Cooking is a wonderful way of winding down after a long day. Being able to let your creative juices flow and cook a delicious meal does wonders for the soul. Whether you’re cooking for just you, or for a mini-tribe, it’s always a lovely feeling when you can see empty plates and full tummies. It’s understandable that you’re always on the lookout to make your dishes taste even nicer, and luckily for you, that’s always possible! Take a look at our 5 top tips to make your dishes taste even better.
5 Tips To Make Your Dishes Taste Even Better
No, we haven’t gone mad. Believe it or not, presentation greatly affects the way your body perceives the taste of the food that you’re eating. Imagine your favourite dish…got it? Now imagine it thrown onto your plate without any care taken into its presentation. While you know you like that dish, the idea of the chef not taking time to make it look nice will affect your experience in eating it. Think about the way that you’re presenting your food so that you can make any changes for a tastier looking, and tasting dish! Children love it when their meals look fun, and the same principle works in adults with the presentation of their dishes, so consider experimenting with different styles of presentation!
Prep well to eat well
The best chefs in the world will tell you that the prep of food is just as important as the cooking of your food, so try not to rush when you’re prepping the ingredients for your dishes. For example, steaks are best left to breathe for a short time before cooking, and if you season them once you’ve opened the packaging, they will taste even nicer once they are cooked. Don’t forget to make sure you’re using colour coded boards to ensure that no raw foods are near ingredients that aren’t going to be cooked. You can check out this guide to colour coded chopping boards if you’re unsure on the right colours for your meat and other foods.
Obtain new seasonings
We all know of seasonings like paprika, tarragon, salt, and pepper, but have you ever wondered how places in foreign countries get their dishes tasting so wonderful? The spices and seasonings that they have are different to here, so it might be worth trying to get hold of some alternative and new seasonings to try out on your food. If you’re going on vacation, look for new spices or alternatively, ask friends and family that are going abroad to pick something up for you that you wouldn’t find in your hometown. Just a slight change in taste can completely change a dish and could make people (and yourself) fall in love with your food even more.
Slow cook as much as possible
You probably already know that if food is cooked too quickly, the results won’t be the ones that you desired. A great way of creating fabulous dishes with little to no effort is by investing in a decent slow cooker. You simply pop ingredients in and let the cooker do its work over the course of the day, and you can come home to delicious smells! The great thing about slow cookers is that it’s almost impossible to go wrong with them, so why not give it a try?
Finally, one of the most important things to remember when you’re trying to create a new dish or an adaptation to a dish, is to never rush. As mentioned above, rushed food won’t turn out as good as dishes that have been given time. Try to remember that the first time you try a meal won’t ever be as good as the next time you cook it. Every dish improves each time that you cook it. Good food comes to those who wait, so take your time with your masterpieces!
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