Put the flour, breadcrumbs, cornmeal or whatever coating you’re working with on a large plate or in a dish with shallow sides. Give the plate or dish a shake to evenly spread the coating out. Pat food to be coated lightly with paper towels to absorb excess moisture. Place the food you want to coat in the dish, pressing it gently so that the coating sticks. Turn the food over and repeat the process on the other side. Once both sides are coated, give the food a little shake so that any excess coating will fall off.