Once you start cooking a lot, you will start to want to learn how to be more efficient, and effective in the kitchen. There’s a reason why there is so much emphasis placed on a good foundation of skills in culinary school. Even if you are just a home cook there are plenty of classic kitchen techniques you should know.
The foundation is important to create a masterpiece.
Classic Kitchen Techniques: Knife Skills
So this one has shown up before in my Summer Chili Recipe, but it’s so important. I used to waste so much time trying to chop up an onion. My knife skills were terrible. I didn’t do it effeciently, the pieces of the onion were all different sizes which would affect how they cooked, I made a mess and it took so long.
Learning how to properly chop an onion is such an important skill. Especially, since chopped onions tend to be the starting ingredient in so many recipes.
Once you nail how to properly chop an onion, you’ll start to think about better ways to chop other ingredients.
Classic Kitchen Techniques: Eggs
Eggs are in so many recipes. They are versatile and can be cooked in so many ways. Eggs also tend to be a very important ingredient for so many different dishes including cakes, pastas and sometimes even bread.
There is no way you are going to have amazing scrambled eggs if they have egg shell in them.
Cracking an egg open is the basis for using the egg in any recipe. This is why it is so important to know how to properly crack open an egg. I was making eggs probably 3x a week and kept getting egg shell in my bowl with my cracked egg.
It was so frustrating and I wanted to know how I could stop doing this.
This has been an easy and reliable method for me to poach eggs. It doesn’t take to long and the eggs turn out great every time. It doesn’t call for vinegar or for swirling which I’ve found creates more of a mess than a beautiful poached egg.
Poaching an egg this way is an easy method. I like that it only uses things in your kitchen that you probably already have. I mentioned poaching eggs in an article about Instant Pot recipes but this is a good alternative if you don’t have an Instant Pot.
Classic Kitchen Techniques: Scratch Cooking
Making pasta is fun and not that difficult. It only requires a couple ingredients and you don’t even need a pasta maker.
Fresh pasta tastes extra delicious and it is a great thing to serve to impress your guests or for a fancy dinner on a weeknight. Especially since pasta doesn’t have a waiting time for the dough to rise like other similar dishes.
If you don’t have a pasta maker, the most important step in making fresh pasta is to fold the dough into the shape of an envelope and then roller thinner. You will be amazed at how thin you can get the dough with just a rolling pin.
Again, like many dough recipes, pizza dough doesn’t call for many ingredients. This is another fun thing to make. Making it from scratch makes it taste so much better than a pre-made crust from the store.
If you don’t have pizza sauce, you can top the dough directly with cheese and make delicious cheese bread instead!
An Overview of These Classic Kitchen Techniques
There are of course so many kitchen techniques. These are a good place to start and videos/recipes that I always refer back to because of their effectiveness. So much more can be chopped, eggs can be made in many different ways, and soo many things can be made from scratch.
But, this is a good place to start.
Have you tried any of these classic kitchen techniques? Do you have any that you would add to the list? Any techniques that became a game-changer for you when you started doing it?
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