Dream kitchens are designed for cooking. You already have the best kitchen cabinets from Willow Lane Cabinetry. Here are the best cooking methods every home chef should know.
Braising: This method requires a pan with a tightly covered lid, and involves cooking in a small amount of liquid on the stovetop. But first, you need to sear the meat with a thin coating of oil. Want to cook a melt-in-your mouth pot roast or succulent lamb shank? Braising lets the juices tenderize and flavor tougher cuts of meat. For a step-by-step guide for braising meats from Food Network, click here.
Broiling: This cooking method calls for direct, intense heat (usually from above in your oven) and is great for quickly cooking thin steaks and veggies or crisping the tops of casseroles. When broiling, closely monitor what you are cooking, because your meal can go from golden brown to burnt in a matter of minutes.
Grilling: One of our favorite methods of the list, grilling is a spring and summertime staple, and is easy to master. Grilling involves dry heat applied to the surface of foods, whether it’s BBQ chicken, grilled veggies, or juicy burgers. Want to learn how to grill like a pro? Click here for tips from Good Housekeeping.
Pan-Frying: This method involves cooking foods in a skillet with a thick layer of oil. Healthier and easier than deep frying (where food is fully submerged in oil), pan frying is perfect for giving breaded chicken cutlets, crab cakes, and batter dipped fried green tomatoes a crispy coating. Or try this Chicken Stir-Fry from Epicurious!
Roasting: You’ll need a roasting pan and a large oven for this cooking method. Great for moist Thanksgiving turkey or tender roast beef, roasting allows melted fat to drip away while guaranteeing a crisp surface, and involves cooking at a high temperature.
Sautéing:In this popular cooking method, meat or evenly cut vegetables are cooked in a shallow pan over high heat on the stove top. Want to brown sausages with onions and peppers? Start by heating a thin layer of oil in your pan, and be sure to stir often.
Slow Cooking: Another of our favorites on the list, this low and slow method is a must for busy families, especially during the fall and winter months. Slow cooking is perfect for stews and soups, chili, and pulled pork. Prep your meal in the morning and come home hours later to a hot and hearty dinner.
Steaming: Steaming involves cooking foods (usually fresh vegetables) over boiling water. Simply place your broccoli florets or baby carrots in a steamer basket, set over a pot of boiling water, and top with a lid.
The best kitchen cabinets are organized and ready for cooking, so be sure to install a two-tier cookware organizer and more inside cabinet accessories to hold cutting boards, knives and other cooking tools every home chef should own. Dream kitchens are designed for cooking, so keep at it and you’ll master these methods in no time!
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