LIKE A CHEF
& COOKING ARTICLE
to 'Understand' Ingredients and what Purpose they Serve
people want to learn 'how' to cook like a great chef
or to be able to 'understand' ingredients and recipes.
One of the most important aspects of creating great
recipes, cooking great food and understanding what is
happening in a recipe cycle is being able to understand
ingredients. This goes for any and every ingredient
within a recipe. Take for instance a recipe for an Asian
stirfry dish, it would most likely have the following
type of meat or seafood
type of sauce
assortment of vegetables
fist ingredient listed is oil, a stirfry recipe would
benefit from several oils and at the same time choosing
certain oils could reduce the quality of the recipe.
instance, sesame seed oil is often used in Asian cuisine
and has a wonderful flavor that is often associated
with stirfry recipes. At the same time sesame seed oil
also has a lower smoke point (the temperature at which
the oil starts to break down, smoke and burn) than other
oils and if the recipe is not handled with care the
wonderful flavors from the sesame oil could be lost.
Worse yet, the 'burnt' sesame seed oil could also taint
the flavors of the stirfry. However if you know that
sesame seed oil has a low smoke point you can avoid
this type of a problem and your stir fry will benefit
from the great natural flavors of the oil.
example from our stirfry dish is the rice.
are many different types of rice available today, from
Jasmine and Basmati to Wild rice and all of the commercial
blends that are available. Understanding these different
types of rice, where they come from and what their primary
uses are, will allow you to choose a rice that will
compliment you stirfry dish. My choice would be Jasmine
which is also known as 'sticky rice'. Jasmine is also
used extensively thought Asia and has a very fragrant
aroma and would complement our stirfry dish very nicely.
as you can see there are many choices available when
cooking. Understanding different ingredients really
makes it easier to cook great tasting food. There are
lots of way to start gaining an education about ingredients,
here are some of my favorites:
the ingredient labels of everything you eat and drink.
are some ideas to get you started condiments, pre-made
sauces, juices, sausages, rice blends, pasta blends,
soups, frozen "reheat dinners". Doing this
gives you an idea of what types of ingredients are in
the things we eat day to day. One day at work I was
reading the ingredients to "Frenches yellow mustard"
want to know what makes it that bright yellow color?
The spice turmeric, reading labels helps you understand
lots of questions when you have the chance.
goes for when you can ask someone who might know, a
great chef your working with, the butcher at your local
market, a forum on a chef related site, etc . . . When
you have the chance to ask questions do so!
usual place to gain information such as books, classes,
recipe ingredients will help you to become the best
possible chef or cook you can be. Remember to always
have fun and never be afraid to experiment!
article came from Chef
Brian Johnson's web site Awesome Chef Recipes (site
no longer available)
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