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15 Secret Cooking Tricks Chefs Learn In Culinary School

Culinary school can be expensive, but it’s still arguably one of the best places to learn the respectable craft of cooking from some of the best instructors the world has to offer. Unless you have an undying passion for cooking, you probably won’t want to invest an insane amount of cash and years of studying.

Alternatively, you can scour the Internet culinary pro-tips, or just invent your own cooking robot to make your meals for you.

For those home cooks looking for quick tips to improve their personal culinary skills, Bright Side created a YouTube video that highlights some cooking tricks that chefs only reveal in culinary school. Their tips and nuggets of advice range from cooking the perfect egg to making sure your pie crusts stay nice and moist.

Below are 15 tips and secrets that’ll make your kitchen experience so much better. While these factoids are a bit cursory, and your cooking talents will probably be more nourished coming from a real life instructor, you won’t have to break your wallet in culinary school to learn these particular tips.

You can also check out the video above for more details and whimsical cooking animations.


Culinary School Tips

The Perfect Steak

Don’t cook a steak that comes straight from the fridge. Allow it to get to room temperature first, because letting it sit for an hour or two allows the steak cook evenly.

Juicy Meat

To avoid dry meat, put it in a brine (three cups of water, a quarter cup of salt, and a quarter cup of sugar). Let the meat brine about one hour for two pounds of meat. Before cooking, pat the meat dry to get that nice crisp.

Seasoning

To enhance the flavor of some herbs and spices, toast them on a skillet for a little while. Then take a mortar and pestle to grind the spices.

The Perfect Dough

If you’re making your own dough, make sure to take the butter and eggs out the night before to let them get to room temperature. If you’re using yeast, store the dough in a warm place until it becomes puffy — resulting in an airier pastry.

Crusty Fish

To get the perfect crust on fish from a grill, spread some mayonnaise over your meat with a pastry brush.

Cooking Steak Without Using Oil

Once the skillet is hot, introduce the steak from the side so that the fat renders. Then, you’re able to cook your meat in beef fat rather than using excess oil.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Before whipping up boiled potatoes, dry them on a skillet so the excess water evaporates (careful not to fry the potatoes). The result is creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes.

Cream Soup

Before cooking vegetable cream soup, fry the veggies first to caramelize the vegetables and enhance the flavor. You can then introduce water or broth.

Pancakes

Adding two tablespoons of sour cream to whatever pancake mix you make keeps the batter from cracking while you cook it and results in fluffy pancakes.

Seasoning with Sugar

Adding a small amount of sugar to dishes with tomatoes (pickled, fresh, or paste) will reduce the amount of natural sourness. Just make sure to not be too heavy on the sugar.

The Perfect Fried Egg

To get that picture perfect egg, heat a frying pan and add some butter over minimum heat. Make sure the  butter melts, but doesn’t sizzle and then add the egg.

Clear Chicken Broth

If you want that pristine soup broth that you can see straight through, cook the chicken on low heat without a cover for a minimum of three hours. Make sure it doesn’t boil and remove the suds constantly. After the first hour and a half, you can add the vegetables to the broth.

Crispy Crusts

Putting a bowl of water, or ice cubes in the oven under your crust prevents your dough from drying out too quickly. The steam keeps the exterior of the dough moist.

Cooking Onions

Over a pan of medium heat, add cooking oil and butter. Add the onions and fry them with salt. Using salt reduces the onion smell, cooks the onions faster, and starts the caramelization process.

Using Garlic


If you’re scared of using too much garlic, you can add garlic juice to your plate to avoid having garlic breath. It should flavor the meal without leaving a lasting impression on your breath.

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Here’s a Cookbook You Literally Have to Slice Open to Read

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Because knife skills are the first thing you learn in culinary school, Escuela de Cocina Carulla cooking school in Bogota, Columbia created this unique introductory cookbook to test their students’ knowledge, cut by cut.

Designed by Ogilvy & Mather Bogota, the cookbook makes students work for their recipes by requiring them to literally slice through their workbook pages. By following precise lines, the perforated guides help to ensure the students learn to make clean cuts.

Sounds easy enough right?

When successful, the student is rewarded with a recipe, ensuring they keep up with the rest of the class. If they somehow manage to completely avoid the knife guidelines,  a Rachel Green unintentional recipe mash-up might ensue.

English Trifles and Shepard’s Pies don’t mix kids.

Keep your knives handy, because of the immense popularity of this hands-on cookbook a second edition is on the way. Allez cuisine!

Learn more about the Slice a Recipe cookbook in the video below.

H/T Eater + PicThx Behance

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ADVENTURE: New York Road Trip

It takes 19 hours to get to New York City, 12 hours to get to Washington D.C., lots of good music and good company. Luckily, on my road trip I had lots of time, a fully charge iPod and great friends. D.C. was our first stop. We checked out the main tourists spots and went to a food truck festival. After that, we headed off to NYC and the eats were crazy. So much good food, not enough time. The whole trip ended with a campus tour of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Overall, I’d say it was a great trip.