Secret Cooking Techniques And Tips From Home Chefs – BuzzFeed

“When you’re in a pinch, this little trick will save dinner.”

Cooking is an art — and there’s only so much you can learn from reading recipes. Sometimes, you just need to experiment and try out new techniques and ingredients for yourself. So Redditor u/katieasaur asked, “What is your secret technique that you’ve never seen in cookbook or online?” Some of the responses were fascinating, and I can’t wait to try them in my own kitchen.

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“When you’re in a pinch and need to thicken a sauce quickly, make roux in a mug in the microwave. It usually doesn’t take longer than a minute to become golden and ready to use.”

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“When you’re in a pinch, this little trick will save dinner.”

Cooking is an art — and there’s only so much you can learn from reading recipes. Sometimes, you just need to experiment and try out new techniques and ingredients for yourself. So Redditor u/katieasaur asked, “What is your secret technique that you’ve never seen in cookbook or online?” Some of the responses were fascinating, and I can’t wait to try them in my own kitchen.

1.

“When you’re in a pinch and need to thicken a sauce quickly, make roux in a mug in the microwave. It usually doesn’t take longer than a minute to become golden and ready to use.”

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“Substitute some of the liquid in your waffle batter with seltzer or another carbonated beverage like Ginger Ale and sparkling wine. The result: the fluffiest, airiest waffles ever.”

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“Soak onions in lime juice for a few minutes before mixing them into salsa or putting them on tacos. It gets rid of that raw funky taste. Plus, the lime adds a nice acidity to your food anyway.”

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“I always start cooking mushrooms in a dry pan for a few minutes to get some of the moisture out before I add oil or butter. They brown so much better this way.”

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“Use frozen flour when making pie crust. The first step in making pie crust is cutting butter into the flour. Most recipes recommend using very cold butter chopped into small pieces. Freezing the flour you’re using means the butter stays colder for longer.”

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“When baking, freeze butter and grate it with a microplane. It’s the easiest way to get very fine pieces of cold butter that distribute evenly into your dough.”

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“When making biscuits, cookies, or anything that requires a flaky dough, freeze the mixing bowl and the pastry cutter too. It keeps the dough colder and makes for better baking results.”

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“Quickly pickle red onions in about 30 minutes using your microwave. Warm the vinegar and a bit of water, sugar and salt in the microwave. Then toss the onions in there. Add a few spices if you want to get fancy. If you do this at the start of your meal prep, they’re ready to use by the time your dish is on the table.”

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Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahloewentheil/best-secret-cooking-techniques