaning.

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Cook The Ultimate Pizza On Your Barbecue

Cook The Ultimate Pizza On Your Barbecue

A recent survey found that pizza is the favorite food for 21% of Americans. This simple meal of a flat bread coated with sauce, cheese and a few toppings is easy to make and completely delicious. Cooking a homemade pizza on the barbecue will give it that delicious chargrilled taste, very similar to if it was cooked in an authentic woodfired pizza oven.

Preparing your dough

When you are preparing your dough, you should first make sure that your kitchen work surfaces are completely clean. Using a good antibacterial kitchen spray will help make sure that the area you are using is germ-free. You can buy pre-made dough in most large grocery stores. Alternatively you can make your own from all purpose flour, dried yeast, water, olive oil, salt and sugar. Roll your dough out on your work surface and then transfer it to a baking sheet to put your toppings on.

Tomato or BBQ?

There are two classic options for your barbecued pizza, a tomato, or a BBQ sauce base. A tomato sauce is simple, but should be rich and luxurious. A BBQ sauce is a little more complex, but is worth the effort. A tomato sauce works well with Italian ingredients, such as Milano salami, chopped mushrooms, Parma ham and Romano peppers. A BBQ sauce is perfect for American southern toppings, like Cajun chicken, sweetcorn and chopped bell peppers.

Tomato sauce ingredients

One 28 ounce carton of passata, or a 28 ounce can of tomatoes

1 tbsp of sugar

Salt, pepper and oregano to taste

Method

Put all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook on a low heat for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

BBQ sauce ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 small chopped onion

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce

3 tablespoons tomato paste

2 cloves of freshly minced garlic

1/4 cup honey

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons molasses

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Method

Firstly put your garlic, onions and olive oil in a saucepan on a medium heat. Cook these gently until they are soft – it should only take a few minutes. Add all your other ingredients and cook for around 30 minutes on a low heat, stirring occasionally. Your sauce should be rich and glossy.

What kind of cheese?

You don’t have to use cheese on your pizza, but if you do, make sure that the pieces aren’t cut too big. If you are using a classic Italian Mozzarella, drain off the liquid and cut it into tiny cubes. If you are using a harder cheese, grate it finely before spreading it over your pizza base.

Barbecue techniques

When you are cooking your pizza, there is no reason why you can’t put it straight onto the grill, by sliding it off your baking sheet. Your barbecue should be on a low heat. If you are using coals, rather than gas, then you should wait until the coal is glowing orange, but there are no visible flames.You will need to cover the pizza if you want to make sure that the toppings are going to cook properly. You can do this with a large pan, as long as you don’t roll out your dough too big. If your barbecue has a lid, then simply close this while your pizza is cooking. It should take around 10-12 minutes for the dough to be cooked on the inside and nice and crisp on the outside.

Using your barbecue to cook pizza will give it a delicious smokey taste. It will help your pizza get that perfectly crispy base – you’ll never want to put a pizza in your oven again.

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Hosting the Ultimate Alaskan Barbecue

Hosting the Ultimate Alaskan Barbecue

In a recent survey by QSR magazine it was found that 95% of Americans simply love a barbecue. It is all about the delicious tastes that come from the simplicity of cooking over fire. For a unique twist, how about hosting the ultimate Alaskan barbecue? It is a great way to celebrate the local produce there is in Alaska, from fresh fish, to delicious wild game. It is also a great excuse to get together with family and friends. You just need to decide what to cook

Wild Alaskan salmon

Nothing is quite like the unique taste of fresh, wild Alaskan salmon. This beautiful fish lends itself so well to barbecue cooking. When it is done perfectly, it will just melt in the mouth. It is also particularly good for taking on the flavors of marinades. A simple dark soy sauce and crushed red peppers is delicious, or alternatively, try a marinade made from honey and wholegrain mustard.

Grilled donuts

Everyone will love grilled donuts on the barbecue, they are a real crowd pleaser. Pick ones with a chocolate or jam filling, so that they become nice and oozy on the grill. When they are done, sprinkle your barbecued donut with cinnamon sugar. These work extremely well when served with traditional Eskimo ice-cream – a light, whipped treat that is a flavor sensation.

Using beer as a marinade

Alaska has some incredible beers that you can use for a marinade for steaks, ribs and chicken. Try using the Imperial Oatmeal Stout from the Alaskan Brewing Company as a marinade for beef. The deep, dark flavor compliments the meat perfectly. The Spruce IPA is a great choice to use as a marinade for pork. The beer is brewed using glacier water and fresh sitka spruce tips. It is a truly unique taste that you can only find in Alaska. The spruce will give your pork chops a different dimension and the beer marinade will ensure your meat is nice and tender.

Barbecued caribou

Caribou are a tough member of the deer family that are native to Alaska. The meat is dark, gamey and delicious. The ribs will need some slow cooking before you put them on the barbecue as they have a tendency to be tough. The effort is worth it though – the smoky taste is really unique. Caribou burgers are another great barbecue favourite, made from caribou steak mince. Serve them in some crusty bread, with a side order of pickles for a little acidity.

Reindeer links hot dogs

If you are having family over, then using reindeer links instead of hot dogs is a great barbecue idea. They always go down well with children, who will like constructing their own meal, including all the sides, such as crispy onions, grated cheese and mild mustard. These reindeer hot dogs are a great twist on street food and can be served anytime of the year. Just don’t mention Rudolph if it is near Christmas.

An Alaskan barbecue is a great way to celebrate some wonderful produce with family and friends. You can have a delicious feast – don’t forget the eskimo ice cream for dessert.

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Great Barbecue Options For People With Sensitive Teeth

Great Barbecue Options For People With Sensitive Teeth

In America, it’s estimated that 12.5% of people have sensitive teeth. There are also many more that have dentures, fillings and other dental issues. This doesn’t mean that they have to avoid barbecued food. If you are having a BBQ party, it is a good idea to put together a few options for guests that have sensitive teeth. That way, everyone can experience the beauty of that classic barbecue taste. 

Delicious pieces of meat

A lot of popular BBQ options involve eating meat off the bone, but for those with dentures, problem teeth or gums, or even just sensitive teeth, it isn’t a good idea. So what else can you cook instead of those ribs or chicken wings? Think about meats that don’t need to be pulled with the teeth, or can be eaten easily in one bite. Chicken breast pieces or cubes of lamb can be marinated in delicious spices, before being put on the grill. These go well served with naan bread, or with bowls of tasty rice and peas. Slow cooked brisket and pulled pork is another great option. It can be easily shredded or torn up. Perfect served in a soft bread roll with BBQ sauce. 

Don’t forget the vegetarian food

Skewers with tasty pieces of halloumi cheese, peppers, onions and tomatoes are a great idea fr vegetarians – the components can be pulled straight off the skewers and they will still have that delicious barbecue taste. Another good idea is vegetarian fajitas. Simply put your spiced veggies on the BBQ to give them that lovely charred flavor. You can then serve them in soft, fresh tortillas with salsa, guacamole, soured cream and fragrant herbs like cilantro.

What about dessert?

Many people forget about cooking dessert on the barbecue, but you can cook some great, softer options for people with sensitive teeth or dental issues. One delicious option is baked bananas – the chargrill adds a fantastic level of flavor. Peel your banana and put a slice down the middle (but not all the way through). Fill the banana with chocolate drops or raisins and a little brown sugar. Wrap the banana in foil and place on the barbecue for 20 minutes. Everyone will be asking for dessert after their meal!

If you have sensitive teeth, you don’t need to step away from the barbecue. There are plenty of great options, you certainly don’t have to miss out on that great tasting food.

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What is the Best Steak Doneness Level

What is the Best Steak Doneness Level

Cooking the perfect steak can be a little tricky, especially when you are a beginner or don’t know much about grilling. There are couple of things for you to have in mind when trying to grill a steak.

You have to take care of the meat quality and selection, grill temperature and steak doneness. But, what is the recommended temperature and steak doneness level? Should you go for medium or well done?

Even though a lot of people have their own preferences, there is actually a recommended steak doneness level which most chiefs recommend to cook your meat at. The Medium-rare is actually the preferred point of doneness for a lot of chiefs because the meat reaches its maximum flavor and taste at that internal temperature.

Kendrick from FuriousGrill has prepared an all-around steak cooking infographic for everyone to understand the difference of the steak selection, what doneness level you should go for and how to tell if your steak is ready or not.

Steak Doneness Chart and Temperature Tables
Infographic by FuriousGrill.Com

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7 Best BBQ Party Ideas To Impress Your Friends

7 Best BBQ Party Ideas To Impress Your Friends

 

Summer is synonymous to BBQ parties. After all, who would want to cook in a sweltering hot kitchen when you can do it outdoors, by the yard or pool, all the while socializing with your friends. But throwing an epic BBQ party needs some careful consideration, from the food and drinks, activities to the nitty-gritty details like invitations and decors, all things need careful planning.

 

If you’d like to host a BBQ party that will impress your friends and get them excited on upcoming ones, here are the top ideas you can consider.

 

  1. Get Them Excited about the Invitation

 

The perfect party begins with an invitation. If you want to take it up a notch, make your invitations more eye-catching. You can send the group with a mass invitation, but wouldn’t it be nice to receive an actual invitation, complete with details and a way to RSVP? Thankfully, you can create them using templates you can find online and then customize them to give your invitations your unique personal touch.

 

  1. Set Out Refreshing Drinks

 

You’re hosting a party outdoors in summer and guests are bound to get thirsty at various points. Set out a table with refreshing non-alcoholic drinks (for friends who like to socialize but don’t want to drink), consisting of cold brew tea, lemonade, and fruit-infused water. Give a couple of options so that your friends can take their pick. Make sure to have glasses or paper cups on standby too. To make the party more fun, set out gift tags or stickers so that guests can write their names and know which glass is theirs. It’s also an excellent way to get to know other people’s names!

 

  1. Get the Place Decorated

 

Decors can make or break the ambiance of the party, and this is one thing you should think of in advance to avoid getting stressed. Fortunately, decorations don’t have to be overly complicated or expensive. If you’re doing the party in the daytime, balloons and banners from the dollar store should set the vibe. But if it’s an evening event, bring out your fairy lights from last Christmas, candles to adorn your tables and solar lanterns to light up walkways. Of course, you also need to make the table impressive too, so get matching utensils, a beautiful table cloth and a centerpiece that will leave the guests gushing.

 

 

 

  1. Wow Them With Your Mains

 

What’s a BBQ party without food on the grill, right? Delicious food is always a remarkable way to impress guests so make sure that your mains are going to make an impact. Steaks, chicken barbecue sausages, pork ribs, burgers, and hot dogs are staples, but you can add more to the selection with vegetable skewers, grilled shrimps and corn.

 

  1. Where the Sides Are

 

If the mains are the bomb, you also want to make sure that your side dishes are going to be just as explosive. There are a couple of side dishes that you can offer to your guests, such as baked beans, mac and cheese, coleslaw, pasta salad, French fries, and potato salad. You can prepare a lot of these at least a day in advance, so that would be one task off your list. If you need to keep them cold during the party, you can fill up a kiddie pool with ice and let your side food sit there.

 

  1. Bring Out the Booze

 

Meat and beer go hand in hand, so make sure you have a steady supply of booze for your friends to enjoy. And instead of setting those bottles of beer on the table individually or inside a bucket, make it more remarkable by letting them chill in a wheelbarrow filled with ice.

 

  1. Games and Activities

 

Games make a party more fun, and your BBQ party should have a couple of games too. Frisbee and croquet are typical games you’ll see in a daytime BBQ party, but you can also add in a couple of other games like beer pongs, bean darts, and a scavenger hunt. If you’d instead enjoy a more relaxed but fun party, you can set out a karaoke competition or do an outdoors movie complete with a projector and bean bags.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Enjoying a BBQ party with your friends can be an excellent time to bond and reconnect with one another. It’s also a unique opportunity to chill and wind down on a Friday night or a weekend. You have some heavy responsibilities being the host of the party, but if you plan and execute it right, then you should have a memorable and stress-free BBQ party to cherish.

 

 

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The Key to Achieving an Allergy-Friendly Barbecue Party

The Key to Achieving an Allergy-Friendly Barbecue Party

When the word “barbacoa” first appeared in print in 1526, it described a way of smoking meat outside. While today we can barbeque our meats indoors or out, there are still few things as enjoyable as an outdoor barbeque party with friends. However, with the incidence of allergies on the rise, your neighborhood get-together could give your guests a headache or worse if you do not take a few preventative steps to protect guests who may have health issues associated with your menu or venue.

Top Common Allergens At A Barbecue

If you are having an outdoor BBQ, your prime sites for potential allergens will be the menu, or the food you are serving, and the venue, meaning the physical location of the barbecue. Allergies are the sixth-leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, with more than 50 million Americans experiencing symptoms each year. For children, the odds are even higher, with nearly one in 10 reporting seasonal hay fever according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Fortunately, there are ways you can “have your outdoor barbecue and eat it too” even if you are hosting right in the middle of allergy season. 

If none of your guests have seasonal allergies, they may have some sort of food allergy. While most people think of peanut allergies when they think of food allergies, which are often immediately symptomatic, there are actually seven common food allergies that have nothing to do with peanuts. Many food allergens cause mild discomfort rather than asphyxia, so being aware of potential problems and provide your guests with edible alternatives that can still make their BBQ experience enjoyable.

Proactive Party Planning

Ready to just throw in the towel and move your barbeque indoors? Don’t give up just yet. The first step is becoming aware of potential allergies your guests may be dealing with. Once you know you can easily accommodate them, you should then consider the season.

Spring and fall are the most popular times of year for outdoor parties in most areas of the country. However, spring in particular is also the most likely to present problems for those with hay fever or who have mold allergies, since rain and mildly humid weather may exacerbate these symptoms. The day before the party, cut your lawn as short as your grass can handle to keep pollen to a minimum the day of your party. If you have compost bins in your yard, move them out of the area entirely since they are a prime source of mold spores.

As far as food allergens go, the best way to handle these potential issues is to offer a variety of items on the menu. For example, serve both chicken breasts and red meat, or offer a fish option. Since fish can be hard to grill if you are a newbie, you might want to ask guests in advance if they prefer a pescatarian option. Also, keep your grill clean and your foods separate, since some food allergies can be triggered simply by foods touching.

The great thing about taking a little time to prepare for an allergen-free outdoor barbeque is that once it begins, you have peace of mind. You can enjoy your guests, your yard, and, of course, your cooking completely, knowing you have done everything to optimize the evening’s fun for everyone in attendance.

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A 7-Step Guide In Planning A Perfect Menu For Your Catering Business

A 7-Step Guide In Planning A Perfect Menu For Your Catering Business

 

A catering business is a good place to start if you have enough capital for a dining setup but not enough for a permanent restaurant setting. If there are many catering services in your locality then you can hugely benefit from a creative menu and delicious dishes. Having great options allows your clients to appreciate your food options and uniqueness.

 

Here’s a simple guide in planning your catering business’ perfect menu:

 

  1. Think about your concept

 

You can take your business to the next level with a consistent concept for your food menu. After all, it’s important to have that concept in place to make sure your food suits the vibe of your business in the most appropriate way. For example, if you plan to offer Indian food during special events, then you shouldn’t include sushi or any Japanese food.

 

However, if a particular dish not included in your food menu is high on demand among several people, you might need to reconsider your concept and more ideas to make your next catered event menu a big success.

 

  1. Consider the kind of service

 

Your food menu will depend upon the type of service your clients want to have at their event. Whether it’s buffet or plated, you need to plan out your dishes in a way that they suit to the kind of service you’re called for. For example, if your client wants a plated setup, you might need to be extra creative in preparing and plating your dishes.

 

If you’re looking to have all the logistics and details of your catering event properly planned out, you can refer to this guide for more information.

 

  1. Consider the availability of your resources

 

Your catering recipes should be something that appeals and impresses a larger pool of clients.  However, you need to understand that the type of food you cater will be limited due to the available resources at your disposal. For instance, you can come up with a perfect menu depending on the following:

  • Type of equipment you have in your kitchen
  • Availability of the ingredients
  • Skills of your staff members.

 

Take these factors into consideration to guide your choice of menu items and get the most out of your catering business.

 

  1. Factor in variety

 

This means you need to provide a variety of food menu that will assure your clients of different options. Offering a range of menu options, choices for people with food limitation, and multiple styles in food preparation will allow your clients to carefully pick from a variety of dishes served at an event. With an assortment of food in the table, every guest who falls in the buffet line will find the food that they like. 

 

  1. Consider the time in the kitchen

 

Some recipes require more preparation time. And when you prepare a large number of dishes ahead of time, you might need additional staff to make sure you serve the foods fresh. For example, if you incorporate some grilled dishes on your catering menu, then you might need an ample amount of time to grill everything perfectly.

 

Hence, it’s always best to consider everything from preparation, cooking, and plating times when planning a recipe. That way, you’ll find the one that fits your kitchen situation and time constraints.

 

  1. Allow customization

 

In most cases, caterers like you will always succeed when you give your clients the opportunity to decide which dishes you like to be served at the event. Provide them with the flexibility to choose the menu recipes that they love. That’s because people have different tastes and you want their event to be memorable and unique for your guests.

 

  1. Think about pricing

 

The concept of pricing is essential when starting up a catering business and planning out a perfect menu for any occasion. Since you’ll be catering to clients with different budget and other varying needs like guest count, you’ll also have to fix your pricing menu based on these factors. Be sure to iron out the pricing details before starting.

 

Conclusion

 

Remember that food menu has an essential role in making any party great and successful. And by considering the factors mentioned above, you can create the best catering menu options that will impress your clients. With this quick guide in place, you can also make every event extra special without feeling like something is missing.

 

So, before you start planning your food menu, review your clients’ preferences and ensure that the food ideas in your menu options suit their requirements in the best way.

 

 

 

 

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Essential Tips to Improve You’re Cooking

Essential Tips to Improve You’re Cooking

Had I come across these helpful tips earlier in my days, I would be a better and great cook and if you are just starting out, read them carefully and in the end you will be a pro cook.

They say cooking is an art that you can learn, practice, and become a pro in it and so to support that saying here are tips to help you be a better cook.

  1. Make Cooking a Habit

First things first: This does not only apply to cooking but is also applicable to other things. If you want to become a good writer you must make writing a habit, if you want to become a better cook you must make it a habit. The more often you cook the more you become better.

If you eat food cooked by a chef you find it’s delicious and tasty then you ask yourself how they manage it- it’s simple, they have been doing it for long and so they get used to it. They spend most of their time cooking. The fact that they make the same dishes repeatedly makes them the best in what they do. The more repeatedly you practice cooking the more you will enhance your cooking skills such as sharpening your knife and getting your pans hot- these are things you will do throughout your lifetime of cooking.

Ask around and you will realize people who say they are not good cooks are those that do not cook often enough. If you want to improve your cooking skills greatly, start today and ensure you cook at least three times per week.

  1. Get The Right Tools For The Job

My grand mum used to tell me “my grandson, you cannot go to a war zone with the wrong fighting equipment, you will be defeated” – That was when we were going to the shamba and she realizes that I was not carrying a hoe.

The same applies to cooking since having the right tools can save you a lot of time and make you prepare a nice meal. This is particularly important when it comes to the chopping and sautéing.

  1. Keep The Knife Sharp

You need to have a knife and most often, professional cooks recommend beginners to start with a German knife and if you become a more advanced cook, you can use a Japanese knife.

Keep your knife sharp and steel. A sharp knife will get the cutting cores done much fast and hassle-free than a dull one. Remember, nothing slows your cooking than cutting with a dull knife. You could buy a handheld knife sharpener which is not that costly so that you can sharpen your knife effortlessly as you continue cooking- that is if you feel it’s getting dull.

 

  1. Organize Your Cooking Space

Having a well-organized prep space is not only going to make you a better cook but will also prevent you from the dangers associated with cooking. You should create a clutter-free cooking space with a good space for your cutting board and other things you might want to use when cooking.

Ensure you have a trash can nearby when you can dispose of carrot peels and other waste. But that will depend on the overall space of your kitchen.

The idea is to have a clutter-free cooking space, regardless of whether your kitchen is small or spacious.

  1. Be a Smart Shopper

Figure out this, you are in the middle of the cooking process then all of a sudden you remember that you do not have some important ingredients. This means you will have to stop the process and rush to the supermarket to buy them and by so doing you spend more time and energy cooking only one meal.

The best thing is to ensure you buy everything you will need in the kitchen. You can read the recipe to know what you will need so that you do not forget it when you are out shopping.

  1. Take Your Recipe With You While Cooking

A recipe is an important tool that is used even by the professional cooks. Before you start cooking, grab the recipe and read it carefully. Though you may see this act as wastage of time, it will help you in the long run and will save you more time in the end.

Oftentimes people try things out just to experiment. For instance, you will want to add more of something than it should be or skip something that you do not like. Buy if you want to be a better cook, you must read and follow the recipe.

Final Thoughts

It’s that easy. Simply follow the tips above and rest assured after some few months of trial and error, you will emerge the best cook you have never thought about.

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