20 Ways to Cook Like a Masterchef
We can’t get enough of Masterchef Australia, and we love being inspired by the talented contestants.
BUT, let’s be honest, the recipes are pretty complex. Unless you’re a professional chef, attempting to recreate them can be pretty daunting.
But we've put together some helpful hints, to give your cooking a little something extra.
Impress your friends and pretend you’re a culinary genius. This is Masterchef for dummies.
- Always read (and rearead) your recipes first. You’d be surprised how easy it is to miss a step.
- You can’t beat a sharp knife, this is the only tool a good chef really needs.
- Get your veggies out of the fridge ahead of time, they’ll cook quicker if they’re room temperature.
- If your cheese is too soft to grate, freeze it for 20 minutes or so first.
- Treat herbs with respect. If you hack at them, they’ll lose their flavour.
- Score the skin of your meat before you cook it. This allows it to cook more evenly, and absorb more flavour.
- When using strong ingredients like raw onion, soak them in water first. This will draw out the sulfates and take the edge off.
- For perfect boiled potatoes, always start them in cold water. If you throw them in when the water’s boiling, they won’t cook evenly.
- Cook grains in stock instead of water, this adds flavour and richness.
- Butter and salt are great additives for improving the flavours in your dish. Sure, they’re not exactly healthy, but this is fine dining, right?
- Add a pinch of baking soda to the pot when boiling eggs. This will make them super easy to peel.
- When working with pastry, make sure your surfaces and utensils are cold. This stops the mixture becoming sticky or gluggy.
- Don’t cook your pasta in oil, it makes the sauce slide off!
- Rotate your oven trays at frequent intervals, to ensure your food cooks evenly.
- Always let meat rest before you slice it. Otherwise you’ll lose all the liquid, and the flavour along with it.
- Cut your meat against the grain. You won’t compromise the tenderness that way.
- Don’t dress your salads too early. Nobody likes a soggy salad.
- A drizzle of olive oil can help enhance your dish, and give it a silky finish.
- Don’t forget garnishes. They make a dish much more visual.
- ALWAYS taste your food before you serve it, particularly when experimenting with new ingredients.
Now, if you're feeling adventurous, try giving one of these a go.