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Master Craftsman

A sign that you’re the master of kitchen management is the way you make something difficult look so easy! With California Garden’s suggested tips, you can learn about cooking, organizing and cleaning your kitchen using lifesaving and money-saving hacks.

Top kitchen basics to improve homemade cooking conquer-the-kitchen

Top kitchen basics to improve homemade cooking

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Home cooked meals are not hard to prepare and don’t require professional training especially when you’re passionate about food. To start off on the right note, make sure you master these top kitchen basics to improve homemade cooking!

Master the perfect Béchamel sauce

Béchamel sauce is one of the 5 mother sauces and can be used to create a lot of mouthwatering meals. In order to master this sauce, follow these ratios: for each cup of milk, you will need 1½ tablespoons of butter and 1½ tablespoons of flour. In a pot over medium-low heat, melt butter without browning it then add flour and whisk quickly to avoid burning the mixture. Gradually add the milk and whisk until thick. It’s perfect for lasagna, potato soufflé and chicken pasta bakes!

Cook delicious rice like a chef

Rice is a delicate ingredient when it comes to cooking as it’s affected by temperature and water ratio. Before you cook the rice, carefully read the information written on package instructions because each type of rice requires special cooking instructions. Make sure you don’t uncover throughout the cooking process and once done, fluff with a fork to avoid soggy rice!

Get tender meat every time

To achieve tender meat every time, make sure you choose the correct cut of meat. If you’re cooking stews, choose shank meat and make sure you cook it in a pressure cooker as the latter will preserve the vitamins and protein while stewing your meat to perfection.
If you’re choosing to grill or fry meat, choose T-Bone, Tenderloin, Ribs and Filet Mignon. Make sure you marinate it first and leave it overnight in order to end up with a juicy and mouthwatering texture. It should be at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before cooking. This way it will cook faster and preserve its tenderness. Fry in olive oil or grill until you get the desired result (rare – medium – well done). Works every time!

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