Photo courtesy NationalChickenMonth.com If you’re like me and a million other folks, you probably made a vow to embrace a healthier lifestyle in 2012. Exercise, fewer sugary treats and a healthier diet overall may be on your to do list and choosing the right cooking technique can help you keep unwanted pounds at bay. The → Hungry for more?
There’s a scene in the movie Julie & Julia where Julie realizes she’s been cooking mushrooms the wrong way her entire life. Like most people, she’d been piling her pan high then wondering why they never crisped and browned like they should. Adding any amount of food to a pan — whether mushrooms or chicken → Hungry for more?
Sautéing is cooking food quickly at a high temperature in a small amount of oil — just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. The pan and the oil should be hot before the small or thin pieces of food are added. Pat the food dry before adding it to the hot oil. It → Hungry for more?
I’ve seen cooks stand over a pan and stir or flip food with wild abandon, but there’s no need to move food constantly in order to feel (and look) busy. Put the spatula, wooden spoon or whatever you’re working with down. Step away from the food. Food cooks by coming into contact with a hot → Hungry for more?