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There are food combos that do not work and those that do. Just because you didn’t get it right before doesn’t mean you won’t nail it next time.
You see, cooking can be a hit or miss sometimes unless you wish to stick to the rule book, which can get boring with time.
Also, you don’t need to be a professional chef to churn out delicious meals every time. You may even surprise yourself when you realize that all along, your style was fine, and you just needed a few clever tweaks to make things a whole lot better.
With that, let’s dive into these simple tips that will make your food taste better every time.
1. Use Fresh Ingredients
We all like the convenience of packaged items, but fresh ones are the best when it comes to ingredients.
Take a break from the canned stuff and hit the grocery store for fresh produce. Remember, processed foods may lose their original flavor or gain a different aroma due to the preservatives or the packaging.
You want to go for in-season herbs, fruits, and vegetables for the best outcome. Besides, fresh produce tends to be cheaper, so that’s a plus.
2. Salt is Important
Salt is the best and the worst thing that can happen to your food. Too little of it, and you end up with a bland dish, even if you did everything else right.
Here’s the thing, we sometimes don’t mind the salt because we can still use it at the table. But table salt doesn’t actually bring out the right flavor of your food.
From now on, if your food needs salt, use it early on during the cooking process. Add it to the water or soup and let the boiling distribute the salt deep into the food.
Good examples of foods that could use early seasoning are pasta, meat, rice, and vegetables.
3. Cook the Oil
Olive oil, butter, and vegetable oils can make your food taste better if you store and use them properly.
You should heat oil on your pan well before you add any food ingredients. If the oil is not hot enough, the ingredients may not sufficiently bring out the taste and aroma. Unless your recipe calls for uncooked oil, you probably should cook with well-heated oil.
Additionally, store your oil and butter well to maintain their flavors. Vegetable oils require dark storage, while butter needs an airtight container. You can keep it in the fridge. Store nut oils in the refrigerator as well.
4. Cook with Herbs
If you’ve never tried cooking herbs, it may feel weird. But just like spices, herbs can push your food to another level.
Whether fresh or dried, herbs pack rich flavors and aromas. They are safe to use and have many health benefits besides making your food taste and smell better.
We still recommend fresh herbs to get the best out of them. Most of these you can grow yourself on planters to use whenever you want.
Here are popular herbs that can easily transform an ordinary meal into a delicious treat:
5. Cooking the Meat
Everyone has a different idea of how to cook their meat. The way you cook it also depends on the recipe.
However, there’s one thing you can do with your meat to make it taste a lot better. Cook it on low heat. It may take longer, but the outcome is worth it
You may want to start the pot early and cook for a long time on a low flame. It will cook better because the strands have time to relax. In the end, you have much tender and tastier meat that had all the time it needed to marinate in its juice.
High heat takes the fun away and isn’t recommended as it’s associated with an increased risk of hypertension.
6. Prep Ingredients Early
If you’ve ever overcooked the onions, you know that they can change the taste of your food and not for the better.
Prepare your ingredients in advance and ensure you have everything you need to avoid scrambling about at the last minute. It’s also important that you add everything into the pot at the right time. Too late, and you may not get the best out of your recipe.
There’s a lot you can do with your food that goes beyond the basics. From preparation to additives, you can easily make your food taste a whole lot better than it’d have.
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To wrap this up, we recommend tweaking your recipes and having fun with it all. You never know what you’ll discover where taste is concerned.