Cook Like A Pro: Cooking Secrets Revealed September 1, 2019

by Jade Farhat Tips and Tricks

 We’re bringing you the three of the most sought after cooking techniques, so you’ll never go back to your old ways again

After the prep comes all the cooking and these tips are guaranteed to transform the way you look at your kitchen.

1.  Seasoning with Salt

Put down that salt shaker! Use a small bowl of salt and add pinches as you cook and taste. This may sound silly, but it’s easier to control the amount and it ensures even coverage. Salt is a natural way to enhance the flavour of a dish. See the diagram for the perfect pinch!

2.  Identifying Flavours

When tasting your food, consider the five basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami.  Use this handy guide to help balance your flavours when cooking up a storm.

Too Spicy: Citrus or dairy act as natural cooling agents to balance out the spice 

Too Sweet: Add a sour or savoury ingredient like vinegar, herbs or dairy

Too Sour: Add some sweet! Take your pick, but we suggest sugar, honey or fruit preserves.

Too Bitter: Add something salty or sweet! Either will help balance out the flavour.


3.  Searing Proteins

Leave that meat alone! When roasting or browning anything, the tendency is to turn, check and move.  Follow that recipe card and leave the protein alone so that it can brown evenly. If it says to cook it for 3-5 minutes per side, let that cook for the allotted time. Ensure you cook in smaller batches as well if necessary. Crowding the pan leads to steaming and lowers the temperature, so you won’t get the caramelization you’re looking for.  Give this a try and get grilling with one of these Great To Grill recipes.

No need to thank us! We can’t wait to see you cook your HelloFresh meals like a pro with these tips and tricks. 

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