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Read the entire recipe from beginning to end BEFORE you start cooking.
First gather all your ingredients and cut all your meats and vegetables, then start your recipe.
When you are determining whether a dish has ‘finished cooking’, rely on physical descriptions like ‘juices run clear when poked’ instead of cooking times.
Cooking times are general and vary
. They should be used as a guide only.
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Ingredient Assumptions (unless otherwise stated)
Eggs are large.
Sugar is white granulated.
Butter is unsalted.
Flour is all-purpose.
Herbs, lettuce, and vegetables should be washed and dried.
Garlic, ginger, and onions should be peeled.
Most often used to describe pasta. Firm but not hard. A good rule of thumb is to test pasta for doneness 1-2 minutes before the end of the time listed on the box.
To brush or spoon liquid over food as it cooks – usually broths, stocks, marinades, or wine. Basting adds flavor and helps maintain moisture in meats as they cook.
Adding liquid to a pan in which foods have just been seared or sautéed. The process lifts the bits of browned ingredients and juices from the bottom of the pan incorporating them into the final dish.
To cut food into small cubes. Diced food is more regularly shaped than minced or chopped foods, and cooks more evenly.
To evenly coat with flour, cornmeal, breadcrumbs, or other dry ingredient.
Lightly combining a mixture until airy. Typically used in baking when adding beaten eggs to a heavier batter.
To chop food into very small pieces – basically as small as you can get them. Don’t worry about shape.
To cook food gently in simmering liquid.
To cook liquids down so that much of the water evaporates. Reducing intensifies flavors and also thickens.
To cook food in a small amount of fat (such as oil) quickly, moving constantly, over high heat.
To brown meat quickly over high heat or under a broiler. Searing locks in moisture. Searing is most often used as a first method of cooking followed by slow roasting.
To cook a liquid just hot enough for tiny bubbles just break the surface.
To cook food over a small amount of boiling water.
To ‘finely grate’ the rind of citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes.