Attending culinary school is no easy feat. Believe it or not, cooking is way more than just throwing stuff in a pot — when you are studying it and trying to become a professional in the food industry, it can be really intense. There are so many technical skills you need, as well as good taste (duh).
But believe it or not, even after putting your blood, sweat, and tears into culinary school, there are some things you end up learning just by living your every day life. Culinary school may teach you how to properly chop an onion, but there are some things you just learn on your own, like the importance of cleaning up after yourself.
These pro chefs spilled the deets on some of the most helpful cooking tips they know — and they learned it themselves, not through culinary school.
1. Very important pasta sauce hack
2. Clean while you cook
3. Trust your senses
“…Similarly, everything you cook will have subtle changes to the way they smell as they cook. There have been many times when I have been multitasking and my nose has alerted me to check on whatever I have in the oven. I’m not talking about smelling burning but just the subtle changes as certain stages of cooking are reached. Eventually, it becomes second nature.”
4. Stay away from pre-marinated grocery store meat
5. Give everything a home
“Also, stay clean. Not just by wiping up crumbs after you use a cutting board (keep a sanitized towel nearby for a quick wipe and it’ll become second nature), but by always keeping ‘landing spaces’ clear. You go faster when your space is flexible, and that only happens if you stay clean.”
6. Don’t try to catch a falling knife
7. Garlic lovers rejoice
8. A good salt substitute
9. I can’t believe it’s not real…
10. Oil tip
11. Important gravy hack
12. A touch of heat
13. Take care of your blade
14. Don’t follow recipes perfectly, if you’re cooking
15. Check your pan’s temperature
16. Broccoli stems are usable
17. Shift your focus
Don’t approach recipes like they’re magic spells in the Harry Potter universe. If you wiggle your nose wrong or put in a spec to much of some seasoning you’re not going to end up with a completely different dish.
Alton Brown does an incredible job of teaching a cooking technique and then showing you a recipe that applies that technique. If you learn a process instead of a rote recipe you will know how to cook dozens of dishes, and it’s really the only way to develop skills in the kitchen.”
18. Just a spoonful of sugar
19. Timers save lives
20. Make your own stock
I always try to have chicken stock on hand… so much better than store-bought broth, and you control the sodium. Your soups will never be the same. Also delicious to use to cook rice.”
21. Mise en place
22. Major salt hack
23. You can always put it back on the heat
24. Use scissors
25. Simplicity is key
26. Work like an assembly line
27. Stages of salt matter
28. Chicken rinsing
29. Towel hack!
30. Electric vs. gas stoves
With these amazing tips and tricks, you’re sure to be a total pro in the kitchen!
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