Cooking is nowhere near as hard as people make it out to be! With a basic understanding of a few cooking practices, you will never create a dull meal ever again. The key to good food is ensuring it provides good flavors. Some people struggle with this, mainly because of how they cook their meals. Regardless, I’ll show you a few top tips to help you impart more flavor on your family meals!
Chargrill your meats
Chargrilling is the best way to cook meat if you want to give it some extra flavor. Effectively, this method involves seasoning the meat with a rub, then grilling it at high heat until you get those nice crispy char lines. It can look like burn lines, but this is actually just the seasoning crisping up and adding a new flavor. Now, I thought about this, and a grill/smoker combo is the best way to chargrill your meat. It offers up a more intense flavor, and you get the smokiness as well. If you can’t afford one, then a skillet works almost as well.
Always use fresh vegetables
Vegetables form a crucial part of every meal – at least, they should! You need your five-a-day, so ensure that every meal has a portion of veg with it. Some people think vegetables taste bland and boring, but that’s probably because of the ones you’re using. Don’t use frozen or pre-packaged vegetables as they aren’t fresh. Instead, buy fresh produce from a local market. Markets are much better than shops because the food usually comes straight from the source. It hasn’t been damaged or contaminated during transit, so you can be sure of the freshness. Your meals will be transformed to another level with fresh veg, and you’ll always go back to the market!
Rushing your meals is the easiest way to leave them with no flavor. You can get some tasty meals in ten minutes, but they will never be as powerful as ones that take a bit longer. For instance, if you’re cooking a sauce, let it sit and simmer for at least thirty minutes – ideally even longer. The longer something cooks for, the more time the flavors have to develop. My advice is to plan your meals, get everything prepped, then leave them to slowly cook while you do something else. Obviously, this doesn’t apply to everything you will cook. However, it works best for things like soups, stews, sauces, curries, etc.
The great thing about cooking is that you can always try new things. That’s why I love these tips as you can see them in action. Test them out for yourself by cooking things one way and then another. For example, cook a pasta sauce tonight using a twenty-minute recipe you found online. Then, cook the exact same sauce another day, but extend the simmering time to an hour. You will 100% spot a difference between the two meals, despite the fact the core recipe is the same. Try this with the other ideas as well; test them out and notice the massive impact on your senses!